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NORTHERN INDIA - DELHI

Location:
  • Northern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Places:
  • Akshardham Temple, Red fort, Humayun’s tomb, Qutub Minar, India Gate, Jantar Mantar of Delhi, Lodi Gardens, Lotus temple, Jama Masjid, Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, Purana Qila
What to See in Delhi:
  • Visit to Village Bistro, Hauz Khas for a cultural extravaganza, followed by dinner at an authentic village complex, comprising shops and restaurants. Meeting with astrologer, who can forecast what your future could be. With near-to-accurate predictions, these astrologers can answer your many questions of anxiety. Sound and light show at the Red Fort narrating the rich history of the Red Fort and the ruling dynasties of Delhi until the independence of India.
Accessibility
  • As a major entry point for India many major international flights go through New Delhi. It is also extensively connected by air, road and rail with the rest of the country.
What to Wear
  • Cottons in summer, woolens in winter

DELHI TOURIST PLACES

Qutub Minar

The tallest minaret in India, Qutub Minar is among the iconic monuments of Delhi. Known as the ‘Tower of Victory’, the construction of the minaret also marked the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Located at Mehrauli, around 3.9 million people visit the structure every year. Built from red sandstone and marble, the minaret is known for its history and architectural significance. The minaret and other monuments within the complex have been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

Red fort

Seat of the Mughal Empire since Emperor Shah Jehan, the Red Fort stood for the might of imperial Hindustan. The medieval structure in Delhi holds significance even today as the Prime Minister of India makes his customary Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the fort on August 15. The fort stood at the eastern edge of Shahjahanabad, the new capital of Mughal Empire created by Shah Jehan in 17th century. Shahjahanabad was the seventh Delhi created since Indraprastha, the capital of Pandavas.

Lotus temple

Also known as the Lotus Temple, the elegant Bahai Temple is a marvel of modern architecture. The temple has become a landmark of Delhi and must visit for tourists to the national capital. With its distinctive design, the temple invites peoples of all religions and races to worship the creator of the universe. The temple serves as the Bahai House of Worship in the Indian subcontinent.

Humayun's tomb

A World Heritage Site, the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun is known for its architectural splendour and magnificence. Located in Nizamuddin East, the monument is considered the precursor of grand Mughal mausoleums. The mausoleum complex has several firsts to its credit. It was the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent, the first structure to use red sandstone on a large-scale and broke new ground as far as Mughal architecture was considered.

India Gate

Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931. Built from sandstone, the arch also houses the Eternal Flame, a gesture in memory of the Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the 1971 war with Pakistan.

Lodi Gardens

Lodi Gardens is a popular park in Delhi, spread over 90 acres. Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Sikander Lodi’s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis, an Afghan dynasty are located inside Lodi Gardens, which are now under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

Akshardham temple

Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham means the adobe of the supreme lord and the temple is a fine example of the Indian architecture, spirituality and art. The temple complex is one of the most beautiful structures built in India. Inspired from the Akshardham Temple in Gujarat and spread over 100 acres, the Akshardham Temple in Delhi is located about seven km northeast of the metropolitan city on the banks of the Yamuna River.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid also known as Masjid-i Jahān-Numā is the principle mosque of Old Delhi. Jama Masjid was built between 1650-1656. It was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The mosque has a vast paved courtyard, which can hold up to 25,000 people. It is about 261 feet long and 90 feet wide and its roof is covered with three domes. The floor is covered with black and white marble which looks like the Muslim prayer mats.

Jantar Mantar

At first sight, the Jantar Mantar appears like a gallery of modern art. It is, however, an observatory. Sawai Jia Singh II of Jaipur (1699-1743), a keen astronomer and a noble in the Mughal court, was dissatisfied by the errors of brass and metal astronomical instruments.

Purana Qila

The oldest structure in Delhi, Purana Qila means ‘Old Fort’. Located on Mathura Road, the fort was constructed over 5000 years ago in the iconic city of Indraprastha by the Pandavs. However, the ruins of the fort which stand today were believed to have been built by Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri, who overthrew the rule of Mughal Emperor Humayun.

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Situated in Nizamuddin area of Delhi, the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya is among the popular Sufi mausoleums in the country. Second in popularity only to that of Hazrat Moinuddin Chisti, the mausoleum complex also houses tombs of poet Amir Khusro and Shah Jahan’s daughter and princess consort Jehan Ara Begum. Hazrat Nizamuddin was a famous saint of the Sufi Chishti Order which has a large following in the Indian subcontinent.

