INDIA is a sovereign country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by geographical area and the second most populous. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west, and the Bay of Bengal on the east, has a coastline of over 7,000km. It borders Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the NE; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east.
In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia. India is home to several major rivers, including the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Yamuna, the Godavari, the Kaveri, the Narmada, and the Krishna. India has three archipelagos – Lakshadweep, which lies off the south-western coast; the volcanic Andaman and Nicobar Islands Chains to the SE; and the Sunderbans in the Ganges Delta of West Bengal.
The Andaman Islands are an archipelago of some 200 islands lying west of Thailand in the Andaman Sea. Superyachts are welcome to stop there and the islands are becoming a popular area to visit when transiting between Phuket and the Red Sea. Mumbai, (formerly Bombay) is the jewel on India’s west coast and is the most exciting starting point to begin a cruise around India. Geographically a western extremity, Mumbai over the years, has in many ways become India’s nerve centre and the financial capital.
The bustling metropolis with an area of 440km2 and a population of 20 million is a vibrant city with a glorious past. The city of Mormugao in Goa state is situated on the west coast of India. Mormugao Harbour is one of the region’s most impressive natural ports, offering an incredibly romantic view at sunset, especially when approaching from the waters of the Arabian Sea. Mormugao is a peaceful retreat from the larger cities, with its enchanting Portuguese architecture, golden beaches, and exquisite fresh seafood. Renowned for its beaches, Goa is an international destination for sun seekers the world over. Goa is also home to several World Heritage Sites, including the Bom Jesus Basilica