India is home to one of the most diverse cultures in the world. You can’t simply plan to visit it all even in one year. There for, the probably most useful recommendation for first-timers is to check out India’s best highlights, including the world-wide famous sites such as Udaipur, the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal, the River Ganges, or the ancient city of Ayodhya.
A city in Rajasthan state, City of Palaces, City of Lakes, or you can call it Venice of the East. The City Palace, which comprises of many big and small towers in the whole system, appears just charmingly pinkish on the crystal clear lake water surrounding it. The calm and clean water, in some magnificent way, adds to the romantic and attic atmosphere that the ancient towers create. The Palace is also known as the museum where precious old artifacts are exhibited.
The Red Fort
Built as the fort palace of the fifth Mughal Empire, it represents the culmination of architechtural refinement in the Indian history. It was named for the special constructing material: the red sandstone. Its artistic taste is the fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions.
Inside the fort, you can learn about some tourist attactions like the styled baths or Shah Jahan Emperor’s private working place (the Shah Burj), the Royal Chambers (Khas Mahal), or the courtyard designed for the musicians.
To get to the Red Port, you can order tours arranged at your hotel or just take buses or taxis, whichever way you feel more comfortable to go.
The Taj Mahal
Situated on the Yamura river bank, the Taj Mahal sits on the vast 17-hectare Mughal garden in Agra. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Muntaz Mahal with the mosque, the guest house and the main gateway on the south, the outer courtyard and its cloisters completed a year later 1653 AD. It has probably been greatest achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture. Its beauty is reflected by the harmony of the curved domes and the colors which glamorize all around and change slightly during the day, adding to the overall marvel of the structure.
Praised as the monument of love and unending beauty of a woman, the Taj Mahal will drive you stunned with its formidable appearance and antique atmosphere. It is surely the site you can’t afford to miss when visiting this country known as the cradle of cultures!
The Ganges River
The Ganges River is believed to be the most sacred river of India to Hindus. Every day, people gather by the river bank for bath and praying, because they believe that the holy water will wash away the dirt in their souls. Coming here, you can take a cruise on boats to see the residential activities, the vast waterway and the scenic beauty along the two banks of the river in the morning or early evening.
A religious city of Uttar Pradesh, Ayodhya is known as the birth place of Lord Rama. It is located on the banks of Saryu River, also a sacred river for the local Hindus. However, the arrival of other religions like Mauryans, Guptas, Buddhists and Jainism, and after many generations of empires, reigns and Monks, the city became a diverse mixture of cultures and traditions.
Tourists come here for a culture touch, religious practice, antique taste, or for the best ancient photoshoot experience ever. They can also find religious souvenir that they can bring back home, besides the wonderful meanings they found from the trip.
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