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This monument is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also the most beautiful monument of the whole world. This was a mark of love and honour by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved and favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that Mumtaz Mahal died while giving birth to her 14th child and Shah Jahan was completely shattered. After this he built this beautiful mausoleum about which he himself said that even the sun and the moon would shed tears after seeing it. The main building was built in 8 years after the monument started being built in the year 1631 but the whole complex was completed in the year 1653. The monument is built right on the banks of the River Yamuna and is a symbol of purity and love. The white marble used here makes the place looks even more peaceful when the reflection of the monument falls on the waters of the Yamuna. The red sandstone mosque is also a part of the monument complex. Immediately after the building was completed, Shah Jahan was overpowered by his son Aurangzeb and was imprisoned inside the Agra Fort. He could only sit and look at the Taj Mahal till he died in the year 1666. The building has intricate work especially the beautiful lattice work and the Quran is inscribed on the walls of the monument in the form of beautiful calligraphy. The Persian Garden inside the monument complex is another attraction for the tourists. Every week thousands of people come to visit this place and to experience their dream come true. Some also have to leave disappointed at times but there is alsways a desire left to come back.
This stop was my one planning mistake of the trip. I only had one day to see the Taj Mahal and it was a Friday. I found out a few weeks prior to departure that the Taj is closed on Fridays. Since the trip was scheduled so tightly, there was no way to change the date without screwing up the rest of the itinerary so I had to settle for viewing the Taj Mahal from across the river. Still worth the trip.
I do not want to write much about the Taj Mahal because I honestly believe that you have to see it to feel it. Nothing I say here can prepare you for the 'Wah Taj!' experience. To say that it's overwhelming would be an understatement. Enough said. Hire a guide. Take a photo on the 'Diana' seat. Just do it.
Up close you would understand why it is included in the list of the 7 wonders of the world. It is one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. Taj Mahal is also included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It took almost 11 years for it to be built and thousands of artisans and craftsmen. It is definitely worth a day's visit.
The Taj Mahal is considered the finest example of Mughal architecture. This marble edifice is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Building of the Taj began around 1632 and was completed around 1653, and employed thousands of artisans and craftsmen. "The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs; And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes. In this world this edifice has been made; To display thereby the creator's glory." -Emperor Shah Jahan
Skeptical, considering that it would be one of those clichés tourist attractions, I arrived at the Taj Mahal a warm morning around 6:30 am and I have to admit I almost cried. It is AWESOME. As the sun rises (it’s recommended to go early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the tourists and see the phenomenon), it will shine more, like changing color in its whiteness. The details are simple and sober, but impressive: the flowers that adorn it are not simple drawn flowers, but semiprecious stones incrustations. Therefore, it doesn’t matter how cliché it may be, DON’T MISS IT.
It was Thursday & since the Taj was going to be closed on a day after, it was heavily crowded out there. Tickets for Indian citizens are available at 20 bucks per head, 510 for Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries while for Foreign Tourists, the tariff is 750 bucks! No extra charges for carrying a Still / Point-n-shoot camera, but you gotta pay for a Video camera if any. I waited 30 minutes in the line to get inside & once in, I got to know that the East & South gates were almost empty & I could easily enter from there. Seeping through the dark colored entrance, the path opened up & I had the Symbol of Love, the Taj staring right at me. Or the other way around! Been to the place twice before this, I was left dumbstruck as I saw the blissful shade of the Taj. It didn’t seem to have affected by the pollution the surrounding area has, for it looked marvelous in foggy white. I met a lot of photographers & travelers who were friendly enough to share their experience at the Taj. As a matter of fact, I met an English photographer who was on a tour, collecting photographs of historical & cultural monuments for his magazine. He mentioned he hasn’t seen anything as beautiful & peaceful as the Taj. I walked down the exit lane with a promise to myself that I’d think of the Taj every time I feel low. How this marvel stands tall & beautiful with everything it’s got going on around, is an inspiration. These are the instants that a wanderer is in search of. The moments of realization that life’s got too much to offer. We occupy a very tiny space in this world; there’s a lot to see & learn. And yet, a lot to inspire. We should choose to make the most of what we have.
Day 3 Morning Taj Mahal - You can never be early enough to beat the crowd. Forgot to get shoe covers from outside had to go all the way out through the annoying security gates to get one. Ah, if only I could drop inside Taj garden by a helicopter! But nope, you have to walk through all the dirty and small lanes with cow dung all around and people burning stuff despite the fact that the Taj is getting darker thanks to pollution, and finally ward off peddlers, and find the right queue for your ticket and go through the heavy security & patting down... phew! And then you realize you got to have shoe covers before you can enter this "symbol of love" (duh), which unfortunately is available only to foreign tourists at the entrance of Taj, and other taxpaying patriotic citizens (like myself) have to beg the security again to let me out so that I can get the stupid overpriced cover from a peddler outside and come all the way bacK again - howw romantic! Well, yet it is built in white marble and there is a tomb inside. More exquisite jali works in marble with precious jewels inlayed inside. You'd be lucky if you can find a calm spot and enjoy the view though. For bikers, be prepared to ditch your bike far away at the first junction as there is no parking nearby. Also the locker room is about 50 meters away from the gate. Just ask the guards. They didnt allow my gopro chest strap inside, and another 'patriotic' Indian gave me a lecture on how a go pro can scratch the marble surface (lol) if I kept it on the marble floors. Aaaaargh, when will ppl learn to mind their own business? Did not live up to my expectations! Mausoleum of love- my ass!
One of world's most beautiful buildings, counted as one of seven wonders of world, a building that stood strong over past 400 years to tell the world, how much a king, who ruled over entire India, missed his beloved wife and what she meant to him. The hugeness of Taj Mahal amazes us at first look. The precision with which it is built leaves no doubt in our mind that it actually took 22 years to complete Taj Mahal. The entrance and compound walls built in red stone are also huge and remarkable.
To be honest, This is purely my own personal opinion.I didn't like the Taj Mahal much, of course it's such a huge construction and a marvelous structure. But donno why I felt that.While walking towards Taj Mahal, to the left and Right side of the trodden path.. There's a big lawn and garden kinda.. So we sat to the left of the structure and had a view of it. And this is the path which is less taken by other tourists. So there's a certain calmness and you can enjoy it.This is the only best moment I had.For Taj Mahal lovers, Kindly Ignore if you are annoyed with the way I described the structure.Please have a visit, you might find a different note in that.
Wake up at 5 o'clock and head for Taj Mahal. Buy the entry ticket from Shilpa Samabay. Taj Mahal is about 1.5km from there. Govt. buses are available at nominal cost.P.s - u must carry a valid photo ID for ticket purchase and checking at entry gate.Water bottles, wallet, small handbags, camera bags are allowed inside Taj Mahal!Enter the premises, and enjoy the glorious Taj Mahal bathing in the first Ray's of the rising sun!!!!U can easily spend 2-3hours there, as the sun will then make u run for a shade!!
