The Harmandir Sahib, better known as the Golden Temple is the main tourist attraction in Amritsar, and the most important religious place to the Sikhs. Construction of the temple was begun by Guru Ram Dast in the 16th century. In the 19th century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh the upper floors of the temple was covered with gold. It’s a stunning temple, and always full of thousands of pilgrims from all over India, excited to be at a place that they usually only see on television.
Constructed as far back as 1585 AD, Harmandir Sahib is measured one of the most dazzling architectural marvels in the world. In fact the melodious blend of Islamic and Hindu structure styles found within the complex is supposed to have stimulated a completely new structure strain dubbed the Sikh school of building in India. Raising above a water filled tank on a 67 square foot platform the Harmandir Sahib Temple occupies a space of 40 square feet. With an ornately bedecked doorway on all four sides one of the temple’s key features is the Darshani Deori archway which is 10 feet high and 8.6 feet in width. Opening up to the causeway bridge that takes visitors to the main structure of the Golden Temple, the overpass itself is a 202 foot long, 21 feet wide marvel of ingenuity. A 13 foot wide circumambulatory trail connects the bridge with the temple and it leads pilgrims around the main shrine before taking them to the steps of god or ‘Har ki Paure’. On the first floor of the steps one can hear the continuous reciting of the Guru Granth Sahib text.
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Located in Rajasthan’s remote westernmost corner close to the border with Pakistan, Jaisalmer is the quintessential desert town. The yellow sandstone walls of the “Golden City” rise from the Thar desert like a scene from the Arabian Nights while the Jaisalmer Fort crowns the city. Uncontrolled commercialism has dampened the romantic vision of Jaisalmer, but even with all the touts and tour buses, it remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in India.
The name Jaisalmer evokes a vivid photograph of sheer magic and strength of the desert. The exotic, remote and gorgeous, Jaisalmer is a bit of a discrepancy. So far west that it is in the heart of the desert, one would wait for barren near-desolation. Yet this frontier town is today one of Rajasthan’s best-loved tourist destinations. Local colour and warmth prevail over the inhospitable and forbidding terrain, imbuing the medieval town with a special magic.
Popular Tourist Destinations of Jaisalmer with Special Magic
The Ajanta Caves are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the 2th century BC. The magnificent Ajanta caves were abandoned around 650 AD and forgotten until 1819, when a British hunting party stumbled upon them. Their isolation contributed to the fine state of preservation in which some of their paintings remain to this day. The well preserved murals depict everything from battlefields to sailing ships, city streets and teeming animal-filled forests to snow-capped mountains. The city of Aurangabad is the gateway to the Ajanta Caves as well as the equally spectacular Ellora Caves.
There are 29 caves which has been built as retreat of the Buddhists monks who performed the rituals and rights in the Chaitanyas and Viaharas which were the ancient learning centers of Buddhists. The saints carved the marvelous pictuires on the walls with the help of hammer and chisel. There are number of caves that explains the stories from Jhatkas- which are better known as tales of several incarnations of Lord Buddha.
Varanasi is a highly praised city for the Hindus. A large number of devotees throng this city each day to take a thrust in the sanctified waters of River Ganga and visit its remarkable temples. Often known as Kashi and Banaras, Varanasi gets its name from the two rivers Varuna located at the north and Assi situated at the south of the city. The holy city is considered to be one of the most prehistoric cities on earth as well as finds its declare in a number of very old scripture including the holy epics of Ramayana as well as Mahabharata.
Aside from its spiritual importance, Varanasi is also well-known as an education centers. Whilst businessmen visit Banaras for the intricate Banarasi sarees and brassware items made in the city. This enthralling city invites people from all walks of life and interests as well as engulfs them in its unique colors as well as spirituality. To offer its visitors a home away from home, there are 100s of hotels in Varanasi. With many choices, you will for sure find one that fits your budget and sensibilities.
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Visiting Wagah Border is just 30 Kms from Amritsar is a big experience; you have various selection of travel can be in a Bus, Jeep, Taxi or even an auto-rickshaw. Buses are available till Attari Village and one can take a Shared Jeeps, taxi or auto-rickshaw to reach the border. From the drop point we need to walk a small distance less than a Km to reach the ceremony site. The timings be different in summer 4.30 pm and winter 5.30 pm and we need to be there at least 90 mins before the ceremony to get in comfortably because it’s jam packed with national and international tourists almost every day.
