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India Exploration & Adventure, Travel Tribe Culture Series

teacher avatar Kelsey Betzelberger, Opera singer / Teacher / Traveler

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Lessons in This Class

21 Lessons (55m)
    • 1. Travel Tribe Welcome Video

      2:05
    • 2. Travel Tribe Introduction to India

      1:45
    • 3. India Fun facts

      3:48
    • 4. Geography of India

      2:18
    • 5. History of India

      4:24
    • 6. Indian Holidays

      2:25
    • 7. Indian Food

      1:46
    • 8. Indian Language

      1:24
    • 9. Bollywood

      2:31
    • 10. Indian Caste System

      1:23
    • 11. India Marriage

      1:36
    • 12. Clothing In India

      2:04
    • 13. New Delhi

      5:19
    • 14. Kolkata

      2:05
    • 15. Mumbai

      1:50
    • 16. Jaipur

      1:07
    • 17. Other Sites in India

      2:05
    • 18. Indian Animals

      3:45
    • 19. Taj Mahal

      5:22
    • 20. Travel Tips India

      3:46
    • 21. Conclusion Travel Tribe India

      2:37
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Welcome to Travel Tribe's Exploration and Adventure in India!

In this dynamic, exciting course, we will explore the history, food, culture, language, traditions, animals, celebrations, geography, and famous sites of India. The course then heads to the construction, history and fun facts about one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, the Taj Mahal

Students explore local traditions and fun facts that shape this country into the exciting and dynamic place that it is today. Students discover the major cities, learn how to fit in like a local, and check out what to explore in each city, and how to make the most of India if you're only in town for a few days.

Whether you are planning for a post-Covid vacation, wanting a virtual adventure, or planning your next long-term-digital-nomad destination, this course is for you!


Some of the fun-fact topics we will explore:

  • How (and when) did people first arrive in India?

  • What animals are native to India? 

  • Why was the Taj Mahal built?

  • What is the current capital of India and how does it handle its constantly growing population?

  • What does Indian dance look like?

  • What is the Indian Festival of Lights?

  • What is the Caste System?

  • Why can cows and monkeys freely wander the city streets?


About The Author

My name is Kelsey Betzelberger, and I have been teaching for over 10 years. I was trained as an opera singer at Northwestern University in Chicago, and visited 45 countries around the world while performing at opera houses in Italy, Germany, England, Argentina, France, Croatia and the Netherlands. I also teach German, French, and music, and I have lived in seven different countries with my husband and our three well-traveled, geriatric cats.

