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!
Mehrangarh Fort stands on a rocky hilltop which is about 120 m from the ground. The fort is one of the most magnificent and biggest ones in the Indian sub-continent. Battlements of the fort is around 6m to about 36m in height. The fort is still maintained and run by a royal family of Jodhpur. The legend as well as history of the fort is not only interesting but enriched with battles, wars and more. The main entrance of the fort is from the northeast side and is called Jai Pol. There is a museum inside the fort that retains the antiques from the royal families as well as from the battles. The entry to the fort is free but there is a charge for the museum. You will have to walk around 300 m to reach the main entrance or take an autorickshaw for the same. Dodh Kangra Pol is the exit gate of the fort. There are other gates called Loha Pol and Suraj Pol as well.
Looking out over the city from a height of 300 feet, Mehrangarh Fort is an extraordinary achievement of beauty and architecture. The fort is home to a museum and several elegant palaces. Visit the Jaswant Thada cenotaph on the way up for a breathtaking view of the city.
Mehrangarh Fort boasts of one of the best museums in Rajasthan. It has ornaments from the house of royalty, medieval manuscripts and swords with marks of battles fought long ago still on them. Mehrangarh Fort has seen many battles but each time pushed back the attacking armies from Jaipur, Bikaner and even the Mughals. Cannon balls from the armies of Jaipur could not do more than making small pits of the size of a human palm in the walls of this fort. The marks can be clearly seen on outer walls.
It is a large fort and there is a lot to see, from a family of 3 singing rajasthani songs while their kid puts on a dance; puppet show; the sea of blue houses from the top of the fort; the museums displaying old artifacts, artillery, palanquins; basically you can spend a lot of time here.
Stands tall on a hilltop, Meherangrah is a true beauty. It has that world famous well which was shot in Dark Knight Rises. The fort is also a museum which preserves all kingly items in a great manner. The rooms, armors, palanquins look not even a day old. The shops inside the fort are expensive but really rich in Jodhpuri culture, some money can be splurged.
The 5 km long fort on the 125 m high mound is one of the most impressive and formidable structures. It was on my bucket list and I was very glad to go into it. It is made out of Red Sandstone. An audio guide is a must. Although invincible from outside the fort has four gates approached by a winding route. Since Rao Jodha decided to move his capital to the safer location of Jodhpur, this contributes to the existence of Mehrangarh. You will get to view the 360 degree aerial view of this Blue City of Rajasthan from the upper side of the fortress. Entrance fee: 60INR for Domestic tourist and 400INR for International Tourist. 170INR for Audio Guide and 100INR for Cameras. How to Reach: It is walking distance from the Clock Tower Recommended Length of Visit: 3-4 hours Tips: Go in the Morning
Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest fort in India. There is a lot which can one can discover in the fort. It has a museum which consists of the outstanding collection of the applied arts during the Mughal period in the India history. It also has a professional museum shop. I loved the entire collection of art. It automatically makes you think about how the history would have been. The fort offers a paranomic view of the Blue city. Many events like the Rajasthan International Folk Festival takes place in the month of October. One can spend an entire day also exploring the beauty of the fort. The entry cost is 400 for foreigners and 60 rs for the Indians.
One of the largest forts in India, it is well-maintained and the 'blue city' view from the fort is the best. On the way to the fort, you can witness locals dancing and singing. The entry and guide fee is high. The museum has a collection of paintings, palanquins, armoury etc. They do have an elevator facility for people who cannot climb much. Overall an impressive and must-visit place.
"Travel brings Love and Power back to your life" ~ Rumi<br /><br />It all began one weekend, when all of us were fed up of the regular office politics and workload. One of my friends was serving her notice period and wanted a trip desperately. Since all of us were a ardent mountain lovers, we zeroed in a place in Uttrakhand. <br />Everything was set. Our bags were packed and buses booked. Our excitement level was at it it's highest peak. <br /><br />*Seven hours before our journey* <br />We get the news that there has been a cloudburst in Uttrakhand and it's going to rain continuously for two days. That news saddened us a little because we wanted this trip to happen. <br /><br />After lot of brainstorming, we decided to change our destination to Jodhpur (we were desperate to get out of Delhi). Initially, all were not in for this plan because people wanted to run away from the Delhi heat; but after lot of persuasion, we booked our tickets for Jodhpur (to a more hot place). <br /><br />We escaped the glass walls of our offices to begin this journey with the excitement level down to 30%. By evening, we boarded the local sleeper bus from Delhi to Jodhpur.<br /><br />After the tiring 14 hours journey, we finally reach Jodhpur. From here, our journey to The King's Landing began. <br />Though it was hot and humid, it didn't stop us from exploring places here in Jodhpur. The people and the food were amazing. Watching the sunset from our Hotel window, silhouette of the little blue houses and the grand Mehrangarh Fort was mesmerizing. <br /><br />We started the journey with little hope and took back home a bag full of memories. <br /><br />
Watch the sun sink behind the blue city from the vantage of the hills around the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. Among Rajasthan tourism's most spoken about attractions.
Mehrangarh fort is one of the exquisite yet underrated forts in India.Standing with aplomb on a plateau, overlooking the Blue city of Jodhpur, this majestic fort turned museum houses several period rooms, galleries and sprawling courtyards. Its intricate carvings are the perfect example of beautiful Rajasthani architecture.This is a must go place if you are interested in royal lifestyle of Indian kings & queens, their rich histories & stories of power, valor, victory & sacrifice. Don't forget to take an audio guide or a professional guide to get answers of all your queries.On your way back enjoy an expansive view of the blue city from the fort and wander into it's narrow alleys to have an up-close experience of Jodhpur.
Next day morning we went to this fort which is huge ,young and almost in its original condition with huge musuems in it.
Let the magnificence of Rajput heritage waft over you at Mehrangarh Fort.If Christopher Nolan thinks the place is good enough for him to visit, it should be good enough for you too. Rajasthan contains the motherload of the monuments and history that make up some of the most interesting facts about the cultural history of India.
After breakfast, we checked out and dumped our bags in car and left for majestic Mehrangarh Fort! Oh boy, what an enormous fort it was. So huge, so strong, so mighty! We took an audio tour guide. Audio tour guides are best thing to happen when you are in historical place. It gives you all minutest details which a guide would usually forget. It also shares you stories and everything related to that section of fort. This fort would take your 4-5 hours. We had planned to visit another fort which was just nearby but since we were tired with so much walking, we just skipped one more fort and instead we left for Bijolai. Yes, our night stay was booked in Bijolai Palace. Its a palace turned into resort. We booked it though MMT again and this was wonderful place with its own lake!
Reached the fort in half n hr and the view was just so astonishing to see. We can see the whole Jodhpur city from the top. The place was so well maintained till date, by seeing that it feels so good that our historic monuments so well taken care of. The Mehrangarh Museum is the place were we can actually feel the history. The Daulat Khana, cannons, The Turban Gallery, paintings, the war related things, the coins, Armoury (different types of swords) and many more.....you will live the history over here. Our site seeing continued with the local market down the streets. The best collection of antiques can be found there, the royalties can be seen in some shops.
This is the pride of Delhi that was earlier known as the All India War Memorial. This monument was built by the Lutyens in the memory of all the 90000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the welfare of their country during the World War I. The names of each of the soldiers are inscribed on the walls of the monument. The Amar Jawan Jyoti or the Eternal Flame burns here 24 hours as a symbol of remembrance of the brave warriors. On the opposite side of the monument is the very controversial canopy where was once placed the marble statue of Prince George which was later removed from here.
We drive down the Rajpath, where the Republic Day parade happens every year, and reach the India Gate. This monument is a war memorial for the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting abroad. The sides of the monument are engraved with the names of these soldiers. Also, this place is a haven for the ice-cream wallahs who have placed themselves exactly where sweaty and “fed-up-of-the-heat” tourists can take a cool break.
India Gate is a majestic monument that commemorates the Indian Army martyrs in the World War I. I was part of the large crowd of Dilliwalas that had gathered below the triumphal arc like monument and the surrounding gardens. I spent an hour in the pleasant weather taking in the scenery and enjoying the nip in the air.
India Gate is one of the most visited site when someone goes to Delhi. The ambience is just beautiful. At night, it glows which is very alluirng and pleasing to eyes. The garden here is very huge and is actually like a picnic spot where families along with the kids spend their sunday afternoons and evenings here. Various movies has the scenes of this site including No one killed Jessica.
Right in the heart of the city stands an iconic symbol forty two feet high and also a memorial for the soldiers of World War I - The India Gate. Its majestic lighting during the night and the wonderful and colorful fountains surround it makes it an ideal tourist place to hang around it Delhi during the evening times.
