India, officially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.
Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region’s diverse culture. Gradually annexed by and brought under the administration of the British East India Company from the early 18th century and administered directly by the United Kingdom from the mid-19th century, India became an independent nation in 1947 after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi.
The Indian economy is the world’s tenth-largest by nominal GDP and third-largest by purchasing power parity (PPP). Following market-based economic reforms in 1991, India became one of the fastest-growing major economies; it is considered a newly industrialized country. However, it continues to face the challenges of poverty, illiteracy, corruption, malnutrition, and inadequate public healthcare. A nuclear weapons state and a regional power, it has the third-largest standing army in the world and ranks ninth in military expenditure among nations. India is a federal constitutional republic governed under a parliamentary system consisting of 28 states and 7 union territories. India is a pluralistic, multilingual, and multiethnic society. It is also home to a diversity of wildlife in a variety of protected habitats.
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The northern part of Utter Pardesh is an area of beautiful hills, mountains and lakes. You take an exciting rafting trip down the Ganges whereby you float past temples, ashrams and yoga centers of the holy city of Rishikesh, made famous by the Beatles who visited this place in the 1960s. Next is a visit to Corbett National Park where you travel by jeep and on elephant back through the jungle trying to catch a view of the great Indian tiger? The trip is rounded off with scenic drive to the pretty little hill station of Nainital.
Day 01 Delhi & Rishikesh
Early in the morning express train to Haridwar, then continue by road to Rishikesh.
Day 02 Rishikesh & Rafting
Morning to visit the sacred hill towns of Rishikesh and Haridwar, famous for their ashrams and sadhus. Afternoon rafting trips on the Ganges.
Overnight stay in tented camp.
Day 03 Corbett National Park Drive to Corbett National Park
Overnight in jungle lodge.
Day 04 Corbett National Park Elephant ride through jungle, jeep safari in Corbett Park
Day 05 Nainital Morning drive to the pretty little hill station of Nainital
Day 06 Nainital Day at leisure to enjoy the lake and beautiful surroundings
A chance to take a boat on the lake or take a ride on horse in the hill.
Day 07 Knainital-Delhi
Arrival in Delhi and transfer for departure
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