SAROJINI MARKET

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Delhi offers many places for inexpensive but quality shopping. Sarojini Nagar Market might just top that list. It is one of the most popular markets especially for clothes, footwear and accessories. One might simply describe it as a teengirl s shopping paradise. Closest metro station- INA

LAJPAT NAGAR MARKET

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Set your budget and go crazy shopping for ethnic wear. You get great salvar kameez, sarees, kurtas and kolhapuri chappals in this market. Lajpat market momos are extremely popular so if you re fond of street food, don t miss them. Closest metro station- Lajpat Nagar (Violet Line)

NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART (NGMA)

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Tip Buy picture post cards and souvenirs at affordable prices from the Museum shop.

GARDEN OF FIVE SENSES

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

This garden is a treat to the eyes. It has 25 sculptures and murals on display and walkways surrounded by flowering and fragrant shrubs and trees. There is also a food and shopping court in the garden where you can enjoy a good meal while a light breeze awakens your senses. The garden is spotted as one of the most romantic places in Delhi. Closest metro station- Saket (Yellow Line)

Banganga Tank

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Banganga Tank is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Mumbai. It forms a part of Walkeshwar temple complex in Malabar Hill. As the water in the tank is regarded as the subsidiary of Holy Ganges, it is considered sacred and is believed to have healing powers. The tank is visited by thousands who wish to take a dip in the holy water and offer flowers at the Banganga Temple.

crawford hall X`X`

  •   Mysore , Karnataka, India

Description

Standing amidst sprawling grounds, Crawford Hall is now better known as the Mysore University Vice Chancellor s office. The majestic vintage 1947 building has imposing Corinthian columns, intricate mouldings and a large picture of Goddess Saraswati in plaster relief (the goddess of learning), which is an apt setting for an office associated with education. It is flanked at two levels by balustrades and pierced parapets in addition to twin Tuscan columns and Roman arches. The building s majesty stems partly from the rolling grounds in front and wide approach roads. The building was donated to the university by the Mysore maharaja.

Essel World

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Reckoned to be one of the first amusement parks in India, Essel world in Mumbai is a place for everyone. Situated in the Gorai Island, Essel World is one of the biggest amusement parks with its colossal infrastructure and several exciting dry and wet rides. The park remains open all year round and fun activities that can be enjoyed here include ice skating, dancing and bowling. The park has several rides that cater to all age groups and also there are avenues for shopping and food courts for people looking for a holistic experience.

Jaigarh Fort

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Overlooking the Amber Fort and Maota Lake , the Jaigarh Fort stands tall atop the Cheel Ka Teela hill in the Aravali range. Built in the 18th century by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II as a shield to protect Amber Fort and Jaipur city from attack of invaders, the magnificent structure of the fort boasts of the opulence of the Rajput rulers. Owing to the fact that the fort never witnessed any defeat, it also came to be called as the Fort of Victory . It is interesting to note that the temples, water reservoirs, and residential complexes inside the fort are still intact and well-preserved. Spread across 3 km. in length and 1 km. in width, the fort was connected to the Amber Fort through secret passages and served as the place to store ammunitions and armoury required for the wars. World s biggest cannon, the Jaivana Cannon is still housed in the fort complex and many tourists flock to the fort to just have a glimpse of it. This fort is also believed to have served as a treasury to the Kachchwaha rulers and many controversies are related to the seizure of a huge treasure buried under the fort by the Rajasthan Government. One of the best sightseeing places in Jaipur, a visit to this grand fort cannot be missed during your family vacation in this historic city.

DILLI HAAT

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

This place is a walking tour of Indian culture. Shop for all the ethnic wear you wish, overload your bags with beautiful pieces of handicraft or just enjoy the weather while having a badam kulfi. There are food stalls dishing out scrumptious delicacies of different states of India. If you make an unplanned trip to Dilli Haat you might bump into a fancy exhibition or a dance/music performance. Closest metro station INA (Yellow line)

Gateway of India

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Gateway of India is the major landmark of Mumbai City. Built in the 20th Century to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Mumbai. Located at the tip of Apollo Bunder, the gateway overlooks the Mumbai harbour that is bordered by Arabian Sea in the Colaba district. Gateway of India is constituted of a large arch, with a height of 26m and is done in Indo-Saracenic style. However, if one looks closely, traces of Muslim architectural styles can also be seen in the edifice. Another important attraction in Mumbai, Elephant Caves are located close to the Gateway of India, and tourists can travel on motor boats to reach there. Also, Taj Mahal Hotel, which is India s most prestigious and luxurious hotel is situated close to the Gateway of India. Therefore along with visiting Gateway of India, one can catch up on two other important tourist attractions in Mumbai.

