This monument is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the most beautiful monument of the whole world. This was a mark of love and honour by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to her 14th child and Shah Jahan was completely shattered. After this he built this beautiful mausoleum about which he himself said that even the sun and the moon would shed tears after seeing it. The main building was built in 8 years after the monument started being built in the year 1631 but the whole complex was completed in the year 1653. The monument is built right on the banks of the River Yamuna and is a symbol of purity and love. The white marble used here makes the place looks even more peaceful when the reflection of the monument falls on the waters of the Yamuna. The red sandstone mosque is also a part of the monument complex. Immediately after the building was completed, Shah Jahan was overpowered by his son Aurangzeb and was imprisoned inside the Agra Fort. He could only sit and look at the Taj Mahal till he died in the year 1666. The building has intricate work especially the beautiful lattice work and the Quran is inscribed on the walls of the monument in the form of beautiful calligraphy. The Persian Garden inside the monument complex is another attraction for the tourists. Every week thousands of people come to visit this place and to experience their dream come true. Some also have to leave disappointed at times but there is alsways a desire left to come back.
This stop was my one planning mistake of the trip. I only had one day to see the Taj Mahal and it was a Friday. I found out a few weeks prior to departure that the Taj is closed on Fridays. Since the trip was scheduled so tightly, there was no way to change the date without screwing up the rest of the itinerary so I had to settle for viewing the Taj Mahal from across the river. Still worth the trip.
I do not want to write much about the Taj Mahal because I honestly believe that you have to see it to feel it. Nothing I say here can prepare you for the 'Wah Taj!' experience. To say that it's overwhelming would be an understatement. Enough said. Hire a guide. Take a photo on the 'Diana' seat. Just do it.
Up close you would understand why it is included in the list of the 7 wonders of the world. It is one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Taj Mahal is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took almost 11 years for it to be built and thousands of artisans and craftsmen. It is definitely worth a day's visit.
The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. This marble edifice is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Building of the Taj began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, and employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen. "The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs; And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made; To display thereby the creator's glory." -Emperor Shah Jahan
Skeptical, considering that it would be one of those clichés tourist attractions, I arrived at the Taj Mahal a warm morning around 6:30 am and I have to admit I almost cried. It is AWESOME. As the sun rises (it’s recommended to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the tourists and see the phenomenon), it will shine more, like changing color in its whiteness. The details are simple and sober, but impressive: the flowers that adorn it are not simple drawn flowers, but semiprecious stones incrustations. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how cliché it may be, DON’T MISS IT.
It was Thursday & since the Taj was going to be closed on a day after, it was heavily crowded out there. Tickets for Indian citizens are available at 20 bucks per head, 510 for Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries while for Foreign Tourists, the tariff is 750 bucks! No extra charges for carrying a Still / Point-n-shoot camera, but you gotta pay for a Video camera if any. I waited 30 minutes in the line to get inside & once in, I got to know that the East & South gates were almost empty & I could easily enter from there. Seeping through the dark colored entrance, the path opened up & I had the Symbol of Love, the Taj staring right at me. Or the other way around! Been to the place twice before this, I was left dumbstruck as I saw the blissful shade of the Taj. It didn’t seem to have affected by the pollution the surrounding area has, for it looked marvelous in foggy white. I met a lot of photographers & travelers who were friendly enough to share their experience at the Taj. As a matter of fact, I met an English photographer who was on a tour, collecting photographs of historical & cultural monuments for his magazine. He mentioned he hasn’t seen anything as beautiful & peaceful as the Taj. I walked down the exit lane with a promise to myself that I’d think of the Taj every time I feel low. How this marvel stands tall & beautiful with everything it’s got going on around, is an inspiration. These are the instants that a wanderer is in search of. The moments of realization that life’s got too much to offer. We occupy a very tiny space in this world; there’s a lot to see & learn. And yet, a lot to inspire. We should choose to make the most of what we have.
Day 3 Morning Taj Mahal - You can never be early enough to beat the crowd. Forgot to get shoe covers from outside had to go all the way out through the annoying security gates to get one. Ah, if only I could drop inside Taj garden by a helicopter! But nope, you have to walk through all the dirty and small lanes with cow dung all around and people burning stuff despite the fact that the Taj is getting darker thanks to pollution, and finally ward off peddlers, and find the right queue for your ticket and go through the heavy security & patting down... phew! And then you realize you got to have shoe covers before you can enter this "symbol of love" (duh), which unfortunately is available only to foreign tourists at the entrance of Taj, and other taxpaying patriotic citizens (like myself) have to beg the security again to let me out so that I can get the stupid overpriced cover from a peddler outside and come all the way bacK again - howw romantic! Well, yet it is built in white marble and there is a tomb inside. More exquisite jali works in marble with precious jewels inlayed inside. You'd be lucky if you can find a calm spot and enjoy the view though. For bikers, be prepared to ditch your bike far away at the first junction as there is no parking nearby. Also the locker room is about 50 meters away from the gate. Just ask the guards. They didnt allow my gopro chest strap inside, and another 'patriotic' Indian gave me a lecture on how a go pro can scratch the marble surface (lol) if I kept it on the marble floors. Aaaaargh, when will ppl learn to mind their own business? Did not live up to my expectations! Mausoleum of love- my ass!
One of world's most beautiful buildings, counted as one of seven wonders of world, a building that stood strong over past 400 years to tell the world, how much a king, who ruled over entire India, missed his beloved wife and what she meant to him. The hugeness of Taj Mahal amazes us at first look. The precision with which it is built leaves no doubt in our mind that it actually took 22 years to complete Taj Mahal. The entrance and compound walls built in red stone are also huge and remarkable.
To be honest, This is purely my own personal opinion.I didn't like the Taj Mahal much, of course it's such a huge construction and a marvelous structure. But donno why I felt that.While walking towards Taj Mahal, to the left and Right side of the trodden path.. There's a big lawn and garden kinda.. So we sat to the left of the structure and had a view of it. And this is the path which is less taken by other tourists. So there's a certain calmness and you can enjoy it.This is the only best moment I had.For Taj Mahal lovers, Kindly Ignore if you are annoyed with the way I described the structure.Please have a visit, you might find a different note in that.
Wake up at 5 o'clock and head for Taj Mahal. Buy the entry ticket from Shilpa Samabay. Taj Mahal is about 1.5km from there. Govt. buses are available at nominal cost.P.s - u must carry a valid photo ID for ticket purchase and checking at entry gate.Water bottles, wallet, small handbags, camera bags are allowed inside Taj Mahal!Enter the premises, and enjoy the glorious Taj Mahal bathing in the first Ray's of the rising sun!!!!U can easily spend 2-3hours there, as the sun will then make u run for a shade!!
It was a day well spent with various activities like playing carom , volleyball , cards and the day end with delicious food of cafeteria in the hostel which satiated our taste buds.Day 2 : @TajMahal We were excited to see the Taj in the morning , our hostel was just the walking distance from the Taj Mahal around 1.2 km .We took the eastern gate road to enter the Taj Mahal on which you can see the Taangewallas which reminds you of old Agra.It was a majestic view of the Taj in the morning sun rays.
20. Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh – Time for a clean-up actTo outsiders, the Taj Mahal has become a symbol of India, which is great thing but we Indians do not seem to have the same amount of respect for one of the wonders of the world. Whether it's the dirty river next to the structure or our love of scribbling our lovers name on monuments, we seem to have ticked all the wrong boxes. Time to buckle up and help preserve this beautiful symbol of love.
Started early morning from New Delhi on 12 November, we drove past Greater Noida via Yamuna Expressway and reach Tajmahal by Noon. Post lunch, we traveled via NH 21 to Bharatpur for the night stay.
The name says it all. No words needed. The heaven on earth! There are three gates to enter the taj - The West gate, The East Gate and The South gate. The grand gate called Darwaza-i-Rauza is the entrance to the taj. Whichever gate you come from, you have to cross the Darwaza-i-Rauza to enter the taj. That feel when you see the mausoleum for the first time through the gate was mesmerising. And it took another half an hour to enter the mausoleum after standing in a long queue. Adjacent sides of the Taj lies a mosque and a guest house. On the other side of the river yamuna was the Mehtab Bagh. Since the scintillation was going on in one of the minarets, couldn't have a full view of the whole Taj. Do check whether scintillation work is going on when you plan for Agra.
Agra houses India's very own wonder of the world, and gives the world a chance to celebrate this architectural marvel at a festival called The Taj Mahotsav. The mahotsav is a colourful festival, where different cultures of the country are put on display, including their art and cuisine. The Taj Mahotsav will be celebrated from February 18 to 27 in 2017. Plan your travel in February well so that you do not miss out on this. In February, the weather will be very pleasant with the maximum temperature rising to 25°C and the minimum going down till 10°C.How to reach: The best way to reach Agra is by taking a train directly to the city. The nearest airport is in New Delhi and you can hire a vehicle from there to get to Agra. The Yamuna Expressway, which connects Delhi to Agra is one of the best highways in the country.Unravelling the mysteries behind the great Konark Temple!
I took an early morning train from Hazrat Nizamuddin train station and went to Agra Cantt and from there took sharing auto to Taj Mahal, while travelling in auto to Taj Mahal I had word with my other co-passengers (9), I told them I am going to Taj Mahal & want to return back to Delhi thereafter to catch train to Mumbai, they told me that in morning they had being to Taj Mahal & there was huge number of people out there, they said it will be very difficult for me to return on time to Delhi as I need to first get train from Agra to Delhi, However they told me that they know one person named Shahid who escorts tourists to Taj Mahal (guide), they gave me Shahid contact number, when I reached Taj I contacted Shahid(10) and met him there, he was very helpful, he told that there are around 20,000 people around here to visit Taj, however as I have personal soft corner for Mumbai people I will get you inside Taj as you also need to catch your return train from Delhi to Mumbai, accordingly because of his help I was able to get inside the Taj Mahal and accordingly returned back to New Delhi Railway station at around 8:30 pm & caught my train to Mumbai Swaraj Express at around 9:25 pmThis was my travel story, I hope you will like it :)so in total I met 10 people throughout my trip to Uttarakhand, whom I will never forget in my life1. 24 Friends - NIM, Uttarkashi2. Mauni Baba - Uttarkashi to Gangotri3. Two Brothers (Ashish & Mahesh) - Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh4. Bengali Dharamshala Manager, Rishikesh5. Tata Sumo Person, Rishikesh to Haridwar drop6. Rahul - Nainital7. Cobbler Boy - Ramnagar8. 5 Boys - Corbett Falls, Kala Dhoongi, Nayagaon, Ramnagar9. Co-passengers in sharing auto - Agra10. Shahid - Taj Mahal
We (my hubby) took a train (Gatiman Express) at around 8.20 am from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. It was almost one and half hour journey. The train journey was too good, less tiring...After getting down at Agra Cantt, we took a prepaid taxi for Agra Local. Reached Taj Mahal at around 10.30 am (since Taj is closed on Fridays, Saturdays are too crowded). We could see one of the wonder and I was really excited to see that. We clicked lot of pics in our camera and phone. ..It was just simple and good...Post that we left for lunch (~1.30 pm)
We Reached Taj Mahal at 1.50 PM. Taj has 3 gates to enter, we tuk the gol chakkar gate. Der is a battery operated rick wch will tak rs 10 pp and Rs. 30 for entire rick wch can fit upto 4 adults. u can also walk, Its jus 8-10 min walk.Ul get 2 ques, one for the ticket and d oder for the entry. So book ur ticket online and download e-ticket it will save on ur time. Rem no eatable or leather is allowed.On the way till u rch Taj Mahal, ull be bothered by many guides startin to quote at Rs. 600+ wch at the end come down to Rs.200-Rs.300. In my view take a guide if u wnt to knw the history behind it and some more crap details or els give it a pass.
Its min 2-3 hrs to explore the inside of this amazin structure……Its not jus the Taj Mahal but the structures around it and the garden etc etc. keep gud time in hand if u wnt to explore the entire area. its one beauty to be seen and witnessed in person and no words can describe the actual beauty of it. At the back the Yamuna river flows and if u can plan, plan Taj Mahal visit on a full moon day, coz dats the only time whn its open for visiors during the nite. Rememebr Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Being in one of the seven wonders of the world, it is no wonder that the Taj Mahal is most frequently photographed. There are thousands of photographs of Taj. Hence, I decided that my photographs would be to show something that has not been shown before. Though the temperature would dip down to zero and below during winter, it is the best time to explore Taj because the combination of fog and golden hours of dusk and dawn would be wonderful. After a journey of twenty hours by train, I was shivering by the time I got down at Agra and took a short, powerful nap before I started my wandering. The cold weather excited me as I walked down the road to reach the east gate of the Taj. As I enter, I see a magnificently beautiful structure stood tall on the banks of Yamuna river. Another interesting spot is Mehtab Bagh that is situated opposite to the banks of Yamuna that gives a picturesque and unique perspective of Taj. I took a boat ride on the Yamuna river that gave me a spellbinding tranquility. The sight of gleaming golden light making its way through the fog was a sight that I would never forget.
All the seasons are the best seasons and anytime is great to pay a visit to the Epitome of Love, the Taj Mahal. No matter how cliched it may sound, visiting Taj mahal in Agra continues to chart the priority list of many travelers all over the world. One of the best Seven Wonders of the World, relish stunning views of Taj Mahal.Best Time To Visit: OctoberOther Things To Do: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb and Jama Masjid. 19. Rann Utsav at Kutch, Gujarat
After roaming around TajMahal and Other few forts there, we started back to New Delhi to spend the night.
Vehicles leave you 2 km away from the Taj. Battery cars and camel carts are readily available to take you on pillion. Carry your id cards and buy your tickets if you want to take a closer look of this grand monument. Latticed gardens and pristine blue pools adorn the Taj like a foyer, as the monument rises from a red sandstone base. The double dome, the slender four minarets with intricate inlay work renders one simply speechless. As you enter the dark dome you see Persian verses decorate the walls and a marble enclosure, within whose vault lies the cenotaph of Mumtaz Mahal and the casket of Emperor Shah Jahan.The architecturally exquisite Taj is much more than its twin ‘Bibi-ka-Maqbara’. At the end of it, you leave the Taj with wonder in your eyes and a mesmerising awe of having seen something so beautiful and so grand built to epitomise someone's death!
Here's a fact - A lot of people don't know but Taj Mahal is actually taller than the Qutab Minar in Delhi even if it doesn't seem like. The Taj Mahal is 72 metres tall while Qutab Minar is 71 m. You can take a taxi or rickshaw from Bus Stop/Railway Station to visit the Taj Mahal. You won't be needing any rest once in Agra. However you can have some food at a comfortable place before proceeding.
An ivory-white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal in Agra is regarded as a symbol of love and commitment. It houses the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is said that the Emperor loved his wife dearly and after her death decided to build the Taj Mahal to remind the world of their eternal love. The stunning monument today stands as a proof of love and devotion of a husband towards his wife. Taj Mahal is located in Agra, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in India. Built in 1648 AD, today, Taj Mahal attracts seven to eight million annual visitors.
Among the places to visit in Jaipur, missing Amer Fort exploration is almost next to impossible. The grandeur that this place shadows over the city is quite remarkable and looks more like a protective shield to Jaipur from one end. Once you reach the area and check out the fort from a distance, the picturesque image will look more like a movie scene. The fort is located outside the city away from the hustle bustle. One of the major attractions here is the Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors that surely should be checked out once. Mirror work is embedded on the walls, pillars and the ceiling of the Mahal making it as enthralling as possible. The lush green lawn of the Amer Fort is another of the things worth a mention here. Take a walking tour, shop from the souvenir shop and take a break at the coffee shop to have a fulfilling day.
This day is dedicated to exploring certain elements of Jaipur that highlight the city's history and culture. The Amer Fort is a principle tourist attraction here and with good reason. Built by Raja Man Singh I, this fort is symbolic of Hindu and Rajputana architecture. This massive fort consists various extravagant courtyards and gates. Other attractions that we visit in Jaipur include City Palace, Jantar Mantar (medieval observatory) and drive past Hawa Mahal (palace of winds).
The must see chambers include the Diwan-e-khas and the Sheesh mahal.
