gun house

  •   Mysore , Karnataka, India

Description

Mysore is the kind of city where quaint and pretty buildings boast a pedigree going back to the last century. Round the corner from the palace is a bright red structure with white trimming. Called the Gun House, this building goes back more than a century and is a remnant of the city s colonial past. When built, it was gun-shed, guard and office rooms . The building is a mix of Tudor turrets and European Baroque elements. The central hall has a sloped roof with dormer windows while the front arched openings have a stonework frame done in white. Rooms flank both ends and have gabled roofs with moulded pediments.

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.

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.

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.

Siddhivinayaka Temple

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Probably one of the most beautiful temples situated in Mumbai, the Siddhivinayak temple is definitely a must see in the city. Every day, more than 20000 devotees throng the temple to offer their prayers at the temple and on Tuesday special puja and darshan takes place. Bollywood celebrities too, visit Siddhivinayak to seek blessings. When one visits this place, they can admire the temple s ancient style of architecture and its many features.

Divar Island , Untouched & unexplored

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Divar Island is still untouched by commercialization and it has retained much of its originality. This small village reprises the feeling of visiting Goan countryside. Bonderam is a much talked about festival which sees a huge influx of tourists to Divar Island.

Calangute beach , Shop till you drop

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Calangute beach in Goa is also known as the Queen of beaches. Bringing hordes of European tourist calangute beach is the haven for hippies. You can also have you full of adventure with parasailing, water-skiing, wind-surfing and dolphin trips.

TOMB OF SAFDARJANG

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

This monument was described as the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture . It was built in 1754 for statesman Safdarjung. The huge structure is surrounded by beautiful gardens of the Mughal charbagh style. You ll be certainly surprised with the silent environment here even though it is right next to the busy Lodi Road. Closest metro station- Jor bagh (Yellow line)

Arambol beach , Hippies and backpackers getaway

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

With its Bohemian atmosphere, Arambol has long been a tourist attraction in Goa for many of the long-term hippies & youthful backpackers. The relaxed environment at the Arambol beach coupled with peace and tranquility attracts many vacationers from other beaches of Goa.

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.

AGRASEN KI BAOLI

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

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

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.

Chokhi Dhani

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Located at a distance of 20 km. from Jaipur, Chokhi Dhani is an ethnic village themed resort that was established to preserve the art and ethnicity of vibrant Rajasthan. Visited by thousands of tourists every year, this is a great place to get a glimpse of true Rajasthani culture. Always beaming with an aura of festivity where you can indulge in camel and elephant rides, watch heart-rendering acrobat performances, dance with Rajasthani folk dancers, enjoy a colourful puppet show, get an insight in your future by a palm reader, try your hand at a dart game, take a romantic boat ride on the Tal Talaiya village lake or relish a sumptuous and authentic Rajasthani meal Chokhi Dhani will never leave you disappointed. For an incredible shopping experience, head to Kalagram or the Artisans Village inside the complex where you can shop for Rajasthani handicraft items, ethnic jewellery, traditional tie-n-dye fabric and much more. The Chokhi Dhani resort also offers its visitors with options to spend a night in village houses made of mud and hay, equipped with all modern amenities. A stay in these huts is a lifetime experience giving you a feel of a pure village life. With a soothing ambience, plethora of entertainment activities and mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisine, a visit to Chokhi Dhani is much recommended for every tourist in Jaipur.

QUTUB MINAR

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Qutub Minar is the 2nd tallest minar in India. It has been declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site. At the foot of the tower stands a mosque which is the first mosque built in India. It has a 7 m iron pillar in the courtyard with a fascinating saying attached to it. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled. Closest metro station- Qutub Minar (Yellow 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.

Film City

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Located near Sanjay Gandhi National Park in the vicinity of Aarey Colony in Goregaon is probably the most famous place in Mumbai. Also known as Dada Saahab Phalke Chitranagri, Film City is spread across 520 acres and is abslolutely a dream world. It is said that the place is so large that almost 1000 sets can be put simultaneously here. The main highlight of the Film City are real-like sets, which include fake lakes, fountains, mountains, gardens houses, picnic spots, cities and villages.

Anjuna Flea Market

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Apart from the famous Curlies, Anjuna flea market is amongst the most popular tourist places in Goa. The flea market is open only on Wednesdays and offers many things, right from fruits to clothes and accessories to electronic devices. It s a favourite hangout among hippies and backpackers.

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.

TUGHLAQABAD FORT

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Tughlaqabad Fort was built by the founder of the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321. It is spread across an area of 6.5 km and is near the well established residential-commercial area of Tughlaqabad. A google-search of the fort is enough incentive for you to jump on the metro and make a fun trip out of it. Don t forget to take your picnic basket, soak up some sun and enjoy the monumental beauty. Closest metro station- Tughlaqabad (Violet Line)

Rajabai Clock Tower

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Located in South Mumbai, Rajabai Clock Tower stands in Mumbai University Fort Campus located next to the High Court. The tower is modelled on the Big Ben in London and has become one of the major tourist destinations in Mumbai. The tower holds a big clock which plays melodic tunes at fixed intervals. It has many impressive features as well and has been beautifully embellished with oriental figures.

