According to the CIA World Factbook, Sri Lanka is the island nation located south of India. In 1972, it formally changed its name from Ceylon. The island was under British rule between 1815 and 1948, when it gained independence.
A:The Deccan plateau is located in India and comprises almost the entire central and southern parts of the country. It is a high, flat region with an average height of around 2,000 feet above sea level.
A:There are six different countries that share a border with India: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, China, Nepal and Pakistan. Each of these countries shares a different amount of border with India. Bangladesh shares 4,142 kilometers, while Bhutan shares 659 kilometers. Burma shares 1,468 kilometers of border with India, while China shares 2,659 kilometers of border. Nepal shares a border of 1,770 kilometers, and Pakistan shares 3,190 kilometers of border.
A:Britain recognized the complete independence of Nepal in the year 1923. Nepal's location is adjacent to both India and China in the Himalayan region. The country of Nepal is multicultural, multi-ethnic and multilingual.
A:Appearing in several lists of world wonders, the Taj Mahal is not only one of the largest tourist attractions in India, it is also the most well-known example of Mughal architecture. Sometimes described as "the most famous tomb in the world," it reflects the pride and identity of Indian Muslims as an example of the achievements of the age of Mughal rule, a period of progress and stability considered a high point in India's cultural history. According to UNESCO, the tomb is recognized as "the jewel of Muslim art in India."
A:The types of houses found in India vary from wood houses, most common in the cities, to bamboo houses found in the villages. In some cases, village houses are made out of clay, straw and dung. Only people who are wealthy can afford houses made of bricks and stone.
A:To improve the education system in India, teacher salaries and sense of worth need to be increased, the curriculum needs to be more creative to resemble a dynamic versus dogmatic style, educational institutions need to operate as for-profit systems versus nonprofit and the schools should include input from industry professionals. Networking with alumni can also help improve the education system in India and provide more opportunities for students.
A:Indian people do bathe in milk. Milk baths have been offered by hotels in India. People from other countries also bathe in milk. Cleopatra, the last active pharaoh of ancient Egypt, is reported to have enjoyed beautiful skin as a result of bathing in milk.
A:India is home to silkworms that produce all five of the major commercial types of silk in the world: mulberry silk, tasar silk, oak tasar silk, eri silk and muga silk. Mulberry silk is the most prized and the most abundant, which is why the other four types are usually grouped together as non-mulberry silk.
A:The climate of India varies significantly across the country; some areas are tropical, warm and humid while other areas have desert conditions and the northern locations experience temperate weather patterns. The geography of India varies widely and plays a key role in shaping prevailing climates and weather patterns. India contains seven distinct climate regions: the northern mountains, northern plains, Deccan plateau, Rajastan Desert, west coast, southeastern coastlands and the northeast.
A:According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Himalayan mountains are directly north of the Indian subcontinent, separating it from the Plateau of Tibet. The Himalayas are known for including the world's highest peak, Mount Everest, which has an elevation of 29,035 feet.
A:Several regions in India receive regular snow every year. As large swaths of the country are mountainous at high altitudes, India hosts a vibrant array of winter-weather destinations, according to Visit India.
A:Special clothing that brings out inner light is traditionally worn for the Hindu festival of lights called Diwali. This holiday time is also known as the "festival of dresses." Men, women, young people and children make use of the opportunity to buy bright, ethnic clothing.
A:India wants to control Kashmir to try to prevent other restless regions in the country from declaring independence and to symbolically present itself as a secular state rather than a Hindu country, according to USA Today. Pakistan believes Kashmir should be part of its country because 70 percent of the 12 million inhabitants of the region are Muslim.
A:India's physical features include the Himalayan mountains, the Indo-Gangetic Plain and finally the plateau region. The country has a diverse climate, with the north being temperate and the south tending to be sub-tropical.
A:The national languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhalese and Tamil. According to "The World Factbook," a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency publication, 74 percent of the population speaks Sinhalese and 18 percent speaks Tamil as of June 2014.
A:The Maldives is a double chain of 1,195 small islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean, located 250 miles southwest of India's most southern tip. As of 2014, the Maldives is the smallest country in Asia based on population and land mass.