Take the ride to Amer palace, which looks like a picture perfect set from a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film. Located a little outside the bustling city, this labyrinth of a palace also houses the enchanting Sheesh Mahal or The palace of mirrors. Beautiful mirror work embedded on the walls and ceiling, sparkling in the sunlight is a sight you will rarely see in your lifetime, a glistening jewel if I may call it. Another spectacular structure is the beautiful and well manicured lawn placed in the middle of the lake that surrounds the palace. Walk around the palace, go trigger happy and avoid the so called tour guides. Thirsty from all that walking? The palace also has a coffee shop and a souvenir shop where you can grab a quick coffee and pick up a few souvenirs to remember your trip.
Once capital of Jaipur and also known as Amer palace this place portrays a blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Though the fort is old and looking from outside you would know it yet the red sandstone and marble fort looks huge and splendid. The fort though is a small trek uphill but totally worth it. You can also go for the royal elephant ride. Its 11 Km from Jaipur and a must visit place.
Day 4 Morning - WOW! Amber fort was the best... For some reason, I found it even more appealing than the Taj Mahal. I am not drawing comparisons of any sort, its just based in what I felt during the trip. Every window with a view of its own, a proud and magnificent fort atop the rocky hills overlooking the placid lake, the flocks of pigeons and people clad in their traditional dresses. The place is a time capsule in many senses, and hauntingly romantic. Weather was very pleasant even when Delhi was freezing at this time of the year. The only thing that might ruin your experience is the hawkers who wont let go of you once you have given even a glimpse at their goods. Especially near the place where you queue for the elephant ride. They ruined a good part of the ride for me. Avoid paying any attention or interest. You can do with the shopping after completing the fort. For bikers, go past the fort and palace entrance down the road for parking lot. Its just by the side of where you queue for elephant ride. The fort opens around 8 am and closes at 5pm. There are few hotels very close to the fort, Trident, Regenta and Lake View, in decreasing order of rental. I stayed one night at Lake View. You can keep your bikes in the porch here. Pretty safe.
Amber Fort, (11 km North of central Jaipur, local bus #5 from Hawa Mahal or New Gate), ☎ +91 14 1253 0293. 08:00-17:30. This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600-1727. The name has nothing to do with the rather pretty pastel yellow colour; instead, the fort is named after the town of Amber, in turn named after the goddess Amba. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. The fort/palace grounds are sprawling and the information panels (hindi/english) are somewhat limited, so it might be worth getting an audio guide or a real guide. It's a bit of a hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to hitch an elephant ride to the top (in order to get an elephant it is better to to arrive there in the morning, otherwise at midday the elephants are over. But the road that elephants pass is not so long).
Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Jaipur is the largest city in Rajasthan and was built in the eighteenth century by Sawai Jai Singh as India's first planned city. Jaipur is a major tourist attraction amongst Indian as well as international travellers. It belongs to the tourist Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Amber Fort, (11 km North of central Jaipur, local bus #5 from Hawa Mahal or New Gate), ☎ +91 14 1253 0293. 08:00-17:30. This massive fort-palace complex built in hybrid Hindu-Muslim style dates back to Raja Man Singh and was the royal palace of the Kachwahas from c. 1600-1727. The name has nothing to do with the rather pretty pastel yellow colour; instead, the fort is named after the town of Amber, in turn named after the goddess Amba. The main sights within the fort include the Sheesh Mahal, adorned with thousands on thousands of mirror tiles on the walls and ceiling. The fort/palace grounds are sprawling and the information panels (hindi/english) are somewhat limited, so it might be worth getting an audio guide or a real guide. It's a bit of a hike up from the town, and the touristy thing to do is to hitch an elephant ride to the top (in order to get an elephant it is better to to arrive there in the morning, otherwise at midday the elephants are over. But the road that elephants pass is not so long).
Amer palace/ Amber fort was my next and the last destination in Jaipur. This palace is situated on top of the hill and it offers magnificent view to all the tourists. you at least require half of the day to roam around in this palace. At the entrance there are many guides so you can hire one (recommended) because the architecture of this palace is so thoughtfully done that it is difficult to understand it by ourselves. Oh & please try to bargain if you are hiring a tour guide. There is a garden inside the palace and on the opposite sides of the garden are to similar looking small palaces. Out of the 2, one palace had mirrors all over its walls and on the other just plain cool marble. The guide explained us the reason, He said " During summer the royal family lived on one side of the garden and during winter on its other side" It was quite funny though until the guide gave us the further explanation that," because the winters were very cold & due to electricity problems the royal family lived in the palace of mirrors, they used to ignite a candle, and the reflection of that candle would be seen in the mirrors of the entire wall which would brighten up the palace" OMG ! This was plain, simple physics which I couldn't think at first. The guide also said that," As the summers were very long & hot in Jaipur the royal family lived on the other side of the garden because the material used in constructing this side of palace is always cool and therefore it saved them from the heat." OMG again! This infrastructure was a highlight of the entire Amber Fort. Within the palace, he showed me the suicide point (has the most beautiful view making it difficult to guess), the kitchen (has a pan almost the size of swimming pool), the jail for the prisoners etc. there were many many things to see inside this palace itself. When in Jaipur don't miss this place !
Have been to many forts, but seriously believe me there is something in this fort that attracts visitors, may be its architect which is fusion of hindu art, mughal art ,which you will be able to see only at this place. Really its blessingt o see the fusion art here.Sheesh Mahal adds to the beauty of the fort.We had pic cliked here wearing the traditional rajasthani pagdi, saved it for ym lifetime.
The palce is located high on a hill, and is the most famous monument in Jaipur. The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas, and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh. Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. The fort also overlooks Maota Lake.
Perhaps the most famous sight seeing spot in Jaipur, Amber fort is Jaipur's historical landmark and rightly so! The light shows held here are an absolute delight. Always call and confirm for the light show should there be last minute cancellations.
The Amer Fort, situated in Amber, 11 kilometers from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. Amer, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace.
Coming back from nahargarh fort, this was my next stop. Now, i have seen enough palaces. I have been to jaisalmer, udaipur, agra & i have not heard enough about this palace. The only palace comes to your mind when you think of jaipur is Hawa Mahal. So i was expecting it to be a small stop, but how i was wrong. It was magnificent. Not having done too much research sometimes do wonders. And if you are visiting jaipur, do not miss it. Palace is surrounded by fort having wall running for 12km, but king(Jai Singh II i believe, google it up) did not fight any war and surrendered.
Places to visit: 1) Amer Fort: It is the most beautiful part of the city. Located on the outskirts, it is around 11km from the main city. It has a blend of the Rajput and the Mughal architecture. There is the Shila Mata Temple of the patron Goddess of the royal family, inside the fort. The best time to visit this place is in the evening. After sunset, there is an amazing light show inside of the fort.
The Rajputs with their hill forts were a formidable force, but the architecture is a witness to more than just the might of the warrior clans and the customs reflect more than just the pride of the men or obscurity of the women. Amidst the vast expanse of deserts where the ever changing horizon attributed to the dunes of sand that dance like a snake on the sound of a snake charmers flute, it is a tale of perseverance to sustain in the dry. An often ignored aspect is the keenness with which the people on a whole were involved in preserving the drops of heaven that sprinkled their fields, cultivating their own gardens of heaven. And thus a multitude of water preserving structures ranging from dams, ponds, step wells, embed as jewels, not only the royal city structures but the entire state of Rajasthan.
The Aravali hills, the oldest mountain range across the world were a natural cover for the royal household, residing in the beautiful hill fort of Amber, with its beautiful courtyards, palaces and gardens. The elegant glitter of one such "Sheesh Mahal", translated as the "Palace of Mirrors", never goes unnoticed. However the more intriguing part of the Amber palace complex is the layout of its gardens, in the form of "Chahar Bagh", an imitation of the Paradise Garden as described in the Holy Qur'an. Whether the Mughals borrowing the "Purdah" system from their Rajput contemporaries into their harem, or the Rajput kings replicating the Mughal "Gardens of Paradise", these monuments go a long way to depict the fusion of two distinct cultures that often began with matrimonial alliances and birth the "Hindustani" identity of the Mughal era, encompassing the North of Indian Sub-Continent.
Start your Rajasthan itinerary with one of Rajasthan tourism's finest experiences. Gaze at the splendid Amer Fort from a Hot Air Balloon.Read 'How Jaipur Stole My Heart' by Abhigya
Day 7, 8 am - We drove to Amer Fort, one of the 3 Forts that are built on the hills surrounding Jaipur. The road leading to this Fort is not SUV-friendly, so you may want to park it in one of the parking lots at the foot of the hill and hire a ride to take you to the gate of the Fort. This is yet another expansive Fort, so make sure that you take the A/V guide only if you have the time! As we had a packed itinerary, we picked a local guide ... even though he could have had an easy way out (owing to our time-constraint), he insisted that we spend at least 2 hours touring this place!
From 1:30pm till 5:15pm, you will have enough time to visit the grand Amber Fort via Nahargarh Fort (directions here). Nahargarh Fort even has a cafe on its terrace; have a couple of drinks here as you enjoy the panoramic view of Jaipur city and then move forward for a quick visit of the Amber Fort.
The most famous of Jaipur’s heritage is perhaps the Amer fort. Its sandstone walls overlooking the lake stand tall and proud. The inside of the fort is as breath-taking as the outside, and the sheesh mahal and the well preserved abode of the royal family is enough to transport one back in time.
Plan your visit to Amber fort in the evening so that you don't get burnt in the sun. Ideally I would suggest not to opt for elephant ride up the hill, instead walk and enjoy the hike. Why harm the poor animals and also you can save a 1000 bucks. Inside the fort you will get guides who will charge you a 100 or 150 Rs which is worth it. My guide took me around and explained the various parts of the interiors and their historical importance. Many Bollywood films like Jodha Akbar and Bajirao Mastani has been shot in this fort. There is a temple of Kuldevata (household deity) inside the fort where the Royal family continues to pay visit. It was almost 6.30/7 pm when I finished seeing the fort. Suddenly the lights lit up and the whole place looked so amazing in the orange glow. This is another advantage if you visit the fort in the evening. I met the auto wala and proceeded towards the Bapu bazar (market) planning to do some shopping. However the shopping didn't happen as it was a Sunday, holiday for all local markets.
With our stomach full, we started with Amer fort. We spent almost 3 hours exploring the beauty of the fort. We had a good time admiring the palace and little bit sneak peek of the guides who were explaining (to the groups who hired them) the story of the Amer Palace and its history. So huge and marvelous it was, I wonder how the people used to spend their living in the palace. The fort area itself was like a city. 3 hours also were not enough to explore it completely. We burnt enough calories there in walking around. The Royal's indeed had a glory of time living there I believe.
Amer Fort: The Amer Fort is located in Amer and is one of the most famous tourist attractions. The fort is huge and extremely beautiful. Besides, it helps to know the history of the rulers who built this fort. The fort is built in red and white sandstones with carvings on the ceilings and paintings on the walls. The most important aspect of this fort is the sheesh mahal or mirror palace. This palace is shown in many movies and is a favorite for photography lovers. A light and sound show takes place here every evening that highlights the history of Jaipur. It takes about 2-3 hours to see the entire fort.There are vendors selling beautiful earrings inside the fort which can be purchased after bargaining. But it is worth the buy!
You have not seen Jaipur properly if you have not visited the Amer Fort. One of the key things to do in Jaipur is a visit to this UNESCO heritage fort. Just outside the city. Amer Fort or Amber fort used to the powerhouse of the rulers before Jaipur became the capital. I was raring to go see it and would have done so possibly on the first day in Jaipur itself. However, having just reached Jaipur, we were not ready to start early. Amer Fort is quite well documented and me havingdevoured it all, was ready to see all that I had imagined. Here are few pics of the visit.
We stopped our car at the opulent palace, Amer Fort, an impressive stairway from Jalebi Chowk leads into the main palace grounds. This palace, along with Jaigarh Fort, is located immediately above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the same Aravalli range of hills. Here, at the entrance to the right of the stairway steps is the Sila Devi temple where the Rajput Maharajas worshiped. The building to the left of the entrance gate is called the Jai Mandir, which is exquisitely embellished with glass inlaid panels and multi-mirrored ceilings.
Perched on a hilltop, this is the famous Amber Fort. The fort is impressive in size and structure. The fort houses the Diwan-e-Aam, or ‘Hall of Public Audience’, the Diwan-e-Khas, or ‘Hall of Private Audience’, and also the Sheesh Mahal, the ‘Mirror Palace’. The splendor of Amber Fort is heightened during the Light and Sound Show in the evening which is a must watch. Also various movies like 'Khoobsurat', 'Bajirao Mastani', 'Jodha Akbar' etc have been shot here. It is a must visit fort.
Amber Fort:Next stop was Amber Fort. There is regular bus to Amber Fort from Jal Mahal. My driver left me at the Jal Mahal. I took the bus from Jal Mahal to reach here (Fare INR 10). Amber Fort is UNESCO world heritage site and were used by the ruler/nobles of Jaipur.
So I woke up to a very lazy morning and I went around walking to have some clicks of Hawa Mahal and the Jal Mahal also Jantar Mantar was on my list to visit which I did. I was busy at these places and it was Noon 01:00 PM. Now I headed towards a restaurant there and had my lunch, I ate as slow as a tortoise and then I proceeded to Amer Fort. I loved the history of it and my excitement was par high when I found a Cafe Coffee Day outlet here. I went into and quickly ordered my Espresso, I loved that and then I proceeded back to famous Chokhi Dhani ! I recommend each and every tourist to visit the Chokhi Dhani for sure.
Amber fort is around 11 km from Jaipur. The Fort is located on a hill. There are beautiful structures inside the fort complex. You can also enjoy Panoramic view of Maota lake. The main attraction in Amber fort is Elephant ride. Elephant will take you the main entrance of fort like Maharajas entered in old time.
This beautiful monument in the Mehrauli area of New Delhi was built in the 12th century by Emperor Qutub- Ud- Din- Aibak and was finally completed by his son-in-law, Iltutmish, who succeeded him. The monument is made up of 5 levels with projecting balconies on each level. The specialty of the monument is that each level is different from the others in terms of size and designs. This is what makes it even more spectacular. The verses from the Holy Koran of the Muslims are carved on the walls of the monument and the lattice work is remarkable too. The controversy surrounding this monument says that this was originally a Hindu monument, built much before the 12th century. It is also said that Aibak only renovated it by replacing the Hindu Stone designs with Islamic ones. Till now one side of the monument walls have Hindu designs on them and the outer part is adorned with ornamental Islamic designs. The monument has been damaged by natural forces and calamities many a times but has been repaired again and again. This is the reason why it stands strong even after so long.
Our first stop is Qutub Minar – you can see it as your flight lands in Delhi. It is less than 30mins away from the airport. The tower is in the middle of a huge complex containing mosques, tombs, the tomb of Iltutmish – the first slave ruler, Alai Minar – an unfinished tower, the famous non-rusting Iron Pillar and other ruins from the Mughal period. There are many beautiful pillared corridors all around the complex. The Qutub Minar itself has five balconies running around it and one can climb up to the very top. However entry was barred. The complex has many good locations for photography.
Qutab Minar: This is another wonderful place to visit in Delhi. You may not know that Qutab Minar is the tallest brick minaret not only in India, but also in the entire world and is a wonderful representation of Indo-Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, though the reason for building the monument is still unknown.
One of the tallest and magnificient towers of the world, the Qutub Minar was built as an iconic symbol of Mughal architecture and is one of the best tourist places in Delhi to visit around. It is built using red sandstone and soars five stories high sprawling a record three hundred and seventy nine steps making it the tallest tower in India.
Before I could run for my flight, I had to visit Qutub Minar. If you ever step into Delhi, please do visit this place for it’s sheer brilliance. I was so blown away. I’m not sure how people came up with such architectural wonders. So much of intricate carvings adorn this stunning monument. I was just reading about it and then it refreshed my history classes. It was constructed to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori over Rajput King Prithviraj Chauhan.
With some time still left in hands we decided to visit the historic qutab minar. The place is kinda nice.Rich in history and a good visit i felt when in delhi
Tallest minaret in the world.
