"INDIA: Through the eyes of an incorrigible patriot" Top 5 Page for this destination India by Rupanworld

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Mark Twain had observed that:

"India is,the cradle of the human race,the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history,the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition.Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only."

Noted Scientist Albert Einstein had said about India:

"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made."

Romain Rolland, the famous French Nobel laureate and professor of the history of music at the Sorbonne and a great thinker was deeply impressed with India. He observed:

"If there is one place on the face of the earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India....For more than 30 centuries, the tree of vision, with all its thousand branches and their millions of twigs, has sprung from this torrid land, the burning womb of the Gods. It renews itself tirelessly showing no signs of decay."

"Let us return to our eagle's nest in the Himalayas. It is waiting for us, for it is ours, eaglets of Europe, we need not renounce any part of our real nature...whence we formerly took our flight."

"The vast and tranquil metaphysics of India is unfolded; her conception of the universe, her social organization, perfect in its day and still capable of adaptation to the demands of modern times; the solution which she offers for the feminist problem, for the problems of the family, of love, of marriage; and lastly, the magnificent revelation of her art. The whole vast soul of India proclaims from end to end of its crowded and well ordered edifice the same domination of a sovereign synthesis."

India is a country where one finds many of the richest persons of the world, some of the greatest industries, many premier medical facilities, some great infrastructure, a huge number of world heritage centres and tourist attractions, some of the greatest artists, thinkers, singers, poets and scientists, the great Bollywood film industry and at the same time huge population, pollution, poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy. The matching of opposites is unimaginably wonderful and it produces the true rhythm of life.

Some little facts about INDIA

• The country boasts of its 5,000 year old civilization
• A total of 325 languages are spoken and there are as many as 1,652 dialects
• There are 18 official languages
• The country is divided into 29 states and 5 union territories
• The area of India is 3.28 million sq. kilometers
• The length of the coastline is 7,516 kilometers
• india's population is 1,200,000,000 (second in the world after China)
• India has a secular democratic constitution
• It is world's largest democracy
• It is the fastest growing IT super power in the world
• Indian Railways is the biggest employer in the world.
• Mahabharata, the great Indian epic is the longest in the world (with 100,000 two line stanzas)
• World’s first university was in Takshila (700 B.C)

• Ayurveda, India's own school of medicine is the earliest school of medicine known to humans
• Sanskrit Language is the most suitable for computer software
• Yoga, originated in India in 5000 BC
• Origin of Martial arts was in India in 200 BC in the form of Kalarippayat
• Aryabhatta, the famous Indian mathematician invented the Zero (without which no calculation would have been possible)
• Dance forms - India has more than 45 folk dances and 7 Classical Dance forms (viz., Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohini Attam and Odissi)
• India has more than 15 vocal forms
• India has more than 60 music instruments
• Indians celebrate more than 65 (official) festivals
• Tirumala – Tirupati temple is the world’s richest temple
• Cherrapunji (in Meghalaya) receives the greatest rainfall amongst all places in the earth
• Finally, India is proud to have the TAJ MAHAL, one of the modern SEVEN WONDERS in the world

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:"Good people, great culture, greater cuisine and the greatest history"
  • Cons:"Overpopulated, polluted and some regions still very backwards"
  • In a nutshell:"A whole universe in itself - If one has not been to India, he/she has not travelled at all"
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  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Very good and interesting tips
    As you say I will keep my eyes wide open during our next visit
    Thank You
    Gracias !!!

  • Jun 4, 2011 at 6:16 AM

    Indian saree is an evergreen fashion and draping this saree is very difficult..i find your links really intresting its nice and easy... www.glitterdesignz.com - here you can find some beautiful designs of men and women apparels.

  • hindu1936's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2009 at 4:48 AM

    Thank you for the absolutely wonderful India pages! You have just made our trip there more exciting in anticipation. Again, thank you.

  • MichaelFalk1969's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2008 at 1:22 AM

    Very good page which I only now discovered. I`m going to South India in 2009 and look greatly forward to it !

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Brilliant..now you are in TOP 5 India pages!!Keep it up!

  • uglyscot's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2008 at 6:55 AM

    Most informative tips.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2008 at 6:48 AM

    Thanks for your colorful description! BHARAT forever!

  • asidkom's Profile Photo
    May 31, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    wow what a g8 pic of incredible india :d nice photography

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    May 4, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    Hello Rupa :-) I very much enjoyed reading your tips & my ratings are definitely with you! I have a saree and although I found it a little uncomfortable, it really is a beautiful piece of clothing :-) Greetings from Dubai / Jess

  • Paarie's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2008 at 11:00 AM

    Nice tips. especially the customs and transportation tips were unique

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