India is a place of wonders, with a diversity of culture, geography, dozens of languages, over a billion people,and gifted natural resources. India is a land of dazzling natural beauty from the mighty Himalayas in the north, through the plains of Punjab, over the hills of Assam in the east, and down to tropical coastline of south. It offers a variety ol landscapes, climate, flora and fauna. India is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world and attracts everyone from backpackers, to cultural and spiritual seekers and just those in search of a good time.
India, which traces its civilization back 5,000 years, won independence from Britain in 1947 in a welter of sectarian bloodshed as the subcontinent was partitioned into predominantly Hindu India and Muslim Pakistan. India has since fought three wars with Pakistan, two of them over disputed Kashmir. In 1962, India also fought a short border war with China.
Although modern images of India often show poverty and lack of development, India was the richest country on earth until the time of British invasion in the early 17th Century. Christopher Columbus was attracted by India’s wealth.
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Perhaps the most popular of all India’s culinary exports, the curry was recently named as the most popular dish in Britain. Curry derives it’s name from ‘kadi’, the Tamil word for sabzi (or vegetable). In some parts of the world, going for a ‘curry and a beer’ are an intrinsic part of a good ‘night out’.
Since the beginning of history the Ganges (THE GANGA, Holy River) has been a precious source of water in the hot climate of India, providing water for drinking, irrigation, bathing, and most recently, electrical energy. For providing such sustenance the river is worshipped by millions of Indian as Mother Ganges. By bathing in the Ganges, one can wash away all sins and begin again, cleansed from the imperfections of the past.