Nigeen Lake

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

Carrying the oldest legacy of Kashmir, of being a popular location to enjoy a Shikhara ride or a houseboat stay, Nigeen is certainly a hot favorite place. The beautiful lake destination in Kashmir features some of the topmost houseboats in Srinagar and offers a range of romantic activities, especially for honeymooners. Historical structures and natural escapades around the lake put it atop the list of most important things to do in Kashmir.

Aguada beach

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

While Fort Aguada is known to soothe your eyes with delightful views of Aguada beach, it allures the travellers with pristine landscape and the background of ancient citadels. The beach is famous amongst honeymooners.

colourful Bazaars

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

No trip is complete without indulging in the local shopping experience. The statement holds absolutely true for the vibrant city of Jaipur where your feet automatically starts heading towards its bustling local bazaars. Johri Bazaar is a shopper s delight where you can continuously go on shopping for the ethnic ornamental silver, gold and gemstone jewellery of Rajasthan. Gopalji ka Rasta is a narrow street in the Johri Bazaar famous for its jewellery adorned with meenakari work. Don t forget to drop by at the famous Laxmi Mishthan Bhandar to give yourself some rest and to relish on the famous Kachoris of Jaipur. If you are looking for traditional Jaipuri quilts, bed spreads and cushion covers with popular Sanganeri prints, Bapu Bazaar is the best area to explore. Tripolia Bazaar is another great market that specializes in brassware, lac bangles, bandhni tie-n-dye fabrics, rugs and carpets. For a wide variety of Marble handicraft items, head towards the Chandpol Bazaar . Traditional Jaipuri Jootis await you at the Nehru Bazaar bustling with its wide collection of colourful mojris. The list of local bazaars in Jaipur is endless and you can go on shopping till you actually drop.

LODHI GARDEN

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Here s a great place for morning walks and family picnics! Lodhi Garden is spread over an area of about 90 acres, it has 5 beautiful architectural works of 15th century- Mohammed Shah s Tomb, Sikander Lodi s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad. You can soak up some sun with your family over a game of charades and some yummy sandwiches. Closest metro station(s) Jor Bagh (Yellow Line)/ JLN Stadium (Violet Line)

Bom Jesus Basilica , One of the oldest Churches in India

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

One of the world famous tourist places in Goa is the Bom Jesus Basilica. Characterized by Baroque architecture and fine detailing, carved from basalt embellishments, it is one of the richest facades in Goa

INDIA GATE

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Everyone knows of the glorious India Gate! Round the year one can see people picnicking or just enjoying a nice walk around the area. There are beautiful fountains around to make the area nice and cozy. If you happen to come around the October-November period do sign up for the Airtel Half Marathon; an early morning run at Raj Path is bound to stay etched in your memory. Closest metro station- Central Secretariat (Yellow line)

Marine Drive

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Known as Marine Drive, this tourist spot has also been called Sonapur by the locals of the city. Marine Drive is a 3km long stretch that links Nariman Point to Babulnath, and is situated at the foot of Malabar Hill. Large crowds of people come to this place to stride along the walkway and to view the setting sun at dusk.Marine Drive is also referred to as Queen s necklace , because the street lights make the road look like a string of pearls and create an illusion of a necklace, when viewed at night from an elevated point. Towards the northern end of Marine Drive lies one of the oldest beaches in Mumbai, Chowpatty Beach, which is famous for its bazaars and fast food and snacks such as Bhel Puri, Paav Bhaji, etc.

Kamla Nehru Park

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Situated at Malabar Hill, Kamla Nehru Park is named after the wife of first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. The park is spread in an area of about 4,000 square feet and provides a great sight of Chowpatty Beach and also Marine Drive (Queen s Necklace). Kamala Nehru Park has widespread verdant green surroundings. It is one among the most commonly visited places by children in Mumbai. The park has a diverse range of flowers and is famous for a unique structure, called the Old Woman s Shoe or Boot House, that majorly attracts kids.

