The Map Project – India

Hello! Here is the next and last (but only for the time being I hope) installment of The Map Project. It has been great reading the posts and seeing what these kids have learned. Perhaps when I get back to doing a few short trips now and again they can give their insight once more. I hope you have all enjoyed this feature of this blog as much as I have. Today Rhiannon is telling us about India.


Hi! This is Rhiannon again! I am going to be writing about Goa and the Taj Mahal!! Eeva liked Goa but she LOVED the Taj Mahal! Enjoy!

The day Eeva went to see the Taj Mahal was very hot and humid!  There were many people there but she really liked seeing it in person. She sent us many pictures on her cell phone of it.

Around 20 000 people worked day and night for twenty two years to complete the construction of the Taj Mahal. It is one of the 7 wonders of the world and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Taj Mahal was completed in 1653 and was started in 1632!

At different times in the day the Tah Mahal appears to be a different colour. Some people believe these changing colours depicts the changing moods of a woman.

The cost of the construction of the Taj Mahal was around $320 million dollars!!

Eeva sent me a postcard of the Taj  Mahal for my birthday!

Goa is a strip of land 110 kilometres long and 60 kilometres wide.  The climate is tropical with a June to September monsoon, when rainfall is approximately 400 cm.  Eeva was visiting Goa at the beginning of this rainy season.  For the rest of the year, humidity is surprisingly low and average daily temperature is 27 C. The coolest months are November to February when night temperatures can fall to 20C and a pull over maybe worn.

Most of the people that live in Goa, 1.2 million! are Roman Catholic.  There is a large minority of Hindus and various sects of Islam.   Goa’s own language is Konkani but Marathi, Hindi and Portuguese are also spoken, along with English.

The major industries in Goa are mining, agriculture (fruit and coconut and spices), fishing and tourism.

Can you name animals from India?

Here are a few!

  1. Indian Elephant or Asian Elephant
  2. Asiatic lion
  3. Lion tailed Macaque
  4. Great Indian Rhino
  5. Leopard
  6. Neelgai
  7. Royal Bengal Tiger
  8. Wild Donkey
  9. Nilgiri Tahar
  10. Chinkara
  11. Pangolin (an anteater!)
  12. Indian flying fox

All photos taken and owned by Eeva Valiharju/Wanders The World

The stunning Taj Mahal
The stunning Taj Mahal
Close up of the Taj Mahal. Agra
Close up of the Taj Mahal. Agra
Just a cow wandering the market area in Goa
Just a cow wandering the market area in Goa
Anjuna Beach, Goa
Anjuna Beach, Goa

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