Population: Over 1.3 billion
Capital city: New Delhi
Largest city: Mumbai
Neighbouring countries: India shares borders with China, Bhutan and Nepal to the northeast, Pakistan to the west, Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. India is also bound by a vast coastline, stretching from the Arabian Sea in the southwest, to the Indian Ocean in the south, and finally to the Bay of Bengal to the southeast
Geography: India is a large and geographically diverse country. The northern areas of India are largely defined by the Himalayan mountain range while the Deccan Plateau occupies the southern part of the country.
Political system: Federal parliamentary republic
Major religion: Hinduism
Main languages: Hindi and English
Money: The official currency is the Indian Rupee (INR), which is divided into 100 paise. It's relatively easy for expats to set up a local bank account and ATMs are easy to find.
Tipping: Standard 5 to 10 percent
Time: GMT +5.5
Electricity: 230 volts, 50Hz. Most plugs have two or three round pins.
International dialling code: +91
Emergency contacts: 112
Internet domain: .in
Transport and driving: The standard of public transport in India is very varied, but networks are extensive. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road.