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Visiting Places In and Around Jaipur



Jaipur, also popularly known as the Pink City, as named by the Prince of Wales on his visit to India, happens to be a coveted tourist destination of India. Jaipur, being the capital of Rajasthan, speaks of a rich culture and heritage and thus boasts of various places of interest. Jaipur is actually a city full of surprises. Apart from the well-known forts like Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh, there are a lot of other places of interest that you can visit in and around Jaipur! 


All you have to do is have a car arranged for you from the hotel heritage in jaipur where you are staying and head out to the following places to check out the hidden treasures of this place: 

Within the city
Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh forts are a must. Assuming that you have covered the Hawa Mahal as well, here are a few places that you must try out in the city:

·         Jantar Mantar: This is an observatory which was built by Jai Singh. This is already acknowledged as a national monument. The attraction of this place is its astronomical instruments. This entire structure has been built using locally found stone and marble and a walk through the Jantar Mantar is truly an amazing experience that you should not give a miss. Do not forget to check out the huge sun dial right at the centre! 

·         Jal Mahal: Right in the middle of the Sagar Lake, you have a beautiful structure known as the Jal Mahal or Water Palace. Sawai Raja Jai Singh was responsible for retouching and renovating this structure back in the 1700s. There are a couple of manmade islands on this lake. These have been designed in order to provide migratory birds with a place to rest. Thus, if you visit Jaipur in winter, which is the best time to visit this place, you will find a flock of colourful birds perched on the various islands of this lake! 

·         Raj Mandir Cinema: If you want to try out something that really forms a part of Jaipur’s cultural life, then do check out the Raj Mandir Hall, which is well known for its architecture. 

All little outside the city
If you are interested in trying out a few places that are a little off route the main area of the city, then head out from your resort heritage in jaipur in a car and visit these places:

·         Sakshi Block printing: Block printing is one of the major art forms that are popular in Rajasthan. If you visit this factory, you will get a clear idea how the process works, which colours are used and you will get a firsthand experience about how the artists actually work. 

·         Galta Monkey Temple: This temple is only 20kms away from Jaipur. Literally lodged between two cliffs, this temple is a structure of pink sandstone. Apart from enjoying the palatial interiors, you can also witness a beautiful sunset from here.

No matter how tight a schedule you are on; do try out these places for an experience of a life time!

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Interesting Facts about Varanasi



We all know that Varanasi is one of the holiest cities of India for the Hindus. It is considered to be a place of pilgrimage for many who follow the Hindu religion. Apart from this, Varanasi is also celebrated as one of the top tourist destinations of India, which welcomes tourists not only from India, but from all over the world. The ghats are the life of Varanasi and the food here is something that one cannot afford to give a miss. 


Apart from these reasons, there are many more that make Varanasi a very intriguing and preferable tourist destination. The fact that you will come across plenty of hotels at Varanasi proves that it is a much frequented tourist destination. Here are a few interesting facts about this city, which are sure to develop more interest in it: 

1.     Varanasi is believed to be over 3000 years old and is one of the oldest living cities in the world. The remains found in places near Varanasi suggest that they are from 1080 BC! 

2.     Varanasi is often popularly referred to as Kashi, mostly by the Bengalees, which roughly translates into “the city of lights.”

3.     Varanasi was once a great centre of learning and cultural activities, and it is believed that the Ramcharitmanas was composed here by Tulsidas. 

4.     Just a few kilometres away from the city lies Sarnath, where it is believed that Buddha after attaining enlightenment had come and preached his first sermon. You can actually book a car from your resort at varanasi and head out to visit this place.

5.     It is believed that two rivers once flowed here- Varuna and Asi and their confluence resulted into the formation of this city, and hence, the name Varanasi. These two rivers still exist. While Asi has become a narrow stream, the Varuna still flows strong. 

6.     Myths and local legends suggest that Varanasi is so holy because it was once the abode of the Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. 

7.     Parshva was believed to be the 23rd of all the Jain Tirthankaras and he hailed from this city.
8.     The highest number of Bengalis resides in Varanasi today, after Kolkata. You will come across a Bengali in every one shoulder alley of this city!

9.     When visiting Varanasi, one should always try out the narrow alleys on foot. It is a photographer and explorers’ delight! 

10.  We all know about the famous evening offering ritual or the Ganga Aarti that is performed at the Dashashwamedha Ghat. However, local legends and myths suggest that this is the place where Lord Bramha himself had performed the auspicious Ashwamedha sacrifice with ten horses and hence the name. Thus, it is also known as the Bramha Dwar. 

11.  It was in 1748 that the present Dashashwamedha Ghat that you see was built by Peshwa Balaji Bajirao. 

12.  Cremation ceremonies are performed at the Manikarnika Ghat. It is believed that the fire of burning never subsides at this ghat and whenever you do visit the city, you will always find a fire burning there! 

Makes the place sound more interesting, doesn’t it? So pack your bags and head out to Varanasi today!
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Top Places to see in Delhi this season



Delhi has always been on the top of the list of many tourists coming to India. The reason behind this is easy commuting, rich culture, and an amazing history. If you want to visit every single place in Delhi, then you would need around 3-4 days, but if you are interested in major tourist attractions, then you can easily visit them in a single day.


Here is the list of major attractions that tourists can visit by taking same day Delhi tour

        Red Fort, located in the Old Delhi, is the most popular tourist place that is filled with tourists throughout the year. Red Fort is nothing less than a masterpiece of architectural work which was done centuries ago. Guides are easily available to gain more information plus you can also have voice guide device, which will tell you the history of the Red Fort as well.
                   
        Qutub Minar, which was built by Qutub Ud din Aibak in 1206, was the first ever monument to be built in Delhi by any Muslim ruler. This was a symbol of the dominance of Muslim over Delhi. This also marks a start of a new style of architecture that is Indo-Islamic Style.

        Jama Masjid is located in the old Delhi opposite to Red Fort. This was built by the famous Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Jama Masjid is said to be the largest mosque in India with a courtyard capacity of 25000 people. There are many interesting facts about Jama Masjid that one should explore by going there.

        Chandini Chowk is the main market of Delhi located directly in front of Red Fort. If you want to see how the old Delhi looked like, then you should explore this market on foot. Chandini Chowk is home to Asia largest Spice Market, Khari Baoli.

        If you are taking one day tour in Delhi, then you will definitely visit the Gurudwaras. There are two main Gurudwaras in Delhi; one is Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and second is Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. These two are important to religion and history. Both Gurudwaras serve free food to all the people.

        Akshardham Mandir is the biggest Hindu temple in the world. This temple was built in 2005 and has all the latest technology to help people understand the religion and history of Hindus. It has an IMAX theater, high-tech museum, automated boat rides, food courts, musical fountain, etc.

        There are many more places apart from the above-mentioned locations like Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, Purana Quila, museums. You can also see the architectural work of British like Sansad Bhawan or Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was built by Sir Edward Lutyens.

Another reason people love to visit Delhi the most is Agra and Jaipur. In the heart of Agra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is located and Jaipur, which has unique architectural work in its monuments. These both places can be easily reached within 3-4 hours from Delhi by using road or railways.
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Top Places to see in Delhi this season



Delhi has always been on the top of the list of many tourists coming to India. The reason behind this is easy commuting, rich culture, and an amazing history. If you want to visit every single place in Delhi, then you would need around 3-4 days, but if you are interested in major tourist attractions, then you can easily visit them in a single day.


Here is the list of major attractions that tourists can visit by taking same day Delhi tour

        Red Fort, located in the Old Delhi, is the most popular tourist place that is filled with tourists throughout the year. Red Fort is nothing less than a masterpiece of architectural work which was done centuries ago. Guides are easily available to gain more information plus you can also have voice guide device, which will tell you the history of the Red Fort as well.
                   
        Qutub Minar, which was built by Qutub Ud din Aibak in 1206, was the first ever monument to be built in Delhi by any Muslim ruler. This was a symbol of the dominance of Muslim over Delhi. This also marks a start of a new style of architecture that is Indo-Islamic Style.

        Jama Masjid is located in the old Delhi opposite to Red Fort. This was built by the famous Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656. Jama Masjid is said to be the largest mosque in India with a courtyard capacity of 25000 people. There are many interesting facts about Jama Masjid that one should explore by going there.

        Chandini Chowk is the main market of Delhi located directly in front of Red Fort. If you want to see how the old Delhi looked like, then you should explore this market on foot. Chandini Chowk is home to Asia largest Spice Market, Khari Baoli.

        If you are taking one day tour in Delhi, then you will definitely visit the Gurudwaras. There are two main Gurudwaras in Delhi; one is Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and second is Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. These two are important to religion and history. Both Gurudwaras serve free food to all the people.

        Akshardham Mandir is the biggest Hindu temple in the world. This temple was built in 2005 and has all the latest technology to help people understand the religion and history of Hindus. It has an IMAX theater, high-tech museum, automated boat rides, food courts, musical fountain, etc.

        There are many more places apart from the above-mentioned locations like Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, Purana Quila, museums. You can also see the architectural work of British like Sansad Bhawan or Rashtrapati Bhawan, which was built by Sir Edward Lutyens.

Another reason people love to visit Delhi the most is Agra and Jaipur. In the heart of Agra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal is located and Jaipur, which has unique architectural work in its monuments. These both places can be easily reached within 3-4 hours from Delhi by using road or railways.
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