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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 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.
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.
India GateTripping with friends, then make sure to visit it after the sun's set. A perfect atmosphere to walk around, relax on those Gardens there , and have a savor of tasty pans.
Holding the Guiness World Record to be the World's largest comprehensive Hindu temple, the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple was built-in just 5 years. The nearest metro station is the Akshardham Metro Station. Mobiles and other electronic gadgets are not allowed. These are to be deposited in the cloakrooms. It's an example of the grandeur and beauty of all the ancient and traditional architectural and religious styles which have ever been present in India. Usually the one who took such a noble initiative was Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha along side more than a thousand talented artisans. The temple is mainly specialized in Swaminarayan and also includes a separate shrine for Lord Shiva. There are a number of halls amongst which the initial one is where you will find films and robotic shows going to spread the message of honesty, peace and unity. In the second hall you is likely to be presented with the story of a classic yogi named Nilkanth in an exceedingly attractive manner. Last however, not the smallest amount of the next hall is where you are able to find out about the discoveries and works of the saints- scientists and the art of Ajanta- Ellora. The musical fountain is an amusement after sunset, the Lotus temple is another bit of beauty and the Garden of India is just a memorial for all the famous men and women of our country.
We leave again to our last stop for the day – Akshardham Temple(no photos allowed, so I’ll make the description as detailed as I can). It was almost 5:30pm and that meant we’d miss the exhibition. Oh and before I forget, you are not allowed to carry anything into the temple. No mobiles, no cameras and not even a big handbag. So it’s better to leave your stuff in your car or hotel room or you’d have to waste another hour keeping and retrieving it from the cloak room. We didn’t have to waste that hour as we didn’t bring any such thing. As soon as we entered the temple complex, we rushed to the ticket counter and luckily made it in time for the last show. The first thing that strikes you when you go to an Akshardham temple is its beautiful architecture. With intricate patterns on marble and brilliant sculptures all around, it sure is a treat for the eyes. The exhibition starts off in a theatre where they show a short movie about Swaminarayan and how he gave up everything at 11 years of age and how he attained his spiritual excellence by 21 years. The movie ends and the entire crowd rushes into the exit to the next hall. This seems pretty funny as people are rushing to get the best seats. In the end, some people are left standing. As soon as this show ends, the people standing there rush and get the best seats. Rat race even here! :P But at least everyone is happy. Anyway, this room doesn’t exactly look like a room. This place has a huge tree with statues of many kids playing all around it. Some of them are on the tree and some are playing below it. There is a small lake and a set of seats in a semi-circle beyond it. There are a couple of statues of fishermen standing in the lake. Suddenly, the kid in the middle starts speaking. His hands move, so do his head, lips and everything else. He even blinks his eyes like a real kid. It is a robot which seems just like a real kid. Then the fishermen speak, move hands and even look at us. The whole scene is mesmerizing. It is a story of how the kid in the middle, Swaminarayan makes the fishermen give up fishing because it is a sin to take lives of creatures. Next we step into a corridor and see that it is raining there. Literally. There is even thunder rumbling and we see the front portion of a house. A small boy is walking out of the house and getting drenched in the rain. This one is a still statue but the scene is so real that if we move close to the house, we’ll also get drenched. We then walk through caves and the swami as a child walking through jungles and crossing rivers. The scenes are complete with trees and creepers and snakes. We cross a bridge over a stream and see the swami sitting on a rock in the flowing stream with snakes slithering next to him. Do not get unfazed – all that I’m describing are statues, not real snakes or people. These rooms depict the journey of Swaminarayan across India through the wilderness. After this we enter the open balcony of a village house. We see many life sized statues of people doing different activities. So basically, we have a bird’s eye view of the entire house from the top. Swaminarayan is teaching the inmates. He speaks, nods and blinks. As we look up, we see a blue sky painted. We really get the feel of being inside a village complete with people and everything. The next room is even more awesome. Swami is sitting on a chair and the whole village is sitting around listening to him speak. We can see the excitement on everyone’s faces. The statue next to Swami starts speaking and gesturing. Swami responds to him and gives everyone a few words of wisdom. And then he does something unpredictable. He stands up. He actually stands up! I was awestruck by the ingenious engineering that had gone behind all this. The scenes look so natural. You look to the left and see two women speaking in the village. You look to the right and see that a lady is closely watching the proceedings from behind a pillar. And then you feel that you are actually sitting in that village. After this, we enter a huge theatre. This place is filled with people – probably waiting for the hall to fill up. We happened to be last group, luckily, so the movie started as soon as we were in. It is a 40 minute documentary on the life of Swaminarayan. The kid in the movie acting as the Swami was really cute and innocent and felt apt for the role. After this was the boat ride. The boat is shaped like a giant paddle boat – without paddles. :P There is a chain and track along which the boat moves. This one is a still exhibition of the rich heritage of India and how India has contributed to the world. With this ended the 2 hour exhibition at Akshardham.
3. Akshardham Temple: Akshardham Temple is one of the most famous and talked about monuments situated at Noida, NCR at the banks of River Yamuna. Built in 2005 in a 100-acre land, it is the largest Hindu Temple in the world - not merely a structure of religious offerings, but a beautifully carved monument complete with its IMAX theatre, technological exhibitions, musical fountain, gardens and food court. It easily takes a day to cover every corner of the fabulous temple. Take a stroll along the Garden of India or Bharat Upavan, check out the bronze sculptures, intricate architecture, its sunken garden in the shape of a lotus, watch devotees take blessings with their offerings and rituals and more. You have to be there to believe it!
2. AkshardhamAkshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi. Designed in accordance with the standards of Maharishi Vastu Architecture, it features a blend of architectural styles across India. It is entirely constructed from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble. Based on traditional Hindu architectural guidelines (Shilpa shastras) on maximum temple life span, it makes no use of ferrous metal. Thus, it has no support from steel or concrete.
This is probably the largest and the oldest market that is there in Delhi for the past more than three centuries. This was the place where initially merchants from Turkey, Holland and other places used to visit during their business trips to India. The oldest merchants who have shops inside this market are known to have been carrying on the same business generations after generations. The true colors of Delhi can be enjoyed in this place. If you are a shopaholic then this is a must visit during your trip. The specialty of this place is that you feel like buying whatever you see out here. the main shops here are Dariba Kalan, known for pearl, gold and silver jewelry, Gulab Singh Johri Mal for attars or perfumes, Khari Baoli for spice shopping. The Kinari Bazaar is the zardosi den for all females and the Katra Neel for all kinds of fabrics. The Bhagirath Palace is Asias largest market of electronic goods and the Moti Bazar is famous for shawls and pearls.
The frenzied activity at this charming old town might seem like madness to an outsider, but one look on the inside, and you will notice the method that prevails the madness. The heart of Delhi's unique culture, here your shopping hormones will go on an overdrive. Such is the magic of the artifacts on sale here. You can get everything - from a nose ring to a Mughlai wedding gown - or the Lehenga. Simple or grand enough to transport you directly to the inner chambers of Mughal queens.
I love this place for the wholesale market but the crowd can be a bit too much. The lanes are small for people to walk on but every now and then a bike or tuk-tuk will venture in these lanes and then you will hear people vent their anger. The market area has a lot of shops in the lanes selling sareers, fabrics, stationery, decorations, appliances, hardware, jewelry and food!
