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Golden Triangle Tour Packages get a boost due to Commonwealth Games 2010

Whether you have been to Delhi or not, you have still heard about it. It is the richest city and state in India in history, greenery, and the cosmopolitan outlook. It is also the Capital of India and a popular gateway to an India Tour. Thus, it is one of the three chosen cities that complete Golden Triangle Tour Packages in India. The other two are Agra – the City of Taj Mahal, and Jaipur with its treasure of royal forts and palaces and colourful Rajasthani culture.

Delhi’s past has been exciting. It stands on a history of seven cities that came up here. It’s present is fascinating – as it is the place of power play in politics as well as trade and commerce. And its future seems bright with all the infrastructures improvements and strong position of Indian economy. Being host to the Commonwealth Games 2010, Delhi has seen some massive changes recently and Golden Triangle tour packages are offering it as ‘Brand New Delhi’.

While the Games venues are in the limelight these days, the architectural heritage Delhi already has is unmatched and offers a lot of cultural excitements too. The massive Red Fort, where the tricolored flag of India is unfurled on 15th August every year to celebrate its Independence Day, has several palaces and buildings that are worth seeing. The Light and Sound Show conducted here every evening narrates the freedom struggle of India and throws light on the history of Red Fort itself.

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City of Eternal Love

The great Taj Mahal has no words to express since it is an incredible monument built by a king for his queen, a husband for his wife. His love makes the monument stand tall among all the other monuments even after 350 years and more. People all over the world take a tour to Agra, India to visit the Taj Mahal thinking about the beauty in its story.

After knowing the story we come why the Taj Mahal is the best in the whole world. It cannot be re-constructed. Even the story behind the Taj Mahal has been unique and can be seen only in movies. The question still remains,” Is there a Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal in today’s life and age who would love each other so much?”

The answer can be yes as well. However, let’s know the complete story of the Taj for the same.

The story begins: Prince Khurram was betrothed to Arjumand Bano Begum when she was 14 years old and he was 15 years old. They had to wait 5 years for the marriage as per the dates given by the court astrologers.

Shah Jahan got married with Mumtaz Mahal after 5 years in 1612 A.D.

Mumtaz Mahal was his support in all the matters of administration, family and in all the other aspects which the emperor needed. She followed him at every military campaign and was an evergreen companion for him. Though she was frequently pregnant she always supported him in all his life’s battles and finally in 1628 A.D. Shah Jahan became the emperor of Agra. The great victory for Shah Jahan was due to his great talent and the love and support of his wife. Thus, it is truly said that ‘behind every successful man there is a woman.’

Shah Jahan being of the Mughal family had other wives as well, however, he had deep affection and love towards Mumtaz Mahal, the most beautiful and supporting wife. After 2 years of his reign as the emperor of Agra, Mumtaz Mahal became sick when she was following him at Burhanpur for a military campaign. More than her health she thought it necessary to support her husband. Even when she belonged to the Mughal family she was supporting her husband in all his battles to encourage him all the time.

While giving birth to her 14th child she fell seriously ill. Even after giving her the best treatment she couldn’t survive. At her deathbed she asked her beloved husband a few promises to be fulfilled after her death. One of those promises was the construction of this beautiful monument, the Taj Mahal. The meaning is “The Crown Palace” or it can be in the name of Mumtaz Mahal as well. Shah Jahan had named it earlier as Roza-E-Mumtaz Mahal meaning ‘the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal’.

The story continues: The story doesn’t end here. The faithfulness of Shah Jahan for his wife is the main reason and the answer behind this great beauty. He loved his wife so much that after her death he became sick due to grief. He isolated himself for around 2 years and grew old soon. It is said that he used to weep when he visited his wife’s tomb. For months after her death he was still in the grief and with a broken heart. He had white hair and beard and started falling sick frequently.

The construction of the Taj Mahal took years to complete and Shah Jahan was patient for 22 years until it was completed. He had given the best for this monument because he wanted to give the best to his wife’s memory. He chose marble instead of a normal stone and went for the riches of his kingdom while building this monument. This is not just enough. He didn’t marry again after her death as he had promised Mumtaz Mahal that he would take care of their 14 children and won’t neglect them.

