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India's staggering diversity is undoubtedly her most amazing aspect. India is blessed with over a dozen biomes and ecoregions with many more climatic differences. Bounded by the majestic Himalayan ranges in the north and edged by a spectacular coastline and surrounded by the Arabian sea and the Indian Ocean, India is a vivid kaleidoscope of landscapes. The rain starved Thar desert contrasts with the lush green sholas of the Western Ghats (Sahyadri mountain ranges) and the Northeastern tropical rain forests. You will find rich wetlands and mangroves and all types of forests; plains and plateaus fed by perennial and seasonal rivers; the snow clad Himalayan mountain ranges that kiss the skies, feed her rivers and guard her boundaries.

People, who have adapted to such a variety of landscape, are just as varied! Besides, this land rich in mineral and biotic resources has witnessed many invasions of people and cultures who have left their mark on the land and its people. Magnificent historical sites and royal cities tell a tale of India's triumphs and travails. Golden beaches and misty mountain retreats welcome you to take a nature break. India's colourful people, their rich cultures and year-long festivities can both engage and enthrall.

The country's population is admittedly large: close to a billion people live in a land area of about 328,759,000 hectares. Over 30 percent of the people live in cities and towns. Population of 23 towns and cities exceeds a million. Three of these - Calcutta, Mumbai and Delhi - have over 10 million people. The urban agglomeration of Greater Mumbai has about 17 million people, and continues to attract a daily influx. It is this megapolis Mumbai that invites you to the 33rd IChO.

 


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