"Qutub Minar, at 72 meters, is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutub Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top.Before 1974, the general public was allowed access to the top of the minar accessed through a narrow staircase. On 4 December 1981, 45 people were killed in the stampede and there were 300 to 400 people inside the minar at that time that followed an electricity failure that plunged the tower’s staircase into darkness. Subsequently, public access to the inside of the tower has been banned." - Wikipedia
Qutub Minar : At 120 meters, Qutub Minar stands as the tallest brick minaret in the world. It stands in Mehrauli, Delhi in the heart of the Qutub Complex which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Qutbu'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of this tower in 1200 A.D (possibly as the tower of 'Victory'). In 1220 A.D, his son in law Iltumish added 3 storeys to the building.From the Nagari & Persian inscriptions on the wall, it appears that this Minaret was struck by lightning twice - in 1326 A.D & 1369 A.D. The first damage was during Muhammed Tughlaq's reign (1325-1351), and was repaired by him apparently in 1332. The second damage is said to have destroyed the building completely and was attended by Feroz Tuglaq (1351-1388). Later in 1503, Sikander Lodi (1489-1517) also carried out some restoration in upper storeys.Qutub Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments, which are historically connected with the tower. These include the Iron Pillar, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din's Madrasa and Tomb, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin. Other minor monuments include Major Smith's Cupola and Sanderson's Sundial. Qutub Minar has about 379 steps on the inside that lead to the top.
Curve your neck to its most and there it stands with pride, Qutub Minar. It’s absolutely the best amongst the finest Delhi monuments. Known as an important heritage monument, Qutub Minar has its topmost point at a height of 72.5 meters. Crafted with beautiful red sandstone, this tower is famous for the imprints of Holy Quran verses. The complex but magnificent art of carvings on the walls has gained its names on the list of Delhi monuments.• Location: Mehrauli, south New Delhi• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available• Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Qutub Minar, one of the three World Heritage Sites of the city. Memory of my last visit to the monument was so empowering that I couldn’t feel any charm of going there again. But to ‘study its role at urban level’ was the task given to us. The weekend rush, scorching heat, and limited time, all these factors made it a dull study. The only thing I could relate to my ‘love affair’ was the ‘ruined’ part of the complex.“It’s like a precious wound… like a heartbreak you won’t let go of because it hurts too good…”“We settle for living in misery because we’re afraid of change, of things crumbling to ruins.”“Ruin is a ‘gift’. Ruin is the road to transformation. It shows that we must always be prepared of endless waves of transformation…” ~ Eat Pray LoveIn architectural language, I studied how a monument lives so long and becomes the Icon for the city.Next, the busy long road, people rushing either towards or opposite to you, small pavements, hundreds of shops, preoccupied crowd moving like zombies, and you moving just with the ‘flow’, that’s when you know you are in Chandni Chowk. No matter from where you are or which place you belong to, this heritage street shows you that you are ‘nothing’. The moment you step into the crowd of Chandni Chowk, you are either lost or carried away by the ‘flow’ of it. Here, no one stops for no one. The flow is nonstop, pedestrians, vehicles, autos, rickshaws, even bullock-carts, all looking for their space and you find yourself fighting to get yours. My ‘love affair’ with the place is longstanding just as the place is. When I feel low I prefer to visit this street. It reminds me of the value of time and thus to ‘move on’. In technical terms, I studied the characteristics of an Urban Street.
If you are an history and architecture enthusiast one must plan for a heritage walk in Delhi .It's a symbol of ancient colonial past and thriving present.I along with my friends started to Qutub minar a bit early to avoid the rush and long ques we booked uber and after a brief conversations reached Mehrauli(south Delhi) home to one of the three world heritage sites in Delhi ,Qutub minar.As it was the start of the year it was crowded some how managed to take the tickets last minute and headed to this canonical, tapered structure which was visible from very far.This monument is well maintained by the archaeological survey of India.
Delhi has been the pivotal point of India since ages. The sultans who tried to conquer India from time to time always had the priority to capture Delhi first, and then focus on the rest of the country. Delhi has seen change of thrones for generations. However, most of the time, Delhi and the surrounding region has stayed under Islamic rulers and their dominance. Five dynasties ruled over Delhi Sultanate sequentially, the first four of which were of Turkic origin: the Mamluk dynasty (1206–90); the Khilji dynasty (1290–1320); the Tughlaq dynasty (1320–1414); the Sayyid dynasty (1414–51); and the Afghan Lodi dynasty (1451–1526). Much of Delhi’s architecture is a mix of every dynasty’s artisans. People from every dynasty contributed to shaping Delhi in a way that a blend of Indo-Persian to Indo-Afghan or Indi-Turkish architecture can be observed in the historical monuments of the city, most of which are in ruins, except the ones which have been recognized under UNESCO World Heritage Site program.
8. Qutb Minar - Qutub Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. The well known tourist place and an equally beautiful place for a wonderful photo-shoot. The minaret is surrounded by numerous historically significant monuments. It will give numerous locations for that perfect awaited pose. Nearest Metro Station - Qutub Minar Metro.
Humayun's Tomb is one of the most important monuments of the city and a perfect example of wonderful Islamic architecture was made by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect. The initiative to make this monument was taken by Humayuns senior widow Bega Begum. The monument is considered as a precursor of the Taj Mahal in terms of beauty. It was built in 1565 AD and is located on the crossing of the Lodi Road and Mathura Road. The main features of this monument are the beautiful gardens, fountains and of course the double domed mausoleum. Apart from Humayuns tomb, there are many other Mughal rulers who have their mausoleums built in here.
The burial place of more than a hundred Mughal princes, and not just Humayun, the Tomb has surfaced in every important shift in the city’s history. The last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was sheltering here when he was arrested by the British. In 1947, it served as a refugee camp during the Partition riots when almost all the lovely Sal wood doors in the arched recesses were burned.
Humayun’s Tomb: It might look like the Taj Mahal to everyone as it is inspired by the same design. It was built in 1570. The body of Humayun is kept inside the building. You should know that this is the first monument in India of its kind. It remains open from sunrise to sunset, but visit it in the late afternoon to get the best light.
On my way to Humayun’s tomb, I stopped for a bit at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara. It is considered as the biggest Gurudwara in Delhi. I so totally loved this place. It is so very peaceful and it always feels good to see people volunteering to help others. I do not have a pic of this Gurudwara. Sometimes, it is more of you just want to feel the place and be part of it than anything else. Humayun’s tomb and Qutub Minar were on top of my list of must see places in Delhi. I’m still sad at the fact that I couldn’t get to Jama Masjid. But, I shall get there someday and explore. Humayun’s tomb is one masterpiece. Keep aside atleast one hour to witness the beauty of it. If the artisans were still here with us today, I so would have wanted their autographs ! Humayun’s tomb is the manifestation of love by Emperor Humayun’s first wife Bega Begum. She got this done in his memory.
6. Humayun Tomb: Red sandstone and the magnificent marble stone define this tomb. Pay a visit here and you will know what paradise is! This structure has a lush green garden and a clear river flowing –the sight of which is so breathtaking. Known to be a refugee camp in India, it now has many graves within it. Constructed by Bega Begum in memory of her husband Humayun, it is said to have been inspirational for Shah Jahan to build the Taj Mahal. Just 5 kms off Humayun’s Tomb is the lesser known Agrasen ki Baoli, Baoli meaning ‘step well’. A unique architecture surrounds this 14th century well. A monument protected by the ASI or Archaeological Survey of India, it has over a hundred steps immersed in water. This hidden gem, though a difficult find, is worth spending at least half a day. Walk in and explore...
Humayun's Tomb: to be visited in the late afternoon in preference when the sun is blazing the old stones. Beautiful tomb built on the orders of the widow of Mughal emperor Humayun. Located in the heart of a huge park, only birds can afford to break the silence of this place (where to eat : Karim's Restaurant)
Must Visit, a breathtaking place.
Humayun tomb garden has beautiful garden squares with pathways, water channels, and is also a resting ground for Mughal rulers. It was from here that the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Jafar was captured by the British in 1857. The monument is well maintained .
To even start to suggest that there exists an alternative to the all-marble embodiment of Shah Jahan's love for his wife is a blasphemy, but before you pick up the rotten tomatoes hear us out. Sure, there is nothing that compares to the very first peek of the gorgeous structure, that first glimpse of the blindingly extravagant use of marble... but it will probably be quickly followed by a shove from the constant crowd pouring through the entrance, effectively breaking the spell. Add to that Agra's infamously aggressive touts and repulsive filth, and the Taj Mahal experience can become slightly fatiguing.Tucked away in the winding roads of the Nizammuddin area of Delhi, then, is one of our favorite sights in the world. Commissioned by his first wife to honor her husband, Humayun's Tomb may not be able to match the dazzle of the Taj and its endless milky marble, but its presence is no less awe-inspiring, its symmetry no less brilliant. The red sandstone structure laced with delicate touches of marble and other precious stones stands at the end of several gateways, dramatizing the unveiling of the first sight, adding to its undeniable allure. To add to everything, the lush gardens surrounding it are an excellent place to slow time down, to just lay there and take in the gorgeousness of the surroundings – a luxury the Taj can scarcely afford.
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One of the most impressive structures located in Delhi is the Humayun's Tomb. This brilliant architectural splendor of the Mughal period testifies the craftsmanship of the Mughal architects. This mausoleum is a tomb of the great Mughal emperor Humayun. The building of Humayun's Tomb was encouraged from the tomb of the Persian Mongol ruler, Oljeytu, at Sultaniyya. It is complex structure but has its own charm and grandeur. Thousands of travelers from all over the world visit the Humayun's Tomb every year.You can see Humayun's Tomb in Nizamuddin East in Delhi. Located conveniently at the banks of Yamuna, this tomb is major attraction among the tourists. Counted among one of the must visit monuments Humayun's Tomb in Delhi was built by his beloved wife Hamida Banu Begam. Its construction work started in the year of 1569, which is 14 years after the death of Humayun. It took about eight long years for the tomb to be completed.This tomb is one of the most beautiful monuments in Delhi. Humayun's Tomb, Delhi depicts the true Mughal style of architecture, which was inspired from the Persian style of architecture. It was also recognized as the World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of the brilliant architectural beauty. It involved about 15 lakh rupees for the construction of the Humayun's Tomb in Delhi. Mirak Mirza Ghiyath was employed by the queen to construct this magnificent and grand edifice.The tomb is surrounded by beautiful lush Mughal garden. The garden is divided in to four parts by pathways. This is typical of all Mughal gardens. The various water channels for the fountains make this tomb a true architectural delight.Inside the Humayun's Tomb, you can find various architectural features, which makes this tomb a truly grand structure. You can find baradari (pavilion) and a hammam (bath chamber) inside the tomb. Built of red sandstone, the dome of the tomb is made up of sparkling white marble. The octagonal chamber within comprise the tomb of Humayun.
India,the country with divine temples,splendid monuments,glittering culture,worth a million heritage,mouth watering cuisines,magnetic tongue and eternal nature.In short a country must visit.It is like a dream come true for me to explore this exotic and fáscinating land.The sky was clear and blue was the colour when I went to explore the sovereignty of the Mughal Emperor “Humayun Tomb” .This masterpiece of Mughal era is located near the crossing of Mathura road and lodhi road ,New Delhi.Jawhar lal Nehru is the nearest metro station to reach this wonderful place.When I saw the tomb,the gigantic structure literally gave me ‘goose bumps’ .The tomb not only verbalize about the unmatched creativity of the Mughals but it is a symbol of love and affection as the mausoleum was built by the Humayun’s begum “Hamida Banu Begam after his death in 1565 AD.The Mausoleum is amalgam of Persian and Indian style of architecture and was engineered by” Mirak Mirza Ghyath” who was not only the master mind of Humayun’s Tomb but designed many structure across the country.“Humayun ka Makbara ( Humayun’s tomb) is the first building to use Persian concept of double dome as well as the first tomb of its kind surrounded by garden constructed to the end of time in Indian subcontinent.The Tomb stand in the centre of the beautifully styled ” Char Bagh” (as the whole garden is divided into four parts) connected with water channels, having its main entrance from the south and other from the west side as well.This was the first time when red sand stone was used in such a grand scale for its construction.Apart from Humayun the complex is the final resting place of his wife Hamida Bahu Begum,Shah Jahan’s son and many other prominent Mughals.What called the symbol of love “The Taj Mahal” was inspired from the Humayun’s TombThe tall Ashoka trees which embellishes the beautiful garden with their willowy outgrowth compliment the structure and clash with the magnificent complex to deadlock visitors attention.While exploring this mammoth complex I got drained and I sat down into the lavish garden which was superbly maintained and it was venerating the tomb,made me spell bound.But I could hardly stop my self from clicking the pics of such a mesmerizing views of the complex.
Built 20 years after the death of the second Mughal emperor Humayun, by his widow Bega Begum (Haji Begum), this monument exemplifies architectural achievement of the highest order. It is the first garden tomb in the Indian subcontinent, with a geometrical paradise garden, causeways and water channels. It is said to be one of the first mausoleums, being complete in all aspects. This UNESCO heritage site made up of mainly red sandstone, white marble and quartzite, is said to have cost 1.5 million rupees to Bega Begum at the time, and is home to more than 150 graves of people belonging to the royal family and some otherwise. The great-great grandson of Humayun, Dara Shikoh is also rested here. Humayun was an avid traveler of the Islamic world, including Persia and Central Asia, this has been quite evident in the mausoleum built by his widow, giving enormous attention to e finest details, a peculiarity of the Mughal architecture. There has been no political/religious interference, but only to keep the original form and purpose intact. Not many people realize that the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra, built by Shah Jahan was inherently inspired by the Humayun's tomb itself. This exquisite piece of architectural excellence predates and inspires The Taj in respect of concept, design and architecture, both having built a century apart. For those, who have visited the Humayun's tomb before the Taj, will find the former more provoking and original, just the way I did. Image credits: Wikipedia.
Heritage sites and historic monuments has always been a fascination. A piece of art loved by every generation. Here I'm sharing my experience of exploring the Humayun Tomb. As the name suggests it was the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, who was buried there. The tomb was commissioned by Hamida Banu Begum, Akbar and Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a persian architect. It was the first garden tomb on Indian subcontinent, and the first structure to use red sandstone at such scale. The architecture is of Islamic Architecture, a mixture of Central Asian and Persian styles. Has greenery all around because of the Char Bagh garden. The history is evident and I need not to focus on it. The tomb according to me is a photographer's delight. One can find different and rare species of birds if looked closely, small animals like squirrels playing in the garden, and of course the amazing Mughal Architecture. For photographers I would suggest they should visit this tomb early in the morning between 5 am to 6 am. It might be evident in some of the pictures of how beautiful it looks when the sun rays strikes the tomb. To my visit I did encounter some strange species of birds. NOTE: Even if you're not tired, please do enter the lawns, sit under the trees and relax. Breath in the fresh air and for a moment try and observe your surroundings will help a lot. (specially early morning)ADDRESS: Mathura Road, Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India.
Humanyun's Tomb is one of the master piece of mughal architecture. Built in the 16-th century by Haji Begum, the persian born first wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun, the tomb is a perfect blend of persian and mughal architechture. It is the first garden tomb built on the Indian subcontinent. Recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site in 1993, it has undergone extensive restoration work which completed in 2013.Humayun's tomb complex encompasses several other monuments besides main tomb. To the right as you enter the complex, Isa Khan’s tomb is a fine example of Lodi-era architecture, constructed in the 16th century. Further south is the monumental Khan-i-Khanan’s tomb, plundered in Mughal times to build Safdarjang’s tomb.
The last refuge of Mughal Emperor Humayun reminds rather of a luxurious palace, than a tomb. Located in the eastern part of Dehli, Humayun’s tomb is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments. This spellbinding mausoleum is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. After a century from its construction Humayun’s tomb inspired the construction of the more famous Taj Mahal. From the point of view of the history of architecture this building is the unique connecting link between the Gur Emir, where Humayun’s ancestor Tamerlane is buried, and the mausoleum of his grandson Shah Jahan, i.e. Taj Mahal. Humayun’s tomb was built thanks to the initiative of his widow Hamida Banu Begum, who commenced the construction of a mausoleum for her deceased husband in 1565, nine years after his death. The construction was finished in 1572. The architecture of the tomb is strongly influenced by Persian architecture. The architect of the building Mirak Mirza Ghiyas himself was of Persian origin. Ghiyas constructed the tomb in the center of a Persian-style chaharbagh garden with quadrilateral form. The garden, divided in four main parts by walkways or flowing water is created to resemble the paradise garden described in the Quran. These four main parts on their turn are separated by channels to 36 parts.
