An amazing and vast land full of striking contrasts, striking shades, striking architecture and the changing lingo on every mile; this state is the largest in India in terms of population, and was also the largest in area among others, unless the succession of Uttranchal, which broke from UP to become a separate state.
A land of immense diversities, this land has been blessed with incarnations of 2 of the most important gods; Lord Rama & Lord Krishna. This place has also produced some of the greatest names in our history, including Rani Laxmi Bai, Tatya Topey, the great kings Harshavardhan and Akbar. It is a magnificent land full of temples, numerous holy places situated on the banks of the rivers Ganga & Yamuna, and also the city of Allahabad which is the confluence of these two great rivers and their third tributary Bhagirathi. Pilgrimage to these places holds a special place in the lives of the Hindus in this country.
Also home to some of the brightest sons & daughters of India, including Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Pt. Lal Bahadur Shastri, Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya, Maulana Abul Kalam and Smt. Indira Gandhi, this state also holds the distinction of making the largest number of Prime minister of this country of India.
Places of Interest
The city of Taj...Agra...
Tajmahal is among the most famous Seven Wonders of the World. This is a tomb which is the symbol of love and devotion. Tajmahal is in a city called Agra in India. This place is around 200 kilometers from the Indian capital city of Delhi. Agra is among the most visited cities in India. Famous for its archeological monuments and heritage this place had a record of attracting tourists. Tajmahal is one of the wonders of the world and if you are planning a trip to India then it will be incomplete without a visit to the Tajmahal.
History of TAJ-MAHAL
An immense imposing structure of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648, Taj Mahal was built under the Mogul Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal was dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal who died while bearing her fourteenth child. Shahjahan was deeply in love with his wife and he wanted to make a piece which should be devoted to his wife so for this the great Tajmahal was built.
This masterpiece of love, which stands on the banks of Yamuna River in the city of Agra, took 22 years to complete in construction, and was completed in the year 1654. The number of workers involved in the construction was nearly 20,000. A fleet of nearly thousand elephants was used to transport the materials to the site. 28 types of precious and semi-precious stones were laid in the white marble to create this masterpiece of the world.
The city of AGRA
Agra is a beautiful city with some of the remarkable Mogul structures and monuments. The best time to visit this city is during January to April and from September to December. The weather here is very hot and during monsoon it becomes damp. There are various monuments which can be seen in Agra so you better plan for at least a three days trip to this state. Avoid visiting this city from December to January, as during this time the weather is very cold and you get thick fog. The temperature can decrease to as low as zero degree.
Places to visit around AGRA
The Taj tour Highlights include the following...
A visit to Tajmahal
A trip inside the Agra fort
A trip to Fatehpur Sikri
A trip to Sikandra, King Akbar's grave
An optional trip option that includes the twin cities of Mathura & Vrindavan, which are related to the birth place of Lord Krishna.
37km from Agra lies the ghost city that was once the capital of Mughals in India. This city was built by Akbar between 1571 and 1585. With the fine efforts of archaeological survey of India, the city is well preserved as it was built. The city presents a great example of the mixing of Mughal and Hindu style of architecture. The famous Fatehpur Sikri mosque was actually built on the lines of the holy mosque in Mecca. Through the entrance of the mosque which is called the Buland Darwaza, a 54m high imposing gateway; you enter the inside the complex which has the mausoleum of Salim Chisti, the Sufi saint who blessed Akbar to have a male offspring.
Diwan-E-Am: The first enclosure of the palace is a vast courtyard in which the emperor used to give daily public audience and dispense justice.
Diwan-E-Khas: The Diwan-E-Am gave access to a second enclosure, a large quadrangle which has all finest buildings of Fatehpur Sikri. At the northern end is the Diwan-E-Khas. Also referred to as the Hall of Private Audiences, it is an astonishing chamber dominated by a massive carved pillar, which supports a fantastic capital above which is a balcony.
Lord Krishna’s birthplace...Mathura...
This place is more famous for the Hindu god Lord Krishna. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, this place is also the birthplace of Lord Krishna, who is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. This place has been a sacred pilgrimage for Hindus from centuries.
Akbar’s final resting place...Sikandra...
This place is the final resting place of Akbar the great, the greatest of all Mughal emperors who ruled the country. The rows of arched domes and their overlooking gateways present a great site for visitors to this place.
Destinations in Himachal Pradesh
Himachal Pradesh...or Dev Bhumi as it is usually referred to; has always been high in tourist influx from all corners of the globe. This state boasts of being home to some of the most fantastic and awesome destinations that have no match in beauty and bliss. The literal meaning of Himachal Pradesh is the "land of snowy mountains" also known as Deva Bhoomi which means the land of Gods.
Come...experience true bliss in each and every destination of Himachal Pradesh. Get carried away with joy in the mesmerizing exhibition of nature's virgin splendors that this state offers in plenty.
Places of Interest
The major tourist destinations of Himachal Pradesh are...
The Ridge and the Mall and Kufri in Shimla, Ki, Kie or Key Monastery, Keylong, Gondhla, Tandi, Suketi Fossil Park, Khoksar, Rakchham, Nako, Kalpa and Baspa Valley in Kinnaur, Sangla Valley on the right bank of Baspa river, Tabo in Lahaul Spiti, Pin Valley, Lingti Valley, Kunzum Pass, Kaza, Kibbar Village, Baralacha La, Timber Trail Parwanoo, Kullu, Manali, Manikaran, Vashisht, Pangi Valley, Manimahesh, Killar, Kasauli, Kaushalia stream, Bhakra Dam, Mandi, Kangra, Yol Camp, Dharamshala, McLeod Ganj, Kangra Fort etc.
