AKSHARDHAM

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

This is a must-see site and should be high on your priority list. Akshardham attracts 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi (not surprising at all!). Once you enter, I bet you wouldn t want to leave. It has jaw-dropping architecture, a fascinating fountain show, an informative boat ride, a huge garden, a food court that offers scrumptious dishes and much more. Closest metro station- Akshardham (Blue Line) Tip- Try to reach early so that you can experience all activities before the complex closes if you are an art enthusiast or just like to go aww over fantastic brush strokes, you must pay a visit to this place. NGMA is one of the most serene public buildings in Delhi. Take a walk around this beautiful piece of architecture and you will not want to get back to the hustling roads of Delhi.

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.

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.

Taraporewala Aquarium

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Another great place to take your kids in Mumbai, Taraporewala Aquarium boasts of rich aquatic life. The kids can enjoy witnessing more than a hundred varieties of sea fish along with seven kinds of coral fish, octopus, shark, sea horse, moray eels, turtles and small starfish. Apart from these, products made using shells and pearls are showcased at the aquarium. Visitors can also visit the room that displays fossils, seashells and fish preserved in bottles.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Chapora Fort , A beautiful unison of the river and the sea

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Popular for its history, the Chapora Fort is one of the prime tourist attractions of Goa. In the recent years, it shot to prominence after the Bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai was shot here. Perched on a prominent position, one can get sweeping views of all directions from here.

Archives Museum , A cultural glance into Goa

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

The Museum of Goa is housed at a new building at the Patto Plaza near the ourem creek, Panaji. There are about eight thousand interesting artefacts housed in this museum, which makes this place one of the top places to see in Goa.

Bom Jesus Basilica , One of the oldest Churches in India

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

One of the world famous tourist places in Goa is the Bom Jesus Basilica. Characterized by Baroque architecture and fine detailing, carved from basalt embellishments, it is one of the richest facades in Goa

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.

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)

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

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Banganga Tank

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Banganga Tank is one of the prominent tourist attractions in Mumbai. It forms a part of Walkeshwar temple complex in Malabar Hill. As the water in the tank is regarded as the subsidiary of Holy Ganges, it is considered sacred and is believed to have healing powers. The tank is visited by thousands who wish to take a dip in the holy water and offer flowers at the Banganga Temple.

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.

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.

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.

Golconda Fort

  •   Hyderabad , Andhra Pradesh, India

Description

Golconda Fort is located in the western part of Hyderabad city and is about 9 km from the Hussain Sagar Lake. The outer fort occupies an area of three square kilometers, which is 4.8 kilometers in length. It was originally known as Mankal, and built on a hilltop in the year 1143. It was originally a mud fort under the reign of Rajah of Warangal. Later it was fortified between 14th and 17th centuries by the Bahmani Sultans and then the ruling Qutub Shahi dynasty. Golconda was the principal capital of the Qutub Shahi kings. The inner fort contains ruins of palaces, mosques and a hill top pavilion, which rises about 130 meters high and gives a bird’s eye view of other buildings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Aguada Fort , Lighthouse and a Jail

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Sightseeing in Goa is incomplete without a visit to Fort Aguada, strategically situated at the estuary of the river Mandovi. On the north side of the fort, a rampart of red-brown laterite just into the bay to form a jetty between two small sandy coves. This picturesque spot is known as Sinquerim Beach

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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).

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)

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.

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.

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.