India being the second most populated country is diverse in ethnicity and tradition. The rich culture of this country is evident from the historic forts, palaces, and temples, which show the profound effect of the Mughal era on Indian architecture. It also bears many tourists due to the chain of beaches from the southernmost Kanyakumari beach to Mandvi and Golden beaches. The prehistoric temples and Royal palaces, along with modern architectural buildings like the Palais Royale, Namaste tower, and World One attract tourists from all over the globe. Amusement Parks like Imagicaa and Wonderla and floating casinos await the globetrotters.
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It is built in the Mughal Architectural style by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in remembrance of his most favorite late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Every year about 7 to 8 million people from all over the globe come to see this spectacle in Uttar Pradesh, Agra. In about 21 years and 20,000 workers under the leadership of Ustad Ahmad Lahauri managed to make this masterpiece in about 916 million today’s US$, which is now one of the 7 wonders of the world. The tomb is built over an area of 82 acres and consists of a mosque, a guest house, and various gardens; in total it has 120 rooms in it. The ticket price for foreigners is 250 Indian rupees and for locals, it is 20 Indian rupees only. You can visit it before sunset and for any person visiting India, the Taj Mahal should be his/her top-most priority.
The Red fort located at Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi in another masterpiece made on the orders of Shah Jahan when he shifted his capital city from Agra to Delhi. The main architect was Ustad Ahmad Lahori, the same person who architected the Taj Mahal. Originally, it was made of white sandstones in 1648, but during the British reign, the rocks started to chip off, so they painted it red. From there it gained the name of the Red fort.
The red fort is open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm and tourists can visit it on any day except Monday. The Red Fort is also famous because of the Koh-e-Noor which was initially part of its furniture but was later stolen.
Hawa mahal structured by red and pink sandstones resides in the heart of The Pink City, Jaipur. Its intricately carved honeycomb-shaped 953 pellucid windows allow the wind to smoothly blow through the maze of courtyards, hence the name “Palace of breeze”. The palace was designed by Ustad Lal Chand on the orders of the founder of Jaipur, Pratap Singh, who intended to allow the royal ladies who had to abide by “purdah”, to enjoy the hustle of the streets through those finely designed windows. The impressive piece of architecture symbolizes the Rajput and Mughal royal culture, rooms with colored filtering the colored light into a spectrum lightening up the whole room opening into a spacious aerated courtyard.
Himachal Pradesh is a mountainous state in the western Himalayas, in northern India. Leo Purgil, the highest peak of the Dhauladhar range stands in Himanchal. The serpentine river running through the Himalayan ranges drains the main rivers of northern India. Manali and Simla hill stations and Hindu pilgrimage temples are the perfect destinations for local and foreign tourists. 66.52% of the total land area in Himachal Pradesh is covered by forests. In total it has 37,033 square kilometers of the area covered in forests that houses 2 National Parks and 33 Wildlife Sanctuaries.
Mount Abu is the only hill station in the entire Rajasthan famous for its Hindu temples. Guru Shikar, 1722 meters, the highest peak of Mount Abu in Aravalli range, represents the incarnation of a Hindu deity, Vishnu. It also includes the Dilwara group of Jian temples presenting magnificent white marble sculptures and Kalpavriksha, the divine tree thought to fulfill wishes. The wildlife sanctuary at the Aravalli range, the oldest one in India, bears rich biodiversity and is a home for the tropical and evergreen forest as well as to 250 bird species including rare green munia and Grey jungle fowl.
Ranthambhore National Park
Situated in Rajasthan, district Sawai Madhupur, with the Ranthambhore fortress standing in the middle of it, and the wild Bengal Tigers dwelling in their natural habitat, the Ranthambhore national park was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973 by the Indian government. Covering an area of 1334 sq. kilometers, it has 10 safari zones in it. The park opens for tourists on 1st October and closes on the 30th of June. It is also allowed to take the camera inside so you can capture photos, videos, and snaps of the tiger meters away, to upload on social media.
Palolem Beach is located in South Goa and is about 40 minutes from Margao, the district headquarters of South Goa. It is crescent-shaped and is approximately 1.61 km in length. The weather is usually hot and humid. If you are a beach-lover, Palolem is a must-visit. It is famous for its night-life when silent discos are held and people dance and enjoy while listening to songs via headphones.
The Jaipur Observatory was constructed in 1728 in Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Jantar Mantar is the largest observatory in India inscribed by UNESCO as World Heritage. It is built with special clay bricks of sedimentary rocks called Shale. It has a height of 220 meters. It was originally made to tell the time in ancient times. It also used to observe the star and planetary movements.
Jantar Mantar is a triangular gnomon with its hypotenuse parallel to the axis of the Earth which passes straight through the center of the sun two times a year. Along with many other precious astronomical apparatus, it also contains the largest sundial made of stone.