It was a day well spent with various activities like playing carom , volleyball , cards and the day end with delicious food of cafeteria in the hostel which satiated our taste buds.Day 2 : @TajMahal We were excited to see the Taj in the morning , our hostel was just the walking distance from the Taj Mahal around 1.2 km .We took the eastern gate road to enter the Taj Mahal on which you can see the Taangewallas which reminds you of old Agra.It was a majestic view of the Taj in the morning sun rays.
20. Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh – Time for a clean-up actTo outsiders, the Taj Mahal has become a symbol of India, which is great thing but we Indians do not seem to have the same amount of respect for one of the wonders of the world. Whether it's the dirty river next to the structure or our love of scribbling our lovers name on monuments, we seem to have ticked all the wrong boxes. Time to buckle up and help preserve this beautiful symbol of love.
Started early morning from New Delhi on 12 November, we drove past Greater Noida via Yamuna Expressway and reach Tajmahal by Noon. Post lunch, we traveled via NH 21 to Bharatpur for the night stay.
The name says it all. No words needed. The heaven on earth! There are three gates to enter the taj - The West gate, The East Gate and The South gate. The grand gate called Darwaza-i-Rauza is the entrance to the taj. Whichever gate you come from, you have to cross the Darwaza-i-Rauza to enter the taj. That feel when you see the mausoleum for the first time through the gate was mesmerising. And it took another half an hour to enter the mausoleum after standing in a long queue. Adjacent sides of the Taj lies a mosque and a guest house. On the other side of the river yamuna was the Mehtab Bagh. Since the scintillation was going on in one of the minarets, couldn't have a full view of the whole Taj. Do check whether scintillation work is going on when you plan for Agra.
Agra houses India's very own wonder of the world, and gives the world a chance to celebrate this architectural marvel at a festival called The Taj Mahotsav. The mahotsav is a colourful festival, where different cultures of the country are put on display, including their art and cuisine. The Taj Mahotsav will be celebrated from February 18 to 27 in 2017. Plan your travel in February well so that you do not miss out on this. In February, the weather will be very pleasant with the maximum temperature rising to 25°C and the minimum going down till 10°C.How to reach: The best way to reach Agra is by taking a train directly to the city. The nearest airport is in New Delhi and you can hire a vehicle from there to get to Agra. The Yamuna Expressway, which connects Delhi to Agra is one of the best highways in the country.Unravelling the mysteries behind the great Konark Temple!
I took an early morning train from Hazrat Nizamuddin train station and went to Agra Cantt and from there took sharing auto to Taj Mahal, while travelling in auto to Taj Mahal I had word with my other co-passengers (9), I told them I am going to Taj Mahal & want to return back to Delhi thereafter to catch train to Mumbai, they told me that in morning they had being to Taj Mahal & there was huge number of people out there, they said it will be very difficult for me to return on time to Delhi as I need to first get train from Agra to Delhi, However they told me that they know one person named Shahid who escorts tourists to Taj Mahal (guide), they gave me Shahid contact number, when I reached Taj I contacted Shahid(10) and met him there, he was very helpful, he told that there are around 20,000 people around here to visit Taj, however as I have personal soft corner for Mumbai people I will get you inside Taj as you also need to catch your return train from Delhi to Mumbai, accordingly because of his help I was able to get inside the Taj Mahal and accordingly returned back to New Delhi Railway station at around 8:30 pm & caught my train to Mumbai Swaraj Express at around 9:25 pmThis was my travel story, I hope you will like it :)so in total I met 10 people throughout my trip to Uttarakhand, whom I will never forget in my life1. 24 Friends - NIM, Uttarkashi2. Mauni Baba - Uttarkashi to Gangotri3. Two Brothers (Ashish & Mahesh) - Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh4. Bengali Dharamshala Manager, Rishikesh5. Tata Sumo Person, Rishikesh to Haridwar drop6. Rahul - Nainital7. Cobbler Boy - Ramnagar8. 5 Boys - Corbett Falls, Kala Dhoongi, Nayagaon, Ramnagar9. Co-passengers in sharing auto - Agra10. Shahid - Taj Mahal
We (my hubby) took a train (Gatiman Express) at around 8.20 am from Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. It was almost one and half hour journey. The train journey was too good, less tiring...After getting down at Agra Cantt, we took a prepaid taxi for Agra Local. Reached Taj Mahal at around 10.30 am (since Taj is closed on Fridays, Saturdays are too crowded). We could see one of the wonder and I was really excited to see that. We clicked lot of pics in our camera and phone. ..It was just simple and good...Post that we left for lunch (~1.30 pm)
We Reached Taj Mahal at 1.50 PM. Taj has 3 gates to enter, we tuk the gol chakkar gate. Der is a battery operated rick wch will tak rs 10 pp and Rs. 30 for entire rick wch can fit upto 4 adults. u can also walk, Its jus 8-10 min walk.Ul get 2 ques, one for the ticket and d oder for the entry. So book ur ticket online and download e-ticket it will save on ur time. Rem no eatable or leather is allowed.On the way till u rch Taj Mahal, ull be bothered by many guides startin to quote at Rs. 600+ wch at the end come down to Rs.200-Rs.300. In my view take a guide if u wnt to knw the history behind it and some more crap details or els give it a pass.
Its min 2-3 hrs to explore the inside of this amazin structure……Its not jus the Taj Mahal but the structures around it and the garden etc etc. keep gud time in hand if u wnt to explore the entire area. its one beauty to be seen and witnessed in person and no words can describe the actual beauty of it. At the back the Yamuna river flows and if u can plan, plan Taj Mahal visit on a full moon day, coz dats the only time whn its open for visiors during the nite. Rememebr Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
Being in one of the seven wonders of the world, it is no wonder that the Taj Mahal is most frequently photographed. There are thousands of photographs of Taj. Hence, I decided that my photographs would be to show something that has not been shown before. Though the temperature would dip down to zero and below during winter, it is the best time to explore Taj because the combination of fog and golden hours of dusk and dawn would be wonderful. After a journey of twenty hours by train, I was shivering by the time I got down at Agra and took a short, powerful nap before I started my wandering. The cold weather excited me as I walked down the road to reach the east gate of the Taj. As I enter, I see a magnificently beautiful structure stood tall on the banks of Yamuna river. Another interesting spot is Mehtab Bagh that is situated opposite to the banks of Yamuna that gives a picturesque and unique perspective of Taj. I took a boat ride on the Yamuna river that gave me a spellbinding tranquility. The sight of gleaming golden light making its way through the fog was a sight that I would never forget.
All the seasons are the best seasons and anytime is great to pay a visit to the Epitome of Love, the Taj Mahal. No matter how cliched it may sound, visiting Taj mahal in Agra continues to chart the priority list of many travelers all over the world. One of the best Seven Wonders of the World, relish stunning views of Taj Mahal.Best Time To Visit: OctoberOther Things To Do: Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb and Jama Masjid. 19. Rann Utsav at Kutch, Gujarat
After roaming around TajMahal and Other few forts there, we started back to New Delhi to spend the night.