Amer Fort

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Located in Amer town, at a distance of 11 km. from Jaipur, the Amer Fort is one of the most impressive forts of Rajasthan and is visited by an umpteen number of tourists every year. Overlooking the beautiful Maota Lake, the fort is a masterpiece of the Rajputana architecture. Built by Raja Man Singh I in 16th century, the fort is a brilliant specimen boasting of a unique blend of Hindu and Rajput elements. Be it the ornamented pillars and delicate mosaic work of the Diwaan-e-Khaas , splendid ivory and sandalwood work of the Sukh Niwas , elegant frescoes and fascinating latticed work of the Ganesh Pol or a spell binding work of glass in the Sheesh Mahal Amer Fort is incomparable as far as the artistic skills of the artisans and designers of the Rajput era are concerned. Besides the artistic brilliance, the fort also offers you breath-taking views of the surrounding hills and cities. Many famous Bollywood movies such as Mughal-e-Azam , Jodha Akbar and Veer have been shot at this enchanting fort. A tourist guide is a must to get an in-depth knowledge of the fort s minutest details. A visit to the Amer Fort is incomplete without an elephant ride that is a unique experience in itself. Make sure to reach the fort early in the morning as the rides are available only in mornings to protect these creatures from harsh sun during the noon time.

Royal Orchid Metropole

  •   Mysore , Karnataka, India

Description

Not completely visible at first on the long JLB Road, Royal Orchid Metropole is nevertheless one of the famous landmarks in Mysore. Partly shielded by high walls and foliage, this stark white building manages to take your breath away. A heritage building going back to the last century was built to house the British guests of the maharaja. This two-storeyed building has verandahs, arched doorways, pillars and a courtyard filled with greenery. The walls and nooks are all filled with antiques and memorabilia of the royal past. The building was converted into a hotel and was state-run for a few years before being privatised. It is currently a heritage hotel run by the Baljee Group.

Mehtab Bagh

  •   Agra , Uttar Pradesh, India

Description

Constructed just opposite the Taj Mahal, Mehtab bagh is a char-bagh (four garden) complex that is considered the ultimate viewing point of the magnificent marble mausoleum. The garden is open from sunrise to sunset and is considered a photographer s haven because it is the point from where you can take some unique photographs of the Taj with a gorgeous backdrop.

Mapusa Market

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Mapusa is one of the many famous shopping destinations in Goa. Just outside Mapusa Municipal Market, you will find an array of stalls enticing you with local goods got by farmers and small entrepreneurs across the state You can shop for several artifacts, clothes, accessories, souvenirs and much more at the market.

Butterfly beach, The secluded, stoned beach

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

This beautiful Butterfly beach situated towards the north of the Palolem beach. It is very suitable for those seeking peace and isolation and is one of the quietest and unexplored beaches in Goa. The Butterfly beach is surrounded by a lot of rocks. One can enjoy the thrilling ride by the paddle boat towards the beach and also see some dolphins on the way.

Agra Fort

  •   Agra , Uttar Pradesh, India

Description

As you enter and start to cross courtyard after courtyard, you realize that Agra has one of the finest Mughal forts in India. This red sandstone and marble architecture exudes power and grandiosity. Agra fort was primarily begun by Emperor Akber in 1565 as a military structure and was later transformed into a palace by his grandson Emperor Shah Jahan. Some of the most iconic structures in Mughal history are still a part of this fort, such as Shish Mahal (Mirror Palace), Diwan-e-aam (Hall of general audience) and Diwan-e-khaas (Hall of private audiences). The Amar Singh gate, which was originally built to confuse attackers with its dogleg design, is now the sole point of entry to the fort.

Chatpal

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

Till date, Kashmir has managed to retain its rustic charm. And there s so much to explore in the valley that even the most avid travelers haven t seen all of it. In the list of hidden Srinagar tourist places is Chatpal in the Shangas district of South Kashmir. Located 88 km from Srinagar, this spellbinding place is the popular turf for nature enthusiasts. With verdant peaks, and gushing river streams cutting through the impregnable woods, there s nothing more enchanting you d find in the city.