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1. Travel Tribe Welcome Video: Welcome to this Travel Tribe History and Culture course. My name is Kelsey Bessel Berger and I have been teaching for over ten years. I was trained as an opera singer at Northwestern University in Chicago. And I visited 45 countries while performing an opera houses around the world. In this dynamic, fast-paced course, we will explore the history, language, food, culture, traditions, celebrations, geography, famous sites. We will then dive into the construction history and you see fun facts. Discover all this and more in this troubled tribe History and Culture course. Make sure to bring your travel journal. As the saying goes. Traveling makes you speechless and then makes you a storyteller who are going to help lay eggs. I'll place viral way. We're going to have fun, dance and play, or getting on a plane, maybe eating food or Z. Let's see France, Let's see Spain, let's see it too. I said, Let's see Greece. Let's say come to me. Let's see China, Let's see Russia traveled, trip, let's go, let's see France, Let's see Spain, Let's see it. Let's see Greece, Morocco. Let's see Columbia. Let's see, Let's see Russia. Let's go. 2. Travel Tribe Introduction to India: India. Officially, the Republic of India, is a country located in South Asia with an estimated population of 1 36 billion people, the second most populous country in the world. India is also the seventh largest country with the number one largest democracy on the planet. Your travel the world worksheet is available for your reference at all times during the course, which provides facts about the population, language, location, size, and currency. A blank sheet is also provided for optional self-study. The Travel Tribe travel planner is used throughout the course as a way to note the food, clothing, holidays, must see sites, major cities and their attractions, and fun facts or pro tips that should be kept in mind when exploring. This, help you plan exactly where you want to go, what you want to do, how you want to explore and the time of year that's best for you. It helps you organize your thoughts and highlight the key aspects of the country. There are also some coloring pages provided for your enjoyment. The coloring pages and travel planner can be shared with the class at the end of the course. Let's get started. 3. India Fun facts: India is home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world. India is in South Asia. The name India is derived from the river Indus, which also flows through India. The area known as India now was inhabited approximately 250 thousand years ago. The population is around 1, 36 billion people, as compared to someplace like the US, where the population is 330 million people. 44% of people in India speak Hindi, with English, and 22 other official languages spoken by people around the country. The capital of India is New Delhi, but the largest city is mumbai, also known as Bombay. The currency in India is the rupee, and they drive on the left side of the road. Every Indian currency note as two languages on the front, Hindi and English, and other languages on the backside. Indian clothes are colorful and attractive and all types of Indian foods are full of flavor and Spice. A person who was from India is India. One of the most important Hindu festivals in India is Dave Wiley, also known as the festival of lights. A common greeting in India is saying, now my stay, which means I bow my head to a popular instrument. Mbi is the sitar, which is like a guitar, but with a much longer neck. The Taj Mahal is India's most famous monument. 4. Geography of India: India is extremely diverse, with snow-capped mountains to deserts, plains and the Himalayas in the northern part of India, are some of the highest mountains in the world, and about 1550 miles or 2500 kilometers long. The name Himalayas comes from the Sanskrit word Hema. Snow. The Himalayas have many soaring mountain peaks. The highest being Kunshan Jenga, at just over 28 thousand feet or 8500 meters, which is the third tallest peak in the world. The Ganges River, considered sacred by India's Hindu population is 1560 miles or 2510 kilometers long. People use this river from many daily needs as well, including transportation, bathing, and washing their clothes. This massive river is characterized by yearly flooding due to intense monsoon rainfall. India has one of the world's most pronounced monsoon climates. Among soon as a seasonal wind that brings extremely heavy rain to the affected area. The wet and dry seasons and large temperature fluctuations of the Indian monsoon system produce three types of climates. Cool and dry in winter, hot and dry and humid in the summer. Hot and wet in the fall, which is also monsoon season. Around 75 percent of the country's total rainfall each year happens during these fall months, and it often leads to catastrophic flooding. 5. History of India: Hand axes, the earliest items found in India have been dated back to around 500 thousand years ago. Modern humans from Africa arrived in India at least 55 thousand years ago. These people were hunters and gatherers for thousands of years. So the region became highly diverse as they moved around the country. India's earliest known civilization arose in what is now Pakistan, about 5000 years ago on the Indus River. The remains of two huge cities were discovered called Harappa and Mohenjo Daro, with Greek houses, water systems and sewer pipes. By 1200 BCE. The ancient form of Sam script, a classical language of South Asia, was being used in India. Nobody knows why. But these cities were abandoned in 1700 BCE. A number of similarities exist between these cities on the Indus River and the rise of civilization and Mesopotamia, the world's earliest civilization in Iraq and Iran. But a very spiritual country. It has