North India

The North India, strategically, most important part of India has shaped the course of India’s historical and cultural evolution over the last 3500 years. The three main religions – Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism; the origin of sacred river Ganga, Yamuna and sources of many other important

rivers are in northern India. The mighty Himalayas from Himachal Pradesh to Arunachal Pradesh safeguarding the country are also part of the northern India. Delhi, the capital of India has seen the battle between many emperors and has been ruled by them from time to time. Some of the outstanding monuments like Qutab Minar, Jama Mosque, Humayun’s Tomb were built by Mughal Emperors during their regime. Rajasthan, one of the most colourful and vibrant state of India is proudly associated with northern India. Most famous for its Forts and Palaces; Rajasthan’s Thar Desert and Cattle Fairs are no less interesting. Uttar Pradesh, the most populated state in the country has

beautiful monuments like Taj Mahal; wildlife sanctuaries and is associated with river Ganges as her source of origin from Gaumukh in the Himalayas.

Attractions and places North India

Delhi:Delhi is the capital of India.Delhi tourism offers the most vibrant and colourful aspects of Indian culture.There is an amazing range of activity from cultural walks, talks, theatre productions and art exhibitions to films by Indian and foreign directors. One can find an option at the Habitat

World at Lodhi Road as well as Siri Fort at Khel Gaon.Major Attactions of Delhi:

1. Red Fort:
Delhi’s most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometers (1.2 miles), were built in 1638 to keep out invaders. However, they failed to stop the fort being captured by the Sikhs and the British. To take your imagination back to the ancient era, a one hour sound and light show of the fort’s history is held each evening.

2.Jama Masjid:Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and

was completed in 1650. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting the mosque or you won’t be allowed in. This means covering your head, legs and shoulders. Attire is available there.

Chandni Chowk:Chandni Chowk, the main street of old Delhi, is a shocking contrast to the wide,

orderly streets of New Delhi. Cars, cycle rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians, and animals all compete for space. It’s chaotic, crumbling and congested, but completely captivating as well.

3.Qutab Minar:Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was
used to call the faithful to prayer. The tower has five distinct stories, and is covered with

intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. There are also a number of other historic monuments on the site.

4. LodiGarden:
Location: Lodi Road, not far from Humayun’s Tomb.
Entry Cost: Free.
Opening Hours: Daily, but Sundays are particularly busy.

5.Gandhi Smriti:
Location: 5 Tees January Marg, central New Delhi.
Entry Cost: Free.
Opening Hours: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday
6.India Gate:
Location: Rajpath, near Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Entry Cost: Free.
Opening Hours: Always open.

Garden of Five Senses:
Location: Said-Ul-Azaib village, M.B. Road, close to the Mehrauli heritage    area in New Delhi. Near Saket.
Entry Cost: Free.
Opening Hours: Daily from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Rajasthan:Rajasthan is Situated in north western part of india.It is the largest state of India,covering an area of 342,239 square kilometers, and jaipur its capital.Rajasthan also known as the Land of the Kings.Rajasthani and Hindi are the widely used languages in the state.Rajasthan is known for panther, blue bull, jackal, fox, hyena, sambhar, wild boar, jungle cat and many other
species of animals.The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner & Jaisalmer rank among the most preferred destinations in India formany tourists both Indian and foreign.Rajasthan is famous for the majestic forts, intricately carved temples and decorated havelis, which were built by Rajput kings in previous ages, they were the soul of pre-Muslim era
Rajasthan. The people, culture and architecture of Rajasthan largely owe to the Mughal Empire.The palaces of Jaipur, lakes of Udaipur, and desert forts of Jodhpur, Bikaner & Jaisalmer rank among the most preferred destinations in India for many tourists both Indian and foreign.Rajasthan is famous for Textiles, cement, sugar,chemicals, glass, wool,handicrafts.The attractive designs of jewellery and clothes are eye-catching and invite shoppers.Bikaner is famous for its namkeens, Jaipur for its jewellery and Jaislmer for yellow stone.Some major cities of Royally Rajasthan are Jaipur, Jodhpur,
Udaipur, Kota, Ajmer, Bikaner, Bhilwara, Alwar.Rajasthan included the oldest chain of fold mountains- the Aravalli Range splits the state into two geographical zones- desert Also known as the “Great Indian Desert”at one side and forest belt on the other.Best Time To Visit Rajasthan is Nov-Mar.