TOWN HALL

  •   Mysore , Karnataka, India

Description

A majestic and imposing edifice built of stone, Town Hall was started by Maharaja Chamarajendra Wadiyar in 1884. It is named after Chettipantam Veeravalli Rangacharlu, the first dewan of the Mysore state (the highest ranking officer after the king). The facade is dominated by four pairs of Corinthian columns and the whole set is topped by pediments with elaborate carved motifs. A distinctive feature of the pediment is the sculpture of Goddess Lakshmi flanked by a pair of elephants. The building also has beautiful arched windows while the sides are adorned with balconies set off by cast-iron parapets. The building stands amidst greenery, flowering bushes and trees. Though it originally housed offices of the city government, it currently serves as venue for public events and performances

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.

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)

Kinari Bazar

  •   Agra , Uttar Pradesh, India

Description

To experience what most of Agra felt like many years ago, Kinari Bazar is the perfect place to visit. Located in the narrow streets behind Jama Masjid, where multitudes of colorful little shops spill over, women bargain and cars dodge one another. This is the place where some of the finest jewelry in Agra, as well as fabric, clothing, shoes, authentic snack stalls, and Agra s famous marble-work can be found. It is also the go-to place for any tiny tidbits related to weddings, like beautifully crafted garlands, bridal veils, and groom turbans.

Haji Ali

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

One of the most important religious places in Mumbai. Haji Ali Dargah is truly a must-visit. The whitewashed structure is spread in an area of 4,500 meters and is flanked by marble pillars. Haji Ali is said to have miraculous powers and that whoever prays here gets his wish fulfilled. Therefore, throughout the year the place can be seen crowded by the believers. The location of this religious shrine is another highlight, this holy place for Muslim is situated in the middle of the sea and is attached to the land through a 700yard pathway that gets submerged in water during the evening high tide.

KALA DUNGAR AT KHAVDA

  •   Kutch , Gujarat, India

Description

Black hill is located in kutch near khavada.Black hill is at top of the kutch.kala dungar is the place where you can experience a great piece of your mind.It is such a beautiful place of kutch.Pakistan border is very near from kala dungar.You can see the great run of kutch from top of the black hill. There is a temple of great dattatrey god.Most of people of kutch are believes that once dattatarey god is walk on earth and stop at the kala dungar.King jacklas told to the god that he is hungray and the he offered his body to the king for eat.Even i don't know that this story is true or not but i know that there is a temple of dattatery god and people are beleives on the story. Kala dungar is a turisam and historical place of india located in kutch near bhuj.Because of it's blackness the hill is known as kala dungar for gujarati people.It is also known as black hill.

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.

Charminar, Hyderabad

  •   Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh, India

Description

Charminar is the most prominent landmark located right in the heart of Hyderabad. The monument was erected when Quli Qutb Shah shifted his capital from Golconda to Hyderabad. It got its name from its structure as it consists of four minarets. The imposing structure looks awe-inspiring during the night when it is illuminated. The life around Charminar never ceases to throb, as this part smells and feels like the real Hyderabad. The area around Charminar is popular for colourful bangles, jewellery, pearls and scrumptious dishes. The essence of Charminar lies in four things - the laid back crowds, the packed markets, the lip smacking biryani and the Irani chai!

Aru Valley

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

The actual colors of Kashmir ooze from its vast valleys. Aru Valley in the Anantnag district, around 100 km from the capital city, is one of the best Kashmir tourist spots. The Valley is the perfect place for adventure lovers and also acts as the starting point to Kolahoi Glacier and Sonamarg Trek. Pahalgam is the nearest town at a distance of 12 km from Aru Valley. The beauty of snow capped peaks, and towering pines make it one of the best places to visit in Srinagar

Baga Beach , Majestic waves, beach parties & awesome food

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Baga Beach is the centre of tourist attraction in Goa. Majestic white waves rushing to wipe out the feet imprints left by you on the white sand while the wind continues to flirt with the palm trees. Amongst all the activities, parasailing, banana boat rides and sun-basking are highly enjoyed at this beach.

PAHARGANJ

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Paharganj is the hub for cheap shopping, cheap lodging and cheap hogging. If you love leather bags and footwear, this is the place for you. You can get an amazing leather satchel for as low as Rs 200! The market is well known for silver jewellery and thrift shops. The culture of this market is quite like that of hill stations like Kasaul and the fact that you ll see quite a few foreigners at any time of the day, you might just forget that you re in Delhi. Closest metro station New Delhi (Yellow Line)

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)

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.

