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Tourist Destinations in India
Whenever people in the world think about tourism or vacation, then India stands to be the number one position. It is because tourists find prosperous culture, rich cultural heritage, rich flora & fauna and more over generous people during traveling in this country. India is the seventh largest country in the world by area and with over a billion people it is second only after China in population. If you are planning for holiday or  tourism in India then you are have just taken a right step. The country offers you a lot of attractions and interesting places of tourist interest. Being a major tourist destination, the country also offers excellent tourist facilities in forms of various hotels, resorts and guest houses.
   
Taj Mahal    
Taj Mahal standing proudly on the bank of the river Yamuna in Agra, is India's noble tribute to the grace of Indian womanhood. Built by Shahjehan, the 5th emperor of Mughal empire in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, Taj Mahal is the largest and the most expensive mausoleum built by any man on earth.
The "symbol of eternal love", Taj at Agra is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular marvel of the world. Renowned for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, it considered among man's proudest creations and is constantly included in the list of the world's topmost wonders. As a tomb, it has no equivalent upon earth, for mortal remains have never been housed so opulently.
 
Taj Mahal India
     
Red Fort    
Red Fort or Lal Quila as it is more popularly known is a masterpiece of architecture and one of the most haunting spots for tourists from both India and abroad. This colossal fort on the banks of the river Yamuna, built by Shahjahan as the citadel of the 17th Century Delhi is a significant link between the past and the present, for it is from here that the Prime Minister of India addresses the people on the Independence Day.
Mughal Emperor Shahjahan started construction of the Red Fort in 1638, which was completed in 1648. The fort contains - halls of public and private audience, domed and arched marble palaces, plush private apartments, a mosque and elaborately designed gardens. Even today, the fort continues to be an impressive evidence to Mughal grandeur.
 
Red Fort India
Qutub Minar    
Built in 1199 by Qutub-ud-Din, Qutub Minar is one of the most visited tourist destination of Delhi. Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced the construction of the Qutub Minar in A.D. 1193, but could only complete its basement. His successor, Iltutmush, added three more stories, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tuglak constructed the fifth and the last storey. The development of architectural styles from Aibak to Tuglak are quite evident in the minar. Qutub Minar is still the tallest stone tower as well as one of the finest Islamic structures ever erected in India. The purpose of building this beautiful monument is still not known, as some believe that it was built as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India, while others say it served as a minaret to the adjacent mosque and was used by the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer. Qutub Minar rises to 72.5 m high and one has to climb 379 steps to get to the top.The diameter of the base is 14.3 m while the top floor measures 2.7 m in diameter.
 
Qutub Minar India
The main mosque near the minar consists an inner and outer courtyard, the pillars of which is surrounded by an exquisite collonade, which are made of richly decorated shafts. 
     
India Gate    
India Gate is a majestic high arch, 42 meters high, built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in the World War I. The surrounding area is an ideal place for spending sometime with family and friends.
The Amar Jawan Jyoti or the Eternal Flame lies beneath this huge memorial gate, which is major attraction of the area. India Gate is a monument of its kind amidst the expanse of sprawling green lawn. There is one famous boat club and a children's park. The India Gate area becomes lively in the evening with locale people with family and friends taking strolls. 
 
India Gate Delhi
     
Lotus Temple    
Lotus Temple, also known as the Bahai Temple is located in Kalkaji in the south of Delhi India. The most captivating architectural wonder of the 20th century, the Lotus temple is the place which beckons people from all the sects and religions. Shaped like a Lotus in white marble, cement, dolomite and sand, the temple lures every single traveller to Delhi India. Lotus Temple or Bahai Temple is an ideal location to sit and meditate for its soothing settings. Visited by thousands everyday, the Lotus Temple is the right place to obtain peace and tranquility. 
The Lotus Temple is a newly built architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. The Bahai Faith is the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its founder, Bahadullah (1817-1892), is regarded by Bahais as the most recent in the line of Messengers of God that stretches back beyond recorded time and that includes Abraham, Moses, Buddha, Zoroaster, Christ and Muhammad. 
 
Lotus Temple Delhi
     
Jama Masjid, Delhi    
Built in 1656, Jama Masjid is the country's largest mosque in India, where thousands of Muslims offer prayers. Jama Masjid lies opposite the Red Fort and is surrounded by a large number of shops, which deal in a variety of goods. The great mosque of Old Delhi is both the largest in India and the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. 
Built by Shahjahan, the massive Jama Masjid can hold about 20,000 worshipers at a time (Drive past). Located close to Chandi Chowk (one most vibrant shopping region in Delhi) and the colossal Red Fort, the mosque receives large number of visitors coming to Delhi. 
 
