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.

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)

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)

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.

Powai Lake

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Powai is an artificial lake situated in the Powai Valley in the northern suburbs of Mumbai which was named after Framaji Kavasji Powai Estate. This lake is one the beautiful places in the city and should not be on your visit to Mumbai. Located on the Salsette Island, next to the Powai village, Powai Lake is a calm and soothing spot where one can enjoy nature at its best. To the east of this lake is Indian Institute of Technology (IIT Mumbai) and National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE). There are also various luxurious hotels and housing complexes around the area of the lake.

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.

Chhatris of Gaitore

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Located at a distance of 15 km. from the Jaipur city centre, Gaitore is a small valley tucked away on the Jaipur-Amer road. Known to be the resting ground for the departed souls of the royal Rajput family members, this place falls slightly off the conventional tourist trail. The valley is full of grand marble and sandstone cenotaphs built on elevated platforms and decorated with intricate carvings. Each cenotaph houses a tomb of a royal king who once ruled the city of Jaipur. The quintessential amalgamation of Hindu Temple and Mughal Tomb architectures of these cenotaphs reminds us of the rich and luxurious heritage of the Kachhwaha Rajput kings. The cenotaph of the erstwhile Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II stands out of the crowd with its beautifully crafted design and patterns of peacock on the base of pure white marble. The scenic charm of the monuments get elevated with the backdrop of the Aravali hills and Nahargarh Fort. For a peaceful time away from the crowded touristy spots in Jaipur, this is an ideal place to visit for couple of hours.

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!

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).

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.

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.

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

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.

Aksa Beach

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Dotted with private cottages and hotels, Aksa Beach is a popular spot in Mumbai. Situated in Malad, the beach is a base of the Indian Navy. There is another small beach called Dana Paani, which is ideal for beach holiday in Mumbai. On Sundays and holidays, Aksa is packed with vacationing families and students. However during the week, it remains mostly silent and as well as clean. The place is ideal to sun bathe, watch sunrise and sunsets and to relax. After all there are very few place in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai where tranquility can surround one.

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.

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)

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.

Jaipur Zoo

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Located at a walking distance from the Albert Hall Museum in Jaipur, the Jaipur Zoo also known as the Zoological Garden , is a famous tourist attraction, especially amongst kids. Spread across a sprawling area of 33 acres, the Zoo was established under the rule of Maharaja Sawai Ram Singh II in 1877. Home to various species of mammals, birds and reptiles; you can spot tigers, panthers, cheetals, hyenas, spotted deer and a variety of colourful birds including white peacock, parrots, babbling lorry and other migratory birds. The crocodile breeding ground in the Zoo is one of the best in the country and is a huge crowd puller. Another interesting attraction of the Zoological Garden is its museum exhibiting the unique wildlife of Rajasthan. All in all, a great place to spend half a day amidst tranquil environs and natural greenery. Kids, nature lovers and bird watchers will definitely have a memorable time observing the animals and birds here.

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.

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)

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.

Juhu Beach

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Probably one of the most visited places in Mumbai, Juhu Beach is situated in Ville Parle. Juhu Beach comes to life mostly in the evening, when people from all walks of life visit here to enjoy sunset, play in the water and treat their taste buds with street food like Bhel Puri and Pav Bhaji.

Colaba Causeway Market

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

An ideal place for street shopping in Mumbai, Colaba Causeway Market has ion offer cheap clothes, fashionable boutiques, British era buildings and of course good food. Everything that you can name can be found in this old market in Mumbai.

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.

Betaab Valley

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

Sunny Deol starrer Bollywood flick Betaab was the inspiration behind the name of this picturesque valley located 15 km from Pahalgam in the Anantnag district. Romantic climate, breathtaking location, and dancing streams cutting through the valley make it one of the best places to visit in Srinagar. Picnic spots, shooting trees, and absolute greenery makes Betaab Valley truly an exceptional destination in Srinagar.