BSF (Border Security Force of India) and Pakistani Rangers engage themselves in a splendid retreat ceremony which includes the lowering of the flags and closing the gates of the Border. It’s done very aggressive which pumps the crowd’s emotional patriotic fever and great a scene which gives an excitement much more than any action movie favorite sport can give us. It is a must see for all of us.
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Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi is a magnificent building which stands as a majestic memorial of the Moghul Emperor Humayun. In fact Delhi is noted for its multitude of historic Mughal architecture which displays the architectural magnificence of the Mughal dynasties.A visit to Humayun’s Tomb is always a rewarding experience for visitors to Delhi.
Humayun’s Tomb has the distinction of being the initial building in India to incorporate the double dome central to Persian architecture, and is acclaimed for its elegant proportions. The tomb is constructed principally of red sandstone with black and white marble elements. The use of marble is emphasized in the dome, constructed of white marble and the borders of the building. As typical of the tombs of Mughal rulers, Humayun’s Tomb is placed on a platform, or podium.
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Agra Fort was built in the year 1565 by the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Engraved in red sandstone, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Covering an area of 2.5 km northwest of the famous Taj Mahal, it once served as the residence of Mughal Emperors like Shah Jahan, Aurangzeb, Homerun and Akbar. It boasts of remarkable building and streamer. It is a charming pattern of the wonderful blend of Indo Islamic architectural styles.
This fortified fort has an outer wall which is 21.4 m high. The fort was once accessed through the following gates namely Amar Singh gate, Delhi gate and Lahore gate. But now the entrance is only through the Amar Singh gate.
The fort complex consists of several superb apartments, each having its own exclusive charm. Explore its bastions, gateways, harems, royal rooms, palaces, ramparts and towers which speak volumes about its glorious history.
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The Qutb Minar and its monuments are an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and stands in the Qutab Complex located at Aurabindo Marg, near Mehrauli, 14 Km south of Connaught place in Delhi. The complex has a number of other important monuments- the gateway built in 1310, the Alai Darwaza, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque; one of the oldest existing mosques in India, the tombs of Altamish, Alauddin Khalji and Imam Zamin; the 2000 year old 7m high Iron Pillar- the Alai Minar; another tower 27m high, the Madrasa or School, great screen of Qutbuddin Aibak in the mosque etc.
India’s capital, New Delhi has enchanting ancient monuments, a vivacious performing-arts scene and wonderful museums scattered across it and it is home to the attractive monument Qutab Minar, the highest tower in India. It is said to have been built as a victory tower by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1192. However, only the first story was completed by Qutub-ud-din while the other stories were created by his successor and son-in-law, IItumish. The tower has a projected balcony encircling it, supported by stone brackets, carefully decorated with honeycomb design more perceptibly in the first storey.
Amazing Pictures of Qutab Minar
Taj Mahal is one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love.
The Taj Mahal is built on a raised platform surrounded by four minarets. The marble dome that surmounts the tomb has a height of around 35 meters. Inside are delicate mosaic works and marble walls with patterns of inlaid precious stones. The minarets, which each are more than 40 meters high, display the architect’s penchant for symmetry.
The Taj Mahal is one of the most visited places in India, and therefore there are many hotels nearby at all levels to suite any ones budget. Although it is possible to visit Taj Mahal on a day trip from Delhi, most people prefer to stay at least for one night in Agra, one of the reasons being that the Taj Mahal changes color during the day, it appears pink in the morning, white during the noon and golden in the moon light, so many visitors want to see and take pictures of Taj Mahal at different times of the day.
Taj Mahal : One Architectural Wonder from Many Angles
Munnar is the most beautiful tourist destination in the entire Kerala which is beautiful situated on the confluence of three main mountain streams. It is the most striking hill station in Kerala and is lovingly identified as the ‘Kashmir of South’ which easily entice the vacationers who visit this state in India. Located at and elevation of 1600 meter above the main sea level truly look like a queen of hills. Endowed with the lush green hills, dense green vegetations, pine and ferns trees and the vast expanse of tea gardens truly make this beautiful hill town a heaven and retreat for the tourists.
Munnar is truly beautiful destination and it seems as this hill town is blessed by the heavenly ambiance of nature and the pleasant climatic conditions seems that God is pouring love and harmony every where in this hill town. The spectrum of tourist destination and attractions which truly leaves the vacationers spell bound on their visit. Green and clean Munnar truly is the wonderful tourist destination which is visited by all the sort of vacationers. The newlywed couples, globe trotters, leisure vacationers and family vacationers every one visit this hill town with mirth and laughter for their delightful vacation.
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