Friday, March 11, 2011

Intro to India, the ancient and mystical land east of the Indus Valley

Magnet geography India  by trudeau
Magnet geography India a photo by trudeau on Flickr.

India, named for the Indus River valley, a Cradle of Civilization.
Yet today the Indus River lies in Pakistan.

Some 60 years ago India was partitioned - parts of it split away - so that 2 new Muslim nations could be created. They are Pakistan and Bangladesh. These nations are havens for Muslims of Indian background.

For centuries India has seen regular and bloody conflict between Hindu and Muslim.

The great map -

- Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka
- Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean
- Indus River, Ganges River
- Delhi (12.5 million), Kolkata (5.1 million), Mumbai (13.8 million), Bangalore (5.4 million)
- Tropic of Cancer
- Agra, city of the mausoleum known as the Taj Mahal.
- Himalaya Mountain range