It comprises three historically immortal cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur - traversing three northern states of Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. No visit to the northern part of India will be complete without an encounter with history through the famed Golden Triangle.
The capital of India and a major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is a bustling metropolis that presents a vast panorama of fascinating images. The city combines in its folds - ancient with the modern. Amidst the vast spiraling skyscrapers, remnants of a bygone time in the form of its many monuments stand as silent reminders to the region's ancient legacy. It is a city where forts, tombs and ruins share the skyline with high-rise buildings, stately homes and temples & mosques. For any visitor the wide tree-lined avenues of New Delhi give an impression of a garden city that gives way to the crowded narrow lanes of old Delhi - presenting the contrast in lifestyle, which is the legacy of the city.
The centuries old Purana Quila or the "Old Fort" was built by Sher Shah, which was the earlier seat of the Mughals. The Light & Sound show here captures the highlights of the historic past of India.
A memorial to the soldiers who died in the first World war.
The official residence of India's President is worth seeing. It serves as the arena for the colorful spectacle of the Republic Day celebrations on 26th Jan every year.
One of the many business districts it also serves as one of the shopping areas for handicrafts and textiles from different regions of India.
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir
It is a famous architectural landmark built by one of the leading industrial groups from India.
Qutbu'd Din built this minaret as a memorial to victory and as an accessory to the adjoining mosque to call the faithful to the prayer.
An Ashokan rock-edict was discovered in South Delhi, where the present Bahai temple stands. It is a breathtaking pure white marble structure depicting a lotus in full bloom.
It stands on the west bank of Yamuna River, built as royal residential and official complex by Shah Jahan.
Is the commercial heart of old Delhi with many wholesale markets - especially silver Jewelry and handicrafts.
A "Congregational Mosque", constructed on natural elevation by Shah Jahan during 1651-56 - impressive and one of the largest mosques in Asia.
On the banks of the legendary Yamuna River that flows past Delhi is the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, which has become an essential point of call for all visiting dignitaries.
In terms of ambience the city is still associated with Moghul period. Taj has not only become synonymous with Agra but India as a whole. Majority of the buildings in the modern areas of the town date back over a hundred years. The city has immense wealth of architecture, handicrafts and jewelry.
Worth a visit is Tansen's Baradari, Caravanserai, Naubatkhana, The Karkhanas, The Astrologers seat, The Panch mahal, Place of Jodha Bai, house of Birbal, The Jama Masjid, and Bulund Darwaza. In the courtyard of the Masjid is the famous tomb of Sheikh Salim Chisti, built in marble with beautiful marble jali screen.
A greatest monument to love built by Shah Jahan for his beloved Noor Jehan.
The imposing citadel of Akbar is made of red sandstone.
It is 12 Kms from Agra, where the mighty Akbar lies interred.
Opposite the Taj, is the mausoleum of Ghiyas Beg, father of Noor Jehan.
The founding of the place reads like a fairy tale. When all else had failed, Emperor Akbar came here in search of Sufi mystic, Sheikh Salim Chisti, to ask the blessing of a son. His prayer was heard and soon a son was born who created a history!
The origin of the city dates back to eighteenth century, when Jai Singh II ascended Amber throne in 1699. In 1727 he set about building the palace city. It is called the Pink City due to extensive usage of locally abundant pink stone in forts, places, temples and gardens. All through Jaipur has retained strong Rajputana flavor tempered with prominent Mughal influence.
It is the signature building of Jaipur. A delicate looking, multi-layered Palace with a profusion of windows and stone screens.
It is an open-air observatory of out-sized astronomical instruments raised in the 8th century by an astronomer-king.
The majestic fort is a landmark you can not miss. The experience of visiting the palace is simply fascinating. You ride up on the elephants to the former capital of the royals, set to the backdrop of wooded hills.
Jaigarh & Nahargarh
These are two fortresses overlooking Amer Palace.
A newly built temple is a unique monument with exquisite marble carvings. For best effect must be seen on a moonlit night.
An enchanting piece of land in the south-west of India! It is said the land derived its name from "Keram" - the coconut palm. Kerala is a land of rivers and backwaters - forty four rivers cut across the state with many tributaries and branches forming backwaters. It is a verdant paradise with many natural splendors - mountains & valleys, lush paddy fields & lazy lagoons and beautiful beaches & backwaters. Last but not the least it is land of Ayurveda, evolved 600 BC in India and practiced ever since, Kerala is supposed to have an ideal climate for Ayurveda therapy!
Rudyard Kipling extolled her as the 'Mother of cities'. The history of Bombay or Mumbai as it is now known is the story of an incredible transformation of 7 low-lying swampy islands to the present modern metropolis British built expressly for trade. Originally inhabited by Koli fisher folk, through the Portuguese conquest became a part of dowry to Princess Catharine Braganza of Portugal when she married Prince Charles II of England. Mumbai was and still is the Gateway to India, commemorated by a monument of that name built to mark the visit of King George and his consort, Mary.
Today, Mumbai is India's premiere commercial and financial city. It is the only city in the world with a reserve forest in the middle of the megapolis. It is a melting pot of various races and cultures as such you will see many churches, temples, mosques, gurudwaras, agyaris & synagogues. It is home to Bollywood - one of the largest movie production centers in the world. Truly a city of dreams and reality, a city that never sleeps & ever on the move!
Over the last 500 years conquerors, travelers, poets and evangelists have described Goa variously: Goa Dourada (Golden Goa), Perola Do Oriente (Peral of the East), and Roma Do Oriente (Rome of the East)!!!
This is an unrivalled holiday destination, with azure expanse of the Arabian Sea on one hand and leafy foothills of Western Ghats on the other. Beautiful beaches spread over 105 Kms of coastline, historic cities and picturesque villages, wildlife parks and bird sanctuaries and cultural heritage which is a blend of Indian & Portuguese traditions. Last but not the least; warm welcome of the local people & the mouth watering local cuisine completes some of the ingredients that makes a trip to Goa truly relaxing and memorable.
4. Wildlife Sanctuaries
Four wildlife sanctuaries - Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary (60 kms. east of Panaji), the Bondla Sanctuary (55 Kms from Panaji) and the Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary (60 Kms. south of Panaji). The wet deciduous forests of these preserves have abundant birdlife and are the habitat of animals like the bison, leopard, sloth bear, sambar, chital, pangolin etc.
Tamil Nadu is a part of India where the ancient culture and tradition is still relevant. It is a journey into timeless India, a place steeped in tradition where the landscape of the past - temples & shrines, forts and palaces are at ease with the present! It is here that you get to see temple architecture that is unparalleled in the towering Gateways or commonly referred "Gopurams".
Or Banares as it was known previously, is the ultimate pilgrimage centre for Hindus. Varanasi has predominated Hindu life in every facet for the last three millennia. It derives its name from two streams - the Varuna on the North of the city and the Assi, a small trickle on the south. The city is also called Kashi "The City of light" by Hindus and is one of the Seven Sacred Cities of Hinduism. It is a belief that anyone dying within the area marked by the Panch Kosi Road is transported to heaven. Varanasi is also prominent centre of Sanskrit learning in India. The Sanskrit University here has 15000 rare manuscripts. Tulsidas, the famous Hindi poet wrote Shri Ram Charit Manas here.