The buzzing streets crowded with people, bordered with the saree shops on each side, rickshaws on the roads, shopkeepers insisting you to buy some stuff describe Chandni Chowk the best. People often say that the real Old Delhi is situated in Chandni Chowk. It's the heart of Old Delhi. Foodies can go to 'paraanthey waali gali', which is a famous place, to enjoy different kinds of delicious paraantheys.
Street Photography at Chandni Chowk After the breakfast i decided to go to Chandni Chowk for doing some street photography as I had to submit my entry for the Street Photography Competition organized by my college . When it came to street photography , I could not think of any other place but Chandni Chowk( The so called old Delhi) . Me and my friend were totally unaware of the so many streets of this place but still we started walking down the streets in search of some good photographs. Chandni Chowk actually makes you believe that you have gone back in time. We walked for some 40 minutes taking photographs and then realized that somehow we have come near the entrance of the Jama Masjid. I wanted to see Jama Masjid(the biggest mosque of Delhi) from so long but was never able to and today unknowingly I was standing in front of it. So I guess this was the surprise of the day. Then after my close inspection of the whole masjid from outside( As of course girls are not allowed to go inside) we took a rikshaw to go to Nayi Sadhak as my friend had to buy some books . There at Nayi Sadhak I discovered books at so much lower cost than the market price, so even I bought some novels. Now the warning is : that roaming around chandnichowk can make you really tired as it is really crowded and packed, but can surely give it's visitors a totally different taste of Delhi.
The road trip commenced from Chandni Chowk Road, which is the center for shopping for all shopaholics along with the delicious food and street chat. We hired a Innova car and it was the beginning of one of the most exciting trip at around 2 in the afternoon.
Remember the lines from the movie Kabhi khushi kabhi ghum," Chandu ke chacha ne Chandu ki chachi ko Chandni raat mein Chandni Chowk mein chandi ke chamche se chutney chatayi"....Speaking these lines without fumbling was a matter of achievement then. Chnadni choek is in Old Delhi, where you find everything moving on the streets, be it the cars, scooters, hand pulled carts, animals creating buzz and chaos. There are ample of shopping markets and bazaars where electronic items , clothes and jewelleries can be purchased at a lower price. Even the food here taste worthy.
1. Chandni Chowk: An old and traditional market in Delhi, bustling with life – merchants unloading goods early in the morning, endless famous eating joints, lanes sprawling with people buying silver, clothing, books and knick knacks. Consider this a one stop food expedition and try out chaat and dahi bhallas at Natraj, snacks at Samosa and Jalebi Wala, Gali Parathe Wali for fried parathas and savour authentic delicacies like kachori, poori-bhaji, motichoor laddoos, rabri falooda and more at this street packed with eateries. Non-veg lovers don’t forget Karim’s at Delhi’s busiest marketplace. Not just food, but lanes dedicated to hardware, art and craft, jewellery, wedding cards etc. are found here and it is the best place for wholesale buying, while retaining the charm of Old Delhi.
One of the most popular markets in Delhi, Chandni Chowk is especially famous for wedding clothes.
Usually known for its distinct flavours of food.
The most contrasting scene in comparison to the streets of well-planned New Delhi is this main street of Old Delhi. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewellery, fabric, and electronics. It is also an excellent venue to sample Delhi’s exemplary street food. The street food of chandni chowk is worth trying.
I have been in Delhi for almost two decades now, but, never really got a chance to explore the city much beyond the usual places you are mandated to go, I mean school, college, work and some relatives. When I came across the page of SpinMonkey on facebook, there was an urge to really know more about the city, the places I had just heard about and never really gotten the time to explore. We never usually have time, things just keep accumulating to the “to-do list” and Anchit’s SpinMonkey helped me tick one of the to-do items from my list. I started off thinking “how will I manage to cycle so much?” and to my surprise it was easy, really easy. The way the entire tour has been designed has taken into consideration ample amount of rest and cycling such that one doesn’t feel exhausted after it. It leaves you with a huge grin on your face that you explored so much along with a fitness activity. Being in Delhi for so long, this was one of my best experiences of the city, it is absolutely safe to say that “it is must do for every new person in the city and the people who are tourists to the city”. It is an experience that stays with you and longs you for more.I started off my tour of Old Delhi, our very own “Delhi-6”. The lanes of the flower market which left me blooming with the fragrance they left to the lanes of “khari-bawli” which made me realize what we really mean my Indian spices. The heritage that we have been carrying with us, the Red Fort, Jain Temple being a house for birds, Sheeshganj Gurudwara, Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri, every religion in one lane is amusing. Chandni Chowk to Civil Lines being one pincode came to me as a startling reality. Oh and how can I forget the food, the mouthwatering food at old Delhi left me yearning for more. The entire experience of such beauty is best enjoyed when you’re cycling around the city. The experience of fresh air, the flowers blooming, the incense sticks offered at the sacred places, and of course the food could never be experienced any other way but the cycle. I have become a regular with them which had to happen, because the escapade is unmatchable. It is an absolute must for each one reading this to try!
Your trip to Delhi isn't complete without taking a food tour in Chandni Chowk and various places in old and New Delhi.Indulge your taste buds with diversity of street food in Delhi.From mouth watering kachoris,Afghani momos,faluda and kulfi in desserts,hot jalebis for the sweet tooth,spicy chaats and the rich north Indian food.A must visit place for all the food enthusiasts and shopaholics. As I entered the busy chaotic narrow lanes of old Delhi,Chandni Chowk I could see numerous wires hanging across,cycle rickshaw wallah's just rushing and making their way in the narrow lanes.Street food vendors serving you with some amazing food served and garnished with traditions,recipes which is passed from generations.It just inspires one to be a shutterbug capturing the various sights.
This time, I along with my friend Prashant aka prashu ???? was very yearning from inside to visit Chandni Chowk of Old Delhi on the auspicious day of Dussehra. So we did not waste time on thinking whether to go or not to one of the most rush places in Delhi and we boarded in a metro from Noida to Chandni Chowk metro station, it hardly took 45 min to reach our destination.
If you have a wedding to organise or attend anywhere on earth, the Chandni Chowk cloth market is where you go to buy everything from cloth pieces to readymade garments. The Indian attire sold here is cheap and trendy, and the friendly shopkeepers are a bonus.
Cameras and everything related
If you are looking for the perfect camera for your travel endeavours, Kucha Chaudhary Market or simply Chandni Chowk's Photo Market is the be-all and end-all of all your camera and equipment needs.
2. Red Fort, Gurudwara Sis ganj, Gauri-Shankar Mandi and Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir.Chandni Chowk has the roots of India’s culture and the essence of what is known today as the Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb. The area is an excellent example of religious harmony. It is one of the most popular places in Delhi for food lovers.
Delhi 6 or let me just call it Chandni chowk. It is possibly the busiest and most lively market in the whole Delhi. From parantha wali gali to marriage outfits, this place holds it all. The whole shoot of the movie 'Delhi-6' took place here, and if you have watched the movie you definitely know happening the place is.
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.
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251 Kms from Delhi
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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.
