Best places to visit and things to do in India and South-East Asia
The 800 years old palace was once a royal residential place for the Kuthar rulers. Though some parts of this palace are recent that is not more than a century old though the actual fort once built by Gurkha rulers has lasted an eternally long age. The place is at an hour distance from Jabbar Hatti Airport in Shimla and spreads over an exceptionally large area. Entrance fee for an adult is Rs. 10 for children is Rs. 5 and for foreigners it’s Rs. 100. The photography charges are additional. The palace has various gardens and temples and a hue of Rajasthani architecture accompanied with colonnades, convoluted pillars, and arches. The interior has some intricate wooden carvings and fine paintings.Now some parts of the palace have been transformed into a luxury resort equipped with suites and all modern amenities.
The Mysore Palace was the official residence of the Wodeyars, who ruled Mysore from 1399 to 1950. Built by King Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV, the Mysore Palace is one of the most visited tourist destinations, only second to Taj Mahal. Located in the very centre, the entire Mysore city seems to have been built around the Palace. The original structure of the Palace, composed of wood was burnt down completely. The present building was built in 1912, and incorporated all the architectural styles it could. It is a mixture of Hindu, Muslim, Rajput and Gothic styles, commonly known as Indo-Saracenic style. The marble domes cap off the three storied palace, along with a five storied tower. The body of the palace is carved exquisitely with precision and finesse. The palace houses notable and priceless works of arts and crafts from all over the world. Today, the Mysore Palace acts a museum, with every exhibit up for display. The Mysore Palace is truly a legacy of the might and creativity of medieval India.
Perched on the edge of the Great Thar Desert in the heart of rural India lies this unique 16th century fort that offers experience after exhilarating experience. Hundreds of years of history unfold as you glance at its battle-scarred walls and stroll down its ramparts. As you sip tea on the terraces you realize the beauty of being surrounded by acres of lush green gardens. A true rarity of any desert in the world!! Peacocks, parrots, pigeons and as many as forty-six varieties of birds greet you to add to the charm and splendour of this ancient fort.
Rising perpendicular and impregnable from a rocky hill that itself stands 120m above Jodhpur’s skyline, Mehrangarh is one of the most magnificent forts in India.
Lohagarh Fort is one fort which is known as the invincible fort of India. Literally translated, it means Iron Fort. This fort has withstood repeated attacks of the Mughal as well the British forces.
Elephanta is an island off the Mumbai coast declared as the most enigmatic heritage sites in India. It is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is currently maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. The island, located on the arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two group of caves. First is a large group of five Hindu Caves and the second one is a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. It is one of the major tourist attraction for the people visiting Mumbai. The main cave also called the Shiva Cave is 27 metres square in plan with a hall. The caves contain rock cut stone sculptures. The west wing of the caves is in a semi-ruined state and has small chapel and a cistern enclosed within the pillared cave. How to reach Elephanta is not at all a big question. Mumbai to Elephanta caves can be easily reached by firstly reaching the Gateway of India. From here, you will find boats leaving for the caves at regular interval.
Rajmachi Fort, a renowned attraction, in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region. Rajmachi consists of two citadels – Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts, located near two famous hills of Khandala. At the base of the fort is the village Udhewadi which is another name for Rajmachi. Many changes had been seen in Rajmachi fort by the hands from Shivaji Maharaj, Emperor Aurangzeb, Shahu Maharaj and eventually the British reign. Rajmachi is the popular tourist attraction of Khandala. The fort of Rajmachi is famous among trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. You can start trekking from the Kondhane caves side which will take 3-4 hours of climbing if you want to experience a full-fledged trek, but otherwise you can drive right upto Udhewadi village from the Lonavala side and then trek for hardly 20-30 minutes to the top of the fort. Rajmachi is very popular beginner’s trek as it has simple and clearly marked trail on both sides the paths.
The Sariska Palace
In the 19th century, the Sariska Palace was built by the Maharaja of Alwar as a royal hunting lodge. Once that had been the palace of the Royalty, Sariska Palace today serves as a heritage hotel to offer the medieval luxury to the modern travelers. The hotel is spread over 120 acres of lush greenery. Its stunning interiors exhibit a fine blend of French and regal architecture.
