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SRINAGAR THE CITY OF BEAUTIFUL LAKES & GARDENS

Kashmir’s beauty attracts millions of visitors throughout the year. The Valley of Kashmir is enchanted with the beauty of all four seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter, known for its scenic landscape, ancient monuments, shrines, castles and gardens often dubbed “Paradise on Earth”, Kashmir’s mountainous landscape has attracted travellers for centuries

Srinagar located in the heart of the Kashmir valley at an altitude of 1,730 m above sea level. Spread on both sides of the river Jhelum the city is famous for its natural beauty, gardens, waterfronts and houseboats. Srinagar is called the city of lakes and the Venice of the East, fascinating tourists from centuries with its beautiful picturesque Himalayan backdrop, glittering lakes that are surrounded by houseboats and Shikaras and the majesty of Mughal architecture. The very absence of order in the location of the houses and their tumbled down appearance add a peculiar charm to the scenery. It has its own quaint lifestyle, telling a panoramic fairytale tour through the snow-capped mountains and Chinar trees, this unique city also famous for its traditions and culture.

The center of Kashmir Tourism, one of several places that have been called the “Venice of the East” or the “Kashmiri Venice”

Shalimar Bagh a Mughal garden in Srinagar, linked through a channel to the northeast of Dal Lake, on its right bank located on the outskirts of Srinagar city. The Bagh was built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Noor Jahan, in 1619. The Bagh is considered the high point of Mughal horticulture. It is now a public park. This time it’s also called as crown of Srinagar. Emperor Jahangir built his celebrated Shalimar Bagh, his dream project to please his queen. He enlarged the ancient garden in 1619 into a royal garden and called it ‘Farah Baksh’ (The Delightful). He built it for his wife Nur Jahan (Light of The World)

Nishat Bagh is a terraced Mughal garden built on the eastern side of the Dal Lake. It is one of the largest Mughal gardens in the Kashmir Valley. Nishat Bagh’ which means “Garden of Joy,” “Garden of Gladness” and “Garden of Delight. Located on the bank of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, Nishat Bagh is a garden of bliss that commands a magnificent view of the lake beneath the snow-capped Pir Panjal mountain range that stands far away to the west of the valley. The Bagh was designed and built in 1633 by Asif Khan, elder brother of Nur Jehan. Even though the layout of Nishat Bagh was based on the basic conceptual model of the Persian gardens, it had to be remodelled to fit the topographic and water source conditions at the site chosen in the Kashmir valley

Chashma Shahi or Chashma i Shahi (The Royal Spring) one of the Mughal gardens built in 1632 AD around a spring by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as per the orders of the Emperor, as a gift for his elder son Prince Dara Shikoh. The garden is located in the Zabarwan Range overlooking Dal Lake. In the east of Chashma Shahi the Pari Mahal (Fairy Palace) lies where Dara Sikoh used to learn astrology

Dal Lake, the vast sheet of water reflects the carved wooden balconies of houseboats and the misty peaks of the Pir Panjal Mountains. The effect is truly stunning. The Lake, famous for its scenic location and its floating gardens

Imagine waking up to a quiet morning by the lake with a spectacular flower show, which changes its hues by the minute, Most visitors to Srinagar who opt to stay at a houseboat on Dal Lake look forward to an interesting concept of floating flower market at the break of dawn. The lake covers an area of approx. 18 square kms and is part of a natural wetland which covers 21.1 square kms, including its floating gardens. The floating gardens, known as “Raad” in Kashmiri, blossom with lotus flowers during July and August and During the winter season, the temperature sometimes reaches −11 °C (12 °F), freezing the lake

