India, as the seventh largest country in the world in terms of territory and the second most populated, is a “third world” country considerably lacking in infrastructure.
The rapid growth of the Indian economy has created a middle class and a significant rise in private consumption and the standard of living. These have lead to huge capital investments on the part of foreign investors.
India’s rapid growth can be attributed mainly to the service sector, which currently constitutes about half of the Indian economy. The Information Technology revolution has led to considerable investment in service and development centers in the country, and to the training of millions of Indian workers in the area of software services.
India at a Glance
Airports: Ahmedabad, Chennai, Goa, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi
Diamond Trading and ManufacturingCenters: Mumbai (in the ‘Opera House’ quarter), New Delhi and Surat.
Electric Current: V230, Hz50
Internet Ending: in
Languages: Hindi and 21 official languages
Jewelry and GemstonesManufacturingCenter: Jaipur
Public Holidays: Republic Day; Good Friday; Ram Navami;Mahavir Jayanti; Indian Independence Day;Gandhi's birthday; Dusserhra; Diwali; Govardhan Puja; Guru Nanak's birthday; Idu'l Zuha-Bakrid
Time Zone: GMT + hours
Telephone code: + 91; New Delhi+11; Mumbai +22
Weather: From April to September the north enjoys springlike weather while the south is hotter, and from October to February, the weather is more pleasant in the south while the north is usually cold and snowy.