Here is brief account of the History of India, which seeks to articulate the undying magic of the amazing nation that - in the words of American author Mark Twain - 'all men long to see, and having seen it once, would not give up that glimpse for all the wonders of the world'.
Following the decline of the Mauryan Empire, a number of powerful kingdoms arose in central and south India, among them Satavahanas, Kalingas and Vakatakas hold precedence.
Later on these regions saw the rise of some of the greatest dynasties of South India in the form of the Cholas, Pandyas, Cheras, Chalukyas and Pallavas.
Indians love these peaks because they are a part of every Indian's life.
Indians revere the mountains, as they would, the father.
These, the youngest and tallest mountain ranges, feed the Ganga with never-ending streams of snow.
The Himalayas are home to the people of Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.India is the name given to the vast peninsula which the continent of Asia throws out to the south of the magnificent mountain ranges that stretch in a sword like curve across the southern border of Tibet.Shaped like an irregular quadrilateral, this large expanse of territory we call India, deserves the name of a subcontinent. Is she as elusive to find as the insides of a seed?A mere country cannot assume the bewitching charms that hang on her slender wrists. Sit by the ruins, and see the inscriptions carved on the walls of caves, and listen.Ancient Geographers referred to India as being "constituted with a four-fold conformation" (chatuh samasthana samsthitam), "on its South and West and East is the Great Ocean, the Himavat range stretches along its north like the string of a bow".The name Himavat in the above passage refers not only to the snow-capped ranges of the Himalayas but also to their less elevated offshoots - the Patkai, Lushai and Chittagong Hills in the east, and the Sulaiman and Kirthar ranges in the west.This apart, the large number of forts, palaces, gates, buildings, mosques, baolis (water tank or well) gardens, etc, forms the cultural heritage of the Mughals in India.The Mughals were also instrumental in establishing one of the most efficient administrative setups in India.These go down to the Sea and separate India from the wooded valley of Irrawady, on the one hand, and the hilly tableland of Iran, on the other.The Himalayas standing tall in breathtaking splendour are radiant in myth and mystery.