Khajuraho:The Khajuraho is a town in state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, about 620 kilometres  southeast of New Delhi, are one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture

Location : Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh
Carved In : 11th century
Famous For : Erotic Frenzies and Sculptures
Best Time To Visit : September to March

Nainital:This is a fairytale town situated around a big reservoir of water which is Called “Naini Tal”. The Tal is actually the main attraction of the hill town, which is thronged by plenty of tourists every year. Situated in the hills of Kumaon, Nainital is also surrounded by Bhim Tal, Sat Tal, Naukuchia Tal and Khurp Tal.

Shimla:Just think of anything beautiful related to the mountains, and the chances are, that you will see and hear all those sights and sounds here in this Capital of Himachal Pradesh. The amazing town of Shimla, which was also the summer capital in pre-independence era of the British Raj, is certainly full of with all the natural beauties that you can imagine.

Mussoorie:This hill station is located just 35 kilometers from Dehradun, the capital city of Uttaranchal.Owing to its majestic beauty, this place is also famous among tourists as the queen of hill stations. AN excellent place to chill out away from the sweltering heat of the plains, this place presents a very good option of catching a quick chilling tour because of its easy accessibility from the plains.

Dharam Shala:Dharmshala located  kangra district in the Himachal pradesh.This Hill Station famous for its pine trees snow capped mountains andtea gardens .The lofty snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas provides a picturesque backdrop to the hill station of Dharamsala.Dharamshala’s history has been influenced greatly by both Hinduism and Buddhism.The area of dharamshala is 5739, population approximately 14 lac and the tempreture Max. 38 C in june Min. 0 C in january.Dharamshala is free of the noise and crowd of most India cities.Dharamasala offers everything that a tourist expects from a hill resort.Besides, the ancient temples like Jawalamukhi, Brijeshwari and Chamunda situated in and around the town add more to your vacationing experience.The languages understood and spoken the people engaged  this region are Hindi, Punjabi, English and centre are Kotwali Bazar, a general shopping area, and McLeod Ganj for Tibetan handicrafts
Best travelling season are  January to June; September to December.July-August is rainy season.

How to Reach Dharmshala:
Air: The nearest airport at Gaggal is 14 km away after which it is accessible by road.

Rail: Pathankot is the nearest broad gauge railway terminal            Dharamshala.

Road: Direct and regular bus service from Delhi (520 km),          Chandigarh (250 km), Jammu (210 km),

Shimla (238 km), Chamba (185 km) and Manali (240 km).

Jammu and Kashmir:Located across six major mountain ranges, and spread over an area of2, 22,236 sq. kms, Jammu & Kashmir is India’s northern most state bordered by Pakistan and China’s Tibetan Plateau. Kashmir valley is rightly said to be nature’s grand finale of beauty. In this masterpiece of earth’s creation seasons in strong individuality vie with one another in putting up exquisite patterns of charm and loveliness. This state holds the glorious history of the valiant kings, the placid lakes, the greenery of the forests and the amazing rivers.

Rishikesh:This religious and yoga centre is located just 24 Kms away from Haridwar. This place is famous for its Ghats and Sadhus, and also serves as the vantage point for deities going to pay their prayers to the Chaar Dhams of Badri Nath, Kedar Nath, and Yamunotri & Gangotri Dhams.

Mumbai:Mumbai was given by Portuguese as dowry to Charles II of England when he married Catherine. The group of seven island was leased to the East India Company who offered freedom of business and religion to persons who came and settled here. Initially a few Parsis and Gujarati came but soon a sizeable population began to thrive here. This was way back in the 17th century. Today also Mumbai is a city of migrants. People from all over the country have come and settled here. This gives the society of Mumbai a multi-lingual and multi-cultural colour

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