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India is one of the largest tea producers in the world, although over 70 percent of its tea is consumed within India itself. Assam and Darjeeling are world famous teas which are grown exclusively in India. The Indian tea industry has grown to own many global tea brands and evolved to one of the most technologically equipped tea industries in the world. Tea production, certification, exportation and all other facets of the tea trade in India is controlled by the Tea Board of India.
White Bengal Tiger
The white fur is caused by a lack of pigment, which is found in orange tigers. The white bengal tiger grows faster and heavier than the orange tiger and are fully grown at 2 – 3 years of age. Male tigers reach weights of 200 to 230 kilograms and can grow up to 3 meters in length.
The Bengal tiger is found primarily in India with smaller populations in Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Myanmar. It is the most numerous of all tiger subspecies with more than 2,500 left in the wild. The creation of India’s tiger reserves in the 1970s helped to stabilise numbers, but poaching to meet a growing demand from Asia in recent years has once again put the Bengal tiger at risk.
The River Ganges
The Ganges River flows through the nations of India and Bangladesh. It is 1,569 miles and rises in the western Himalayas in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and flows south and east through the Gangetic Plain of North India.
The Ganges is one of the most sacred rivers to Hindus. It is also a lifeline to millions of Indians who live along its course and depend on it for their daily needs. It is worshipped in Hinduism as the goddess Ganga.
The Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 42 acre complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house. It is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.
Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.