The monumental plinth is graced in red sandstone arches with multiple chambers. Humayun's tomb is an austere white marble sarcophagus, resting on a black and white marble podium. The grave, however, is no longer accessible. The dormitory of the House of Timur houses the graves of Humayun's wives, and Dara Shikoh - Shah Jahan’s scholarly son.There are two main entrances to this grandiose monument: the main entrance is from the south, and the other from the west. While Sikandar Lodi's tomb was the first ever garden-tomb to be constructed in India, it was Humayun ka maqbara which was setting up a new vogue. The Taj Mahal at Agra is a living proof of that crowning achievement.
Humayun's tomb is a fine example of Mughal style monuments inspired by the early Persian architecture. Avowed as 'Humayun ka maqbara', it was his widow - Hamida Banu Begum - who built Humayun's tomb seeking help from Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. Legend has it that during his exile in Persia, Humanyu was so inspired by the Persian architecture that he desired to construct one himself for himself- though there is no authenticity to this effect.The tomb exemplifies the early Mughal architectural marvels with its worth noting double dome and char-bagh. Humayun ka maqbara proper stands in the center of four gardens(char-bagh), in octagonal layout with sky-high arches, pillared rotunda, and a double dome of Central Asian origin. While the tomb introduced Persian artistry in India, Humayun's tomb also depicts complementary mingling of Mughal and Hindu cultures - several Hindu motifs ornate the tomb.
So let us tell you something about the tomb now :· It has proved to be an inspiration for some other architectural monuments such as The Taj Mahal.· On opposition to Taj Mahal, which was built by a husband for his wife, Humanyun’s Tomb was built by a wife, Hamida Banu Begam for her husband in 1562 CE.· The Tomb was designed by a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyath.· The monument is all made with red and white marbles which looks very beautiful.· It took eight years to built the Humayun’s Tomb. Rs 1.5 million were invested in it.· The Tomb consists of green lush garden at its all sides.· One can see the image of the Tomb portrayed in the water(if it is not contaminated) seen from a good angle which looks stunning. AND last but not the least, an another tomb which is adjacent to Humayun’s tomb called Isa Khan’s tomb is also an eye catching monument made with white marbles, built within an enclosed octagonal garden which bears striking resemblance to other tombs in the lodhi garden. So, overall the tomb is worth exploring once. We found it very calm and pleasant place to be at and if you are somebody who loves spending time alone with music and books DON’T come here you’ll get bored like hell. Just kidding YOU CAN TRY LOVE. According to us this place is good for photography and yes come along with your partner sit, relax, click pictures and go back, haha !
Humayun's Tomb: After his death on 20 January 1556, Humayun's body was first buried in his palace in Purana Quila at Delhi. Thereafter it was taken to Sirhind, in Punjab by Khanjar Beg, because it was feared that Hindu king Hemu, who had defeated Mughal forces in Agra and Delhi in Oct. 1556 and captured Purana Quila, will damage the tomb. In 1558, it was seen by his son, the then Mughal Emperor, Akbar. Akbar subsequently visited the tomb when it was about to be completed in 1571.The tomb of Humayun was built by the orders of Akbar (3rd emperor of mughal empire), Humayun's first wife and chief consort, and begun in 1565, nine years after his death, and completed in 1572 AD at a cost of 1.5 million rupes at the time
We subsequently moved on to Humayun's Tomb, a site in which many future architectural creations, including the great Taj Mahal, find their origin. This elaborate tomb complex was constructed in 1565 by the Mughal Emperor Humayun's widow, Hamida Banu Begum, nine years after his death, and was the first garden style tomb to be constructed in India. The tomb stands in the centre of vast, Charbagh-style Persian gardens, split into perfectly symmetrical segments, and linked by channels. This deliberate geometrical scheme consisting of four identical parts separated by wide paths and flowing channels (representing the river of Paradise) served as a powerful metaphor for the Paradise Garden.The first of its kind, Humayun's Tomb went on to serve as the prototype for many other Mughal tombs, on which similar techniques were employed, such as the use of red sandstone, the central building's octagonal shape and its high central arch. The very idea of constructing a mausoleum in honour of a loved one is the central foundation stone behind the creation of the Taj Mahal.
This grandiose Delhi monument is actually inspired by one of the seven wonders of World, Taj Mahal. Built in 1570, Humayun’s Tomb is a burial chamber of the great Mughal King, Humayun. Set amid the beautiful garden, Humayun’s tomb was the beginning of changed Mughal architecture in India. With the overwhelming appreciation of this artistic monument, the Mughal rulers build such tombs all across the country.• Location: Nizamuddin East, New Delhi• Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently availableSourceKnown for its magnificent architecture, Jantar Mantar is another famous monument of Delhi which has gathered endless tourists across the world. Jantar Mantar is considered one of the most interesting Indian masterpieces. It was built in1712 A.D.by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Rajasthan. The complexity of its structure and maze-like constructions has made it a glorious attraction of India.• Location: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place,• Opening Hours: 6 am to 6 pm• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available6. Jama MasjidSourceThe Jama Masjid in Delhi is one of the biggest Mosques in India. The religious sentiments and the architectural splendor draw a lot of tourists to this place and made it a historical monument of Delhi. The Mosque is surrounded by three huge gates, four towers and two 40m high minarets constructed of strips of red stone and white marble.• Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi• Opening Hours: Sunrise to Sunset. Closed during prayer hours from 12.15 p.m. to 1.45 p.m• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available7. Old Fort or Purana KilaSourceStood sturdy for long 5000 years, Old Fort or Purana kila is one among the oldest Delhi monuments. Purana Kila was built in 1538-45 by the ruler Sher Shah Suri. It is popular for its massive structure with three grand gateways namely Talaqi Darwaza, Bara Darwaza and Humayun Darwaza. The ambiance, the still lake, lush green beautiful lawns created to attract visitors has made it on top of the list of monuments in Delhi.• Location: Mathura Rd, New Delhi• Opening Hours: 7 am to 5 pm• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available8. Lodi TombSourceBuild inside the beautiful Lodi Garden, Lodi Tomb is one of the most famous monuments of Delhi which defines the majestic art of Mughal architecture. It is the memorial tomb for the great leader and king, Sikander Lodi. Lodi Garden is also popular as garden of tombs. Apart from the wonderful Lodi tomb, one can also behold Muhammad Shah tomb, Shish Gumbad, and Bara Gumbad.• Location: Lodi Road, not far from Humayun's Tomb.• Opening Hours: 6 am to 8 p.m Monday• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available9. Swaminarayan AkshardhamSourceAkshardham is an enormously build tomb-like structure with the bright white colored coating, is an incredible masterwork to witness in Delhi. It was built by a spiritual association, Swaminarayan Sanstha to showcase the tale of Swaminarayan. This huge and famed attractions is dedicated to exhibiting the stories and karma of Swaminarayan and to glorify the beauty of Indian culture. Witness some amazing sculptures, well-maintained garden, golden statues and so on at Akshardham.• Location: N. H. 24 | Near Noida Mor, New Delhi.• Opening Hours: 9.30 a.m to 6.30 p.m How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available10. Lotus TempleSourceLotus Temple is one of the most eminent Delhi monuments, known for its beautiful flower-like structure. The best of Lotus Temple can be seen after the sunset when it is lit up with colored lights. Designed with crystal white marble, the lotus temple is associated with the Bahai Faith, which believes in the unity and harmony of all people irrespective of religions. The serene pond area and quiet garden encircling the temple is an attraction point of Lotus temple.• Location: Near Nehru Place, south New Delhi• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available• Opening Hours: 9.00 a.m. to 7pm
Amazing experience of our visit to the tomb of Emperor Humayun. Built of red sandstone, it depicts the future of Mughal Architecture which reached it's zenith under Shah Jahan. It has graves of 101 members of Humayun's family. The place is serene and away from the noise of the city.
After lotus temple we left for humayun's tomb. Mughal empire structure. Where we clicked alot of pictures. By late evening around 7, we had a bus from Majnu ka Tila .We left from Shahdra at around 5:30 for majnu ka tila. And sat in a bus with huge dreams and desire for the most awaited trip. We took a bus of Manali.
Growing up, I spent all my summers visiting my grandparents in Delhi, and each summer, my mom and I would talk about how we’d visit Humayun’s Tomb during that trip. Unfortunately, we never got around to doing it, and we mostly blamed it on the scorching summer sun. Although that excuse isn’t really valid because I lived in Delhi for three full years while in college and had plenty of time to go there. My nana (mom’s dad) always wanted to take us there too but somehow it never happened.Last month, I lost my nana to cancer. The whole family got together in Delhi for the funeral and a day after the funeral, my parents and I found ourselves at home without any plans for the day and just like that, we decided to go to Humayun’s Tomb. A part of me believes my nana made it happen and in a strange yet comforting way, I could feel his presence the entire time I was there.The Mughal era is my most favorite part of Indian history. Humayun’s Tomb, the tomb of the great Mughal Emperor Humayun, was built way back in 1572 by his widow Bega Begum, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. It’s said to be the first garden-tomb to be built in the Indian subcontinent and is the one of the first monuments to be made using the combination of red sandstone and white marble in India (and it is also said to have inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal). The tomb is set in 12 hectares of serene and beautiful gardens, and it is quite an experience to just take a stroll through them while marveling at the grandeur of Humayun’s Tomb.Having visited the place now, I can’t believe I’d never been there before. It’s amazing how such a magnificent structure is nestled in the middle of the city and transports you back in time, all while offering the most peaceful surrounding. I have a lot of great pictures from those few hours I spent at Humayun’s Tomb and thought it’d be a shame not to share them. So here goes!
Humayun's Tomb built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, a symbol of a woman's love for her husband.
Delhi the capital city has a great historical importance. The city which was capital of the Mughal empire has many magnificent architectures which are the best example of the Indian architectural heritage. The tomb is built in Persian architectural style and has huge domes and built upon a high platform.During my short stay in Delhi, I have got chance to explore the city. Among many monuments the tomb of Humayu has its special place.The tomb is located in Nizamuddin East inside the Delhi city area. How to reach: One can easily reach there by taking an auto from connaught place.Nearest Metro staion is Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Metro Station in Violet Line - This is about 2 kms from Humayun's Tomb.The monument has a large area. The beautiful garden has a fountain in front of the main building. There are many trees planted in this large area, which add more beauty to the old monument.
After a bit of walk, I was bewildered to see the main tomb which was humongous and an excellent blend of Mughal and Indian architecture. As I inched closer I found it was made of white marble and red sandstone. With smaller cenotaphs on all sides, as I moved inside there is a stark contrast between the exterior and the interior. You would find the double layered dome – outside to give the dome appearance and inside fully decorated to withstand the volume. There is a cenotaph at the center but the actual burial place is far below it and it opens somewhere outside the tomb which is normally restricted for public visit. One can notice the small minarets surrounding the white marble central dome. The windows inside are exquisitely built like jalis and sunlight complements it that well.
5. Humayun's Tomb - It is a beautiful piece of Mughal Architecture with symmetric built and surrounded by gardens and trees. Well maintained place for casual visits and a great photo-shoots. Nearest Metro Station - Jor Bagh Metro, JLN Metro.
This is a beautiful monument which was built by Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. The Red Fort was initially built as an establishment for the army but was later extended and beautified to convert it into a magnificent palace complex. Agra Fort is also known as the Red Fort of Agra as it is completely made of a beautiful red colour sandstone and is also connected to Delhi by a number of networks. There are four prominent gates of this fort but the Amar Darwaza after the name of Maharaja Amar Singh is still used for entry to the fort. Many of the palaces which were earlier built are not found now but among those which still remain are the Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Moti Masjid, Shaha Burj and Mausam Burj. The Jahangiri Mahal is the most attractive out of all palaces. This was a dedication of Akbar to his beloved wife Jodha Bai. It is a multi divisional palace and is still very attractive. This monument is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh.
Most people go to Agra to see just the Taj Mahal, skipping everything else on offer. The Agra Fort should be at the top of your list if you are planning to be in Agra. It is one of the few locations in India that has an audio guide, but a good local guide is recommended. Some things that I remember vividly are Jahangir's bathtub, the kitchen and Queen Jodha's temple, the Diwan-e-aam, and the Diwan-e-Khas. You can also see the cell where Shah-Jahan was held in captivity, viewing the Taj until his dying day. If you know the Mughal history well, you can relive it in the Agra Fort. If not, you might want to come back and read up all about it. Overall, a must visit.
There is a long history behind this fort. In terms of architecture , the fort is a delight to explore .Other attractions are the Amar gate which was formerly knows as the Akbar gate before the Britishers changed its name. The main framework was in place since the 11th century but the Mughals are responsible for its present day shape. There is Diwan-e- khas, diwan-e-aam and other sections in the fort which are enough to trigger a persons imagination and wonder how life would have been the bygone era. The fort is also included in the world heritage list for a reason. Need I say more?
The fort has a rich history and has been a home for the entire Mughal empire as was told by my guide. You'll see separate palaces and enclosures for different kings as well as the painstakingly made servants quarter which will question current standards of living! But the real grandeur of this place is seen in mumtaz's mirror chambers where the lights are reflected through centuries old syrian glass. A sight not to be missed.
Day 2 - I went early and it wasnt very crowded. I loved the sandstone jali works and carvings at different places inside. Hope I will one day build a house that has jali worked windows! The place is pretty big and still being renovated. The large courtyard inside is paved with stone, and is very calm and serene. Defenitely a a must visit if you havent seen many forts or you dont live in one :P I went on my bike, and luckily paid parking was available right in front of the fort.
I personally loved this place lot more than Taj Mahal. If one really wants to see how much did the mughal emperors love the beautiful architecture, he/she must visit Agra Fort. Mughal once ruled India from this very place. Agra fort gives us a great view of Taj Mahal standing near Yamuna river. The fort has many beautiful structures build in red stone and white marble, a mosque and places from where the kings carried there governance.
Agra Fort is the oldest railway station of the Mughal town. It connects the city to Jaipur, Ajmer, Bharatpur and towards Lucknow and beyond on the opposite direction. Since we had to board the train to Abu road from Agra For station, we reached there sharp at 10.00 PM. The train originates from the station itself and so we located our seats in B-1 coach and thus boarded the train.
After lunch, head for Agra fort! It will take around 2-3 hours to see it in detail. After buying your tickets, enter through the main gate, and you will find the audio guide counter from audiocompass!! Don't go for any 'So called' guide, who will offer you a complete guided visit in Rs. 30.The audio guide is prefect and precise. Just tune in and explore the entire fort!!!
We then just had time for a short tour of Agra Fort, which was constructed under the reign of Emperor Akbar and extended under the rule of his grandson Shah Jahan. Originally designed as a military fort, it later served more as a palace, the evidence of which can still be seen today.
On the way to Agra Fort, I had a glimpse of the beautiful jama masjid. I entered Agra Fort through the Shahjahani Gate which was built during the shahjahan's reign. This fort was used from the period of Akbar to Shahjahan. The fort has a numerous courtyards, towers, private halls and chambers of the mughal architecture.The important ones worth seeing are:1) Jahangir's bath tub2) Jehangiri Mahal3) Khas Mahal4) Diwan-i-Khas5) Diwan-i-AamDon't forget to have a glimpse of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort.
We left from taj mahal to agra fort around 3:30pm. It was very close like only 2kms away. We took rickshaw for Rs 30. The rickshaw guy was very helpful and he helped us in buying some memento and Agara famous pethas (sweet) on the way to fort. We took tickets for Rs 40 for Agra fort and went inside (Rs 550 for foreign tourist). Guide is must to visit this place as its rich in history. taj mahal can be seen from fort. We spent one and half hour in fort and left for Agra cannt railway station as our train was at 5:50pm. We took auto for rs. 80 and reached in 20 minutes. Train (gatimaan express) was already in platform. Train left on time and evening snacks were served.
