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Republic of India is the largest country in South Asia. The capital of India is New Delhi. Other major cities in India, Mumbai (Bombay), Kolkata (Calcutta) and Chennai (Madras). India is divided into 7 territories, including the Delhi metropolitan area, and 28 states.

The country has a common border with Pakistan to the west and northwest, China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north. India Burma and Bangladesh to the east. The coast is about 7517 km long and bordered on the west to the Arabian Sea in the south Indian Ocean and to the east by the Bay of Bengal. The climate varies from tropical monsoon in south to temperate / cold in the north.

In India also includes three small island groups: Lakshadweep, on the south coast, Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the southeast, and the Sunderbans delta times even to the east.

Many of India's mighty rivers have been dammed, such as Krishna here at Srisailam dam in Andhra Pradesh. Many of India's rivers have their origins in the Himalayas. The whole of the northern part of the subcontinent is dominated by mountains, the Himalayas, Hindu Kush and Patkai.

The climate varies from tropical in southern India to temperate or cold in northern India, but the whole country except the Himalayan mountain range has monsoon climate. India has two distinct monsoon times: The northeast monsoon from December to February and the southwest monsoon from June to December. The time between the two monsoons is dry and very hot, with temperatures above 45 ° C in many areas. This period is called "fire star time" in South India.

Different kinds of spices have always been an essential ingredient in Indian food, and most important Indian spice dishes are based on turmeric and coriander. Other commonly used spices are cumin and saffron.

Many Indians are vegetarians for religious reasons, or religious decree making that there is little or no use of cattle (Hindus) or pork (Muslims) in the Indian kitchen.
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