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India Flag The Republic of India is a country located in southern Asia, but also incorporates a number of islands in the Arabian Sea (the Lakshadweep Islands), and the Bay of Bengal (the Andaman and Nicobar Islands). India is bordered by Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan, and has coasts on the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal.

India has an estimated population of 1.2 billion, making it the second most populous country in the world (after China). More than 70% of the population resides in rural areas, but there are at least 35 cities with populations over 1 million, and three cities (Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai) with populations over 10 million.

Economically is increasingly important, and the economy has grown rapidly since 1991 when the then government introduced a series of market-orientated reforms. The GDP is predicted to quadruple by 2020, and the Indian GDP is predicted to overtake that of the United States by 2050. Nevertheless, India remains a developing country, and contains the world's largest concentration of poor people - around 40% of people survive on less than US $1.25 per day.

Map of India

India Country Details


Country Name India
Political Status Country
Geographic Location Southern Asia
Flag India Flag
Principal Languages
  • Assamese
  • Bengali
  • English
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kannada
  • Malayalam
  • Marathi
  • Nepali
  • Punjabi
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Urdu
  • Capital New Delhi


    Web Sites about India


    Taj Mahal, Agra, India
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    India Gate, New Delhi, India

    Books about India


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    Fodor's Essential India: with Delhi, Rajasthan, Mumbai & Kerala (Full-color Travel Guide)
    By Fodor's Travel Guides

    Fodor's Travel
    Released: 2019-03-12
    Paperback (512 pages)

    Fodor s Essential India: with Delhi, Rajasthan, Mumbai & Kerala (Full-color Travel Guide)
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    Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential India is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Delhi, Mumbai, and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this India travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease.

    India is a country of vibrant and enticing contrasts: exquisite palaces are juxtaposed against simple temples, and modern high-tech industry coexists with ancient customs and rituals. There's much to see and do in this vast and geographically diverse country, and Fodor's Essential India covers the must-see sights better than anyone else.

    Fodor’s Essential India Includes:

      •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: India is changing rapidly, and this fully updated guide includes the best new hotels, restaurants, and more in its vibrant cities and stunning countryside, from Delhi and Rajasthan to Mumbai, Kerala and Goa.
      •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A spectacular color photo guide captures the ultimate unmissable experiences and attractions throughout India to inspire you.
      •DETAILED MAPS: Full-color and full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently.
      •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Full-color photos will help inspire you. The illustrated features on the iconic Taj Mahal, the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges, and the amazing cave temples at Ajanta and Ellora will give you a deeper understanding of these historic sites. The "Understanding India" chapter, with illustrated sections on modern society, religion, food, dance, music, and shopping, provides insight into contemporary Indian life as well as the past.
      •ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Sample itineraries will help you plan and customize your own itinerary so you can make the most of your time. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
      •INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: A full-color feature on getting around India includes indispensible information on buses, trains, taxis, and rickshaws, along with tipping information and an easy-to-use "Travel Times Chart." Convenient overviews show each region and its highlights, and detail-rich chapter planning sections have on-target advice and tips for planning your time and for getting around the country by car, bus, and train.
      •COVERS: Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Mumbai, Goa, Kerala, Kolkata, The Taj Mahal, Rajastan, Beaches, and more.

    ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

    Planning on visiting more of Asia? Check out Fodor’s Essential Thailand and Fodor’s Essential China.

    Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Michael Benanav, Mark Elliott, Anna Kaminski, Bradley Mayhew, Kevin Raub & Iain Stewart

    Lonely Planet
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    Lonely Planet India is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Immerse yourself in the sacred city of Varanasi, wonder at the Taj Mahal in Agra, or cruise the tropical waterways of Kerala; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of India and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet's India Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - yoga, spas, volunteering, festivals, religion, history, cuisine, art, literature, architecture, environment, wildlife, trekking
    • Over 220 maps
    • Covers Delhi, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Ladakh, Agra, Varanasi, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Rishikesh, West Bengal, Darjeeling, Goa, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Mumbai (Bombay), Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala, Andaman Islands and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet India, our most comprehensive guide to India, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    Looking for a guide focused on South India and Kerala, Goa and Mumbai or Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra? Check out Lonely Planet's South India & Kerala guide,Goa & Mumbai guide, and Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra guide for a comprehensive look at all these destinations have to offer; or Best of India, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

    TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

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    Lonely Planet India (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet

    Lonely Planet
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    Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

    Lonely Planet’s India is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Marvel at the intricate floral designs on the Taj Mahal, watch the setting sun cast a rosy glow over the otherworldly landscape of Hampi, and listen to monks chanting in the shadow of the mighty Himalaya in Ladakh – all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of India and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet’s India:

    • Full-colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, food, drink, sport, politics
    • Covers Delhi, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Ladakh, Agra, Varanasi, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Rishikesh, West Bengal, Darjeeling, Goa, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Mumbai (Bombay), Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kerala, Andaman Islands and more.

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s India is our most comprehensive guide to India, and is perfect for discovering both popular and off-the-beaten-path experiences.

    Looking for more coverage? Check out Lonely Planet’s South India & Kerala; Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra; or Goa & Mumbai guides for an in-depth look at what these regions and cities have to offer.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

    ‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

    ‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides)
    By DK Travel

    Dk Pub
    Released: 2015-10-06
    Paperback (312 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Delhi, Agra and Jaipur (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides)
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    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur is your in-depth guide to the very best of this region of India. Explore the must-see sights, from Humayun's Tomb to the world-famous Taj Mahal. Learn about the great pantheon of Hindu gods. Experience the local wildlife, temples, bazaars, museums and attractions. Whether in the bustling center of Delhi or the dusty, provincial town of Alwar, you will find something to fascinate you in this region, which encompasses both old and new.

    Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur:

       • Detailed itineraries and "don't-miss" destination highlights at a glance.
       • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
       • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
       • Free, color pull-out map (print edition) of Delhi marked with sights, a selected sight and street index, public transit map, practical information on getting around, and a distance chart for measuring walking distances .
       • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
       • Area maps marked with sights .
       • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.
       • Hotel and restaurant listings highlight DK Choice special recommendations.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Delhi, Agra & Jaipur truly shows you this region as no one else can.

    Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook
    By J D Viharini

    Brand: Tara Satara Press
    Paperback (306 pages)

    Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook
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    UPDATED SEPTEMBER, 2012

    HOW TO ENJOY THE BEST OF INDIA . . .

    Enjoying India is the ultimate how-and-why guide for foreigners that fills the gaps left by traditional guidebooks--practical and cultural information no visitor or expat can afford to be without. It will give you the knowledge to navigate this unfamiliar land with ease. Enjoying India offers a wealth of insights into India's culture and style of functioning, covering many important topics that are either dealt with superficially or omitted altogether by other books. Whether you are in India for business or pleasure, this is the one book you need to experience the best of India.

    Acquire the skills, understanding and confidence you need to:

    * Stay safe and healthy
    * Communicate successfully 
    * Understand how yes can mean no
    * Avoid cultural blunders
    * Deal with Indian bureaucracy
    * Accommodate special needs
    * Bargain effectively
    * Get a seat on a fully booked train
    * Use your computer safely 
    * Cope with Indian plumbing
    * and much, much more . . .
    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide India
    By DK Travel

    DK Eyewitness Travel
    Released: 2017-10-17
    Paperback (800 pages)

    DK Eyewitness Travel Guide India
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    Explore this vast and beguiling country, from peaceful Darjeeling and vibrant Kolkata to Kanha National Park and its tigers, the idyllic Kerala backwaters, and the majestic Taj Mahal.

    Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India.

       • Hotel and restaurant listings and recommendations.
       • Detailed itineraries and "don't miss" destination highlights at a glance.
       • Illustrated cutaway 3-D drawings of important sights.
       • Floor plans and guided visitor information for major museums.
       • Guided walking tours, local drink and dining specialties to try, things to do, and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.
       • Area maps marked with sights.
       • Insights into history and culture to help you understand the stories behind the sights.

    With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: India truly shows you India as no one else can.

