Prince of Wales Museum

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Also known as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the museum is one of the most popular places to see in Mumbai. Prince of Wales Museum was built in the early 20th century and showcases several collections of ancient artworks, sculptures and artifacts in its galleries. Regular exhibitions and lectures on several topics are held inside here. The museum is done in Indi-Saracenic style of architecture and is bordered by lavish green gardens. There are three different parts of the museums: Natural history section, Archaeology section and Art section where innumerable forms of art and artifacts from India, Tibet, Nepal and other far eastern countries are preserved. Also, there are collection of 2000 rare miniature paintings from several art schools in India; decorative artworks made from wood, metal, jade and ivory; rare archeological artifacts dating back to the Indus Valley civilization in the 2000 B.C can be seen in the museum. Remnants from the Mauryan as well as Gupta periods are displayed in the museum. There is a section in the museum that includes a collection of reptiles, mammals, amphibians, birds and fishes. On the other hand, another section in the museum displays Indian arms and armor, weapons, swords, shields. The museum has a section comprised of European oil paintings as well.

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.

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.

Dachigam National Park

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

The name Dachigam translates to 10 hamlets that fall under its wide area of 141 sq. km. Some 22 km from the Srinagar main town lies Dachigam National Park a perfect sojourn to explore the best of conserved wildlife in the Kashmir valley. One of the most important Srinagar sightseeing places, Dachigam is known as popular dwelling spot of Kashmiri Stag and Himalayan black bear among other species of flora and fauna.

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.

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

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.