There are four gates- two of them named as Delhi gates and Lahore Gate. As I entered, one can first notice the Diwan-I Aam where public audience used to seat and witness different performances organized by royal families. On your way to entry, one can spot a large pot which was used by royal kings for bath. It was really fascinating to see the symmetrical archways carved with white marble. As I moved interior, Diwan-I Khas welcomes me where the royal families resides. One can move around the insides of Agra Fort and notice very intricate designs on the walls of the fort. As you move forward, you will find a place with a large courtyard in front. Strolling forward as you will reach the boundaries, you can see the Taj mahal from there. The interesting part is though the whole fort is semi-circular, one can see the Taj mahal from any corner of the fort. Don’t forget to move on the terrace where you will get a more pristine view of the Taj Mahal. With Yamuna flowing and Taj Mahal peeping through the fog, it would create an amazing landscape. It would take around 3-4 hours to witness the whole place.
Apart from Taj what we visited was the Old fort or Agra Fort. A huge red coloured fort with gardens, water springs in it that looks exactly the way we see in Movies and TV shows. Upon reaching we were welcomed by a big door that once used elephants for protection. The whole fort is big, big enough for you to spend and enjoy 3-4 hours.After these visits you can stay overnight in Agra. The next morning you can visit the market and streets of Agra if you like. OR you can straight away go back OR you can stay for a few days and can visit other places near by. Its all how you like things to happen.
Jal Mahal also known as Water Palace in English is yet again one of the things to do in Jaipur. It is located in the heart of the famous Man Sagar Lake and near the cenotaphs of royal ladies and Maharanis of the city in the earlier times. Madho Singh was the one behind the formation of the Jal Mahal in the same year as that of Hawa Mahal- 1799. The idea was to get a summer resort made for the royal family. The place was also used for hunting ducks during the warm season. Under the Jal Tarang project going on currently, this place is closed for restoration.
Visitors entry to Jal Mahal is limited and booking has to be done in advance. Most tourists view Jal mahal from the long promenade adjoining the main road. The view is amazing of a standalone palace in the middle of the Man Sagar lake
Same scenario as Udaipur most of the forts will close down by early evening. Jal mahal is again a hangout spot for families. Calm place where one can enjoy some street food with excellent view of Jal Mahal. I decided to commute by bike instead of public transport. One thing I noticed in Jaipur is the crazy traffic, not just the quantity but the way people drive. Believe me I have seen Bangalore, Delhi traffic but Jaipur that day I can't forget. May be It was that for past couple of days It was first time I have entered such kinda city. But still crazy traffic all around is all what I would say. I came back early ordered Dinner from the restaurant below, food was good. Watched an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S on TV. Set up the alarm for 5 AM and decide to call it a day.
Who can come to Jaipur and not take a view of the beautiful Jal Mahal. Located in the middle of the Man Sagar lake. The mahal actually appears as if its simply floating on the serene waters. Sadly they have stopped tours of the palace a few years back.
The most popular attraction of Jaipur, Jalmahal left us surprised with the way it is expressing its glory in the terms of gorgeous lights. A huge crowd is gathered here to witness this amazing beauty of the Pink City on the night of Festival of light.
Jal Mahal (Water Palace), (On the way to Amber Fort). A Rajput style architectured palace sits in the center of the Man Sagar lake. The lake is often dry in the winter, but summer monsoons frequently turn it into a beautiful lake filled with water hyacinths. Free on the 18th of May, as well as the Observatory and wind palace.
A place where you can lost all track of time, It is basicall a summer resort for the royal family..in the middle of artificially created reservoir "Man Sagar" made in reign of Madho Singh, the place is so beautiful and serene that you can look at it for hours and still want to be there for couple of more hours. One can not enter the Mahal but can see it from far, Well it is Jaipur's own Marine Drive.
These days they have closed Jal mahal, you can just have its view from some distance. Some local told me its closed, as there are many crocodiles in the river surrounding jal mahal. But still you can admire its beauty from distance, got some pics click. Also, can buy some craft stuff from there as reasonable cost.
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Jal Mahal- Water PalaceShimmering in glory like a jewel, standing in the middle of Man Singh Lake, Jal Mahal captures an eye-popping makeover during the night. Enclosed by Aravalli hills from three sides and the fourth side comprising of intensely inhabited plains, the architectural beauty of the Mughal and Rajputana styles of construction upstands with its five floors.The 255 year old palace, built in red sandstone, showcases only its first floor with remaining four floors under water. The scenic beauty of the palace comes alive at the onset of evening when bathed with lights.
Any trip to Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to Jaipur’s forts and palaces. They are located within close vicinity of each other and are best visited by hiring a vehicle for the day, which gives the flexibility to move at one’s own pace. On the way, is Jal Mahal, which looks really beautiful sitting in the midst of a vast expanse of water. It can be photographed from afar but entry inside is not permitted.
Jal Mahal: Jal Mahal or the Water Palace is located on the Man Sagar Lake. It is an astonishing palace which has five floors, and four of them remain underwater. The entry inside the palace is restricted, but if you are a bird lover or a photography enthusiast, you may stay there for a while and enjoy the view from the pathway outside the palace.
5)Jal Mahal: Located at the center of Mansagar Lake, this five storeyed palace is for floors under water when the lake is full. Due to its cooling architecture, it was used during summers. This palace is closed for tourists and can be seen only from a distance.
Jal Mahal : Soon after I leave for Jal Mahal. When I reach here, It was early evening. It is a delighted spot to spend a good evening. Jal Mahal is made of red stone and is 5 stories high. The 4 floors of the palace stay under the water and it is only the 5th floor that is visible. Visitors are only allowed to see the Jal Mahal Palace from a distance. Entry is not allowed in the palace. So I did not a chance to go inside. Someday, I hope that I get a chance to see what inside the royal palace and this marvellous architecture. I enjoy having a sip of tea while watching the Sun going down. I brought few Rajasthani gifts for my little sister from the footpath/roadside small shops. Remember - bargaining is the key but don't do too much. they are very poor people.
Once you complete these two masterpieces there is just another one waiting for you 10 mins away – Jal mahal. It is another exquisite piece of work with the backdrop of mountains in the middle of water. One can witness some excellent sunsets in this place. One can amuse oneself wearing local dresses and clicking pictures. There is a large area where you can relax and plan your next day schedule.
Hawa Mahal - Palace of Wind
As one of the most distinctive part of Jaipur, Hawa Mahal located amidst the busy streets is something that cannot be missed. The grandeur of the place surely catches the attention of each one passing by. The structure is made from pink sandstone and has a honey-comb like shape that makes it all the more interesting. There are 5 storey in the monument and surely looks extraordinary. The place was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 to help the ladies watch all the happenings on the streets including the processions that took place from time to time. From the extreme top of the Mahal, you can have a spectacular view of the Jantar Mantar as well as City Palace. For those interested in exhibits, the good news comes in the form of a small museum within the mahal that has great paintings, ceremonial armours as well as rich relics. For the entry, move to the backside of the complex.
Basilica of Bom Jesus
It is located in Old Goa and is a UNESCO World Heritage and it has the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier and was also the capital of Goa when during the Portuguese rule.
Visit Church of St. Francis of Assisi and the Basilica of Bom Jesus and get transported into 16th century. It is a historical city constructed by the Bijapur Sultanate in the 15th century, and served as capital of Portuguese India from the 16th century until its abandonment in the 18th century due to a plague. It is said to have once been a city of nearly 200,000 where from, before the plague, the Portuguese traded across continents. The remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Old Goa is approximately 10 kilometers east of the state capital Panjim.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus or Borea Jezuchi Bajilika (Portuguese: Basílica do Bom Jesus) is located in Goa, India, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The basilica holds the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. The church is located in Old Goa, which was the capital of Goa in the early days of Portuguese rule. 'Bom Jesus' (literally, 'Good (or Holy) Jesus') is the name used for the Ecce Homo in the countries of Portuguese colonization. The Jesuit church is India’s first minor basilica, and is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in India.
The Basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage site, so as you can imagine, it is impressive. It’s also very holy/creepy, depending on how you look at it – it has the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. A public viewing of the body is held every ten years. But apart from this, it’s a beautiful church. The altars are intricately worked, while the rest of the interiors are relatively simple. The floor is also gorgeously marbled. The church is over 400 years old.
One of the famous examples for the finest Baroque architectures in Goa, visiting the Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the best things to do in the city of Goa. It has the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier and is considered to be one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Basilica of Bom Jesus is one of the most important and popular church where people from all over the country visit. This church is considered even more sacred and important because it has the remain mortals of St Saint Francis Xavier. I saw the casket in which it's been kept. The body is kept at a good height and you cannot obviously get clear snapshots of it when you click from your camera as you get to see the body via screen. The church is very huge and the greenery surrounding the church looks pleasing.The crowd control is pretty decent here and the experience is just bliss. It's a moment of bliss. This is located in Old Goa. Just opposite to this place, the Royal Chapel of Saint Antony is situated which has beautiful white walls and architecture.
BASILICA OF BOM JESUS – one for art and architectural fanatics The Bom Jesus Basilica, perhaps Goa's most famous church and among the most revered by Christians worldwide, is partially in ruins but still a model of simplicity and elegance, and a fine example of Jesuit architecture. Located at Old Goa, 10 kilometres east of Panaji, the Bom Jesus Basilica is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument. As much as Goa is about its beaches, it’s also about history, heritage and religion.
Our next destination was Basilica of Bom Jesus in old Goa. The basilica has its history dating back to 1605 and holds the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier. The architectural design and structure of the Basilica represents the Renaissance architecture and design and is fronted by a combination of Corinthian, Ionic and Doric design.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Se Cathedral, Church of St Cajetan, Archaeological Museum, Church of St Francis Xavier, Church of St Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary and Viceroy's Arch are some of the popular and not so crowded places to see in Old Goa.After exploring the beautiful Churches and monuments in Old Goa, I followed the map drawn by Louis and drove towards a roundabout with Mahatma Gandhi Statue. I took second left turn from the roundabout and drove towards Do Monte Chapel of Mount Mary.
Goa is amazingly diverse for its size and yet there is a common thread that has an unmistakable stamp of Goan air. The Portuguese architecture is the first thing anyone notices which is strikingly different from the styles found in rest of India. Often painted with sunny yellows and sky-blue colours, the houses in Goa reminds one of a bygone colonial era. You'll hardly believe that 90 minutes away from the peaceful South Goan lush green landscape are the old 16th century Portuguese remnants of the colonial era in form of Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept , the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, the Church of Saint Cajetao and Our lady of Rosary Church. And an hour away from Old Goa is long stretch of sandy coastline renowned for its multitude of beaches. There's something on offer for everyone, from luxury resorts to makeshift huts, and trance parties to tranquility.
Five minutes from The Ruins is The Basilica of Bom Jesus. A UNESCO world heritage site, it holds the mortal remains of St Francis Xavier. A huge number of tourists pay a visit to the remains. The body is kept for a public display every 10 years, next will be in December 2024. The church is open everyday for public. Right opposite to the Basilica of Bom Jesus is the Church of Francis of Assisi. Built in 1661 by the Portuguese, the Church boasts a magnificent architecture.
Bom Jesus Basilica, Old Goa: This famous church was built in 1605 and is very significant as it holds the mortal remains of one of the patron Saints of Goa – St. Francis Xavier. St. Francis Xaviers body is put on display to the public every 10 years (last being 2014). A silver casket designed in the 17th Century holds the remains of this Saint.
The next day we had our flight to Hyderabad. I wanted to see the Old Goa church too. Its called the Basilica of Bom Jesus. I thought next day we would call our cab guy a little earlier and on the way, we would stop there and then head towards the Airport. But, that didn't happen! :( the cab broke down and the guy was late by almost forty five minutes. We had to skip that! I was sad. But my friend convinced me, he said, "let's leave somethings for our next trip." Yes, Next trip! He he.. All the more excited. The drive towards airport was another amazing thing. Goa is beautiful, indeed. Its different.Overall, the beaches are worth visiting. The beauty of the beach is Mesmerizing. The food, the ambience, the music, the crowd, the street shopping, the culture, the churches, its just not India. Or, you can say, its the other side of India.Goa again, for sure! :) Like the name suggest, the environment is absolutely green and so peaceful. A little far from the beach but a typical Holiday home. Recommended for people looking for a break from usual hustle and bustle of the city life.
Next we went to Basilica of Bom Jesus Church and Se Cathedral Church. The Bom Jesus Basilica, perhaps Goa's most famous church and among the most revered by Christians worldwide, is partially in ruins but still a model of simplicity and elegance, and a fine example of Jesuit architecture.This is the only church in Old Goa, which is not plastered on the outside, the lime plaster having been stripped off by a zealous Portuguese conservationist in 1950. Located at Old Goa, 10 kilometres east of Panaji, the Bom Jesus Basilica is a World Heritage Monument. Also there's a modern art gallery attached to the Basilica.The Se Catedral de Santa Catarina, known as Se Cathedral, is the cathedral of the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and the seat of the Patriarch of the East Indies. It is located in Old Goa. Se Cathedral is the largest church in Asia and is known for its giant bells and exquisite architecture. With a classical Iberian façade, the impressive Se Cathedral symbolized Portugal’s commitment to the Catholic Church as well as its overwhelming supremacy.
Next day we headed for Basilica of Bom Jesus church which is a UNESCO world heritage site situated in old Goa, 10km east from Panjim. It is a beautiful and one of the oldest churches in Goa. The church is constructed with Basalt rock and has a huge altar and an art gallery with 36 oil paintings. The preserved body of Francis Xaviers is displayed in the chapel.
Basilica of Bom Jesus. A world heritage monument, UNESCO certified built in the 16th century , the three storied church is a fine example of architectural heritage and religious beliefs. The unplastered exteriors ripped off by a conservationist in the year 1950 add a separate charm to the entire architecture. Built in a form of architecture introduced by the Society of Jesuits, the church is famed through the catholic community across the world.
Then, we headed at around 3:15 pm to our next stop, Aguada fort in Candolim. On the way, we stopped for a short while at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. Due to a wedding going on inside, we weren't allowed inside the church. We clicked a few photographs from the outside and were on our way.
The largest mosque and one of the most beautiful examples of Islamic architecture present in India, the Jama Masjid is located just opposite the Red Fort in Delhi. The mosque which means commanding view of the world was built during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. It has a very spacious compound that can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The main architectural attractions are the minarets and towers. The main tower has a 5- storey structure with projecting balconies on each level. The work of calligraphy is worth mentioning too. The main materials used were sandstone and marble.
This day is dedicated to exploring Delhi's rich history through its various monuments that stand tall today. We begin with one of the most magnificent mosques in India, Jama Masjid. Built by Emperor Shah Jahan, this mosque spells the Mughal taste for architecture and is still used as an important place for worship for Muslims, especially on Fridays. This is followed by a rickshaw ride into the streets of Delhi. We also walk around the Old City a bit, just to absorb the local vibe. Later we continue to other significant monuments such as Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar and drive past Lutyens’ Delhi that houses important Government buildings.
A little further down and opposite Red fort is Meena Bazaar and Jama Masjid. Meena Bazaar in the Mughal era was a market set up by the women of noblemen to sell items to raise money for charity, it was closed to public. Now on the contrary, the market is open to public and you will find rows of small stalls selling leather items, winter jackets, scarfs, fabrics, etc. Jama Masjid is a large mosque built with red sandstone and white marble.
The 350 year old mosque is beautifully adorned with lights that reflects the joy Ramzan. Every evening during Roza – the breaking of fast, Jama Masjid comes alive with festivities, joy, sounds and flavours of celebration. It’s an immense delight to watch the spirit of brotherhood and togetherness of breaking the bread every evening at the time of Iftar.
Jama Masjid: This is another great place to visit in Delhi. It represents the old Delhi. It was built in 1650, and it took 13 years to complete this structure. Want to get a great view?Then you need to move to the top of the southern tower. Don’t forget you need to dress modestly; otherwise you will not be allowed. It remains open every day but closes before the sunset.