Hawa Mahal

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

One of the most prominent landmarks of the pink city, Hawa Mahal is located very near to the City Palace . Rajput customs used to be very stringent for the royal ladies in the past. Ladies were bound by a strict Purdah System and were not allowed to go in public and interact with strangers. In order to enable ladies of the royal family observe the day to day life and carnivals celebrated in the streets of the city, without being seen by the common man, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, in the year 1799 gave the orders to construct this special monument. Constructed with red and pink sandstone and symbolizing the shape of Lord Krishna s crown, Hawa Mahal is an architectural masterpiece with over 900 intricately carved Jharokhas or small windows. These Jharokhas are designed in such a way that they allow proper ventilation of the air in the palace, keeping it cool and airy even during peak summers. Brilliant design of this palace makes it one of the Must-Visit tourist attractions in Jaipur. When visiting this monument, make sure to go up to the topmost floor that offers panoramic views of the Jaipur city with City Palace at one end and Siredeori Bazaar at the other end.

Awantipora

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

30 km from Srinagar, Awantipora is one of the popular tourist places in Srinagar that must not be missed! The place is famed as the erstwhile capital city of Avantipora during ancient days. The ruins also showcase the fine architecture and art during good old days! Lalitaditya was the ruler who got the temple constructed that now stands in ruins. It is a popular historical site in Awantipora and one of the best places to visit in Srinagar.

Walk of Stars

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

The Walk of the Stars is a section of the Bandstand Promenade in Bandra, Mumbai that is built to honour the Bollywood film stars similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The path features about six statues of famous Bollywood actors as well as about 100 brass plates embossed with the handprints and signatures of other Bollywood stars. The walk is 2km long and is definitely a place to visit if you are a Bollywood movies lover.

Veermata Jijabai Udyan

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Formerly known as Rani Bagh and Victoria Gardens , Veermata Jijabai Udyan is located in Byculla, which by the way isin the heart of Mumbai. The garden is also considered to be one of the oldest zoos of India. Another major attraction of this garden is the Bhau Daji Lad Museum, which is located in the same premises with the purpose of enhancing industrial as well as agricultural interests. There is an ancient statue of an elephant near the museum, which is believed to have been found at the Elephanta Caves. The garden is spread over 48 acres and also has a clock tower located near the entrance.

INDIA HABITAT CENTRE

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

This place gives you a little bit of everything. An open air complex with huge solar panels on the roof, art exhibits in the galleries, yummy foods from the street of India and a good old American breakfast of bacon and eggs. Ever since 2011, the Delhi Photo Festival is held here. Closest metro station(s) Jor Bagh (Yellow line)/ JLN stadium (Violet Line)

Victoria Terminus

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), this Victorian Gothic style edifice is situated in the heart of Mumbai City. Just like the Gateway of India, CST is an important landmark of Mumbai. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004, Victoria Terminus was built in 1888 and till today stand as one of the best examples of Gothic style architecture in India. It is also one of the busiest railway station in Mumbai.

Kanheri Caves

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Nestled in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali, the Kanheri Caves also known as the lungs of Mumbai is amongst the best places to see during your holiday in the city. It is saide to be the only place in the city with the maximum amount of greenery and consequently, a lot of fresh air. Kanheri Caves premises offers a pleasant escape from the pollution and the bustling city life. The caves date back to 1st century BC and are reckoned to be one of the oldest caves in India. Kanheri Caves are renowned for their natural Basalt formations, ancient Indian styled architecture and the 109 special entrances to the caves. These caves were once a distinctive Buddhist institution for congregational worship, study and meditation.

PRAG MAHAL IN BHUJ

  •   Kutch , Gujarat, India

Description

Prag mahal is 19th century palace which is located in bhuj. Construction of prag mahal took almost 14 years. In 1865 construction was started by Rao pragmalji 2 (bija) and it was completed in 1879. Construction of prag mahal is done in Italian style and in this construction many Italians are involved. Total cost of construction of prag mahal is 3 million rupees. Prag mahal is attraction of bhuj city and number of tourists come here to see the beauty of prag mahal.

LOTUS TEMPLE

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

The Lotus Temple or the Bah House of Worship is an architectural masterpiece which will make you want to go wow but wait, you can t say that aloud! Well, when inside the temple, you have to maintain silence! There are no sermons or ritualistic activities practised, one can just sit in peace and pray to their respective gods. Closest metro station- Nehru Place (Violet Line) Tip Lotus Temple organizes daily shows to educate people about Bah faith. Add that to your list.