Destinations in Delhi
Welcome to Delhi; the capital of India. A city where people from all states, colors, languages, religions, shapes and sizes live together, chasing their dreams through the daily hustle bustle of its fast and crowded streets. This place has a uniqueness like no other, which will simply make you fall in love with it. It’s a city that has something for everyone. It offers plenty of historical backdrops as well with well preserved mosques, forts and gardens sites that take you back to the times of Ad & BC.
The major attractions of Delhi are its gardens, museums, monuments and holy places. Gardens like Mughal and Lodi quite popular amongst tourists. And places like India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar, and Red Fort are must on Delhi itinerary. Being a spacious city, Delhi encompasses some of the phenomenal architecture of the past.
Places of Interest
The holy places...
Jama Masjid, Safdurjung Tomb, Humayun Tomb, Akshardham Temple, Birla Mandir, Lotus Temple, Chhattarpur Temple, Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, Rama Krishna Ashram, Kalka Ji Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Gurudwara Sis Ganj The Monuments...
India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar, Parliament House, Red Fort, Old Fort, Raj Ghat, President House
Lodi Garden, Mughal Garden, National Zoological Park, Shalimar Garden, Rose Garden & Delhi Haat
The Amusement Parks...
Aapno Ghar, Fun 'N' Food Village, Children's Park, Adventure Islands, Entertainment City
The Shopping Markets...
Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Sarojini Nagar, Kamla Nagar Market, Gandhi Market, CP Market etc, Palika Bazaar, Ansal Plaza, Metro Walk,
Destinations in Uttaranchal
Uttranchal is made up of two words; Uttar means north and Aanchal means Veil. And rightly so, this place is actually the veil of the north, sitting just on the face of the great northern range of Himalayas and the Karakoram Range which stretches till China in the north.
The State is also very rich in presence of flora and fauna and automatically makes for an ideal location for undertaking a Himalayan journey. Also full of foothill areas that are densely forested, the state is also home to some of the most fascinating wild life reserves; including the Jim Corbett National Park, Rajaji National Park, Govind Wildlife Sanctuary, Asan Barrage, and Chilla Bird Sanctuary as well.
Kumaoni and Garhwali are the respective lingo of Kumaon and Garhwal widely used in day to day communication by the people living therein. It's widely spoken in villages and small towns. However the city culture has too much extent swallowed up Kumaoni and Garhwali, and the people prefer to use Hindi instead.
Destinations in Rajasthan
It is a land that is packed with history, arts and culture. It is a fantastic land with a great history; a history of abundance, opulence and richness, which is still amply visible in the remnants of the old palaces, Havelis, Forts, and other historical structures.
It is a land of people, who are brave and forthright. People with nomadic lifestyles and a freeness that is only visible in this special land. Everything about this place is truly mystical, enchanting, impressive and fascinating.
This state has a total area spread of over 343000 sq. km, which is divided into 2 parts by the impressive Aravali’s range spread in the length of more than 700 Kilometers. This range thus divides the state into two regions with entirely different geographical features. Water levels here are very low and have been so for many centuries.
Places of Interest
The pink city of Jaipur...
The capital of the state of Rajasthan, this beautiful City is actually printed in pink color everywhere. A city that is also known for the famous Hawa Mahal, this place was also a strong bastion of some great rulers, whose hill forts and series of palaces made in the city, make for an important destination among the visitors.
The city of Havelis...Jodhpur...
The second largest city of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is very famous for its havelis. Guarded on its west by the Meharangarh Fort, and on the east by the stately Umaid Bhawan; Jodhpur is actually a place that will remind you of the glorious past associated with Rajwarahs.
The city of sand dunes...Jaiselmer...
This is that city of Rajasthan which presents the most enchanting picture of the deserts in front of your eyes. According to an old legend, Rawal Jaisal laid the foundation of the city in 1156 AD after consulting a local hermit by the name of Eesul. Tricuta was the hill chosen and Jaisal abandoned his old fort at Lodurva to establish this new capital.
The beautiful city of Lakes...Udaipur...
Udaipur is the most romantic destination in the entire Rajasthan. Enhanced by the presence of a Lake by the name Pichola, this place has a picture perfect setting for spending endless evenings of bliss in the arms of your beloved.
The city of Bikaner...
Bikaner is a desert city built on an elevated area of Land and resembles a fortress with its high wall surroundings and 5 huge iron gates serving as the entry and exit points to the city. The best time to visit this pace is preferably between October to March, when the winters are in swing and the heat of the desert is not that hostile.
The holy city of Ajmer...
This holy city is renowned for the dargaah of the Sufi Saint and preacher Khwaja Mohinuddin Chisti. Situated on the foot of a hill this place is thronged by devotees of all caste, creed and religion during the Urs period which is on the 10th of July this year.
The hill city of MountAbu...
Located at a hill at the height of 1219 meters from sea level, this picturesque place is famous for its beautifully crafted marble temples. It is a sheer contrast to the other destinations of Rajasthan which are mostly on desert lands.
The bird city of Bharatpur...
This city is more known for its Bird Sanctuary which attracts migratory birds from far ends of the world for the delight of the on-lookers who come to visit the reserve.
The tiger countryside...Ranthambhore...
This beautiful place in Rajasthan is famous for its sprawling tiger reserve and the famous Project Tiger being run here for the conservation of Tigers and creating awareness among people the people about it. Nestled at the foot of Arawali Hills, this place is perfect for quiet excursions with friends over a weekend.