The Country of India

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India is one-third the size of the United States and it is the seventh largest country in the world, with 1.27 million square miles of land. In the north are the Himalayas, they are 1,490 miles long and their highest peak is Mt. Everest. Mt. Everest is also the highest peak in the world. To the north there is also the Gangetic Plains and to the south is the Deccan Plateau. Three major rivers that flow through India are the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra Rivers. They all flow into the Bay of Bengal, which is an important body of water in India. Other bodies of water around India are the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. The capital of India is New Delhi and the country is made up of 28 states and seven territories. Some of them include Gujarat, Haryana, and Punjab. The most populated cities in India are Mumbai, Calcutta, New Delhi, and Chennai. India has fairly good weather and goes through six seasons: summer, autumn, winter, spring, summer monsoon, and winter monsoon. The temperature ranges from below freezing to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the location. In addition, rainfall varies depending on where someone is. The city Cherrapunji can reach over 1,000 inches while Mumbai may only get over 100 inches. Although some places do get a lot of rain, droughts are possible. Also, the population of India is over 1 billion and it continues to grow every day. India’s history is strongly linked to the Indus River. In the nineteenth century, some important events are in 1815 the Mughal Empire ends, in 1867 Mohandas Karamchand is born, and in 1885 the Indian National Congress forms. In the twentieth century, India gains their independence from Britain. Britain ruled India for about two centuri... ... middle of paper ... ... Mahal in Agra. Some leisure activities are storytelling, games using imagination, and sports. Some of their sports include soccer, field hockey, and badminton, with the most popular being cricket. Festivals and celebrations are highly popular in India; some include New Year, Independence Day, and Diwali. There are festivals celebrating family relationships, and they celebrate the birthdays of gods and prophets. Indians look for balance nourishment of both the body and mind. Spices are commonly used in cooking. Abstinence from food and drink is a part of India life, they typically avoid meat and beef is forbidden for Hindus. Wasting food is sinful among Indians, and they sit on the floor and eat with their fingers. Among Hindus, food is first offered to the gods then served to the family by the woman of the house, who eats when everyone else has finished.
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