PURANA QILA AND NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

When you visit Purana Qila, don t forget to walk upto the National Zoological Park or Delhi Zoo. It is spread over an area of 176-acre and is very (read veryyyy) crowded on weekends. If you like long walks this place is perfect for it. Walk around enjoying the funny activities of hippos and the hysterical laughs of the hyaenas. You can also rent a battery-operated vehicle at the zoo to take a tour. Closest metro station- Pragati Maidan (Blue Line)

Taj Mahal

  •   Agra , Uttar Pradesh, India

Description

People from all around the world may not have heard of Agra, but everyone knows the beautiful ivory white-marble mausoleum, Taj Mahal, as the icon of love. This wonder of the world is the perfect example of the intricacy and brilliance of Persian and Mughal architecture. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Today, the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it continues to hold the same magical appeal, attracting approximately eight million tourists a year. Viewing of the Taj Mahal is usually from sunrise to sunset, except Fridays. Night viewing of the Taj Mahal is only allowed on five nights of the month: the night of the full moon and two days before and after.

Global Vipassana Pagoda

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Global Vipassana Pagoda is a large meditation complex and memorial in Mumbai. It was built to honour Lord Buddha. Completed in 2008, this sacred edifice is counted amongst the biggest stone monuments across the Asiatic continent and houses the sacred bone relics of Gautam Buddha in the main dome. Another prominent highlight of this shrine is that it comprises the largest pillar-less dome in the world and surpasses Bijapur s Gol Gumbaz in terms of size. Global Vipassana Pagoda mesmerises visitors with its architecture. It has a towering height of about 325 feet and the large meditation hall at the centre of this domed structure has an impressive seating capacity of 8000 people. Main attractions of this complex include the intricately carved Myanmar Gate and a giant marble statue of Buddha. The Bell Tower and its mirror image, Gong Tower depict Burmese architecture and add mote to the architectural charm of the shrine.

Taj Nature Walk

  •   Agra , Uttar Pradesh, India

Description

Offering a different, more relaxing side to Agra, Taj Nature walk is located just 500 meters away from the eastern gate of Taj Mahal. This is a place where you can walk around and enjoy some quiet time, especially during the winters. It is also quite famous for offering a view of the Taj from various angles, especially four main points from where you can see the Taj Mahal in the background. As you stroll around the park, beautiful birds, such as peacocks and hoopoes, can also be seen.

Jal Mahal

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Also known as the Water Palace , Jal Mahal is situated right in the heart of the Man Sagar Lake , flanked by the majestic Nahargarh Hills. Unique location and charming beauty of the palace makes it one of the best photographic sites in Jaipur. Originally, believed to be built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh some 300 years back, as a lodge for his duck hunting parties, the palace was renovated by his son later on to beautify its exteriors with courtyards and gardens built in typical Mughal style. Tourists can book boat rides to visit the palace; only the terrace garden is allowed to be accessed by the visitors. Stunning views of the hills adorned with forts and temples from the terrace of the palace leaves you mesmerized for some time. If you have keen interest in bird watching, the palace gives you ample opportunities to spot flamingos and various other species of migratory birds. In the evenings, when the palace gets illuminated with thousands of flood lights reflecting on the waters of the lake, the sight really captivates your hearts and souls.

Sisodia Rani Bagh

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

This is another beautiful garden and a famous picnic spot in Jaipur. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1728 as a gift for his second wife, Sisodia Rani, the garden is a tranquil spot filled with lush green landscapes dotted with trees and flowers. The architecture of the garden reflects the Mughal style with water channels and fountains running through the garden and merging at the centre. The walls of the garden are adorned with beautiful mural paintings displaying the eternal love of Radha and Krishna. Once a retreat for the royal queen, today can be freely visited by tourists and locals alike. Magical charm of this garden never ceases to captivate the souls of its visitors. Before returning from the garden, pay a homage to Lord Vishnu, Shiva and Hanuman in the temples located nearby.

Panaji , Cruise the night away

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

The capital, another popular tourist place in Goa, lies on the southern left bank of the Mandovi River that skirts the town and makes for a beautiful setting. Panaji is best discovered on foot, as you walk in the old-world lanes, past heritage houses by the market selling an amazing range of goodies.