My next stop was India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament. All of them are very close to each other. If you get to this place, you will get to see all the three must see places. I was at Delhi just about the time of Republic Day. Few days were still left for the grand parade that happens at India Gate. So, I witnessed people practicing for the parade early in the morning near India Gate and I was so thrilled to be seeing this. First of all, the entire atmosphere was so charged up and then I saw how much of security goes in to put up a grand show for our Republic Day.
Rising 42 mts high in one end of Rajpat stands the India Gate – a symbol of pride and bravery. This outstanding stone archway instantly ignites a feeling of patriotism and thus is a major tourist place in Delhi. Also known by the name of All India War Memorial, this prestigious monument is a mark of respect to all those unknown soldiers who have sacrificed their lives protecting an entire nation. At night, india gate looks so mesmerizing that you just cant miss the moment. India gate is a perfect place to end your day.
India Gate: The India Gate, (originally called the All India War Memorial), is a war memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War. 13,300 servicemen's names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. The India Gate, even though a war memorial, evokes the architectural style of the triumphal arch like the Arch of Constantine, outside the Colosseum in Rome, and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.In 1971, following the Bangladesh Liberation war, a small simple structure, consisting of a black marble plinth, with reversed rifle, capped by war helmet, bounded by four eternal flames, was built beneath the soaring Memorial Archway. This structure, called Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier, since 1971 has served as India’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
SourceIf Patriotism is engraved deep in you, then nothing could be as majestic as this historical monument of Delhi, India Gate. Built in 1931, India Gate reminds us of the victory and sacrifices made by the soldiers in the First World War. The arcade architecture has thousands of soldiers’ name inscribed on it who have sacrificed their lives. Another fascinating thing to see in India Gate is the Amar Jawan Jyoti under the arc of India gate, lit up all day and night as a tribute to brave soldiers.• Location: Rajpath, near Connaught Place, New Delhi.• Entry Cost: Free• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available• Opening Hours: Always open.
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.
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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.
This is an 800 year old fort and is also known as the Golden Fort of Rajasthan. This is one of the most magnificent fortifications of the state and is the second oldest also after the Chittorgarh Palace. The title given to this fairytale fort complex is because of its light color which almost merges with the color of the desert sand like a mirage coming out of it. Jaisalmer City is located in the interiors of the Thar Desert and the King Jaisal planned to make this place his capital. The intricate designs on the sandstone base of the fort buildings make them look even more heavenly. It is also the only living fort of the country. This means almost half of the whole city resides inside the fort complex even today. This includes rich merchants, artisans and other common people as well. Earlier, the whole population of the kingdom lived inside but a part had to move out given the constraint of increasing population. From earlier times onwards, Jaisalmer has been a very important trade connection especially with the Muslim kingdom. Till today you will find a number of Muslim merchants dwelling here. An interesting legend about the history of this fort complex says that Lord Krishna, the leader of the Yadav clan once dreamt of setting up his kingdom in this area and his wish was fulfilled by King Jaisal, who also belonged to the Yadav clan. The fort crowning the Trikut Hills looks no less than a dreamland. You can come here in the month of February and enjoy the famous Annual Camel Fair and other festivals too.
A guy from the ‘Desert Haveli Resort’ – the resort we booked for our stay, came to pick us on us in an auto from the rail station on time. Yes this is their business, they do it religiously. We saw the empty dark roads of Jaisalmer in the early morning. Our stay was inside the famous Jaisalmer fort , the Golden Fort (Sonar Killa). This is the only living fort n India. This fort is too huge and 1000 years old and has a big history. The fort stand on 250 feet above the surround. Solid blocks of stone have been used for a buttress wall, 15 feet high around the hill.The fort of Jaisalmer was founded by Maharawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D. The fort stands on the hill which overlooks the town from the south. The hill runs almost from south to North. It has four gates. There are five beautifully carved Raj Mahals inside the fort viz. Rang Mahal, Sarvottam Vilas, Gaj Mahal, Akhai Vilas and Moti Mahal.
Made of sand stone approximately 500 to 600 years ago and locally known as Sonar Quila, the Jaisalmer Fort is a dominating structure amidst sands. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan and one of the largest forts in the world. The massive sandstone walls of the fort stand several feet high. What amazed me most was that even today, nearly one fourth of the old city's population resides within the fort. You can find restaurants, temples, shops, etc inside the fort. It was strange to see people following their daily routine living inside the fort. We also shopped for a while and visited the various preserved palaces and rooms inside the fort. It was so massive and we got some beautiful views of the golden city from the top.
It’s a must visit if you are in Jaisalmer. It is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, 250 ft. Tall and is reinforced by imposing perforated sandstone wall 30 ft. High. Even still today one fourth of the old city population resides within the fort. Its 80 meter high perch on the hill, housing the entire township within its ramparts. It has an enchanting cobweb of narrow dotted lines with some lovely havelis, temples and palaces. Also it has many roof top restaurants from where the whole city is visible. The fort is approached through four gateway- Ganesh, Akshay, Suraj and Hawa Pol.
Jaisalmer Fort(Sonar Qila or the Golden Fort) is one beautiful fort where around 25% of the population still lives in its walls. Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort. There are shops, hotels and age old havelis (homes) inside the fort area where families have lived for generations. The massive expanse of the fort has shops crammed in a line on the streets where ofcourse one can get beautiful souvenirs.
A World Heritage Site and the largest fortifications in the world, with about 3000 people residing within its walls. The fort is marked by narrow lanes, large handicraft shops, temples and massive gates. We also visited the Jain Temple. With growing population, the fort needs to be cleaned up, water and sanitation issues need to be addressed soon.
The beautiful Golden Fort, immortalized as "Sonar Kella" by the ace Filmmaker Satyajit Ray stands as a tribute to Rajput Architecture. Built by Raja Jaisal over the Trikuta Hill, the sandy coloured fort is a living fort, now classified as a UNESCO world Heritage site under "Hill Forts of Rajasthan"
Loacated on the Thar desert, this fort was built in 1156 A.D by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal. Constructed from yellow sandstones, the massive fortress glinted off the sunlight offering a visual treat. However, the fort was too crowded for our liking with two wheelers relentlessly racing past us. Finding a place to park our car in the congested city lanes was a big task. Finally trusting the handbrake, we were able to park on a steep slope nearby.
Its an experience to explore the fort and city around it. For the explorer, walking around the city, interacting with the locals especially the elderly who give a glimpse of how life used to be when they were young is so interesting. Jaisalmer has had a rich royal past - literally. The stories of Rajasthani valour and affluence add to the aura of the place.
8. Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan – A magestic structure struggling with modernityOne of the largest fortifications in the world, the Jaisalmer Fort in Rajasthan is a pride of the Rajputs in India. Amazingly, several families still live within the premises of the fort and it is also a major tourist attraction. Due to rising population and the introduction of modern plumbing (something that could not have been taken into account when the fort was built in the 12th century), the fort is deteriorating. And yes, this too is on that WMF watch list.
This beautiful fort is made of yellow colored stones .So when there is sunrise sunrays light up this fort it looks as if fort is made up of golden so its also called golden Fort.
Featured in Satyajit Ray's Bengali classic, Sonar Kella, the Jaisalmer Fort is an ethereal urban centre with around 3000 residents even today. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler, Rawal Jaisal, from who the city gets its name. You enter the fort near the Gopa Chowk and make your way around its winding lanes, temples, handicraft shops, eateries and even guesthouses! The fort walls are made of red sandstone, which change colour depending on the position of the sun. The fort is open from 9am to 6pm.Once you've had your fill of the golden fort, make your way to the Sam Sand Dunes for a stunning view of the sunset. Located around 40km away from Jaisalmer, spend the evening touring the dunes on a jeep and then settle down at a camp to enjoy some classical music and the golden sand.
Take in the glory of the Jaisalmer Fort by day, and indulge in some Sam Dune bashing at night
Next day, after our complimentary delectable breakfast at the hotel we set out to explore the city & the first place we destined towards was the ever famous Golden fort of Jaisalmer – the living fort!The beautiful yellow-golden colored Jaisalmer fort is a wonder in itself.
Jaisalmer fort is a like a kingdom in a fort itself! Its so huge that there are almost 10000 people residing in the fort, 30-40 hotels, 7-8 restaurants and just small part of fort is open for public for sight seeing! We hired a guide who was very informative. He went an extra mile and also escorted us to the Gadisar Lake and Rajputana Hotel.