Worli Seaface

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Worli Seaface features scenic surroundings that are characterised by endless azure waters of the Arabian Sea and view of distant Haji Ali Dargah. It is a posh and a major residential area in South Mumbai, which is inhabited mostly by affluent people. Extending from the Worli Fort in the north to Narayan Pujari Nagar in the south, this locality is a popular place of interest in the city. Famous for experiencing giant waves during monsoon season, it attracts locals and tourists alike. Worli Sea Face features a number of significant attractions like Worli Fort, Haji Ali Dargah and Bandra-Worli Sea Link (Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link). Besides, there are a number of high-end restaurants and shopping outlets as well.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elefantastic

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

A trip to Jaipur is incomplete without taking an elephant ride. Elefantastic , situated in the Amber town, is an interesting elephant farm where you can get quite close to these mighty creatures. Run by a small family who have been into the elephant riding business since the 16th century, the elephant farm today serves as a great contributor to the wellbeing of the Indian elephants. Besides just getting the elephant rides, you can indulge in a plethora of fun activities with these trained animals. Take a ride on the back of the elephants and go for a jungle tour, indulge into a shower play with these animals, feed them with their favourite food or even paint and decorate them with natural colours; every experience is going to be fun-filling and enriching at Elefantastic. After having all the fun, relish on the lovely home-cooked Rajasthani meal at the farm.

ISKCON TEMPLE

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Your faith in God will reach new heights after you attend the Arti at the ISKCON Temple. Devotional songs play while you walk around the temple adorned with splendid portraits and idols of Lord Krishna. You will witness a calm environment with an inexplicable energy around you. Closest metro station- Nehru Place (Violet Line)

HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE AND DEER PARK

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri shout out some drunken dialogues in the Hauz Khas Fort in their movie Rockstar! The Fort overlooks a beautiful lake where you can feed adorable ducks and swans. To reach the lake, take a walk through the deer park and admire the spotted animals. While you are on the go you will come across boards which will guide you to perform fitness exercises, if you are the playful type I suggest you to follow them on the way, it makes the walk absolutely fun-tastic. The Village offers great restaurants, dive bars, clubs, and shopping boutiques. After you enjoy your calm moments at the fort you can head out to one of the popular bars and enjoy a good drink. Hauz Khas Village is for sure a mix of everything nice huh Closest metro station- Green Park (Yellow Line)

Mattupetty Dam

  •   Munnar , Kerala, India

Description

Mattupetty dam and its reservoir is located 13 km away from Munnar. This concrete gravity dam is built between the hill ranges and it is used mainly for water storage for hydroelectric projects. Its reservoir is an idyllic place to enjoy the serene nature. It is also said to be one of the waterholes where the elephants in the region often visit.

Jantar Mantar Observatory

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Jantar Mantar in Jaipur, is another most famous tourist attraction of the city. Hundreds of historians, astronomers and curious travellers visit this place to get a picture of the astronomical skills of an Indian king during an era when these scientific concepts were very new to the Indian society. Holding the status of UNESCO World Heritage site, the monument was built in 1738 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, who is believed to have a keen interest in astronomy. The monument houses a unique and impressive collection of astronomical instruments made of stone and brass based on the astronomical design principles of Hindu texts of astrology and modern science; some of the instruments are largest ever built in their particular categories. Through these instruments, which are fixed on the ground, you can observe various astronomical positions with naked eye. The Samrat Yantra in the observatory is the world s largest sundial and needs a special mention. Boasting of the brilliant architectural, astronomical and cosmological concepts of Sawai Jai Singh, the observatory is indeed an astronomical heritage of the city.

Kanak Vrindavan

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Also popularly known as the Kanak Ghati amongst the locals, Kanak Vrindavan is a beautiful garden built in a picturesque valley surrounded by the hills of the Aravali range. Located at a distance of 8 km. from Jaipur towards Amber Fort, the garden complex was built on the orders of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh, some 275 years back. Resembling the stunning beauty of Vrindavan Gardens near Mathura, Vrindavan was added to the name of this valley too and an idol of Lord Krishna was consecrated in a special complex, now called the Shri Govind Deoji Temple , inside the gardens. With lush green manicured lawns, series of fountains lined up along the pathways, statues of Lord Krishna, Radha and other gopis depicting the scenes from Krishna-Radha Raslila and intricate carvings and an excellent marble work inside the garden complex; the beauty of Kanak Vrindavan is indescribable and can surely leave you spellbound. Owing to its stupendous beauty, Kanak Vrindavan was chosen as an ideal spot for shooting of the famous Bollywood movie, Lamhe.

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.

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).

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.

Chorao Island

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Chorao Island is true to its Sanskrit name meaning Stunning Precious Stone . From being a mere settlement of Portuguese noblemen, this Goan Island has grown into a quaint place nurturing few church and aged villas. Being the Largest Island in Goa, Chorao Island surpasses 16 other islands in attracting visitors.

Wular Lake

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

Fed by river Sutlej, Wular lake is a popular tourist attraction at a distance of 65 km from Srinagar. Located in the Bandipora district, the lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia that leaves the travelers spellbound as they sail across the lake on a shikara or a boat. And the beauty is breathtaking; it couldn t get better for a nature photography enthusiast

Mughal Gardens

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

What used to be the favorite leisure activity of Mughals, (gardening) today thrives as a wonderful crown of the Kashmir Valley. Following the Persian style of architecture, the Mughal garden is a lovely tourist attraction in Kashmir. Holding Dal Lake in the background, this one of the popular Srinagar tourist places encloses beautiful moments and monuments. A UNESCO World Heritage Sit, the garden keeps flourishing with greenery and indigenous flower species and is a prime attraction close to Dal Lake.