NORTHERN INDIA - HARYANA

Capital:
  • Chandigarh
Location:
  • Northern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Places:
  • Badhkal Lake, Dabchik, Jungle Babler, Karna Lake, Sohna, Surajkund, Dumdama, Sultanpur and Kurukshetra
What to See in Haryana:
  • Kurukshetra Tank and Lal Masjid. Haryana is primarily an agricultural state with some major industrial areas being developed by the government of India. It is one of the more developing states and offers a network of 45 tourist Folk Dance in Haryanacomplexes, set up along the national and state highways.
Accessibility
  • Just a short drive from Delhi, one can visit Haryana's tourist complexes for a day
What to Wear
  • Cottons in summer, woolens in winter

HARYANA TOURIST PLACES

Surajkund

The internationally famous Surajkund Crafts Mela is held every year in the month of February, to promote Indian arts and handicrafts at Surajkund is only 10 kms from Delhi. Surajkund (literal meaning is 'Lake of the Sun') is an artificial Kund (‘Kund’ means lake or reservoir) built in the backdrop of the Aravalli hills with an amphitheatre-shaped embankment constructed in semicircular form. It is said to have been built by the Tomar king Suraj Pal of Tomar dynasty in the 10th century.

Dumdama

Damdama Lake is situated at a distance of approximately 60 Kilo Metres from I.T.O. Delhi. A two hours drive, Damdama Lake, near Delhi, is a nice place for having fun trip, day trip ,day picnic, day tour, family tour ,Corporate group tour , adventure tour .Damdama lake is a weekend getaway destination around delhi from Delhi, Noida, Faridabad, Located near the Aravalli Hills, Damdama Lake is the perfect place to go for boating or day tour, weekend getaway from Delhi.

Sultanpur National Park

Situated 48 km from Delhi, Sultanpur National Park in Haryana is a haven for birds, both resident and migratory. Covering an area of 1.43 sq km, the national park is currently home to over 250 species of resident and migrant birds. During the winter months, it attracts more than 100 varieties of migratory bird species from Siberia, Afghanistan, Russia, Turkey and East European countries. Sultanpur and Keoladeo National Park (Bharatpur National Park) in Rajasthan are the most popular bird sanctuaries in North India.

Kurukshetra

Known as the land of the Bhagvad Gita and the Mahabharata, Kurukshetra is a popular pilgrimage in the state of Haryana about 170 km north of Delhi. Believed to be the place where Krishna preached the theories of Karma to Arjuna, the city has been known by several names like Dharamkshetra (Holy City), Brahmadevi, Uttaradevi and Brahmakshetra (Land of Brahma). Kurukshetra gets its name from King Kuru of the Kuru clan & is generally recognized as the site of the epic battle between the Pandavas & the Kauravas.

Chandigarh

Chandigarh is independent India’s first planned city. Designed by the French architect Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, popular as Le Corbusier, it serves as a capital of Punjab and Haryana. Standing as a symbol of planned urbanization, Chandigarh is also famous for its gardens like the Rose Garden and the Rock Garden. The calm and serene Chandigarh busts the popular perception that cities are always noisy.

NORTHERN INDIA - HIMACHAL PRADESH

Capital:
  • Shimla
Language:
  • Hindi, Punjabi, Pahari, Kanashi
Location:
  • Northern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • April to October and December to January
Major Places:
  • Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, MacLeod Ganj, Spiti, Dalhousie, Solan, Pathankot, Kasauli, Mandi, Nahan, Nalagarh, Una, Pragpur, Jawalaji, Palampur, Bhagsu, Sarahan, Rampur
What to See in Himachal Pradesh:
  • Religious places, fairs and festivals, apple farms, colonial mansions, cricket ground, museums, monasteries, royal palaces.
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 04 °C - 15 °C
  • Winter (October to February): (−15 °C) - 05 °C

HIMACHAL PRADESH TOURIST PLACES

Shimla

Shimla derives its name from Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of the goddess Kali, whose temple existed in the dense forest covering the Jakhu Hill in the early 19th century. Shimla is the capital of Himachal Pradesh and was also the summer capital in pre-Independence India. Covering an area of 25 sq km at a height of 7,238 ft, Shimla is surrounded by pine, deodar and oak forests.

Chail

The former summer capital of the princely state of Patiala, Chail is a beautiful hill station located 63 km from Shimla in the Shivalik region of Himachal Pradesh. Chail is spread across three hillocks — Rajgarh, Pandewa and Sadh Tiba, covering an area of over 72 acres. Overlooking the valley of Sutlej, it enjoys pleasant climate throughout the year. Chail also offers magnificent and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and overlooks both, Kasauli and Shimla (45 km).

Solan

Known as the ‘Mushroom capital of India’, Solan is situated 50 km from Shimla. Solan is largely a forested land surrounded by hills and mountains. The hill station primarily serves as a gateway to other popular hill stations like Kasauli, Kalka and Chail. Solan is also called the ‘city of red gold’, because of the bulk production of tomatoes in the area. Located at an altitude of approximately 1467 m above sea level, Solan is surrounded by high peaks — to the east of the town is the Matiul Peak.

Kasauli

Located at 1927 m above seal level Kasauli is a small hill station in Himachal Pradesh. It also serves as an army cantonment. Snow-clad mountains, dense forests and a pleasant climate make Kasauli a major draw among tourist. Established by the British as a cantonment town in 1842, Kasauli has come a long way since. Located in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, about 77 km from Shimla, you can see the remnants of the British legacy in the local architecture.