Nostaljia at Sonar Kella (Jaiselmerh Fort)For any bong movie freak, Satyajit Ray is god and Jaiselmerh Fort has a special place due to the same. So we were super excited for the same. The fort is build up over a mountain and has the main Jaiselmerh city within. Everything outside the fort wall is the result of modern development.Will not share much about the structure or architecture of the fort as it is quite similar to others, but it consist of very well guided and tagging of each place to look-around which make very easy to maneuver. The view from the roof is outstanding. One can see the hole city from it.Later after completion, we moved to a Govt. store for some shopping. One can get to buy the yellow stone materials such as glass to drink water, curd making plates, etc. It is the similar stone which is used in the Golden Fort.
The Nathula merges the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass is situated, at 4,310 m above sea level, forms as a piece of a branch of the old Silk Road. Nathu signifies "listening ears" and La signifies "go" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Just natives of India can visit the pass, but only after successfull permit from the administration of Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the two open trading border posts in the middle of China and India.The others being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh in Nepal. Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 after various trade understandings. The Chinese government is wanting to extend its rail administration to Yadong, barely a couple of kilometers from Nathu La.
Four hours away from Gangtok, lies the kingdom of snow i.e. the Nathula Border-the famous gateway on the silk route on the Indo-China Border. After a slow and steep drive through the mountains-which change their colour from a sumptuous green to a barren black to a snowy white, one reaches the Nathula border-along with many tourists who regularly throng this major attraction in Gangtok. On the to Nathula, lies the Tsomgo Lake- an un-rippled glass sheet in which the snowy mountains silently admire their own reflections. To beat the cold, duck into the café run by the army and treat yourself to coffee and chocolate. At Tsomgo, treat yourself to hot noodles at many of the small eateries dotting its banks.
Nathu La, the border crossing between India and China, is around 56km from Gangtok. Things to remember before visiting Nathu La. 1. It is open to Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. 2. The visitors have to get the permit to visit the place by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department through a registered and recognized Travel Agency. 3. Foreign nationals are not allowed to visit Nathula. 4. Photography is strictly prohibited here. Even then, this spot is a must-see for those allowed to visit.
The next day I set out for Nathu La. The feeling was heavenly seeing our National flag at one end and Chinese one at the opposite end. The pass had a cool cafe for tourist owned by Indian Army. There is a war memorial near the border and climbing further high, I was standing right on the border. Behind me it was the international fence and beyond that the Chinese conference hall. If I had moved a feet ahead I would have been inside China... of course behind the bars thereafter.. The situation was amazing,, surrounded with fog, chill breeze at Sino border.
Nathula is a place for those who can take heights. Situated at over 14,000 feet, this Indo-China border is a good place to visit for its different kind of geography. to visit Nathula, it is a good idea to first change base to Gangtok, capital of Sikkim, for Nathula is around two hours from Gangtok. and while you are at it, you could visit the capital too.
Day 3 was spent on Nathu La, Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir and Tsomgo lake. The difficult journey to Nathu La only enhanced the thrill of watching over the border into China. Baba Harbhajan Singh mandir was built as a tribute to a soldier of the Indian Army, who died near the place where the temple is built. Tsomgo lake is located at an altitude of 12,400 ft. It is sacred to the locals, and is extremely well maintained and clean. Cradled amongst the mountains, it is definitely a sight to behold.
Located 14,000 ft above the sea level Nathu La is the Indo China border. It is one place which just should not be missed on trip to Sikkim. The journey is long and treacherous but the views and sights make up for the discomfort. In winters there is heavy snow fall but if lucky enough you might just witness a milder version the rest of the year. One is filled with a sense of pride watching the Indian Army camps scattered about on the way. Once reaching the destination, the civilians are not allowed to go to the actual border which is nothing but a barbed wire. Rather they are just made to see the border from a distance. But if pulled a few strings, one could go up till the border and even get photographed with the Chinese soldiers from across the border who actually enjoy getting photographed.
The Nathu La is situated at a altitude of 14140 feet and is 52 km from Gangtok. Remember studying history in the junior classes where we had been taught about the Silk route. This is the place from which the Silk route operated where trade between Tibet and India took place. On your way to the site, you will encounter an ATM. Since the altitude is so high and it is difficult to find any resources available, yet a place called Thegu has the ATM facility which is the highest point in the world. One nedds speical permit to visit this place and only Indians are allowed here. The oxygen level in this height is very low so one can carry cylinders along with them which costs around 4k to 5k.
Nathula Pass was a major corridor of passage between India and China..an altitude of 14,450 ft, the road to Nathula passes through the Tsomgo lake. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and is richly surrounded by alpine flora. Tourists are allowed to go close to the international border from where you can see Chinese soldiers on the other side of the barbed wire.The only one authorised road between India and china..
Its a border for Trade route between India & China. STill its worth a visit since it is located around 56 kms from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula passes through the Tsomgo lake. It is one of the highest motorable roads in the world and is richly surrounded by alpine flora. On a clear day you can even see the road winding down the Chumbi valley. Tourists are allowed to go close to the international border from where you can see Chinese soldiers on the other side of the barbed wire. Nathula is open for Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. The visitors have to get the permit to visit the place by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department through a registered and recognised Travel Agency. Foreign nationals are not allowed to visit Nathula. Photography is strictly prohibited.
54 kms east of Sikkim stands the famous Nathula Pass at 14,140 ft above sea level on Indo-China boarder. There are no permanent human settlement in the area and one will find blinding snow and thick fog on both the sides of the road. 5 mins from the Nathula gate and you reach the stone walled passageway that lines the not land mined part of the boarder. On one side few Indian Soldiers were smiling after seeing me struggling with the knee length snow and spine chilling wind (one humble soldier offered me his green cap) on the other side were the Chinese flags reflecting their dominance over the Tibet autonomous region.
The Indo-chinese border and the way to Kailash-Mansarovar. Also, an important place for the ancient silk route.
Nathula Pass - India China Border At 14000 Feet, Gangtok. Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas. Connecting the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region, the pass, at 4,310 m above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Border area and roads have been brilliantly maintained by the Indian Army.
Located at an altitude of 14,140 feet and 52kms from Gangtok, Nathula Pass was the place through which the famous Silk Route used to operate until 1962. This used to be a trade route between India and Tibet. Lines of mules used to carry silk, gold and many other items from Tibet to India and take daily essentials back to Tibet. The fenced Indo-China border is also few meters away and you can see both Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border. The guards are friendly. A stairway leads to the border. There is no 'no mans land' here. Even today, mails are delivered across the border on certain days of the week. There is an engraved stone here called Nehru Stone which marks the visit of former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru who visited in 1958. CAUTION:Because of the high altitude at Nathula, oxygen level in the air is quite low. Few (adults or children) can face breathing problems at Nathula.
1.NATHULA PASSNathula Pass,is a pass in the Indo-China border region in the Himalyas and is situated at an altitude of 14,450 feet and is located around 56km from gangtok.Fllanked by mountain on one side and the Tsongmo Lake on the other side,the pass was a beautiful destination in it's own.We started early to visit the Shrine of Baba Harbhajan shrine.There is a very interesting story behind this,which you can read here :http://www.sikkimsilkroute.com/baba-mandir/TIP:1.Nathula Pass is only open for the citizens of India,after obtaining the required permit.The permit can be arranged by the travel agency or by some of the hotels. Identity proof and 2 passport size photographs are required,and cost per person is Rs 200. For unorganized souls like me,who forget to carry their photographs,there are plenty of shops in MK marg which provide instant photos.Also it is best to get the pass well in advance.2.Do not shoot photographs in the restricted area,near the border.Or they (the Chinese) will shoot you.
Last day in Gangtok and I started early for Nathula Pass on the Indo-China border. It was the single-best road trip I have ever made as we navigated through treacherous roads that, literally had us driving through the clouds. The driver was a pleasant guy who drove carefully and slowly, while regaling me with local folklore and stories of his own life. We arrived at Nathula at 14000 feet in about 3 hours. Temperatures were close to 0 degrees and oxygen was scarce which left me huffing and panting while regretting the fact that I never thought to bring actual warm clothes. Since this was the first time I had visited a border, the whole experience of standing just a foot away from China was surreal. On the other side one can see the towering snow-clad peaks of Tibet pockmarked by Chinese observation posts. But unlike the Indian side which was teeming with tourists there was hardly any movement on that side. Having collected my visitation certificate and paid my respects to the war memorial, we visited the Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, dedicated to an army man who was martyred in the border skirmish. Set beside a glacial lake which, in one of the best images of the trip, had clouds caressing the surface, the temple is maintained by the army who believe the spirit of the Baba keeps them safe and protects them. We also stopped at the Changu Lake on our way back which was a very scenic lake with yaks in beautifully colored garb. I was back in Gangtok by 4 pm, having started at 7 am and bid adieu to the place the next morning.
