India’s Geographical Expanse
India is a country of massive geographical area.
It is bound by-
- The lofty Himalayas in the North;
- The Arabian Sea in the West;
- The Bay of Bengal in the East; and
- The Indian Ocean in the South
India has an area of about 3, 28 million sq. km.
- The north-south extent from Kashmir to Kanyakumari measures about 3,200 km.
- The east-west extent from Arunachal Pradesh to Kucchi measures about 2,900 km.
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India is located in the Northern Hemisphere
The Tropic of Cancer (23°30′ N) passes almost halfway through the country.
Latitude and Longitude of India
Latitude: 8°4′ N and 37°6′ N, from south to north.
Longitudes: 68°7′ E and 97°25′ E, from west to east.
- There are seven countries that share land boundaries with India.
- Sri Lanka is separated from India by the Palk Strait.
Political and Administrative Divisions
India is a vast country. For administrative purposes, the country is divided into 28 states and 8 Union Territories. With the declaration of Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory, the number of states in India was declared to be 28.
Our Country India: Physical Features
- The Himalayan mountains- They are divided into three main parallel ranges. The northernmost is the Great Himalaya or Himadri. The world’s highest peaks are located in this range. Middle Himalaya or Himachal lies to the south of Himadri. The Shiwalik is the southernmost range.
- Northern Indian plains- They lie to the south of the Himalayas. They are generally level and flat.
- Great Indian desert- They lie In the western part of India. It is a dry, hot and sandy stretch of land. It has very little vegetation.
- Peninsular plateau- It lies to the south of northern plains. It is triangular in shape. The relief is highly uneven. This is a region with numerous hill ranges and valleys.
- The Vindhyas and the Satpuras are the important ranges. The rivers Narmada and Tapi flow through these ranges. These are west-flowing rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. In the west, the Western Ghats or Sahyadris border the plateau and the Eastern Ghats provide the eastern boundary.
- Coastal plains – They lie to the West of the Western Ghats and the East of Eastern Ghats. Western coastal plains are very narrow. The eastern Coastal plains are much broader.
- Islands -Two groups of islands also form part of India. Lakshadweep Islands are located in the Arabian Sea. These are coral islands located off the coast of Kerala. The Andaman and the Nicobar Islands lie to the southeast of the Indian mainland in the Bay of Bengal.