Places to see in Delhi
India Gate
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
Red Fort, Delhi 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
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
India Gate, Delhi 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
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 Haridwar
Har Ki Pauri
Har Ki Pauri, 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
Sapt Rishi Ashram, 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
Gita Bhavan, 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 Corbett Tiger Reserve
Places to see in Agra
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, Agra Sheer Poetry in marble. Majesty and magnificence, unrivalled the monumental labour of love of a great ruler for his beloved queen. One of the wonders of the world.
The Agra Fort
The great Mughal Emperor Akbar commissioned the construction of the Agra Fort in 1565, A.D. although additions were made till the time of his grandson Shahjahan. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise.
This exquisite marble tomb was made by Emperor Jehangir's queen, Nurjahan, for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg during 1622 - 1628 A.D.
The mausolumn of emperor Akbar represent his philosphy and secular outlook, combining the best of Hindu and Muslim architectures in a superlative region.
Radhaswami Samadhi, Dayalbagh
This is the head quarter of Radhaswami religion; here the holy ashes of the founder of the faith have been preserved. On the sprawing lawns here, is a beautiful marvel temple with beautiful carving of fruits,flowers.
Jama Masjid
This building, with a rectangular open forecourt was constructed in 1648 AD by Shahjahan's daughter, Jehanara Begum in memory of the famous Sheikh Salim Chishti and his grandson Islam Khan.
Places to see in Jaipur
Jantar Mantar
It is a collection of complex astronomical instruments chiseled out of stone most of which continue astronomical instruments chiseled out of stone most of which continue to provide fairly accurate information to this day.
Hawa Mahal
Jal Mahal, Jaipur Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, this is a remarkable structure which overlooks one of the main streets and also provides some excellent views of the city.
Jal Mahal
A palace amidst the Man Sagar Lake was built for royal duck shooting Parties.
Birla Lakshmi-Narayan Temple
Birla Mandir or the Lakshmi - Narayan Temple, situated just below the Moti Dungari. This is a modern temple built of white marble on top of a hill, dominating the skyline of south Jaipur
Jaigarh Fort
The Jaigarh fort is the most spectacular of the three-hilltop forts that overlook Jaipur. In Mughal times, the Jaipur region was a major weapon-producing centre for the Mughal and Rajput rulers, several of which are on display in the fort's museum.
Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort is located on the sheer rugged ridge of Aravali Hills and it forms an impressive northern backdrop of Jaipur. It looks most classy when floodlit at night.