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)

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.

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.

CONNAUGHT PLACE, JANPATH AND MANDI HOUSE

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

Shop, eat, watch a movie or just laze in the Central Park; Connaught Place is the perfect location for all that. Have a milkshake in a glass bottle at Keventers or a coffee at Starbucks, pick up a sweet treat from Wengers or a burger from KFC; you have too many restaurants to choose from! Walk through the corridors of the market to find some low priced trinkets and novels. Shop for branded clothes, footwear and accessories all that in one big circular market. Get out of the inner circle to walk towards Janpath market to shop for trendy clothes, jewellery and showpieces at throwaway prices. Just a stone s throw away from CP is the cultural hub of Delhi. Mandi House has many auditoriums which host stage plays and other performances regularly. Catch a stage act at Kamani Auditorium or Sri Ram Centre of Performing Arts to get an idea of how much talent this city has to offer! Closest metro station- Rajiv Chowk (Blue Line) So you have shopped at Connaught Place and are headed home Not just yet! Make a stop at the beautiful white marble Sikh Gurudwara. The melodious chanting of hymns will transport you to a different world all together. The Sarovar which is a holy water body in the Gurudwara premises keeps it cool all year long. The Kada Prasad is too yummy, just melts in your mouth. Closest metro station(s) Rajiv Chowk/Shivaji Stadium

Nahargarh Fort

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Overlooking the city of Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort is another imposing structure of Jaipur. The scenic Aravali hills serve as a perfect backdrop for this impressive fort. The famous Masti ki Pathshala song from the Bollywood movie, Rang De Basanti , shot at a baori of this fort, has made this place even more popular amongst tourists. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century, the Nahargarh Fort along with forts of Amer and Jaigarh, served as a strong defence to the Jaipur city in the past. Major attraction inside the fort is the Madhavendra Bhavan that speaks volumes of the Rajput taste for exquisite artwork and craftsmanship. The interiors of the bhavan are beautifully decorated with murals and European stucco designs. Interestingly, the bhavan was used by Raja Sawai Madho Singh as a summer retreat for him and his 9 wives. The temple dedicated to Nahar Singh Bhomia is another interesting site to visit inside the fort complex. Splendid vistas of the Jaipur city and a mystic charm of the sunset from the terrace of the Madhavendra Bhavan; makes this fort all the more an interesting place to visit in Jaipur. The skyline above the fort revels in glory when the fort is floodlit in the night; you have to be there yourself to witness this magical scene with your own eyes.

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.

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.

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)