189 Kms from Delhi
Best time to visit - January,February,March,November,December
Home to the grandiose Taj Mahal, Agra’s city echoes of its bygone Mughal era days. Located in Uttar Pradesh, tourists from across the world flock to Agra all year round. Boasting of three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Agra Fort in the city,the white marble architectural wonder of the Taj Mahal and the nearby Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is also dotted with numerous tombs and buildings that have been left behind by the Mughal empire. Agra’s tourism can also be credited to its sweeping gardens of Soami Bagh, Ram Bagh and the most beautiful of them all, Mehtab Bagh. Agra city is also swarmed by a multitude of temples that add to Agra’s vibrant character. The Balkeshwar and Kailash temple on Yamuna’s banks worship Lord Shiva, while the Mankameshwar Temple is loved by the locals for it mellifluous aarti. And while you are in Agra, you should definitely incorporate Sikandra in your itinerary. Akbar’s tomb, or Sikandra lies north to the city, and takes about thirty minutes from Agra. Itmad-Ud-Daulah's Tomb, fondly referred to as the Baby Taj is another must visit. Read More
Start your trip in Agra by visiting the Taj Mahal. An ivory-white marble mausoleum, a symbol of love and commitment, Taj Mahal is also one of the seven wonders of the world. Also check out Fatehpur Sikri, located at an hour's drive away from Agra and the Agra Fort.
Day 13We reached Agra in morning and checked in Big Brothers hostel, A very cheap AC paying guest facility with free breakfast.We Started our day with the Taj Mahal. Both of us had thought of Taj Mahal few times before, but never had the chance. Then to went to Agra Fort, then by afternoon had lunch and returned to hostel.
If you haven't seen this wonder of the world despite living in India. Stop thinking to tour the world and come right here. I am talking non other than but a wonder of world - Taj Mahal. And where is it? Agra ! No word can describe the beauty of our Taj until you see it. The lovely city of Agra where lies the beauty is itself a lovely place.Agra is almost 235 km from Delhi and reaching there isn't a tough job, no matter where you come from. Agra being a popular city can be easily reached by various trains and buses from different states. The bus stop is 13Km away from Taj Mahal. Railway station is pretty close to Taj Mahal at around 6-7Km. For people travelling from a near by place like Delhi can take their own car which would take just 4 hours via the Yamuna Expressway.
we had lunch in between in a Highway Hotel, which was an average Food, then started and reached Agra.
8. Wonder awaits you at AgraThe most wondrous of the seven wonders, Taj Mahal can be your call for a sweet weekend getaway. A train from Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra is a joyride for less than 3 hours. Spend, spend, spend and act touristy as you get clicked holding the Taj dome, dance around Mehtab Bagh and visit the Agra Fort. Your minimum travelling expenses leave you with a heavy pocket to enjoy a grand Mughlai lunch. Frequent trains to Agra are always available, which make it the best budget place to visit near Delhi.
Here are some interesting facts about the fort, which I recently visited with my parents and our guide was highly helpful in making us go through the history of the fort and its facts and figures.1. The strategic location of the fort was of vital importance to every dynasty that decided to take control of Agra. It was Babur, who first captured the city and built the fort. After he lost his battle with Sher Shah Suri, the fort was taken over by the Suri dynasty who ruled till 1555 AD and finally was taken back by Akbar and he made it redesigned using red sandstone. So in a period reigning from 1526 to 1556, three dynasties took control of the fort.2. Most part of the fort is made of red sandstone. It was Akbar who had a fantasy for red walls and architectures made of sandstone. He brought some 4000 plus premium sandstone from the quarries spread across northern India to build the fort as he wanted.3. Upon entering the fort from the southern gate, visitors can see a 60-degree inclined walkway to move up to the main complex of the fort. However, it was made 60 degrees inclined so that during the siege the enemy elephants and horses can’t climb with great efficiency. Moreover, super heated oil used to be poured down so that the entrance gets jammed. This indicated brilliant usage of science and architecture of those times.
Just back from a solo tour, all tanned! & the tan keeps reminding me of the magnificence of the tour the knowledge i gathered and people i metOn the very first day I started my journey with a cup of tea on the roof of my hotel enjoying the glittering Taj
Majesty of TajIt wouldn't be incorrect to say that it's only the grandeur of the Taj Mahal–a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World–that draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame.
271 Kms from Delhi
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Simla is the capital and the largest city of the northern India state of Himachal Pradesh, Dharamsala being the other capital. Shimla is also a district which is bounded by Mandi and Kullu in the north, Kinnaur in the east, the state of Uttarakhand in the south-east, and Solan and Sirmaur. Sitting majestically above the lush plains, the British designated the town as the summer capital of India. The higher terrains of the town reflect this British connection, embodied by its buildings, built in the Victorian style, while the lower slopes are occupied with Indian bazaars and restaurants. The nearest broad gauge head is at Kalka - a four- to seven-hour journey from Delhi. After that, take the mountain train from Kalka to Shimla. This railway track has recently been granted the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read More
#coffeewithtripotoShimla (or Simla, as it was called by the British during the days of the Raj), once affectionately known as Chhota Vilayat or Little England. Today, is popular with the tourists for its historical buildings and monuments.The history of shimla is it`s biggest asset, helping it fetch endless numbers of tourists from all over the country and worldwide. Shimla was officially founded in 1864 and was built on top of seven hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill.Shimla was a paradise where most of the British officers and guests spent their summers, away from scorching sun in plains.It didn’t take much time before Shimla or Simla was declared centre of British colonial rule.The British were so charmed that they planned and built Shimla meticulously and adored it with historic buildings made in British architecture, like Town Hall, Christ Church, Gorton Castel, Viceregal Lodge (now Indian Institute of Advance Studies), the Willow Bank and so on.In 1906, to make Shimla easily accessible, British built what is known as an engineering marvel in the world- Kalka-Shimla Railway track, which consist of 102 tunnels (originally 107) and 806 bridges. It was also called the “British Jewel of the Orient”. The track was declared UNESCO world heritage site in 2008.Present day administration of Shimla is still scavenging on the infrastructure British had built. The government could not add much as marvellous as these structures.Now, Shimla is a congested and crowded place like other cities. Leaking sewerage and water supply pipes, garbage either spread all over Shimla city or being burnt in open, wrecked roads and blocked, stinking drains, deforestation for over-construction of luxury apartments, resorts or commercial buildings etc. have become trademarks of it.But, you can seek some relief by time travelling into imperial Shimla. And one such place to do so in the lovely Aira Holme Estate, situated in close proximity to the strawberry hill.The house is said to be build by the Britishers and their influence can be easily spotted the moment you step in.and a link to reach the place is as folllow:https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/19002767?checkin=&checkout=&guests=1&adults=1&children=0&infants=0&location=shimla&s=tSNl0-xRDisclaimer:I am in no way rewarded to promote this place, i just happened to stay there and had a wonderful experience hence wanted to share it here.I feel lucky to have come across this place. i was awestruck the moment i walked into this this beautiful house and fell in love with its authenticity.The house is decorated very tastefully while maintaining its original historical charm. Its has a vintage glamour to itself.There is a huge and bright and colourful living area when you first walk in ,which is full of light and a lovely place to just sit and look at the rain or sunset, or to just catch up on some reading while you sip on some coffee.The bedrooms are classy and in sync with the tone of the house. I fell in love with the age old working fire place in the rooms, would love to visit the place in winter time and spend a night sleeping on a mattress on the floor curled up in a blanket in the warmth of the burning wood.The whole vibe of the house makes you feel as if you have travelled back in the time to the colonial age of wooden houses with attics. In fact the house is claimed to have been build 150 years ago. I personally have a thing for beautiful creations of both man and mother nature,so this house gave me just about everything that i was looking for, from the vintage decors to the beautiful lush green surroundings, the sound of monkeys running on the rooftops, one of the best sunset views in the entire shimla and much more. All that while being in such a close proximity to the city and all the facilities and yet successfully delivering the feeling of seclusion and solitude that we all so often desire on our vacations.
