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Visit the capital city of a population of over a billion, a cultural capital of a nation, and a city of an interesting blend of ancient and modern cultures all at the same time. Like a gem in the crown, Delhi is one of the most visited destinations, of spectacular architecture evident through its antique monuments, buzzing markets, busy streets and spicy street food.
The imperial city has been at the heart of many a ruling maharajas, sultans, mughals it happens to now hold a rich picture of a graceful antithesis of ancient history and modern infrastructure. Dotted all over with countless tourist destinations and points of interest like beautiful freckles on the face of the city, exciting excursions and tours are an inevitable experience here.
LAL QILA (RED FORT)- At the heart of the city lies a citadel that houses a number of museums. What once used to be a residential palace of the most powerful dynasty of emperors, the mughals is now a world heritage site. Occupying the well known Diwan-i-Khass, Diwan-i-Aam, Rang-Mahal and Nahr-i-Bihisht the place is a heaven in itself.
QUTUB MINAR- Also known as the Minar of Delhi, is the world's tallest brick pillar that stands alone in the midst of a lush green garden
INDIA GATE- In the middle of the city every evening one finds a dramatically illuminated "Arc-de-Triomphe" known as the India Gate. A 42m high archway, this monument commemorates 70,000 soldiers who laid their lives to rest in the first world war.
JANTAR MANTAR- An observatory that consists of 13 instruments used for astronomical observation, built by Maharaja Jai Singh 2 in the 18th century in the instructions of mughal emperor Muhammad Shah to revise astronomical dates and calendars.
PURANA QILA (OLD FORT)- one the oldest forts in Delhi, it was built by the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri. It is rumoured to be located on the original site of the Indraprastha (the legendary magical palace of the Pandavas mentioned of in the Mahabharata). Irrelevant, it has not interfered with the naming of this place as 'The oldest fort of Delhi'
RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN- This is the Presidential Palace or the official residence of the President of India. The estate includes of the Mughal Gardens at the back which incorporates Mughal and Colonial styles of architecture and design into itself.
GARDEN OF FIVE SENSES- An open space that invites people to take off some time from their busy weary schedules of daily life to relax, refresh and unwind. Designed of the former pattern of the Mughal Gardens the place offers a variety of recreational activities to choose from.
IRON PILLAR- Somewhere in the midst of the Qutub Complex sits a six metre high pillar made entirely of iron which however just does not seem to rust! Interesting right? The pillar also has evidences of cannonball firing, which only go on to show the excellence of iron blacksmiths of the era.
On the banks of River Yamuna is the one of the world's most prominent tourist spots and also home to one of the seven wonders of the world. Welcome to the city of Agra, a religious and commercial centre of ages that is not only known for its Mughal art and architecture but also for its food and chaat. The historical city Agra has found its mention in the famous Hindu epic Mahabharata as the forest of Agraban close to Mathura. Badal Singh founded the city in 1475. Agra has a rich historical background, which is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. In the sources prior to this, Agra has been referred as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans. In the sources prior, Agra has been referred to as Arya Griha or the abode of the Aryans.
TAJ MAHAL- A timeless classic that needs no introduction of its own. Known to have been built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Inlaid in precious stones and marble, the structure is an epicenter of controversy as many people believe it to be the site of an ancient Hindu temple, 'Tejo Mahalaya'.
AKBAR'S TOMB- Located at sikandara, this place doesn't usually make it to the itinerary of tourists yet is worth paying a visit to. Under a 15km radius of the Taj Mahal, it houses the cenotaph of the unforgettable Mughal emperor 'Akbar The Great'. Serene and sublime the place houses Mughal architecture in its purest,a modest structure which isn't as magnificent as the Taj Mahal or Motion Masjid.
TOMB OF ITIMAD-UD-DAULAH- Ever heard of the 'Baby Taj'? Come visit what is rumoured to be the draft Taj Mahal, the tomb of Itimad-ud-daulah. Belonging to the first phase of Mughal architecture, it is the first of its kind Made of red sandstone and marble, commissioned by Nur Jahan.
MOTI MASJID (PEARL MOSQUE)- But by Shah Jahan, this mosque which once used to be a place of worship for royal members of the Mughal court is an architectural delight that lies in the compound of the famous Agra Fort. Made entirely of white marble, it's architectural style bears an remarkably uncanny resemblance to the St. Basils Cathedral in Moscow.
RAM BAGH- One of the earliest Mughal Gardens where the founder of the Mughal dynasty was temporarily laid to rest before taken to his final resting place Kabul, Babur.