All the beauty of Shah Jahan’s love for his wife is seen in the Taj Mahal. The moon makes the Taj more beautiful and the river Yamuna tells about its story to everyone who comes to her banks. Isn’t it amazing that the love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal still speaks and is alive in the white marbled beauty. The true story never ends even when Shah Jahan was buried next to his wife after his death. The story continues even at this age.

The story never ends: People tell each other about the amazing love story; we discuss it when we think about Shah Jahan’s love for his wife. When people see it they come to see the love of Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. ‘A tear drop in the face of time’, the Taj Mahal, is still standing tall to tell everyone about the love of the king and the queen. The question still remains in our mind. Was Shah Jahan the only one or there is still such Shah Jahan who would love his wife so deeply and immensely and forever? Was Mumtaz Mahal the only one or there is still such Mumtaz Mahal who would support her husband in all the aspects and love him?

Do we have Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal in today’s age? Finally the answer is that the love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal has always succeeded, it is still alive even at this age.

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Delhi : Delhi is the capital of india.Delhi is the host of Second largest sporting event of commonwealth games 2010.It will be started on 3rd October, 2010 and will be closed on 14th October.50,000 tourists come to Delhi for watching the Common Wealth Game.Many tourist choose to stay at the 5 star hotels in Delhi..While you are in Delhi, you have numerous things to do. You can explore the fantastic cultural heritage of the city.The city has many entertainment avenues where you can go out to catch the latest movies while staying at Delhi 5 star hotels. Taj Palace Hotel is one of the best five star hotels in Delhi.Taj Palace Hotel Delhi offers a lavish and indulgent stay in Delhi, the capital city of India, Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi is one of the finest options you can get hold of. Taj Palace Hotel Delhi has 422 Rooms which include suites.The general Amenities available in each room of any category are like Speaker phone, 24-hour room service, Morning newspaper, Cable/satellite TV channels.Before arriving in Delhi you must make an advance booking in a hotel on phone, fax or e-mail and carry the confirmation with you.

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.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.

Major Himalayan Hill Stations

Gulmarg & Sonamarg
The beauty of this place can only be seen to believe. No words, no phrases would be enough to capture the sheer brilliance of this unimaginable canopy crafted by the God. Resembling a huge bowl of meadow, lush and green, where the only voices that you hear are the cowbells tinkling away in the fields, Gulmarg looks like a fantasy world.

Srinagar
This place is the capital of Jammu and Kashmir and is also the largest city in the state. Situated at an altitude of 1730 meters from the sea level, this place is world famous for its Dal Lake and the floating House Boats in its waters. Also home to one of the most exquisitely designed landscape of flora and fauna; Mughal Gardens, the city has a sleepy yet energetic charm about it.

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Monument of Love Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is the symbol of love and makes us think about the power of love in our day to day life. If Emperor Shahjahan would have never loved his wife so deeply then he would have never thought of building this monument for us to keep in our everlasting memory. It is truly said that love always succeeds. The Taj Mahal tour makes it clear why it is different from all the other monuments in Agra, India and the world.

The Taj Mahal is famous and loved by everyone because of the story behind it. The love of Emperor Shah Jahan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal was amazing and is believed to be alive even today which has kept the monument alive even after 350 years after the construction.

The love of Shah Jahan was not only for his wife but was also for the city Agra. He had made the capital of the Mughal Kingdom in this city. He also built the Agra Fort from where he could see the Taj Mahal in the remembrance of his beloved companion. The love of the King cannot be explained and one would become speechless after seeing the monument of love.

What makes the Taj Mahal so beautiful? The beauty of the white marbled Taj Mahal is not just due to the pure marble used but it is also due to the love of Shah Jahan for his wife and his kingdom. He was a great Emperor who was a good husband and perfect warrior. He had a noble mind and knew how to protect his kingdom and his people. The city of Agra was decorated with gold and silver wherever possible and has been famous for riches in India. All these show that the heart of the great Emperor Shah Jahan was pure and dedicated towards his own kingdom and people. This makes the Taj Mahal more beautiful since his love for his queen and his kingdom was unlimited. The country India was called “Sone Ki Chidiya” (Golden Sparrow) at that time when this king has showered all his riches for making his kingdom beautiful.

What gives life and beauty to the Taj Mahal even today? As soon as you catch the pleasant white monument of love into your eyesight you will surely feel the love of Shah Jahan and his wife becoming alive in your mind. The perfect monument would have never been so alive and beautiful if the love of Shah Jahan was not alive even today. It seems that the love of the Emperor and the Empress is still protecting the monument even today. That’s why it is said that love never fails.