Kufri

Situated near the Himalayan range, Kufri is a picturesque hill station situated 20 km from Shimla in Himachal Pradesh. Founded in 1819 by the British, the popularity of the hill station as a tourist spot grew only in the last few decades. Kufri derives its name from ‘Kufr’ which means lake. Especially popular among trekkers, Kufri is the starting point of treks to Manali, Shimla, Rewalsar and Fagu among others.

Paonta Sahib

Located on the banks of the Yamuna river in the Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh, Paonta Sahib is a revered site for Sikhs. It is believed that after Guru Gobind Singh wrote a major portion of the sacred book, the Dassam Granth here. A large Gurudwara stands here in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh.The Gurudwara Paonta Sahib holds high religious and historical importance to Sikhs all around the world and its Palki donated by one of the devotees, is made of pure gold.

Parwanoo

If you’re looking for the best fruit juices, jams or marmalade, you’ve come to the right place. A prominent horticultural district in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, Parwanoo is located 30 km north of Chandigarh and is known for its beautiful orchards. With apples and peaches grown in plenty, the fields of this small town seem dressed up in peach and red hues. The products made from the fruits contribute greatly to the economy of the town.

Palampur

Palampur is a beautiful hill station located in Kangra Valley in Himachal Pradesh, about 35 km from Dharamsala. It gets its its name from pulum meaning ‘abundant water’. Unsurprisingly, the region has innumerable streams and brooks and the water bodies are a huge boon for the tea plantations. The Palampur Tea Cooperative factory, some 1.5 km south of the bus station on the Kangra road, offers a 20-minute tour taking you through the tea making process, is a major attraction here.

Mandi

With over 81 temples, Mandi is known as the Varanasi of the east and is situated on the banks of the Beas River. Situated some 70 km from Kullu, Mandi was gets its name from Sage Mandav who meditated here. Mandi is the second most populous town in Himachal Pradesh after Shimla. The comfortable weather, the scenic views of the snow clad mountains and the well developed tourist facilities make Mandi a favorite among tourists.

Narkanda

Located between the valleys of rivers Sutlej and Giri in Himachal Pradesh, Narkanda, at 8100 ft, connects to Thanedar the main apple belt of Himachal and is popularly known as the ‘Gateway to Apple Country’. Famous for its skiing, angling and other winter sport facilities, its scenic views of snow clad mountains make it a popular tourist destination. About 65 km from Shimla, surrounded by the Sivalik range, the town started its skiing facility in 1981 and the HPTDC conducts courses regularly.

Dharamshala

The great Tibetan leader the Dalai Lama lives here and thousands of ardent travelers visit this hill station every day to enjoy its magnificent beauty!!! Yes, we are talking about the ever beautiful 'Dharamshala,' located in the scenic valleys of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. This calm and serene hill station is situated at an average altitude of 1,475 meters above sea level and is surrounded by thick deodar cedar trees, snow-laden mountains, exotic culture, and quaint old monasteries.

NORTHERN INDIA - MADHYA PRADESH

Capital:
  • Bhopal
Location:
  • Central India. The state is sharing border with 6 states of India – Chhattisgarh towards south-east, south-west border touches "Maharashtra", western border touches "Gujarat", north-west border touches "Rajasthan", and north-east border touches "Uttar Pradesh"
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Language:
  • Hindi is the main dialect. Bhilodi (Bhili), Gondi, and the isolate Kalto (Nahali) is spoken in the tribal area. Sindhi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Marathi are other prominent languages spoken in Madhya Pradesh.
Religion:
  • Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism
Major Cities in Madhya Pradesh:
  • Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Raipur, Maheshwar, Mandu, Omkareshwar, Orchha, Pachmarhi, Pench, Sanchi, Salkanpur, Udayagiri, Amarkantak, Bandhavgarh, , Bhedaghat, Bhimbetka, Bhojpur, Burhanpur, Chanderi, Chitrakoot, Choral, Halali.
What to See in Madhya Pradesh:
  • Fort, Palace, National Park, Wildlife Sanctuaries, Tiger Reserves, Temples, Lakes, and Waterfalls
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 40°C -42° C
  • Winter (October to February): 18°C -28° C

MADHYA PRADESH TOURIST PLACES

Amarkantak

Amarkantak in Madhya Pradesh is an important pilgrim center for the Hindus and the source of the rivers Narmada and Sone. Holy ponds, hills, forests, and beautiful waterfalls make Amarkantak a sought-after destination for the religious as well as nature loving tourists. There are several stories about the origin of Amarkantak’s name. The famous Sanskrit poet, Kalidas named the place Amrakoot since the place contained lots of mango (amra) trees; later Amrakoot became Amarkoot.

Archaeological Museum in Bhopal

The museum has many exhibits that present an impressive collection of sculptures from all over the state of Madhya Pradesh. The museum showcases the rich tradition of Bhopal with artifacts like paintings from Bagh caves, statues of Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shiva and Vishnu. The museum is open to all from 10 am to 5 pm except for Mondays and government holidays.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Spread over 450 sq km, the national park in Madhya Pradesh is known for its thriving flora and fauna. Considered the home of white tigers, the park is also a habitat for Indian bison, sambars, langurs and cheetals. The park is surrounded by hilly terrains of sandstones and rocks and is covered with marshy lands. Before it became a National Park, the forest around Bandhavgarh had been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve, of the Maharajahs of Rewa.Bandhavgarh came under the regulations of Madhya Pradesh in 1947 after the merger of Rewa with Madhya Pradesh.