Day 2Shimla to Manali (250 kms)Good roads, serpentine curves, ethnic dhabas alongside roads and the enchanting beauty of the mountains give you the thrills as you ride through them. The tranquillity of the mountains just mesmerises you.
(1st Jan, 2017) : We got ready to head to our last and final destination, where we would spend the remaining days of the trip. My birthday was on the 2nd and what a better place to spend it in.I would not mention the bus ride this time. I think by this time, it had become routine. By the time we reached Shimla, the sun had set and we were getting ready to feel at home. The details of our accommodation are as follows:Accommodation: Hotel Chaman Palace (far from being a palace) https://www.hotelchamanpalaceshimla.com/Type – DescentFood – It is better to eat out, lot of places to explore.These few days were about exploring the best places to eat. Because that is all we did. I will be listing the best places to eat in order of quality.• Embassy Shimla – One of the best places to go to, if you are a fan of cakes. You’ll be relishing on some lip-smacking home-made cakes. The bakery-cum restaurant is managed sole by the members of the family; A mom – who bakes, A son – who manages the finances and is the face of the bakery and a father – who cooks and serves you at the restaurant. It will be a sin if you are in Shimla and do not try it. Please do go!
Our early morning bus moves on quaintly through the Shimla hills. The mood within the bus appears full of fatigue, with heads bobbing sideways rather than remaining straight upright. The conductor is sharp though, his hair has been well oiled, wearing a blue uniform and a navy blue scarf. It is not even 6 in the morning, but it is fairly bright, lifting the green hills around us. After getting some rest, the journey today has so much more optimism, conscious of the fact that we have survived our first day.The bus skips through the mountains, and with the morning progressing, more locals start boarding, dressed in woolen jackets and Pahari topis, bringing more liveliness with their friendly banter. The women were very fair with glowing red cheeks, but also possessed a slight gruffness in their manner of speaking. This is daily commute for most of them, heading towards apple orchards or fruit markets, which are dominant in this part of India. The apple trees that we see on the slopes have a covering of white nets to protect the small cherry-shaped young apples from hail, and possibly birds. I am told that these orchards are highly profitable - most money during demonetization in Himachal was collected not from the cities but from towns higher up, surrounding these apple orchards.
sitting on the lap of mighty himalayan range, Shimla is a well known destination of northern India. It is easily accessible from national capital region and hence rest of India. It was the summer capital of british emperors which is quite easily visible in architecture at each and every corner of this hill city. Capital city of northern Indian state Himachal Pradesh, is a popular summer destination., however hills unveil different colors during different seasons. I visited the place in summer when it was crowded, hot and looked more brown than white or green. On the other hand in February, hills became animated. It was covered with sheets of snow, roads were deserted and air was mist and cold. It was an entirely different place, which was more themed and composed.
Day 2 (Shimla- Peo)•Got little confused on places to visit next. Decided to do “Shimla darshan” for the day and figure out the bus timings and best route meanwhile.•Visited the infamous Mall Road and did a small trek to Jakhu Temple with a huge Lord Hanuman's sculpture. On the way down, visited Christ Church and Kali Bari Temple. Trust me, we are not that much of god-believing persons, but Shimla didn’t have much to offer in terms of travel.•Being a tea lover, “Pahadi Chai” at “Café Under Tree” at the mountain top compensated for lack of travelling spots.•Went to “Central Perk” café (rings a bell?) super-excitedly, however, the excitement was short lived on finding out that “Central Perk” was just in the name, but nowhere in its theme. However, the food and service was good.•Took HP Ordinary bus to Reckong Peo. The Last Seats. Hell of a bumpy ride it was. Immediate fall in temperature after 5-6 hours of travel forced us to add layers of clothes on us. Two narrow bridges on the way made the journey far more exciting (as we survived :P).
Day 1 (Delhi to Simla)•AC Semi-Sleeper Volvo from Delhi to Simla. Kirti and I had a good chase for the bus (thanks to my laziness) and as usual, Chitraj was there for the rescue, holding the bus for us, updating us with smallest of its movement till the time we finally jumped our way into the bus.•Just 2 lines of a novel were sufficient for one of us to doze-off ;)•Had home-made food on the way•Reached Shimla New ISBT. Went to Old ISBT, as next day had to catch a bus from there to Peo•Started with hotel hunting and came across all the weird hotels, with shady appearance and surroundings. Finally, with much of uphill and downhill workout, found a decent last minute deal on goibibo for Hotel Sita Palace on Mall Road. A nice place but with weird water timings.
