India is a republic consisting of 28 states and seven union territories with a parliamentary system of democracy. But that is where hard and fast definitions of this fascinating country end. In fact, India is an enigma, a melting pot of thousands of dialects, peoples and customs. Westerners taking a cursory look at the subcontinent may draw the conclusion that there is a definable form and substance to it but India watchers know better.
With 1.15 billion people inhabitants in the seventh-largest country in the world diversity is the keyword to the nation's personality. There is a wealth of flora and fauna as well as some of the world's most attractive countryside and vivid culture. Enjoy India – you won't find a more diverse, fascinating and culturally vibrant country in the world.