At the Red
, the saga of varied cultural influence and of the dynasties that ruled
through history unfolds in the son-et-lumiere presented here every evening.
Built by Shah Jehan, this was the seat of the Mughal kings. Excellent examples
of Mughal architecture abound in
The Jama Masjid, Purana Qila, the tombs of Safdarjang and Saint Nizamuddin
Auliya, the Qutab Minar; and the Tughlaqabad-Adilabad complex, mesmerize with
A marvel captivates just 3 hours
Agra with its exquisite filigrees and inlay in marble, the Taj Mahal is the
cynosure of Mughal architecture. On the banks of the river
Yamuna, near the Taj,
stands Agra Fort. It houses the Pearl Mosque besides many palaces.
nearby, with its imperial sandstone ruins was Akbar’s experiment in art and
the west, among the rippled sand dunes of the Thar desert, like a mirage looms
’ Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. You see a marvelous synthesis of Hindu, Jain
and Mughal architectural influences – the Jantar Mantar, the city palace and
museum, the Hawa Mahal, and the forts of Amber, Jaigarh and Nahargarh in the
palaces in red sandstone stand in stark contrast, among the stretches of sand at
, 316 kms to the northwest of Jaipur. The 11-day camel safari from Bikaner to
the ‘golden’ fortress city Jaisalmer, 328 kms away, along the many camping
oases in between, brings visions of old trade routes and caravans.
, in Rajasthan, is the hill resort and sacred pilgrimage of the
. The Dilwara Temples here are an exposition of Jain art and architecture. There
are also good rock climbing facilities at
, just off the
road, stands the intricately carved vast Jain temple complex at
back to the 15th century.
, is a dream in city planning,
designed by Le Corbusier. Here a local sculptor, Nek Chand, has created a
magical garden using discarded scrap and natural rock.
, believed to be the birth place of Lord Krishna, and
Brindavan, popular as Braj Bhoomi, on the west bank of the Yamuna near
are eminent Hindu pilgrimage centres.
southeast of Uttar Pradesh,
, enshrines the essence of Hinduism. Pilgrims take a dip in the holy
here, which is believed to be sin-cleansing. A short distance away, Sarnath
where Lord Buddha attained Nirvana (salvation), is a major Buddhist pilgrimage.
are the sacred cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh. From Rishikesh upto the source
of the torrential
(grade 3-4), the best of river rafting adventure in the world beckons.
away from Gangotri, the glacial source of the Ganga, up in the
, is the source of river Yamuna – Yamuntori, and the shrines, Kedarnath and
Badrinath. Thirty eight kilometers from Badrinath is the world famous ‘Valley
of Flowers’ – a lush meadow of exotic flowers in full bloom from mid-July to
the end of August.
in the Garhwal Himalayas, is the queen of hill resorts
known for excellent ski-slopes flanked by tall
Deodar trees , just 253 kms away from Rishikesh,
hill resort, Shimla in Himachal Pradesh is a major hang-gliding site in India
, and also offers a number of treks along wooded glades.
in the Himalayan foothills is becoming the adventure nerve centre of
, with facilities in hang gliding, mountaineering, trekking and Mahseer trout
fishing. A hang gliding rally is held here in the month of May annually.
, a fascinating land of parks and gardens.
offers the hang gliding enthusiast the most breathtaking take-offs in the world.
is the premier ski-resort of
. In summer the ski-slopes become one of the highest 18-hole golf courses in the
world. Less than a 100 kms away, Pahalgam, on the banks of the river
the most popular trout water in India
. Kashmir, the
, also offers excellent facilities for heli-skiing.
the river running capital of
. The Zanskar river in the Zanskar valley and the
river comprise the rafting arena here.
the foothills of the Shivalik mountains in Uttranchal , lies the
Corbett National Park (295 kms from Delhi), home to the Kumaon tiger, the
panther, wild boar, sloth bear, elephant, deer, crocodile and a variety of
and Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur, (152 kms from
) in Rajasthan is a 26 sq. Km tract with the largest concentration and variety
of birdlife in
Great Indian Tiger at the
, 180 kms away near Sawai Madhopur, a Project Tiger reserve.
the Splendour of multifaceted India