Bhimbetka Caves and Rock Shelters

Declared a World Heritage Site in 2003, the Bhimbetka rock shelters is an archaeological site of the Palaeolithic, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age.

Bhojpur Temple

Known as Somnath of the East, Bhojpur Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Located on the banks of the Vetraveti River in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, the temple gets its name from King Bhoj who once ruled the area surrounding the temple. Also known as Bhojeshwar Temple, it was built atop a hill in Bhojpur village. The Shivling and the temple were commissioned by Raja Bhoj between 1010 and 1053 AD. However, the temple was never completed.

Bhopal

Known as the City of Lakes, Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Founded by Raja Bhoj, the city has many natural and artificial lakes and it is one of the greenest cities in the country. Bhopal has retained its old world charm despite industrialization, with the old part of the city being full of narrow alleyways and crammed markets, while the new part of the city is better planned and is full of parks and gardens. The city has been a place where Hindus and Muslims have coexisted harmoniously over the years and it is reflected in the cuisine too.

Chanderi

A town of strategic importance in medieval times, Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh is known for its handloom saris. Set amidst the Vindhyachal range, Chanderi in Ashok Nagar district abounds with historical monuments built by Bundela Rajputs and Malwa sultans. Relatively lesser known that the nearby forts of Jhansi, Gwalior or Amber, Chanderi was of immense strategic importance as it straddled the routes to Central India, Deccan, Malwa and the ports of Gujarat.

Dilawar Khan's Mosque

Built in 1405, Dilawar Khan’s mosque is Mandu’s earliest mosque with a central courtyard, enclosed by colonnade all around and mehrab on the west. The prayer hall has ceiling in Hindu style and its architecture is considerably influenced by Hindu workmanship.

Gwalior Fort

Situated on a sandstone hill, it has been the administrative headquarters of the Tomars and witness to the rule of several dynasties. During the Revolt of 1857, it was under the control of Tantia Tope and Rani Lakshmibai for a brief period. Folklore says that it was built by King Suraj Sen on recommendation of sage Gwalipa. It offers panoramic view of the valley below. Way uphill, one can see statues of Jain Theerthankaras carved into rock faces. Son-et-Lumiere at the Man Mandir Palace gives you a glimpse into its glorious past. The fort’s façade glows with colours and offers a scintillating experience.

Indore

Known as the Commercial Capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore was the capital of the Holkars. The largest and most densely populated city in central India, the city is popular for its history, monuments, food and bazaars. Rao Nandlal Chaudhary, founder of the city, named it as ‘Indrapur’ after Lord Indra, the deity of Indreshwar temple. During the Maratha regime, the city was renamed ‘Indur’, which the local Marathi community continues to use. It was later Anglicised to ‘Indore’ during the British era.

Jabalpur

One of the major cities of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur, is best known for its marble rock formations (Bhedaghat) on the banks of the river Narmada. It is the army headquarters of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar and Jharkhand, and therefore, one sixth of the city is occupied by the Ministry of Defense. Some of the attractions here include Madan Mahal, Rani Durgavati Museum, and the nearby Dhuandhar falls. The Tilwara Ghat also deserves a visit .

NORTHERN INDIA - PUNJAB

Capital:
  • Chandigarh
Location:
  • The major cities of Punjab, which include Amritsar, Chandigarh, Bhatinda, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur, and Patiala have been developed as the prime tourist circuits. Royal palaces, temples, historic battle sites are some of the prime attractions of Punjab.
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Language:
  • Hindi & Punjabi
Major Places in Punjab:
  • Amritsar, Chandigarh, Mohali, Bhatinda, Pathankot, Hoshiarpur & Patiala
What to See in Madhya Pradesh:
  • Punjab, the land of five rivers and integrated cultural history, is a treasure trove for an avid tourist. For this land of the great gurus not only boasts of ancient monuments but throbs with historical embodiments. It is no secret that whoever comes to this land of yellow fields with blue mountains providing the romantic and picturesque backdrop has never gone back without imbibing the essence of Punjab.

PUNJAB TOURIST PLACES

Amritsar

Home to the most famous Sikh shrine, the Golden Temple Amritsar is located 230 km northwest of Chandigarh in Punjab. Guru Ramdas, the fourth Guru of the Sikhs established Amritsar in 16th century. Amritsar is also the seat of the highest temporal authority of Sikhs, the Akal Takht (or the timeless throne). The city is special for Hindus too; Sita is believed to have spent considerable time at Valmiki’s ashram at Ram Tirth near here. Lord Ram and Sita’s sons Luv and Kush were born here.

