Geography of Early india. Lesson 1. Geography and Early India. The Big Idea Indian civilization first developed on the Indus River. Main Ideas The geography of India includes high mountains, great rivers, and heavy seasonal rain. Harappan civilization developed along the Indus River.
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When the Harappan civilization dissipated in 1700 BC, Central Asians called Aryans began taking over territory.
Invaders from the West
The Aryans left behind vast collections of poems, hymns, myths, and rituals. They also had religious writings known as Vedas.
No central government: small communities ruled by rajas
Sanskrit is the root of many modern South Asian languages.