Vehicles leave you 2 km away from the Taj. Battery cars and camel carts are readily available to take you on pillion. Carry your id cards and buy your tickets if you want to take a closer look of this grand monument. Latticed gardens and pristine blue pools adorn the Taj like a foyer, as the monument rises from a red sandstone base. The double dome, the slender four minarets with intricate inlay work renders one simply speechless. As you enter the dark dome you see Persian verses decorate the walls and a marble enclosure, within whose vault lies the cenotaph of Mumtaz Mahal and the casket of Emperor Shah Jahan.The architecturally exquisite Taj is much more than its twin ‘Bibi-ka-Maqbara’. At the end of it, you leave the Taj with wonder in your eyes and a mesmerising awe of having seen something so beautiful and so grand built to epitomise someone's death!
Here's a fact - A lot of people don't know but Taj Mahal is actually taller than the Qutab Minar in Delhi even if it doesn't seem like. The Taj Mahal is 72 metres tall while Qutab Minar is 71 m. You can take a taxi or rickshaw from Bus Stop/Railway Station to visit the Taj Mahal. You won't be needing any rest once in Agra. However you can have some food at a comfortable place before proceeding.
An ivory-white marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal in Agra is regarded as a symbol of love and commitment. It houses the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is said that the Emperor loved his wife dearly and after her death decided to build the Taj Mahal to remind the world of their eternal love. The stunning monument today stands as a proof of love and devotion of a husband towards his wife. Taj Mahal is located in Agra, a city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, in India. Built in 1648 AD, today, Taj Mahal attracts seven to eight million annual visitors.
This is a beautiful monument which was built by Emperor Akbar in the year 1565. The Red Fort was initially built as an establishment for the army but was later extended and beautified to convert it into a magnificent palace complex. Agra Fort is also known as the Red Fort of Agra as it is completely made of a beautiful red colour sandstone and is also connected to Delhi by a number of networks. There are four prominent gates of this fort but the Amar Darwaza after the name of Maharaja Amar Singh is still used for entry to the fort. Many of the palaces which were earlier built are not found now but among those which still remain are the Jahangiri Mahal, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Moti Masjid, Shaha Burj and Mausam Burj. The Jahangiri Mahal is the most attractive out of all palaces. This was a dedication of Akbar to his beloved wife Jodha Bai. It is a multi divisional palace and is still very attractive. This monument is one of the most visited tourist attractions of Uttar Pradesh.
Most people go to Agra to see just the Taj Mahal, skipping everything else on offer. The Agra Fort should be at the top of your list if you are planning to be in Agra. It is one of the few locations in India that has an audio guide, but a good local guide is recommended. Some things that I remember vividly are Jahangir's bathtub, the kitchen and Queen Jodha's temple, the Diwan-e-aam, and the Diwan-e-Khas. You can also see the cell where Shah-Jahan was held in captivity, viewing the Taj until his dying day. If you know the Mughal history well, you can relive it in the Agra Fort. If not, you might want to come back and read up all about it. Overall, a must visit.
There is a long history behind this fort. In terms of architecture , the fort is a delight to explore .Other attractions are the Amar gate which was formerly knows as the Akbar gate before the Britishers changed its name. The main framework was in place since the 11th century but the Mughals are responsible for its present day shape. There is Diwan-e- khas, diwan-e-aam and other sections in the fort which are enough to trigger a persons imagination and wonder how life would have been the bygone era. The fort is also included in the world heritage list for a reason. Need I say more?
The fort has a rich history and has been a home for the entire Mughal empire as was told by my guide. You'll see separate palaces and enclosures for different kings as well as the painstakingly made servants quarter which will question current standards of living! But the real grandeur of this place is seen in mumtaz's mirror chambers where the lights are reflected through centuries old syrian glass. A sight not to be missed.
Day 2 - I went early and it wasnt very crowded. I loved the sandstone jali works and carvings at different places inside. Hope I will one day build a house that has jali worked windows! The place is pretty big and still being renovated. The large courtyard inside is paved with stone, and is very calm and serene. Defenitely a a must visit if you havent seen many forts or you dont live in one :P I went on my bike, and luckily paid parking was available right in front of the fort.
I personally loved this place lot more than Taj Mahal. If one really wants to see how much did the mughal emperors love the beautiful architecture, he/she must visit Agra Fort. Mughal once ruled India from this very place. Agra fort gives us a great view of Taj Mahal standing near Yamuna river. The fort has many beautiful structures build in red stone and white marble, a mosque and places from where the kings carried there governance.
Agra Fort is the oldest railway station of the Mughal town. It connects the city to Jaipur, Ajmer, Bharatpur and towards Lucknow and beyond on the opposite direction. Since we had to board the train to Abu road from Agra For station, we reached there sharp at 10.00 PM. The train originates from the station itself and so we located our seats in B-1 coach and thus boarded the train.
After lunch, head for Agra fort! It will take around 2-3 hours to see it in detail. After buying your tickets, enter through the main gate, and you will find the audio guide counter from audiocompass!! Don't go for any 'So called' guide, who will offer you a complete guided visit in Rs. 30.The audio guide is prefect and precise. Just tune in and explore the entire fort!!!
We then just had time for a short tour of Agra Fort, which was constructed under the reign of Emperor Akbar and extended under the rule of his grandson Shah Jahan. Originally designed as a military fort, it later served more as a palace, the evidence of which can still be seen today.
On the way to Agra Fort, I had a glimpse of the beautiful jama masjid. I entered Agra Fort through the Shahjahani Gate which was built during the shahjahan's reign. This fort was used from the period of Akbar to Shahjahan. The fort has a numerous courtyards, towers, private halls and chambers of the mughal architecture.The important ones worth seeing are:1) Jahangir's bath tub2) Jehangiri Mahal3) Khas Mahal4) Diwan-i-Khas5) Diwan-i-AamDon't forget to have a glimpse of the Taj Mahal from Agra Fort.
We left from taj mahal to agra fort around 3:30pm. It was very close like only 2kms away. We took rickshaw for Rs 30. The rickshaw guy was very helpful and he helped us in buying some memento and Agara famous pethas (sweet) on the way to fort. We took tickets for Rs 40 for Agra fort and went inside (Rs 550 for foreign tourist). Guide is must to visit this place as its rich in history. taj mahal can be seen from fort. We spent one and half hour in fort and left for Agra cannt railway station as our train was at 5:50pm. We took auto for rs. 80 and reached in 20 minutes. Train (gatimaan express) was already in platform. Train left on time and evening snacks were served.
There are four gates- two of them named as Delhi gates and Lahore Gate. As I entered, one can first notice the Diwan-I Aam where public audience used to seat and witness different performances organized by royal families. On your way to entry, one can spot a large pot which was used by royal kings for bath. It was really fascinating to see the symmetrical archways carved with white marble. As I moved interior, Diwan-I Khas welcomes me where the royal families resides. One can move around the insides of Agra Fort and notice very intricate designs on the walls of the fort. As you move forward, you will find a place with a large courtyard in front. Strolling forward as you will reach the boundaries, you can see the Taj mahal from there. The interesting part is though the whole fort is semi-circular, one can see the Taj mahal from any corner of the fort. Don’t forget to move on the terrace where you will get a more pristine view of the Taj Mahal. With Yamuna flowing and Taj Mahal peeping through the fog, it would create an amazing landscape. It would take around 3-4 hours to witness the whole place.
