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National Portal of India http://india.gov.in

Incredible India     http://www.incredibleindia.org/

India Tourism http://india-tourism.com/EN/

India Brand Equity Foundation ( IBEF ) http://www.ibef.org/

Confederation of Indian Industry www.cii.in

Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion http://dipp.nic.in/

Visiting India http://www.tourindia.com/htm/homepage.htm

Government of India’s official websites directory  http://goidirectory.nic.in/

India is the 7th largest country in the world. With an area of 3.3 million sq. kms. which is roughly a third of the United States

The country's official name, India is derived from the Old Persian version of Sindhu, the historic local appellation for the river Indus. The Constitution of India and general usage also recognises Bharat, which is derived from the Sanskrit name of an ancient Hindu king, whose story is to be found in the Mahabharata, as an official name of equal status. A third name, Hindustan, or land of the Hindus in Persian, was used from Mughal times onwards.

The distance from India's southern tip to its northernmost point is 3214 kms. Its distance from east to west is 2933 kms. It has 7,516 kms of coastline on three bodies of water: the Arabian sea off its western coast, the Indian Ocean to the south and the Bay of Bengal on its eastern side.

Today, Indians make up 16.7 per cent of the world's population with an annual growth rate of close to two per cent. India is subdivided into 28 states, 6 union territories and a National Capital Territory. Union territories are : Andaman and Nicobar Islands , Chandigarh , Dadra and Nagar Haveli , Daman and Diu, Lakshadweep , Pondicherry , National Capital Territory , Delhi. Largest Indian state is Madhya Pradesh with area : 443,446 sq km. which is almost similar to Sweden ( with size of 411,620 Sq Km ). 

India has 2 National languages, they are English (associate official) and Hindi (in the Devanagiri script). The Indian Constitution also officially recognizes 22 regional languages.  With a  literacy rate of 66%, there are 6 major religions in India : Hindu 82.41%, Muslim 12%, Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%, other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi 2.5%.