Mount Mary Church

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

An ancient church, built in 1640 and then rebuilt in 1761, The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is also an important religious place in Mumbai. What adds to the charm of this church even more is that it is sited on top of a hill known as Sunderban Bandra , which overlooks the mighty Arabian Sea. It is believed that the church has healing powers and for this reason, the church is often flocked by devotees. It is also said that those who sincerely pray at the Mount Mary Church often get their wishes fulfilled. The Bandra Fair or the Feast of Mount Mary is a week-long celebration held every September at the Mount Mary Church and is the best time to visit.

AGRASEN KI BAOLI

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

Hazratbal Mosque

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

Standing on the left bank of Dal Lake, Hazratbal is a popular tourist attraction in the vicinity of Srinagar town! One of the popular places to see in Srinagar, the mosque has been a bang on tourist attraction in the valley that has retained its rustic charm for almost 3 decades. The beauty sculpted out of white marbles is definitely a captivating watch around the Srinagar city. There s a lot of preservings in the mosque like the immaculate design and huge dome. Yes, Hazratbal is the only domed attraction, without visiting which no tour to Srinagar is complete.

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.

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)

VIJAY VILAS PALACE IN MANDVI

  •   Kutch , Gujarat, India

Description

It is a beautiful place in Gujarat for tourism.In today's time this palace is used for tourism and shooting for scene of Bollywood film.Shooting of Hum dil de chuke sanam was done at vijay vilas palace.Vijay vilas palace has it's private beach with great facilities.Every year lot's of people visits this palace from different different countries.As you all are know that Kutchh is famous for Historical places. Environment of That place is very Eco-friendly.People were being very happy after visiting vijay vilas palace.Currently Vijay vilas palace is added in Gujarat tourism.You can visit in some of rooms of That palace.As shown in images It is most beautiful place of kutchh.Building of that palace is very beautiful and strong.

Saturday Night Market

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

This sprawling market is located in Arpora. One can find everything in this market right from spices to jewellery, unique creations, international designers, vintage items and much more. Apart from that, it hosts live concerts. A lot of hippies frequent this market and sell goodies too. The Saturday night market has featured in Bollywood films too! It is one of the best liveliest getaways for sightseeing in Goa.

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)

City Palace

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

The City Palace is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jaipur, located in the heart of the city. Dating back to the 19th century, the palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh. Showcasing a unique combination of Rajput, Mughal and European styles of architecture with an array of courtyards, gardens and special structures built inside the palace complex, the City Palace gives you a deep insight into the excellent architectural skills of the designers and engineers of the bygone era. Many parts of the palace complex except the Chandra Mahal , have today been transformed into art galleries and museums displaying the antique collection of armours, costumes, carriages and memorabilia belonging to the erstwhile Maharajas and Maharanis; the Chandra Mahal inside the palace complex still serves as the home to the royal family of Jaipur. One of the major attractions inside the palace complex are the 4 gateways or pols each designed in a unique way symbolizing the four seasons. The beauty of these gates with intricate carvings and floral designs is a visual treat to eyes. A visit to this palace is a must during the Jaipur trip to catch a glimpse at the royal lifestyle of the past kings and queens of this historic city.

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.

Birla Mandir

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Located at the foot of the Moti Dungari hill in Jaipur, Birla Mandir is a great piece of beauty and splendour. Built by the famous industrialist family of Birlas in 1988, the name of the temple is prefixed with the word Birla . Dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu, the temple is also popularly referred to as Laxmi Narayan Temple . Alluring architecture of this magnificent temple makes it one of the most famous tourist attractions in Jaipur. Made of pure white marble, the temple walls adorn the carvings of the scenes of mythology and quotes from Gita. Main highlight of the temple is the images of Laxmi and Vishnu sculpted out of a single piece of marble. Unlike other Hindu temples, the outer walls of the Birla Mandir are decorated with images of famous personalities like Socrates, Buddha and Jesus Christ. The serenity of the place provides you with an extreme sense of peace and solace. Many devotees throng the temple throughout the year but, the crowd gets multi-fold on the occasion of Janmashtmi. Breath-taking splendour of the temple when it glows with thousands of lights in the evenings, captivates everyone with its unmatched charm.

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

NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART (NGMA)

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

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

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

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.

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.

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)