Patiala

The fifth largest city in Punjab, Patiala is famous for its traditional turban, paranda (tassled tag for braids) and jutti (footwear). Built around a castle known as the Qila Mubarak meaning (or fortunate castle), it is located 65 km away from Chandigarh. Qila Mubarak that stands on a 10-acre ground in the heart of the city, contains the main palace, the guesthouse and the durbar hall.

Mohali

Located to the west of Chandigarh, Mohali is a shopper’s paradise and is known for its cricket ground. Renamed SAS Nagar in memory of Sahibzada Ajit Singh, the eldest son of Guru Gobind Singh, the city along with Panchkula and Chandigarh form the Chandigarh Tricity. Mohali houses many historical places including Gurdwara Angeetha Sahib, Gurdwara Amb Sahib, the Baba Banda Singh Bahadur War Memorial, Gurdwara Nabha Sahib and Gurdwara Puddha Sahib.

Akal Takht - Amritsar

Built on a raised platform by Guru Hargobind to defy the edicts of Emperor Jehangir. Jehangir declared that nobody except the emperor shall occupy a throne of more than three ft; Guru Hargobind built Akal Takht on a platform of 12 ft. However, Akal Takht is built lower than Harmandir Sahib as a mark of respect. Akal Takht, the supreme seat of the Sikhs bore the brunt of the attacks during Operation Blue Star in 1984. However, with donations collected from devotees, it was reconstructed.

Central Sikh Museum

Central Sikh Museum displays the gruesome history of the Sikhs martyred by the Mughals, the British and Operation Bluestar. It was established in 1958 and is home to paintings of Sikh gurus, saints, warriors and prominent leaders. It has has a rich collection of coins, arms, ancient manuscripts and also has an excellent library.

Jallianwala Bagh

Jallianwala Bagh is infamous as the site of one of the most monstrous massacres in human history and a dark event during the Indian independence struggle. Also known as Amritsar massacre, as many as 1100 peaceful protesters were killed when British troops opened fire on April 13, 1919. The brutal murder of thousands added fuel to the fight against the British and raised severe questions about the British intentions to rule India in a humane way. Today, the park has been converted into a memorial who sacrificed their lives.

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum

Maharaja Ranjit Singh Museum offers insights into the life of the Sikh monarch and is housed in his erstwhile summer palace. The museum displays objects connected to the Maharaja such as paintings, armour, coins and manuscripts. The Parwana by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to Raja of Kapurthala is one of the major attractions of the Museum.

Mohali Cricket Stadium

The stadium is home to Kings XI Punjab, an IPL team as well to the Punjab Ranji cricket team. The stadium is well known for its world class amenities. The stadium also consists of swimming pool, health club, tennis court, library, bar, outdoor and indoor cricket practice nets.

Ram Tirth

The place where Lord Ram and Sita’s twins – Luv and Kush were born. Sage Valmiki is believed to have scripted epic Ramayana at this place. A hut of Sage Valmiki is still found at Ram Tirth. The sacred site also has a well believed to be dug by Hanuman.

Wagah Border

Wagah border post, about 29 km from Amritsar on the Grand Trunk, has become famous for the ceremonial closing of gates and lowering of flags of India and Pakistan. Over 5000 people converge on the Indian side alone to watch the ceremony known as Beating the Retreat. Wagah is about 29 km from Amritsar in Punjab province. As the Flag Code of India mandates that the national flag shall be flown only from sunrise to sunset, the tricolour is hoisted after sunrise and lowered at sunset.

The Baradari Gardens

The garden is located in the north of old Patiala city just outside Sheranwala Gate. It has an extensive plantation of rare trees, shrubs and flowers. The 19th-century Baradari Gardens has some rare trees and a fern house. This is where the locals take their morning and evening walks.

NORTHERN INDIA - RAJASTHAN

Capital:
  • Jaipur
Location:
  • Northern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • Months of monsoon (July to September) and winters (October to March) are ideal to pay a visit to Rajasthan.
Major Cities in Rajasthan:
  • Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Bikaner, Ajmer, Kota, Churu, Bundi, Chittaurgarh, Bharatpur, Pali
What to See in Rajasthan
  • Heritage Forts, palaces, Mansions (havelis), wildlife, sand dunes, religious places, fairs and festivals, desert safaris, handicrafts, etc.
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 45°C - 25°C
  • Winter (October to February): 5°C - 22°C

RAJASTHAN TOURIST PLACES

Ranthambore National park

Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is spread over 392 sq km and is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the state where wildlife, history and nature come together. At the center of the park is the 10th-century Ranthambore Fort and scattered nearby are ancient temples and mosques, crocodile-filled lakes and chhatris (cenotaphs). The ruins of past give Ranthambore a unique and refreshing appeal.

Jodhpur

One of the largest cities in Rajasthan, Jodhpur is best-known for the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Sun City’ thanks to the bright and sunny weather all year round and the ‘Blue City’ because of the large cluster of houses painted in blue around the fort. Jodhpur, which was previously known as Marwar, was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a Rajput chief of the Rathore clan.