Begin your day with a stroll down the mall.The most visited and admired place is the Mall Road, the Ridge and the Christ Church which are all located in the vicinity. Though they offer a great view from the edges at all the times, it is recommended to spend sometime in the morning when it's less crowded and rather refreshing. It will help you in experiencing the prolific view from the ridge as the day begins.Take a guided tour in the splendid Viceregal Lodge
we had so much fun. we walked on the rail gauge. Shimla is famous for its Toy train. The Kalka-Shimla Railway is a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway in North India traveling along a mostly mountainous route from Kalka to Shimla. (Source: Wiki)
Shimla was built on top of a total of seven different hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill. The highest point in Shimla is the Jakhoo hill, which is at a height of 2,454 metres (8,051 ft). Being the summer capital of British India, Shimla has some of the finest architectural heritage bestowed to it, and of course add to it the various splendors of nature, forests, waterfalls and glades.Our walk begins in the morning from The Christ church on the ridge and gradually progresses westwards, first towards The Gaiety Theatre and after the scandal point towards Bantony hill whose top is adorned by the Bantony castle built in 1880, while its lower slope houses the Catholic church. A little further ahead are the Grand hotel and the Kali Bari temple. Our walk continues past more architectural heritage structures like the unique railway board building, Gorton castle as we reach Inverarm hill which houses the State museum and a little ahead is the Observatory hill with the Viceregal Lodge, which housed the Viceroy in British times and now is established as The Indian institute of Advanced studies. Our walk finishes here.Distance 5kmsShimla Heritage Walk (Full Day) Shimla was built on top of a total of seven different hills namely: Inverarm Hill, Observatory Hill, Prospect Hill, Summer Hill, Bantony Hill, Elysium Hill and Jakhoo Hill. The highest point in Shimla is the Jakhoo hill, which is at a height of 2,454 metres (8,051 ft). Being the summer capital of British India, Shimla has some of the finest architectural heritage bestowed to it, and of course add to it the various splendors of nature, forests, waterfalls and glades.Our walk begins in the morning from The Christ church on the ridge and gradually progresses westwards, first towards The Gaiety Theatre and after the scandal point towards Bantony hill whose top is adorned by the Bantony castle built in 1880, while its lower slope houses the Catholic church. A little further ahead are the Grand hotel and the Kali Bari temple. Our walk continues past more architectural heritage structures like the unique railway board building, Gorton castle as we reach Inverarm hill which houses the State museum and a little ahead is the Observatory hill with the Viceregal Lodge, which housed the Viceroy in British times and now is established as The Indian institute of Advanced studies. Our first half of the walk finishes here.Enjoy some tea and snacks at Viceregal lodge café and thereafter continue your walk through a thickly forested path to Summerhill which houses the Himachal University. We board our vehicle here and driving through meandering roads head for the Prospect hill, adorned with the temple of Kamna Devi on the top. After spending a while indulging in some Photography we board the vehicles again, and driving through Boileauganj, Cart road we make a dash for Annadale and visit the Army museum. Backtrack on the same road we drive through Victory tunnel and past Elesium hill which has The Auckland house school we reach Sanjauli from we drive uphill to Jakhoo hill which has a Hanuman temple dedicated to it at the top. From here we will descend, walking back to the ridge. Our walk finishes here.Distance Walking 7kms, Vehicle 30kmsTHE CATCHMENT SANCTUARY WALKCharabara in Shimla is surrounded on three sides by the magnificent Shimla Water Catchment Sanctuary, a 125 year old sanctuary that was established by the British as a reserved forest. The sanctuary was the initial source of water for Shimla, the water pumped to Shimla town through a series of steam pumps, reputed to be the first of their kind in the country. Today this pristine and undisturbed forest stretches across an area of 12 square kilometres and is considered by many as one of the wealthiest storehouses of Himalayan flora. This extremely dense forest is also the habitat for a vast variety of fauna, the most prominent being the Leopard. Although a sighting of this extremely human-shy and nocturnal animal is very rare, regular reports of droppings prove the existence of a large population within the sanctuary. The Himalayan Black Bear and the Brown Bear, Barking Deer, Goral, Jackal, Indian Red Fox, Striped Hyena and the Yellow-Throated Martin are some of the species of wildlife that thrive in the undisturbed forests of the sanctuary. A wide variety of bird and pheasant species can also be spotted in the lower altitude belts of the sanctuary, some of the more prominent ones being the Cheer, Koklas and Khaleej pheasants, the Himalayan Pied Woodpecker, the Great Himalayan Barbet and some sparklingly colorful minivets. A bifurcation penetrates deep into the sanctuary along a prominent ridgeline. Descend down to the Seyog Forest Rest House, a hundred year old lathe and plaster (Dhajji) structure located in the midst of this silent forest. The narrow trail undulates for an hour or more through one of the best-preserved forests in Asia. Cedars, Firs, Pines and Oaks jostle each other for space and the canopy-density at places prevents even the sunlight from peeping through to the forest floor. Droppings and pugmarks of the fauna are regular sightings along this trail and if ones luck holds out, a perky Barking Deer too might flash past in gay abandon. As one would guess, this is an excellent site for some bird-watching too.Our walk starts in the morning at 9:30 when our expert picks you up from your hotel and we drive to Dhalli, and further up to Charabara. A bifurcation penetrates deep into the sanctuary along a prominent ridgeline. Descend down to the Seyog Forest Rest House, a hundred year old lathe and plaster (Dhajji) structure located in the midst of this silent forest. The narrow trail undulates for an hour or more through one of the best-preserved forests in Asia. Cedars, Firs, Pines and Oaks jostle each other for space and the canopy-density at places prevents even the sunlight from peeping through to the forest floor. Droppings and pugmarks of the fauna are regular sightings along this trail and if ones luck holds out, a perky Barking Deer too might flash past in gay abandon. A well-deserved picnic lunch (be sure not to litter) at the ancient rest house can be followed by a stroll down to the man-made reservoir that collects water from across the sanctuary before supplying it to Shimla town. As one would guess, this is an excellent site for some bird-watching too. Our walk continues deeper into the sanctuary through a network of trails and we end it just short of Kufri at around 2:00PM.Drive back to hotel.Distance Walking 9kms, Vehicle 30kmsTHE SHALI TIBBA HIKEThe Shali Tibba (2867m) is the highest peak in the vicinity of Shimla. It is a magnificent isolated pinnacle with a Kali temple on the top. The ascent up to Shali is an ancient trail through dense pine forests and rolling alpine pastures. It is a steep and steady climb to the often mist enveloped peak. The peak commands an unforgettable view of endless snow covered ranges along with the Sutlej valley and the densely forested hills of Shimla, Fagu and Narkanda. For the avid photographer and nature lover, this one-day trek offers the experience of a lifetime.DETAILED ITINERARY:1) SHIMLA (2205 m)- MASHOBRA - KHATNOL (1850 m)...45 km.Depart Shimla at 6 A.M. by jeep. Breakfast at Mashobra, noted for its apple Orchards and thick woods of oak and pine. Proceed via Baldhea along a fascinating dirt track to Gulshaini, a tiny hamlet (1250 m) situated at the base of the peak. From Gulshaini it is a steady climb along a rough road till Khatnol, an isolated village perched amidst rolling fields. Here we park the jeep to start the ascent.2) KHATNOL - SHALI TIBBA (2867m)...5 km.Halt at the Khatnol Forest Rest House for a well-deserved break along with a sumptuous lunch. Begin the climb to Shali after a short rest. The landscape changes dramatically as we follow the ancient trail towards the peak. It is a three-hour climb at a leisurely pace with ample time to stand and stare at the surrounding magnificence and the imposing peak looming ahead. The final climb is a tough one and is amply rewarded by the breathtaking view from the top.3) SHALI TIBBA - KHATNOL - SHIMLAAfter a visit to the historic temple and a frenzied session of photography, we start the surprisingly quick descent down to Khatnol. One is back in the jeep by sunset to start the drive back to Shimla. Reach Shimla by late evening for a well-deserved and satisfying sleep with the memories of climbing the highest peak of the Shimla hills.Distance Walking 10kms, Vehicle 100kmsTHE MASHOBRA to SIPUR HIKEEarly morning drive from Shimla to the picturesque Mashobra valley which is mirrored by the tall Shali Peak (3200m). The route holds thick woods where practically every tree of the region grows - Himalayan Cedar (the almost legendary ‘Deodar’), Spruce, Oak, Rhododendron, Horse-Chestnut, Birch and Pine. Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides - the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. Through the year, flitting butterflies stab quick flashes of color. The trail crosses picture-perfect hamlets where the word ‘time’ seems to mean only the seasons and the passing years - and where life has followed a steady pace for centuries. Trace fast flowing streams, cross a ‘sacred grove’ whose majestic trees have stood undisturbed for centuries, watch village craftsmen at work, listen to legends that seem as old as the hills - and in a single day, take a lifetime’s memory of some of the marvels that the lower Himalayas hold.Through woods of Himalayan Cedar and Spruce, the path to Seepur takes a steady dip down the valley. Past fields and orchards and wood and slate houses one arrives at the glade of Seepur - which the vicerene Lady Lytton called a “tea-cup shaped valley” and was popular for midnight picnics in the days of the Raj. Several slim streams fed by fresh-water springs nurture the soft grass of Seepur. The glade is held sacred to the local deity, Seep who ‘visits’ the spot at select times of year. Shaded by colossal Cedars, a delightful little temple built in the local style with stone and wood, rests on an edge. Smaller shrines merging with the woods are also there. This is the site of an annual fair held over the second weekend of April - and is a time for local matchmaking.From Seepur the decline eases out to the tiny village of Shali, which holds a dozen charmingly rustic structures - and is probably named in honour of the facing peak. Here, the hike-path that snakes along the hill holds a bifurcation, and along a mild incline the route takes a right. This also marks the end of the descent. The view on the facing hill has terraced fields and age-old villages. Along the narrow path, the only sounds one is likely to hear are of one’s own breathing and the crunch of boots over scattered cones. The silence only punctuated by the song of a Himalayan Thrush or Barbet.After Shali comes the home of the deity Seep at Deothi. Local legend has it that the deity was brought with the erstwhile rulers of the Koti state - in whose former territories the hike lies - when they migrated here from Kutlehar, which lies north-west. The temple was first established in the village of Nehra. This tract was then ruled by mavis, local strongmen who wished to share in the worship of Seep. When this was refused, the mavis started desecrating the temple. ‘Speaking’ through his worshippers, Seep declared that he wanted to move from Nehra and a day would come when a long line of ants would march through the village and where they finally circled a mound, was where he wished to reside. The ants came and circled a mound in what is now the village of Deothi - and where Seep was ceremoniously installed. The identity of this local deity has steadily been merged with that of Lord Shiva, the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Styled as a tall gabled mushroom and belonging to an architectural genre unique to this part of the world, Seep’s temple rests at the edge of a small spur and is surrounded by other structures that ‘belong’ to him - a storehouse, a pavilion and a room for folk musicians.Cameo appearances of pomegranate trees and tumbling streams that come close to becoming waterfalls, fresh water springs embellished with utilitarian stonework and a little bridge mark the passage to Mulkoti. Walls of shale and quartzite, now reduced to rubble, hold the remains of the little fort of the Raja of Koti where, centuries ago, the Koti rulers first established themselves. Today only the wooden gate and its brass knockers evoke the memory of their stay. The temple harks back to those days and is held in veneration as the seat of several local deities.Half an hour’s climb from Mulkoti lies the village of Kanda and past this the path crosses the hamlets of Kanda, Ghayabo and Kaneer. The stretch is through terraced fields of assorted vegetables, corn and wheat. Blossom draped or fruit-laden orchards of apples, plums, apricots and peaches offset the fields. Every turn of the track exposes a fresh vista of the valley and the evergreen woods.The lunch stop is at Kanda, where one can take some time to see some local craftsmanship - and even supplement the meal with fresh fruits and salads selected from the fields and orchards.After Kaneer begins the sharp hour-long ascent to the century-old ‘Dak bungalow’, a rest house for travellers. The forests become more primeval and the Deodars, ferns and lichens seem to hold their secrets closer. With luck on ones side, one may encounter pheasants and several other birds and even deer, martens and flying squirrels. The area also has leopards, bears and snakes - but the possibility of sighting one is remote.The vehicle will be waiting to return one to the comfort of ones Hotel.Distance Walking 12kms,THE RETREAT HIKEThe hike begins from Charabara and ascends to the helipad located on an adjacent hillock. The initial path till the helipad is along a tarmac road that winds past the Punjab Raj Bhavan, a vestige from the days when Shimla was also the summer capital of Punjab. From the helipad, that commands a 360-degree view of Shimla and the Himalayan ranges, a footpath penetrates the surrounding forests and descends on to the Old Hindustan-Tibet Road, completed in 1853 by enterprising British engineers as an access route to Tibet. A short stroll along this ancient road, lined by apple orchards on one side, culminates at the school for handicapped children, a landmark from where the loop back towards the hotel begins. Here, in season, one can indulge in a frenzied apple-picking session that the various apple trees growing wild all around the school offer. The trail continues along a vintage cart track that once belonged to the Commissioner for the Hill States, a British officer whose residence was converted into the Presidential Retreat, the traditional summer vacation destination of the President of India. The path meanders till the Presidential Retreat through dense Oak groves that shade a rich undergrowth of ferns and a plethora of wild flowers. From the Retreat, a tarmac road leading back to Wildflower Hall offers magnificent views of the eternal snow-capped Great Himalayan Range and the Shali peak.Distance Walking 6kmsCYCLING THROUGH MASHOBRA AND RAFTING IN CHABBAShimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets; make cycling in Shimla an unforgettable experience. Our one day adventure here is our testimony to this sweet route comprising the best of activities in Shimla.The adventure further continues after cycling when we go Rafting on the Sutlej, the fastest flowing river in India.Our expert meets you at your hotel in the morning at 8:00AM and we drive to Mashobra.1. MASHOBRA to CHABBA (32kms)The route holds thick woods where practically every tree of the region grows - Himalayan Cedar (the almost legendary ‘Deodar’), Spruce, Oak, Rhododendron, Horse-Chestnut, Birch and Pine. Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides - the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. Through the year, flitting butterflies stab quick flashes of color. The trail crosses picture-perfect hamlets where the word ‘time’ seems to mean only the seasons and the passing years - and where life has followed a steady pace for centuries. Trace fast flowing streams, cross a ‘sacred grove’ whose majestic trees have stood undisturbed for centuries, watch village craftsmen at work, listen to legends that seem as old as the hills - and in a single day, take a lifetime’s memory of some of the marvels that the lower Himalayas hold. We cycle past Mashobra and descend 16 kms to Thaila and a further 6km to Gumma, a thrilling 22kms downhill ride, thereafrer the road flattens out till basantpur 7kms and we descend again to Chabba. We finish the ride here.2. RAFTING SHORT STRETCH LOTI to CHABBA (Ideal for first timers, families. 