Trip to Nathula Pass one of the highest peaks in India makes you feel adventurous. A night walk at MG market makes you feel refreshed.This trip is full of adventure,spectacular views and joy.This trip never failed to impress me. Every day of this trip was exciting and new. Sikkim is a place to be visited atleast once in your lifetime. At the end of the trip all I thought was about coming back again and spend more days.A new kind of energy was brought into the life after the trip.
Third day we went Nathula pass. It`s a very awesome place to visit. Sight scene was awesome in this trip. Some snow was also there in the hills of Nathu La way. Changu lake looked very beautiful due to snowy hills around. Also visited Baba mandir nearby nathula.
I was completely lost in the beauty of the view and then the taxi stopped, people got down and I was confused that where did I reach. My hands and lips got numb, my each and every part of the body was being tested by the coldness. All I had was that one jacket, which I was wearing, no gloves or caps. A person came up to me and said that "Son, be careful. Don't let the excitement kill you. It's -5, the oxygen level is also quite low. So be careful."When my body was being tested that was the time I noticed these two soldiers standing tall, unmoved, unaffected and I realized that I have reached Nathula pass. I felt inspired, I felt motivated and proud. The slogans 'Jai Hind' and 'Bharat Maata ki jai' came right from the heart and was not forced. The soldiers guarding the border explained me how they have to survive in difficult conditions. How can I describe this feeling of pride of being an Indian, it is meant not to be told but rather to be felt.
Nathula Pass,East Sikkim-The Nathula pass at an altitude of about 14,400 feet above sea level is the Indo China border in Sikkim.The altitude makes it hard for people with breathing problems out here.There is a Cafe on the way to the border and China is clearly visible from the border and there is a restriction on cameras and mobile phone's in the border(ie photos and videos are not allowed to be shot).There are no homestays or hotels out here so you cannot halt for a night out here.There is not much out here but the fact that it is the Indo-China border makes it very precious and tourists cannot afford miss this in their Sikkim Trip.
This pass is a Indochina border , the soldiers there are kind enough to answer questions we ask them . Photography is strictly not allowed but you can click pictures from the parking like we did.Road trip from Gangtok to DarjeelingDay 4There are a lot of options to do on this route like water rafting or visiting Lamahata a botanical garden , we have to skip both because of time constraint and we chose to visit Rumtek instead.Rumtek Monestary
Nathula Pass is one destination wherein incredible India tours can turn into an international one. This trade link between China and India is located at the height of 14,140 feet above sea level.Best Time To Visit: JuneOther Things To Do: Baba Mandir and Tsomgo Lake. 9. Revel in Luxury at Udaipur, Rajasthan
We were asked to reach the taxi stand at 8 AM,The journey to Nathula pass was to be started early morning cause there were more view points to see. But the driver was the only person who came late, we almost waited for an hour and then the journey began a 16 seater vehicle with two newly wedded couple,a family with 7 members,me and my friend,the driver,his helper and a solo backpacker ( the most interesting guy i met on this trip) this guy is professionally a teacher and a Pilgrim by passion,we shared our travelling experiences,he is the only guy i found with the same frequency of travelling as mine,he told me his dream is to visit all the 51 Shaktipeeths and his name is Genie,yes Genie- as i told you we both share same frequencies and may be as a matter of fact we don't like to travel with our original names so we didn't share our original names instead we call each other by the name we prefer he likes to call himself Genie and i love the name Vagabond,its been almost 5 months to this trip and still we are in touch, i must say i met a great guy.And our journey began,after driving for an hour we entered the scenic beauty of Sikkim something which is not possible to describe in words. We started driving towards the hill top where the Nathula pass is situated surrounded with the army base camps,we stopped at two places before reaching the pass,one where the driver took the permission from the army camps and the other where we had to eat our breakfast,do keep in mind to fill yourself with a little of food before reaching Nathula pass and ensure to carry a warm jacket with you as it is to too cold up there,the temperature at that time was 5 degree C,and i guess your driver will guide you few things. The view from Nathula was amazing we went up the hill and met two Chinese soldiers one of them was very friendly but the other one was not even ready to shake hands,reason nobody knows. We spent around half an hour there, then on our way back we got our certificate which shows that we have visited Nathula pass situated at 14000 ft from sea level which is half of the height of Mt. Everest.
We were asked to reach the taxi stand at 8 AM,The journey to Nathula pass was to be started early morning cause there were more view points to see. But the driver was the only person who came late, we almost waited for an hour and then the journey began a 16 seater vehicle with two newly wedded couple,a family with 7 members,me and my friend,the driver,his helper and a solo backpacker ( the most interesting guy i met on this trip) this guy is professionally a teacher and a Pilgrim by passion,we shared our travelling experiences,he is the only guy i found with the same frequency of travelling as mine,he told me his dream is to visit all the 51 Shaktipeeths and his name is Genie,yes Genie- as i told you we both share same frequencies and may be as a matter of fact we don't like to travel with our original names so we didn't share our original names instead we call each other by the name we prefer he likes to call himself Genie and i love the name Vagabond,its been almost 5 months to this trip and still we are in touch,i must say i met a great guy. (couldn't get his picture cause we were busy enjoying)And our journey began,after driving for an hour we entered the scenic beauty of Sikkim something which is not possible to describe in words. We started driving towards the hill top where the Nathula pass is situated surrounded with the army base camps,we stopped at two places before reaching the pass,one where the driver took the permission from the army camps and the other where we had to eat our breakfast,do keep in mind to fill yourself with a little of food before reaching Nathula pass and ensure to carry a warm jacket with you as it is to too cold up there,the temperature at that time was 5 degree C,and i guess your driver will guide you few things. The view from Nathula was amazing we went up the hill and met two Chinese soldiers one of them was very friendly but the other one was not even ready to shake hands,reason nobody knows. We spent around half an hour there, then on our way back we got our certificate which shows that we have visited Nathula pass situated at 14000 ft from sea level which is half of the height of Mt. Everest.
Feeling the wind in my hair on a 60-km downhill ride to GangtokNathula Pass - Gangtok (12, 500 ft - 5400ft).Distance: 59.5 kmWith sore posteriors and soaring spirits, the last day of cycling was something we were really excited about. After an almost 100-km uphill ride in the last few days, today was all about a comfortable 60-km downhill ride from Nathula to Gangtok.Traversing through the winding roads, waving to the army men on the way who were almost surprised to see the squad on wheels at this altitude. It was also the day I met a friend of mine, who was posted at one of the army camps near Tsomgo Lake. We were greeted with warm apple juice and pakodas by the men in uniforms. Needless to say, the army always lives up to the culture of hospitality they are known for.We also had to manoeuvre our bikes through the long traffic jam due to a landslide and move past all the vehicles stuck below Tsomgo Lake. We had descended quite a bit and the Bengali tourists at Tsomgo Lake stopped us multiple times for quick selfies and at times borrowed our cycles to get themselves clicked. Did we mind? Of course.All this while, we were racing with the dark clouds above us and the sole aim was to reach Gangtok before it would rain. Luckily, we skipped any sort of havoc on the final day and when we reached the city, it was bright and sunny. The kids coming back from school, the sound of whizzing vehicles and the fluttering prayer flags in the outskirts of the city, it all felt like coming back to the life we took a break from.
Everything was according to plan till we reached Nathula pass.
4. Snow Lover- Gateway to Blissful Snow!Have never seen snow before then Sikkim is the right destination for you. It can be experienced in Nathula Pass and Tsomga Lake also known as Changhu Lake. The view of snow will mesmerize you and leave you spell bound. It can be called as Kashmir of Northeast India. Image courtesy google below:
Red Fort (Lal Quila)
One of the most important monuments in the cultural as well as political scenario of India, the Red Fort is the pride of the capital city of Delhi. It was once the capital of Shahjanabad named after Emperor Shah Jahan. It was during his reign that this awesome monument took its form between 1638 and 1648. The whole structure was named Red Fort or Lal Qila due to the basic material of architecture which is sandstone. It served as the residence of the Mughal Kings for almost 200 years. Later when India became independent, the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the National Flag here and the ritual is still carried on. Every year the Independence Day celebrations are organized here.
