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AURANGABAD

Most of us are not aware of the fact that Aurangabad has its roots in history (2nd century BCE) and theSatavahana rulers built their capital in Pratishtanapura (it is known as Paithan today). It was the capital of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

This historic and prominent city of Aurangabad was first discovered by Malik Ambar, the then Prime Minister to Murtaza Nizam Shah II.It’s previous name was Khirki which later on became the capital.

Coming down to the climate of Aurangabad, it hastemperate climate, extremely low with respect to humidity and diverse but no significant traces of extreme weather conditions. This historic city experiences three seasons every year. They are:  Summer, Winter and Monsoon.

There are many places for sightseeing in Aurangabad and coming across them in your lifetime is definitely going to fetchyou happiness and sweet memories worth rejoicing. Here, comes the Aurangabad travel guide so as to make your travel feel more comfortable and worth remembering.

Places to visit in Aurangabad

  1. Ellora caves, Aurangabad

Ellora Caves are one of the most famous ‘World Heritage Site’ that one just can’t afford to miss paying a visit. The sculptures of this place are extremely beautiful and they symbolize the elements of three religions.

  1. The Ajanta Caves

Distance between the Ajanta Caves and the town is 99 Km. This place is famous for its tourism and traditional line up. Ajanta caves are one of the prestigious monuments mentioned in the UN’s category of World Heritage Sights; worth paying a visit!

  1. Bibi-ka-Maqbara

Bibi ka Maqbara is often said to be the replica of Taj Mahal. It is one of the good-looking mausoleums of Rabia-Ul- Daurani, the wife of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. This eminent monument was built by Aurangzeb in the year 1661and was enclosed in the memory of his wife.

This particular monument bears a resemblance to the renowned Taj Mahal because the main driving force behind erecting this monument was Taj Mahal and is often referred as the Taj from the Deccan. As a matter of fact, known to least, this particular monument was one of the largest structures to have been built during Aurangzeb’s regime.

  1. Daulatabad Fort

The distance between the main city and the fort is around 15 Km and the fort is fortified from all sides. It rises dauntingly from the midst of verdant greenery. It was established in the 12th century. One of the important features of the Daulatabad Fort is its position.It is believed and noted as well that from the pinnacleof this fort one can click a spellbinding view of the whole city. The top most point can be reached after climbing 750 steps, but the sight below from there is breath-taking!

  1. Ghrishneshwar temple

Ghrishneshwar temple attracts a considerable amount of visitors from all around the country. It was born in the 18th century. The temple is among the five Jyothirlingas of Lord Shiva in the state of Maharashtra and 12th in the country. It is just a kilometre away from Ellora caves.

  1. Pitalkhora

Pitalkhora Caves are located in the Satamala range, Western Ghats in Maharashtra, India. It is said to be a Buddhist site majorly comprising of fourteen rock-cut cave monuments. According to records, it was created in 13th century BC.

Other places to visit (Aurangabad tour):

Soneri Mahal, History Museum, ChatrapatiShivaji Museum, Panchakki, Lonar, Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary, Siddharth Garden and Pitalkhora.

MUMBAI

Mumbai is the most popular city of India and the capital of Maharashtra. It is the second most metropolitan area in India. The city also houses the maximum numbers of billionaires and millionaires of the country. Today it is the financial, commercial, and entertainment capital of India.

In 2008, Mumbai was named the “alpha city of the world”. The city has lived under the control of Portuguese empire before it was passed on to the East India Company.

Mumbai has a natural harbor and a tropical climate. It faces peak rainfall in the month of July. Air pollution is a major issue that the city is currently facing. The sightseeing in Mumbai is an unforgettable experience.

Places to visit in Mumbai

A large number of tourists visit this city every year. Mumbai travel guide will introduce you to the vibrant and enthusiastic culture of the city which never sleeps. Some of the sites which can be a part of your Mumbai tour are:

Marine drive

Marine drive is a 3km long and a bow-shaped road on the coast of Mumbai. It starts from Nariman point and ends at Choupatty beach. This is the one of the best spots to enjoy sunset in Mumbai.

