What to do in India

2020-01-04 17:34
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What to do in India:

Visit Jairpur City Palace

Situated in the heart of Jaipur city, the palace juts out like a red thumb in the centre of what is the first planned city of medieval India.

As with most of the structures in Jaipur, the palace also reflects the fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture in its delicately designed facades.

City Palace includes the Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal palaces and other buildings, and has essentially become a palace complex. 

And if for not other reason, swing by to see some forts, gardens, palaces, courtyards, etc.

Go on a safari to see Bengal tigers

Earn your stripes with this wild experience.

When visiting India, one has to embark on a safari to see the indigenous and endangered beauty of the Bengal tiger. 

Book a spot to learn the fine art and skill of tiger tracking and to learn all about the need to protect these edgy furbabies.

Temple hopping

India is rich in culture, flavour and temples.

Some stunning temples you should include on your India itinerary are:

  • Meenakshi Amman Temple (Madurai)
  • Brihadisvara Temple (Thanjavur)
  • Somnath Temple
  • Ramanathaswamy Temple (Rameswaram)

See the Gateway of India

When in India a visit to one of its most unique and iconic landmarks is a must.

Situated in the city of Mumbai, the colossal structure was built in 1924.

Overlooking the Mumbai harbour, bordered by the Arabian Sea in the Colaba district, the Gateway of India is a monument that marks India's chief ports and is a major tourist attraction.

In its earlier days, the monument represented the grandeur of the British Raj in India. However, these days it is a favourite spot for tourists, attracting vendors, food stalls and photographers.

Explore Ellora or Elephanta Caves

If you're looking to get sedimentary and dig a little deeper into the Indian landscape - cave tourism is available.

Ellora Caves, also known as Verul Leni by the local people sit comfy in Aurangabad-Chalisgaon, 30 km from Aurangabad. Featuring its majestic rock-cut temple, the caves exhibit artwork and monuments that stem from Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism of the period of 600-1000 CE.

The conglomeration of the Ellora caves has a total of 100 caves, out of which only 34 caves are for the public. These caves reflect the religious sentiments of the people of that era - they have served manifold purposes like abode for praying, resting place for the pilgrims and monasteries for the monks.

Elephanta Caves, also known as 'The City of Caves', is anchored on an island in the Sea of Oman close to Bombay. It contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Thought to have been built between the fifth and eighth century CE, the five Hindu and two Buddhist caves collectively known as the Elephanta Caves have survived through centuries of habitation, invasion and neglect to still stand and draw in thousands of tourists in present-day Mumbai. 

The island and its resident caves earned the name 'Elephanta' which stems from Portuguese invaders following the discovery of a black stone sculpture of an elephant on the island - which is now housed outside Mumbai’s Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum. While the creators of the caves remain unknown, due to a lack of surviving records, local legend credits various mythical and non-human figures with the creation of these temples. 

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