Op-Ed / December


Incredible India!!!

   

Why Incredible India? 

This might be a national advertising slogan, but India is a different country in every aspect and I would like to share with you both the history of India and the destinations that must be visited if you happen to go there one day. 

India, or officially Republic of India, is a south Asian country. The country ranks seventh globally in terms of the surface area, while second in terms of population density and it is the biggest democracy of the world. Surrounded by the Indian Ocean in the south, Arabian Sea in the west, and Bengal Gulf in the east, the country has a total sea cost of 7,517-kilometer-long. The neighboring countries of India are Pakistan in the west, People’s Republic of China, Nepal and Bhutan in the north-east, and Bangladesh and Myanmar in the east. Besides, it is very close to Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Indonesia. 
Indus Delta Civilization, the Indian Hemisphere, a region where there are historic trade routes and big empires, has been known throughout the history with its commercial and cultural richness. 

    
Besides being the cradle of the four important global religions, i.e. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, the other religions such as Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam spread in the continent during the first millennium AD and shaped the different national cultures. 
India is a republic with parliamentary democracy that consists of 28 states and union territories. According to the exchange market figures, it is the twelfth biggest economy of the world and ranks fourth in terms of the purchasing power parity. Thanks to the economic reforms that have been implemented since 1991, it is one of the world’s fastest growing economies. However, the poverty and malnutrition rates are still very high and the literacy is very low. Taking an important place globally together with China, as the two countries with a population density above the 1 billion limit, India is going to be the world’s most populated country in the near future due to its higher population growth rate. 

  boya Hindistan   

“India” in 5 Words:
Complexity, Simplicity, Spice, Color, Cinema
We can describe the city that is called as “Mumbai” by the Indian and as “Bombay” by the British colonial forces as “the Istanbul of India”. The Oscar awarded movie “Slumdog Millionaire” will remind you of many frames from Bombay that serves as the cultural, commercial, and financial center; however, Bombay has a lot more than that. The Iskcon Temple, Hedadve Temple, and Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum are only a few of the places that must be visited in Bombay. Visiting Bollywood studios, which is one of the signatures of India in the world’s cinema history, can be as attractive as visiting Universal Studios. 

    

The destinations that must be visited in New Delhi as the world’s 2nd most populated city and the capital city are: India Gate, Qutub Minar, Lodi Gardens, Dilli Haat, Humayun’s Tomb, Cuma Masjid, Red Fort, and Jain Temple. Further, New Delhi is the best Indian city for shopping. You can find tens of different authentic articles and Indian fabrics in Delhi’s big public markets and malls.

     

Majority of the buildings in Jaipur, which is also called as “the Pink City” and which is the biggest city of India’s Rajasthan state famous with its Maharajas, are painted in pink. Other places to visit in Jaipur are: Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort Palace, City Palace, Jai Mahal, and Monkey Temple. You also visit Jagdish Temple in Udaipur, another city of Rajasthan state. Jagdish is an Indo-Aryan temple with carvings on all of its walls and taking photograph indoor is strictly prohibited, as it is the case with all other temples. 

E. Erhan KARABIYIK
Executive Export Director