One of the Seven Wonders of the World built by Emperor Shahjahan.
Renowned for its spectacular architecture and aesthetic beauty,
the Taj Mahal is also a symbol of enduring love, built by Shah
Jehan to house the grave of his beloved wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal,
who died following the birth of their 14th child.
The architectural way of the Khajuraho
temples is extremely dissimilar from the temple prototype of
that period. Each stands, instead of within the customary
enclosure, on a high masonry platform. Combined with the upward
route of the structure, which is further accentuated by vertical
projections, the total effect is one of grace and lightness,
reminiscent of the Himalayan peaks.
At the northern end of the Kullu valley
sits the ancient site, but modern town, of Manali. It is a
pleasant, if overdeveloped, town with lovely forests and
orchards nearby for hiking, and good facilities for visitors. In
the 1970s and 1980s, Manali was very much a 'scene'. In summer,
the town would attract numerous western hippies and travellers
drawn by the high quality marijuana that grows in the area.
It is dedicated to Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati, the
three mother goddesses of Hinduism. The cave is one of the
region's most important pilgrim sites. There are a number of
beautiful hill resorts situated on Jammu-Srinagar national
highway, which are popular with domestic and foreign tourists.
From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center
on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses
imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger
empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344.
But their empire was not going to last too long and in 1347,
Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and
controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity
and peace for Goa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil
Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses,
fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen.
This former royal residence is an imposing blend of traditional
Rajasthani and Mughal architecture and craftsmanship. Surrounded
by walls, this piece de resistance of Jaipur's palace occupies
one seventh of the walled city, comprising a string of minor
palaces and imposing halls.
A history which encompasses all the various kings and emperors
who fixed their royal citadels here-- Indraprastha, Lal Kot,
Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad,
Dinpanah, Delhi Sher Shahi or then Shahjahanabad. but, combined
and integrated into one, these 'new cities' have always been
called Delhi and howsoever many names it may have acquired,
Delhi has always been intrinsically identified with power and
The most sacred ghats in India - Har ki Pauri, were built by
Vikramaditya in memory of his brother Bhartrihari. This ghat is
also known as Brahmakund. In the evening a Maha Aarti is
performed on this ghat. It is an event which is must not be
missed by any visitor.
The floral diyas which float on the ghat in the twilight creates
an feeling of a stars being brought in the river water.