What kind of heart did Shah Jahan have? After seeing the beauty of the great Taj one would surely say that Shah Jahan the Emperor behind the Taj was generous in nature. He was a faithful person who kept the promise to his wife even after her death. He was a good and open hearted man who could express his thoughts by building such a huge memorable symbol of love. The Taj Mahal is known as “A Dream in Stone”, “A Dream in Marble”, “A Noble Tribute to The Grace of Indian Womanhood”, “Symbol of Love”, “The White Monument”, “The White Marble Monument” and “A Monument of Love”. All these explain the heart of the builder and the imaginer of the white beauty.

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Agra Fort History

Agra Fort is believed to be built over the remains of an ancient site known as Badalgarh (The house of clouds). This belonged to the Lodi Dynasty and was conquered by Babur the Mughal Emperor in the famous battle of Panipat in 1526. Babur was the founder of the Mughal rule in India.

The history begins – Lodi dynasty: The beginning of the history of the Agra Fort is from the Lodi dynasty. After the death of Sikandar Lodi in 1517, his son Ibrahim Lodi held the fort. That time the fort was built of bricks.

Agra fort captured – Mughal dynasty: In the famous battle of Panipat in 1526 Ibrahim Lodi was defeated and killed by Babur, the founder of the Mughal rule in India.

Babur sent his son Humayun to Agra and he captured the fort and seized a vast treasure. The famous diamond ‘Kohinoor’ was one of these treasures. Humayum was coronated here in 1530 A.D.

Agra fort occupied – Sur dynasty: Humayun was defeated in another war with Sher Shah Suri from the Sur dynasty and he occupied the fort of Agra. Sher Shah Suri repaired Badalgarh and the Sur dynasty reigned there until 1655 A.D.

Agra fort re-captured – Mughal dynasty: In 1555 A.D the fort was recaptured by Humayun and the power came in the hands of the Mughal dynasty. After the death of Humayun, his son Akbar made Agra his capital and named it ‘Akbarabad’.

Construction of Agra Fort begins: In 1565 A.D. Badalgarh was demolished and the construction of the famous ‘Red Fort’ or the ‘Agra Fort’ began.

The construction done by:
Akbar: The Emperor Akbar started the construction of the Agra Fort with red sand stone. The ramparts and buildings of the fort were constructed by him in eight years from 1565 A.D. to 1573 A.D.

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DiwanIAm in Agra

The fort of Agra encompasses within its walls the Diwan–I–Am, a famous assembly hall erected between 1631 A.D – 1640 A.D. Diwan–I–Am, also known as the Hall of Public Audience, was re-constructed during the reign of Shah Jahan. The Emperor used this place to address the general public and nobility. He would sit on a throne and dispense justice based on the petitions presented by his ministers.

The importance of Diwan-I-Am: The importance of Diwan-I-Am is unquestionably connected with the importance of the Agra Fort. The powerful fortress encloses Agra, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers with its famous and exquisite buildings. Agra served as the capital of the Mughal emperors from 1526 to 1658 and to present day remains an important tourist destination. In 1983 Agra Fort achieved the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One should not confuse the Agra Fort with the Red Fort at Delhi. The latter has never been referred to as a fort by the Mughals, but was rather called the Red Bungalow.

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Taj Mahal World Heritage Monument

Taj Mahal, the wonder of the world has everything in it. Starting from amazing beauty and ending with endless and eternal love story of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal which can never be found in this world.

The love of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal can be elaborated with more and more increasing beauty of the great monument of love. As it is known as the world famous ‘One of the seven wonders of the world’, the Taj Mahal in Agra has more to say when you see it personally with your own eyes.

So when you come to India or plan a tour here, do not forget to meet the Taj Mahal where the love of Shah Jahan for his beloved wife is still alive. Believe me; you will feel their love when you visit it.

Taj Mahal is not just a monument for many of us including me; it has more to show you. Many people believe that there is no love in this world, however, the love of Taj Mahal still exists and has unbreakable relationship with the people of the world including its own country, India.

Taj being one of the three ‘World Heritage Monuments’ in Agra belongs to the whole world. People of various nations, religions, castes, status, positions and languages come every day to see the great heartthrob of the lovers.

