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.

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.

Jal Mahal

  •   Jaipur , Rajasthan, India

Description

Also known as the Water Palace , Jal Mahal is situated right in the heart of the Man Sagar Lake , flanked by the majestic Nahargarh Hills. Unique location and charming beauty of the palace makes it one of the best photographic sites in Jaipur. Originally, believed to be built by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh some 300 years back, as a lodge for his duck hunting parties, the palace was renovated by his son later on to beautify its exteriors with courtyards and gardens built in typical Mughal style. Tourists can book boat rides to visit the palace; only the terrace garden is allowed to be accessed by the visitors. Stunning views of the hills adorned with forts and temples from the terrace of the palace leaves you mesmerized for some time. If you have keen interest in bird watching, the palace gives you ample opportunities to spot flamingos and various other species of migratory birds. In the evenings, when the palace gets illuminated with thousands of flood lights reflecting on the waters of the lake, the sight really captivates your hearts and souls.

Nigeen Lake

  •   Jammu , Jammu and Kashmir, India

Description

Carrying the oldest legacy of Kashmir, of being a popular location to enjoy a Shikhara ride or a houseboat stay, Nigeen is certainly a hot favorite place. The beautiful lake destination in Kashmir features some of the topmost houseboats in Srinagar and offers a range of romantic activities, especially for honeymooners. Historical structures and natural escapades around the lake put it atop the list of most important things to do in Kashmir.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

NIZAMMUDIN DARGAH AND NIZAMMUDIN KI BAOLI

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

The Dargah is one of the most sacred mausoleums in India. If you are wondering what it exactly looks like, just picture the song Kun Faya Kun from the movie Rockstar. A secret tunnel was discovered by The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) which linked Nizammudin Dargah to Nizammudin Ki Baoli. The Baoli has a wooden base and a well which intact even after 800 years. The water of the Baoli is considered holy by pilgrims. Closest metro station- JLN stadium (Violet Line)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART (NGMA)

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

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

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)

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.

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.

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

AGRASEN KI BAOLI

  •   Delhi , Delhi, India

Description

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

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.

Siddhivinayaka Temple

  •   Mumbai , Maharashtra, India

Description

Probably one of the most beautiful temples situated in Mumbai, the Siddhivinayak temple is definitely a must see in the city. Every day, more than 20000 devotees throng the temple to offer their prayers at the temple and on Tuesday special puja and darshan takes place. Bollywood celebrities too, visit Siddhivinayak to seek blessings. When one visits this place, they can admire the temple s ancient style of architecture and its many features.

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.

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.

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

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.

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)

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)

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

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.

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.

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.

Anjuna Flea Market

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Apart from the famous Curlies, Anjuna flea market is amongst the most popular tourist places in Goa. The flea market is open only on Wednesdays and offers many things, right from fruits to clothes and accessories to electronic devices. It s a favourite hangout among hippies and backpackers.

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)

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.

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.

Mapusa Market

  •   Goa , Goa, India

Description

Mapusa is one of the many famous shopping destinations in Goa. Just outside Mapusa Municipal Market, you will find an array of stalls enticing you with local goods got by farmers and small entrepreneurs across the state You can shop for several artifacts, clothes, accessories, souvenirs and much more at the market.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.