As a sub-continent with over 1.1 billion people and covering 1,269,345 square miles, the Republic of India is called my some a “mythical land” with its vast multi-ethnic society, rich history, cultural traditions, landscapes and climates.
Down this massive sub-continent runs the 1,976 mile long Indus River along which the early civilizations around 2,500 BC settled. Most recently the nation gained independence from Britain in 1947 and in so doing some territory split to become Muslim Pakistan.
Beginning about 1991 India became one of the fastest growing economies in the world as it still deals with massive poverty and malnutrition.
Visitors could stay in India for years without fully seeing and enjoying all the sights and excitement that makes up India but some of the top sights include:
1. The Taj Mahal – The most magnificant tomb in the world built by Moghal Emperor Shan Jahan to honor his wife. The tomb is built in a mixed style of Persian and Indian architecture and attracts over 4 million tourists per year.
2. Delhi – An exciting city with ancient shrines and bustling bazaars.
3. Mumbai – India’s largest city and the most populated in the world!!! Mumbai is the focal point of the nation’s economy, entertainment and nightlife.
4. Khajuraho – This village contains many Hindu and Jain temples along with erotic sculptures.
5. Varanasi – A 3,000 year old holy Hindu city located on the Ganges River.
6. Darjeeling – An area in the Himalayas famous for its fine teas.
Mountain climbers will be attracted to Kangchenjunga, India’s highest mountain at 28,000 feet, its the third highest peak on Earth.