Jama Masjid Delhi
     
Amber Palace, Jaipur    
About 11 km from Jaipur, Amber is the former capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs. Raja Man Singh, the army commander of the Mughal army during the reign of Akbar commenced the construction of the Amber Palace in 1592. Later Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh completed the construction work of the fort and palace. Built in red sandstone and white marble, the Maber Palace is a wonderful combination of Hindu and Mughal Architecture.
Amber fort and palace are the must-visit travel attractions for the travelers to Jaipur in Rajasthan. The palace or the royal apartments lies inside the massive Amber fort complex with gateways, gardens, halls, stairways, pillared pavilions, temples and palaces. Some of the monuments inside the fort that are worth visiting are Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Diwan-e-Aam, Kali Temple, Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam. 
 
Amber Palace Jaipur
     
City Palace, Udaipur    
Udaipur, the city of romance and lakes is home to some of the most breathtaking monuments in Rajasthan. Udaipur also houses the largest city palace in Rajasthan. The City Palace in Udaipur was built by Maharana Udai Singh and like the City Palace of Jaipur, this palace complex also saw continuous additions by the successors of Maharana Udai Singh. Built in granite and marble, the Udaipur City Palace is a blend of Chinese and European architecture. The palace complex stands on an elevated land overlooking the beautiful Lake Pichola. 
Visiting to the City Palace of Udaipur is a must on your tour to Udaipur in Rajasthan. It is an awesome experience to watch the beautiful palaces and palatial structures within the massive palace complex. 
 
City palace Udaypur
     
The City Palace, Jaipur    
The City Palace is a historic landmark in the Pink City, Jaipur. The City Palace complex is the place where the royal family of Jaipur used to stay. Displaying some extraordinary work of art, the City Palace is a perfect amalgam of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The palace complex was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of the Kacchawaha clan of Rajput and his successors made several noteworthy additions to the complex in the later years. The City Palace Complex has been divided into courtyards, beautiful gardens and buildings. Some of the beautiful buildings in the City Palace complex include Mubarak Mahal, Badal Mahal, Sh. Govind Dev Temple, Chandra Mahal and City Palace Museum. Two elephants carved in marble, guard the entrance of this important landmark in the Pink City. The City Palace also houses a museum that showcases the grand collection of 2000 weapons that date back to 1580. It has a good collection of various types of Rajasthani dresses a fascinating armoury of Mughal and Rajput weapons. 
 
City Palace Jaipur
     
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur    
Jaipur's landmark building, the Hawa Mahal or the Wind Palace is a multi layered palace, built by Sawai Pratap Singh (grand son of Sawai Jai Singh and son of Sawai Madhoo Singh) in 1799 AD. The Palace was designed by Mr. Lal Chand Usta, a famous architect of the time. Known for it's beehive like structure, the Hawa Mahal is an interplay of red and pink sand stone, enthusiastically outlined with white borders and motifs. The intricately carved facades of the Hawa Mahal are as ornate as the interiors. The five storeyed facade encrusted with elegant trellis work on windows and small balconies have 953 niches. A part of the Jaipur city palace complex, the Hawa Mahal with pierced windows was purposely made to allow the royal women to watch the activities and the ceremonial processions while seated behind the small windows, without themselves being seen. 
 
Hawa Mahal Jaipur
     
Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan    
Jaisalmer fort was built in 1156 and is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by an imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high, it has 99 bastion, 92 of which were built between 1633 and 1647. The fort is also known as the Golden Fort, for its amber hue, attracting a large section of tourists from all around. Almost one fourth of present Jaisalmer lies inside the complex of this massive fort. The fort nestles over Trikuta Hill and is guarded by number of gorgeous havelis, beautifully carved Jain Temples of the 12th-15th century AD and 5 royal palaces. The Havelis or mansions built by the wealthy merchants in the 19th century within the complex are famed for their exquisitely carved sandstone facades. The fort also has 4 gateways - Akhaiyal, Ganesh Pol, Suraj Pol and Hava Pol.
Today, the fort has been populated by merchants and shop owners living within its walls. Small, winding lanes are peppered with houses, temples, and shops. The Golden Fort of Jaisalmer is alive with people going about their daily routine lifestyle.
 
Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan
     
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur    
Located deep in the Thar Desert, Jodhpur is known for its impressive fortified bastions, of which Umaid Bhawan Palace has gained a remarkable name in the history of the region.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, also called the Chittar Palace by the local public can qualify for several firsts. Most impressive for its size and dimensions, the palace is the largest private residence in the world with finest exceptional example of art-deco. Only palace to have paintings from the Ramayana, painted by a Polish artist, the Umaid Bhawan Palace is also the first to use air-conditioning, electricity and elevators. The designer of the palace, H.V. Lancaster, wanted it to rival the Viceregal Lodge (now Rashtrapati Bhawan) then being planned by Sir Edward Lutyens in the new capital at New Delhi, also then under construction. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is the only 20th century palace built under the famine relief project that gave employment to famine struck population. The palace was completed in 16 years.
 
Umaid Bhawan Palace Jodhpur, India
The brilliant monument built in sandstone is still the residence of the former rulers with a part of it running as a hotel and remaining part as a museum.
     
The Golden Temple     
Sri Harimandir Sahib, also known as Sri Darbar Sahib or Golden Temple is named after Hari(God) the temple of God. Sikhs from all over the world come here to pay their reverence to Guru Granth Sahib and take a dip in the Amrit Saras Kund for spiritual purification. The Golden Temple is the major landmark of the place. Founded by the fourth Guru of Sikhs, Guru Ram Das, the Golden Temple is a two storey marble structure, with an imposing dome of pure gold. 
The Golden Temple was the first important holy shrine of the Sikh religion. It is the center of inspiration and action and the most significant achievement of the Gurus, the chief place of pilgrimage for the Sikhs. 
 
Golden Temple Punjab, India
     
Jalianwala Bagh     
Jalianwala Bagh reminds us of the brutal killing of the innocent people on April 13, 1919 by general Dyer, a British general. The mass massacre took lives of over 2000 unarmed people, who gathered there for meeting. This garden commemorates the martyrs, keeping the tragic episode in its historical context. Today, this site of brutal massacre, encloses a memorial with an eternal flame, dedicated to the martyrs. 
Jallianwala Bagh has a unique importance attached to it with respect to India's Freedom great effort. It was at this historic park that hundreds of men, women and children sacrificed their lives in front of the cruel firing of the British forces. Nowadays Jallianwala Bagh has been turned into a large and well-laid park and is a major tourist attraction.
 
Jalianwala Bagh Punjab, India
     
Periyar    
Periyar, also known as Thekkady is best known for its wildlife, is a must-see for all visitors to Kerala. The Periyar Lake lies at the heart of the sanctuary, which is a veritable paradise for all wildlife lovers. Situated within the boundaries of the Western Ghats in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve is one of the most captivating wildlife parks in the world. Periyar is a park where one can witness playful pachyderms roaming freely with their family and friends, whose population is currently around 800. The population of tigers is also increasing appreciably. The landscape varies from hilly to flat grassland areas at the edges of the lakes. The vegetation is of moist deciduous type.
 
Periyar Kerela, India
     
Great Himalayan National Park     
Great Himalayan National Park is located in the Seraj Forest Division of Kullu District in Himachal Pradesh some 60 km southwest of Kullu town. It is a reserve of alpine flora and fauna. A large part of the national park is permanently under glaciers and ice. It is one of the last undisturbed Western Himalayan ecosystems housing a diverse variety of wildlife and forests. The breathtaking beauty of the park is a blessing to its biological richness. The park houses a rare variety of "Western Tragopan" and 200 species of birds and over 30 species of mammals. 
The park area is the largest protected area in the state of Himachal Pardesh. The Park consists of the upper catchment areas of the Tirthan, Sainj, Parvati and Jiwa Nala, flowing East to West and mingling into Beas river. Also known as Jawahar Lal Nehru National Park, the park was declared as a national park in the year 1984 to save the endangered wildlife species of this Himalayan Ecosystem. 
 
Great Himalayan National Park Himachal Pradesh, India
     
Dal Lake     
The north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir consists of three regions - the foothill plains of Jammu, the lakes and blue valleys of Kashmir rising to alpine passes, the high altitude plains and starkly beautiful mountains of Ladakh which lies beyond those passes.
The Kashmir valley is blessed with exotic natural beauty of landscape and water bodies, out of them, the most famous and appealing is the Dal Lake. Dal Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes of India and the second largest in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The lake is surrounded by majestic mountains from three sides and a large number of gardens and orchards have been laid along the shores.
 