Apart from Taj what we visited was the Old fort or Agra Fort. A huge red coloured fort with gardens, water springs in it that looks exactly the way we see in Movies and TV shows. Upon reaching we were welcomed by a big door that once used elephants for protection. The whole fort is big, big enough for you to spend and enjoy 3-4 hours.After these visits you can stay overnight in Agra. The next morning you can visit the market and streets of Agra if you like. OR you can straight away go back OR you can stay for a few days and can visit other places near by. Its all how you like things to happen.
Taj Mahal and Agra Red Fort
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.
Taj Mahal-The Iternal Love Story of Shah Jahan and MumTaz can feel the deeply Love Story build Inside the Taj Mahal,, Every one who ever visit this place will be falling love... Agra Red Fort - The Herritage Building full of amazing Story from behind this Red stone Giant Building,, the Kingdom Of Akbar
This is a city as well as fort in the extending part of Lucknow. This has its mentions as 'Saik' even in the Mahabharata which makes it very clear that this city existed even during the pre- historic Era. The city was further beautified by the Mughal rulers and the Fatehpur Sikri along with Buland Darwaza is an incomparable monument gifted by Mughal Rulers, especially Emperor Akbar. The fort complex is spread over a huge area and consists of mosque, the Dargah of Salim Salim Chisti, the palaces and so many more. The red sandstone structures with a few made of white marble makes it an awesome composition. The lattice work, jharokhas, pillars and facades are intricately carved. Salim Chisti Dargah was a mark of honor by Emperor Akbar to the great Sufi Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti whom he followed whole heartedly.
We moved on to the Panch Mahal, a palace of five stories, influenced by Buddhist style of architecture , each story gradually diminishing in size, till the topmost one, which is a single-domed chhatri. This building was used by emperor for recreation, and he used to enjoy the coolness of the evenings sitting on the topmost story. A passage led to the Haramsara ( residence of the concubines) , and the ladies could visit the Mahal through a passage way. In true style , thus, the emperor could enjoy his nocturnal escapades! Decadent it might be , but I was left appreciating the ingenuity of the Mughal monarch in enjoying the pleasures of life ! Nearby is the Anup Talao, essentially a water reservoir with a red sandstone open pavilion in the centre.It is here that the legendary Tansen, one of the Navratnas ( nine geniuses) of Emperor Akbar's court, would hold his musical performances, singing his trademark Mian Ki Malhar raga , and bringing rain from the skies (so goes the legend) . It was Akbar who gave this genius the title of Mian, and to his goes the credit for many of the ragas of Hindustani classical music, such as Mian ki Todi, Mian ki Malhar, Mian ki Mand, Mian Ka Sarang, Darbari Kanada, Darbari Todi, and Rageshwari.Visualising Tansen singing on a moonlit night to a packed audience at the Anup Talao, I felt thrilled indeed. After Tansen, can Birbal be left far behind? Birbal, originally Mahesh Das, was another of the Navratnas and certainly the wittiest one among them , and every self- respecting Indian child has been brought up on his witty stories, courtesy Amar Chitra Katha. In Akbar's court, he was the closest to the emperor, despite being a Hindu, and their association was legendary. Birbal's palace, an imposing red and yellow sandstone structure, is situated close to the emperor's palace, and he was the only courtier of his time honoured in this way. Nearby is an ornate building popularly known as Jodhabai's Kitchen, but which may have been an annexe of the Haramsara. This building is noteworthy for the refined ornamentation on its surface. Through the Shahi Darwaza ( Imperial Gate), we entered a huge courtyard which contains three of the most noteworthy structures of Fatehpur Sikri - the tomb of Salim Chisti, the Jama Masjid and the Buland Darwaza. Salim Chisti (1478-1572), was one of the most prominent Sufi saints, who was held in deep reverence by Emperor Akbar. His tomb is distinct in that it is built purely in white marble, among the red sandstone buildings. At the centre of the building is the grave of the saint. One is supposed to ask for blessings by tying red threads on the intricate jaalis on the exterior or the building. And true to tradition, we made some wishes that had been pent up for quite some time, hoping the ritual would work well for us. To the left of Salim Chisti's tomb is the tomb of Islam Khan I, a notable Mughal general who was the grandson of the saint. A red sandstone building decorated by small chattris and topped by a white dome, it also contains the graves of several of Salim Chisti's descendants. To the right of Salim Chisti's tomb is the Jama Masjid, one of the earliest buildings to be built in Fatehpur Sikri. It is one of the largest mosques in India and can accommodate 10,000 people, and is the only building in the complex being accessible for public use . The interiors are richly decorated, with grills, columns, arches , some of which is interestingly influenced by Hindu architecture, one of the few instances of its kind in our country,one more example of Emperor Akbar's liberal and secular thinking. To the south of Jama Masjid is the Buland Darwaza ( Grand Gate) , a magnificient structure, marked by three arched entranceways and topped by chhatris, which was built in commemoration of Akbar's victory in Gujarat. Inscribed over the archway, are written the following words, "Isa, Son of Mariam, said: The world is a bridge, pass over it, but build no houses on it. He who hopes for an hour may hope for eternity. The world endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer, for the rest is unseen". A philosophical and wise piece of advice indeed, attesting to a time-tested truth that all life and creation has but a fleeting footstep existence ! Nothing brings out this truth more than the fact that the grand capital of Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri, built with pomp and splendour, had a short existence and is today an abandoned city , albeit one which has made its mark on the sands of time. Lit by the rays of the setting sun, the red sandstone buildings assuming an appearance that was ghostly and enticing at the same time, we exited the grand complex of buildings that is the town of Fatehpur Sikri, through the Buland Darwaza and made our way back to the city of Agra, happy to have visited one of the most notable historical spots in this part of the country. FACTS > Distance from Agra : 40 km > Getting there a) Road- Tourist Buses/ Regular Buses (UPSRTC) and Taxis/ Cabs connect it to Agra. Buses are available from the Idgah bus stand in Agra. The bus stand in Fatehpur Sikri is at the eastern end of the bazaar- the bus journey takes about an hour and half. Cabs can be hired for Rs.3000- 3500/-; b) Train- nearest railway station is the Fatehpur Sikri Railway Station, about 1 km. from the city centre, c) Air -nearest Airport is the Agra Airport (also known as Kheria Airport), 40 km from Fatehpur Sikri > Open from : Sunrise to Sunset > Entry fees -Indian Visitor and citizen of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries: Total Rs.20.00 (Rs.10.00 by ASI as Entry fee and Rs.10.00 by ADA as Toll tax). -Other Foreign Visitors : Total Rs.260 (Rs.250/- by ASI as Entry fee and Rs.10/- by ADA as Toll tax). > Guides: Licensed Guides are available. Audio guide facility is also available near ticket counter. > Museum: There is an Archaeological site Museum near Diwan-I-Am booking counter. It is open from 9.00 AM to 5.00 P.M, closed on Fridays. > Best season to visit: October to April > MapMore info at: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/255 http://www.lonelyplanet.com/india/uttar-pradesh/fatehpur-sikri http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatehpur_Sikri
Next stop was Sikandra - Tomb of Great Akbar!!! It's located just outside the main Agra city and is on the side of Mathura Road!!With blue sky above, the front gate looks beautiful. After entering the main house, the wall and ceiling details will mesmerise you.After this u must have your lunch as it will be 2 o'clock by now!!
