Places to see in Delhi
India Gate
Rashtrapati Bhawan A memorial inscribed with the names of the valiant Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I. The green, velvety lawns at India Gate, particularly, are a popular evening and holiday rendezvous for young and old alike. A must visit place in New Delhi.
Red Fort
In Old Delhi, you may visit the ramparts of the Red Fort. The decision for constructing the fort was taken in 1639, when Shahjahan decided to shift his capital to New Delhi from Agra. Within eight years, Shahjahanabad was completed with the Red Fort-Qila-i-Mubarak (fortunate citadel)-New Delhi's seventh fort, ready in all its magnificence to receive the Emperor. The Red Fort still retains some of its lost glory. The Red Fort was the last fort built in New Delhi and it witnessed the vicissitudes of fortune, the splendour and the fall of the Mughals, British rule, and finally the dawn of Indian Independence. A place must see by all tourists visiting Delhi.
Rashtrapati Bhawan
Modern New Delhi, or New Delhi as it is called, centers around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is architecturally a very impressive building standing at a height, flowing down as it were to India Gate. This stretch called the Rajpath is where the Republic Day parade is held. The imposing plan of this area conceived by Lutyens does not fade in its charm with the numerous summers or winters that go past.
Raj Ghat
Humayun Tomb, Delhi Raj Ghat On the bank of the legendary Yamuna, which flows past New Delhi, there is Raj Ghat-the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. It has become an essential point of call for all visiting dignitaries. Besides Raj Ghat the other near by places must see in New Delhi are the two museums dedicated to Gandhi.
Qutab Minar
The Qutab Minar is located at a small village called Mehrauli in South New Delhi. Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of New Delhi in 1206, built it. It is a fluted red sandstone tower, which tapers up to a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. The landmark of New Delhi is a place to see.
Laxminarayan Temple
Also called the Birla Mandir, the Laxminarayan Temple was built by the Birla family in 1938. It is a temple with a large garden and fountains behind it. The temple attracts thousands of devotees on Janmashtami day, the birthday of Lord Krishna. The temple is a place to visit by most of the tourist coming to New Delhi.
Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's wife Haji Begum built his Tomb nine years after his death. Designed by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, and completed in 1565, the edifice was a trendsetter of the time by remains a must visit place in New Delhi till date.
Chandni Chowk
The living legacy of New Delhi is Shahjahanabad. Created by the builder of Taj Mahal, this city, with the Red Fort as the focal point and Jama Masjid as the praying centre, has a fascinating market planned to shine under the light of the moon, called Chandni Chowk. Shahjahan planned Chandni Chowk so that his daughter could shop for all that she wanted. It was divided by canals filled with water, which glistened like silver in moonlight. The canals are now closed, but Chandni Chowk remains Asia's largest wholesale market. A must visit place in New Delhi
Shanti Vana, Delhi Shanti Vana
Lying close to the Raj Ghat, the Shanti Vana (literally, the forest of peace) is the place where India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was cremated. The area is now a beautiful park adorned by trees planted by visiting dignitaries and heads of state.
Bahai Temple/Lotus Temple
The Bahai Temple, situated in South New Delhi, is shaped like a lotus. It is an eye-catching edifice worth exploring. Built by the Baha'i community, it offers the visitor a serenity that pervades the temple and its artistic design.
Purana Quila
The Purana Quila is a good example of medieval military architecture. Built by Humayun, with later-day modifications by Sher Shah Suri, the Purana Quila is a monument of bold design, which is strong, straightforward and every inch a fortress. It is different from the well planned, carefully decorated, and palatial forts of the later Mughal rulers.
Places to see in Nainital
Naina Peak or China Peak
Naina peak is the highest peak of the town , at an altitude of 2611 mts. and at a distance of 6 Kms from the town .It commands an entrancing view of sparkling snow laden Himalayas from Bandar Punch in west to Api and Nari peaks of Nepal in the east , a full Himalayan range in one side and a birds eye view of the lake city of Nainital in its full grandeur on the other. With a pair of binoculars a good panorama of the tract surrounding Nainital is obtained . Pony or Horses can be hired to visit this peak either from Snow view or from Mallital.