no official religion. But more than 80 percent of Indians are Hindu, about 13 percent are Muslim. Other religions include Buddhism, Sikhism, and Jainism, which all began in India. Hinduism is an Indian religion and dharma or way of life, and the world's third largest religion. Hindus make up nearly four-fifths of the Indian population. And Islam is still the largest minority faith. During the Gupta Empire in year 400. Arts and sciences flourished. During this time, the Indian astronomer audio, but that determined the Earth, orbited the sun. The Western world, however, took much longer to accept this theory audio. But there was also a mathematician who gave the value of pi 3.14. And India's first satellite was named after him. Beginning in the 16th century, a Mongol leader named Bob Ward founded the Mongol Empire, which began the golden age of art, literature, architecture, roads, mosques, gardens, and enormous tombs, such as the astonishing Taj Mahal. Britain took control of the country in 1757, which lead to uprisings and revolts. In 1920, political ethicist and lawyer Mahatma Gandhi began peaceful protests to encourage the British to leave. When British rule came to an end of 1947, the area was sanctioned along religious lines into India with the majority of Hindus and Pakistan with a majority Muslim population. Well, I've, my Gandhi was later assassinated in 1948. He left behind for children at an example as to how to protest peacefully. India has been a secular federal republic since 1950, governed in a democratic parliamentary system. 6. Indian Holidays: There are many holidays celebrated in India, but most of which are accompanied by festivals, music and food. And Xiaomi is the festival dedicated to the goddess satisfied be the goddess of knowledge. Language, music, and art. Ascent by Xiaomi also highlights the coming of spring. 40 days after Xiaomi, the Festival of spring, colors and love called Holly signifies the triumph of good over evil. Traditional hierarchies are forgotten and families celebrate by throwing colorful powder and water at each other. They're wildly. Another widely celebrated holiday symbolizes the victory of light over darkness. Families like lanterns, exchange, and sometimes like fireworks. India also has three national holidays. Republic Day, January 26th, which honors the Constitution of India coming into effect in 1950. Independence day on August 15th commemorates the nation's independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. Last but not least, Gandhi's birthday on October second. Gandhi is considered India's father of the nation, leading India into independence from the British rule. He inspired the world with his peaceful protests. At a time when violence was rampant. National events are celebrated with great enthusiasm and always accompanied by food. 7. Indian Food: Although there is much regional variation in Indian cuisine, the everyday diet of most Indians is quite repetitive. Although they are full of spices and aromatic delights. Nearly all meals and India are mostly made up of regional staples. Fluffy rice in the East and the South are flat breads in the North. Northwest. Soups and caries are popular throughout all of India. A puree of lentils called DOM, vegetables, yogurt, chilies, and other spices are also widely consumed. Mips is quite uncommon, except on festival occasions, but beef is never consumed. As cows are considered sacred. Coffee is more common in the South and t, called Chai is generally the preferred beverage of people in the North. Tallies classic dishes include butter, chicken, chow, pioneer, and we'll chat, glad Jomon. And lastly, or fruit and yogurt smoothies. 8. Indian Language: The official languages of India are Hindi and English. These are the language is designated for government use. There are also 22 so-called scheduled languages recognized in the Indian constitution. 15 are Indo-European. For our Dravidian to our Sino Tibetan. And one is Austro Asiatic. 50 is spoken in the majority of the North. Nearly 44% of India speaks Hindi, but English is the most widely used and common language. The great size of India's population makes it one of the largest English speaking communities in the world. Even though English is spoken fluently by less than 5% of the population. English is also the principal language of trade and the language of instruction in nearly all universities and private schools. And however, is still the language spoken fluently by the highest percentage of people living in India. 9. Bollywood: The massive motion picture industry in India centered in Mumbai, which used to be known as Bombay, is the most popular form of entertainment. And nearly all Bollywood films are in Hindi. Named after its US counterpart, Hollywood. This colossal film industry makes more feature length films than any other country in the world. Most movies are somewhat repetitive parodies of drama, comedy, music, and dance. And they can be upwards of three or four hours long. Dance has traditionally been an important part of culture and India. According to legend, the gods invented dance. And dancing is one of the most revered Hindu forms of expression because it incorporates a melody, drama, and form. Gestures, body positions and head movements are all emphasized in Indian dance. Yes or no. Yeah. 10. Indian Caste System: The caste system is also a major part of India society. India is home to at least 3000 casts and 25000 sub casts. A cast or Jetty, which means birth, refers to a strictly regulated social community into which one is born and has dominated social organization for thousands of years. By 400 BCE, the caste system had emerged within the predominant religion of Hinduism. Cast is determined by birth, and therefore, there's virtually no way to change it. High castes are priests, soldiers, and land owners. People who have no caste do the most unskilled and undesirable jobs. These people are called the untouchables. Everyone else is somewhere in the middle. People are expected to interact with other castes in accordance with the group's position in the social hierarchy. A person is also expected to marry someone within their caste. 