Then from Kashimiri gate station (red line) we boarded the train towards Huda City centre (yellow line) and got down at Chandini Chownk Station. Red Fort was the second place on our boards. It’s located in the centre of Delhi and today, houses a number of museums, its major architectural features are in mixed condition; the extensive water conditions are dry. It has beautiful blooming parks and some buildings are in good shape. A sound and light show describing the Mughal history in India is also a major tourist attraction in the evening. The Mosque and Hammam are closed for the public but you can still peep inside from the slightly edged doors and glass windows. The Lahori gate entrance paves way for jewellery and craft stores. NOTE- Timings: Sunrise to Sunset (open on all days except Monday) Entry fee: 10 INR (Indians) and 150 INR (foreigners)
Gotten quite mixed feelings about this one. There wasn't much I could enjoy with a crowd following my each step and cameras aimed and clicking. First time in my life I thought that wearing a hijab isn't such a bad idea after all... As I found out later, the Indian government has a special free tourist program for rural dwellers to show them around most important sights around the country. And it was the day when such a group arrived to the Red Fort. Probably, I became just another attraction of their program - a rare blond, white skinned bird. It was quite uncomfortable to move around with a curious group of 30 discussing each your move, trying to stand next to you to take a pic, demanding for numerous photos or simply staring how you drink, smoke or whatever. This "Photo, miss" obsession got even harder as we moved across the country. I'm not a striking beauty I'd say, just a typical Slavonic type of girl with dyed hair, dressed rather modest, yet I constantly felt the attention drawn towards me wherever I went. My friend and I even got a peaceful, all that curious stalker following us all round Kolkata for 2 hours, but that's just another story.
Our next stop is the Red Fort. The Red Fort is a beautiful structure of red sandstone with characteristic Mughal architecture. There is a moat running along the boundary walls of the fort though it is dry now. We walk up to the front side where the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag. There are interesting indexes on the outer walls shaped like the helmets of soldiers – probably sentry points. We see a guy selling water and cold drinks from across the boundary railings – this guy was making the most of the Delhi heat. :P
Red Fort: Red fort is one of the most famous monuments in Delhi. Believe it or not, its wall is spread over more than 2-km in length. In fact, it was built to stop the invaders, though it didn’t work forever. The famous red fort was built in 1638. Want to know more about the red fort? Then watch the one hour-long light show reflecting the history every evening. It remains open from 9am to 6pm except on Mondays. Don’t miss it if you visit Delhi.
Popularly known as 'Lal Quila', this fort was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The architecture is outstanding and the beautiful green gardens are beautiful. Every year on Independence Day, the Prime Minister gives a speech and hoist the national flag at the main gate.
Our bad that we could not cover this place while our visit.The Red Fort was constructed by Shah Jahan and was the residence of the Mughal dynasty in India for more than 200 years.Chandi chowk was established in 1650 along with the Red Fort itself.It was later that the parantha shops occupied the place at chandi chowk.This beautiful linked history is best experienced by a visit to the Red Fort along with other famous loactions at Chandi Chowk.
We all have heard a lot about this site. Red fort where every year the prime minister hosts the National flag on the day of Independence. Every year, a light and sound show is held to make you aware and reflect about the history of that period. It is situated opposite Chandni chowk in Delhi and one can visit this place everyday except Mondays as it is closed on this day. The entry fees is Rs 10 for Indians ad 250 Rs for the foreigners. It is open from 9:00 am to 6:00pm.
Stood as the royal residence of the Mughals for nearly two centuries, the famous Red Fort is an historical building and also a symbolic tourist place in Delhi. The red sandstone walls rising high above the ground up to thirty three meters is a glamorous remainder of the eminent power of the Mughal rulers and was constructed by the famous ruler Shah Jahan.
The entry ticket for Red Fort is INR 35 and includes entry for a museum. The entry gate is known as Lahore Gate and that is from where the Prime Minister addresses the nation of the Independence Day. There are shops inside the Lahore Gate which sells handicrafts etc. There were shops at the same place during Shah Jahen era as well. I went straight to the museum where Indian Independence is shown in a marvellous way. There are paintings made from blood as well. The museum took 1 hour of my time and skipped Baori inside the Fort.
Red Fort: The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political centre of Mughal government and the setting for events critically impacting the region.Constructed in 1648 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546.
After almost an hour of crawling through the Delhi traffic, we finally arrived at the imposing Red Fort. Now only a mere skeleton of its glory days serving as the city fortress and subsequently the British army barracks, this sandstone and marble fort was constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648 to protect his new capital city, the modestly and imaginatively named Shahjahanabad. Unfortunately for him, he never actually got to live there, since his son (whom some call 'disloyal'; I call 'rational') imprisoned him at Agra Fort to stop him spending any more of the country's rapidly dwindling riches.The last Mughal emperor of Delhi, Bahadur Shah Zafar, was ousted from the Red Fort in 1857, and the fort was taken over by the British (who else?) until India regained independence in 1947. Despite no longer being in use, the fort is well worth a visit; it's easy to see why it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its dramatic red stone walls extending over 2km and reaching a height of 32m at some points along this length.
Known to be one of the most popular monuments in Delhi, Red Fort has been standing strong as a legendary reminder of Mughal rulers. In the 16th Century, the walls of Red Fort were elongated few miles to save the city from attackers. The city was later taken by the British and the Sikhs. The tale of the former royal residence is shown every evening in Red Fort to take you back in the era of Mughal Dynasty.• Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.• How to Reach- Buses or Delhi Metro are frequently available• Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Closed on Mondays.
It was in 1734 when the formation of Nahargarh Fort started in the city of Jaipur which continues for over a century till 1868. The fort was made for military purposes on the northern side of the city. It is named after the Maharaja Nahar Singh. Along with the built and architecture of the fort that is worth a watch, there is a restaurant here for those who want to take a food break on their long tour to the place. Do not forget to enjoy the beautiful sunset from here in the evening.
Next up; thanks to Rang De Basanti, Nahagarh fort has become the photostop for every Bollywood buff, who can try and avoid taking a picture here! Overlooking the city the fort captures the essence of Jaipur in a blink. Go here at night to see a beautifully lit Jaipur. Once you have taken in all of the beauty and had your fill of city gazing, grab a table at the café which rests at the top of the fort with some really great views. Order your drink (yes you can drink here!) and some basic fare (read oily French fries and Maggie). Do not expect great service or mouthwatering food, anyway this isn’t about dinner but more about the experience. A great place to just simply unwind with friends and a perfect end to a day of sightseeing.
It means “abode of Tigers”. This fort is situated in one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world. It has an Indo-European architecture and gives you a breathtaking and splendid view.
This is an extravaganza of Royal architechure, sitting on the top of Jaipur the fort's main purposewas maybe to overlook the whole city and to protect it from the north end, but it also offers a spectacular viw of the city, it has a garden restraunt too where you can have your meal overlooking the beautiful Jaipur.
Nahargarh mainly has one palace which is not too huge and you might not feel too excited about it if you visit it after seeing amer . Nahargarh fort has an open air restaurant called Padao at the top, with a separate entry fee of rupee 100 which act as cover charge. You should definitely go to the place to see sunset. Though it starts gets crowded around the time of sunset bringing down the peace level but its still worth it.You can easily spend a couple of hours and just enjoy the view .
Albeit parting its way from Jaigarh fort, the Nahargahfort remains connected to it through a huge wall. Remember the filmy stop from Rang De Basanti- which made you nostalgia about your college days, groove to the tunes of Masti ki Paathshala and conspired you to fall or not while drinking beer? For those who were awe-struck by that hangout spot, this is Nahargarh.Getting a breathtaking ariel view of the city from the edge of the Aravalli Hills, one will definitely fall in love with the place, being reluctant to depart.
Day 7, 4 pm - This fort is famous for being pictured in the 'Masti ki Pathshala' song in Rang De Basanti movie. Nothing much here, but you can visit the Mahals, walk on the rooftop and soak in the evening hues of Jaipur.
Finally around sunset, most people can be seen heading to the Nahargarh fort. The old baoli, where the song “Lose Control” from Rang de Basanti was filmed, is just outside the fort, but not in very good shape. The fort itself is not very big. It contains 9 identical rooms for the 9 wives of the Maharaja. The view from this fort is its highlight, as it is at a great height, and also doubles as a sunset point for Jaipur.The newly opened wax museum at Nahargarh fort is worth a visit. It’s fun to see the world’s who’s who cast in wax waiting to meet you. The small sheesh mahal is also very beautiful.
I had met these two crazy heads exactly three hours back in my hostel common room. Mini (Kamini) was ecstatic to meet another Indian Solo Female Traveler. It was almost like she had spotted a rare species. We hit off right there and before we knew it, we were already planning about the places we can visit together during the course of our stay. We had decided to skip Nahargarh fort and were pretty much vocal about it. That's when one of the fellows who overheard our conversation said that he will be going to the fort that night with his friend and we could join him if we wanted to.
Nahargarh Fort: Nahargarh Fort can be visited along with the Amer Fort. One can get a breathtaking view of the city from the top of the fort. There is an open air restaurant inside the fort and a cafe surrounding the area. Although there is not much to see inside the fort except the architecture, it takes about 2 hours for a complete visit.