The mosque was the result of the efforts of over 5,000 workers, over a period of seven years. Use of white marble, wide stair cases and arched gateways are the hallmark of this popular mosque. The mosque has a vast paved rectangular courtyard, which is nearly 75 m by 66 m. Its courtyard has the capacity to hold nearly 25,000 worshipers. The central courtyard is accessible from the East.
It is the largest mosque in India and is one of it's kind. The view from Jama Masjid is marvellous and one can see the rooftops and terraces of Delhi. When i had visited this place, I really had no clue that you have to be very decently dressed like hands should be covered. So I had to take a duppata on my head. So before going to the mosque, one should be dressed properly. There is no entry fees for this place and he mosque closes before sunset so you will have to visit this place before sunset.
The largest mosque in India with a breathtaking capacity of over twenty five thousand people, the Jama Masjid is one of the finest examples of the Mughal architecture and is famous as the World-reflecting Mosque. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets and built with red sandstone and white marble making it one of the must visit tourist places in Delhi.
Largest mosque in the world.
Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid of Delhi, is one of the largest mosques in India.It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees, and was inaugurated by an imamfrom Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan. The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates, four towers and two 40 m high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. The courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 persons. There are three domes on the terrace which are surrounded by the two minarets. On the floor, a total of 899 black borders are marked for worshippers. The architectural plan of Badshahi Masjid, built by Shah Jahan's son Aurangzeb at Lahore, Pakistan, is similar to the Jama Masjid.The mosque has been the site of two attacks, one in 2006 and another in 2010. During the first, two explosions occurred in the mosque, injuring thirteen people. In the second, two Taiwanese students were injured as two gunmen opened fire upon them.
From the Red Fort, we were shown onto a fleet of cycle rickshaws awaiting us at the gates, which would take us to the next stop on our itinerary, Jama Masjid. The largest mosque in India, and the final architectural blowout of the extravagant Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid or 'Friday Mosque' boasts three gateways, four towers and two minarets standing at a whopping 40m high. As usual, the Shah employed his two materials of choice, red sandstone and white marble, to create this colossal complex, which can hold up to 25,000 people.Unfortunately, by the time we got there the heavens had unexpectedly opened, rendering the visiting experience slightly less enjoyable - particularly as visitors are obliged to remove their shoes upon entering the courtyard. On the plus side, we did also have to don some very sexy gowns and shawls, so at least the rest of our bodies were kept nice and dry, even if we did get rather soggy feet. Another benefit of having a tour guide is that we had someone to guard our shoes while we took a look around; leave them unattended and they're sure to get swiped.
I took a cycle rickshaw for Jama Masjid and it took 15 minutes. The route goes through "Meena Bazar" which in ancient times used to be a market for traditional wears. There are many brands in India and Middle East named after Meena Bazar. Jama Masjid is an elegant and huge structure. The place commands respect. It is also possible to go atop one of the minarets which gives a breathtaking view of Old Delhi. The minaret actually is a time machine which transports one into totally different era. From up there, one can see Red Fort, River Yamuna and Feroz Shah Kotla. The innumrable allys and 1-2 storey buildings tell a story about its past.
2. The Iftar Food Walk (Night Ride)The walk from Chawri Bazaar to the Jama Masjid. During iftar, the streets of Old Delhi become a paradise for food lovers. From keema samosas to paneer jalebis, Biryani they have it all. To experience the beauty of Ramzan.
Once you enter the premises one have to climb a long array of stairs to reach the door. The door welcomes you to a fascinating structure of architectural supremacy. Beware of the gatekeepers, they would not allow DSLRs at times (though mobile phone cameras are always allowed). You also have to remove your shoes before entering the holy place. There are two impressive minarets on each side of the mosque. All the walls are filled with calligraphy (some might be Quran). There is a small fountain in the middle with seating arrangements where families and children spend their days in winter. One can see lots of pigeons feeding on their food in the enclosure. Inside of the mosque is ornamented with white and black marbles for worshipers to pray. Don’t forget to get on the top to get a bird’s eye view of the whole place. Though it charges around INR 60 but the view is totally worth the price.
Konark Sun Temple
he major attraction of the town of Konark, this temple is a stunning example of ancient Odisha Temple architecture. The temple was built in the 13th Century during the reign of King Narasimhavarmana I. Samba, the son of Lord Krishna was cursed by him and this made him a victim of leprosy. After this he started practising strict penace and at the end of this he attained the blessings of the Sun God. Lord Surya is the one who is said to have powers of curing all sorts of sking diseases and so did he cure Samba. As a mark of his gratitude and devotion he built the Konark Sun Temple. Next day when he was taking a bath in the waters of Chandrabhaga, a picture of Lord Surya floated to his hands and he took it as an instruction of the Lord. He immediately placed this image in the temple he had built. The temple is huge and is in the form of a chariot which has 12 wheels and being driven by 7 horses. The idol of the Sun God is in a standing posture and the horses are shown carrying him across the heavens. The temple was also called as the 'Black Pagoda' by the British because it was built completely of black granite.
It is not a place to worship God Sun or any other God or Goddesses. It is a place to travel within and to understand our mind functions, the mystery of TIME and real source of energy which brings life on the earth. The entire plot of the temple is a brain child of Great Spiritual Masters. Out of thousands of visitors very few can understand the purpose and massage after the temple. To understand the temple one need to travel inside and that's why the temple is just unique in the world. Otherwise several temples have better carvings and stone art in India and other countries. Built in black granite by King Narasimhadeva, the temple is one of the most important Brahman sanctuaries, and is a world heritage site. It takes the form of the chariot of Surya, the sun god, and is heavily decorated with stone carving. The temple is now partly in ruins, and a collection of its sculptures is housed in the Sun Temple Museum, which is run by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Konark Temple also known as sun temple lives up to its name. It showcases the talents present in our ancestors which helped them to construct this beautiful temple with all the perfect miniature scriptures and the very famous chariot-shaped building which presents us the chariot of Sun God Surya. It has 12 pairs of wheels which resembles the 12 months of the year. You can easily access it through local jeeps and bus and it is 33 km along the coast from Puri. Round trip auto rickshaws are also available for Rs. 250-300/- only.
Travel to Odisha this February to unravel the mysteries behind the great Sun Temple, also known as the Konark Temple. Did you know that there was a statue in the main chamber that used to be suspended in air? For years nobody understood that the reason behind this was the magnetic field that emanated from all four corners. The Sun Temple is constructed in the shape of a chariot wheel, and continues to be a structural marvel in India. February is the best time to visit the Konark Temple, when you can also participate in the Konark Dance Festival, which will take place from February 19 to 23. It will showcase the rich heritage and history of the temple since its inception. The temperature in February will be 25°C to 31.4°C.How to reach: The closest airport is 64km away, in Bhubaneswar. The nearest railway station is in Puri about 31km away. Konark is well connected by road to all major cities and towns.The great Rann of Kutch and the vast landscape of stardust!
The drive between Bhubaneswar and Konark is lovely with good roads and country side. It takes about an hour to reach Konark from Bhubaneswar. Standing in front of this magnificent was a dream come true,we immediately engaged a guide to know everything about the templeThe Sun temple of Konark widely known for its fine harmony of design and architecture, its name is a clubbing of Kona (corner) and Arka (Sun), meaning the corner of the Sun.Ancient Sailors had named it as " Black Pagoda" because of its dark color ,but was dubbed as the cause of ship wrecks that occurred along the coast.There are many speculations regarding the fall of the temple. It is said that a massive magnet placed at the temple top had created an architectural marvel of Lord Surya's idol to float in air .The sailors took away the magnet which was integral part of the temple thus disturbing the stability of the structure. Other reason held for destruction is earthquakeGuide narrated this legend as to " Why the Sun God does not get worshipped in the epic temple built for him" .The story goes back to 13th century A.D. , when 1200 WORKERS worked for 12 years to build the KONARK TEMPLE spread across 12 acre on the command of the King Narasimhadeva-1 of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The chief architect Bisu Maharana had a deadline to finish the temple in 12 years, finally failed to host the crown stone His son Dharmpada a 12 years boy whom he never saw since birth because he was busy with temple work visited the spot to see Dad's achievement,overhears the conversation of craftsmen , that they will be beheaded in case they fail to meet the deadline. Right from his childhood Dharmapada was interested in architecture and mastered all the manuscripts regarding temple construction. The small boy suggests a solution ,by midnight the kalash stone is rolled to the top of the Gopura. Dharmapada hears whispers that king will still not be kind with his father and other hardworking craftsmen,next day at sunrise ,he jumps off the the Temple top into the blue sea waters. Main attractions of the temple : 1. Natya Mandir is the first part of the temple.Every inch of the mandapa is filled with sculptures of women - dancing, singing, playing instruments, dressing up.
Drown yourself in the rich heritage of the Konark Sun Temple.A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Konark Sun temple is one of the most recognized travel destinations in the world and among the most amazing facts about India. When you experience the beauty of ancient Indian architecture at Konark, the sheer intricacy of the architecture makes an interesting fact about the ancient architectural ingenuity of this country.
The Sun Temple- KonarkNext highlight of the day was The Konark Sun TempleSun Temple of Konark - The highest point of achievement of Kalinga architecture.Sun Temple of Konark (Orrisa) is popular for its beautiful and intricate design. This temple is dedicated to Lord Surya (Sun God).
Puri is a hot favorite tourist destination for all bengalis. When we have no plans to travel anywhere, we surely know where to go, Puri. Located in the neighboring state of Orissa, Puri is a sea beach with the famous attraction being the Jagannath Temple.Another famous temple here is the Konark Sun Temple. It is a declared world heritage spot by UNESCO. Because of this recognition, the recent conservation works have enabled to keep the structure together and prevent it from turning into rubble. In the times when the temple was built, it was believed to have had a huge magnet on top of the structure. This was an architectural design that helped to keep hold of the inner design or skeleton of the temple made of iron. The magnet was so powerful, it used to attract ships from the nearby Bay. This created a lot of problem in navigation and was hence removed. On way while driving through, don't forget to run your finger through the cashew nuts hanging from the trees.
The name of the place means the Mother's Temple and is also known as the Auroville. The name was given after Rishi Aurobindo who believed that all human beings could overcome supernatural conciousness by rigorous meditation. It has a unique shape of a flattened sphere which is coated with golden discs and this is to represent that there are no ends and corners and that the whole world is round like a sphere here. The disadvantage is that not everyone get the permission to meditate here. This can also be taken as an advantage as you can go through the most peaceful experience due to less people here. As you start entering this place, you will have to remove your shoes and be in complete white socks. You will then have to ascend and descent steps to reach an inner chamber which again has two ramps and pillars which do not touch the ceiling. This is to give a feeling that meditation has no limit. Also the white marble is a symbol of peace here and the symbol of flower has 12 petals representing attributes of the Universal Mother. These are responsive, courage, progress, kindness, generosity, sincereity, peace, humility, gratitude, aspiration and perseverence.
Pondicherry is now most famous as a site of spiritual pilgrimage. The ashram, founded in 1926, grew up around the yogi Sri Aurobindo and his French counterpart, Mirra Richard, known to her followers as the Mother. The Matrimandir is an edifice of spirituality and a symbol of The Mother's vision of uniting humanity. Auroville is truly a testament to the success 'Mother' achieved at establishing an alternative way of life.
Matri Mandir - Mandir in Hindi refers to a place of worship. Matri Mandir is a spiritual place in auroville. People here come to experience the silence within themselves, thronging for peace. Here, we can see a lot of people walking between the woods with utmost silence. It also has a golden ball structure where people meditate and practice self consciousness. The pathway to golden ball is very adventurous. It also has a complex where museums display historical colonical belongings.
Next morning, we woke up at 5:45 am to see the sun rise. Yes, it was difficult but living on the other side of the country, my friend wanted to see the sunrise from above the waters which she never had the privilege to see. To our misfortune though, the sky was cloud cast. Nevertheless, the day started early for us and the visit to Matri Mandir was enough to keep us hopeful.
Yet another beautiful mansion in Jaisalmer, it was started by Guman Chand Patwa. The mansion took 55 years to be completed. Gumans sons completed it later. The most beautiful features of this mansion are the archways, gateways and especially the balconies, known as jharokhas. The golden color of the mansion catches the eye of every visitor at once. The tour of the whole mansion will take not more than 45 minutes. This is no doubt one of the most splendid residences in the beautiful city.
The Patwon Ji ki Haveli is an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. It is believed that Patwa was a rich man and was a renowned trader of his time. He could afford and thus ordered the construction of separate stories for each of his 5 sons. These were completed in the span of 50 years. All five houses were constructed in the first 60 years of the 19th century. The havelis are also known as the ‘mansion of brocade merchants’. This name has been given probably because the family dealt in threads of gold and silver used in embroidering dresses. However, there are theories, which claim that these traders made considerable amount of money in Opium smuggling and Money-lending. This is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane. This haveli is presently occupied by the government, which uses it for various purposes. The office of the Archeological Survey of India and State art and craft department is situated in the haveli itself.
This cluster of 5 Havelis was the first one to be erected in Jaisalmer and was the official residence of the ministers and landlords of the royal times. It was a small street and the at some places the Havelis on both side of the road were so close that neighbours could even pass stuff from one home to another. The architecture was so fine and intricate. The street was crowded and cluttered and was bustling with everyday life.
Another masterpiece is Patwao Ki Haweli. There are all total 5 hawelis, one of which is managed by Govt. Patwas were business men of 18th century who rose to great height. All the 5 haweli's were built for 5 sons of Patwao. Later misery hit them and they flew from the given place for better opportunity outside.We preferred visiting the Govt. undertaking haveli it as we were looking for less crowd. The security personnel guided us through the whole haveli and all its key highlights. The view from the haweli of the Jaiselmerh fort is tranquilizing.After some 40 odd minutes, we headed for Sam Dunes. Sam Dunes is some 50 KM from Jaiselmerh City. Once you pass by the city, comes the real Thar Desert. Big wind mills, red hot, mirage all across and tents far away.
We then headed towards Patwon Ki Haveli which was a bit disappointment. Nothing much to watch. Additionally, the charges were exorbitantly high. Inside the haveli you get to see various household equipment, traditional clothes, utensils and everything that was being used by the Patwaons family. On the spot we decided to skip the other havelis (Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli and Salim Singh ki Haveli). We simply passed from outside and it was bit similar to Patwon Ki Haveli.We headed back towards our hotel after having a quick lunch. The driver was supposed to pick us up at 4:00 PM for our second part of the journey.
Jaisalmer has a number of Havelis. Patwon ki Haveli is the first haveli erected in Jaisalmer and the beauty of Patwon ki haveli is that it is not a single haveli but a group of 5 small havelis, and its beauty lies in its ornate architecture. Patwa was a very famous and rich trader of those times. That's history but now, the Government uses it for its Offices of Archaeology, Art and Crafts Departments.Other notable Havelis are Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli and Salim Ji Ki Haveli.What is a visit to Rajasthan worth, if you have not done a Camel Safari in the Thar Desert especially during the golden sunset? And not taken any selfies...?
The official residence of the Nizams while they were the authority of the state, this ws a prominent seat of the famous Asaf Jahi Dyansty. The palace in the local language is called as the Chowmallattuu Palace. The construction began in the year 1750 by Nizam Salabhat Jung and was finally completed in the year 1864- 69 by Nizam Afzar- Ud Dawla Bahadur. Stretching from the Laad Bazar to the Aspan Chowk, the palace is a replica of the Shah's Palace in Teheran of Italy. The palace in spite of being so old has held on nicely to its former beauty and glory and is ageing with absolute grace. The detailing of the architecture and designs is fantastic. Apart from the beautoful lawns and and gardens the Tehniyat Mahal, Afzal, Mehtab and Aftab Mahals are very popular attractions in here.
We started our journey from Tolichowki (Hyderabad) to Charminar Road and parked our bike inside Chowmahalla parking lot. There is ticket counter to buy ticket, cloak room to keep your belongings and a cafeteria to have snacks. Chowmahalla Palace or Nizam's Residence was official residence of Nizam family. It has four palaces and is worth visiting. It is said that Nizams were considered to be the richest people on earth during their time. Once you visit the palace you will find that all the furnitures, cutleries, chandeliers, vintage cars like Rolls Royce, fountain, arms and weapons, Chariots, libraries, dresses and paintings are very well preserved. The main durbar has huge Chandeliers and other rooms have colourful chandeliers. It just felt like Nizams were fond of chandeliers and created a palace full of chandeliers. Two to three hour is good enough to explore the whole palace. There is a watch tower which will help you find this place from a distance.