11. India Marriage: Marriage is nearly universal. Divorce is extremely rare, and virtually every marriage produces children. The vast majority of marriages are arranged by family and a bride moves to her husband's house. Love or non arranged marriages are increasingly common in the bigger cities. Temporary tattoos made of dye from the henna plant are also popular for women and children during wedding celebrations. There is a clear order of social hierarchy and influence based on gender, age, and how many male children a woman has. Men of any age enjoy higher status than women? Boys are often pampered and girls are sometimes neglected or not given the same opportunities. Traditionally, women were expected to treat their husbands like gods even after death. In some casts, widows are not allowed to remarry even if they are very young. 12. Clothing In India: Fashion and India has always been colorful, flowing, and bright. While one might see some Western styles and the bigger cities, the most widely worn traditional dress for women in India is the, sorry. A single long piece of clots, traditionally 18 feet or six yards long. Uh, sorry, might be tied around the waist, nodded at one end, wrapping the lower body and then lifted over her shoulder. But the way you sorry, is wrapped varies greatly by region. For men, a similar but shorter length of cloth is a lower body garment. It is also wrapped and tied around the waist. But Styles again Barry, in accordance to region. In the South. Though these are wrapped around the lower half of the body with the upper part tucked in similar to a skirt in Western societies. In the North. The dose is wrapped once around each leg and then brought up through the legs to be tucked in the back of the waist band, which is what you might see Mahatma Gandhi wearing. Feel free to reference page 2 of the coloring sheets. Feel free to design your perfect outfit or pattern. 13. New Delhi: Less than 1 third of India's population lives in towns and cities. But India has three major cosmopolitan areas. Mumbai, which used to be known as bombay, Calcutta, Delhi. It is believed that Raja or king do founded ancient Delhi 2800 years ago. Called cut down was the capital of India until 1911. And after India gained independence in 1947, The capital was then moved to New Delhi. New Delhi has a current population of more than 30 million people and many traditional neighborhoods, as well as a bustling modern city center with skyscrapers and a rapid transit system. New Delhi seems to always be in the middle of a traffic jam with endless took, took motorbikes and cars. India's capital city has illiteracy rate of 89.38%. And it's particularly renowned for its beautifully landscaped garden and burst with color in the spring. The largest of these include Buddha Jayanti Park and the historic low D gardens. Three World Heritage sites are also located in Delhi. The Red Fort, built in 10 52, is the place from which the Prime Minister of India adresses the country on Independence Day. Who tells me not. A soaring 73 meter or 240 foot high tower of victory was built in 1190 3. And who Mayans tomb predating the Taj Mahal by 60 years. Who my ends tomb echoed the sentiment behind the Taj Mahal is creation, where a grieving husband built a mausoleum in memory of his beloved wife. Who my ends tomb was the result of a wife's love for her deceased husband. And it was one of the main influences for the architecture of the Taj Mahal 60 years later. The India gate was inspired by Paris's Arc de Triomphe and built in 1931. It is the national monument of India and commemorates the 90 thousand soldiers who lost their lives while fighting for the British in World War II. The National Museum, another inspiring destination, has over 200000 works of art that span at least 5000 years. Delhi is where the traditional cuisine associated with India originates. Dishes such as kebab, be DID, and 10 Dadi are popular worldwide and they all originate in Delhi. Housing prices in the largest cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai are among the highest in the world. Homelessness is unfortunately quite common, particularly in New Delhi, where many families reside and make shifts, slumps or have no home at all. India has one of the largest economies in the world. But because of its enormous population, it is one of the poorest nations on earth. As existing housing simply does not meet India's fast growing communities. India is also the worst country in the world for air pollution, with nearly 17 percent of all deaths in India solely due to the countries massive amount of smog that looms over the cities and the countryside. 14. Kolkata: Kolkata, previously known as Calcutta, was India's capital under the British Raj from 1773 until 1911. Kolkata is known as the cultural capital of India due to its historical and architectural significance. Today, it's famous for its grand colonial architecture, art galleries, and cultural festivals. Kolkata is also home to the mother house, headquarters of the missionaries of charity, founded by Mother Teresa, who's tomb is on-site. Kolkata is unique because it is the only city on the Indian subcontinent that has an underground railway. There is only one line, but about 10 miles long with 16 stations. Known as the City of Joy. Kolkata is one of the best places to settle down in India, especially for young families. The Victoria Memorial is a large marble mausoleum built between 1906, 1921, dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. At that time, the Empress of India. Cali temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Kali. It was built by dash Ramani, who constructed the temple in 1855. After being inspired by a dream. The Kolkata new market was built in 1874 and now has over 2 thousand shops. 