Next stop was Sikandra - Tomb of Great Akbar!!! It's located just outside the main Agra city and is on the side of Mathura Road!!With blue sky above, the front gate looks beautiful. After entering the main house, the wall and ceiling details will mesmerise you.After this u must have your lunch as it will be 2 o'clock by now!!
on the second day on my way to delhi i planned a short trip to sikandra , beautiful place with majestic architecture with grand entrance and beautifully decorated with magical design skills of mughal era inside the Akbar's tomb.you will get a chance to see peacock and deer in side the premises .i am not sharing too much pictures because i dont want to spoil your tour before witnessing by yourself.
Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah
Itimad-ul-Daulah is among the list of places to visit in Agra. The attraction is a tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the grandfather of Mumtaz Mahal. It is also known as Baby Taj. Nur Jahan, the daughter of Mirza, who married Jehangir was the one who got the tomb constructed in the year 1622-1628. The finely carved jali on the marble is definitely something that will stay in your memory forever. This structure made by the Mughals is also a completely marble one. Also, it was the first tomb that was built on the river Jamuna banks. Islamic architecture is what the place speaks of. The fine craftsmanship is something that is not to be missed. The place is quite calm and peaceful and gives you a good quality time with yourself and your closed ones.
Commonly known as Baby Taj, Itmad-ud-Daula is the mausoleum of Nur Jahan's father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. The delicate white structure on the bank of Yamuna bearing intricate carvings and lattice work, is said to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal.
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183 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
The capital city of India is a glorious concoction of the old and the new. Temples that are centuries old, archaic Muslim quarters, and modern residencies, all exist alongside each other. Home to over a crore people, Delhi’s tourism is a treasure trove of historic gems, gardens, museums and a thriving food culture. Travel to the metropolis for the vibrant bazaars of Chandni Chowk that give way to Lutyens’ New Delhi, that is the pulse of the city. Among the numerous places to visit in Delhi city, for an insight into the magnificent Mughal era, go to the 16th century Humayun’s Tomb, the towering sandstone mosque of Jama Masjid, and experience the sound and light show at Red Fort. Tourists can spend mornings at the extravagant Akshardham Temple and evenings at the Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah (shrine) that boasts of sufi music and delicious kebabs. Another popular attraction of Delhi city is its pulsating markets that from baubles to handicrafts, sell everything you can possibly think of. Those who have travelled to Delhi for its particular brand of food, won’t be disappointed. From hole-in-the-wall eateries and local student cafes in North Delhi to lavish restaurants and bars in South Delhi, there is no dish or cuisine you won’t find here. A huge incentive for Delhi’s tourism is its variety of public transport, wherein the Delhi Metro is the cheapest and easiest way to get around the city. Read More
All that was left was to reach delhi in one piece & today after making few stops we made it.Fun Fact: I did this trip in 11kWhat is your excuse for not going to Ladakh?Tell me in the comments section below.Join me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more offbeat travel itineraries.
Delhi encompasses a major part of India’s history in its evergreen monuments. This one face of Delhi wants you to know more about the city’s past. But this capital city not only enshrines a remarkable history but also flourishes in the beauty of the present! While walking inside the majestic Red Fort, me and my friends could imagine how the paths that we were taking now would have been walked by the kings and their ministers in the remote past. While taking a stroll around the passage from Lahori Gate in Red Fort, small handicrafts shops seemed enticing to us and that was a reminder that we cannot miss the amazing local and wholesale markets in Delhi - a paradise for shopping in Delhi - which are a perfect amalgamation of a variety of people, authentic food and current fashion trends that too without a pinch in the pocket.So if you have travel plans for Delhi and you wish to savor the ‘beauty of its present’ then do squeeze in the five most amazing and ‘fairly cheap’ places to shop in Delhi.
(26th December, 2016): We decided to head from our respective destinations and meet up in Delhi, before taking a bus to Mcleodganj. His flight was delayed so, I decided I will head to the bus station and wait for him there. It was late evening so the bus station felt the safest. I was so excited to meet him that I kept looking at the entrance of the bus station. The moment he entered, all I could see was a big, fat guy, who had gained a ton of weight. I had my share of laughs. So, we greeted each other and had a cigarette (Smoking is injurious to health) each before heading onto the bus. The bus we had booked was a Volvo, so I was pretty chilled to travel overnight. But, my calmness turned to horror when I entered the bus. I will give you all a tip, in Himachal Volvo doesn’t mean the comfortable and posh Volvo that we are used to. It was like a city bus with zero level of comfort. This was the scenario in and around Himachal. So, if you are travelling in a Volvo in Himachal, make sure you are used to travelling in buses ;).
The mountains were calling, and I had to go.Maybe it was all the biking chronicles that had inspired me, if travelling from Delhi to any hill station it must be on two wheels. It was the 12th of August when we started our trip for the first ever trek of our lives. Being working professionals, we always bore in mind to save up time here and there. Hence, we decided to board a volvo from Delhi to Chandigarh in the morning hours (0530 IST), and thereafter rent a bike in Chandigarh for the further journey.
Our trip to Rishikesh began with confusion. I said, "We would have a gala girls' night out there. Sitting around the bonfire at the riverside camp; humming a soft tune; strumming the guitar with some new-found friend; grilling chicken legs in the bonfire ...". ''Ahem, non-veg is available nowhere in Rishikesh. So maybe a less grand plan will do," my friend reminded me sternly. Now, I am a foodie and an idle fellow and non-veg is my life. So even before we set out on our trip to Rishikesh, my heart sank not a little. But who would have thought that Rishikesh may have so much in store even for non-believers like us!
Delhi is a cultural hub that makes for a great vacation destination. However, surrounded with concrete buildings, highways and malls, one may foolishly wonder where Delhi's beauty lies. Let me tell you, Delhi's gems are its carefully decorated spaces whose artistry helps you escape its noisy traffic and chaos. So, next time you're heading to Delhi for work or a vacation, instead of a boring hotel, book a getaway! Add a splash of color to your stay and stay at the charming haven of peace, Scarlette Guest House located in the posh neighborhood of Safdarjung Enclave.
But this time I wanted to explore in style and Tripver as usual delivered. I chose to travel "Gold Class".
