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There are few things in the world which are beyond compare and certain
things that inspired human emotions to give an outlet to his spirtual and
physical love. The erotic images of Khajuraho are the expresions of these
human inner fellings . Every facade-wall, window, pillar, and ceiling of
Khajuraho is carved with figures of mythical and historical origins, and
while many of these depict the innocent form of love on these walls.
Forgotten and unvisited until the mid-1960s, Khajuraho is now, after the Taj
, India's biggest single tourist attraction.
Khajuraho temples in Madhya Pradesh, has the largest group of medieval
temples each studded with countless sculptures of extraordinary grace and
delicacy. The temples of Khajuraho, are indeed, celebrations of the stylized
and refined courtly accomplishments of beauty, love and creative arts.
Khajuraho temples lies about 385 miles (616 kilometers) southeast of Delhi.
Varanasi or Banaras is one of the oldest cities of India. Its also
called Kashi or the city of spiritual light.
This ancient city of India is located on holy river Ganga. Its a
place popularly known for the religious spirituality it contains with the
Ganges, the Temples, the ashrams etc. But Banaras has also produced many
exponents of art, music, literature and crafts and of course who can forget
the Banarsi silk sarees.
The main attractions of the city are The Ghats Of Varanasi, Durga Temple,
The Kashi Vishwanath Temple / Gyanvapi Mosque, Bharat Mata Temple.
Set against the backdrop of the dramatic Dhauladhar mountains, Dharamsala
is perched on the high slopes in the upper reaches of Kangra Valley . The
town is divided into two distinct and widely separated sections, Upper and
Lower Dharamsala, which differ almost a thousand metres in height.
Today, Dharamsala has become the synonymous to the Tibetan government in
exile and the home of Tibetan leader Dalai Lama. Even if the Tibetan
community dominates the town, still it has retained the colonial lifestyle
and British fervour. The colourful temple and Gompas, which reflect the
culture of Tibet, adds attraction for the visitor.
Calcutta, an ancient city which has seen history unfold itself in front of
her. A city which has completed three hundred years of its establishment.
Calcutta, which had the privilege of being the capital of British India
before it was shifted to Delhi. Calcutta, a city which has adopted to the
modern trends and techniques of the world but has not shed the leisurely
life style and the calm which it has acummulated since ages. A city which
till few years ago was the most densely populated city in the world
An splendid example of British architecture, this building
was built in memory of Queen Victoria and was inaugurated by Prince of Wales
in 1921. The Memorial is based on architecture of the Taj and is built in
One the earliest planetariums in India, the Birla
Planetarium in Calcutta is a major tourist attraction. The planetarium was
opened in 1961 and the cost of completion came to about 2 crores. The
capacity of the auditorium is 500 and there are daily film shows. These
shows are in different languages.
Aurangabad situated in the northern part of Maharashtra is the largest city
in the region. As the name only suggests, it is named after Aurangzeb. The
city has also got the same splendour of Mughal architecture just like Delhi
The most famous excursion to be taken from Aurangabad is that of Ajanta and
Ellora caves. Other excursions include Daulatabad situated on a Pyramid
-shaped hill, Khuldabad the burial place of Aurangzeb. This place is also
famous for the Bhadra Hanuman or Hanuman in sleeping posture. Pithalkokra
are second century caves which are 78 kms from Aurangabad. Paithan is famous
for its silk sarees with intricate zari boarders- Paithanis.
Rishikesh The whole place is considered to be sacred as it is believed that
meditation at this place leads to attainment of salvation The River Ganga
side is dotted by the ashrams of Sadhus & sages and for teaching yoga.
It is also an ideal place for treKing in the nearby Himalayas.
For accommodations there are Ashrams,Dhamshalas, guest houses etc.
best sight seeing places
over here are Lakshman Jhula is a suspented
iron Bidge was built in 1939 and near Swarga Ashram one can find numerous
Temples.Gita Bhavan is famous for its attractive paintings and Hindu
mythology statues.Triveni Ghat is a bathing ghat and Nilkant Mahadeo is a
place where Lord Shiva drank the Venom.
Gwalior is famous for its Fort and Museums. The city is steeped in the
splendour of its past. Gwalior became the cradle of great dynasties and each
of them - Prathiharass, Tcmars and Kachwahas - have left indelible etchings
of their rule in the city. The magnificent momentoes of a glorious past have
been preserved with care, giving Gwalior an appeal unique and timeless.
Places of interest are the Gwalior Fort :
the city's most magnificent
monument, Suraj Kund, Sas Ba hu Ki Mand ir- dedicated to Lord Vishnu,
Tansen's Tomb, Sun Temple and Museum.
The word Amritsar means the holy pool of nectar. The city is a holy place
During Maharaja Ranjit Singh's reign the lower half of the
temple was decorated with marble while the entire upper half was inlaid with
copper covered over by gold plate : hence its new name, the Golden Temple.
Sixth Guru Sri Har Gobind had got it constructed as a seal of
temperal authority symbolising the unity of spiritual and temporal life in
Here, about 1500 to 2000 persons who were attending a peaceful
meeting during the freedom movement fell under the bullets of the British
General Dyer, on April 13, 1919.