Most of the times, history holds a lot of importance in life and we don't realize it till the time you visit one of these where you're actually 'touching history'.Nahargarh Fort, a must visit! Do not I repeat DO NOT listen to travel guides/taxi wallas/ rickshaw wallas while you would want to plan your visit.Nahargarh is an absolute delight, with intricate designs on the apartments of the 9 wives and a birds eye view of the pink city, the fort gives you a chance to explore and understand our culture and history.A guide or no guide you decide!
After getting mesmerized with Amer, we step headed to Nahargarh Fort, built mainly in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur. The view of the city from the fort is impressive.Day 2: We all decided to spend our day in the lap of Almighty, thus our 2nd day spent at Pushkar and Ajmer.
Nahargarh Fort :Next morning, I left Doodle by 9:00AM. Metro is not far from here, so I took the metro and reach Chandpole metro station. Today's First stop was Nahargarh Fort. I had breakfast of the day and took a bus for Shivaji Chowk, from where I started a 3KM journey by foot. I walked through the narrow street of the city and got a chance to know it by more closure. I climb the steep, winding approximately 2km path to the top. This is the place from where you get the stunning view of pink city.
Inside the Nahargarh fort, what captivated me was the Madhavendra Bhavan and the wax museum which is a recent addition to promote tourism. Madhavendra Bhavan was the residential palace of the nine queens of Sawai Madho Singh II. Nine identical, two-storied apartment for each queen in a common complex is indeed romantic. It is difficult not to imagine yourself living that life! The entrance to each apartment is accessible from a common rectangular courtyard. There are four apartments each on the right and left and one straight ahead. The apartment of the King is right above the entrance to the courtyard. Each apartment is complete with a portico, a living room, kitchen and store room, bathroom, bedroom and dressing room. The ground floor houses the Queen during winters while the 1st floor, which incorporates Jharokas, was meant for use during the summers. The portico in the 1st floor also has the facility to harvest rainwater. A short flight of steps leads you to the terrace which offers spectacular views of the city of Jaipur. The doors of the small sitting area in each apartment are aligned in a parallel fashion and must have facilitated communication between queens, who were forbidden from visiting each other. The King had his own passageway thorough which he had access to each of his queens. This he could do in private and avoid unpleasant domestic showdowns! ;) The King's apartment has now been converted to a restaurant. Credit must be given to the architects of yore - mind boggling architecture combined with a functional and simple layout speaks volumes about their impeccable sense of planning!
This is a very well preserved fort which was built in the 17th Century by the Portuguese. The fort was made as the most important building of the Portuguese colonials and they always wanted to save it against the Dutch and the Maratha rulers. It is in the Candolin area on the Sinquerim Beach. The location of the fort on the banks of the Mandovi River makes it look even more beautiful. The fort covers a large area and almost covers the whole tip land of the Bardez Peninsula. At present there is also a holiday resort built here by the tatas and is a beautiful place to stay for a peaceful vacation. It is also close to the Candolim Beach and the shopping and eating areas around. This was at one time the most important port where most of the ferries and boats landed and left from and thus the name Aguada meaning 'water'.
A much welcome change from the flurry of beaches in Goa, Aguada fort still has a lingering presence in it back from the days when it used to serve as a prison. Tour of the entire place takes less than 2 hours and overlooking the Arabian sea is a pleasant experience.
After exploring the calmness of South Goa, I went ahead to witness the madness of North Goa. My first spot Fort Aguada is possibly the largest and the best-preserved Portuguese bastion in Goa. A very interesting thing about the fort is a 13 metre high lighthouse, which looks down over the vast expanse of sea, sand and palm tress. It’s definitely worth visiting!
The #Lighthouse and #Aguada Fortress is a good spot to view the #Arabian Sea. Its a 17th century Portuguese fort used for defense. From being used during war to being used as a prison for drug use, this fort has quite a history, I only wonder if there are some spirits still guarding the place. On the Aguada-Siolim road, you can also stop for Go-karting.
Aguada Fort: 9/10 only cos’ it dates back to many years(1612) built by the Portuguese to provide water supply to the ships that stopped by and has lighthouse. The compound is quite huge and when you walk by each floor, will have its own history. The fort has a splendid view overlooking the sinquerim beach, the arabian sea and whole bunch of greenery, from atop . The one thing I noticed here was that the tourists who came here were mostly brown people and most whites were at the beach, I assume its because of the hype that the Bollywood industry has created here with the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’.
Its a must visit fort. It has a light house also. It was built by Portuguese in 1613. Many people visit here. The drive till here was really amazing. Entry fee: NIL How to Reach: 17 Kms from Vagator Beach Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hrs Tips: Reach around 11am Facts: Its a Fort cum lighthouse built by the Portuguese in 1613.
This is one of the sightseeing places in Goa. There is the lighthouse on this fort. Many bollywood movies are shot here. Whilst going to this place, you will come across Dolphin ride too. On my first trip to Goa, we had taken the dolphin ride and we didn't spot a single dolphin. We had paid 300rs just for 30mins boat ride. So this time I was sure that I am skipping the dolphin ride and so did my group fellows too. We visited this place in scorching midnoon heat so we visited the place, clicked pictures as fast as we could and left early as the heat was unbearable. I am sure the evening time would be better as the view of vast ocean from this place is incredible too.
We continued our journey and reached Aguada fort. On your way we visited the beaches of Baga and Calangute. Aguada fort is Portuguese fort of the seventeenth century that was used as a point of reference for ships coming from the European nations. The fort has a four storey lighthouse which was built in around 1864. It was considered to be a major stronghold of the Portuguese.
But when the first five star hotel, Taj Fort Aguada (now Vedanta by Taj), had opened in 1974, it was thought to be a highly risky bet. Conventional wisdom held that foreigners wouldn’t travel this far for a seaside holiday, and also that Indians would always remain solar phobes. So while that first resort dominated a pristine arc of beach, every other strip of sand in Goa was gloriously empty: no shacks, no touts, no rooms for rent. Hard to believe, isn’t it?All that changed rapidly when mass tourism took off. Without adequate planning in place, a veritable tsunami of concrete haphazardly overwhelmed much of the once – beautiful shoreline.Now Goa goes 24 hours, 365 days a year, cramming in almost three million tourists annually, more than doubling its population all through the high season. Now dozens of flights pour into the state from across India, and another thousand charters annually connect the state to a bewildering array of countries: Iran, Ukraine, Finland, and Taiwan.But even as the rustic has become overshadowed by rush hour, the fact is that most of Goa’s original charms are resolutely intact if you know where to look. Step slightly beyond the blinking neon of the main tourist drags, and a beguiling, diverse and unique cultural landscape unfolds right in front of you.And there’s a song at every turn.
Few kilometers away is Aguada fort and en-route to the fort, one comes across the church of St. Lawrence, the saint of the sailors where you would start believing in the idea of heaven as a place, as you stand on top of the hill staring at the Arabian sea where water shimmers like pearls when sunlight hits the surface of water.
On Thursday, it was Agora Fort or Aguada Fort. This old Portuguese fort stands on the beach south of Candolim, at the shore of the Mandovi River. There isn’t much to see here, but the view from the Fort is really good. There were a couple of old churches beside the Fort which were full with school kids, but you needn’t worry about not visiting, because in Goa you can’t go three blocks without a church staring at you.
My second day in Goa and i was heading for Aguada Fort early morning as i know the Sun would be crazy by afternoon. Aguada Fort was not much of a thing. Just a fort, fort!I couldn't wait to go to the beach, so we headed towards the beach. Beach, as usual, was awesome. *blush* (As if I was on a date with the beach.. ya, you can say that!) :P Beaches in Goa are beautiful.
Day 2 started with our planned trip to Fort Aguada, 15kms away from Tamarind and about half an hour drive. The fort provides with some fascinating view of Panaji and the Arabian Sea. Rich in history and still quite well maintained, the fort gives you ample opportunities to click some fabulous pictures.
Today we visited Fort Aguada the Portuguese fort near Sinquerim Beach and did some water sports , all the other beaches also have water sports but I usually prefer at Sinquerim Beach as its less crowded and you can more time and don’t have to wait much for your turn.
12th Feb, next day, we hire a 2 wheeler and drive to the Aguada fort just after it closes down to our utter dismay. But, on the way back , our encounter with the cheap charlie hippie pub assures us why Goa is the land of chilled out people.Sushegad, i am reminded.