I thought if not Salarjung, maybe this will help me in some way but no, not really. Although, Chowmahalla was still slightly more interesting than the former. On incessantly troubling the guard, he mentioned that Mukarram Jah, the titular Nizam of Hyderabad, now lives in Australia and visits his palaces (Chowmahalla Palace, Falaknuma Palace, Nazribagh Palace, Purani Haveli Palace, and Chiran Palace) once in a year.
Another palatial museum from the Nizams. The best among collection is the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost that is said to have done less than 356 miles.The grand Khilawat Mubarak or durbar hall with it's chandelliers is just wow. The Khilwat clock has been running for more than 100 years with the most accuracy.
Heritage and lifestyle spot
After Charminar, the place to hit next was Chowmahalla Palace. It was the official residence of the Nizams'. It is said that Nizams' were considered to be one of the richest people of their time. Evidently, you can witness their life in this palace. The Calmness of the place will soothe your mind. There is a Ticket counter, a cloakroom to keep your stuff and a small cafeteria inside. You can have a royal feeling in the main durbar. It has huge yet beautiful chandeliers, the pigeons roaming will just give you the feeling of being in that era. Starting from Cutleries to clothes, from shoes to coins, everything is kept. But sadly, the maintenance is not up to the mark. The best part about this place is the Vintage Car Museum. Nizams' did have a fancy car collection. 1912 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost,A spectacular Fiat limousine, A Napier, 1952 Packard 200 Deluxe Touring Sedan (others I do not even remember) and several carriages, it is just mind blowing. The mind-boggling fact is The seventh Nizam Mir Osman Ali Khan used this Ford Tourer just for the purpose of going to the mosque at Public Gardens on a Friday. Yes, we are talking about the Nizams' who used a Rolls Royce to clean garbage over the city.
The official residence of Nizams, the Chowmahalla Palace was built from 1750 to 1857 marking an expanse of 45 acres and containing four palaces within its complex. The architect modelled it after Shah of Iran's palace in Tehran, and gave it a unique style and design which is reflected in its unaging elegance.
The Chowmahalla Palace is a glorious place, take time to walk around and see the displays. Its a fine peek into the lives of the Asaf Jahi kings. Don't miss the collection of vintage automobiles at the back, especially the royal Rolls Royce. It will be lunch time by the time you come out of Chowmahalla. If Biriyani is what you are craving for, then head to Shah Ghouse. Its advisable to take an autorickshaw to get there. In case you want vegetarian food or just anything non-Biriyani, head to Hotel Shadaab. Sometimes on Saturday and Sunday mornings there is a heritage walk conducted around this place. It is always better to be guided by someone who can tell you the history of the place.The next place to visit after lunch is the Salarjung Museum. The time you are going to spend at Salarjung Museum depends on your interests. The must see displays are Ivory gallery, Western Paintings, Walking Sticks Gallery and the Veiled Rebecca. You can decide your next stop based on how long you've spent in the museum and how tired you are. If you are early and fresh, I suggest make a trip to Paigah tombs. Take an autorickshaw and ask locals for directions. It isn't a place frequented by tourists; but if you love ancient architecture, you'll find this place quite intriguing.
I began my day by visiting Chowmahalla Palace. This palace makes you feel like a queen or maybe it did that to me. The palace has majestic courtyards, lush green gardens, mesmerizing fountains and prestigious collection of vintage cars. This highly maintained palace of Nizams defines what luxurious living would have been! I entered the Khilwat Durbar, the chandelier court of the Nizams and it made my heart skip a beat. Everything around me happened in slow motion for next few minutes. Felt like I was time travelling to a different era. It's difficult to take your eyes off the beauty of this durbar. These chandeliers are only lighted when parties are held there. Believe it or not. This durbar can be hired for parties. Are you planning one lately ? Why not add royalty to it by hiring this place ?Ooops, I meant palace.My personal favourite in this palace was the vintage car section. Royalty gets defined not only when it runs in your blood or through your clothes and jewellery. It is also defined when you travel grand. On royal wheels. I wanted to believe somehow that this palace belonged to me. Everything here was connected to me. May be in my past life. Let me quote myself, "This palace gives you dreams.It was then time to say adios to this uniquely elegant 200 year old palace and head to some Biryani place nearby. When in Hyderabad, all you eat is Biryani ! Atleast, I wanted to follow that mantra. When asked around, locals suggested that we should try Shah Ghouse restaurant in the area for varieties of Biryani. Being a vegetarian, all biryanis taste similar to me. So, this was also one of the not so extraordinary veg biryanis for me but it definitely filled up my empty stomach. Do not hold on any high expectations in terms of ambiance and hospitality. Go for the food. Non vegetarians might get good options. But I would still suggest. Try it out and make your own opinion. It was then time to explore the very famous minaret that symbolizes Hyderabad, the Char Minar and the buzzing market places around it. Situated in the heart of the old city, this monument is defines Hyderabad. Your trip to Hyderabad is incomplete if you do not take out time to visit this magnificent minaret.
Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception
Built in the year 1619, this church looks unique because of its design which is like a Christian Wedding Cake. The church was built by the Portuguese by replacing what was an even bigger church. The previous church was built in the 16th Century. Over the years there have been many additions and beautifications made to this church and this is also one reason for which it stands steady whereas the main church of Goa is almost in ruins in spite of being built in the 18th Century. This was earlier the place where the sailors from Lisbon used to halt and pray to thank the lord for their safety and then head towards Ela in the North Goa.
The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is at Church square in Panjim. It is among Goa's earliest churches built in the mid 16th century. It was completely rebuilt in 1619. The massive bell atop the church was constructed in Portugal and was originally at St Augustine's Church (which I have reviewed separately). After the St Augustine's church collapsed, the bell was kept at the Fort Aguada Lighthouse for a while and then in the 1870s brought to this church. The Panjim Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is placed on the hillside and just high above the Idalco Palace built by Adil Shah.
This church is very much famous among Bollywood. if any movie will shot in Goa then this Church is mandatory to show. Featured in Josh, Mujhse Shadi Karogi, Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahani. This is really a Master Piece and a must visit church in Old Goa. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: 9 kms from Basilica of Bom Jesus(Old Goa) Recommended Length of Visit: 1 hr Tips: Go in the evening- around 3-4 pm Facts: Featured in many Bollywood Films.
One of the oldest churches in Goa and dating back to the 15th century, this famous church is a very popular tourist attraction in Goa. The backdrop of the main altar is magnificent which is mainly dedicated to the Mary Immaculate which makes it a must visit place in Goa. Outside the church is a shopping area and the place is specially a treat if you visit in the Christmas time of the year.
The next day we visited Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception church at Panjim. It is one of the oldest church in Goa. It was beautiful. It was so peaceful, so serene, and so so so lovely. I could relate to some Bollywood movies shot here. (I am a truly Bollywood person!)Just on the lane opposite to it was Kamat hotel. I got excited seeing the name cuz it was familiar. We have Kamat Hotel in Hyderabad and it served South Indian tiffins too. Dosa, Idly, Vada, Upma etc. We had a filling breakfast. And again headed towards the beach.It was our last day in Goa. Every possible dishes, cocktails, services we could think of, we tried it all that day. All the last moment shopping too.
Evening we went to Baga one of the most happening and popular beach with youngsters, buzzing with energy and crowd, lot of restaurants and pubs on both the sides of the street with loud music , karaoke and lively atmosphere, All good pubs and restaurants are here. Titos street we tried few restaurants, Sipping cocktails, checking the crowd and enjoying different ambience. Lastly ended up in TIttos cafe again one of my Favourite open restaurants. *Things to See in Panjim Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church Basilica of Bom Jesus Se Cathedral, Dona Paula etc*Old Goa is congested so two wheeler makes it easy to roam around than compared to four wheeler*Baga has many Restaurants, pubs and lounges Tittos and Mambos are one of the oldest and popular* Baga is located 19 km north of Panaji Day4
The Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church is located in Panjim, Goa, India. The colonial Portuguese Baroque style church was first built in 1541 as a chapel by the Portuguese, was replaced by a larger church in the 1600s, then in colonial Portuguese Goa. The church is located in Panaji, with the Municipal Gardens to its southeast in the foreground. The site was the location of a colonial port landing, where ships sailing from Lisbon made first call and where sailors disembarked, before they proceeding further inland to Ela (now Old Goa), which was the capital of Goa until the 19th century. A laterite walkway and a straight line of thin palm trees were part of the scene around the church.
Namgyal Tsemo Gompa
As the name says, this attraction is a palace located on an island. This island is a part of the Lake Pichola. Also known as Lake Garden Palace, it is one of the places to visit in Udaipur without any second thoughts. You can easily enjoy the picturesque look of the palace through boat rides in the Lake Pichola. A boat ride can also be continued from the City Palace to Jag Mandir Palace which will take around 30 minutes. Many popular weddings have taken place here which is quite an expensive affaire. There are gardens and courtyards that can be explored via a walking tour. The architecture is one of the many reasons you should consider a visit and if possible a stay. Do not forget to try the Indian delicacies in their restaurant.
The Presidents house is the official residence of the President of India. It was in 1803, that the Lake East India Company defeated the Mughals and went to transfer kingship upon them. This is when the English appointed the first resident of what was then the capital of Mughals. After this, two important officials, Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker went on to form a dream city around the Raisina Hills. This later went on to be named as New Delhi. This was a more planned and developed city and one of the most important buildings in this place is the Rashtrapati Bhavan. There are blocks and chambers inside this huge building that is stretched from one end to the other. During the evening, this building is lit up in festive light and it is a magical treat to the eyes.
It’s a huge territory with not much (if any) people around close to the city center. Finally, you can get a free breath and hardly any attention to your humble persona. Check out Mr. President Residence with a fancy cut garden and guards marching around. Don’t forget to get a must-have pic with the guard.
Boasting itself as the official residence of the president of the largest democracy in the world, the Rashtrapathi Bhavan is one of the finest architectural buildings and a famous tourist place in Delhi. It is a vast mansion sprawling an area of one hundred and thirty hectares including the famous Mughal Gardens and a historical Museum.
Rashtrapati Bhavan, also known as the President's house, is a huge palace kind of structure where the President of India resides. In order to have access to this place, and for a tour inside the president's house, one needs to obtain prior permission from the main authority located here.
Next day we started at 4 a.m. from Chandigarh to reach Delhi, if one has enjoyed driving on the Mumbai-Pune expressway, then Chandigarh-Delhi is nowhere to miss. With wide roads and flat surface, it is definitely a drive one can't miss. Unlike Mumbai-Pune expressway, on this route you’ll get ample of food options at Dhabas coming up at regular intervals, a majority of them being named as Haveli We covered 250 kms distance in 3 hours.Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President Estate, is the official residence of President of India. This property is covered in 320 acres which consist of 340 rooms, offices, Mughal Gardens, the residence of Office bearers. In terms of area, it is the second largest residence of a head of state in the world.After the security checks, as soon as we entered the main complex, the feeling was ecstatic. It was an amazing feeling to be at the forecourt, the place where PM Modi took the oath 2 years ago. Seeing the Designation of office bearers, entire history and civics chapters started to reflect.We were given a tour of Rashtrapati Bhavan. First, we were taken to Durbar Hall, Leaders of India gathered at 8.30 am on 15 August 1947 to witness in the Durbar Hall the swearing-in ceremony of the new government, headed by Jawaharlal Nehru, by the Governor-General of the newly declared Dominion of India, Lord Mountbatten. This also happens to be a place where PadmaShri and PadmaBhushan winners are felicitated. This hall is beneath the main dome of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
It's a splendid sight to see guards donned in ceremonial regalia astride their powerful steeds, going through a formal marching to the tunes of the military brass band. Since 2007, the ceremony was officially held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and it was only in 2012 that the ceremony was shifted to the forecourt of the presidential residence. Practical info- The ceremony takes place every Saturday morning and is open for public viewing. The starting time varies depending on the season. It gets underway at 8 am from March 15 to August 14, 9 am from August 15 to November 14, and 10 am from November 15 to March 14.
North side of the Rashtrapati Bhavan during evening time. The building was built by Britishers. Its unique style makes this one of the grandest President Houses in the world more magnificent.
Birla Mandir Temple
A completely marble made Mandir, Birla Mandir in Jaipur is not only famous but one that gives a feeling of peace and calmness to the visitors. Though, there are a number of Birlan Mandirs around the nation, the one in this city is quite hugs. The cleanliness, the maintenance and the well-planned structure and system is bound to take you off your feet. Apart from that, the architecture of the entire monument is worth a heavy sigh. The temple is a dedication to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. It is also known as the LaxmiNarayan Temple for these reasons. There are quite a number of foreign tourists visiting this place all throughout the year.
After all these places, we moved towards other attractions of the Pink City. During our way, We went to the famous Birla temple. As the picture is suggesting, the place looks bathing in the White light and attracts locals as well as foreign tourists. Very nearby place to Birla temple, lies Moti Dungri Temple.
Birla Mandir is a part of one of the several Birla Mandirs located all around the country. The grand temple is located on an elevated ground at the base of Moti Dungari hill in Rajasthan. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu (Narayan), the preserver and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth. The temple is built with finest quality of marbles and standing still on it for more than a minute was sending chills in the bones. The marble work mesmerises the onlookers and the Laxmi Narayan image is just fetching. After paying our tribute to the temple we headed to the City Palace, Jaipur.
Bibi Ka Maqbara
The Bibi Ka Maqbara is just a maqbara positioned in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. It had been developed by Azam Shah, boy of Aurangzeb, in 1678 in storage of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum.
Would you believe if one were to tell you that India is the proud home of not one but two Taj Mahals? Probably not! But it is a fact that a monument identical to the Taj stands in Aurangabad in Maharashtra and it is lovingly called the Mini Taj of the Deccan. The monument is Bibi Ka Maqbara built by Aurangzeb’s son, Azam Shah, in 1660 as a loving tribute to his mother, Dilras Bano Begam. Interestingly, while the Begum nestles in the magnificent structure, the austere Moghal emperor chose to be laid in and commemorated with touching simplicity. Aurangzeb’s tomb is also in Aurangabad at Khuldabad en route Daulatabad Fort. It is a simple latticed enclosure with whitewashed walls, a small marble railing, erected 200 years later, and a tomb marked by the white cotton sheet spread over it to delimit the modesty of his desires.
The most beautiful monument of Aurangabad according to me. Bibi ka Maqbara is an exact replica of the Taj Mahal. This is the tomb of Aurangzeb's wife built by her son. The place is open till 10 pm at night but unfortunately there is minimum light in the compound. However, it was a full moon night and the monument shone brilliantly. This should definitely be visited in the morning.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Earlier known as the Victoria Terminus, This is one of the best examples of Victorian- Gothic art and architecture in India. This terminus is the main reason for Mumbai being the gothic city till today. The combination of European architecture with Indian art is the reason this station is very close to palatial designs found at many places in India. The domes, turrets, walls and the floor planning are all grand. The construction of this terminus started in 1878 and went on for around 10 years. The English architects worked hand-in-hand with Indian artisans and craftsmen to create which is till today a prized possession of Mumbai. The design is also somewhere inspired from Italian Medieval structures.
Most of the city’s history is concentrated in South Bombay. So if you don’t live down town it’s a perfect opportunity to take a long drive and come to SoBo. Start from CST (Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus), also known as VT (Victoria Terminus). This UNESCO world heritage site was recently rated among the top 12 most beautiful railway stations from around the world by Mashable. Right next to CST is Mumbai GPO. Established in 1794, the General Post Office is one of the biggest in the world. If you like photography, then the the Victorian and Gothic architecture of the Colonial era is guaranteed to delight you. Continue walking and cover Lion Gate, Asiatic Library, Horniman circle, the RBI building and Crawford market. The steps of Asiatic library is a popular spot for a lot of Bollywood shoots. Check out some more pictures here. Note – Right opposite Lion Gate stands the oldest building in the city. You’ll spot it if you walk slowly, looking for the engraved stone on the wall that certifies it as the oldest building. Easier landmark – it’s the building that now houses Anita Dongre’s showroom. *Sigh* Cost: Zero. And walking is good for health too. Hours Spent: Half a day. Not sure about doing this yourself? Check out Travel-logs. They conduct walks every fortnight and will take you to places you didn’t know existed in Bombay.