Dal Lake Kashmir, India
     
Corbett National Park    
Located at the foothills of the lofty Himalayas in the state of Uttranchal is the Corbett National Park, India's first and finest national park. The Corbett National Park inhabits a wide variety of rare and endangered flora & fauna. Corbett is famous for its population of Tigers, Leopards and Elephants. Once a popular hunting ground of the British, the Corbett National Park was named after the late Jim Corbett, the legendary hunter- turned wildife conservationist, who spent most of his years in this area and contributed in shaping the park. Corbett National Park was established in the year 1936, as the Hailey National Park. With the help of the World Wildlife Fund, Project Tiger was launched in Corbett National Park in the year 1973 and this park was one of the first such tiger reserves in the country. The University of Kashmir is also stands along the shores of the Dal Lake. The hundreds of uniquely decorated houseboats which floats on the Dal lake afford an opportunity to tourists to reside on the lake in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.
 
Corbett National Park, India
The areas surrounding the Dal Lake are lined with sloping roofed houses on islands, while other parts appear lush and green like well-laid gardens. Moving forward, houseboats, houses and vegetation cease abruptly, and two enormous sheet-like expanses of water, the Bod Dal & Lokut Dal, come into view. 
Leading from the Dal lake is the smaller Nagin Lake. Here, the waters are edged by trees of willow and poplar whose reflection is mirrored in the lake. The waters of the lakes are pleasantly cool from mid-May to mid-September. Nagin Lake, which is farther from town and have magnificent views of the mountains. 
These water bodies are of great ecological and socio-economic significance. These lake with its multi-faceted eco-system and grandeur has been captivating the national as well as the international tourists from all over. Both the lakes are dotted with water lilies and are mobile shops of moving shikaras. 
Salesmen paddle from boat to boat, selling everything you could want such as cold drinks, fruits, nuts, fresh flowers, film, baked goods, papier-mache boxes, woolen shawls, silk carpets, leather goods, money-changing services and on and on. The gentle motion of the boat, as it moves along the water of these lakes, is extremely romantic. 
It is distinctly pleasant to have a tour of the Dal Lake on houseboats. The lake tour offers one a visit to the Mughal Gardens and other sites on the lakeside including the famous Hazratbal mosque.
     
Goa    
Goa is one of the most happening & tourist destination in India, as you travel to Goa first picture that comes into your mind is tourist relaxing on sandy beaches near the blue sky. A tropical paradise, Goa is enchanting all year round, especially during the monsoon, which has its own magic. Goa Beaches make for that perfect picture postcard setting that enchants tourists. Fringed by coastal trees and lapped by waters of Arabian sea, options are in plenty : tourist can soak up the sun for that perfect tan, leisurely sip the famous feni, go for a brisk surin or take part in adventure sports while enjoying the holidays in Goa India. So beautifully it blends the legacies of its Portuguese ancestors and Indian tradition that one can only end up loving every bit of his stay in Goa. The Gothic Churches, Goa Forts, colonial buildings, temples and shrines, villages and Mediterranean hamlets all reflects the colorful and unhurried lifestyle of Goa.
 
Goa, India
However, the true Goan spirit is found in its endless stretches of golden sands that house some of the world’s finest beaches.  Goa Beaches are equipped with best of facilities to make your visit more exciting.
     
Ajanta Ellora Caves    
Nestled in the hills near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra are two magical locations displaying the artistry of the yore, cut out of rock, by hand, and rank amongst some of the most outstanding specimens of ancient Indian architectural heritage. These caves are none other than the famous caves of Ajanta and Ellora. This city is all geared for tourists who flock in from all over the world to see these exceptional beauty. The brilliance of their imagery and the fact that they were carved between the 2nd century BC and the 8th century AD is highly inspiring.
At Ajanta, more than 2,000 years ago artists literally carved monasteries and temples out of solid rock. There are sculptures and fabulously preserved frescoes that monumentalize a 2,000-year-old civilisation by displaying its daily life as well as the epic stories of its religion.
 
Ajanta Ellora Caves, India
Around the 7th century AD, Ajanta was abandoned by its creators for some unknown reason, and they moved to Ellora (30 km from Aurangabad). At about this time Buddhism was fading in India. The cave temples that were found in the hills of Ellora over the next six centuries exhibits Buddhist as well as Hindu and Jain mythology.
     
     
 
 

Visit Taj Mahal, Visit Red Fort, Visit Qutub Minar, Visit India Gate, Visit Lotus Temple, Visit Jama Masjid - Delhi, Visit Amber Palace - Jaipur, Visit City Palace - Udaipur, Visit The City Palace - Jaipur, Visit Hawa Mahal - Jaipur, Visit Jaisalmer Fort, Visit Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Visit The Golden Temple, Visit Jallianwala Bagh, Visit Periyar, Visit Great Himalayan National Park, Visit Dal Lake, Visit Corbett National Park, Visit Goa Beaches, Visit Ajanta Ellora Caves

   
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