March 5th 2013 - The Taj Mahal: I arrived in India for my first destination. When I had researched India there were facts of population, Although I had no idea that there were so many people in such a small place. India is a civilization that goes back for more than 5,000 years and has been maintained to a really high level within the 20th century. The first Place I went sightseeing in India was the Taj Mahal, This is a mausoleum in Agra. This mausoleum is considered to be the world's best example of Mughal architecture. This was also voted as the new seven wonders of the world. The evidence of Human activity is present from as long as 75,000 years ago! India is a vast country and also hosts a major portion of the highest mountains in the world!
March 7th 2013 - Tamil Nadu: Another Location that I visited while I was here in India was A state in southern India called Tamil Nadu. Thmil Nadu is less visited that other countries in India But it is beautiful. This state has plenty of extraordinary places of worship and also tons of culture! The temples of Madurai is amazing, there are tons of places to wxplore here. I had lots of fun exploring different temples within Tamil Nadu. The weather is much different for the monsoon rain in the southeast runs from october until early December. Which is a short but agressive wet season!
Environmental Issues : The Siberian Crane and The Sloth Bear.
The Siberian Crane: An endangered species in India is the Siberian Crane. This Bird is the third most endangered species in the world! Its the most unique amongst cranes with its bill that enables it to feed easily underground roots and on prey. The main Threats of this bird include habitat loss and degradation in the wintering grounds, and also breeding grounds. Hydrological changes to the lower Yangtze river. This is likely to have a major impact on the wintering population. Oil Extraction, and development contribute to this species being on the endangered species list. The Siberian Crane is legally protected in all countries.
The Sloth Bear: The Sloth bear is the most widespread bears in Indian subcontinent. As human population exploded the sloth bears habitat was cleared for agriculture, development, and also for timber. In india the sloth bears are poached for their gall bladders and other parts which are prized with in traditional Chinese medicine. The Sloth bears are now protected but do not receive protection in Nepal.