Elephanta Caves

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Situated at a 10 km radius from Gateway of India is one of the major tourist places in Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves. The caves are said to be one of the oldest rock cut structures in the country and is a perfect example of archaic Indian art associated to the cult of Lord Shiva. It is reckoned that the caves were adorned with sculptures between in 6th or the 8th century. The island on which the caves are built was originally known as Gharapuri and is a quiet and picturesque island with green foliage and harmless primates. The three-headed Shiva sculpture called Maheshmurti is the main attraction of this island. Apart from it the sculptures of Shiva, in the Shiva Nataraja and Ardhanarishvara forms are also worth seeing in Elephanta Caves.

RED FORT

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Adding to the list of majestic monuments in Delhi, there is Red Fort. It is also a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It served as the residence for Mughal Emperors for nearly 200 years. The surviving structures of the fort are its walls and ramparts, the main gates, the audience halls and the imperial apartments.

AGRASEN KI BAOLI

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

AGRASEN KI BAOLI Closest metro station- Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line)

Albert Hall Museum

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Acclaimed to be the oldest museum of Rajasthan, the Albert Hall Museum is located inside the Ram Niwas Garden and was opened to public in the year 1887. Foundation stone of the museum was laid in 1876 by the then Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, after whom the museum is named. Beautifully carved arches and domes of the museum constructed with pink sandstone can be noticed from even a far-off distance. A rare collection of ancient artefacts including paintings, weapons, metal and wood craft items, musical instruments, carpets, and costumes and jewellery belonging to different tribes of Rajasthan, can be seen in the museum. What interests more to visitors are the sections exhibiting Rajasthan s unique henna artwork and puppet collection. The museum is a must-visit place in Jaipur for explorers, historians and researchers studying art and culture of Rajasthan.

jaganmohan palace

  •   Mysore , Karnataka, India

Description

Nothing can ever compare to the regal Mysore Palace, but there are many other royal buildings that have played an important part in history. Chief among them is the Jaganmohan Palace, a three-storeyed building, which houses the Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery. Beautiful and ornamental in its own way, it was built in 1861 and was the venue for major social events in Mysore for some time. When the main palace, Amba Vilas Palace, was destroyed by fire in 1897, Jaganmohan Palace served as home to the royal family, till a new one was built. It has a large front yard from where one can admire the grandeur of the palace. The facade has three large openings which are separated by ornate decorative pilasters. Inside are arched balconies and stained-glass windows and ventilators. The main attraction is the hall with wooden doors on which is carved the Dashavatara (ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu).

Chand Baori

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Located at a distance of 95 km. from Jaipur, Chand Baori is a beautiful stepwell built opposite the Harshat Mata Temple in the Abhaneri village. Stepwells are an indigenous concept of India that was invented to fight the scarcity of water during drought seasons. Considered to be one of India s deepest stepwells, Chand Baori also served the same purpose of supplying water to the villagers during the dry seasons of the year. Built between 8th and 9th centuries, Chand Baori is one of the most beautiful baoris in Rajasthan with 3500 intricately carved steps arranged in a perfect geometrical symmetry. It is also one of the amazing places for photography in and around Jaipur. Often skipped on the conventional tourist map of Jaipur, this attraction is one of the rare gems of Rajasthan. If time permits, a short visit to the Chand Baori is a must during your stay in Jaipur.

Shankaracharya Temple

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

Believed to be the oldest shrine in the Kashmir valley, Shankaracharya Temple is one of the renowned Srinagar sightseeing places to catch the majestic nature at its best. It is an architectural marvel, stationed on a hill peak, 1100 feet above sea level. The view from the top is truly enchanting, especially from May to September.

Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

  •   Agra , Uttar Pradesh, India

Description

This tomb is the first to be built in white marble instead of red sandstone, which officially marked the cessation of red sandstone from Mughal architecture. Itimad-ud-Daula is sometimes referred to as the baby Taj or a draft of the Taj Mahal, as it has been constructed with the same elaborate carvings and pietra dura (cut-out stone work) inlay techniques. The tomb is surrounded by beautiful gardens that make it the perfect site to relax and experience the beauty of an old era that was rich in art, culture, and history.

RASHTRAPATI BHAWAN

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

The President s residence is one place you better not miss. The mansion is open to tourists for visit on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Mughal Gardens with two channels and energetic fountains add to the beauty of the place. They are open to the public from February- March every year. Closest metro station- Central Secretariat (Yellow Line)