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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Special Places In India

The Gateway Of India (Mumbai)
The Gateway of India is Mumbai’s most famous monument and the starting point for most tourists. The Gateway is beautifully crafted in Indo-Saracenic architecture. The central dome is 15 meters and 26 meters above the ground at its highest point. Designed by royal British architect George Wittet to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Marry in 1911, the foundation stone was laid in the same year by the then governor of Mumbai. It took 13 year to complete the whole structure and open to public on 4th of December.

India Gate (DELHI)
India Gate is one of the magnificent historic structure stands tall in midst of capital city of Delhi. India Gate is the best part of our tour to Delhi. We clicked and clicked and clicked. Had Panipuri, sitting in the lawn! and loads of other stuff as well. This is really a day to remember. The structure has a striking resemblance with French arc de triomphe. This impressive monument was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens as a memorial to commemorate Indian soldiers killed during the first world war. The foundation stone was laid by the then Duke of Connaught in 1921 and the construction was completed in 1931 A.D.

Taj Mahal (AGRA)
Taj Mahal India, the marble glory of India is synonymous with India. The priceless monument of love was built by Shahjahan, the 5th Mughal Emperor in the memory of his beloved mistress, Mumtaz Mahal. This has always been in question, with many answers to it. Craftsman from different countries have come forward to put a claim for it. One such clain was done by Ustad Ahmed Lahori as the Mimar-i-kul or the chief executuve. His grave carries an inscription that he constructed Taj Mahal and Jami Masjid in Delhi.

Golden Temple (Amritsar)

The Golden Temple is the result of Sikh Guru Arjan Dev's envision of a temple reflecting resoluteness, strength and indestructibility of the faith. His majesty had named the temple as Harmandir and wanted it to reflect the clarity, simplicity and logic of the new Sikh movement. 

Lake Palace (Udaipur)
During the rule of Maharana Sangram Singh II (1716-34) his son Jagat Singh II had asked permission for a sojourn at Jag Mandir, but instead adjacent island was given up for the prince's personal use. Gadi Rana Jagat Singh II (1734-1751) further expanded the marble water palace. The palace faces east, allowing its inhabitants to pray to the Sun god at the crack of dawn.

Elephanta Caves (Mumbai)
Elephanta Caves is in Elephanta islands , which is located in the neighborhood of rushing metropolitan Mumbai. It is a wonderful tourist attraction and recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Elephanta Caves was named by Portuguese traveler, after being amazed to see a statue of elephant near the landing of the island. The Elephanta caves are located 10 km away from Mumbai and house a number of elegant sculptured temples cut from rock, way back to the 5th century. 
Jaisalmer Fort (Thar Desert)
The golden sands covering in the neighborhood, the Jaisalmer Fort is sheer magic in the sands of Thar Desert. Jaisalmer fort was built in 1156 and is the second oldest in Rajasthan. Two hundred and fifty feet tall and reinforced by an imposing crenellated sandstone wall 30 feet high, it has 99 turrets.
CharMinar (Hyderabad)
Built by Quli Qutub Shah, in 1591, Charminar is a splendid piece of architecture standing in the heart of the hyderabad city. This magnificent monument is the unique symbol of Hyderabad.

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