    Series Overview: For more than two decades, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides have helped travelers experience the world through the history, art, architecture, and culture of their destinations. Expert travel writers and researchers provide independent editorial advice, recommendations, and reviews. With guidebooks to hundreds of places around the globe available in print and digital formats, DK Eyewitness Travel Guides show travelers how they can discover more.

    Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet & Abigail Blasi

    Lonely Planet
    Paperback (288 pages)

    Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra (Travel Guide)
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    Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Lose yourself in the maze-like bazaars of Old Delhi, watch the sunset at the Taj Mahal, or search for tigers in Ranthambhore National Park; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, religion, cuisine, architecture, arts and crafts, wildlife, environment, culture, festivals
    • Free, convenient pull-out Delhi map (included in print version), plus over 30 maps
    • Covers Delhi, Greater Delhi, Jaisalmer, Pushkar, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur, Bundi, Shekhawati, Agra, Fatehpur Sikri and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra, our most comprehensive guide to Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet India guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer; or Best of India, a photo-rich guide to the country's most popular attractions.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

    TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

    'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

    'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

    101 Amazing Things to Do in Rajasthan: Rajasthan Travel Guide (India Travel Guide, Jaipur Travel, Jodhpur Travel, Jaisalmer Travel, Udaipur Travel)
    By 101 Amazing Things

    Independently published
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    101 Amazing Things to Do in Rajasthan: Rajasthan Travel Guide (India Travel Guide, Jaipur Travel, Jodhpur Travel, Jaisalmer Travel, Udaipur Travel)
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    We think you’re hella lucky to be going to Rajasthan and this guide will let you in on all of the region’s travel secrets so you can have the best possible trip in places like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Bundi, and more.

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    • jaw dropping historical and cultural sights you won’t want to miss from ancient fortresses through to amazing Royal Palaces
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    Insight Guides India (Travel Guide with Free eBook)
    By Insight Guides

    Insight Guides
    Paperback (464 pages)

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    India is like nowhere else on earth - thrilling, frustrating and incredibly diverse. Be inspired to visit by the new edition of Insight Guide India, a comprehensive full-colour guide to this fascinating country.

    Inside Insight Guide India:

    A thoroughly updated new edition by our expert authors.
    Stunning photography brings this most colourful of countries and its people to life.
    Highlights of the country's top attractions, including the iconic monument of the Taj Mahal, the desert citadel of Jaisalmer and evocative ruins at Hampi.
    Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the bright lights of Delhi and Mumbai to the green backwaters of Kerala and the cool heights of the Himalayas.
    Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip.

    Insight Guide India now includes the Walking Eye app, free to download to smartphones and tablets on purchase of the book. The Caribbean Cruises app includes our independent selection of the best hotels and restaurants, plus activity, event and shopping listings.

    About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.

    'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine

    Lonely Planet South India & Kerala (Travel Guide)
    By Lonely Planet, Paul Harding & Sarina Singh

    Lonely Planet
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    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

    Lonely Planet South India & Kerala is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Explore ancient rock-cut shrines in Ajanta, cruise along the palm-fringed backwaters of Kerala, or fine-tune your bargaining skills at a bazaar in Hyderabad; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of South India and Kerala and begin your journey now!

    Inside Lonely Planet South India & Kerala Travel Guide:

    • Colour maps and images throughout
    • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
    • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
    • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
    • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
    • Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, cuisine, religion, architecture, wildlife, environment, bazaars, dance, music, painting, cinema, literature, festivals
    • Over 75 maps
    • Covers Mumbai (Bombay), Maharashta, Goa, Karnataka, Bengaluru (Bangalore), Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andaman Islands and more

    The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet South India & Kerala , our most comprehensive guide to South India and Kerala, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less travelled.

    Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet India guide for a comprehensive look at all the country has to offer.

    About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world's number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we've printed over 145 million guidebooks and phrasebooks for 120 languages, and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You'll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, 12 international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more, enabling you to explore every day. Lonely Planet enables the curious to experience the world fully and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves, near or far from home.

    TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category

    'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

    'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)


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