India is a country that has both states and union territories. The total 37 state and union territories of India further subdivided into 28 states and 9 union territories.
How many Union Territories are there in India now?
After the declaration by Government of India on Aug 5, 2019 – Jammu&Kashmir will be given special status and decided to bifurcate the state into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature, and Ladakh without a legislature.
What are States?
The states of India are the administrative units holding their governments, own legislation and elected chief ministers as head of the government. The Governor of states acts as the representative of the President. States cover large area.
What are the Union Territories?
Union Territory is like a small state ruled directly by the Central Government having a Lieutenant Governor as an administrator, who is the representative of the President of India and appointed by the Central government.
How Delhi and Puducherry are different from other union territories?
- Delhi and Puducherry, have their elected members and the Chief Minister, as these are granted with partial statehood, by improvement to the Constitution.
- These two hold their legislative meeting and administrative council and work like states.
- The remaining union territories are controlled and regulated by the Union of the country, that’s why named as a union territory.
Union Territories of India
The union territories in India, which are regulated by the Central government.
Delhi is officially the National Capital Territory, a capital and a union territory of India. It was changed into a Union Territory in 1956. It is also own as National Capital Region urban area in which Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon, and Ghaziabad are covered. It has dwelled on banks of Yamuna river. The India Gate recognized as the Dignity of India.
ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS
Andaman & Nicobar Islands have risen from being a prisoner’s home to a disease hit land, to the most coveted and exquisite islands. 572 small and loosely flowing islands with the unpolluted environment and untamed wildlife, make this a breathtaking place.
Le Corbusier had planned the beautiful and modern city of Chandigarh. The famous Open Hand Monument symbolizes the idea of giving and taking peacefully. The Butterfly Park, Special International Doll Museum, and Topiary Park are few exciting places. Chandigarh is the second largest museum filled with Gandhara statues; which feature a convergence of Indian and Roman art culture, with bronze and gold detailed on stone.
Puducherry or the French Riviera of India still sounds it’s French attraction through language, grand colonial palaces, and docile highways. The streets are oval-shaped and cut at right angles. A road can have one name indicated at one end, and another name at the other end.
DAMAN & DIU
Daman and Diu feature large Portuguese and Gujrati cultural connections. The Zampa Gateway, not only highlights an engraving dated to 1702; but also carvings of lions and angels. The Pandava brothers from the Mahabharata had spent a few days in Daman. The Diu Museum was the St Thomas Church.
DADRA & NAGAR HAVELI
Dadra and Nagar Haveli houses have 62% of the tribal population like Kokana and Dublas. It consists of 70 villages. People dance to the sound made by instruments made of gourd called The TARPA dance. The Vasona is a place for all the brave people who desire to go and see the ferocious lions wandering around.
Lakshadweep consists of 36 majestic coral reef islands covered with tall coconut trees, beautiful and ample places to fish. The Pitti Island is home to the grand pelagic (who love the water more than land) birds like Brown Noddy. The territory looks like a few dots on India’s map. Fish, jaggery, rice, and coconut are the ingredients found here, but they give rise to plenty of mouth-watering dishes. The people of the northern part of Lakshadweep feel they have washed ashore. Lakshadweep has the largest literacy rate of 92.28%.
To preserve the cultural heritage and to better managemnet of the affairs, India is divided into various States and Union Territories. All the states and union territories in India follow different cultures, traditions, customs, history, and language.
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