Amar Mahal Palace
The Amar Mahal Palace is a palace in Jammu which has now been converted into a Museum. Its structure was sketched by a French architect. It is made up of red sandstone.The palace has sloping roofs with turrets and tall towers as it is built in the European Castle Style. The Amar Mahal Palace Museum has number of art galleries that displays Indian art and work of Indian artists in different fields. One of the greatest attractions is Dogra Gold Sofa weighing 120 kilograms of gold placed in a hexagonal room and bears the design of golden lions in it. A large collection of portraits of the royal families are also showcased in the museum. There is also a library with more than 25,000 books of literature, science, politics, and many more. One of the other attraction is the suite of Maharani Tara Devi where her clothes, bed and Victorian style bathroom can be viewed. Even the decoration crown of India is also on display which she obtained in 1945.
Pancha Pandava Rathas
A complex of monuments located on the coasts of the port side town is the Pancha pandava rathas, which is a fine example of monolithic and ancient Indian architecture. The five monoliths are named after the historical characters of the five pandavas – Arjuna, Bhima, Yudhishthira, Nakula and Sahadeva of the Mahabharata epic. The site is well known for its exquisite architecture with the five edifices ready to blow your mind away. Built strong period of the Pallavas the site is now a world heritage site, honored by the UNESCO. Each of the five Rathas is solely dedicated to honour the five skilled warriors. It is a dream world of art sculpture and expressions with the chariots chiselled with precision and care. The carved rocks are a dream come true for architects and historians.
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
Bhimbetka is a treasure! This is definitely a place to visit for the history buffs. A calm and serene place replete with cave paintings. All around one can find beautiful rock formations and cave paintings.
A city, prevalently made of red sandstone, Fatehpur Sikri was at one time the capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is presently an UNESCO world legacy site and an acclaimed vacation destination. The city offers a fine case of Akbar’s design artfulness. Fatehpur Sikri can be characterized as the remarkable mix of structural magnificence and also religious convictions. This landmark was worked by Akbar to respect Sheik Salim Chisti, whose forecast materialized. Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for a long time. It is presently an UNESCO world legacy site. At the point when the prediction worked out as expected, Akbar manufactured the new capital in Sikri. Alongside it, he assembled a dazzling mosque which is still being used today. He manufactured three royal residences for each of his most loved spouses, one a Hindu, one a Muslim and one a Christian. The city could be considered as an Indo-Islamic Masterpiece. Fatehpur Sikri is encased by a 11 km long fortress divider which has different entryways. You can go on a one day trip from Agra to Fatehpur Sikri.
Located on the banks of Betwa river, Chattris is a set of magnificent royal tombs of the Maharajas, placed on a platform and supported by the pillars. These are memorials of the rulers of the Bundels and are laid down in a row of 14 along the beautiful banks of the Betwa River. It reflects a wonderful sight though to some it looks uncanny. The Chhatris of Orchha are the most melancholy ruins of the city in Madhya Pradesh. The charm of Chattris is best experienced when it is viewed from a narrow bridge on the opposite side of the river, from where the entire reflection of the tombs can be seen. Each Chhatri is a little different in design. The structures are triple-storied. Four chambers make up a dome shaped covering surrounded by small cenotaphs resting on columns. The domes are adorned with exquisite paintings, which add to the alluring appeal of Chattris which has attracted tourists since years. It would be perfectly timed if you go by Sunset. It is a best place for history buff as well as photographers.
Mubarak Mandi Palace
One of the most attractive tourist attraction in Jammu is Mubarak Mandi Palace. The architecture of the palace is an elaborate blend of Mughal, Rajasthani and European art work in India. Mubarak Mandi Palace will leave you mesmerized with its beautiful architecture and great art work. Other than the beautiful antique buildings , the bows and arrows of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan painted in gold also attracts people. The Dogra Art Museum is situated within the Pink Palace.The southern part of the complex is the Gol Ghar. Sheesh Mahal is the most eye-catching section of the complex displaying exotic glasswork architecture. One of other major attraction near the Mubarak mandi Palace is the Raghunath Bazar. It is one of the perfect shopping place in Jammu. Hotels near Mubarak Mandi Palace is also easily available.