This fort is amongst the many preserved places to see in Goa and essays an era of yore filled with events. A Portuguese fort overlooking the Sinquerim Beach and the Arabian Sea, Fort Aguada was constructed in 1613 and since then it has become a prominent landmark or a reference point for ships visiting the Goan shores from Europe.Dona Paula
3.Less Bull Shit!Goa, surprisingly is blessed with people who are always chilled out. For instance, what happened with us was, we went for dinner somewhere in Candolim. The restaurant was posh, there was great live music, the interiors were great, the ambiance was super chilled, the foreigners seemed to enjoy every single thing inside the place, suddenly a stray dog enters into the restaurant and sits down near one end of a table. The mood remains the same, the whole crowd seems to be chilled out, no one creates any fuss! I just couldn't imagine the fuss which would have been created if it was some other part of the country. Chilled out people resulting to an even more chilled out vibe is a definite yes for me!
#Dil chahta hai swag - Agouda FortThis place is very popular among tourists due to hit Bollywood movie "Dil chahta hai" picturized here starring Amir khan. the perfect place for shutterbugs.walls are super classy and a lighthouse is just awesome, this is the place where everyone wants to visit with there friends and click this pose.
Woke up the next morning at 6.00 A.M and decided to go to the candolim Beach again. Got ready and left for the beach. Again it was so beautiful in the morning. The sound of the waves, the sun, the sand everything. We laid on the beach for few hours and me along with my friend decided to have a bath. Looking at the waves scared us so much but we gathered courage and move towards the waves. Woah! The waves when touched our whole body drifted us to the shore in nano seconds. We started laughing and enjoying. It continued for 20-25 minutes. The saline water and the sand scratched our knees so badly. Our body started getting tanned. But who cares. Sunrise at Candolim Beach
We had decided to visit North Goa on the second day, so we started off with Aguada Fort followed by Arambol beach.
We reached Aguada fort and went straight to the wall facing the sea. Mr. Hubby was lost looking the wide sea and the green coconut tree while I balanced myself on the wall. And then he showed me my favourite site, the grey playing bunnies in sea. There is a sound just before dolphin’s jumps and then they jump in a group. I had seen dolphins during dolphin ride, but they are not themselves, in rains you see them dancing, playing, having fun.
The scooter ride to Aguada fort, located a few kilometers away from Calangute beach is one of the better and easiest rides you'd experience in Goa, with altitude rising, the roads are still very subtle and beautiful to ride on. The fort consists of large premises that are build at a good height and close in on roads on one side and sea on the other, providing just the perfect spot for enjoying some good evening weather and a good photo session.
This fort is the second most important fort of Rajasthan after the Chittorgarh Fort. It is a magnificent fort built by Rajput Rulers. The fort complex has as many as 13 bastionas and huge wall which holds the record for being the Second largest wall in the whole world, the first being the Great Wall of china of course. The fort can be easily reached by local buses and cars and the way to the entrance includes zig- zag roadways and forests also. Inside the fort complex are many palaces and temples apart from other buildings of royal importance. This is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap Singh. This fort was a refuge for other rulers and their families during war times. This fort is also said to have protected Rana Udai Singh when he was very small and there was a battle. The most famous palace here is the rooftop palace known as the Badal Mahal. This palace is colorful and gives the look of a room floating amidst the clouds. The basic colors used here turquoise and green and Maharana Pratap is said to have born in this palace specifically. There is also a large balcony from where you can get the best views of downtown. Strolling along the ravines of Kumbhalgarh is also a blissful experience.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortress in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Situated on the banks of Banas River; the bulbous [Kumbhalgarh] fortress was one of the least-known yet historic citadel, took 15-long years for Rana Kumbha to build. And, what a stupendous creation of man containing a domed palace along the 36km long winding walls that defended the citadel from series of battlements and second-only to the famous Great Wall of China.
Kumbhalgarh fort is a Mewar fortress, it is the world heritage site. It is the second most important fort of the Mewar rulers of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. This fort is encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peeks. It is 1, 914 meters above the sea level. The fortification of this fort extends up-to 32-36 kilometers. As you walk up the zig zag path of the fort you will come across the Arait Pol, where you can trace the watch-tower and then Hulla Pol, Hanuman Pol, Ram Pol, Bhairava Pol, Paghra Pol, Top-khana Pol and Nimboo Pol. This place is also famous as it is the birth place of Maharana Pratap. The foundation of the fort is very strong structured, You will come across many temples built inside the fort. This place gives will you the most dazzling view of the clouds.
Kumbhalgarh Fort was constructed by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th century. One of the specialties of the fort is that it is the birthplace of the famous warrior and King of Mewar, Maharana Pratap. The near invincible fort is the most highest and strongest of forts in Rajasthan. The fort was a challenge to the greatest of kings. The fort stands formidably on 1180 m high ridge. You are sure to be stunned by the sight of the fort, which is protected by thirteen mountain peaks of Aravali. The fort is protected and surrounded by a thick wall of approximately 15 kms long. This is the second longest wall in the world and the first is known the world over – The Great Wall of China. Kumbhalgarh Fort is not to be missed on your tour if you want to know about the mighty people they were in the past.
Third day, I started early as I knew that I couldn’t cover all the places planned if I start late. 6.30 am I planned on riding to Kumbalgarh fort which is located 80 km from Udaipur city. Gosh!! I didn’t feel exhausted for a single minute while I was riding 700 km since past 2 days but this 80 km stretch was hell of a ride. It took 2.5 hours to reach the fort but it was completely worth it.
Day 5, 8 am - Late to bed, early to rise. We were on the road again, this time to visit 2 forts that were situated in the vicinity of Udaipur city. The first one was Kumbhalgarh Fort, a majestic Mewar fortress that sits on top of the Aravalli Hills. It is said to have been extremely difficult to conquer owing to its location and the construction. You will notice that it is impossible to get a clear view of the walls unless you are near the Fort. But you cannot see the buildings within the Fort until you enter the gates. The locals say that it was this unique design which helped the rulers successfully defend the Fort against many invading armies. If you feel a bit adventurous, feel free to stroll upon the walls of the Fort!
Day 2After breakfast, we started early for Kumbhalgarh Fort. The road was scenic, probably the best road journey we had. Road in some portions was not that good specially as it was post monsoon period. But the beauty of Aravalli enthralled us.
We reached around 5pm at fort and was feeling great to watch "World's second longest wall" after Wall of China. The wall is 36 kms long and fort is birth place of "Maharana Pratap". The fort was well maintained cleanliness wise , was very big with many broken walls too. I don't know about all but I loved the place and heritage lovers will definitely love the place. After exploring the fort for 2 hours we left for Udaipur @ around 7.30 and reached @around 9.30 pm. Its 85kms from Kumbhalgarh fort to Udaipur. We checked in our pre booked Hotel "Raj Darshan" and relaxed.
Majestic Wall of KumbhalgarhChina has Great Wall, India's answer to it is KUMBHALGARH Fort. It is some 200 odd KM from Jodhpur nearing Udaypur. So an early start to the place was essential. One of the best thing about Rajasthan is its road connectivity and condition of roadways. It is the best that you can ask for. Be it small villages that connects the main highways or the highways in itself.We went pass many native villages while admiring the raw side of Rajastani culture. Both men & women holds clourful clothes which makes them picture ready all the time. I sometimes felt like I by mistake have visited some movie set (Paheli).We reached around 11:30 at Kumbhalgarh. It was high up in the hills and hot. Not that we were expecting for. Soon as we moved out of the cab, I started clicking photographs. To be honest, I have never seen such huge overlayed monument ever before. To be specific, it is the second largest wall in the world after great wall of China.It consist of the main Fort and few Jain mandir spread across. Its a must to carry umbrella and adequate drinking water. Apart from 3 odd shops right in front of the entry gate, there is nothing much than pigeons and visitors.We headed back for few remaining spots to check on back at Jodhpur as all places for visits close done by 5PM. Not to miss is the Kachori on the way. One of the best chutney and kachori I have ever had.
It is but difficult to describe the sense of awe I felt when I laid eyes on the fort of Kumbha, the birth place of Maharana Pratap. The location of the fort, the fortifying wall and its structure, the many many temples within the fortress, deliberate architectural designs - these definitely depict a genius mind at work. The fort wall, 36 km long and in the shape of a ring, is claimed to be the longest wall in the world, second only to the Great Wall of China. The citadels are pot-shaped and used to be coated with a paste which rendered the walls super smooth. This made it impossible for an enemy to scale the fort wall even with the use of monitor lizards. The deadly spikes and hooks on the fort doors would have brought about excruciating death of an elephant ramming against the doors. Cannons placed strategically were used to take the enemy out in case they were able to gain entry into the fort by some miracle. The advantage of the view of the expansive area outside the fort must have offered excellent surveillance opportunities. The fort walls disappear among the vegetation at close range and this must have instantly put an unwanted visitor under disadvantage. If this kind of planning is not the work of a genius, then what is?! Kumbhalgarh is 100km from Udaipur and the drive is through narrow, winding roads in a hilly terrain. The road isn't great in many places and it was literally a roller coaster ride! The lush green hills, patches of neat, green farms, the winding Gomti river and eventually the fort itself more than compensate for the bumpy drive.
