An Overview of IndiaIndia is the 7th largest country on the planet by geographical area and the second most populous, home to one-sixth of the world’s population. With over 4,000 miles of coastline, mountainous areas of the Himalayas, tropical beauty of Kerala in the south, the desert bordering Pakistan to the east, tea growing plantations and an array of palaces and festivals, there is surely something to interest everybody.

Hinduism is the dominant religion in India; with around 85 per cent of Indians practicing Hindus, a clear feature of everyday life. India has a large calendar of events, many of them based on traditional religious festivals, as well as celebrations of India’s history.

India is not always an easy country to travel across, the weather can be severe, especially during the hot season and there are huge disparities in wealth and literally hundreds of millions of people living below the poverty line.

The country has a rich and varied history from the Golden Age when Hindu culture was firmly established through invasion from the Turks and Afghans to colonial rule and finally independence in 1947.

Modern day India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with a particular strength in the IT sector. Cricket is the national sport and passion for cricket is probably unrivalled by that of any other sport in any other country. Men and women, rich and poor, Hindu and Muslim, are crazy about the game and if you follow the sport yourself, it’s a guaranteed way of starting a conversation on a long train journey.

There are a few important health and safety issues that visitors should note, you should take particular care when in busy places, such as railway stations and the majority of health problems are caused by lack of hygiene in food preparation. You should ensure that all of your vaccinations are up to date before travelling.