Beginning of the Bro-trip:Being a Saturday night, the radio was quite a thumping affair and helped us dance inside the car. After losing the frequency we switched to our own kinky collection and that was even too much fun. After the three tolls, we took right towards Manali from Ambala and we were into a sole car running for tranquility on the roads. At around 2, we found a halt and broke for some refreshment, for the roads ahead had be to a bit deserted and rarely one can find a better place to snack on. A crisp break of 30 minutes buoyed us up and we were again towards the hill. The valley started in a while and the drive was slow due the condition of the roads there.However, the roads are always an issue in the few initial kms but adding to the miseries, there was rain that just preceded us reaching there. Following some bad patches, the way ahead was smooth again. We broke the dawn amidst mountains and the beauty was surreal (Pic Below). We reached Mandi at around 9 in the morning and started enquiring about the way further. There were rumours that due to a massive landslide, the main highway has been closed down and debris is being cleared out. The so called incident was still rumoured to be some 30-40 kms from Mandi. Keeping our fingers crossed, we forged ahead. Some said that the landslide has happened in Hanogi which was particularly on the route of Jibhi and had nothing to do with Manali. We called up our college buddy who already reached there a day before. We asked him for the flow of traffic on the route and he signalled us green.
248 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Rajasthan’s opulent capital is a magical land brimming with desert camps and lakeside palaces. Sitting on the edge of the Thar desert and surrounded by the Aravali hills, the Pink City boasts of hilltop forts, bustling bazaars and the best pyaaz kachoris you’ll ever taste. Among the places to visit in Jaipur city, the grandiose pink sandstone Palace of Winds, or Hawa Mahal, towering over the hustling streetscapes and the majestic City Palace are the ones attracting the most tourists. The 18th century old astronomical observatory of Jantar Mantar in Jaipur is a UNESCO world heritage site and a major tourist attraction. Perched proudly on the top of a hill is Amber Fort, dating back to the 16th century. The red sandstone structure houses palaces, temples, gardens and a lake inside its premises. One of the most favoured things to do in Jaipur is to walk through the lively Bapu Bazaar, and come out with bags stocked with bandhani-printed sarees, lac bangles, meenakari trinkets and blue pottery. And while you’re at it, shop for some string puppets or kathputlis that make for some excellent souvenirs. Galtaji temple, also called the Monkey Temple, is another must visit in Jaipur city. If your eyes just can't get enough, visit Amber Fort, which has its own 600-year-old story to narrate, through its spectacular light and sound shows, cultural performances and folk music. Rajasthani tailored clothes, jewellery and handicrafts are a huge hit as souvenirs, for their exquisite mirror work, embroidery, leather and splashes of colour making up for most of Jaipur’s tourism. Some famous places this illustrious workmanship can be bought from are Rajasthali, Anokhi, Johari bazaar and Sireh Deori Bazaar, but remember to bargain. Central Museum and Albert Hall museum are great places to learn about Rajasthan's rich history and culture and also to buy handicrafts. The Jaipur Literature Festival, the world's largest free literature festival, is dear to almost every bibliophile around the globe. Here, enjoy literature and music, amidst the likes of William Dalrymple, Stephen Fry and many other renowned writers and personalities. The 5-day festival is hosted in Diggi Palace, which gives people around the world an insight into Rajasthan's captivating cultural heritage. For those interested in pampering their palates with the flavourful Rajasthani cuisine against the backdrop of a picturesque village should visit Chokhni Dani. For a regal experience, a stay at the Suvarna Mahal is a must visit. Read More
Rajasthan, the moment you hear this name, you will think about royal palaces, majestic forts, desert, camel, elephants, jewellery, gems, colorful markets, festivals and food. So when I planned for Rajasthan, all of these things were on my mind and I was not disappointed when I visited Jaipur.Rajasthan, a desert state this might be but its bursting with color and exuberance. I am bit confused writing this blog, should I just keep writing about all the places I visited there, should I only post hundreds of pictures I took or should It be combination of both (would be very lengthy blog). Another feeling is, will I able explain the richness, artistic, colourful Jaipur with my writing or pictures but let me try...Here is the overview of places I covered in three days.Day 1 (Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace)Day 2 ( Amber Fort, Gaitore, Jal Mahal)Day 3 (Jaigarh, Nahargarh)
Things to do: Take a walk back in time by exploring heritage sites such as Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and City Palace on foot; take a day trip to the most haunted place in India, Bhangarh Fort; go shopping with locals at the Babu Market; give your tastebuds a wild ride with the delicious street-food at Raja Park.
Among all three places Jaipur is my personnel favorite, Though I spent only a day out there, it filled me. May be because of my ever ending interest for astronomy! I am relived to see finally a public transport in Jaipur. My first stop in Jaipur isCity Palace:The palace is built in the middle of the city. There is also a section dedicated for the arts of Jaipur. They have traditional paintings made from organic colors and wooden replicas of the monuments & museums. It is the perfect way to take a memory back home.The city palace as a whole is marvelous. It is a paradise for art and history lovers.Hawa Mahal:Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur which was constructed so that the women of royal families can see the day to day activities without anyone seeing from outside.The Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary pink-painted delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. And its name refers to “Palace of Winds”. It was constructed using red pink sandstone.Jantar Mantar:The Jantar Mantar is the largest open astronomical constructed site in india,which is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II. The king himself is a great astronomer and he invented those instrument that where build there. You should need a guide to know how these instruments works & afternoon is a good time to visit the place.Amber Fort and Palace:Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur area. You have to face an uphill task of hiking up or you can also take a cab , but once you reach the top you can mesmerized by the view it offers. surrounded by the hills it offers the panoramic view of the Jaipur city. For this place a Japanese guy & a locale guy accompanied me and spend three hours with me talking all those nonsense stuffs & made my day.With this My trip come end & took a train back to Chennai with tough task at hand! yea, to build a itinerary for this.
Day 10: September 26, 2015:I began the day a little late. Jaipur had a lot to see, though I simply chose to see the Jal Mahal and a fort. The fort wasn't very far from the hotel and I checked out at 10 AM and decided to take a walk around the fort.After visiting the fort and jal mahal, it was time to head to Sawai Madhopur, about 150 kms away from Jaipur.As I continued the journey, the roads were pretty bad. I reached Sawaimadhopur at 7:00 PM and called my school friend (she is the District Magistrate and Collector). She had arranged for stay at the travellers bungalow. Had dinner with her family and spoke briefly about the journey.
2. Jaipur, Rajasthan : The capital of the majestic state and around 85 kilometres from Bhangarh Fort, Jaipur is one of the most loved cities in the world owing to the fact that it perfectly encapsulates the sheer essence of India. With a maddening number of palaces and forts, a thriving food and shopping scene, transport ranging from autorickshaws to camels and the most hospitable locals on this planet, Jaipur is essentially a celebration of life.
Steady as a rock, the occasional roar of the burners and a 360 degree panorama ! Adventure or Life Style, an Adrenalin Rush or an Emotional Explosion, decipher it any which way you like !Ballooning in JaipurJaipur, famous the world over as Pink City, is an ideal destination for Ballooning, after all, it is what you see when you are up there which is equally thrilling as the ride itself. Jaipur is synonymous to beautiful palaces, rugged forts, amazing handicrafts and an extremely hot cuisine! The city itself with all its varied surroundings is an ideal place for hot air balloon flights giving a completely different experience each time, as per the destination’s peculiarity.
After having lunch, we headed straight away to the city's major attractions first.The city is really Pink! Pale pink although. Wait, pale orange rather? :P I don't know, you decide.