Dorothy Seat, Nainital Dorothy Seat
Also known, as "Tiffin Top" is a memorial to Mrs. Dorothy Kellet built by her husband. It commands an excellent view of the Himalayas as well as the neighboring countryside. It is 4.3-kms from the town. One can trek or negotiate on horseback.
Snow View
It is the most easily accessible hill top, height 2270 mts. and at a distance of 2.5 Km from the town. The spot is accessible through ropeway. This peak is also connected by motor able road. Snow view as the name suggests offers an indescribably beautiful and breath taking picture of the glittering snows of Himalyas. It has a temple. Tea, snacks, Photographers are available at this place.
Land's End
One does not have to climb much, about 4 km and as the name suggests, one feels on reaching the area that the end of the land has really come. Needless to say, the view of the neighbouring hills and valley and the Khurpatal lake is exquisite from here.
St. John-In-The Wilderness
One of the earliest buildings as well as churches erected in Naini Tal. It is very close to the Uttaranchal High Court. The site was chosen as early as 1844 and was first opened on April 2, 1848. It is a beautiful church with a marvellous interior and stained glasses on the windows.
Raj Bhawan
The foundation stone of the Nainital government house, modeled after Buckingham palace, was laid on April 27, 1897 and the building was completed in March 1900. The architecture of Raj Bhawan has been professionally described as of "the early domestic Gothic style". The house stands upon a plateau, and the combined effect of its environs, the vividly green lawn, grey stone steps and well grown old deodar trees is dignified, peaceful and strongly reminiscent of the English countryside.
Places to see in Haridwar
Har Ki Pauri
Mansa Devi Temple, Haridwar Har Ki Pauri or Brahm Kund is the main ghat of Haridwar. It is believed that it represents the point where River Ganges takes leave of the mountains and makes it way to the plains. It is so named, as it is believed that it is Lord Vishnu's footprint that is imprinted on one of the stones here and is thus visited regularly by a number of devotees, who come here to pay their homage to this footprint of God and take a dip in the sacred waters of Ganga. Ganga aarti held here every evening is famous because it quite a spectacle to see hundreds of tiny diyas and marigolds floating down the river as priests recite 'Om' on the Ghat steps.
Mansa Devi Temple
A cable-car ride to the Mansa Devi Temple, which is situated on a hill above the city, can be very thrilling, especially, when you look down. Another option is to climb up the 1.5 km stretch, to the temple of Goddess Mansa, one of the varied forms of Goddess Durga said to have power to grant your wishes.
Chandi Devi Temple
Chandi Devi, a deity who is said to be as fierce to the sinners as she is kind to those who are devoted to her. She is also one of the varied forms of Goddess Durga and her temple is situated on a hilltop just like that of Mansa Devi. However, the climb here is much more than that of the Mansa Devi Temple and only meant for those who love outdoor exercises. For those who would like to visit the temple and yet save themselves from such a tiring journey, cable cars may prove to be a better option.
Sapt Rishi Ashram
5 km from Haridwar, Sapt Rishi Ashram is the point where River Ganges flows in seven little streams. It is believed that seven greatest saints or holy sages prayed here for the good of humanity. It is believed that a constellation of seven stars is actually the saints who took this form after leaving their mortal bodies for the heavenly abode.
Pavan Dham
Bharat Mata Temple, Haridwar 3 km from the most famous ghat of Haridwar, Har Ki Pauri, Pavan Dham has become a tourist attraction because of its temple, which has fabulous glass interiors and are a pleasure to look at. From this place, one can also go to the nearby Vaishno Devi Temple, which is a miniature version of the renowned temple of Vaishno Devi that has recently gained immense popularity among the devotees.
Bharat Mata Temple
Visible from a distance, Bharat Mata temple is one of its kinds. It is a rare multi-storeyed building and each of the floors in the building has been dedicated to different gods. Here the motherland India is given a form of a deity with the tri-colored national flag in her hand a tri-colored sari adorning her idol. It represents the 'Unity in Diversity' in India and the oneness of all Indians.
