# The Aryans were a semi-nomadic pastoral people. # The original homeland of the Aryans is a matter of debate with different experts suggesting different regions from where they originated. # Some say they came from the area around the Caspian Sea in Central Asia (Max Muller), while others think they originated from the Russian Steppes. Bal Gangadhar Tilak was of the opinion that the Aryans came from the Arctic region. # The Vedic Age started with the Aryan occupation of the Indo-Gangetic Plains. # Meaning of the word Arya: Noble. They spoke Sanskrit, an Indo-European language. # They led a rural, semi-nomadic life as compared to the Indus Valley people who were urbanised. # It is believed that they entered India through the Khyber Pass.