There are so many diverse things in India to see that planning a trip can get confusing and overwhelming. So, to help you plan according to your interest and passion we are going to run a collection of articles on India attractions and the best of India. We are starting with a look at India’s most famous heritage sites
1. Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, Agra
This is the foremost tourist destination in India. The world’s most famous symbol of love was made by Shahjahan in the 17th century for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. This is the final resting place of the Queen. It was made in white marble and was originally embellished with precious stones. Moonlight viewing is allowed from 8.30 p.m. until 12.30 a.m. five days a month. A short distance from the Taj Mahal is the magnificent Agra Fort. The fort was commissioned by Emperor Akbar in 1565 A.D. and was finished only during the reign of his grandson, Shahjehan. It has sixteen splendid palaces and served as a home to six Mughal Emperors. The fort was built mainly using red sandstone and white marble. The Agra Fort offers an enchanting view of the Taj Mahal. Emperor Shah Jahan was imprisoned here by his son and spent the last seven years of his life, looking at the final resting place of his wife.
2. Meherangargh fort, Jodhpur
This 17th century fort is perched on a rocky ridge and presides over the city. It is perhaps the best preserved fort in Rajasthan. Its interior has a series of beautiful palaces where you will find all sorts of inventory from weaponry to ladies’ cosmetics. It perfectly illustrates the magnificent history of the Maharajas. A short walk down to the Old City below leads you to the Taleti Mahal, one of three concubines’ palaces and a further illustration of Jodhpur’s opulent past.
3. Red Fort, Delhi
Red Fort or the Lal Quila is a UNESCO world heritage site. Much like other prestigious monuments in Delhi, the Red Fort was also constructed by the Mughals. It was built in the 17th Century by Shahjahan to protect his capital, Old Delhi. Today, it serves as the center where all major political ceremonies are held. The President or PM’s address to the people, raising of the national flag on Independence Day and other such important occasions are held here. The enormous fort demands hours of walking for visitors. There are three large museums inside the red sandstone mammoth. The fort is usually open all days except Monday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Entry fee is Rs. 11 for an Indian citizen and Rs. 100 for a foreign national.
4. Amber/Amer fort, Jaipur
There are more monuments and palaces in Jaipur than you can count. Prime amongst these is the Amber or Amer Fort, which was started in 1592 by Raja Man Singh I. The façade of the fort makes it look dilapidated but inside it is beautiful and grand. Exquisite murals and carvings from the bygone era still bedeck the walls. Extensive use of intricate mirror work can be seen everywhere. The fort’s Kali Temple is renowned for its huge silver lions and doors. A royal elephant ride across one section of the fort is loved by people and has been seen in many international movies.
5. Jallianwalla bagh, Punjab
Jallianwalla bagh was the chilling site of the massacre of 13th April 1919 when thousands of peaceful protestors were gunned down by the British army at the command of Gen. Dyer. From bullet holes to blood splatters, every remnant of the day remains untouched and preserved at the site. This is a war memorial like no other.
6. Lake Palace, Udaipur
The country’s famous Lake Palace sits proudly on the Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Lake Pichola. Originally, the palace served as a summer retreat for the royal family, but now it stands as one of India’s most celebrated hotels. Its incredible location, ambience and enviable reputation draw people from all over the world. A lovely boat-ride on Lake Pichola is the only way to reach the palace.
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