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Features and Landmarks



India Gate

India Gate


Constructed by Edwin Lutyens in 1921, the India Gate also known as the All India War Memorial was built in memory of the 90,000 soldiers who died in World War 1.  The gate is found at Rajpath in New Delhi, India and towers over the city at 42 meters high.  This gate is a popular tourist attraction as well as a great hang out spot for the locals.  During the winter, many families take a picnic and enjoy their day down at the gate.  It is also a great relaxation spot during the long summer nights. 



Lotus Temple - Modern Temple of Delhi

Lotus Temple


The Lotus Temple is a modernly built religious home.  People from all over India, come and worship in this temple for their gods.  It is the holder of the Bhai's Faith of worship.  This temple is dedicated to the “oneness” of all religions and mankind.  The Baha’i House of Worship has many buildings, in which different rituals and different kinds of relief occur in.  These buildings offer relief to the suffering, sustenance to the poor, and shelter to the wayfarer, and solace to the bereaved and education to the ignorant.  This all abounds around the House of Worship.



The Ganga River


The Ganga, is considered the most sacred river by the Hindus. It covers, the heartland of India, which was the main centre of the ancient Aryan culture. It is near the glacier, Gangotri in the Himalayas and runs through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal to run into the Bay of Bengal. Gangaand and its tributaries Jamuna, Gornti, Garga, Sarda, Gandak, Chambal, Son and Kosi, spread out like a fan in the plain of India, forming the largest river basin in India, with an area, one quarter of the total area of India.



Patkai and Allied mountain ranges


Patkai and Allied mountain ranges run along the Indo-Bangladesh-Burma border. They are more commonly called the Purvachalor Eastern Mountains. These ranges form an arc and must have come into existence along with the Himalayas.



The Himalayas   


Himalayas: Spreading across Pakistan, Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Burma the Himalayas are the highest mountain range in the world. They were formed by the Indian subcontinent  colliding with Asia. This process is still ongoing and still causes earthquakes.  the Himalayas are made up of three parallel mountain ranges- The Greater Himalayas, the Lesser Himalayas, and the Outer Himalayas. The Greater Himalayas contains the three largest mountains in the world- Mount Everest (8,796 meters) on the China-Nepal border; K2 (8,611 meters) in an area claimed by India, Pakistan, and China; and Kanchenjunga (8,598 meters) on the India-Nepal border. A lot of the major mountains are located within India. The Lesser Himalayas is located in northwestern India, in this mountain range is the hill stations of Shimla and Darjiling. During the colonial period the British used them as a summer retreat to get away from the heat. The outer Himalayas is located between the Lesser Himalayas and the Indo-Gangetic Plain. The Himalayas provide the countries with water. In the summer when all the snow melts, an alluvial fan is created which carries silt to enrich the plains.   http://www.indianchild.com/himalayas.htm


                                            Mount Everest                                                                                                                      















Taj Mahal




Taj Mahal- Its located on the Yamuna river in Agra and was built by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1653. The story of why is was built started when Shah Jahan met Mumtaz Mahal at the age of fourteen. It was love at first sight. They got married 1612. In 1631 Mumtaz Mahal died giving birth to her 14th child. It was said that on her death bed Shah made a promise to build a great monument in her honor. Shah started to build his magnificent monument in 1631. He used 22000 laborers and 1000 elephant. It was made completely out of white marble that came from all over India and central Asia. In all the Taj Mahal took 22 years to build and is now known as one of the seven wonders of the world.  





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