Fascination.. Fascination.. Fascination everywhere..
But what fascinates me?? It’s none other than my mother nation “INDIA”. Yes, India fascinates me in every possible way. It might be her topography, it might be her diversity. Every minutest thing of her fascinates me.
But what is the reason behind this fascination? What else could be the reason other than this beautiful land? Yes.. the snow capped Himalayas in the North and the mighty sea waters in the south.. The beautiful Sunderbans on the east and the arid dry Thar Desert in the west.. The Evergreen forests in the North East, the beautiful beaches on the South West.. The beautiful corals in the Lakshadweeps and the mud volcanoes in the Andamans.. Everything fascinates me..
The Carnatic music of the South and the Hindustani of the North.. The Bharatnatyam of Tamilnadu.. The Kathak of Uttar Pradesh.. The Chahau dance of Odisha and the Kalbella of Rajasthan.. The Kuchipudi of Andhra and the Bihu of Assam.. The Gatka of Punjab and the Thang Ta of Manipur.. The Tamashaa of Maharashtra and the Swang of Haryana.. Everything fascinates me..
But why am I saying all these things.. Coz there is another integral part of India which fascinates me equally like the above. It’s the diverse traditions and customs of Indians. Importantly, mythology which is one of the key ingredients of this diversity. And this very mythology of India fascinates me to the hilt. And this is what this series of my blog gonna be..
Hope some of u too will be fascinated along with me 🙂
- India is bounded by the Himalayas in the North, the Arabian Sea in the west, the Bay of Bengal in the East and the Indian Ocean in the south.
- Peninsula : Peninsula is a piece of land which is surrounded by water on three sides of it.
- Area of India – 3.28 million square kilometers
- The North South extent of India is 3,200 kms
- The East West extent of India is 2,900 kms
- The Tropic of cancer (23 1/20N) passes through the middle of India.
- From north to south, the mainland extends between 804’ N and 3706’N latitudes.
- From west to east, the mainland extends between 6807’ E and 97025’E longitudes.
- The longitude 82030’E is called the Indian Standard Time or the Standard Meridian of India.
- Seven countries share boundary with India : China, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh.
- Tributary: A river or stream which contributes its water to a main river by discharging it into main river from either side.
India is marked by a diversity of physical features such as mountains, plateaus, plains, coasts and islands.
- The northern most of Himalayas are the Greater Himalayas or Himadri. Some of the world’s highest peaks are in this range.
- The middle Himalayas or the Himachal has some of the beautiful hill stations.
- The southern part of the Himalayas are the Lesser Himalayas or the Shiwaliks.
- These lie to the south of the Himalayas.
- These are formed by the alluvial deposits laid down by the rivers – the Indus, the Ganga and the Brahmaputra and their tributaries.
Great Indian Desert:
- In the western part of India lies the Great Indian desert.
- It is a dry, hot and sandy stretch of land.
- To the south of northern plains lies the Peninsular plateau. It is triangular in shape.
- Aravali hills, one of the oldest ranges of the world, border it on the north-west side.
- The Vindhyas and the Satpuras are the important ranges.
- The rivers Narmada and Tapi flow through these ranges. These are the west flowing rivers.
- The Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats border the plateau.
- The Western Ghats are almost continuous and the Eastern Ghats are broken and uneven.
- To the west of the Western Ghats and the East of the Eastern Ghats lie the Coastal plains.
- Two groups of islands also form part of India.
- Lakshadweep Islands are located in the Arabian Sea.
- The Andaman and the Nicobar islands lie to the southeast of the Indian mainland in the Bay of Bengal.