Gateway of India

This distinguished monument of the state of Maharashtra was built in 1924. This place can be spotted in many Bollywood movies and is a famous tourist hub.

Juhu beach

This is the most popular beach in Mumbai. It once used to be the most beautiful beach of the city. Now, it has polluted water because of factories and industries.

Siddhivinayak temple

Siddhivinayak temple is located in Prabhadevi and is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. A number of visitors arrive here on a daily basis. It is famous not only among the general public but also among celebrities. Bollywood celebrities are often spotted here before their film launch. It is also one among the richest temples of the city. It has wooden doors carved with the image of Lord Ganesha and inner roof of gold.

Elephant caves

This UNESCO World Heritage site has sculptures carved out of stone. It has architecture dating back to the medieval ages. This island is located 11km away from the Mumbai city.

Prince of Wales museum

This is one among the heritage sites of Mumbai. It has splendid architecture and has ancient artifacts safely preserved and put on display. The exquisite articles display the rich culture of India since ancient times.

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

It is a wildlife sanctuary situated amidst the busy Mumbai city. It has abundant flora and fauna which can be enjoyed in a train ride. The wildlife that can be spotted here includes macaques, flying fox, sunbird, lions, boars, kingfisher, leopards and many others. It also has a huge collection of butterflies.

Other places to visit (Mumbai tour):

Some other famous tourist spots in Mumbai are Colaba Causeway (which is popular for its shopping centres and cafes), Haji Ali Dargah, GirgaumChowpatty, Victoria terminus, Essel Park, National gallery of Modern Art, Film City, Global pagoda, and many more.

AGRA

One of the leading tourist attractions in India is Agra and that is whyit allures millions of tourists from different parts of the world. It is also the home to the seventh wonder of the world, Taj Mahal. Agra tour is incomplete without visiting this mesmerizing Mughal architectural marvel.

The history of Agra dates back to Mahabharata. It was ruled by various Muslim and Hindu monarchs. According to recorded history, Agra’s existence dates back to in the 11th century!

Visitors can enjoy the famous sweets of this iconic city, Petha. This ancient city has a humid climate. Not one but there are many places that come under the list of sightseeing in Agra. Among them, Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, and Fatehpur Sikri are must-visit places. A detailed description of Agra travel guide is given below.

Tourist Places To Visit in Agra

Taj Mahal

This excellent piece of mausoleum was built under the reign of Shah Jahan. It was built as a tribute to the wife of the Mughal emperor. Constructed between 1631 and 1648, it is a world heritage site. It is made up of white marble and is preserved till date. This photogenic beauty is not just a piece of huge marble but also a symbol of eternal love. Don’t miss the Agra Taj Mahal Tour!

Agra Fort

It was built under the reign of Mughal King, Akbar, in between 1565 and 1571. It gives a resemblance of Red Fort in Delhi. This beautiful structure is made up of red sandstone. One can view the Taj Mahal from this Fort. Agra Fort is also called as Lal Quila and is a UNESCO heritage site.

Fatehpur Sikri

There was a time when Fatehpur Sikri served as the capital of Mughal Empire. It also comes under the list of UNESCO world heritage sites, constructed in the 16th century. Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India is located here. Floral paintings and Persian styles are the symbolic part of this famous mosque. This is a place of historical importance harboring majestic palaces.

Akbar’s Tomb

Based on the outskirts of Agra is the famous tomb of Akbar. This place is well known as Sikandara. It also displays the ecstatic beauty of Mughal state of art and architecture. Nearby to this is Mariam’s tomb, wife of Akbar. The upper portion of the Akbar’s Tomb was laid down by his son Jahangir.

Mehtab Bagh

Spreading across a vast area, this botanical garden is full of lush greenery. It allows the visitors to view Taj Mahal with utmost peace, away from the hustle of city life. Located near to the renowned Yamuna River, it offers scenic beauty during sunrise and sunset. Ornamental gardens and pools are an integrated part of this Botanical garden.

