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Women in bright saris crowd together as they walk in a bridal procession in Mandawa, Rajasthan. A man steps through a doorway at the Varadarajaswamy Temple in Kanchipuram, “city of a thousand temples.” Kanchipuram is also known for silk saris—a thriving business here. The Mogul emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in Agra as a tribute to his favorite wife, who died in childbirth in 1630. Decorated elephants carry tourists past the Jaigarh and Amber Forts in Jaipur, Rajasthan, constructed beginning in the 15th century. Passengers peer out the windows of a train in a station in Varanasi, a 3,000-year-old holy city filled with religious statues and temples. The rolling hills near Munnar, Kerala, are covered with tea plantations that were originally planted by a Scotsman in the late 19th century.
To honor the dead, lanterns are hung from poles stuck into the banks of the Ganges during Akash Deep Puja, the sky lantern festival. The Ladakh region, culturally Tibetan, is home to Buddhist temples and gompas, or monasteries, including Lamayuru. A cow lies in the middle of the Golden Quadrilateral, a superhighway that opened in 1998 linking India's four main cities: Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata (Calcutta), and Delhi. Bangalore’s Brigade Road hums, a reflection of how quickly India’s industries have grown in response to globalization. In Mumbai, a bride feeds the groom at a Jain wedding, which requires a series of rituals thanking deities. A woman in Deshnoke, Rajasthan, stands outside the Karni Mata Temple, a monument to the rat goddess. The Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi is better known as the Lotus Temple, thanks to its lotus-shaped concrete petals. The Taj Mahal, one of the most enduring symbols of India, is popular with tourists, drawing more than two million each year.
Two men wrestle during a festival in Himachal Pradesh, which means “region of snowy mountains.” This resort area in the foothills of the Himalaya is an Indian favorite. Sikhs reach to touch a chest containing a copy of their holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, as it’s carried into Sachkhand Sri Hazur Sahib, a temple in Nanded, during the 300th-anniversary celebration of the book’s consecration.
During the ten-day Ganesh festival in Mumbai, devotees carry a statue of the elephant-headed Hindu god into the sea. Oct 17 2011 Experience the world through a weekly photoset of the best images from around the web.
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Those who weren’t dressed in school uniforms sported tiger T-shirts that proclaimed “LEAVE ME ALONE” in bold type.
Shortly, 1,200 students streamed into the streets of the small central Indian city of Chandrapur, halting traffic.
Many of the marchers carried signs and banners in English and Hindi that identified their affiliation, Kids for Tigers. Twelve hundred students marched in the streets of Chandrapur, India in December to save the tiger. The program is the brainchild of Bittu Sahgal, a man who fell in love with tigers on a safari to Kanha National Park in 1973. A campfire conversation transformed him into one of India’s most influential tiger defenders.
Then came Sanctuary Cub, a bi-monthly kid’s magazine, a 16-episode “Project Tiger” TV series, (which was viewed by some 30 million people), and a children’s TV series on conservation. To fight his growing cynicism, he turned to India’s youth: In 2000, he launched Kids for Tigers. The program has created a new generation of tiger advocates through nature walks, educational films, camps, and a conservation agenda that’s been adopted by more than 500 schools in 20 cities. This was Sahgal’s goal: To give city kids the opportunity to fall in love with tigers and with nature, and  to teach them that we can’t save tigers without saving their home. But he has a much larger message, one that I watched him deliver before hundreds of middle and high school kids at St. By protecting tigers—and the top predators in any food chain—we also save the entire spectrum of life that shares their realm, preserving ecosystems that have been fine-tuned over millennia.
A week after meeting with a delegation of these kids in 2001, Prime Minister Vajpayee stood before India’s National Board of Wildlife. Next up: In part four of the Talking Tigers series, I’ll look into the history of tiger hunting in India. I really hope that I will go to the India someday, I love to see their culture,children and their place, because i believe that they live in harmony environment.
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Capture sunrise and sunset over the Taj Mahal, and go on photo shoots at five other UNESCO World Heritage sites. Photograph the fairy-tale marble palaces of Udaipur's Lake Pichola by boat, and take a sunset camel safari among the sweeping dunes of the Thar Desert. Search for tigers in Ranthambhore National Park, and for rare birds and other wildlife in Keoladeo National Park. Set out on a photo tour of New Delhi, the capital established by the British in 1911, and fill your viewfinder with architectural details of the India Gate and Parliament buildings. Begin the day with a morning photo shoot, capturing vibrant images of local men and women in traditional dress in the gardens of the Jai Mahal Palace. With your camera in hand, set out on a morning game drive in Ranthambhore National Park in search of the elusive tiger, as well as hyenas, wild boar, spotted deer, and sambar.
Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur is most celebrated for the fairy-tale marble palaces that appear to rise from the waters of Lake Pichola. Today the train carries us into the heart of the Thar Desert to magical Jaisalmer, founded by Rawal Jaisal in A.D. Today is Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, which welcomes spring and celebrates the triumph of good over evil with song, feasts, and the "play of colors," in which celebrants douse each other in colored flour with radiant pigments. Disembark the train in Bharatpur after an early breakfast and head into the wetlands of Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a renowned bird sanctuary. Rise early and cross the Yamuna River to photograph the Taj Mahal at sunrise from the beautiful Mehtab Bagh gardens. Award-winning photographer Nevada Wier specializes in the remote corners of the globe and the cultures that inhabit them.
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Tiger numbers and poaching of the big cats are harder to detect, Dhakal said, because poachers take the entire carcass to sell body parts for various traditional medical uses. Latest estimates put the number of wild tigers in Nepal at 198, up from 121 in 2010–a rare success story in the fight to preserve the Critically Endangered big cat.
In the country’s Bardia National Park, “there used to be a lot of hunting for subsistence, so prey numbers had gone down, so those communities were brought under buffer zone management system,” Malla said.
Tiger range countries have met every four years since 2010 for a “stock taking” exercise, which is funded by the Global Tiger Initiative. A global estimate put numbers at a mere 3,200 in 2010, down from over 100,000 a century ago. Oblivious of the din due to a midnight fair, the pilgrims have queued up to pay their obeisance to their lord, Shiva, on the pious occasion of Mahashivaratri festival. See photo galleries, play jigsaw puzzles, and download wallpaper of images from more than 105,000 submissions.
The marble-and-sandstone Amber Fort has intricate carvings; the immense Jaigarh Fort once served as a center of artillery production. Many Hindus journey here to walk down the ghats, or steps, into the Ganges River to be purified.
Every 12 years millions take part in the 45-day Kumbh Mela, or Grand Pitcher Festival, which includes ritual bathing in this and other rivers.
People in the southwestern state also have the highest literacy rate in India and enjoy the best health. This arid Himalaya land was closed to visitors until the 1970s, and it remains sparsely populated. It’s part of a $30 billion-plus National Highways Development Project—the most ambitious building spree in India since Britain created the railway system in the 1800s. City officials have debated banning the hand-pulled vehicles, citing traffic jams as well as humanitarian issues. Many Indians live in modern suburbs and work in gleaming skyscrapers, but many more—a large majority—remain impoverished and trapped by tradition. Along with Commercial Street and the MG Road, Brigade Road appeals to young, savvy shoppers. Some tenets of Jainism are similar to those of Hinduism, but the religion hasn’t spread far beyond India. Across India, worshippers carry hundreds of the statues into rivers and lakes as well as the sea. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. These high schoolers are part of a groundswell youth movement that is now more than a million strong across the country.
It was the same year Indira Gandhi launched Project Tiger to rescue the cat from extinction.
In 1980, Sahgal asked Fateh Singh Rathore, the head of Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, how he could help tigers. Eventually, Sahgal was posted to high-profile government committees, where he and others who fought to protect natural resources were ignored or summarily dispatched by those pushing for big development projects. Kids for Tigers started in urban centers—New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore—and then branched out into smaller towns and cities like Chandrapur that border tiger reserves.
This huge orange-and-black cat is deeply woven into India’s history, religion, and folklore. By preserving the remaining big tracts of forest, wetlands, and jungle that tigers need to survive, he says, we’re giving them space to hunt, find  a mate, and enough land to survive catastrophic events, like floods or drought. Saving a forest—conservation on a grand scale—has effects that radiate outward with global implications. There are 38 species of felids, ranging from the seven-pound tabby in your lap to 500-pound Siberian tigers—with cheetahs, leopards, ocelots, and other striped and spotted cats in between. We'll also share National Geographic articles, videos, and behind-the-scenes features and keep you up to date on our Big Cats Initiative work to help big cats hang on in the wild.
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Combining the resources of National Geographic and the Cincinnati Zoo, and drawing on the skills of an incredible crew, we documented these amazing cats in a way that’s never been done before. The tour is one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2010.See all Asia tours. The tour is one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2010.See all Africa tours. The tour is one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2010.See all North America tours. The tour is one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2010.See all Central and South America tours. The tour is one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2010.See all Asia tours.
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Traveling aboard the Palace on Wheels train, document this enchanting land on photo shoots in rural villages, at the Taj Mahal, and amid evocative dunes. Then delve into Old Delhi, a patchwork of eight different cities built by a succession of rulers and a center of Muslim India between the 13th and 19th centuries.
Known as the "Pink City" for its rose-colored buildings, Jaipur is protected by high fortifications and multiple gates.
After breakfast visit Hawa Mahal, or Palace of Winds, a stunning five-story sandstone building designed to allow ladies of the court to watch life on the streets below. Venture into a spectacular labyrinth of courtyards within the City Palace, a soaring creation of marble and granite perched on the lake's edge. Get into the spirit and join the festivities or capture the brilliant colors with your camera. Keep your camera ready while searching for egrets, flamingos, and many other bird species and wildlife.
Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is often described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. At a specially arranged photo shoot, capture the Taj's reflection on the water with camels in the foreground. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, and Smithsonian. Years of war and subsequent reorientation of the state, left vulnerable the nation’s rich fauna and in particular its tigers to the rampant poaching that has decimated wildlife populations across Asia. This and “other financial incentives have built trust and partnership with communities.” The additional incentives incude relatively high compensation rates for attacks on humans or livestock by tigers. Increased numbers of tigers has inevitably meant increased conflict with the increasing numbers of humans. Hundreds of kids milled about or huddled in small groups, practicing cheers that blended into a rhythmic, unintelligible wall of sound.
The Hindu goddess Durga vanquished a monster-demon while astride her ferocious mount, a tiger.
These are the young minds with events like these , will bend for the right causes and understand the need for the hour. The tour is one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2010.See all Africa tours. The tour is one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2010.See all Africa tours. The tour is one of National Geographic Traveler’s 50 Tours of a Lifetime for 2010.See all Asia tours.
Focus on birdlife at a wildlife sanctuary, and snap action shots of dancers at a private performance.
Take a bicycle rickshaw ride through the old city's busy, narrow lanes, and stop at a local spice market to capture the colorful bustle.
Trace a turbulent history of siege, valor, and sacrifice at Chittaurgarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Incredible photographic opportunities abound at this palace complex, the largest in Rajasthan, which blends medieval, European, and Chinese architecture and is richly decorated with inlaid mirror-work, mosaics, and frescoes. Rising above the city, the imposing turrets and bastions of the golden sandstone fort conceal a lively town within. Jodhpur's blue-hued old city lies at the foot of the massive Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a rocky outcrop some 120 meters high. Later, during a photo walk around Bharatpur village, meet with and photograph local residents engaged in daily life. Pay a visit to a marble inlay workshop to see how the intricate stonework on the Taj Mahal was created. While Nepal’s politicians bickered, fears rose for its iconic tiger, one of its most majestic animals.
The population [in Nepal] was a total of 121, [we] realized it had gone down dramatically,” said Sabita Malla, from WWF Nepal, on the sidelines of a recent global tiger conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For instance, Nepal and neighboring India have seen success in intelligence-sharing regarding poaching in the respective countries.
Despite the constant, heartbreaking news I hear almost daily about the tiger’s continuing demise, these kids inspired hope.
He used skills he’d gained working in advertising, writing newspaper articles, and campaigning, sometimes successfully, against assaults on the land in key tiger habitats—particularly around India’s nine newly-established tiger reserves. Some Indians refer to the tiger as a striped water-god who creates rain and can end drought.
He told me that a few years ago, before the program took him and his classmates into nearby Sanjay Gandhi National Park, he’d spent little time outside of urban areas. One year, they collected over two million signatures and delivered a truckload of them to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Because nature is self-repairing and the children will outlive the dismal ones destroying our planet… we are going to win. Frame the golden spiked minarets of Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and the final architectural achievement of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
If you wish, join a photo excursion to a traditional fruit and flower market, or relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens of the Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, a masterpiece of Indo-Saracenic architecture dating back to 1745. Later, explore the narrow streets of the old city by rickshaw, and stop to photograph a local market before visiting the 17th-century Jagdish Temple, adorned with fantastic carvings.
Photograph the magnificent fort and discover the havelis, once the mansions of wealthy merchants, decorated with elaborate facades.
This evening, return to the Taj for a sunset photo shoot before gathering for a festive farewell dinner with a traditional sitar musician.
Mines, dams, roads, chemical complexes, and other development were creeping, like mange, into tiger habitat, he said. Forests feed water into 600-plus Indian rivers and streams that run through them, watersheds that provide drinking water for millions of people. This afternoon, a scenic boat ride on Lake Pichola provides an opportunity to capture the luminous white marble facade of Jag Niwas, now the Taj Lake Palace, and its shimmering reflection on the water.
Cap off our day with a sunset camel ride, stopping for a traditional tea at an eco lodge to learn about the lifestyle of people in the desert.
Shoot sweeping panoramas of the city below, and explore the museum that houses a spectacular collection of miniature paintings, ivory artifacts, and weapons.
En route to Agra, stop at Fatehpur Sikri, the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1569 to 1585, where elegant carved sandstone palaces remain incredibly well-preserved. Enjoy an outdoor dinner and special photo shoot with folk dancers and music unique to the Thar Desert region. Later, in the heart of the old city, hone your portraiture skills during a photo shoot with local Rajasthani men displaying traditional handlebar moustaches. Enjoy lunch at a royal palace hotel before returning to the Palace on Wheels for the final leg of our rail journey. Those kids came over to our side and said, ‘Yes, we will save the tiger!’” He says they’ll continue to send letters to heads of state and other officials.

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