The subcontinent of India is the world’s seventh largest country by area and the second-most populous country in the world. It is bound by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It shares land borders with Pakistan to the west, China, Nepal & Bhutan to the northeast and Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh in the east.
India is a biodiversity hotspot recognized as one of the world’s 17 Megadiverse Countries and hosts approximately 8.6% of all mammalian, 13.7% of all avian, 7.9% of all reptilian, 6% of all amphibian, 12.2% of all piscine and 6% of all flowering plant species. Approximately 1/5 of India is still covered by forests.
From the forest clad heights of the Himalayas in the north to the aridity of the Deccan plateau or the lush forests of the Western Ghats, India's diversity of habitat means it has a huge bird list. Around 1260 species of birds can be seen in India and 54 of these are endemics. It also has an excellent list of other wildlife with tigers, elephants, rhinos being high on everyones list. Add to this a fascinating culture and one of the world's great cuisines it is obvious that India is well worth a visit. In fact several visits will be necessary to really do the country justice and it is very easy to get addicted to the place.