Andaman & Nicobar Islands, a Union Territory of India, situated at the juncture of Bay of Bengal, is an archipelago of 500 odd islands is one of the last remaining virgin rain forest islands in the world with vast tropical forests, undulating mountains, sparkling beaches and the heritage of ancient tribes. After being inhabited and ruled by Europeans, Chola Dynasty, Maratha Empire, Danish Settlers, Britishers, and Japanese among numerous others, Andaman & Nicobar Islands offer exceptional diversity and culture.
After the struggle of independence in 1947, the islands were left with only 2 main sects :
- The Nicobari, inhabiting the island evenly
- The Shompen, who live particularly to the interior of Great Nicobar.
Often referred as “India in miniature”, Andaman & Nicobar Islands represent all major faiths in India: Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, and Islam, all in harmony and with all their integrity and honor. Such is the peace between the communities that unlike India, inter-caste marriages are not frowned upon. All the religious festivals are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm, and English, Hindi, Tamil, and Bengali are just some of the languages that are spoken here.
Andaman & Nicobar Islands comprise of over 572 small islands, which are covered in lush green forests and exhibit consummate beauty when sunlight passes through them. Nevertheless, the islands are majorly known for their spectacular marine life, magnificent corals and reefs and the crystal clear water. One of the most preferred tourist destinations, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is ideal for adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. These sparkling waters and unblemished beaches offer extensive sports activities for adventure aficionados and exceptional spectator sports such as trekking and bird watching in the lush green hills and forests.