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  • 0 Tourist Attractions in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

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    Home to some of the world's most famous historic sites, Israel and the Palestinian Territories are often thought of as simply a pilgrimage destination. After all, this is where some of the main events for those of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths is said to have happened. But for travelers not seeking out religious highlights in the churches, synagogues, and mosques, there are plenty of other attractions. The Dead Sea is a bizarre natural wonder where you can't sink. The Galilee region's natural beauty ticks all the boxes for those who want to hike in nature. And the Negev desert's raw and rocky landscapes are ripe for adventure seekers looking for some dusty action. Sure, the religious sites here will always be the main draw card for a visit, but scratch below the surface and you'll find there's so much more.     1 Jerusalem   Jerusalem Aching with the weight of history, Jerusalem has one of the world's most recognisable skylines, with the golden helmet of the Dome of the Rock glinting above the caramel-colored stone of the old city. This ancient city holds deep religious significance for all those of the monotheistic faiths, and the labyrinthine alleyways in the old district are packed with religious sites and mind-boggling history. Dodge the crowds of pilgrims and take a walk along the walls that still wrap around the old city. Explore the city's fabulous museums. And immerse yourself in the mazy lanes, which kings, Crusaders, and conquerors have all fought over. Jerusalem enchants and confounds in equal measures.   2 Haifa   Haifa Jerusalem is all history. Tel Aviv is about modern dining and café culture. And Haifajust does its own thing. This lovely northern city's main highlight is the Baha'i Gardenswhich tumble down the hillside towards the sea in a series of immaculate green terraces. They're a must-do for all travelers here, but Haifa's big attraction for many visitors is that it's the perfect base to explore the north. Akko, Mount Carmel, and Caesarea are right on the doorstep, and even Nazareth and Megiddo could be easily done as a day trip from here. Hands down the most easygoing city in the country, Haifa should be part of everyone's itinerary.   3 Nazareth   Nazareth Forever linked to the Bible, Nazareth is one of the main pilgrimage destinations in the country. The holy sites here are some of the most important in the world for those of the Christian faith. This is where the Annunciation took place, and where Jesus Christ was brought up, and the center of town is home to important churches that celebrate this history. Don't miss the Basilica of the Annunciation and exploring the vibrant bazaar area, which adds some modern bustle to the twisty, old city lanes.   4 Jaffa   Jaffa A picturesque vision of honey-colored stone, Jaffa is a chilled-out little harbor town with an illustrious past as a major port. Made for aimless wandering and home to an excellent flea market, Jaffa provides an old-world style respite from the modern thrum of Tel Aviv next door. The muddle of lanes leading down to the sea, where once the great ships of the ancient Mediterranean empires docked, are now a haven for café-hopping and lazy afternoon sightseeing. All who visit soon succumb to its charms.   5 The Dead Sea   The Dead Sea   The lowest point on earth and one of the world's most wacky natural wonders, the Dead Sea is the mineral-rich and overly salty sea where no one can sink. Locked in by the cliffs of the Great Rift Valley, this bizarre body of water (where natural buoyancy occurs due to the high salt content) has been wowing travelers for centuries. Take a float - you can't really sink - and you'll be won over as well. 6 Bethlehem   Bethlehem A major Christian pilgrimage center, Bethlehem is home to the Church of the Nativity, built over the site where Jesus Christ is said to have been born. The stately church complex with its far-reaching historical significance, and the busy market vibe of the bazaar make this the number one highlight of the West Bank. Although many travelers only come here as a day trip from Jerusalem, the town is an excellent place to base yourself for excursions into the surrounding countryside.     7 Timna Park   Timna Park Raw, rugged desert scenery at its best; Timna Park, near Eilat, is one of the most beautiful corners of the Negev. The landscapes here have a visceral quality, which enchant all who visit, with towering cliffs and surreally-shaped boulders set between vast tracts of multi-hued sand. Timna's copper mining history (which stretches back to the ancient Egyptians) is also worth exploring; the area is full of ancient mine shafts and rock inscriptions.     8 Sea of Galilee   Sea of Galilee Share:    Gorgeous countryside and bags of history, the shoreline that wraps around the Sea of Galilee is packed full of attractions. Whether you're here to visit the churches of Tabgha, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount and carried out much of his preaching, or you just want to soak in the hot pools near Tiberias and do some hiking, this beautiful region is a major highlight of any trip. Don't miss taking a swim in the sea itself and soaking up the views across the lake on a hillside hike. 9 Masada   Masada This mountaintop fortress, overlooking the Dead Sea, is home to incredible vistas and some fascinating history. This is where King Herod's once mighty palace stood and where the Zealots took their last stand against the Roman Legions. If you're up for a hike, the winding Snake Path is the perfect way of reaching the top with excellent panoramas all the way. Otherwise, take the cable car and see the views without the sweat.   10 Mar Saba Monastery   Mar Saba Monastery Mar Saba Monastery is an architectural marvel of the Byzantine age, precariously snuggled into the cliff face as if it had sprouted organically out of the sheer rock. Although female travelers are not allowed to actually enter the monastery, the view is enough of a reason to visit, with the metal domes glinting in the sun between the rock face. An easy day trip from Bethlehem or Jerusalem, Mar Saba Monastery is one of the Holy Land's great historic sites. 11 Beit Shean   Beit Shean   In a country full of ruins, Beit Shean stands out from the crowd for its excellent preservation. Here, you can get a real feel for the life of a Roman and Byzantine town with its colonnaded streets, well-restored theater, and extensive bath house remains. Stroll the once mighty streets, explore the extensive ruins, and sit in the theater where the Roman city's cultural life was played out. It's a fabulous slice of the ancient world that any history lover should see.   12 Akko   Akko   Wrapped up in Crusader history, Akko (Acre to the Crusaders) has a mellow harbor full of colorful, bobbing fishing boats; a vibrant bazaar crammed with spice, produce, and interesting artisan products; and a truckload of history to boot. The city walls, old khans (caravanserais), and fort remnants speak of another age, when this town was the center of the empire. One of the most fun towns to explore (who doesn't like a secret tunnel?), Akko is a great mix of historic sites and modern life.

  • 0 Nepal Walking & Trekking Summer Holidays

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    A vacation in the summer months is one of the most cherished experiences we have each year.    Nepal is without a doubt one of the most fascinating countries in the world, blessed with an incredible variety of landscapes and a friendly, laid-back population. From the highest points on Earth to the jungle lowlands along the Indian border, it has attracted travellers and trekkers from around the world. The Himalayas are indeed the natural habitat for any born trekker. Your Summer Break will commence in Nepal with a small, but interesting, orientation about the culture, history, religion, habits and behaviours of the Nepalese people.     During the trek we appreciate the magnificent oak and rhododendron forests as we ascend to alpine meadows that afford spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. After completing our trek we travel to Chitwan for nature walks and a safari in search of rhino and the Bengal tiger.   A friend or a family recommendations often influence our decision to book a trip. Indeed it's nice to know  your next adventure destination with a strong stamp of approval from trusted peers and that's on After all its the experience that matters.your tour guides set a realistic pace - helping us along the way and knowing when we needed to rest.       #Everest Base Camp #Langtang & Gosainkund #Be swept up in the warmth and vibrancy of Kathmandu #Experience the achievement of reaching Everest Base Camp #Trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary #Shop for trinkets in Pokhara's Old Bazaar #Admire the simple architecture of charming Bandipur #Go on safari in the Chitwan National Park #Discover the raw beauty of the Himalayas #Relax in traditional mountain teahouses #Wander the cobblestone streets of Bhaktapur #Stay in a farmhouse in the Nepalese countryside

  • 0 varanasi

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    About Varanasi Travel Information Varanasi is the symbol of undying faith to millions of devotees who throng the Ghats and temples of this holy city. The significance of Varanasi/ Kashi can be gauged from the fact that Hindus from different parts of India wish to spend their last days in the eternal city to attain liberation. This very facet of the holy city pulls curious westerners as well as diehard devotees to her fold. The Legacy of the Varanasi The legend of Varanasi dates ages back. The city of Varanasi finds mention in the great dauntless of Mahabharata and Ramayana. Varanasi was a prosperous trade center when Buddha came to Sarnath, about 10 kilometers away, to preach his first sermon in 500 BC. The famous American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together. "The Ghats of Varanasi Varanasi's major tourist attraction are the long stretch of ghats, which line the west bank of the Ganges. Ghats are the steps which lead down to the river. There are around ghats in Varanasi, each with its own significance. Most Indians believe that anyone dying on the banks of the river, in Varanasi, attains instant 'moksha' or enlightenment. Durga TempleThe eighteenth century Durga Temple is also known as the Monkey Temple due to the presence of the many monkeys that live here. Durga is represented as the embodiment of shakti or female power, clad in red, riding a tiger and fully armed with Shiva’s trident, Vishnu’s discus and a sword. Bharat Mata TempleThis unique temple has a huge relief map in marble of the whole of Indian subcontinent and Tibetan plateau installed instead of icons of gods and goddesses. Alamgir MosqueThe Alamgir Mosque is also known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera and is a blend of the Hindu and Mughal styles of the architecture. The mosque was built by Aurangzeb on the site of the Vishnu Temple. Tulsi Manas TempleThis temple is dedicated to Lord Rama and is situated where the great medieval seer Tulsidas is believed to have lived and written the great epic ‘Shri Ramcharitmanas’. Vishwanath TempleThe temple is located in the premises of the Banaras Hindu University and was by the Birlas. It was planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya and is open to all irrespective of caste or creed. Banaras Hindu UniversityThe Banaras Hindu University is one of the oldest educational centres in India which was built in 1917. Its campus is spread over five square kilometres and houses the Bharat Kala Bhavan, which has a fine collection of miniature paintings, sculptures from first to fifteenth centuries, old photographs of Varanasi and brocade textiles. Excursions in VaranasiVaranasi has numerous excursion sites located nearby. Some of the major cities are listed below. SarnathSarnath is a major Buddhist centre where Buddha preached his message of the ‘middle way’ to nirvana after achieving enlightenment at Bodhgaya. It is located 10 kilometres from Varanasi and Ashoka erected the Famous Stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were built here in Sarnath. KushinagarKushinagar lies about 51 kilometres from Gorakhpur, and is famous for the Mahaparinirvana (death) of Lord Buddha. The town was once celebrated as the centre of the Malla kingdom and has many stupas and viharas that date back to 230 BC-413 AD.

  • 0 About Chennai Travel Information

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    About Chennai Travel Information Chennai on the map of the Indian heart The Gateway to the South; Chennai (formerly Madras) located besides the Bay of Bengal is embraced by it from the east, while the state of Andhra Pradesh is beautifully located on its northwest. It has the famous district of Tamilnadu, Kanchipuram, on its south and the states of Kerala and Karnataka on its western side. Being situated at the tropical zone, Chennai normally has a very hot and humid climate. Explore the Southern ecstasy Marina Beach - Chennai Bejeweled in the mystical south Chennai previously known as Madras unleashes history with the hands of nature. Every tourist destination rhymes a melodious saga that coherently harmonizes the past with the present. Chennai is the most vibrant and enchanting cities of the South and is also one of the most exotic destinations of the Indian sub-continent. Bestowed with exquisite beauty and natural charisma, Chennai calls for exploration.The Marina beach, spreads over an area of 14.5 km, is the second longest beach in Asia. This beach appears like a festive ground on weekend evenings. Now-a-days used as the state secretariat, the St. George Forte is another major landmark of Chennai. The British East India Company built it in the year 1653. It has a museum that has a fine collection of British and French antiques and other commemorations. Within the fort premises is the St. Mary's Church, the first British church of Chennai.Parthasarthy temple is one of the oldest temples of this region and echoes with divine grace. The temple is consecrated to Lord Krishna. Built in the 8th century BC by the Pallavas, the temple was remodeled in the 16th century by the Vijaynagar kings.Snake Park and Guindy National Park, located close to each other near the Guindy station, are other sites to visit. Kapaleeswarar Temple, the grand old temple of Chennai, is dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple is a living evidence of the architectural skills of the Dravidian clan of the 13th century. However, non-Hindus are not allowed to enter into the main place of worship in the temple. Santhome Cathedral, built during the 14th -15th century, is another splendid place worth visiting. Vivekanand Illam - ChennaiThe Birla Planetarium, Elliot Beach, Valluvar Kottam, National Art and Government Museum, Anna Zoological Park, Kalakshetra and the Theosophical Society are some of the eminent sites and focal points of tourism. Once the port city of the Pallavas, Mamallapuram or Mahabalipuram is situated at the periphery of Chennai and is approximately 61 km away from the main city. The artisanship of this place is unmatched. A wondrous initiation towards sustaining the ecological balance of nature is the zoological enhancement of the crocodile bank. Located just 44 km away from the main city, it houses many rare species of Indian and African alligators and crocodiles. Covelong beach Covelong Beachis another place worth a visit in order to unveil the past of the state that remains unleashed. The surrounding magnificence of the fort, church, mosque and the seashore are indeed overwhelming. Besides these, Muttukkadu, Thirukkalukundram, Vedanthangal bird sanctuary, etc., are other excursion destinations to be visited around the city. Cultural musingsHigh Court - ChennaiAroma of festivity dwells in the air of Chennai. As the heavenly abode celebrates a number of festivals and plays host to several events. These festivals are mainly based on the agricultural activities and according to the position of the stars and planets. Pongal, celebrated in the month of January, is the most important festival of Chennai. Being a cosmopolitan city, almost all the religious festivals are celebrated here. DenizensChennai though a quiet civilized, elegant and cultured city pulsates in the southern part of India. It resonates many inferences to many people. For few it is merely home, for others it is a 'extremely slow' city, and for some others it is the city which has attained the perfect balance between the West and the East. But everybody agrees on one thing - it is one of the cultural centers in India.In the first glance, one would be left a thinking that the entertainment scene in Chennai is confined to classical dance only. But unveil the face of Madras and you will discover - a more complete and wholesome picture of this culturally rich city; Chennai.To spend a colorful evening , you can make your choice amongst theatres, both Tamil and English, dance recitals or musical concerts.

  • 0 About Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) Travel Information

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    About Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu) Travel Information Kanyakumari is a town located in the Tamil Nadu state of India. It is the southernmost tip of India and the Indian subcontinent, and is surrounded by the seas of 3 sides, the Arabian sea on the east, the Indian ocean ahead and the Bay of Bengal on the west. (A small note: People sometimes ask 'kanyakumari is in which state? as they get confused whether its in Kerala or Tamil Nadu, which are both southern-most states of India. Kanyakumari district was earlier a part of Kerala, but was later merged into Tamil Nadu and now belongs to Tamil Nadu state) Kanyakumari is a famous tourist destination most noted for its beautiful sunrise and sunset and the 'Sangam' that is the confluence of the 3 seas. The major attractions for tourists visiting Kanyakumari are the Swami Vivekananda rock memorial, the 133 ft. statue of Tamil saint and poet, Thiruvalluvar, and the Kanyakumari and Suchindram temples located in the vicinity. Tourist Attractions in KanyakumariThere are various tourist attractions in Kanyakumari. The main tourist attractions in Kanyakumari are the temple of the virgin goddess Kanyakumari or the Kumari Amman Temple and the Swami Vivekanda rock memorial. Various other places in Kanyakumari are the Gandhi memorial and the Suchindram temple. Kanyakumari TempleThe Kanyakumari temple or the Kumari Amman Temple is one of the ancient temple which is located on the shoreline in Kanyakumari. This temple is dedicated to the goddess Parvati who appeared in Kanyakumari as the Kanya Devi, the virgin goddess. This temple and the adjoining ghat attracts tourist from all over the world. The diamond nose ring of the deity is famous for its sparkling splendor which is said to be visible even from the sea. Non Hindus are not allowed to enter into the temple. More.... Swami Vivekanda Rock MemorialSwami Vivekanda Rock Memorial is situated on a little rocky island just off the coast, about 500 meters away from mainland. This memorial stands on one of two rocks separated by about 70 meters. This memorial belongs to Swami Vivekananda, the great Indian philosopher and was built in 1970. In 1892 he sat here in deep meditation on the rock, where this memorial is located now. There is a dhyana mandapam where one can sit in a serene atmosphere and meditate. The design of the mandapa incorporates different styles of temple architecture from all over India. It houses a statue of Vivekananda. On the island one can also see the Shri Pada Parai, the footprints of Kanyakumari, the virgin goddess. To reach the memorial one has to hire the ferry services. A memorial has also been recently built which is dedicated to Tiruvalluvar, the author of the philosophical work Tirukkural. Swami Vivekanda Rock Memorial, KanyakumariGandhi Memorial The Gandhi Memorial is located at the place where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept for public view before a portion of its contents were immersed in the three seas. This memorial resembles an Oriyan temple. This temple is designed in such a way that on 2nd October, his birthday, the sun’s rays fall directly on the spot where his ashes were kept. Padmanabhapuram Palace : Padmanabhapuram Palace is a large mansion of the Travancore Kings. It is known for its fascinating natural splendor. Vattakottai (6 km) : Vattakottai is an 18 century circular fort located on the beach. It is a popular picnic spot which is located six kms. from Kanyakumari. Udayagiri Fort (34 km)The Udayagiri fort is located about 34 kms from Kanyakumari. This fort was built by King Marthanda Varma (1729-1758 AD). This fort has a foundry for casting guns. The king's trusted European general De Lennoy's grave is also located within this fort. Akkay Aruvi Water falls (33 kms.) : The beautiful falls are located 14 kms. From Nagercoil. There is also a small shrine associated with saint Agasthiar, which attracts a large number of devotees on the full moon day of Chithirai (Apr.-May). Tiruchendur (85 km) : In Tiruchendur the beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Subramanya is located. This temple is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal and one of the six abodes of Lord Subramanya. This temple draws various devotees from all over India. Kumarakovil (34 kms.) : The beautiful Lord Muruga Temple here is set on a 200 feet high hillock. It also enshrines image of Goddess Valli, the spouse of Lord Subramaniya or Muruga. Udayagiri Fort (34 kms.) : This 18th century fort 14 kms. From Nagercoil was built by king Marthanda Varma. The grave of the Dutch Gen. Del Lennoy, one of the most trusted generals of the king, lies within the fort. Suchindram (13 kms.) : Suchindram is located about 13 kms from Kanyakumari and bears the imprint of various kingdoms. The Thanumalayan temple in Suchindram is a repository of art treasures belonging to those kingdoms. This temple is famous for the beautiful gopuram, the musical pillars and the impressive 6 m tall statue of the monkey god, Hanuman. The main deity in this temple is in the fom of a Shivlinga which is the representation of the combined forces of Siva, Vishnu and Brahma. It is one of the few temples in the country where the three trinities are worshipped together.

  • 0 About Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) Travel Information

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    About Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu) Travel Information Rameshwaram, a major pilgrimage centre is referred as the Varanasi of South India. Rameshwaram is an island situated in the Gulf of Mannar at the tip of the Indian peninsula in Tamil Nadu. The sacred island of Rameshwaram is about 173 km. from Madurai and only 80 kms. away from Sri Lanka. The religious island is spread in an area of 61.8 square kms. and happens to be in the shape of a conch. This island was the place where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva in order to cleanse away the sins after he killed the Ravana, king of Lanka and also built the bridge across the sea to bring his consort, Sita back from Ravana. This place is sacred to the devotees of both Vishnu and Shiva. Rameshwaram is also one of the most visited pilgrimage place in India. It is also believed that the pilgrimage to Kashi is not considered complete without a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram. The highest point of the island has the footprints of Lord Rama Tourist Attractions in RameshwaramThe main tourist attraction in Rameshwaram is the Ranganathaswamy Temple. The other places in Rameshwaram are the Kothandaramaswamy Temple, Dhanushkodi, Kurusadai Island, Agnitheertham, Ramanathapuram and Rameshwaram Setu. Ranganathaswamy TempleRanganathaswamy Temple is the famous temple at Rameshwaram. This temple is believed to have been built on the site where Rama worshipped Shiva in order to do penance for killing the Ravana, king of Lanka. This temple is one of twelve Jyotirlingas of India, dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity of this temple is the Linga of Sri Ranganatha. This temple is one of the most beautiful shrines in terms of sculptures. This temple rises above a lake as a vast rectangle about 1,000 feet long and 650 feet wide and covers an area of 15 acres. This temple belongs to the 12th century and was built by the different rulers over a period of time and was completely built after three centuries. One of the remarkable feature of the temple is its corridor. This corridor is the longest corridor in the country that extends to 1200 metres and is flanked on either side by ornate pillars. Each pillar is anindividual composition carved out of solid granite. Some of the leading architects have also described the temples as the most evolved of all Dravidian temples. There are twenty-two wells in the temple and the taste of the water in each well is different from each other. Kothandaramaswamy TempleThe Kothandaramaswamy Temple is another famous temple at Rameshwaram. This temple has idols of Rama, Sita, Lakshman, Hanuman and Vibhishan, the main characters of the epic Ramayana. Rameshwaram SetuRameshwaram Setu is located about 5 km south of the Ranganathaswamy temple. This is the place where the Lord Rama built the bridge across the sea to bring his consort, Sita back from Ravana, the king of Lanka. There is also a temple of Sri Anjaneya. In Devipatnam, or Navapashanam, also by the sea, there are nine stones visible at low tide. It is believed that they were set up by Sri Rama to represent the nine planets, the Navagrahas Gandhamathana ParvthamThis highest point on the island lies just 3kms. North of the shrine. A two storeyed mandapam her is believed to have an imprint of the Lord,Rama’s feet on a charka. On the way are Sukreevar Temple and Theertham. AgnitheerthamAgnitheertham is about 100 metres away from the temple of Ranganathaswamy. This is the place where Lord Rama worshipped Lord Shiva, to cleanse away the sins after killing the Ravana. RamanathapuramThe ancient town of Ramanathapuram is the district headquarters of Rameshwaram. The Ram Vilas Palace of the Sethupati Rajas is a worth visiting place in Ramanathapuram. The oil portraits of the Rajas of the past centuries and the articulately designed ceilings and walls embellished with eighteenth century murals can be seen in this place. The meetings with the English to battle with the Marathas were also held at this place. Uthirakosamngai (72 kms.)An ancient Shiva temple here enshrines the image of the presiding deity carved in emerald. Arudhra festival celebrated there in February – March every year attracts a large number of devotees. Devipattinam (Navabashanam) (70 kms.) Lord Rama is said to have worshipped the ‘Navagrahas’ at this coastal village. Hindus perform religious rites for their ancestors over here. Kurusadai Island (20 kms.)It lies to the west of Pamban Bridge, about 4 kms. from Mandapa. The Marine Biosphere here is a ‘paradise’ for the marine biologists and nature lovers.

  • 0 About Delhi Travel Information New Delhi, the capital of India

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    About Delhi Travel Information New Delhi, the capital of India, sprawled over the west bank of the river Yamuna is one of the fastest growing cities in India. Historically, the city has long since been the foremost in political importance with successive dynasties choosing it as their seat of power, between the 13th and the 17th centuries. Remnants of the glorious past survive as important monuments in different parts of the city. SightseeingRed Fort : The Red Fort: Also known as The Lal Quila (Lal = red Quila = fort), stands on the banks of Yamuna. It is surrounded by a perimeter wall of about 2.4 Kilometers and is built of Red Sandstone. The Mughal king Shah Jahan (who also built the Taj Mahal) transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi and the fort was completed in 1648, nine years after the king shifted to this city. The fort has two main entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate which faces the famed Chandni Chowk market. Purana QilaPandavas had built their capital, Indraprastha at the place where the old fort stands today. This fort, now in ruins, was the seat for administration for many emperors. The legendary Prithviraj Chauhan ruled from here till he was defeated by Abdali in the battle of Panipat. A new light & sound show is held by the Department of Delhi Tourism every evening. Timings and Tickets are available from the tourist office. Qutab MinarIt was built by a muslim king, Qutub - ud - din in 1199 AD and a part of which he could not finish was completed by Itutmish, another Muslim king. It is situated in the southern part of the capital. The height of the tower is about 72.5 meter high and there is a mosque at its base. In front the Qutub Minar there is an iron pillar which is believed that it was built in 5th century. The uniqueness part of the pillar is that it has not rusted ever since it was built. Due to some precaution the Tourists are not allowed to climb the Qutub Minar i.e. to the tower. Safdarjung's TombSafdarjung tomb is besides the Safdarjung airport. This tomb was built by the Nawab of Avadh for his father. The structure is one of the finest example of architecture of its time and tells the saga of a dying empire India GatePrimarily a memorial to the unknown soldier was designed by Lutyens. The 42 meter high structure is a war memorial in honor of the soldiers who died during the second world war. The imposing structure from where stretch massive lush green lawns has an eternal flame (Amar Jawan Jyoti) to honor the memory of the unknown soldiers. India Gate prominently located in the vicinity of Rashtrapati Bhavan is a major crowd puller during the hot summer evenings of Delhi by virtue of its lush green lawns.  Lotus TempleCompleted in 1986, the Bahai temple is set amidst pools and gardens, and adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion. The structure is in lotus shape so it often called the lotus temple. The view of the temple is very spectacular just before dusk when the temple is flood lit. Rashtrapati BhavanThe house that houses the President of India and the house that boasts of having welcomed the most powerful men in history. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens and built in 1931, to be the central point of the British power in Delhi. Originally called the Viceroy's House, the Rashtrapati Bhavan covers an area of 4.5 acres of land. It has 340 rooms, 37 salons, 74 lobbies and loggias, 18 staircases and 37 fountains. The most magnificent room in the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the Durbar Hall, which lies directly beneath the main dome. All important Indian State and Official ceremonies are held here. To the west, is the famous and beautifully landscaped Mughal Gardens, designed after the terraced gardens the Mughals built in Kashmir. The garden is famous as the 'Butterfly Garden' for the numerous butterflies that visit the varied flowers. The garden is open to the public in February. Parliament House Parliament House accommodates the two Houses of Parliament, Lok Sabha (House of the People) and Rajya Sabha (Council of States). Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, the architects of New Delhi, designed this building. His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught, laid the foundation stone of Parliament House in the year 1921. It took six years to complete the Delhi Parliament House and its was inaugurated in the year 1927 by the then Governor-General of India, Lord Irwin. A circular building, it also houses ministerial offices, a number of committee rooms and a brilliant library.  The Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha meetings are held in the domed circular central hall and the three semi-circular buildings. Sansad Bhavan of New is adorned with an open verandah with 144 columns and a 28 m central dome. Made up of blocks of sandstone, it has a diameter of approximately 174 m. Enclosing the Parliament House Estate is an attractive red sandstone wall or iron grill with iron gates. It is necessary to take prior permission before visiting the Parliament House of Delhi. Indians need to get permission by applying at the Parliament Secretariat and foreigners through their Embassies or High Commissions Humayun's TombBuilt by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best example of Mughal Architecture. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red and white sandstone, black and yellow marble tomb. The entry in the complex is free on Fridays. RajghatThe simple square platform of black marble on the banks of the river Yamuna marks the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. His last words 'Hey Ram' are inscribed on this platform which is surrounded by a serene garden. Jamma MasjidOne of the Architectural gift given by Shah Jahan (who built Taj Mahal), Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Completed in 1658 this Mosque has three gateways, Four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. You can enter the mosque but take precaution to take off your shoes and make sure that you are properly dressed before entering. One can also go to the top of minarets. From here you can have a birds eye view of Delhi. Jantar MantarSet within the a garden of stately palms, it was built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in 1719. He had been entrusted with the task of revising the calendar and correcting the astronomical tables then in use. He made daily astral observation for seven years before embarking on these stone constructions. He discarded the usual instruments of brass and built these massive ones in masonry which are used to the movements of stars. This observatory, together with the one at Jaipur, are the finest examples anywhere of observatories modeled on the general pattern laid down by Ulugh Baigh of Samarkand in the 14th century. The observatory is conceived with perfect stability and is adjusted to the meridian and latitude of the location. Temples of DelhiLAXMINARAYAN TEMPLE (Birla Temple )Laxminarayan Temple as viewed from the street The Laxminarayan Temple, (also called the Birla Mandir), in Delhi, India, is a temple built in honor of the Hindu goddess of wealth, Laxmi, and of her consort, Lord Vishnu – the Preserver of the Hindu Trinity. It is a temple with many shrines, fountains, and a large garden . The temple attracts thousands of devotees on Janmashtami day, the birthday of Lord Krishna.The famous Birla temple patronized by Mahatma Gandhi, who inaugurated this temple in 1938 after Raja Baldev Birla constructed it, is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. It is close to Connaught Place and is frequented by many devotees regularly. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all strata of society be allowed to offer prayers there on account of the large scale prevalence of untouchability at that time. One of the most important festivals of the Hindus Janamashtami coinciding with the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with great fervour in the temple with more. ISKCON TEMPLEBuilt as recently as 1998, the ISKCON temple complex at Hari Krishna Hill in East of Kailash is one of the most lavish and grand temples of Delhi. A fine example of architecture, it sports 'Shikharas' rising to a height of 90-ft above ground level and centrally air-conditioned hall that can hold as many as 1,500 people at once. The fine art paintings by Russian artists here depict lives and events related to Hindu mythological characters such as Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Special sermons and prayer meeting are held in the temple, every Sunday afternoon. Dedicated mainly to Lord Krishna, the elegant temple was built by the followers of 'Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna' cult. One of the largest temple complexes in India, it also boasts of a Robot, which was built especially to enact and preach 'Gita'. The temple remains opened every day from 4.30 am to noontime and from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm AKSHARDHAM TEMPLEAkshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. Swaminarayan Akshardham reflects the essence and magnitude of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spirituality.The beautiful monument built without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000 murtis and statues of India’s great sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine personalities.The monument is a fusion of pink stone and pure white marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and eternal peace. Akshardham was created by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in fulfillment to the wish of his guru, Brahmaswarup Yogiji Maharaj, the fourth successor in the spiritual hierarchy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. In only a short timespan of five years Swaminarayan Akshardham became a reality through the blessings of Pramukh Swami Maharaj, 300 million man hours of epic services rendered by 11,000 volunteers, sadhus and artisans and the immense sacrifice, austerities, prayers of hundreds of thousands of young and old devotees of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.

  • 0 About Mumbai Travel Information

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    About Mumbai Travel InformationMumbai is the fast paced commercial, financial, industrial and celluloid capital of India. Haji Ali Mosque is a great place to visit, standing proudly on a raised walkway in the middle of the sea exposing the ultimate power of almighty. At nights, backdrop of twinkling lights from the sky scrapers shows the true charm and glamour of financial hub. The scenes at Chowpatty Beach, filled with the lights of stalls selling fruit-juice, ice-cream and snacks to the crowds is worth a visit.. Marine Drive, stretched along the Arabic sea shore is a pleasant walk way out from the huge rush of traffic as it gives a feeling of tranquility in midst of fast moving chaos. Mumbai Facts:• Area 603 sq. km • Population 9925891 • Altitude Sea level • Languages Marathi, Hindi, English, and Gujarati • Best Time to Visit October-March • STD Code 022 Tourist Attractions in Mumbai The places of tourist interests are endless in Mumbai. A number of sites with historical importance, contemporary wonders, archaeological sites, religious places and natural wonders in the backdrop of modern day marvels is an experience of life time. The Gateway of India is the main attraction of Mumbai city. Built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in the year 1911, The other sites like the Mani Bhawan or the Gandhi memorial, Prince of Wales Museum, Marine Drive and Juhu gives the feeling of being in the commercial capital of India. The Hanging Garden and the Kamla Nehru Garden provides the much needed rest between sightseeing trips and the Chowpatty adds flavor as the view of one of the most happening beaches of Mumbai. Tourist Attraction in MumbaiGATEWAY OF INDIA - The Gateway of India was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary for the Delhi Durbar in 1911 when Delhi became capital of India. Situated at the Apollo Bunder, the gateway holds greater historical significance. The monument is complete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. PRINCE OF WALES MUSEUM - The Prince of Wales museum Was built in the year 1914, it is surrounded by beautiful landscapes forming an ideal getaway. The museum houses art, sculpture, rare coins, and old firearms and a priceless collection of miniature paintings. This museum is regarded as one of the best museums in the country. MARINE DRIVE - A stroll down the Marine Drive is definitely one of the best way to discover Mumbai. This winding stretch of road extends from Nariman Point to Malabar’s also called as Queen’s Necklace because of its curvy shape and many street lights with sky scrappers on one side and Arabian sea on other.. JUHU - Nicknamed as the uptown paradise, It is a place that attracts a large number of visitors throughout the yearJuhu beach is attractively studded with five star hotels offering the customers a splendid view of the coast. The beach remains overcrowded on weekends. The general beach activities like camel rides, pony rides, acrobats, performing monkeys and entertainers keep tourists enthralled all the time. JUHU - Mumbai Nicknamed as the uptown bourgeois paradise, Juhu Beach is a place that attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year. Characterised by walkers, screaming children and courting couples, the beach covers an area of about 5 kilometres. Juhu beach is attractively studded with many five star hotels offering the customers a splendid view of the coast. The beach remains noticeably crowded on weekends. Moreover, the beach activities like camel rides, pony rides, acrobats, performing monkeys and entertainers will keep you enthralled all the time. Keep away from hawkers. HANGING GARDENS - The Hanging Gardens was built during the early 1880s over Mumbai's main reservoir at the top of the Malabar HillsIt was built on this location to cover water from contaminating activities of Towers of Silwnce which is nearby. The garden provides lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. CHOWPATTY - Another sandy attraction of Mumbai is the Chowpatty beach in the suburbs of the city. Chowpatty is perhaps the most famous beach of Mumbai, flooded by the usual hustle and bustle of roadside vendors, screaming kids, Ferris wheels, pony rides, wayside astrologers, monkey shows, Moreover, the bhelpuri shops and sometimes the film shoot or a street play also adds to the festive atmosphere of the beach. AAREY MILK COLONY - One of the most modern milk colonies in the world is Aarey Milk colony of Mumbaiwhich is located at a distance of 32 kms from main Mumbai city. A visit to the observation pavilion here on a hill near the colony's entrance also gives an enchanting view of the surrounding areas. But the main feature of the colony is the 4000 acres of parkland with fine gardens. JAIN TEMPLE - Jain temple of Mumbai Located on the Malabar Hill, it houses frescoes depicting various events in the lives of the 24 Jain Tirthankaras. Tourist Attractions around Mumbai There are many cool and calm destinations around the city to walk away from the crowded and fast moving citylike caves of Elephanta, the Karla caves, the unique Kanheri caves and the well known hill stations of Mumbai, Matheran and Lonavla.

  • 0 About Khajuraho Travel Information

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    About Khajuraho Travel Information Khajuraho is famous for its magnificent temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras. These temples are built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D. The temples of Khajuraho represent some of the most exquisite specimens in medieval India, only 22 temples out of 85 now survive. HistoryThe art of Khajuraho India has a long history. Today the art of Khajuraho India is world renowned. The beautiful temples that dot the town of Khajuraho are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in 9th and 10th century AD. The engravings on these temples are highly sensual and erotic and much has already been discussed their symbolic importance. Tantricism and the Shakti cult, where the pancha makaras (five tenets), namely, matsya (fish), madira (wine), maithun (sexual activity), mamsa (meat), and mudra (gesture) were to release the human spirit from the bondage of the flesh, have been described as the possible explanations for the sculptural sensuality of Khajuraho.Out of 85 temples, only 20 have survived the ravages of time. Made of sandstone blocks fitted together, the temples are aligned east-west. For convenience, these may be divided into western, eastern, and southern groups of temples. Places of InterestThe temples of Khajuraho are divided into three geographical groups viz, Western, Eastern, and Southern groups.Devi Jagdamba Temple Western Group of TemplesChausath Yogini One of the three granite temples in Khajuraho. Dedicated to Kali, it is also unique in being quadrangular. Only 35 of the original 65 cells remain and the image is the earliest surviving shrineKandariya Mahadeo It is the largest and most typical Khajuraho temple. Perfectly symmetrical, it soars 31m high. Devi Jagdamba Temple Another Kali temple, originally dedicated to Vishnu. Chitragupta Temple North of Devi Jagdamba temple and facing eastwards to the rising sun, dedicated to Surya, the Sun God. The idol, an imposing 5 feet in height, is driving a seven-horsed chariot. Vishwanath Temple The steps Vishwanath Temple leading to the temple on the northern side are flanked by lions and on the southern side by elephants. There is a impressive three-headed image of Brahma inside. Eastern Group of Temples Brahma Temple, Vamana Temple and Javari TempleA double row of celestial nymphs adorn the outer wallsof the Vamana temple in a variety of sensuous attitudes. Granite was used in the construction of the Brahma temple. Parsvanath Temple The largest Jain temple in this group. Sculptures on the northern outer wall make this timeless, of a woman bending thoughtfully over a letter, a damsel removing a thorn from her foot. Ghantai TempleBearing evidence of its original splendour, particularly arresting is a frieze depicting the dreams of Mahavir's mother and a multi armed Jain goddess riding on the winged Garuda. Southern Group of TemplesDulhadeo TempleArchaeological MuseumChaturbhuj Temple ExcursionsDhubela Museum : 64 km. Located on the bank of the lake, the museum houses a wide variety of Shakti Cult Sculpture. There are different sections on garments, weapons and paintings.Timings : 1000 -1700 hrs. How to get there Air: Indian Airlines services connect Khajuraho with Delhi Rail : Jhansi (175 Km.) and Satna (117 Km.) are the two convinient railheads to visit Khajuraho from Bombay, Delhi & Madras. However Harpalpur (110 Km,) is the nearest railhead to visit Khajuraho. Road : Khajuraho is connected with major tourist centres by good motorable roads. Some important distances from Khajuraho are: Agra (395 km), Allahabad (285 km), Bandhavgarh (237 km), Bhopal (372 km) Chitrakoot (176 km), Delhi (590 km), Jabalpur (296 km) Lucknow (267 km) and Varanasi (415 km) Bus service : Direct bus services connect Khajuraho with Panna, Satna, Rewa, Jabalpur, Jhansi, Harpalpur, Mahoba, Bhopal, Indore and Agra.

  • 0 About Alleppey or Alappuzha (Kerala) Travel Information

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    About Alleppey or Alappuzha (Kerala) Travel Information Alappuzha or Alleppey, with its labyrinth, of canals, bridges along silver beach, makes for a memorable holiday. Its cheerful people add to the town's charm. The never-ending panorama of lush green paddy fields, towering coconut trees, shimmering water and long canals around Alappuzha make a delightful setting for the town. The calm serene backwaters and the unique beauty of the blue Vembanad lake make the boathouse cruise a memorable lifetime experience. The experience of Monsoon brings a large number of tourists to this lake heaven. Alleppey which is known as the Venice of the East used the boats known as Kettuvallam for the transport of goods from Kodungallur to Trivandrum. When the road transport developed, this transport activity lost its relevance and the former boats were converted as traditional Houseboats. Today Alappuzha has grown in importance as a backwater tourist centre, attracting several thousands of domestic and foreign tourists each year. Alappuzha is also famous for its boat races, houseboat holidays, beaches, marine products and coir industry. A singular characteristic of this land is the region called Kuttanad. The land of lush paddy fields, Kuttanad is called the rice bowl of Kerala and is one of the few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Alleppey backwaters are selected as one among the 10 must see honey moon destinations in the world. Places of InterestKuttanad : The place Kuttanad is called the rice bowl of Kerala because of her wealth of paddy crops, is at the very heart of the backwaters. The scenic countryside of Kuttanad with its shimmering waterways also has a rich crop of banana, cassava and yam. This is perhaps the only region in the world where farming is done 1.5 to 2 m below sea level. Inland waterways which flow above land level are an amazing feature of this region. Alappuzha BeachAlappuzha Beach: One of the most popular picnic spots in Alappuzha. The pier, which extends into the sea here, is over 137 years old. Entertainment facilities at the Vijaya beach park add to the attractions of the beach. There is also an old lighthouse which is greatly fascinating to visitors. Pathiramanal: Pathiramanal is an island and accessible only by motor boat only. It is a 30 min. drive from Alappuzha by speedboat. According to mythology a young Brahmin dived into the Vembanad Lake to perform his evening ablutions and the water made way for land to rise from below, thus creating the enchanting island of Pathiramanal (sands of midnight). This little island on the backwaters is a favourite haunt of hundreds of rare migratory birds from different parts of the world. Nagaraja Temple Mannarasala Sree Nagaraja Temple: This Temple is 32 km south of Alappuzha and is situated near Harippad; this is a serpent shrine under the patronage of a Brahmin family, headed by a priestess. The ancient shrine is an internationally renowned pilgrim centre dedicated to the Serpent God Nagaraja. Sarpa Yakshi and Naga Yakshi are the beloved consorts of Nagaraja. It is believed that Nagaraja as the installed diety is endowed with the form of Hari (Lord Vishnu) and the spirit of Lord Shiva. Edathua Church: The Church is Established in 1810, the church is dedicated to St. George. It is believed that prayers and offerings at this church help to heal all mental disorders and other ailments. During the annual feast (5th, 6th and 7th of May) pilgrims from all parts of South India, irrespective of caste and creed, visit the church and seek the blessings of the saint. This Church is 24 km from Alappuzha, on the Alappuzha - Thiruvalla Road Krishnapuram PalaceKrishnapuram Palace: The palace was built by Marthanda Varma, this palace at Karthikapally in Kayamkulam is famous for its mural depicting the story of Gajendramoksham. Dating back to the 18th century, this exquisite piece of art is one of the largest murals in Kerala. The palace museum houses antique sculptures, paintings and bronzes.

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