Places to see in Rishikesh
Lakshman Jhula
This suspended iron bridge built in 1939 is said to be a replacement of the jute rope bridge built by Lakshmana, brother of Rama, to cross the river. Seeing its immense popularity among the tourists, Ram Jhula, another suspended Iron Bridge has been constructed between Shivanand Ashram and Swarg Ashram recently.
Gita Bhavan
Situated just across the Lakshman Jhula, this newly constructed building has earned its name as a tourist attraction because of its attractive paintings and statues that depict scenes from Hindu mythology. It also houses an ayurvedic dispensary and has a branch of the much-famous Gita press of Gorakhpur.
Swarga Ashram
A large number of temples, some of the best eating points that serve only vegetarian food and shops where one can bargain for curios and mementos and buy sweets and flowers to offer in the temples is what marks the Swarga Ashram stretching across a vast area. It attracts tourists because of its mesmerizing statues studding the area.
Neelkanth Mahadeo
Swarga Ashram, Rishikesh Situated at an altitude of 1675 m above the sea level, on a hill above Swarg Ashram, Neelkanth Mahadev is one of the most venerated temples of Rishikesh. According to Hindu mythology, it is the place where Lord Shiva drank the venom that came out of the ocean when it was churned by the 'Devatas' and 'Daityas' in search of 'amrit' (potion for immortality) to save the world from its ill effects. With the immense power of control over his body, which came with several years of strict rituals observed by Him, Lord Shiva was able to stop it in his throat forever, which though could not harm him but manifested itself in changing the color of his throat to murky blue color, thus giving Him the name of Nilkanth (one with blue throat). 12 km from Rishikesh, it is surrounded by tranquil forests.
Triveni Ghat
A popular bathing ghat, the best time to visit the place is at the sunset time when thousands of people throng to the place to take a dip in the river and take part in the Maha Aarti of the River Ganges. The cool breeze from the river and serenity of the aarti ceremony is a divine experience.
White Water Rafting
The adventure lovers love to venture white water rafting in the River Ganges here and brave the challenge of mighty, violent river that rush from the icy heights of the Himalayas and run across meandering boulder-strewn beds, cutting deep gorges and breaking into silvery-white rapids.
Trekking into the Garhwal Himalayas is another popular activity of Rishikesh. One can chose from a number of options of religious, scenic, botanical and altitude treks, the two most popular being - a) To Neelkanth from Swarg Ashram, and b) To Kunjapuri Temple from Tapovan. Both the temples are perched on a hilltop.
Places to see in Mussoorie
Gun Hill
Gun Hill is the second highest point in Mussoorie. It offers outstanding views of the town of Mussoorie, the beautiful Doon Valley and the Bunderpunch, Srikantha, Pithwara and Gangotri group of the Himalayas. One may opt for the invigorating ropeway ride from the Mall to this hill or trek across a pathway, which forks off from the Mall Road near Kutchery for about 20 minutes to reach the top.
Kempty Falls
Camel's Back Road, Mussoorie 13 km from Mussoorie, Kempty Falls on the Yamunotri Road are one of the biggest attractions of the place. John Mekinan developed this beautiful place as a tourist destination after 1835 as it had a breathtaking waterfall, which falls from an altitude of 4,500 feet and then splits further into five cascades.
Lal Tibba
The highest point in Mussoorie, Lal Tibba is situated in the Landhour area, which is the oldest colony of Mussoorie. The tourist love to take a horse ride or trek to the Childer's Lodge, the highest peak here, which is worth the scenic view that it offers to its visitors.
Camel's Back Road
Another place worth taking a horse ride is this 3 km long stretch, which has been so named as the road stretching from Kulri Bazaar near the Rink Hall to Library Bazaar is shaped just like the humpy back of a camel. At sunset, especially, the sheer beauty of the place in the backdrop of the setting sun and reddish-yellow skies combined with the thrilling experience of the horse ride on this humpy road is divine.
Jwalaji Temple
About 9 km from the town of Mussoorie, this temple is perched on top of the Benog Hill and offers an excellent viewpoint. Meant for those who are fit, temple is surrounded by thick woods and lush green forests. The first 7 km can be covered on vehicle by road but the remaining 2 km have to be covered on foot, though, one does not regret the pains, which is entirely compensated by the natural beauty that abounds in the area.