Itimad-ud-daula’s Tomb

Also, popular by the name of Baby Taj, this tomb was established in the memory of Noor Jahan’s parents. Situated right in the middle of the Persian Garden, Itimad-ud-daula’s Tomb is a magnificent architecture. The Yamuna River passes near it.

Other Places to visit (Agra Tourism)

Chini Ka Roza, Gurudwara Guru ka Taa, Mankameshwar Temple, Soami Bagh, Moti Masjid, Jodha Bai ka Rauza, Wildlife SOS, Ram Bagh, Balkeshwar Temple, Kailash Temple, MausammanBurj, Maryamuzzamani Palace, and Panch Mahal are some of the other places to visit.

JAIPUR- The Pink City

Jaipur is the biggest city in Rajasthan which was built by Sawai Jai Singh as India’s initially arranged city. Jaipur is also called the pink city because of its colorful appearance.

Jaipur is a noteworthy vacation spot among Indian and also tourists of many countries. Jaipur is developing quickly and different advancement ventures are being handled by the administration and private undertakings. Jaipur tour offers an uplifting holiday experience to any tourist.

The town of Jaipur is a lot differentcompared to other Indian urban areas. Sightseeing in Jaipur is a pleasure. Jaipur is the most visited vacation destination among Indians and in addition worldwide tourists. Here is the basic Jaipur travel guide.

Tourist Places to visit in Jaipur:

Hawa Mahal is viewed as the embodiment of the Rajput design. Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh constructed theHawa Mahal in 1779. It is also known as the palace of the winds because of the way that it has 953 minor recolored glass windows. The windows are privately called jharokhas. Visitors like peeping out of the windows to see the delightful city of Jaipur.

Amber fort is a hypnotizing mix of Hindu and Mughal design. The golden fort was handed-over by the Rajputs both for guard reason and also for private purposes. In this way, inside its powerful dividers, one finds an attractive garden and superb royal residences made up of marble and precious stones luxuriously brightened with multifaceted stonework and delightful works of art.

Jantar Mantar is a heavenly place with an extraordinary design. Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur had built Jantar Mantar in 1724. It is one of the historical places with fantastic stature on this earth. Jaipur’s Jantar Mantar is an awesome place where one gets the opportunity to stroll through a geometrical labyrinth of sorts and concentrate an unpredictable galactic framework intended to study the sky.

ChokhiDhani is a well-known entertainment place for travellers who wish to have an essence of village life of Rajasthan. You can enjoy stunning folk music and exhibitions each night. In the night-time, the whole resort is lit up with twinkling lights that take you back to the royal era.

This Museum is situated in Rajasthan. It has a collection of uncommon and excellent antiquities in plain view including materials like floor coverings, artistic creations, metal and wood made earthenware, arms and weapons etc. The features of the historical center are shown in its exhibition which is totally committed to the physical articulation of music and moving works of art.

Jal Mahal is also called as water palace. Jalmahal is arranged right in the core of the manmade Sagar Lake flanked by the grand Nahargarh hills. Extraordinary area and beguiling excellence of the royal residence makes it a standout amongst other photographic destinations in Jaipur.

Kanak Vrindavan, Sisodia Rani Bagh, Birla Mandir, GovindDevji temple, Galtaji temple, Jagat Shiromani temple, Chhatris of galore, Elefantastic, and Chand Baori bazaars of Jaipur.

Udaipur

It is a splendid city in Rajasthan, nestled in the Aravalli hills. Scintillating palaces, the baffling architecture of Rajputana style and a number of lakes make this place a wonder on earth. It is also well known as the “The City of Lakes”. Ancient grandeur and huge havelis should not be missed out. Udaipur tour will be a memorable experience.

Udaipur was established by Udai Singh in the 16th century. He had to vacate Chittorgarh after being defeated by Akbar. Till 1947, it acted as the capital of state Mewar.

The city might harbor many historical monuments but the citizens of this place are colorful. Udaipur has a tropical climate and summers are hot here. Mouthwatering spicy snacks are the special cuisine of this city. Sightseeing in Udaipur is full of surprises. Lake Pichola, City Palace, and many other places can be visited by referring toUdaipur travel guide.

