• Siliguri Corridor is a narrow stretch of land which connects Indias north-eastern states to the rest of India. This strip of land of land is only 21 to 40 km in width, with the countries of Nepal and Bangladesh lying on either side of the corridor.
3. The seven states of the North East, including Sikkim, also known as the seven sisters. Which is the largest state among the seven sisters?
Team I2. This westward river originates in Madhya Pradesh in Central India, sandwiched between the Vindhya Range in the North and the Satpura Range in the South. It flows through a tiny bit of northern Maharashtra, before emptying itself in the Arabian sea. What is the name of this river?
Team I3. This is one of the two biggest rivers in the tiny state of Goa, along with the Zuari. It is famous for boat cruises, dolphins, and even an off-shore casino! It finally empties itself into the Arabian sea near Panaji (Panjim), the capital of Goa. What is the name of this river?
• The Mandovi River, also known as Gomati, has its origin at Bhimgad in the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats. It enters Goa from the north and flows for 77 kilometres in the state
Team I4. In which country do the Ganga (Ganges) and the Brahmaputra meet? -
TEAM II3. The largest cricket stadium in Asia which is located in West Bengal
• The Eden Gardens Cricket Stadium- has a seating capacity of more than a lakh spectators
TEAM II4. This is the first planetarium to be set up in India. The largest planetarium in south East Asia. Second largest in the world.
• The M. P. Birla Planetarium, Calcutta, which started functioning on September 22, 1962 and was formally inaugurated on July 2, 1963 by the first Prime Minister of India, Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru. With a capacity for 500 people
TEAM II5. Vizag is better known as Visakhapatnam. But the Colonial British built another settlement away from the port. It housed their residence and the University. What was the name of this settlement. –
TEAM III1. A museum stands on a beach of Vizag. It is the only one of its kind in Asia. Only the USA, the UK and Russia have such museums. What are we talking about here?
• A Submarine Museum. - INS Kursura, built in the USSR and commissioned in the Indian Navy as its fourth submarine on December 18, 1969, played a crucial role in the 1971 Indo-Pak war. Decommissioned in February 2001,
TEAM III2. These simple tiffin carriers have become famous for their efficiency with Forbes business magazine giving them a Six Sigma rating. What are they called?
• The Dabbawallas. They have devised their own method to accurately deliver the lunch boxes (or "tiffins") that they collect from each house to the correct office.• They have been invited to give lectures by premier institutes like the Confederation of Indian Industry. On his recent visit to India, Prince Charles met the Dabbawallas to congratulate them on their efficient methods. They were also the only Indians invited to his wedding with Camilla Parker Bowles on April 8th, 2005 as his personal guests.
TEAM III3. Which is the capital of Lakshadweep? –
TEAM IV2. After independence, Indian leaders decided to divide Indian states on the basis of the language spoken there, for their development and progress. Which was the first state to be created on this basis?
• Andhra Pradesh - Telugu is the official language of Andhra Pradesh. It was separated from the Madras Province where Tamil is spoken.
TEAM IV3. Four of Indias first thirteen Prime Ministers are from which Indian state?
• Uttar Pradesh - Four of the first thirteen Indian Prime Ministers of India belong to the state - Uttar Pradesh, especially the district Amethi. J. L. Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv Gandhi were all from Amethi. Prime Minister A. B. Vajpayee is from Allahabad
TEAM IV4. In what way the names, The Nina, The Pinta and The Santa Maria is associated with Christopher Columbus –
• Name of the three ships, he got from Queen Isabella
TEAM IV5. In 1849 some people were swept up in the excitement of what is called The Gold Rush. In which state in USA was gold found?
• California - In 1848 Joseph Marshall found some pieces of gold in a stream on the property of a man named Joseph Sutter. Some estimate that over 300,000 people came to California. They were given the name, the "49ers".
TEAM V2. Who was the first person to perform a "space walk?"
Alexei Leonov. - Soviet cosmonaut Leonov performed the first space walk during the Voskhad II mission on March 18, 1965. He made this historic space walk as he flew over Siberia.The first American to perform a space walk was Edward White in June of 1965. He flew in the Gemini IV mission along with James McDivitt.
TEAM V3. “Welcome a guest. Send back a friend” is often found on the copy of an advertisement of the Ministry of Tourism and hotels. Name the great visionary, who said this:
• India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
TEAM V4. He built the first world-class hotel in India by an Indian for Indians, (which today is counted upon as one of the finest hotels in the world) & commissioned it pre- independence during the British rule. Name this man (full name please).
• Jamshedji Nusservanji Tata, The Taj Mahal Hotel at Bombay, commissioned in December 1932
TEAM V5. Her grave is the most popular and most visited tourist site in North India and very famous across the globe. Name the memorial, its location. -
• The Taj Mahal, Agra the tomb of Arjumand Banu nee Mumtaz Mahal
Akshardham Temple Monument to World PeaceThe Akshardham monument, built without steel, isentirely composed of sandstone and marble. Itconsists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornatedomes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacularGajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and20,000 murtis and statues of Indias great sadhus,devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.
8. What was the importance of the Red Fort during British rule? -
• Red Fort was the head quarters of the British army
9. Named after the roman goddess of flowers, this fountain is situated at the heart of Mumbai, Hutatma Chowk or Martyrs Square as it is built in commemoration of those martyrs in the birth of Maharashtra sate. –
10. In the courtyard of the mosque there is a 7m high ancient iron pillar. The amazing thing about this 2000-year-old pillar is that it has not rusted till date. This complex also house a 72.5 metre tower which is the tallest sandstone tower in India. Which is this tower?