Hotel GangaurThirty-second rundown: Known as the gateway to India's most flamboyant state, Jaipur is a must-visit if you're looking for a vacation that will culturally enlighten you. Book a room at Hotel Gangaur to enjoy the cultural side of Jaipur with their traditional food and decor.
While at Jaipur, we visited Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh, Nahargarh, Amber Palace, Isar Lat, Bhangarh and Chand Bawri in Abhaneri village. What stood out for me were the visits to Hawa Mahal, Nahargarh and Chand Bawri. Although the internet has detailed information about the significance of each of these places, we did hire the service of a guide in most of these places. With no exception, all guides will take you to the local handicraft emporium which sell artifacts made by local artisans. Heavy on the pockets but worth visiting at least one emporium, even if you do not intend to purchase anything.
325 Kms from Agra
Lucknow or the City of Nawabs sitting on the banks of the Gomti river, is regarded as North India’s cultural capital. Uttar Pradesh’s capital, Lucknow is replete with historical elements dating back to the colonial era that are known over the world for their Awadhi-style architecture. But Lucknow’s ethos lies in its delectable cuisine and its unique Chikankaari (shadow-work embroidery) garments that are must-buys if you are in the city. Lucknow is also known for its sweeping gardens and pure Kathak dance-forms that are showcased in numerous events held across the city. The city is also thriving with a lovely Urdu poetry scene. The ginormous tomb complex of Bara Imambara is home to a stunning labyrinth and neighboured by the equally popular mausoleum of Chhota Imambara, the Husainabad clock tower and a fantastic art gallery. And while in Lucknow, feast on its delightful assortment of Awadhi and Mughlai food that comprises of everything from kebabs to the makhan malai (a saffron-flavoured local ice-cream). Read More
From Agra, leave for the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. A foodie's paradise, Lucknow is known for the world-renowned tunday kebabs. But there's much more to explore in this underrated city. Buildings reminiscent of the British Raj, mausoleums, and a bhool bhulaiya (maze) to get lost in this city, make it a fun place to visit.
The journey from Bhairahawa to Lucknow marked the final leg of TON 2017. After crossing the border (which happened surprisingly quick), we traversed 360 km of Indian highways through Gorakhpur and Faizabad to arrive at Lucknow. There was celebratory ceremony marking the conclusion of this epic journey. Receiving certificates of completion made the riders ecstatic and emotional which was evident in farewell addresses by fellow mates and crew members.
The Nepal journey began from Lucknow at the Golden Tulip Hotel. It felt like déjà vu entering the hotel lobby, seeing the riders wait with their riding gear and luggage with curiousity and high hopes in their eyes. Some of the people from the Bhutan team were back again for this one and I could completely understand the excitement in their hearts as we caught up and discussed old episodes.The highlight of the team this time were the 4 female riders who had joined us from Bangalore and Aurangabad. They seemed confident, experienced and ready for the challenging ride with all their charm.Day zero was First aid training by Tarun (Rashtriya Life Saving Society) followed by tour brief by Shawn Dsouza and Rohan Pimpley (RE team) with a thorough Q&A session breaking the ice and setting the tone right for the team to kickstart the journey next day.
We started from Lucknow, aka The City of Nawabs & reached Gaya Junction, the nearest railway station to Bodhgaya after a twelve-hour journey by train. Without any delay, we took an auto-rickshaw to Bodhgaya that is around 17 km away. You can find a number of transport facilities to go Bodhgaya from Gaya Junction.Where to Stay –
Lucknow, also known as the city of Nawabs has developed over the years but hasn't lost its rich cultural heritage. The city is divided into two parts the old city and the new city . The old city primarily consists of the Imambaras (shrines), the monuments, the very famous tundey kababs. The new city has the malls and the parks. There is a startling difference between the two, the new city is cleaner , better roads and it's easier to get a mode of transportation, whereas the old city is dusty and the main mode of transportation is cycle rickshaw, electric rickshaw and shared autos, however, it has most of the places that are worth seeing.
The flight reached Lucknow at 8:25 a.m. At the airport we took the taxi for 250 rs. At the prepaid counter it was told 300 rs. You can bargain for around 200. We reached the railway station to pick up our bikes by 9:30 a.m. but the counter at the railway station opens only by 10-10:30.We paid 550 to the guy as a bribe though the actual amount is 350 for 24 hours. Checklist: A swiss knife to remove packing from bikes else you will have to pay someone to remove the packing. 5 liter empty can as bikes won't have petrol while packed and transported and in case the petrol pump is far A good cloth actually multiple number of clothes to clean bikes. A right turn from the railway station and around 3-4 km you can find a petrol pump. Our route of 324 km which we planned for this day was Lucknow -> Faizabad -> Basti-> Bhairwah->Saunali Here we took the diversion to Naugarh instead of going to Gorakhpur. Unfortunately, this route was very deserted and roads were pretty bad. We kept riding till evening and late in the night at 12 a.m. #Stay Some people suggested us Sanju lodge but we were so tired that we took the first lodge we found named Niranjana.
295 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - February,March,April,May,June,October,November
Located in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Nainital is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Northern India. The stunning Nainital lake is bang in the middle of the city and offers tourists stunning sunsets and enchanting sunrises. One legend says that Nainital derives its name from the Goddess Naina, whereas another legend claims that once when the Goddess Sati was being carried by Lord Shiva, her eye fell in the area. The lovely hill station promises a rejuvenating weekend break for those who are coming from the capital city and is definitely worth a visit. Like most hill stations, Nainital has a bustling mall road, warm cafes and a very busy Tibet market. The mall road houses shops selling candles with intricate designs, wooden knick knacks and colourful woollens. Do bring back some souvenirs as keepsakes! If you have time, do visit Sattal, Naukuchiatal (for paragliding and kayaking) as well as Ranikhet for its surreal beauty. If you are looking for a quiet, carefree holiday, visit between the months of January and April. It'll be cold, but there won't be any crowd.Read More
Day 12We took a walk a around the lake. Then took Rope Way to Snow view point, but could not see anything from there for fog. Then we went to Cave gardens, but cave were all closed for rain. By afternoon we started for Agra.
Day 11We came to Nainital in morning. After some walk beside the lake we found a hotel. But rain started, which mostly ruined rest of the day. At night I took a walk in the city. City looked quite great at night with the lake and all the lights over hills.
The tiny little town established by the British around the Naini Jheel- Nainital has emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations of Uttarakhand.We've all reveled in the vibrance of this quaint town, so much so, that most travelers return to Nainital every holiday season! Adding yet another feather to its cap, Nainital is now home to a first of its kind concept holiday resort, Abbotsford 1876. No longer do you need to jostle with the crowds on the Mall Road or trudge from hotel to hotel to find a quiet room; you can simply drive right up and stay in absolute luxury at Abbotsford and enjoy Kumaon in its pristine natural beauty. The Victorian settings and the breathtaking view will make you feel that Abbotsford is the Downton Abbey of India!ABBOTSFORD 1876
Day 5: Ride back to Delhi to catch our flight back home.