15. Mumbai: Formerly called Bombay. Mumbai is a densely populated city on India's west coast. It is India's largest city and extremely wealthy. In fact, it has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires of all Indian cities. The gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924, stands on the Mumbai Harbor waterfront. The nearby LF Fanta host ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The city is also famous for being the heart of the Hollywood film industry, is home to unesco World Heritage sites, such as the city's distinctive Victorian and Art Deco buildings. The global Vipassana pagoda is I don't meditation hall able to see around 8 thousand people built in the year 2 thousand. 16. Jaipur: Jay pore is now called the old city or the pink city, trademarked for the pink color of many of its buildings. J4 has numerous attractions, such as the City palace complex, built-in 727. And AVA Mahal, a palace made out of red and pink sandstone with gardens, courtyards, and museums. Part of J4 is even still a royal residence. 11 kilometers away is the fort or the amber Palace, which was built in 1592. 17. Other Sites in India: India is also known for its many touristy sites, including monuments to sacred structures, mainly the Taj Mahal. There are also many temples carved from the rock. Mainly agenda and a Laura being the most noteworthy. The Kyle Ash temple is the largest of the rock cut Hindu temples at the alotta caves. The Sun Temple at gonadal is from the 13th century and dedicated to the Hindu Sun god Surya. The vast temple complexes at the boob on SY, Khajuraho and Kochi pleura are breathtaking and Mogul masterpieces such as whom ions two and the Taj Mahal draw visitors from across the globe. Buildings such as the High Court in Shonda God and the Bhopal State Assembly Building in Bhopal are large structures. Also notable our step wells or man-made ponds that have this descending set of stairs to reach the water, such as Chion Bowery step well, one of the deepest and largest step wells in the country. And Ronnie Kiva or queens step well, one of the most detailed stop wells in the world. Now a unesco heritage site. 18. Indian Animals: India has nearly 90 thousand types of animals, 1200 birds, and 50 thousand plants species. For thousands of years since the Hindu religion first evolved. Respect for animal life has been an important part of Indians beliefs. Cows, especially our sacred and cannot be harmed or eaten. Cows are even allowed to wander through the city streets, which often contributes to the near constant traffic jams. Indian elephants, the massive one horned Indian rhinoceroses, and many primates are also popular in India, as well as the crocodiles that inhabit the country's rivers, swamps, and lakes. Coming second to New Zealand. India has the highest population of sheep in the world. At 75 million sheep. The national flower is the lotus flower. The national animal is the tiger. And the peacock is the national bird. The WHO lock, given the only ape found in India, is confined to the rainforests. And the lion tailed macaque monkeys with her around their faces are unfortunately becoming rare due to poaching. India is the only country in the world that has native lions and tigers. The Asiatic lion is the only lion found outside of Africa. It is highly endangered, so it is now confined to the year National Park. The Bengal tiger is the National Animal of India, and it is known for its beautiful colors, quick movements, and formidable strength. Once on the verge of extinction, Bengal tigers or Indian tigers, have increased to several thousand thanks to Project tiger, which has established protected and guarded reserves in various parts of the country. The Movement for the protection of forests and wildlife is highly active in India. A number of species including the elephant, the rhinoceros, and the tiger, have all been declared endangered, and many others are considered vulnerable. Legislative measures have declared certain animals protected and almost no forested areas are left in private hands. That could possibly offer hunters the opportunity to shoot endangered animals. 19. Taj Mahal: The Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is an ivory white marble mausoleum in the Indian city of Agra. Our sixth wonder of the world was commissioned in 1632 by the Mogul Emperor shah Jahan, in order to house the tomb of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. After ruling India for 30 years. This is where the emperor himself as buried as well. This massive complex includes the mausoleum, a mosque, a guesthouse, and expensive Walden garden. The Taj Mahal is managed by the government of India and it has nearly 7 million visitors every year. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1643 and took around ten years to complete. The entire complex is believed to have cost an estimated 32 million rupees, which in 2020 would be the equivalent of 916 million US dollars. The project took roughly 20 thousand artisans that don't marble mausoleum, known as the onion dome for its unique shape, is 115 feet tall. The Taj Mahal was commissioned in the memory at John's wife, Mumtaz Mahal. She had died earlier that year while giving birth to their forte child. The Taj Mahal was attributed to the emperor's love for his late wife and a way to soothe his grief over her death. The Emperor died 23 years after this marble mycelium was completed. And the tombs of the emperor and his wife rest side-by-side. The Taj Mahal is symmetrical in all ways, except for the two tubes which are different sizes. The emperor's being larger than his wives. The