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The Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama was the first European to discover India. He accomplished this by establishing the sea route from Europe to India, which was previously unknown.

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The nation of India contains 1,269,219 square miles within its borders, making it slightly larger than Alaska, Texas and California, the three largest states in the United States, combined. India is about one-third the size of the United States.

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India has an estimated total population in excess of 1.2 billion people as of 2014, making India the second most populous country in the world. The largest and capital city of India is New Delhi, which contained an estimated 22.7 million of the country's population in 2...

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Housing in India varies depending on region and social standing. The range between mansions and filthy slums is apparent within a city. Slums are where millions of people live in shacks made of waste materials, scrap metal, plastic or wood.

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India is known for street vendors, train travel, Bollywood celebrities, jewelry, food and festivals. As of 2014, at least 7 million tourists a year travel to India each year. India is also famous as a place of spiritual enlightenment.

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India has 1,847,454 square miles of land area, which doesn't include area beneath inland rivers and lakes. India has a population of 1.2 billion people, as of 2014.

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As of 2015, Bennett, Coleman & Co. Limited owns The Times of India. BC&C has owned The Times of India since 1892, says Bloomberg. In turn, the Sahu Jain family owns Bennett Coleman & Co ltd.