Incredible India for an Implausible Escape (india tour)
Indian cultural history spans more than 4,500 years. Much of Indian architecture, including the Taj Mahal, other works of Mughal architecture, and South Indian architecture, blends ancient local traditions with imported styles. It is a country of extremes where you can experience the extremes of everything; you can experience the most traditional and strict religious processes, and at the same time you will see the most independent youth in the world who take everything at their liberty. You will see the most exquisitely built new sky scrapers, and at the same time the architectures built hundreds of years ago. For those who want to experience the heritage as well as the modern side of India your two stops should be at Delhi and Jaipur.
Anyone visiting India should start their tour from Delhi, which has so much to offer when it comes to heritage. Delhi is the capital of India and its culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India. Mughals and the Turkic rulers constructed several architecturally significant buildings, such as:
- Jama Masjid – India’s largest mosque.
- Red Fort – The residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857.
- Qutab Minar – The 2nd tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj in Chappar Chiri at Mohali which stands 100 meters tall.
- Humayun’s Tomb – The tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
- India Gate – A war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi.
- Jantar Mantar – An 18thcentury astronomical observatory.
- Purana Qila – A 16th century fortress.
- Laxminarayan temple, Akshardham temple, the Bahá’í Lotus temple and the ISKCON temple, all examples of modern architecture.
- Raj Ghat and associated memorials houses memorials of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Government buildings and official residences reminiscent of British colonial architecture; Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Secretariat, Rajpath, the Parliament of India and Vijay Chowk.
- Safdarjung’s Tomb is an example of the Mughal gardens style.
- Lotus Temple – is a Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape.
- Chandni Chowk, a 17th-century market, the most popular shopping area in Delhi for jewellery and Zari saris.
The next stop should be Jaipur, which is known as the Pink City of India. Jaipur has a number of important cultural sites like Jawahar Kala Kendra, Albert Hall Museum (Government Central Museum), Hawa Mahal and an art gallery at Viratnagar. There are statues depicting Rajasthani culture around the city. Amer Palace is located near Jaipur, and is a tourist attraction. Another important stop should be the Taj Mahal, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by orders of Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, which has been described in the UNESCO World Heritage List as “the jewel of Muslim art in India” and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage.