2. Incredible is something unbelievable... too good to be true. India has an amazing variety in terms of cultures, traditions, clothes, people, religion, languages, vegetation, population, landforms, soil colours, cuisine, musical instruments, vocal music, dances. And yet there's unity in so much diversity Three oceans meet at the Southern tip of India, on the North are the beautiful snowy mountains, and in between these are gorgeous hill stations, plateaus, plains, tropical forests, flowing rivers, pastures, farms, tiny towns and attractive cities WHY INDIA IS CALLED INCREDIBLE INDIA 3. The name 'India' is derived from the River Indus, the valleys around which were the home of the early settlers. The Aryan worshippers referred to the river Indus as the Sindhu. The 'Place Value System' and the 'Decimal System' were developed in India in 100 B.C. Ayurveda is the earliest school of medicine known to mankind. The Father of Medicine, Charaka, consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago. The value of "pi" was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana, and he explained in the Pythagorean Theorem. Yoga has its origins in India and has existed for over 5,000 years. And yet there's unity in so much diversity Three oceans meet at the Southern tip of India, on the North are the beautiful snowy mountains, and in between these are gorgeous hill stations, plateaus, plains, tropical forests, flowing rivers, pastures, farms, tiny towns and attractive cities 4. RELIGIONS AND SPIRITUALITY Religion in India is characterized by a diversity of religious beliefs and practices. India is the birthplace of four of the world's major religions; namely Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism 80.5% of the population of India practise Hinduism. Sikhism (1.9%), Buddhism (0.8%) and Jainism (0.4%) are the other major religions followed by the people of India Throughout India's history, religion has been an important part of the country's culture. Religious diversity and religious tolerance are both established in the country by the law and custom 5. The Muslim population thai is follower of Islam in India is the third largest in the world Christians are more then 2% of India's population. There are also Zoroastrians who even though make less then 0.01% of India's population Zoroastrianism and Judaism also have an ancient history in India 6. NAMASTE Namaste or namaskar or namaskaram is a common spoken greeting in indian sub-continent. Namaskar is considered formal version than namaste but both express deep respect. It is derived from sanskrit (namah) , it literally means I bow to you my greetings, salutations or prostration to you. Namaste is performed when a younger family member meets older relatives. 7. Spirituality FAMILY Family plays an important role in the Indian cultures.India has a prevailing tradition of joint hindu family system. MARRIAGES For centuries, arranged marriages has been the tradition of indian society through menand women have always hadthe chioce of who they want to marry. Even today ,the vast majority of Indian have there marriages planned by there parents and other respected family members, The divorce rate is extremely low compared with 50% of the United States.The arranged marriages generally have a much lower divorce rate. 8. DIVERSITY IN INDIA Cultural Diversity in India has a history of thousands of years . Indians languages, dances, clothing, Food, architecture differ from place to place within the country. It is this diversity which has created a sense of unity among the Indians. This diversity has enriched our social life. 9. Lohri In the north particularly in Punjab, the day before Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Lohri. Buddha Purnima Buddha purnima is celebrated on the full moon day in North India. Taj Mahotsav The Taj Mahotsav is celebrated in Agra for almost ten days. Baisakhi Baisakhi is celebrated as an important day by the Sikhs in Punjab. NORTH INDIA - FESTIVALS 10. Naan Shahi paneer Rajma chawal Aloo paratha Gulab jamun Tandoori chicken 11. TRADITIONAL DANCES PUNJAB = BHANGRA 12. FAMOUS PLACES IN THE NORTH Mount kailash Himachal pradesh Ladakh lake - Kashmir 13. Taj Mahal - Agra India Gate - Delhi Golden Temple - Amritsar Lotus Temple - Delhi 14. EAST INDIA - FESTIVALS Durga puja - Calcuta Bihu - Assam Kharchi Puja-tripura Cheiraoba - Manipur As the land around the eastern India is so majestic and simple, the people, customs and festivals follows the same. Festivals form an integral part of the socio-cultural life of the people of East India. Most of their festivals are connected with agriculture as it is the main occupation of the people 15. -> Rasogolla Doi Machch (Sea Food) The states of Eastern India get heavy rainfall so rice, grown in the vast fields here, is a huge part of the local diet. Fish is very popular in the coastal state of West Bengal while further inland pork and beef are the meats of choice. 16. Poda Pitha Sondesh Til Barfi Bihari Litti 17. Chhau Naga Dances Odissi 18. SUN TEMPLE -KONARK JAGANNATHTEMPLE howrah bridge 19. Onam -- Harvest Festival , Kerala Vijaya Dashami -- all over south Pongal -- Tamil Nadu Makar Sankranthi -- Andhra Pradesh In South India, festivals are categorized on the basis of seasons or few on the mythology. 20. Uttapam Hyderabadi biryani Vada sambar Masala dosa 21. Bharatnatyam Kathakali Kuchipudi Yakshagana 22. Gangauar - Rajasthan Kite festival- all over West India Nagpanchami- all over West India Janmashtami - all over west india Ganesh Chaturthi - all over West India Navratri - Gujrat 23. Shahi Paneer Malpua Dhokla Khandvi Balchao Pav BhajiDal batti 24. Garba LavaniGhoomar Raas 25. Western Thar Desert - Rajasthan The Ajanta and Ellora caves Hawa Mahal - jaipur St francis church goa 26. Indian Art is the visual art produced on the Indian subcontinent from about the 3rd millennium BCE to modern times. Voluptuous feeling is given unusually free expression in Indian culture. A strong sense of design is also characteristic of Indian art and can be observed in its modern as well as in its traditional forms. India is now ranked #5 on the list of countries visiting IDA. The art of India is unique, ornate, filled with bright colors, and rooted in religion and tradition. On this page you will learn about Indian art of the past as well as the present. 27. India has the third largest scientific and technical manpower in the world; In the field of Missile Launch Technology,India is among the top five nations of the world Indias progress in space has been very systematic starting with expiremental satellites like Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, Apple, Rohini In May last year ISRO embarked on the launch business through PSLV-C2 launch, thereby creating a strong impact on the global space market by successfully launching two foreign satellites along with its own ocean monitoring remote sensing satellite. India's first unmanned lunar probe, launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in October 2008 which led to strong evidence of the presence of lunar wate SCIENCE 28. India is the birth place of algebra, trigonometry and calculus. India invented the decimal and the Number system millennia ago Zero was invented by the Indian mathematics, Aryabhatta Indias Takshashila University was the worlds first university wherein more than 10,500 students from all over the world pursued higher studies in more than 60 subjects The value of pi was first calculated by Budhayana,who actually is the father of the concept known to the modern world as the Pythagorean Theorem Srinivasa ramanujan, one of Indias greatest mathematical geniuses postulated and proved 3542 theorems worked on elliptic functions, continued fractions and infinite 29. The automobile industry in India is the ninth largest in the world. India has emerged as one of the world's largest manufacturers of small cars.. India is No.1 : Software development , call center , BPOS , knowledge process , outsourcing , Youth power , diamond cutting , tea and milk production PARAM 10000 The new machine, which is Asia's second largest supercomputer. It can perform 100 billion flops or floating point operations (steps in complex mathematical calculations) a second at peak performance level. Sania Mirza, a tennis player is also the first women from the country to have won the Grand Slam title and won two Grand Slams. Viswanathan Anand became the first Indian to be a Grand Master and made india proud. Indias third greatest achievement in sports came when Abhinav Bindra won the first individual Olympic gold medal in the 2008 edition of the Olympic Games Saina Nehwal is the first Indian to win a medal, which was bronze in the Olympic Games 30. India is a very big name in the world cricket won the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup 2007 and 2011 cricket world cup. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar greatest indian batsman of the modern generation, popularly holds the title "God of Cricketand master blaster. 38% doctors 36% NASA SCIENTISTS 34% MICROSOFT EMPLOYES 28% IBM EMPLOYEES 17% INTEL SCIENTIST 13% XEROX EMPLOYEES 31. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman in space. KALPANA CHAWLASUNITA WILLIAMS She holds the records for longest single space flight by a woman, total spacewalks by a woman, and most spacewalk time for a woman In 1984 he became the first citizen of India to go into space when he flew aboard the Russian rocket Soyuz T-11. RAKESH SHARMA 32. N. R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys. He has been described as Father of Indian IT sector by Time magazine due to his contribution to outsourcing in India Sabeer Bhatia is an Indian American entrepreneur who founded the Hotmail email service He is the chairman and CEO of ArcelorMittal, the worlds largest steelmaking company. He is second richest man in Europe and is currently the sixth richest individual in the world. Lakshmi Mittal 33. is an Indian who performed his first surgery at the age of seven. He has an estimated IQ of 146 Akrit Pran Jaswal India's youngest Surgeon - Child Genius He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut against Pakistan at the age of sixteen. At the age of 19 he became the youngest player to score 1000 test runs, during India's tour of South Africa Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar "God of Cricket the greatest batsman of india