Tourist Places to Visit in Udaipur

Lake Pichola

It is indeed a man-made marvel which was created in 1362 AD. Bounded by hills and temples, Lake Pichola is truly a picturesque lake. One can enjoy the boat cruise and also spend quality time by landing on different islands here. A majestic view of the sunset and lit palaces in the evening will amaze you.

City Palace

Located on the banks of Lake Pichola, City Palace was established in 1559 AD. It was built under the reign of Maharaja UdaiMirja Singh. A mixture of Medieval, Chinese and European architecture differentiate this palace from others. It is a congregation of around 11 palaces. A tour inside the palace is worthy with beautiful paintings and antiques. The exterior of the palace is filled with well-crafted gardens.

Lake Garden Palace

Shah Jahan was inspired by this palace and ultimately built the seventh wonder of the world, Taj Mahal. Jagmandir or Lake Garden Palace is not only a monument but also the symbol of friendship between Mughals and Rajputs. Apart from the marvelous architecture, it also houses a good museum.

Lake Palace

Located on the island of Jag Niwas, this beautiful palace was built in the year 1746 AD. Its beauty has attracted millions of visitors around the year. It is one of the famous film shooting spots for many Bollywood and Hollywood movies. Not only a preferred shooting location; it also serves as an ideal wedding destination.

Vintage Car Museum

This museum was introduced in the year 2000 AD. If you are awestruck by the beauty of vintage cars then this museum is a must visit. It is also referred as the heaven for classic car lovers. Many magnificent cars are displayed here including the Rolls Royce used by James Bond.

Bagore Ki Haveli

When the discussion is about Udaipur, havelis are a must visit. One of them is Bagore Ki Haveli, named after its late owner Maharana Shakti Singh of Bagore. It has been converted into a museum. Around 100 rooms, precious antique and jewelry are the surprising secrets of this haveli.

Other places to visit (Udaipur tourism)

Saheliyon Ki Bari, Shilpgram, Jagdish Temple, Moti Magri, Sukhadia Circle, AapniDhani, Udaipur Solar Observatory, Ahar Museum, Nehru Garden, Gulab Bagh and Bird Park, and DudhTalai.

JODHPUR

When in Jodhpur, one can enjoy the sunrise. It is also popular as Sun City. It was established in the year 1459 by Rao Jodha. The city is named after its founder. One can enjoy the ancient beauty in old Jodhpur and modern facilities in new Jodhpur. The pride of the city is its marvelous palaces and Jodhpur tour is incomplete without visiting them.

It is the second largest city in Rajasthan. The people of the state are referred as Marwaris. During ancient days, it was ruled by the Rajputs. Old Jodhpur has a large number of houses painted blue in color, thus this city is also referred as Blue City.

Mawa Kachori and Makhaniya Lassi are the best dishes found here. With a semi-arid climate, Jodhpur is dry throughout the year. Sightseeing in Jodhpur is full of wonders. Jodhpur travel guide will be of immense help to tourists.

Tourist Places to Visit in Jodhpur

Umaid Bhawan Palace

This huge palace is located at a greater height. It has been divided into three zones. The first part is used as a residence by the royal family. Second part serves as a museum and is open to visitors. The last part is Taj Palace Hotel, where entry is for guests withspecial permission only. One of the largest residences in the world, it consists of 347 rooms. It took more than a decade to build this palace.

Mehrangarh Fort

One of the Hollywood films was filmed in this fort. An awe-inspiring monument, it took centuries for completion. It is located above 400 feet in comparison to the city level. The construction of this fort was started in the year 1459 under the leadership Rao Jodha. Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India.

Mandore Gardens

The marvels of bygone architecture are witnessed here. Before the existence of Jodhpur, Mandore served as the Marwar’s capital since the 6th century. It is house to different kinds of ancient and valuable statues and artifacts. One of the temple established here is dedicated to33 crore Gods. Apart from lush greenery, it also accommodates a government museum. It attracts many tourists round the year.

