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It’s astonishing that India attracts less tourists than a small country like, say, The Netherlands, while this subcontinent boasts an almost endless list of attractions, from the spectacular Himalayas and steaming jungles to megacities, silent yogis and colourful festivals – not to forget the famous beaches of Goa. The Modi government has opened up remote areas to tourists while visa procedures have simplified, so now is as good a time as any to explore this incredible country.
Its capital is New Delhi, but the country’s largest city is Mumbai. The country also has dozens of states each with its own state capital, with some of the most famous including Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Jaipur and Srinagar.
India truly is a festival country with countless of Hindu festivals taking place throughout the year such as the spectacular Durga Puja and Ganesh Chaturthi festivals. But not all festivals are exclusively Hindu festivals, including many of the country’s most popular ones such as Diwali and Holi festival India or sports festivals such as the International Kite Festival in Gujarat and the Nehru Trophy Boat Race in Kerala.
There are multiple climate zones including desert, tropical, highlands, lowlands and savannah climates. January, November and December are best to visit the north while January, February and December are good for the east and west.
The main official language is Hindi while English is widely spoken, but there are literary hundreds of other living languages.
Its food is almost as varied as its country and an attraction in itself. It comes as no surprise its delicious and rich cuisine can be found in restaurants all over the world.
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