Indian Subcontinent

Created by Tyler Ragsdale

Geography of India

India is home to many historic buildings are dated back to hundreds of years.The countryside throughout India renowned for having lots of beautiful vistas and scenic backdrops.A few famous places in India are the Taj Majal,India Gate, and the Lotus Temple.

Unique Animals

Some unique animals in India are the elephants and cobras.There are also the royal bengal tigers as well as the Indian Leopard, Blue Bull-Nilgai,Indian rhinoceros and the Great Indian Lions.The leopard is an agile and stealthy predator. The leopard is known for its ability in climbing, and it has been observed resting on tree branches during the day.Today India has the largest number of Tiger’s in the world, Khana National Park is famous for its majestic Royal Bengal Tigers.Elephants are loved, revered, groomed and given a prestigious place in the Indian culture. The largest population of Asiatic Elephant are found in India.The nilgai or blue bull is the biggest Asian Antelope. Nilgai is a diurnal creature, found inhabiting Indian grasslands their range covers national park, plains and low hills with shrubs of India.The great Indian Lion is one of the largest of Indian cats, today survive only in the Gir Forest of Gujarat, India.

Amazing Archaeology

In Pakistan archaeologists have found ruins of of a city before Pakistan known as Harappa. Archaeologists have found out that the people that lived in Harappa domesticated animals and stored grains in granarys.They also found Mohenjo-Daro.In Mohenjo-Daro the outer walls of buildings had no windows and the bathrooms also had an advanced draining system as well as their own wells to.The roofs on houses were used to drill holes for crops to be in the sun.

India Today

Today India is still a hierarchical society whether your in South India or North India,Hindu or Muslim,Urban or village,virtually all things,people and social groups are ranked according to various essential qualities.Individuals are also raked according to their wealth and power for example some powerful people sit confidently on chairs while people with little power come before them to make requests,either standing or squatting not presuming to sit beside a person of high status as an equal.Many status differences in Indian society are expressed in terms of ritual purity and pollution, complex notions that vary greatly among different castes, religious groups, and regions. Generally, high status is associated with purity and low status with pollution. Some kinds of purity are inherent; for example, a member of a high-ranking Brahmin, or priestly, caste is born with more inherent purity than someone born into a low-ranking sweeper, or scavenger, caste.Other kinds of purity are more transitory—for example, a Brahmin who has just taken a bath is more ritually pure than a Brahmin who has not bathed for a day.Purity is associated with ritual cleanliness—daily bathing in flowing water, dressing in freshly laundered clothes, eating only the foods appropriate for one’s caste.

Things to Do in India

In India you are able to hiking in the mountains as well as visiting the Taj Mahal and the Harmandir Sahib which are perfect places for sightseeing and getting great pictures.

Traveler Tips for India

A dodgy stomach is pretty common for new travelers to India. That doesn’t mean you shouldn't try the street food, but try to stick to peeled fresh fruit and foods that are either boiled or fried. Stick to the bottled water and try to avoid salads or ice.Be aware that India has a relatively modest culture. Covering your arms and legs is a simple step toward respecting this. Indians are forgiving of those who aren’t familiar with their culture, but you can quickly make a good impression by, for instance, removing your shoes before entering someone’s home. This is particularly important when entering a sacred space, like a temple. Also, if you see shoes outside a shop, it’s a sign to remove your own.Feet are considered to be unclean in India, so if you touch something with your feet it’s appropriate to swiftly apologize. Similarly, eating or passing objects with your left hand is considered unpleasant for reasons best left to the imagination. If unsure of local customs, keep an eye out for what others do and imitate.You may well find yourself waiting half an hour in India when your friend has assured you they will be five minutes. Traffic and other interruptions can also mean that getting around can take a lot longer than expected. Build in plenty of room for unexpected waits and make sure to check opening hours – many government offices and shops close in the afternoon for lunch.While “don’t go down dark streets alone” might seem a bit obvious, there are plenty of straightforward ways to avoid subtle dangers in India. Carrying huge quantities of money isn’t a good idea anywhere, but in crowded Indian cities stealing is a very present problem. Equally, haggling at a market can, at times, become an unpleasant, heated exchange. Inexperienced visitors are advised to try to stay cool. Be pleasant but firm, and don’t allow yourself to be irritated.One way of ensuring you can have a bit of personal space, albeit in your head, is to have earphones with you to shut out some of the surrounding din – there’s nothing like the sheer clamour of an Indian city.Government shops are probably the easiest way to avoid running foul of scams, but simple rules like paying for things with money, to avoid card cloning scams, may save you a lot of unneeded trouble later in your journey. You should also pay particular attention if you’re arranging to have things sent home by post, as it’s not unknown for shops to take your payment and send worthless items instead.India packs a lot into a massive space, and you'll never have time to see it all on just one trip. Think about what interests you, what you like doing and how much time you have, and tailor your trip accordingly. Be realistic about how much your able to fit in. Rather than trying to see the whole country, you may get more out of your trip if you concentrate on the south of the country, or on the north. However, internal flights are plentiful and inexpensive so you can hop from north to south if you want a taste of both worlds of India.