Jaswant Thada

It was established in the year 1899, in the memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh. Jaswant Thada is made up of marble, which also amplifies the beauty. One can find paintings of Rathore rulers. Other parts of the monument consist of a big garden and pond. This is situated near to Mehrangarh Fort and allows a stunning view of Umaid Palace.

Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park

It has been established in the year 2006. This park comprises of various varieties of plants found in the Thar Desert. The Rock Park is located at the foot of Mehrangarh Fort. Spread across an area of 200acres, Rao Jodha Rock Park was formed due to hard work of ecologists.

Kailana Lake

Pratap Singh had constructed this artificial lake in the year 1872. It is located in the western part of the city. Boating is one of the options to enjoy the scenic beauty. One can also click lots of pictures. Sunset looks stunning from this lake. Many varieties of birds can be found here. It also serves as an ideal location for picnicking.

Other Places to Visit (Jodhpur Tourism)

Clock Tower, Chamunda Mata temple, Masuria hill garden, Balsamand Lake, Khejarla Fort, Sadar Market, Gulab Sagar Lake and RanisarPadamsar.

JAISALMER

Jaisalmer is a city located in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It has been nicknamed as “The Golden City”. It has been classified as a World Heritage Site. It is famous for the Jaisalmer fort and various Jain temples. The houses, temples and the forts are made up of yellow sandstone. It lies in the centre of the great Thar Desert.

The city was named after a Yadav king, Jaisal Singh, who found this city. Thus Jaisalmer means “the fort of Jaisal”. This city was discovered in 1156 AD and sightseeing in this place would definitely be a good experience.

This arid area is the largest in Rajasthan. One can witness extreme temperatures in Jaisalmer with a huge variation in the day and night climate. The water here is brackish and scarce. Interested in sightseeing in Jaisalmer?

Tourist Places to visit in Jaisalmer

Tourism is a major source of the state’s revenue. Jaisalmer travel guide will introduce you to a rich and vibrant culture. It is also famous for the unending sand dunes, havelis, forts, and intricate architecture. Some of the sites which can be a part of your Jaisalmer tour are:

Jaisalmer Fort

The Jaisalmer Fort is famous for its architecture.  It has many historical tales related to it. There are many sites that you would like to capture in your camera. To enter Jaisalmer Fort, you need to buy a ticket which costs INR 30 for Indian citizens and INR 70 for others. The fort remains open for public everyday from 9AM to 5PM. Jaisalmer Fort is also known as the “Golden Fort of Rajasthan”. It is one of the largest forts in the world. You can also go for street shopping in the bazaars near the fort.

Salim Singh kiHaweli

This haweli was built for the then Prime Minister of Jaisalmer, Salim Singh. This haweli is situated near the Jaisalmer fort and is famous for its unique architecture. The roof has been carved in the form of peacock and one can find elephants made of sandstone at the entrance of the haweli. It has 38 balconies with each of them built in a special way and has a distinct sight to offer. The front of the palace resembles the stern of the ship. Hence, it is also called Jahazmahal, meaning ‘ship palace’.

Sam sand dunes

You can enjoy the deserts of Jaisalmer throughout the day; all you need to undertake are the Desert safaris. The best time to enjoy the crests and troughs of the desert are after 3:30pm when the sun starts to set. You can ride on a camel back or a jeep as you enjoy this picturesque scene. A desert festival is also organized in February and March. The desert festival has folk dances, camel races and many other traditional events which exhibit the rich culture of Jaisalmer and its neighboring districts.

Other places to visit (Jaisalmer tourism):

Paraswanath Temple, Chandraprabhu temple, Rishabdev temple, Shitalnath Temple, Kunthunath Temple, Shantinath Temple, Lodhruva,Amarsagar, Brahmsar,Pokharan, Jaisalmer War, MuseumDesert Culture Centre & Museum, Patwa Haweli, Jaisalmer Folklore Museum, Government Museum Akal Fossil Park Museums.