My favourite although was Naukuchiatal as it was a quiet and serene lake nestled in the surrounding green hills with variety of bird life.We also enjoyed a boat ride here instead of the more popular Naini lake of NainitalBy evening we returned back to our room and called it a day.
Day 2: Morning started with the majestic view of Himalayas from the room itself. Slowly we pulled ourselves out from the comfort of the room to experience the chill outside and the morning fresh air. After breakfast we moved towards Nainital. Checked into a holiday home and just spent the day at leisure , visiting the Naini Devi temple, roaming around in the mall road in the evening and savoring hot momos and thukpas and finally retiring to our room.
Not on the regular tourist hot spot list.This church is one of the earliest buildings constructed in Nainital. The church was built in 1852. Located around a kilometre from the Naina Devi Temple, close to the High Court, this Anglican Church stands as an evidence of Nainital's history and culture and a reminder of era gone by.The foundation of the church was laid by Rev. Daniel Wilson, the fifth Bishop of Calcutta (now Kolkata) and the first Metropolitan of India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), who visited Nainital in 1844. During his visit he was forced to stay in an unfinished house situated on the edge of the forest due to his illness. Rev. Wilson had been an assistant curator at St. John's Chapel, Bedford Row, Bloomsbury. From his memories of Bedford and his stay in wilderness came the name St. John's Wilderness Church.The church is often confused with another church (more popular) of the same name located in the forests of Forsyth Ganj below Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh. Lord Elgin, the British Viceroy of India (1862-63) who died in 1863 lays buried in the Church Cemetery, after all this was his favourite location. His wife Lady Elgin had donated Belgian Glass windows to the church. The church survived Kangra earthquake of 1880 with some damages.Coming back to the Nainital church, the church is enclosed among Pine/Deodar trees (this entire area was Pine Forest area) and one can still see huge pine trees all around. St. John's parsonage has a Church, Cemetery (one of the oldest in Nainital) and a school which has grown from being a small kindergarten school (in 1970's).The church is made in Gothic style, one can still see water spouting Gargoyles (rain water drains) on the roof. The artistic windows have most of the glasses broken, the ancient wooden pews, all these still carry the old world charm. Services are held in the church on Sundays and other Christian event days. The church earlier had a very unusual feature that of a gun rack close by the door-members of the congregation encountered wild life on their way to the service and thus required something for their protection, sometimes used for hunting occasional deer etc. too. This rack is no longer there.For pictures of this beautiful location click here Nainital saw a major landslide in the year 1880 (the same which led to the formation of the Nainital Flat). The church contains a brass memorial dedicated to the victims of the landslide. Bodies of few of the Christian victims are buried in the cemetery.The church is a peaceful haven, it is not much visited by the tourists. In fact most of the local taxi operators would show their ignorance about this church, they would try and push you towards more popular destinations, some of them would tell you about the St. Francis Church (on the Mall road). Inform them about the church near High Court and they would bring you here, but would still show ignorance about the name.Must visit destination for all those who want experience an era gone by, all those who still want to experience the feel of wilderness.St. John's Church Picture Gallery. How to reach: Location Map
Nainital the city of lakes, widely famous for its 7 lakes. The city has always influenced people for a big happy family vocation. However moving over and above a bit from nainital lies a place which is set at top of mountain ranges - Mukteshwar.
Started around 7:00 am in our polo into the windy January chill for nearly 7 hours of driving on decent roads, along with stoppages for the most yummiest dhaba food, we finally made it to Nainital.
Our morning started doing soul-searching for an amazing mid-morning breakfast and it was surprisingly delicious followed by some cloudy morning strolling along the banks.
163 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Situated close to the vibrant city of Jaipur, Alwar is a perfect weekend getaway. Home to the wonderful Sariska Tiger Reserve, the grand City Palace and the stunning Siliserh Lake, Alwar offers you a mix of history, architecture and nature. Though the Sariska Tiger Reserve is perhaps the best way to spend your time in Alwar, you can also spend a little time exploring the lake and Government Museum. When visiting the reserve, do book a safari in advance lest you miss out on a great slot. Early mornings and early evenings are the best way to explore the reserve. Boasting of tigers, including the Bengal Tiger, the reserve is home to the Indian Leopard, Indian Jackal, Sambhar and Wild Boars. Of course, you'll also spot monkeys making a ruckus and a crowd of Neelgais and that is quite fun to watch as well. Avoid eating anything while on the safari since it's a strict no. The Siliserh Lake is another lovely spot where you can indulge in a bit of boating and a delicious lunch. The food here is a bit on the expensive side but it's totally worth it. While here, you can also take a trip to City Palace. You may feel that there are tons of palaces around Rajasthan that are way more beautiful, but this one has its own charm. Away from the chaos of the main city, it offers you a respite from dilapidated, ill maintained forts. Do try food at one of the restaurants in the city. Not only is the food delicious, the hospitality is warm and adds to the meal. Read More
3. Alwar, Rajasthan : One of the oldest kingdoms of Rajasthan, Alwar is a relatively lesser known gem of the state. It is home to a plethora of palaces and forts that are nothing less than architectural marvels. Alwar is a wonderful little town to live in if in case you are looking to get away from chaos. Bhangarh Fort with its haunted stories is a good 90 kilometres away.
107 Kms from Agra
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
If history, art and architecture spell a perfect holiday for you, Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh is definitely a must visit! The city houses numerous historic monuments, including the very popular Gwalior Fort. Gwalior Fort, an imposing structure situated on a hill has received praise from rulers throughout history. Known for its architectural brilliance and intricate design, exploring the fort can take up an entire day. If you are not fond of historical tours, you can spend your time admiring the stunning views of the fort and from the fort. Do also visit Ghaus's Tomb, which is the tomb of Muhammad Ghawth, a notable Sufi and the guru of Tansen. The site is also home to the Samadhi of Tansen and perhaps this is why the wonderful Tansen music festival is celebrated here. There are numerous hotels here and you can choose one according to your budget, though for a more local experience, it is always best to pick a homestay. Read More
Gurudwara Data Bandi Chhor is one of the most important gurudwara in India. It is situated near Manmandir Palace and Sas bahu temple in Gwalior fort.This documentary was made for a college assignment.
City at a glance Half a day had already passed in a six hour super-fast train journey from Delhi to Gwalior. Should I fill my stomach in Gwalior and then go places or do the other way around? The dilemma hovered around my head for quite sometime, but was solved when I soon found myself amidst the bustling streets of Naya Bazaar, the oldest market in town. Following the incessant cramming of people on the way, it was hard to stop for a meal. Luckily, a hygenic restaurant Vyanjan Family restaurant, caught my eyes. It stood enroute to Jai Vilas Palace - a palace that depicts the royalty of Scindia family in the most incredible manner, stretching across with the big lawn and a stunning variation in interior decor over the generations.
Spread over a massive area of land, this fort was build during the 8th century. The fort stands on the edge of the mountain Gopachal spreading over 3 sq kms. The Man Singh palace is among the most magnificent structures out of otherThe entire fort is divided into Temples, Museum, Scindia School, Gurudwara and Palace with related structures.
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