Many lovers of the Taj Mahal have been visiting it yearly, monthly, weekly and even daily and I am one of them. I had been visiting the Royal Taj Mahal almost every day and preferred to take a rental house just behind it on the Fatehabad road. My mornings were pleasant seeing the sun rising on the Taj Mahal and the evenings were peaceful when the pinkish rays of the setting sun fell on it from the river side.

I couldn’t leave the city until I had to forcibly move for other work and completing this website. Amazing is the Taj Mahal about which I cannot express more and though I write about it, I will always say that I have written nothing as compared to what it has been for Shah Jahan.

Heart of his heart and soul of his soul, Mumtaz Mahal was the great beauty of Shah Jahan’s life. A very good supporter, companion, wife and a mother of 14 children, Mumtaz was still beautiful in the eyes of Shah Jahan even when she was not alive.

On his death bed, Shah Jahan had seen Mumtaz when he has seen the Taj Mahal.

Museum of Taj Mahal in Agra

Museum of the Taj Mahal is the collection of all unbelievable things of the Mughal time in India. The Taj Mahal complex is surrounded by red sandstone walls except for the side facing the river. These walls are interspersed with domed kiosks or chattris. There are small buildings as well that may have been viewing areas or watch towers like the Music House. This area is one of the places that is now used as a museum.

Location
The museum is located at the ground floor of the western Naubat Khana within the Taj Mahal complex. The museum is also known as the Jal Mahal and it is a two-story building built on a raised platform with a quadrangle projection outside. The Luxury Jal Mahal museum was established in 1982.

The Museum
The Jal Mahal museum is comprised of a main gallery with three other galleries displaying various exhibits related to the construction of the Taj Mahal and the period of its builders. There are various antiquities on display categorized as manuscripts, government decrees, Mughal miniature paintings, specimen of calligraphy, utensils, plans and drawings of the Taj Mahal complex, paintings, arms, specimen inlay work, marble pillars etc. A total of 121 of these antiquities are on display.

The Main Hall
The main hall of the museum displays paintings of Shah Jahan and his most favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal on ivory encased in an ornamental wooden frame. Paintings from the Persian epic Shahnama of Firdausi and other exhibits such as replicas of coins minted in Akbarabad, Agra and a manuscript of Chaihl Majlis which dates back to 1612 A.D. bearing the signature of Shah Jahan under the royal seal dated February 4th 1628 are also on display here.

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Fair and Festival Holidays Time in Rajasthan

This is an account of a trek to Gaumukh – the snout of the Gangotri glacier, where the mighty river Ganga emerges and to Tapovan – a high altitude meadow above Gaumukh in the Garhwal Holidays to Himalaya.

The first time that we visited Gangotri. We were fresh after our trek to Dodital and Darwa and wanted to round off our Himalayan adventure with a trek to the origin of the Ganga – or the Bhagirathi, to be more precise. However, we reached Gangotri after a 5-hour drive from Uttarkashi, only to be told that we needed permits for the trek, which are issued at Uttarkashi! The rules for Trekking tours India in the newly-declared Gangotri National Park decreed this and this was the first time entry to this area was being regulated – which was why nobody had cared to mention this to us, I guess. As we tried to get over our disappointment by doing hill walks in this picturesque region, we resolved to come back again next year.

Preparations

So June 2009 found us at Uttarkashi, all geared up for our adventure and having 2 days in hand to secure that precious slip of paper. As it turned out, we needn’t have worried – getting the permit at the Kot Bungalow forest department office was a fairly straightforward affair and we spent the rest of the time visiting the National Institute of Mountaineering campus and doing small scrambles on the pretext of acclimatization. It is important that one acclimatizes well to minimize the ill-effects of altitude on one’s body. To allow the body’s mechanisms to adjust to the rarefied air of the high Himalaya, one needs to spend time at various intermediate points and not rush directly to one’s destination.

Next, we headed out to Gangotri and spent a couple of days there, taking walks along the banks of the Bhagirathi, relaxing and drinking in the picturesque mountain scenery that surrounds this holy town. It is here that legend states that Raja Bhagirath did penance and practiced austerities to bring down Mother Ganges Tours to redeem his ancestors. It is said that Gaumukh – the snout of the Gangotri glacier was near present-day Gangotri many years back and slowly receded over time to its current location 18 miles from Gangotri.

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