See for Yourself, is the only suggestion I could give to you. UNESCO World Heritage Site. But contains the Railway museum inside. Formally known as Victoria Terminus (VT). Busy 365 of the Days of the Year. Stand before this Magnificent Structure and you'll fall in love with it. Come during Night., The light Shows are awesome. Let it be the different Festive seasons in Mumbai so'll be the Light Show of This Magnificent structure. Next to it is the BMC headquarters., even this is a beautiful structure. Note: Lights are switched off after 9 PM
My friend dropped me at sion station & i got a ticket for CST from there. Mumbai local finally!! Its magic that one second you are standing outside looking at the crowd thinking if you will manage to get in & 20 seconds later you are so deep inside now that you can't find a way out. After 2-3 stops most of the crowd got out and i got place to stand at the door. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a UNESCO site. It is one of the best railway station in india.
4000km Ride finally doneAfter getting a leave sanctioned of 19 days I used the first 8 days to study preparing for an exam (biggest mistake though) on 7th of February 2016 and after flunking the examination I quickly reached CSTM station get my bike (Royal Enfield Classic 350) packed and booked as luggage and boarded Punjab Mail (Train No.12137) and headed for Mathura. BTW i am going on a long trip after almost 2 years and during the start of the journey my confidence was a bit low.
Formerly known as Victoria Terminus, after the English Queen Victoria, this station was renamed in 1996 to honour Chhatrapati Shivaji, the founder of the Mahratta empire. It serves both surburban and long distance trains and is always a busy bustling place to visit. It's definitely worth a visit and if you're feeling adventurous jump on one of the local trains. Try to go past at night to as this building is especially eye-catching at night when it's all lit up.
It was an area for royal women it also has the Kamal Mahal and elephant, horses & camel stables in it.
Zenana enclosure was a secluded area reserved for the royal women. The major attraction is the Lotus Mahal located at the southeast corner. The path to the other locations like the Elephant Stable, Guard’s Quarters and a few other temples’ runs through the center of this area. The whole area is now made into a sort of open garden with sprawling lawns. You can see people take nap under the trees in the noontime. A good site map too is located in this area, if you need to (you will need to!) reassure your location and the next direction. Reserve about 1 hour plus to roam and explore this area.
A short distance away from the Royal Enclosure is a large veranda with protruding balconies all around faces the central pool. It contains the remains of the palace of the Queens, the Lotus Mahal, 3 watchtowers, and the Royal Treasury.This is one of the typical example of the Indo-Islamic hybrid architecture.
The Lotus Mahal or the Zenana Enclosure is still in tact. The dome is in the shape of the lotus bud and the towers are pyramidal in shape; this way the entire building looks like a lotus by itself. The structure was initially protected by four watch towers, but you can see only three of them today.
Zenana enclosure was a secluded area reserved for the royal women. The enclosure had been strategically designed for the women folks to watch the royal ceremonial functions or the march past in privacy. Three watchtowers can be seen at the corners of the enclosed area.
While returning from Dorji Bear Sanctuary you'll come across Lotus Mahal and the Royal Elephant Stables. Entry to Elephant stables is rs 10 for Indian tourists and is open from 8 AM to 6 PM in the evening. These stables were once used for bringing large rocks to the city that built these massive buildings.
While returning from Dorji Bear Sanctuary you'll come across Lotus Mahal and the Royal Elephant Stables. Entry to Elephant stables is rs 10 for Indian tourists and is open from 8 AM to 6 PM in the evening. These stables were once used for bringing large rocks to the city that built these massive buildings.
In total there are 11 domed chambers, tall and inter-connected, giving it a grand appearance. These halls have different shapes, such as drum-shape and octagonal. In the middle is an ornate hall that was perhaps used for ceremonial gatherings that included elephant processions.
Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex
This is a whole temple complex where most of them are in complete ruins and some are partly in ruins. The temples all look like Jain Temples mainly due to their beautiful architecture of typical Jain Temples but most of these are dedicated to Lord shiva, Vishnu or Lord Ganesha. As you go further, you find a beautiful ond which is now dry but the group of temples around, especially the Veerupaksha Temple complex is extensive and beautiful. The other temples are the Kalu Ganesha, Kadalekalu and Sasivekalu Ganesha. The Lakshminarasimha and Badavalli are two more attractions and there is also an old Hanuman Temple here. This is a perfect spot for history buffs and photographers.
The Hemakuta Group of Temples is situated right next to the Virupaksha Temple. As the name goes, they are located on the Hemakuta Hill which is a good 15 minute climb. These temples are from the pre-Vijayanagara period and most temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva for a lot of reasons. The construction of these temples date back to between the 9th and 14th centuries. The construction of these temples are such that they could be mistaken as Jain temples as well.
The best places to see a sunset or sunrise. Hema in Sanskrit language means gold. The name of the hill thus connects with the legend that it’s on this hill that Lord Shiva did penance before marrying a local girl Pampa. Shiva was impressed by her dedication for him and consent to marry her, due to this, it rained gold on this hill.Also this is the place where Shiva burnt Kama (the god of lust) with his third (fire) eye. In helping Pampa to marry Shiva, Kama distracted Shiva from his penance. This attracted the wrath of Shiva and eventually killed Kama by fire. Later Rathi (goddess of passion and Kama’s wife) pleaded for the life of Kama. Siva brought him back to life but only in character not as a physical being.
Known by titles such as 'Jewel of the Sahyadris' and 'Pride of the Sahyadris', the Khandala is another beautiful hill station along with its twin station Lonavala. It is smaller and calmer than Lonavala. The beautiful waterfalls, hiking and trekking trails, quaint and tranquil sceneries all make up for an exotic treat to the eyes and soul. The nearest tourist attractions are the Nagphani, Tiger Point, Bhushi and Valvan Lake, Tugauli among many other beautiful locations.
We spent a few hours in Bomdilla and headed to Bhalukpong Via Tipi. Tipi has an Orchid garden where you can see large variety of beautiful orchids.
Day 2: The next day we relaxed in Bomdila visited the villages and the farms nearby, went to the beautiful apple, maize and kiwi orchards. The best thing is that the locals are very welcoming, friendly and understand Hindi really well. In the evening we went to the Bomdila monastery, which was really amazing, the decorations inside were one of a kind; sadly though photography inside was prohibited. The monks there were busy with their daily rituals. The kids were just done with their classes and were going to their hostels, few were playing around and few were smiling at us from a distance and shying away. After spending the evening there we headed back to the hotel.
There is a certain 19-20kms mysterious stretch here which is completely covered with clouds and fog and is very difficult to drive. However driving through this we finally reached the town of Bomdila. We went to the Bomdila Monastery and we were lucky to find Egg and rice being served as special “prasad” being served that day. Buddhism is seriously one of the coolest religions on earth or else where would you find Egg and rice and as offering. We finally reached Dirang in the evening and checked into Hotel Pemaling. Dirang offers nothing but only beautiful views comprising rivers and valleys. Our hotel overlooked the beautiful Dirang Valley. Dirang Monastery and a hot spring nearby are the other places to see.Day 3
It is said to be a replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona in southern Tibet. I remembered the path as I had visited it earlier during my school trip. I was so confident of the route that I failed to take into account the term “urban development”. I had lost my way. I did not ask for the way to the monastery as people passed me by though I ultimately visited it. I sat down, overlooking the town, what it had grown to be. All those memories of the fables of remote mountains and villages seemed distant. We will grow and as we do so, we will consume everything that stands in our way. We will build great concrete jungles and chip away at all the greens. My children will never see my Disneyland.Mickey & Minnie
I reached Bomdila late afternoon and headed straight to the monastery. Despite wearing thermals, sweaters and jackets I found the place cold and chilly. Whenever I crossed a settlement or a hamlet I would sight prayer flags and wheels. Nestled in the lofty mountains the Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Ling Monastery or Upper Gompa provides some breathtaking views.Majority of the population here belongs to the Monpa tribe. The monastery houses a school for the young Monpa monks or Lamas. They were seen playing with a ball made of rubber strands.A Bomdila woman suggested I should circumambulate the prayer bell thrice for my well being. Monpa women were in a small room oiling and lighting lamps to be offered in the monastery. Bomdila has a past with major Buddhist and Tibetan influences. It is told this region was part of Tibet during the medieval period. The Chinese had tried to claim this land in the 1960’s. Bomdila’s market is a must visit as it is a major shopping destination. I had to give it a miss as I had to reach Dirang by late evening.
One can also watch various snow clad mountain peaks from Bomdila including the Kangto and Gorichen Peaks which are the highest peak of the state. Bomdila is well known for its monastery and has an unmistaken Buddhist touch, where almost all public buildings like markets and other strctures have strong Buddhist influence. Bomdila also has a craft centre and shopping centre which would give one a feel of the local version of Himalayan Buddhist life.
#Places to visit The place has a small monastery which offers a beautiful view. #Stay We stayed at Dzongrila rest house. Locals call it as IB which is Inspection Bungalow for mere INR 300. The only place to stay in Senge is at this IB. You can contact the care taker Mr. N K Singh at 09436256306. #Food The only food you can get in this village is in IB prepared by Mr. N K Singh. For the dinner we got rice, dal , egg and aloo sabji. For the breakfast we were offered Maggi , Omlette and tea.
Bomdila Monastery, Bomdila: The Bomdila Gompa or monastery is one of the most prominent centres of the Lamaistic faith of Mahayana Buddhism. A replica of the Tsona Gontse monastery at Tsona in the southern Tibet, the Bomdila monastery(also known as the Gentse Gaden Rabgyel Lling monastery) was set up by the twelfth reincarnate of the Tsona Gontse Rinpoche. The reincarnate who was born in Morshing, west Kameng, had established this monastery in the year 1965 before his death in 1966. However, the Rinpoche, the thirteenth reincarnation, Tsona Gontse Rinpoche renovated and enlarged the monastery by including a huge main prayer hall, which was further blessed by His Highness the 14th Holi Dalai Lama in 1997.The main festivals being celebrated in Bomdila Monastery are Losar and Saka Dawa. Losar is celebrated to mark the beginning of the New Year according to the Monapa calendar. This festival goes on for 15 days, in which prayers are offered along with hoisting of the prayer flags. Saka Dawa is held on the fourth month of the lunar calendar, marks the day of the Buddha's enlightenment.Bomdila is accessible by road from Tezpur situated 160 km away.
If you wish to worship the Hindu God Hamuman when in Shimal then please pay a visit to the Jakhu Temple that is just about 45 minutes away by foot from the famous Mall Road. A number of monkeys inhabit the place and one is warned about food being snatched away from ones hands by these curious inhabitants. Legend tells us that this temple has a mark or footprint of the Lord Hamunan. This shot the temple to instant popularity and it is now a famous tourist hot spot in Himachal Pradesh. Hold on to your children when you visit the temple
It is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is located at the top of the hill, around 2-3 km from the mall road. It can be reached by walking. If you prefer mountain climbing, take a stick and get ready to climb for an hour. Otherwise, you can hire a taxi or a pony to reach the place.
2 kms from Shimla, at a height of 8000 ft, Jakhu Hill is the highest peak an offers a beautiful view of the town and of the snow-covered Himalayas. At the top of the Hill, is an old temple of Lord Hanuman (33 meter statue of lord Hanuman which is a master piece, this over takes even the Christ Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro), which is also the home of countless playful monkeys waiting to be fed by all visitors.
As we reached this place, our driver warned us about monkeys snatching stuff from the tourists. Scared as we were, I was the only one carrying my phone to click a few pictures. That is how I managed to click this picture of The statue of Lord Hanuman which stands 108 feet tall on the hill overlooking the city. The enitre time I was there, I just wondered how did they manage to build this statue and put it up there at such a height!
Jakhu TempleWe took a cab from outside IIAS directly to Jakhu temple. You can't take an Ola till the temple but if your cab driver is friendly, he will charge a little extra and take you there. Also, if you are a fitness freak, try trekking till the temple from the ridge. It takes about 30-45 minutes. Jakhu temple has a huge idol of Hanuman (about 25 ft. tall) which stands strong through the clouds. Quite a sight! Tip: Be very careful of your belongings. DONOT wear your specs/shades etc. The monkeys will take it away.
Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple
As you obviously know, I''m not much into temples, but this one is beautiful. Not only because of the architecture,and the history, but the fact that the people there have immense respect for there culture makes you wish to respect their culture as well.
As you obviously know, I''m not much into temples, but this one is beautiful. Not only because of the architecture,and the history, but the fact that the people there have immense respect for there culture makes you wish to respect their culture as well.
Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple is not a just another temple in the area but its life and soul of the capital. T he deity is known as Anantha ( lord vishnu). the land of Anantha came to be known as the present Thiruvananthapuram. It is an important temple of lord VIshnu as per the puranas and beliefs of hinduism . The temple architecture is purely of kerala and dravidian style which is made up of granite and stone. Its not just the beliefs and the historical importance that makes this temple worth visiting but its marvelous architecture too.
Padmanabhaswamy templeThis temple is home to Lord Vishnu in a reclining position, the temple is an architectural wonder filled with murals, sculptures, inscriptions and carvings. The temple is lit by oil/ghee filled lanterns and no artificial electricity is used withing. Men have to wear lungi (indian traditional dress) and remain bare chested. It is the richest temple in the world with tonnes of gold hidden inside its premises.
Jahangir Mahal in Orchha, situated at a separation of around 18 km from Jhansi is a standout amongst the most respected and susceptible royal residences. Arranged in the fortification complex of the Tikamgarh region of Orchha, this seventeenth century landmark was constructed by the King Vir Singh Deo out of appreciation for the Mughal sovereign, Jahangir. The Jahangir Mahal, overlooking the great Betwa River is a three storied structure, fabricated in the Indo-Islamic building style, with more than 100 rooms, and a few patios, hanging Balconies, yards and domes. There are two stone elephants with hanging chimes on the sides of the passageway, which in prior times used to check the passageway of the King. The best time to visit Jahangir Mahal in Orchha is in the middle of October and March, when the temperatures are cool and lovely. The Jahangir Mahal is open for guests between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm.
It is said that Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo built this fort to welcome Jahangir to Orchha. The majestic view from the palace and the interiors are sure to leave you in awe.
All of this happened at Bhola restaurant and the juice center, located right at the junction of Jehangir Mahal and Raja Ram Mandir. Coming along their menu, were the simplest dishes one would love to eat - Thali(unlimited gravy and chapatis with changing menu everyday) with one of the most humble owner treating you like 'Roti Lo, aapne khaya hi kitna hai'. Moreover, their ginger tea gave me a great kickstart to explore the next half of my journey. Not to promote them here, but they also got the best juice in town.
Santa Cruz Basilica
Built in 1505 by the Portuguese, this place happens to be the oldest church in India and a heritage site in all of Kerala. The interiors are done in an Indi-Gothic style and the main altar was painted by a famous Italian painter called Antonio Moscheni. The place was given the status of a cathedral by Pope John Paul IV in the year 1558. This church was the brainchild of Dom Francisco De Almeida in 1505 who was the first Portuguese Viceroy. He sought permission from the King of Kochi and thus the church was built. It gets its name from the date 3rd May 1505 when the foundation stone was laid and that this day happened to be celebrated as the invention of the cross.
The original church, situated in Fort Kochi, was built by the Portuguese in 1505 and named as a cathedral in 1558. The British colonists destroyed the cathedral in 1795. The current structure was built in 1905 and raised to the status of a basilica by Pope John Paul II in 1984.
Taj Falaknuma Palace
The Falaknuma Palace is probably the most royal and luxurious on this list, primarily because it was not allowed to turn into a ruin with time. Until 2000, Falaknuma was a private property of the Nizams, but due to the decline of zamindari in Hyderabad (and India), the family agreed to a more economically beneficial step and let the Taj group of hotels protect