Bikaner

Known for producing the best riding camels in the world, Bikaner, in the desert state of Rajasthan, is also known as the ‘Camel Country’. The Ship of the Desert is an indivisible part of life here. Be it pulling heavy carts to transport grains and goods or working on wells, camels are the prime helpers. From catering and fashion to travelling and entertainment, the camel is a day-to-day necessity.

Kumbhalgarh

This historic town of Kumbhalgarh is located about 85 km from Udaipur in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh is famous for its magnificent monuments, royal chhatris and glorious palaces. The Kumbhalgarh Fort with its intricately carved temples and superb artistry is one of the strongest fortresses in the country. The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is popular with wildlife aficionados and birdwatchers.

Sariska Tiger Reserve

Sariska, a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, is mainly known for its tiger reserve. It is a great weekend getaway from Delhi. Sariska town is 110 km from Jaipur.Sariska has varied topography that includes grasslands, dry deciduous forests, cliffs and rocky landscape. The Aravalli mountain ranges surround the park which is covered with thick forests. In this park you will get to see tigers, langurs, nilgais and a great variety of birds. Sariska is also surrounded by places of historical interest, temples and monuments.

Ajmer

Home to the famous dargah or mausoleum of Sufi saint Khwaja Moin-ud-Din Chishti, Ajmer is one of the holiest cities in India, which attracts both Hindus and Muslims. Located at the base of the Aravali Mountain ranges, Ajmer is a historic city, 135 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The magnificent forts, beautiful lakes, amazing museums and palaces attract tourists from across the world to the wonderful city. Ajmer is also popular as a center of Rajasthani culture.

Pushkar

Located in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan, Pushkar is one of the most ancient cities in India. Pushkar is home to one of the few Brahma temples in the world. It is also one of the five sacred dhaams or revered pilgrimage centers and is often referred to as tirth- raj, literally translates as ‘the king of pilgrim sites’. Over the years, Pushkar has emerged as one of the most popular destinations among tourists not just from India, but also from abroad.

Bharatpur

Known as the Bird Paradise and the eastern gateway to Rajasthan, Bharatpur is situated 50 km west of Agra. It was the capital of the erstwhile princely state of Bharatpur. Since it falls within the Golden Triangle comprising Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, Bharatpur can be easily accessed by tourists. It shares its borders with the Gurgaon district of Haryana in the north and the Mathura and Agra districts of Uttar Pradesh in the east. Bharatpur is named after Bharat, the second brother of Lord Ram.

Khimsar

Khimsar is located between Bikaner and Jodhpur in the Nagaur district of Rajasthan. Once an independent kingdom, Khimsar is most famous for its Nagaur fort. It was constructed by Prince Rao Karamasji, the eighth son of Rao Jodha, the founder of Royal Dynasty of Khimsar, in 1523 with the intention of providing strong defense to the village from invaders. The walls and the parapets of the 450-year-old structure still stand proudly today as do the finely carved balconies of the Zenana Mahal.

Mandore

Located about five miles north of Jodhpur, Mandore was the former capital of the Maharajas of Marwar. It was later abandoned for the security of the Mehrangarh fort. Here you will find the cenotaphs of Jodhpur’s former rulers that unlike the usual chhatri-shaped cenotaphs typical of Rajasthan,were built along the lines of a Hindu temple, four storeys high, with fine columns and an elegant spire, all in red sandstone.

Amer Fort

Renowned for its combination of Hindu and Mughal architecture, the Amber Fort is located about 11 km from Jaipur in Rajasthan. The citadel was the seat of the Kachhawa Rajputs who ruled Amer in Rajasthan before the capital was moved to the present day Jaipur. The construction of the fort was commenced in 1592 by Raja Man Singh I over the remnants of an earlier fortified structure.

NORTHERN INDIA - UTTAR PRADESH

Capital:
  • Lucknow
Location:
  • Northern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • October to March
Major Cities in Uttar Pradesh:
  • Agra, Allahabad, Kanpur, Lucknow, Varanasi, Noida, Gorakhpur, Faizabad.
What to See in Uttar Pradesh
  • Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daula, Fatehpur Sikri, Wildlife SOS, Sikandara, Aram Bagh, Khas Mahal, Panch Mahal, Musamman Burj, Jama Masjid, Agra Art Gallery, Mehtab Bagh
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 45°C - 25°C
  • Winter (October to February): 5°C - 22°C

UTTAR PRADESH TOURIST PLACES

Agra

Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, one of the seven Wonders of the World and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Needless to say, it features on the itinerary of not just domestic tourists but also foreign travelers. Agra is situated in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and along with Jaipur and Delhi forms the Golden Triangle of Indian tourism.

Agra Fort

A UNESCO world heritage site, the fort was the seat of the Mughal empire before it was shifted for a short time to Fatehpur Sikri and later to Delhi. Captured by the Mughals in 1526, a vast treasure including the Koh-i-Noor diamond was seized. It took 4000 workers eight years to build the fort and was completed in 1573. Double ramparts with massive circular bastions encircle the 94-acre fort. Four gates on four sides provide access to the fort. Delhi Gate is the grandest and was the gate for king’s formal entry.

