Discover The Intrigue Of India
“India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”
– Mark Twain
India is a country in the south of Asia known for many things: the awe-inspiring Himalayas, a million spice markets and colors, women wearing sarees and bindis, incredible festivals and weddings that last for days on end, henna, spirituality complete with many gods, diverse culture, the Ganges river, an extremely large population, the train system, and, of course, the Taj Mahal: one of the most famous structures on earth.
And then there’s Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was a non-violent political leader who led India to its independence from Great Britain and is one of the most famous figures throughout modern history.
In India, people bow, place their hands together in a prayer-like fashion and say “Namaste” (a Sanskrit word) when greeting one another. This literally means “I bow to you.”
In India, you’re taught that there are certain qualities that make you a divine human being.
– Deepak Chopra
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- “Roopkund Skeleton Lake in Uttarakhand, India, is known by the locals as ‘Mystery Lake’ or ‘Skeletons Lake.’ This glacial lake in the Himalayas of India is famous for the hundreds of human skeletons found at the edge of the waters. With a depth of around six feet, the skeletal remains can be seen when the snow has melted. At the high altitude of 16,499 feet, it is uninhabited.”
- “Chand Baori is located in Rajasthan in India. It is considered a stepwell, which means there’s a series of steps that ends in a pool of water. The Chand Baori is a very popular tourist spot during the summer since after the walk down the stairs tourists get the chance to cool off in the refreshing pools of water below.”
- “The Nohkalikai Falls are located near Cherrapunji, one of the wettest places on Earth. The plunging waterfall is 1,115 feet tall, making it the highest in India. The source of the falls is entirely rainwater collected at the summit during the wet season. In the dry season, the falls are not as strong as the rest of the year. At the base of the waterfall is a waterhole that was carved by the cascading water.”
- “The Lotus Temple, New Delhi is a large temple which can be found in New Delhi, a part of India. It is the primary house of worship for the Bahá’í religion. The Bahá’í religion is centered around the belief of spiritual unity between all people. The temple is meant as a place of worship, but also just a general gathering place where people can spiritually come together. The church is shaped like a gigantic lotus flower, which is where the name of the temple comes from. At night, the temple is lit up and resembles a giant star in the shape of a flower.”
- The Taj Mahal: “Rising above the Yamuna River in Agra, India, the glistening white dome of the Taj Mahal welcomes visitors to its doorways, winding paths, and beautiful gardens. Created by Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz upon her death, the Taj Mahal stands as one man’s undying statement about his love for his wife. With its jewel encrusted walls, ornate details, set against the turquoise sky, the Taj Mahal is considered to be on one of the Seven Wonders of the World.”