- Capital: New Delhi
- Official Language: Hindi and English
- Currency: Indian rupee (INR)
Students in the USAC tour of northern India pose outside ...
India is the seventh largest country by land in the world and, with 1.4 billion people, is the second most populated. India is also the second highest English speaking country in the world. It is a country of contrasts—its slums in Kolkata rival those found in the poorest nations, but it is also home to some of the world’s greatest palaces, temples, and monuments—including the immortal memorial to love, the Taj Mahal. Daily life in India will prove to be an educational experience beyond the classroom walls as there is no escaping the culturally rich and vibrant atmosphere. Known for its numerous and highly spirited festivals such as Holi and Diwali, you are sure to experience the vitality of Indian true culture during all times of the year. Visually, you can see both the foundation of Indias epic history and its abrupt adaptation into the modern age which has made the country a major hub in information technology. The geography of India is extremely diverse, with landscapes ranging from snow-capped mountain ranges to deserts, plains, hills and plateaus. You will find there will always be something new to explore in India, whether its visiting the stunning beaches of Goa or taking in the scenic mountain range of the Himalayas. It is also the birthplace of Buddhism and yoga, and has the world’s largest secular democracy.