India is a federal union of states comprising twenty-eight states and seven union territories. The states and territories are further subdivided into districts and so on.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_and_territories_of_India, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divisions_of_India
Date: 9 December 2012

Culture Zones

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_Zones_of_India
Date copied: 9 December 2012

The Cultural Zones of India are seven overlapping zones defined by the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of various regions of India. Each of these zones has been provided with a zonal centre.Most zonal centres were announced by the then-Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, in 1985 and formally began functioning in the 1986-87 period. Their stated goal is "to strengthen the ancient roots of Indian culture and evolve and enrich composite national culture".

Zone Zonal Centre States in zone
South Culture Zone Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu Kerala, Taminnadu, Andhra Pradesh, Kamataka, UT Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Lakshdeep, Pondicherry
South Central Culture Zone Nagpur, Maharashtra Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kamataka & Andhra Pradesh
North Culture Zone Patiala, Punjab Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan, Harayana, Punjab, Uttrakhand, UT Chandigarh
North Central Culture Zone Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Harayana, Uttaranchal, Bihar & Delhi
East Culture Zone Kolkata, West Bengal West Bengal, Bihar, Orissa, Assam, Tripura, Manipur, Sikkim, Jharkhand, UT Andaman & Nicobar Islands
North East Culture Zone Dimapur, Nagaland Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura
West Culture Zone Udaipur, Rajasthan Goa, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, UT Daman, Due, Dadra, Nagar Haveli