Taj Mahal is an ivory white marble mausoleum. And India famous for its amazing architecture, monumental size and dazzling beauty. This mobile architecture and indo Islamic style took about a thousand elephants to transport all the materials needed in order to build the monumental Taj Mahal. Indian architect who start at my law, which was the main architect of the grand structure. One of the Taj Mahal most recognizable features is the large white dome, called an onion dome. Due to its shape. The Taj Mahal is considered to be the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of indo Islamic style. The arches and domes add to the mausoleums natural appeal as the sunlight reflects off the marble. The beautiful marble and precious stones make the buildings simply dazzling. There are more than 30 different types of gemstones decorating the Taj Mahal. Many types of marble were used in this construction, including materials from Afghanistan, sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, and China. The marble walls change colors throughout the day depending on how the light hits it. In the morning. It appears pink. This shrine to eternal love looks bright, white during the day. And it seems gold at night, which is quite fitting considering that the name Taj Mahal literally means crown of palaces. One of the greatest architectural achievements of all time. The Taj Mahal with its white marble and glittering gemstones, attracts visitors year around. Feel free to write down in your journal the aspects of the Taj Mahal that you enjoyed or how you might like to spend an afternoon and wandering the grounds. 20. Travel Tips India: Here are some of my top tips when traveling in India. Only eat freshly cooked food. Don't eat salads, juices, or anything wrong. Uncooked food will inevitably be washed and contaminated with water that you don't want to ingest. Whereas cooking kills most of the germs. Possibly consider becoming a vegetarian. While in India, the meat being sold is often hanging in the warm sun with flies buzzing all around it. Locals are mostly vegetarians. So this is another way to fit in. Avoid ice in your drinks as ice is most likely made from a poor quality water source. On that note, only drink bottled water as tap water is contaminated in India. Aquafina is a good brand. But do your research about safe brands as sometimes used models can be refilled and resealed. So it's best to be cautious. Don't brush your teeth with tap water and shower with care. Don't open your mouth or your eyes in the shower. Speaking of the restaurant, prepare yourself. Squat. Toilets are common in public restaurants and low-cost hotels. Be careful when exchanging money. Atms are the safest way to get cash. When paying, always count your change carefully though. Feel free to use a converter on your phone just to make sure that there are no miscalculations or where to put your money. I'd recommend concealing your cash, your wallet, and your passport under your clothing, either in a neck wallets or a passport pouch, anything but a backpack or in your pockets. Make sure there aren't too many zippers though and whatever you put it in so that you don't need to pull it entirely out of wherever you've hidden it or untick everything you're wearing to access it. Going off that though, you will need to carry cash. Credit cards are only accepted at larger businesses or hotels, usually with exorbitant fees, no less. But for taxis, rickshaws, cheaper hotels, souvenir places, entrance fees and food, you will need cash. People might try to offer you gifts or let you hold whatever they're selling. Keep in mind though, many shop owners are of the mindset that you looked, you bought it. Also be aware that yes. Can also mean, I don't understand. It's one of the most well-known words in the English language. And it's easy to say yes. When you're trying to translate in your head, if you're in a taxi or scheduling a tour, I'd recommend not taking a simple yes for an answer. Also, memorize a few key phrases. Learn a few words of the local language. It makes you a little more well-received and helps you when you're in a pinch. As with all travel though, have plenty of patients and try to find funny communication amusing rather than annoying or angering. You'll have a much more enjoyable trip if you see humor and the things that go wrong. Also keep in mind, if you're not speaking their native language, speak slower but not louder. The locals are doing their best with your language, which is probably bear third or fourth language. A smile is universal though. So be kind, speak slowly, and have fun. 21. Conclusion Travel Tribe India: A bustling country full of hardworking people, piled them vegetables and wandering cows. India is home to nearly 18 percent of the world's population. Mouth-watering food can be smelled from miles away. And giant Hindu temples provide space for worship. And plants and animals are highly protected. What are your thoughts on Indian culture? What would you like to see in India? Feel free to take notes in your travel journal about your favorite spots. Now that you have filled out your travel planner with the food, clothing, holidays, must see sites, major cities and their attractions. Fun facts and pro tips. Feel free to share with the class. You're welcome to also post your coloring pages. Thank you for traveling with the Travel Tribe. For future research. Some of my favorite travel books are a year in provost's by Peter male under the Tuscan Sun, by Francis made wild by cheryl strayed, CouchSurfing in Iran, by Steven or cat who went to Paris by Peter gathers. For future traveling adventures, search, traveled drive in this search bar. The next course in your travel journey is the history and culture of France and an exploration of Germany. I'd day. I look forward to seeing you at your next Travel Tribe adventure.