7kms-45 minutes)After the ride finishes at Chabba we are transported to Loti on the Sutlej to indulge in Rafting. This is the small stretch ideal for beginners and families, of around 45mins. We finish the rafting and drive back to the hotel.3. RAFTING LONG STRETCH MALGI to CHABBA (Ideal for enthusiasts, 25kms-2.5 hrs)After the ride finishes at Chabba we are transported to Malgi on the Sutlej to indulge in Rafting. This is the long stretch ideal enthusiasts, of around 2.5hrs. We finish the rafting and drive back to the hotel and reach by early evening.Distance Cycling 32kms, Vehicle 140kmsCYCLING THROUGH MASHOBRA AND CRAIGNANOShimla with its network of natural trails is a cyclist’s delight. Cycling through forests and small villages and quaint hamlets; make cycling in Shimla an unforgettable experience. Our day adventure here takes us past Shimla’s stunning mountainscapes and some heritage trails.Our expert meets you at 8:00AM at your hotel and we drive to Kufri at 2400mts affording a wide open vista of the Himalayas. Kufri is also a famous winter destination for skiing. Our ride begins here on national highway 22, on which we ride for about 4kms, before descending on an offroad to join the Mashobra Baikhalty road 6kms downhill. The trail flattens out here and we are riding in a wonderful forest where you would only hear the chirping of the birds and swish of your tyres and the screech of your brakes. Past the villages of Dak Bungalow, Purani Koti, Mashobra is 14kms from here. We reach Mashobra bazaar and start ascending towards Craignano, past the estate of the erstwhile Faridkot royalty and first we reach Talai, an open meadow amidst a thick cedar forest. We savour on our picnic hamper here and continue the ride further past Craignano and the horticulture centre which is worth a visit. Descend to Koti and take the woody trail to Baldeyan, continuing further to reach the Golf course at Naldehra, Asia’s highest and one of India’s oldest Golf courses. The place is so enchanting that Lord Curzon gave his daughter Alexandra “Naldehra” as her middle name. We feast ourselves to snacks at the HPTDC run café here and finish the ride. If one is up for it, we would prod you on to ride back to Shimla.Distance Cycling 42kmsTHE HATU PEAK HIKE IN NARKANDAThe Hatu peak is the highest peak in the 2 hour vicinity of Shimla perched at 3100mts. Between January and mid April each year the peak is out of bounds because of the blanket of heavy snow it receives. A 7kms narrow Jeep road, meandering through the forest brings us to the top; from Narkanda, the gateway to the apple country of Himachal.Our hiking adventure today will find us driving to Narkanda early morning at 7:00AM and arriving in Narkanda at nearly 9:00 AM. After breakfast we will drive a short while from where the road narrows down and begin our hike through the thick forest. The beginning is a well defined trail and we are ascending through thick foliage, and spruce and cedar pine. Depending on the time of year, a variety of wildflowers grace the hillsides - the rhododendrons flower a dark red in spring, summer has banks of roses, daises and buttercups, the monsoons speckle the luxuriant grass with lilies-of-the-valley and peonies. Through the year, flitting butterflies stab quick flashes of color. After an hour of walking we reach out to an open meadow of Jhamunda, from where the climb steepens. There is no marked trail on this stretch so trust your field expert and take his towline. These thick forests are infested with Himalayan black bears. Another two hours later we are at Hatu top. Muse around and treat yourself to the scenic grandeur of the Himalayas a grand 360degrees view, stretching as far as the Sutlej valley below and the Uttarakhand Himalayas to the east. Seek blessings at the Hateshwari temple, the local deity, to whom a temple is dedicated here. Walk further to the meadows at Jaubagh and walk back to drive down the road to the junction. Instead of heading to Narkanda we proceed to the small lake of Tani Jubbar. Musings thereafter we drive back to Shimla.Distance Walking 12kmsCYCLING TO CHAIL – THE ROYALTY OF THE PATIALA KINGDOMChail at 2400mts, a notch above Shimla in elevation, was established by The Maharaja of Patiala during the British times, to teach the British a lesson after he was banned from visiting Shimla. So the Maharaj took to building his palace in Chail, slightly above Shimla to look down upon the British. The palace built in about 200 acres has sprawling lawns and is now a heritage hotel. Chail also boasts of the highest cricket ground in the world. In terms of flora and fauna, Chail has much to offer, extremely dense forest, the habitat for a vast variety of fauna, the most prominent being the Leopard. Although a sighting of this extremely human-shy and nocturnal animal is very rare, regular reports of droppings prove the existence of a large population within the sanctuary. The Himalayan Black Bear and the Brown Bear, Barking Deer, Goral, Jackal, Indian Red Fox, Striped Hyena and the Yellow-Throated Martin are some of the species of wildlife that thrive in the undisturbed forests of the sanctuary. A wide variety of bird and pheasant species can also be spotted in the lower altitude belts of the sanctuary, some of the more prominent ones being the Cheer, Koklas and Khaleej pheasants, the Himalayan Pied Woodpecker, the Great Himalayan Barbet and some sparklingly colorful minivets.Our ride will begin early with our expert meeting you at the hotel at 8:00AM. We drive to Kufri 14kms, from where we begin our ride. Riding a downhill first thing in the morning can be a thrilling experience; as you will find out. From here we follow the connecting road to Mundaghat, a small village on the main Kufri – Chail road; it is here we turn right, following the Bridle path, a small diversion from Mundaghat. Riding on the dirt track through a middle of an oak and pine forest can be a rewarding experience. The ride brings us to the village of Koti, known for its modern tourist resorts, from where Chail is another one hour ride on the Mountain bikes. We go around Chail for a short trip and thereafter sample the lunch waiting for us at the Palace Hotel. Some musings and thereafter we resume our ride on the excellent road with great views bringing us to janedghat from where a winding downhill of 27kms will bring us to Ashwani khud where we finish the ride. Back in the vehicles we drive uphill to Camp redwoods for tea and snacks, before heading back to the hotel.Distance Cycling 62kmsTHE ANANDPUR SADHUPUL CYCLINGShimla built on seven hills, is well connected with a good network of roads. In fact through these seven hills are roads at different elevations; connecting various parts of the hill town. So if there is Mall road on the top, there is lover bazaar below it and then the cart road followed by the recently done Shimla bypass and then the latest which was converted from a bridle path to a road The Mehli to Shoghi byepass road. Our ride today explores the lesser known Shimla through this erstwhile bridle path, cycle through a thick forest, through an exhilarating downhill, challenge us to a grueling uphill and then finish the ride amidst some water revelry at Sadhupul.Our expert meets you at your hotel at 8:00 AM and we drive via the Shimla byepass road to Mehli. This is where we unload the bikes from the support vehicle and start our ride. The first 7 kms are a breeze of good downhill riding, followed by a medium grade uphill of 4 kms, approaching Tara Devi temple. Another seven kms and we enter a forest and ride through the off-road trail to hit the bottom at Ashwini khud after 7kms. This is followed by a grueling climb of 3kms, from where we descend to Sadhupul at 9kms. Once at Sadhupul we enjoy our lunch by the riverside and thereafter drive back to Shimla via Kandaghat.Distance Cycling 42kms
234 Kms from Delhi
Best time to visit - August,September,October,November
Chandigarh is India's first planned city, quite distinct from the rest of the country and considerably better organized. It is the capital of both Haryana and Punjab, but the city itself is not part of either state, being a union territory, i.e. administered directly by the central government. It was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. Chandigarh has various visitor attractions including theme gardens within the city. Some notable sites are Sukhna Lake, Rock Garden, Rose Garden, Parrot Bird Sanctuary Chandigarh, and Leisure Valley. Chandigarh as a perfect city with regards to its cultural growth, modernisation and architecture. Rose Garden is home to over 1,500 varieties of rose and the Garden of Fragrance is perfect for those mind-refreshing walks. Chandigarh has a bustling food scene, home to every cuisine you can think of right from Mediterranean (Kelong, Virgin Courtyard) to Thai (Tao- Bar & Lounge). Some popular places for Punjabi dishes are Punjab Grill and Sher-e-Punjab. Chandigarh is also close to many hill stations such as Solan, Kasauli, Shoghi and Naldehra.Read More
