India's history and culture is ancient and dynamic,
spanning back to the beginning of human civilization. Beginning
with a mysterious culture along the Indus River and in farming communities
in the southern lands of India. The history of india is one puncuated
by constant integration with migrating peoples and with the diverse
cultures that surround India. Placed in the center of Asia, history
in india is a crossroads of cultures from China to Europe, and the
most significant Asian connection with the cultures of Africa.
India's history is more than just a set of unique developments in
a definable process; it is, in many ways, a microcosm of human history
itself, a diversity of cultures all impinging on a great people
and being reforged into new, syncretic forms. IndHistory.com brings
you the india's history starting from ancient history of india to
modern indian history. Shown below is the india timeline starting
from 3000 BC of ancient indus valley civilization and harappa civilization
to 1000 AD of Chola Dynasty of ancient history of india.
In the fifth century, large parts of India were united under Ashoka.
He also converted to Buddhism, and it is in his reign that Buddhism
spread to o ther parts of Asia. It is in the reign of the Mauryas
that Hinduism took the shape that fundamentally informs the religion
down to the present day. Successor states were more fragmented.
Islam first came to India in the eighth century, and by the 11th
century had firmly established itself in India as a political force;
the North Indian dynasties of the Lodhis, Tughlaqs, and numerous
others, whose remains are visible in Delhi and scattered elsewhere
around North India, were finally succeeded by the Mughal empire,
under which India once again achieved a large measure of political
The European presence in India dates to the seventeenth century,
and it is in the latter part of this century that the Mughal empire
began to disintegrate, paving the way for regional states. In the
contest for supremacy, the English emerged 'victors', their rule
marked by the conquests at the battlefields of Plassey and Buxar.
The Rebellion of 1857-58, which sought to restore Indian supremacy,
was crushed; and with the subsequent crowning of Victoria as Empress
of India, the incorporation of India into the empire was complete.
Successive campaigns had the effect of driving the British out of
India in 1947.