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.

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.

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)

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).

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.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Situated within Mumbai, Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) has the distinction of being a wildlife reserve in a metropolitan . The national park is spread over an area of 104 sq km, andis popular among wildlife and nature enthusiasts. It is also the most visited places in Mumbai , and get about two million people annually. The park was earlier known as Borivali National Park and was renamed in 1990 after Congress leader and late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi s son Sanjay. Ashok Van and Gaumukh are the trails commonly used by the trekkers. Whereas, the View Point trail is the most ambitious which takes you to the highest point in the park and offers a panoramic view of Mumbai and Tulsi, Vihar and Powai lakes. Barking deer, Hanuman langur and Indian flying fox, birds like jungle owlets, golden orioles among many others can be spotted here.

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.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART (NGMA)

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

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

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.