So now, after dragging through Manali City till Mandi, we had light Dinner at around Midnight at a Dhaba of Day 8-Day 9, our Driver Virendra took some "Herbal Medicine" to stay awake all night so that he can drive, the reason we were going to Chandigarh was Virendra had to go to his home town in Jalandhar and Chandigarh would come in between so that is why, and then we marched there in our 4x4 Toyota Innova with speed not less than eighty at any point of time, in five hours we covered three hundred and fifty Kilometers and we were at Chandigarh, it was 6'O clock in the morning, we thanked Virendra for the awesome driving and his time, bid farewell to him, we weren't sleepy at all as we did slept for four hours in the cab, so we all decided to take a bus back to Delhi then and there, the ticket was of five-hundred and fifty rupees, and again in next four hours in the afternoon when we were in Delhi, we all were feeling the heat, we all were tanned, we all were full of contentment and emotions, we all smiled at each other saying this is not the end, we are again having this kind of adventure, and we four parted in our ways. it was heart throbbing. Finally i got back home Late Afternoon. :)
The A/C buses were all filled up for the night journey to Dharamshala from Chandigarh days before the trip. Fortunately we got the Non A/c Himachal roadways bus 11 pm time only because Pallav took a journey to the bus stand in the afternoon.Anyways we were off a company of six knowing so little about each other( two of them I had met just twice to discuss some things about the trip, one of them I had interacted with a little bit in the last year or so-tagged him along knowing he is a superlative trekker and he was showing enthusiasm to go on a trek, one of them I just met on the day-a friend of Pallav from school.We stopped in the middle of the night for the bus's arbitrary one stop and we didn't see Vishal(the superlative trekker) anymore that night. He had apparently taken the Volvo to Dharamshala. (one seat vacated)
Original postIt is 7 PM of a hazy Chandigarh evening. We have missed the last bus to Reckong Peo. Earlier, when we set out from Mumbai, the bus to Peo was the only part of our itinerary that we were sure of. Now, it felt like a round one knockout punch. The bus terminal meanwhile is frenetic, conductors are calling out loudly, empty buses roll in and leave the stand - overflowing with humans and all kinds of luggage. The confused noises and metallic smells are unmistakable.Meanwhile, I ask at the counter " Peo ke liye aur koi bus milegi? "" Nahi ji, subeh 4 baje ki sawari hai. Lekin 8 baje Rampur ke liye ek bus nikalti hai. Ya fir aap Shimla chale jao, 7:30 ki bus se "We stand besides the counter and implore - should we stay back in Chandigarh and wait till dawn? Or do we get started with our adventure and let the road take over our fates? On a trip, I always preferred getting on with it, not break the momentum, as if the greed of exploring took over, instinctively provoking me to wander off in search of new lands. And so I ask Swanand, my younger cousin and partner on this trip, to book two tickets to Shimla. It may happen that we will end up in Shimla, in dead of the night, looking out for a lodge to crash - but we shall manage. I feel bad for Swanand though, and a little concerned too for subjecting him to this ill planned itinerary in our first trip together.The evening sky glows in a shade of magenta. The pink light bounces off the concrete structure - making everything appear very beautiful. The dim yellows inside the bus provide a soothing contrast to the colours outside. The bus has now begun cruising along the streets of Chandigarh, passing through the towns of Panchkula, Pinjore and Kalka. It is all uphill now. We start to leave the plains behind heading towards the lights that we can see at the top, higher up in the hills. I can feel my excitement - the trip has finally begun, slowly entering into the realm of the Himalayan kingdom. But with this excitement is also a tinge of nervousness, because, unlike any other trips I have done before, there's no one waiting for us at the end of the road.We arrive in Shimla by 12:30 in the night, much like two stranded souls waiting to be pounced upon by the predator guides of the night, looking to make a quick buck. They offer us free rides to hotels nearby, in an Alto which clearly has seen better days. We go up, then come down swirling crazily, the driver knows the lanes and gullies at the back of his hand. Even the basic rooms shown were far too expensive. Perhaps, it was the commission of all the touts in between that drove the prices through the roof. At the end though, we give in, no point in finding a room that was cheaper, if we do not get a chance to sleep at all.-
The route from Delhi to Chandigarh was not new to us (Me and my best man ;)), as we had traveled a couple of times earlier on the same roads. The bus took us nearly 6 hours to reach Chandigarh, as we got stuck on the roads during the wee hours. It was 1130 IST we reached Chandigarh.TIP: If going by this itinerary, make sure to board a bus from Delhi late night to avoid the wee hours traffic.We had already made our bookings with Awerides, a bike rental service located in Chandigarh Sector 42. Royal Enfield, Classic 350 it was! One of the most comfortable bikes to ride on the mountains (That's what he says ;))
This small compact neat and clean union territory is shared by both Punjab and Haryana as their capital. Surrounded by lakes,gardens and greenery all around, this city was one of the early planned cities in post-independence India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design.You can start your day with a sunrise by the Sukhna Lake followed by a visit to the Rock Garden and Parrot Sanctuary and Rose Garden. End it leisurely at the Leisure Valley.Sukhna Lake: Its a 3 km rain-fed lake with a seasonal stream coming down from the Shivalik Hills.It is the venue for many festive celebrations with the Mango Festival held during the monsoons being the most popular one.
3-4 mths of research for planning a budgeted trip to Ladakh. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of a friend and owner of Skyriders Adventure. One can contact him on this number for any trip to the Himalayan range, Atul Jaiswal-9855085962. I will also like to add-on the cost reduced as we were 9 people.The journey started from Chandigarh. Mumbai to Chandigarh flight in the evening, touched down at 6.30 pm . As booked 3 mths prior it costed us Rs 6000. The same evening 10.30 pm HSRTC bus to Manali. Costing somewhere around Rs 800-900. The best mode of transport via roadways from Chandigarh.
“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” ― Susan Cain.May be I was in search of the right lighting too. Amidst the chaos and hustle of everyday life. Jobs, studies, bills, loans, peer pressure- you just feel exhausted and suffocated. This, exactly is the time to DISCONNECT with everyone else and re-connect with your self. Perhaps, I decided to ring people who really are important to me and escape. I am a solo traveler but I have learned a big lesson in life while escaping alone- to appreciate the beautiful people in life. This was the time I wanted to elope with my BEST people. We took a night bus from Chandigarh around 11pm and reached Dharamshala at 6am next morning.
We took a flight from Mumbai to Chandigarh and then boarded a bus from Chandigarh at 10.00 pm which dropped us to Manali at 7.00 am. We stayed at Manali for one day and visited local tourist attractions like Hadimba temple, Beas river, Buddhist Monastery.
204 Kms from Delhi
Best time to visit - March,April,May,October,November
Dehradun is the capital city of Uttarakhand, a state in the northern part of India. Located in the Garhwal region, Dehradun is in the Doon Valley perched the foothills of the Himalayas. Nestled between the river Ganges on the east and the river Yamuna on the west, it is well-connected and in proximity to the Himalayan tourist destinations of Mussoorie, Auli and the Hindu holy cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh along with the Himalayan pilgrimage circuit of Chota Char Dham. Dehradun is the base camp for undertaking trekking expeditions in the Garhwal Himalayas. High-quality trekking gear like rucksacks, gloves, boots, tents, etc can be bought from shops in the thriving Moti bazaar. All items are mostly made locally and the shops also supply material to the Indian army that has its primary training center in Dehradun. The city is a haven for foodies as Dehradun offers a lot of variety and affordability in its cuisine. Restaurants and cafes such as Doon Darbar, renowned for delectable Mughlai dishes. Dehradun tourism has also gained importance because of the trekking activities which are carried out in the Garhwal Himalayan range. Read More
262 Kms from Delhi
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.
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