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Red Fort

At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom…’ This historic speech marked India’s independence from British rule and simultaneously made the Red Fort in Delhi a politically significant monument, which now acts as the setting for the independence day celebrations each year. However, the Red Fort has been a strategically important monument through the ages, due to Delhi being the capital city for a good part of the Mughal rule in India.

Delhi, India

Lotus Temple

Location:    On Baharpur Hills near Kalkaji in South Delhi

Built in:    During 1980-1986

Attraction:    Splendid architecture

Also known as:    Bahai House of Worship

How to reach:    One can easily reach Lotus Temple by taking local Buses, auto rickshaws or by hiring taxis from Delhi

Lotus TempleLotus Temple is one of the most picturesque temples of India. Lotus Temple stands seventh in the international chain of Bahai House of Worship. Lotus Bahai Temple is considered as the Mother Temple of the Indian Continent. The splendid architecture of the temple has been accredited with several architectural awards. Fariborz Sahba is recognized as the architect of this beautiful structure, who is an Iranian.

The construction of this temple took around 6 years, till it was opened for the public in 1986. The structure of this temple is derived from the Lotus, the national flower of India. The Lotus has been a significant part of the Hindu religion too. A glimpse of Lotus, gives the idea of peace and serenity. The marvelous structure of the temple comprises 27 self-supporting marble clad "petals" that are arranged in groups of three to form nine faces.

Delhi, India

Charminar

Situated bang in the heart of the old city of Hyderabad, the Charminar (Urdu ‘Char’ meaning Four and ‘Minar’ meaning Tower) is one of the most recognized monuments in India. It is the architectural icon for the city of Hyderabad, equivalent to the likes of the Taj Mahal of Agra or the Eiffel Tower of Paris and is the most searched historical site of the city on Google. The imposing monument stands regally tall amidst the colorful bangle shops in the labyrinthine Laad Bazar of the old city and presents a beautiful glittering sight after nightfall (7pm-9pm). It is currently maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. The Charminar is situated on the eastern banks of Musi River with the Makka Masjid, another famous Qutub Shahi architecture, in the vicinity.

Hyderabad, India

Golden Temple Amritsar

Golden Temple, Amritsar Overview

One of the most spiritual places in India, Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrines in Sikhism and is alive with religious fervour and sacredness. Its divinity is a thing that can only be experienced and not described. After going through a tumultuous period of demolitions, it was rebuilt by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1830 purely with marble and gold. It is the view of the resplendent shrine, glistening in the centre of the tank that brings an infinite calmness. It is located right in the heart of Amritsar and is easily reachable from any part of the city. Serving as a symbol of brotherhood and equality, Golden Temple is visited by people from all over the world who come here to seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment.  In spite of the thousands of people milling about in the premises of the temple, the only voice you will hear around you is silence interspersed with chants of the Sikh prayers.

Located in the beautiful city of Amritsar, Golden Temple is just a small part of the vast complex known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib to the Sikhs. The spiritual focus is the tank, the Amrit Sarovar, which surrounds the glistening central shrine. Amritsar takes its name from this Amrit Sarovar which was excavated in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das. 
Around the edge of the compound, there are more shrines and monuments. The Sikh Museum is located inside the main entrance clock tower which shows the oppression endured by the Sikhs at the hands of the Mughals, the British and the Indian Government of 1984. The Ramgarhia Bunga is a protective fortress located at the southeast end of the tank and is surrounded by two Islamic-style minarets. Golden Temple is indisputably one of the most exquisite attractions in the world.

Amritsar, India

Jamia Masjid

The Masjid e Jahan Numa (lit. the 'World-reflecting Mosque'), commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi is one of the largest mosques in India.

It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656 at a cost of one million rupees, and was inaugurated by Imam Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari from Bukhara present-day Uzbekistan . The mosque was completed in 1656 AD with three great gates and two 40 metres high Minarets constructed with strips of red  sandstone and white marble. The courtyard can accommodate more than 25,000 people. There are three domes on the terrace which are surrounded by the two minarets. On the floor, a total of 899 black borders are marked for worshippers. The architectural plan of Badshahi Masjid built by Shah Jahan's son Aurangzeb at lahore, Pakistan, is similar to the Jama Masjid.

Delhi, India

Sakleshpur

Located on the border of Bayaluseemae and Malnad, Sakleshpur is one of the most beautiful hill stations in Karnataka. Situated in Hassan district, the town lies on NH-48 and has an average elevation of 949 m.

According to history, the region was under the rule of the Chalukyas, Hoysalas and the kings of Mysore. During the reign of the Hoysalas, a shiva lingam was found in this town. However, the shiva lingam found was broken, which was called as shaka Lesh ara. Since then, the town came to be known as Sakaleshwara among local residents. According to another legend, the town was known as ‘sakala Aishwarya Ga Linda kudida pura’, which literally means ‘the place is home to all kinds of wealth’.

Karnataka, India

Dandeli

Dandeli is a small town  nestled in the lap of Western Ghats. Blessed with verdant jungles home to the elusive black panther and River Kali, a hub for white water rafting and a place to savor delicious and traditional North Karnataka food, Dandeli is paradise for nature lovers.

There are two versions of Dandeli’s history. The first one dates back to the birth of a mythical creature called Dandakaranya, mentioned in the epic, Mahabharata.  According to another legend, the town is named after Dandelappa, a local deity and a servant of the Mirashi landlords.

Karnataka, India

Bandipur

Home to the famous Bandipur National Park, this town attracts everyone from tourists who are looking for a weekend break to naturalists who intend to study the teeming wildlife in these jungles. If you are looking for a fun-filled and adventurous vacation, head straight to Bandipur, a town in Karnataka, which is famous for its National Park. The famous tiger reserve bestows an abode to an exquisite fauna such as chitals, wild boars, gaur and tigers to name a few. The entire area stretches to Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve which further enhances its splendor.

Karnataka, India

Kabini

The wildlife reserve at the banks of the expansive river of the same name, Kabini offers a vacation amidst greenery and wildlife at its prime. The nearby waterfall, elephant safari, and bird watching along with the lush green surroundings of the tropical forests tend to make you experience life in its most heart-warming form. Considered to be one of the best places to experience nature’s beauty in Karnataka, Kabini on the banks of the river of the same name offers wildlife lovers a treat. Not only the reserve is laden with natural beauty of lush green tropical forests, it is also a place you would get the pleasure of looking at herds of elephants, spot animals like sambar, langurs, chital, bison, sloth bear, crocodile, pythons, tiger, and leopards, and watch tens of different varieties of birds flying over the view.

Karnataka, India

Chikmagalur

 A beautiful hill station located at the base of Mulayanagiri Range in Karnataka is Chikmagalur. The hill station is sometimes referred to as “coffee land of karnataka because of its several coffee plantations. Located close to the city of Bangore it is a popular weekend getaway for the people of India’s Silicon Valley. The highlight of Chikmagalur is the Mahatma Gandhi Park, previously known as Ratnagiri Bore. It is known for its scenic vistas.

Karnataka, India