Even though this fort is technically not in Udaipur, I would strongly recommend a visit. A lot of tourists shy away from visiting this place, mainly because of the long, winding uphill trek that leads up to the main fort. However, the journey is worth it. Kumbhalgarh Fort is a massive structure whose fortifications run approximately 36 kms. The unending wall fortifying the fort, is thus said to be the second largest wall in the world, after the ‘Great Wall of China’. One of the major attractions of the fort, is the Badal Mahal or Cloud Palace, which is said to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap. The view from this palace is breathtaking. From here, you can see the undulating walls spread across the Aravellis, slowly merging into the horizon.
Located on a cliff, Jaigarh Fort is among the known ones where Jaipurs list of attractions are concerned. In other words, it is also known as the Victory Fort. The place has a major attraction in the form of the largest cannon which is placed on the top level of the fort. It is also known as Jaivana. The fort was not only made with the purpose of battle but also as a storage to heavy ammunition. A walking tour (which might be a long one) will give you a detailed idea about the history of the place as well as the royal families. There is a small museum with sculptures of the raja and his ranis sitting and having their meals.
Our next stop was Jaigarh fort, which means the Fort of Victory, and is located 12 kilometres away from Jaipur. This colossal fort is the best of the three forts overlooking the city (the other two being the Amber and the Nahargarh forts) It is built atop a hill by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1726 A.D. While the Amber fort is situated at the bottom of the hill. Both the forts are well connected through guarded passages. Nestled amidst rock-strewn, thorny scrub-covered hills, this rugged fort, was a center of artillery production for the Rajputs. The highlight of the fort is the Jaivana, which is the world’s largest cannon on wheels! There is a vast collection of cannons in this fort. This fort also served as the royal treasury for a number of years. A huge moat surrounds the fort, too ! A striking museum is present in its premises,with an extraordinary collection of armoury used during the bygone era including swords, shield, guns, cannon balls etc. Another interesting feature is, the water channels built inside the fort – part of rainwater harvesting system ! There are a total of 3 underground tanks in the fort and the largest of them had the capacity to store 60,00,000 gallons of water. A 5 kilometre long canal can be seen entering the fort complex to bring in water from the high hills and store in the fort . A huge water tank is centrally located connecting the canal. Truly, a planning and engineering feat !
The majestic Jaigarh fort is connected to Amber fort and it is said that the fort was created to fight the battle and storing the heavy ammunition. Its a long walk if you want to cover the entire fort walking. Every place every corner gives you a virtual walk in the rich history. The Palace contains the world’s largest cannon on wheels. It also has a museum which portary’s the Raja having his meal, several women siting together, a thali ready to be served and various other statues that gives you an insight into the life those days. It also has the assembly hall for the warriors. A three kilometer walk through this fort is a treat in real sense.
Jaigarh and Amer are at distance which you can easily cover walking and if weather is good its going to a great half hour walk. Jaigarh fort has a museum with a pretty descent collection of cannons,an armoury , the world's biggest canon Jaivana and the cannon foundry and the Palace is also open to public.While you traverse its boundary the city and amer fort in distance is a pretty sight .
Day 7, 1 pm - The "star attraction" at this Fort is the Jaivana, a huge cannon which still stands today! It is so massive that it took 4 elephants to swivel the cannon on its base! If you have the time, you can also visit the foundries at the back of the Fort where they built these cannons.
Next destination is Jaigarh fort, which houses the world’s largest cannon ‘Jaivana’. I feel a guide is needed to roam through the labyrinthine passageways and marvel at the well kept quarters with model figures to depict the olden times. The Jaigarh fort is still under the Maharaja of Jaipur. The foundry which forged the massive cannon is also worth a look, and the height of the fort affords a breath-taking view of the city.
Jaigarh Fort: The Jaigarh Fort is connected to the Amer Fort and can be visited while on the way to Amer. It has the 'World's largest cannon on wheels'. The opulent structure has think walls of red sand stone of 3 kms. The entire area is huge and has a weapon museum as well. There is a garden at the back and one can get beautiful view of the city from the top.
Situated on a hill called as "Cheel ka Tila" (Hill of Eagles). Jaigarh fort is said to have the largest canon in the world. To enter fort you need to pay 50 bucks more which we found to be bit expensive as Jaigarh fort has nothing much to offer than some view points which can be easily seen from other places in Amer Fort as well.After visiting Jaigarh fort we went straight to Jaipur where we had our lunch and then started searching for hotel to stay.Word of advise, plan your itinerary beforehand if you are going for just a day or two. It will save you lots of hassle and your valuable time at the destination. We spent around 3 hours trying to find hotel and it was bit frustating. We also got parking ticket issued and had to go to local police station to get our car out of impound.Anyway after all these hassle we were able to find a cheap hotel near
Jaigarh Fort :The First stop was Jaigarh Fort, 13km away from the bus stop. There is no direct bus to reach here. So Its a mind game to find an auto in an affordable price. After some searching and negotiation, I finally found an auto who was ready in INR 400 (you can check Ola and Uber too). If you could find a partner then the price reduce proportionally. I waited but luck did not worked for me. The auto passed through Ajmer Gate, one of the entry point to Pink City (Spoiler: whole city is not pink, only this old part of it). The driver was very friendly and narrated me stories in pathway. He told me that there is INR 1000 fine if you paint any other color except Pink. He first took me to Brahma Mandil and from there we left for Jaigarh Fort.
This was the capital of the Qutub Shahi dynasty and is also known as the Golla Konda Fort. It is a few kilometers from the Hussain Sagar Lake and is a huge and mighty fort till date to have been built on a hilltop. Originally known as Mankal, this was a palace built in the 12th Century in place of what was earlier a mud palace built by the king of Warangal. This was later fortified in the 14th and 17th centuries and the credit for this goes to the Bahmani Sultanate. One of the architectural marvels of Hyderabad, there are a numkber of gates out of which the most famous is the Fateh Darwaza which could be crossed by Aurangzeb once. This fort is on top of a granite hill and is itself also made of granite.
Golconda Fort is the most famous of all Hyderabad sightseeing places. The name of the fort has been derived from the Telugu words "Golla" and "Konda" which together means 'Shepard's Hill'. Founded in the approximately 12 th Century by the Kakatias Kings, this massive Golconda Fort with eight gates and 87 bastions was later built by Qutub Shahi Kings.
This ruined fort is an architectural marvel in itself. Situated some 11 km outside of the main city of hyderabad, Golconda fort was built as a defense system against the southern front. The famous kohinoor diamond and the hope diamond are the important elements of this fort now almost into the ruins
We started day 2 from Tolichowki again and reached Golconda fort. There is a cloak room and restaurants like Cafe Coffee Day near main entrance. Fort was first build by Kakatiya centuries ago and was extend by Nizams. Golconda was famous for diamond mines and served as fort for many dynasties who ruled Golconda until Nizams were asked to surrender by Indian Govt. There are stairs which will take you to the top of the fort and give you full view of the old and new Hyderabad. It is typical fort with three layers of security and eight gates. Golconda fort is famous for magical acoustic system. It is big fort with almost everything like cellar, darbar, stable, mosque, temples, tombs, secret tunnel, cannon posts, chambers, etc. and it is impossible to explore every nook and corner of Golconda fort in a day. May be Wikipedia page can help you learn more about Golconda fort or hire a guide. We left the Golconda fort for Qutub Shahi tomb which is located nearby.
The architectural brilliance of ancient times is beautifully depicted in every part of this fort.
Beautiful fort, overlooks the city, guided tour
Post lunch, head to the Qutub Shahi Tombs. The tombs are't very far from Tolichowki and an autorickshaw or OLA will take you there. This is a majestic place! Some of the tombs and the baoli are undergoing renovation. Look closely and you'll still manage to find the intricate stone work and carvings. Do visit the tiny museum; it provides a great perspective of how the architecture evolved and history associated with the place. From the Qutub Shahi Tombs head to the Golkonda Fort. Here again I advise you to take a professional guide. The fort is mostly in ruins, hence you won't appreciate the grandeur of the place unless you are shown around. Do climb to the top of the fort and you'll be greeted by a panoramic view of the city skyline. Stay bac