Allahabad

Situated on the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna, Allahabad is one of the holiest cities associated with Hinduism. Situated in eastern Uttar Pradesh, the city was went by the name of Prayag and is today one of the four sites where the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. The city’s original name Prayag (translated as place of offerings) owes its origin to the fact that it was located at the sangam or confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers.

Allahabad fort

The largest fort built by Akbar, the Allahabad Fort is a popular tourist attraction in Allahabad. It was one of the most prized citadels of the Mughal Empire. Today, the fort is under the control of the Indian Army and only a section of the fort is open to tourists. Built in 1583, the fort is near the confluence of the Yamuna and Ganga Rivers and stands testimony to the grandeur of medieval architecture.

Ayodhya

Ayodhya, the birthplace of Lord Rama and is believed to be one of the seven most sacred places in India. Situated on the banks of Saryu, some 135 km east of Lucknow, Ayodhya was called Saket in ancient times. Ayodhya finds mention in several legends and stories including the epic Ramayana. India’s biggest festival, Diwali, can be traced back to Ayodhya when the entire city glittered with clay lamps to welcome the victorious Rama who returned home after slaying Ravana.

Banke Bihari temple

One of the popular temples in Vrindavan built in 1864. Banke Bihari means Sri Krishna. Unlike other temples, the devotees cannot sight the idols of the gods here any time. The lotus feet of the lord can be seen only once in a year. Generally open from 9 am to 12 noon and 7 pm to 12 pm in summer; and10 am to 1 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm in winter.

Braj Yatra in Mathura

Celebrated only in Mathura, people go on a pilgrimage which lasts for 50 days to spread the name of God. It is celebrated just after Janmashtami. Pilgrims believe the yatra will relieve them of their sins.

Buland Darwaza

Buland Darwaza was built to celebrate the success of King Akbar over Gujarat. With the height of 54m the ” gate of Victiory” is considered among the biggest gate in the world. There is a description written on the gate which reads “The world is a bridge, pass over it but built no house upon it. He, who HOPES for an hour, hopes for Eternity, for the world is but an hour”. The Buland Darwaza is of great interest to the people in Fatehpur Sikri.

Chaukhandi Stupa

Chaukhandi stupa is said to be originally established by Emperor Ashoka during his reign. He built it in the 5th century when he started following Buddhism. The attic situated on an octagonal tower with rectangular platform is first in the list while entering Sarnath.

Dwarkadhish Temple

Dwarkadhish temple often spelled as ‘Dwarkadheesh’ also known as Nija mandir and Jagat mandir is a Hindu temple of lord Krishna. Intricate sculptural detailing done by successions of dynasties that ruled the region is shown in the temple. It is said that the grandson of lord Krishna, Vajranabha, has built the original temple of Dwarkadhish over the house.

Fatehpur Sikri

Constructed by Emperor Akbar as part of his plans to build a grand capital for his empire, the World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri is 39 km away from Agra in Uttar Pradesh. Fatehpur Sikri served as the Mughal capital from 1571 to 1585. Spread across eight sq km, the city is about three miles long and one mile wide. Built with red Sikri sandstone, the city’s architecture is a blend of Islamic and Hindu styles. The sandstone throughout the city has exquisite ornamental carvings and interlaced decorative designs.

Dudhwa National Park

Located near the Indo-Nepal border, Dudhwa National Park in Uttar Pradesh is a major wildlife conservation site and an important reserve under the Project Tiger project for the conservation of Indian tigers. About 222 km north of Lucknow at the foothills of the Himalayas, the national park plays a vital role in maintaining the ecological balance in the region. It was established in 1958 as a wildlife sanctuary for Swamp Deer (Barasinghas), declared a national park in 1977 and a Tiger Reserve in 1988.

Jhansi fort

The Jhansi fort or Jhansi ka Killa is a fortress located on a hilltop called Bangira in Uttar Pradesh. Extending over 15 acres, this fort is a great example of the north Indian style of architecture. Every year in the month of January–February a grand occasion is held known as Jhansi Mahotsav when many eminent personalities and artists perform their play.

NORTHERN INDIA - UTTARANCHAL

Capital:
  • Dehradun
Location:
  • Northern India
Best Time to Visit:
  • Summer, Winter & Monsoon
Major Cities in Uttaranchal:
  • Chamoli, Dehradun, Haridwar, Pauri, Rudraprayag, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarkashi, Almora, Bageshwar, Champawat, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Udham Singh-Nagar
What to See in Uttaranchal
  • Adi Badri, Badrinath, Bhavishya Badri, Chardham, Chilla National Park, Corbett National Park, Gangotri, Gaumukh, Gopeshwar, Hemkund Sahib, Kedarnath, Muni Ki Reti, Nanda Devi National Park, Panch Prayag, Rajaji National Park, Ranikhet, Rudranath, Shitlakhet, Valley of flowers, Yamunotri, Yogdhyan Badri.
Temperature:
  • Summer (March to September): 45°C - 25°C
  • Winter (October to February): 5°C - 22°C

UTTARANCHAL TOURIST PLACES

Nainital

Known as the lake district of India, Nainital is located in the Kumaon division of Uttarakhand and gets its name from the Naini lake. The city’s charm is only added to with the hundreds of ancient temples and peaks with amazing views of the mountains in the backdrop. The place is set in a valley containing the pear-shaped Naini lake, approximately two miles in circumference and surrounded by mountains. Flooded with tourists between May to July and then again in October, the tariffs for food and accommodation during this time increase drastically.

