A map of India
With its 3,287,732 km2, India is the 7th
biggest country in the world and the 2nd
as far as population is concerned.
Its various borders are :
? In the North : Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.
? In the South : the Palk Strait and the Gulf of Mannar.
? In the West : Pakistan and the Arabian Sea.
? In the East : Burma, the Bay of Bengale and Bangladesh.
It is more than 2,400 kilometres long and between 160 and 320 kilometres wide. Some of its peaks are the highest in the world (the Everest, the K2,etc.).
The Himalayas give birth to many rivers. The most important are the Indus, the Ganges, the Yamuna and the Brahmaputra.
From March to May, India is at its warmest. There are almost no rains and temperatures are above 40°C inland.
After the monsoon (from October to November), some tropical hurricanes can take place and wreak havoc.
? India is the second world producer of rice. It is grown in the wettest areas (East and West coast as well as the Ganges plain).
? It is the world's third producer of wheat. It can be found mainly in the North.
? Millet, which is associated with peanuts, are found in the driest parts (the Dekkan and the North-West areas).
Tea, coffee and heveas are mainly grown around
the Himalayas. India was the first tea grower of the world in 1994.
It also grows sugar canes and cotton.
Cattle is very important too since its density is the highest in the world.
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