MEHTAB BAGH- A little known prime viewing spot of the Taj Mahal that exists opposite to the monument on the shores of the river Yamuna. Mehtab Bagh, a centuries old garden complex, open to the public but little advertised about. Translated as Moonlight Garden, Mehtab Bagh is is estimated to have been built by Emperor Babur in the early 1500’s, as the ultimate viewing place of the Taj Mahal. The Mughal garden was built to the identical width of the Taj Mahal complex and is exactly aligned with the marble mausoleum
The capital of India’s Rajasthan state, evokes the royal family that once ruled the region and that, in 1727, founded what is now called the Old City, or “Pink City” for its trademark building color
Jaipur is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. Established by Raja Jai Singh 2, the city is a versatile destination of tourists worldwide. A place of splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, and beautiful havelis; Jaipur turns out to be an ideal tourist destination to those seeking for mystery and adventure. Known as the Pink City the city has more to offer than captivating landscapes. Exquisite jewelry, intricate works of art and spectacular handicrafts are just a few to mention in a conjunction of rich heritage and culture. To amplify these attractions are the brilliant bazaars filled with bright turbans and ethnic attire, hand-dyed and embroidered textiles, pretty jewellery and delicious street food.
HAWA MAHAL (PALACE OF WINDS)- The most renowned Palace of Winds is a five storey palace constructed in the shape of a crown of Lord Krishna, by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of the rajput dynasty. Considered embodiment of Rajputana architecture, it's pyramid shape and over 9000 windows or 'Jharokhas' which are decorated with intricate designs are worth special mention. The intention behind the construction of the Mahal was to facilitate the royal women and provide them a view of everyday life through the windows, as they weren't allowed to make an appearance in public. The original architecture made use of red and pink sandstone.
CiTY PALACE- The beautiful complex comprises of numerous edifices, bast courtyards and lush gardens is a souvenir of majestic rajput history to the modern world. Constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh 2, the ruler of Amber it includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings.
JAL MAHAL (WATER PALACE)- Possibly the most serene sight amidst the chaos of Jaipur. This low-rise symmetrical palace appears to float in the centre of Sagar Lake. The light sand coloured stone walls of the Jal Mahal Jaipur are at a stark contrast to the deep blue of the waters of the lake. This majestic scene makes the Jal Mahal Jaipur’s most photographed monument.
NAHARGARH FORT- Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur. The name originally means the "abode of tigers", along with the Amer and Jaigarh forts Nahargarh formed the defense ring for the city of Jaipur. Constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh 2, fort was constructed as a place of retreat on the summit of the ridge above the city. With an impressive view overlooking the city, The story goes that the fort was named after Nahar Singh, a dead prince whose restless spirit was disrupting construction. Whatever was built in the day crumbled down at night.
ALBERT HALL MUSEUM- When the foundation stone of Albert Hall was laid during the visit of the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward to Jaipur in 1876, it had yet to be determined what use it would be put to. On suggestion of Dr. Thomas Holbein Hendley, Maharaja Madho Singh 2 approved to open a museum of Industrial Arts to display works of local craftsmen. The purpose of this exercise was to acquaint local craftsmen with the best examples of art work and handicrafts of India to inspire them to improve their skills, thereby protecting and preserving traditional art and reviving skills, while providing greater employment for artisans. It was also the intention that the display would help to educate youth in a wide variety of fields, entertain and inform the people of Jaipur.
RAMBAGH PALACE- What once used to be the residential palace of rajas and maharajas of the Rajput dynasty has now come down to be a luxury hotel under the chain of TAJ Hotels. A visit to the official website of this palace under the chain of hotels gives us a brief introduction "The palace retains its elaborate splendour, extravagantly decorated with hand-carved marble ‘jalis’ or latticework, sandstone balustrades, cupolas and ‘chattris’ or cenotaphs, and elaborate Mughal Gardens. Within this most glorious of palaces showcasing the best of Rajasthan’s royal heritage, you also experience the best fine-dining restaurants in Jaipur." "Enjoy a royal Indian feast at Suvarna Mahal, the former palace ballroom built in the 18th-century French style with huge crystal chandeliers. For multi-cuisine options, head to Rajput Room, our all-day-dining restaurant, or Verandah Café. Find Mediterranean delights at the lounge bar, Steam, or unwind in the sophisticated charm of the Polo Bar, with the trophies and memorabilia of the Jaipur polo team on display." "Take your royal retreat a notch further by indulging in signature treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa, where we envelop you in ancient Indian wellness therapies. Harmonise your mind and body with yoga and meditation."