Jim Corbett National Park

Touted as one of its kind, the reserve we know as Jim Corbett National Park was established in 1936 and has the distinction of being India’s first national park. It is located in Uttarakhand and is accessible from Nainital, Delhi, Agra and Lucknow Originally called Hailey National Park, the park was christened Ramganga National Park and renamed again in 1957 after Jim Corbett (1875–1955), the legendary British hunter-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist.

Haldwani

Known as the Gateway to Kumaon, Haldwani in Uttarakhand is known for its scenic views and pleasant climate. Haldwani stands for the forests of Haldu trees as the region once had an abundance of Haldu trees (also known as Kadamb). Located in Nainital district, the town is surrounded by dense forests and the Gaula River. It has rich culture and history which attracts ecologists and historians.

Ranikhet

Queen’s prairie is the literal meaning of the place Ranikhet. Known for being the base for Kumaon Regimen, it is situated around 90 Km from Jim Corbett National Park at a height of 1,869 metres above the sea level. The place is worth visiting as it gives a scenic view of the giant Himalayan snow covered peaks.

Haridwar

Haridwar in Uttarakhand is among the seven holy destinations for Hindus and is also one of the four sites where the Kumbh Mela is held every 12 years. Located at the foothills of Shivalik range and on the banks of River Ganga, Haridwar (literally translated as Gateway of the Gods) serves as the entry point for several pilgrimage centers located in the Himalayas including Chota Char Dham – Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri – pilgrimage.

Rishikesh

Rishikesh is located at the foothills of the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand and the confluence of rivers Ganga and Chandrabhaga. It serves as a gateway to the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites of Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri. As an important pilgrimage center, life in Rishikesh revolves around prayers and festivals. People come here for cleansing of their mind and soul and spend their time in meditation and offering prayers.

Kedarnath

One of the holiest pilgrimages in north India, Kedarnath is situated in Uttarakhand. It is located at an altitude of 3,584 m above sea level, near the head of river Mandakini. A popular destination for Hindu pilgrims, Kedarnath is one of the four major sites in India’s Chota Char Dham pilgrimage that also includes Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri. It is the most remote of the four Char Dham sites and is flanked by breathtaking snow-clad peaks. Known for the ancient Shiva Temple, a trip to Kedarnath is an exhilarating experience.

Dehradun

Dehradun serves as the gateway to some of the country’s most popular hill stations including Mussoorie and Nainital. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalyan mountain ranges, Dehradun serves as the capital of Uttarakhand, the town sits cozily between two of the most prominent rivers of the country — Ganga and Yamuna.The landscape of Dehradun is bright and colorful, giving the city a majestic charm to complement its beautiful temples and structures.

Almora

Considered the cultural center of the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand, Almora is a popular hill station 316 km from the state capital Dehradun. Situated at 1646 ms, popular pilgrimage sites like Nanda Devi and Jageshwar are located near Almora and fairs held at these temples attract thousands of devotees from across the world. Almora also serves as the starting point for many treks like Mornaula, Mukteshwar, Binsar, Ranikhet among others.

Bhairav Nath Temple

Situated close to the Kedarnath temple complex, this temple also holds much religious significance. Bhairav Nath is considered the guardian deity of Kedarnath temple. According to legend, Bhairav Nath was blessed by Vaishno Devi that he would be offered respects by everyone who come to visit her holy abode.

Chamoli

Known as the Abode of Gods, Chamoli in Uttarakhand is known for its scenic landscapes, pilgrimage centers and biodiversity hot spots. Earlier known as Kedar-Khand, Chamoli is surrounded by the district of Uttarkashi in northwest, Pithoragarh in southwest, Almora in southeast, Rudraprayag in southwest and Tehri Grahwal in the west. Several Hindu pilgrimage sites are located in Chamoli including two of the Chota Char Dham temples: Badrinath and Kedarnath.

Dharchula

A major trading centre since medieval times, Dharchula is a beautiful town located on the Indo-Nepal border in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. The snow clad Panchchuli peaks located on the west of Dharchula separate it from the Johar Valley. Situated at an elevation of 915 m above sea level, Dharchula is surrounded by hills and offers breathtaking views of the grand Himalayan peaks.

Gangotri

Gangotri, the origin of River Ganga and the seat of goddess Ganga, is situated in Uttarakhand, it is 300 km from Dehradun and very close to the Indo-Tibetan border. The Gangotri Temple was built by a Gorkha commander in the 18th century. Apart from its religious significance, Gangotri is also a miracle of nature. River Ganga originates from the Gangotri glacier and is known as Bhagirathi till it merges with Alaknanda at Devaprayag. From Devprayag, it is known as Ganga.