Jahaz Mahal in Mandu is a popular monumental building and must see tourist spot during Mandu sightseeing. It best captures the medieval romance of Mandu. Surrounded by pond water, it given an impression as a floating structure on water due to which it has been named as Jahaz Mahal. It is a nice example of creative imagination realized on ground. All the passages, windows were designed with arches in different designs. Jahaz Mahal in Mandu is a nice example of creative imagination realized on ground. All the passages, windows were designed with arches in different designs.
Kamru Fort is one of the oldest forts of Himachal Pradesh, and a must visit destination for history enthusiasts. The entrance of the Fort is decorated with a splendid picture of Lord Buddha, which adds to the magnificence of the Fort. Kamru Fort is five stories high, and the historical architecture of the Fort makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations. The architecture of the Kamru Fort is spectacular, with the great facade bearing artistic wooden carvings and the structural design being reflective of the legacy of the Tibetan culture. The Fort offers the tourists an exceptionally magnificent view, with it being overlooked by the snow-capped Himalayan mountains, and get surrounded by the rich, dense forests, and green open fields, making it a truly remarkable sight to behold.
The Greco Buddhist style of Architecture is reflected in the Ashoka Pillar at Sanchi. The most surprising nature of the Ashoka Pillar is that it is exceptionally proportional. The basic adjust of the Ashoka Pillar is extremely commendable. It looks to some extent like the column at Sarnath. It is complicatedly cut however the lions of this Ashoka Pillar in Sanchi don’t bolster the wheel of law or Dharmachakra. The clean of the Ashoka Pillar is splendid and sparkles right up ’til the present time. The national emblem of India and a mark of Emperor Ashoka’s visit to Sarnath, this 50 m tall pillar crafted out of a stone is an impressive structure. It consists of four lions on the top, back to back in a standing position along with the Ashoka Chakra at the bottom. Also, a bull, a lion, an elephant and a horse are depicted on the base of this structure which symbolize the four different phases of Gautam Buddha’s life.
Morgan House, Kalimpong
Morgan house is one of the colonial bungalows of the British Raj period situated in the town of Kalimpong. Morgan house has been converted into a tourist lodge by the government of India. It was originally the home of a rich jute merchant from Britain. The garden is very good and the scenic view of the mountains from the house is excellent. Morgan house is open for public viewing. It is now a budget hotel / guest house and is a very comfortable place to stay. It is a heaven on earth for bird and wildlife watchers as the marshes around attract wildlife.
Once a mighty outpost in the time of Tipu Sultan, the Droog Fort is now a prominent tourist attraction visited by all travellers when in Coonoor. It is a delight for trekkers as you need to do some foot travelling to reach this destination. The trek through the Nonsuch Tea Estate itself is adventurous and a cherishing experience. Also known as the Bakasura Malai, the fort is linked to the legend of a native demon, Bakasura. Today, only a wall of the military outpost remains, with all other walls in crumbles. This historical heritage gives a wide insight into the culture and practices of the medieval period. The proud fortress is a significant place for bird watching and also to get a panoramic glimpse of the hill station.
The heart of Kurnool is the Kurnool Fort and is one of the landmarks of the town. It was built by Achyuta Devarayalu, belonging to Vijayanagar Empire. Konda Reddy Buruju is a part of Kurnool Fort and is the only part left out of the magnificent fort. The projection is in the shape of a huge pillar and has two storeys. The storey is an underground passage about 25 Km long which leads you to Alampur, a town in Mahbubnagar District. When you reach the highest point of the monument, you get the panoramic view of the city. One of the ruined portions of the Kurnool Fort is Erra Buruju built with red sand stone. This Buruju was built by the Vijayanagar rulers. Walls of the Erra Buruju have some of the splendour symbols that have historical importance. Slight images of Sri Rama, Lakshmana and Goddess Dita can be seen. Image of elephant and a lion locked in a fight can also be visualized.
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