Small boat or popularly known as Shikara ride is one of the most enjoying experience for tourists visiting Srinagar. A Shikara ride on Dal Lake Kashmir is a thrilling experience and a fun adventure for anyone who seeking a mix of nature and adventure in Srinagar. This ride is a delight and is best experienced at dusk, a Shikara ride on Dal lake will take you to the unknown world of the lake. There are a number of amazing things that will strike your vision on your trip. Floating gardens are the most wonderful of all of them. Ride over the calm water and in a pleasant silence of Dal Lake is an ultimate experience. Regaining the old world charm, the swift movement of a Shikara provides a unique way to experience the eternal beauty of Kashmir

Nigeen Lake (Nageen Lake) in Srinagar, is sometimes considered a part of the Dal lake and is connected to it via a narrow strait. It is also connected to the Khushal Sar and Gil Sar lakes via a channel known as Nallah.

The Nigeen lake is surrounded by a large number of willow and poplar trees. Hence, it has come to be referred as a “Nageena”, which means “the jewel in the ring”. The word “Nigeen” is a local variant of the same word

The Shankaracharya Temple situated on the top of the Shankaracharya hill in the Zabarwan Mountain in Srinagar, Kashmir. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is on the summit of the same name at a height of 1,000 feet (300 m) above the plain and overlooks the city of Srinagar. The temple dates back to 200 BC, although the present structure probably dates back to the 9th century AD. It was visited by Adi Shankara and has ever since been associated with him; this is how the temple got the name Shankaracharya. The Jyoteshware temple rests on a solid rock. A 20-foot tall octagonal base supports a square building on top. The terrace around the square temple is reached by a stone staircase enclosed between two walls. A doorway on the opposite side of the staircase leads to the interior, which is a small and dark chamber, circular in plan. The ceiling is supported by four octagonal columns, which surround a Basin containing a Lingam encircled by a snake

Hari Parbat is also known as Kooh-e-Maran lies on the west of Dal Lake in Srinagar. This Mughal structure was built in 18th century. Surrounded by commendable structures, this fort sits at the top giving a spectacular view of Dal Lake. Still stands impressive with old apartments and tall pillars

Hazratbal Mosque located on the banks of Dal in Srinagar, Kashmir. Its pristine white marble elegance is reflected in the waters of the lake. Hazratbal’s special significance is derived from the fact that it houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad. This is displayed to the public on religious occasions, usually accompanied by fairs

Hazratbal is remarkable for being the only domed mosque in Srinagar; the others having distinct pagoda like roofs. The shrine – mosque complex is situated on the western shore of the Dal Lake opposite Nishat Bagh and commands a grand view of the lake and the mountain beyond

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KASHMIR A PARADISE ON EARTH

Mughal emperor Jahangir striking beauty of the Kashmir valley in the 17th century, and said, “Gar firdaus, ruhe zamin ast, hamin asto, hamin asto, hamin asto.” means “if there is a paradise anywhere on the earth, it is here, it is here, it is here.” This Paradise on Earth has been receiving thousands of visitors from across the globe

This unique destination offers beautiful verdant mountains and valleys, religious shrines and remote mountains, people here are warm and hospitable, and they will welcome you into their land and homes easily. Each of these regions has its own culture, and this is evident in their daily lives and also their lifestyle.Famous for its scenic landscape, ancient monuments, shrines, castles, gardens and forts often dubbed “Paradise on Earth”. A valley between the Great Himalayan range and the Pir Panjal mountain range, Kashmir is a place of beautiful simplicity and pristine natural beauty. Kashmir is painted with a unique culture that keeps you intrigued throughout your journey. Kashmir’s mountainous landscape has attracted travellers for centuries. Notable places are Srinagar, Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Betaab Valley and money more. Kashmir’s natural landscape has made it one of the popular destinations in South Asia

Srinagar the lake city It is at a collection of images It tells the story of love of the Mughal Emperors for this paradise like vale with deep green rice fields, rivers, gardens in bloom and lakes rimmed by houseboats, where lush wild gardens of lotus and water-lily grow amidst bustling lanes. Lying on the banks of River Jhelum full of historical monuments and gardens with deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, Srinagar blends together the tints of nature, beauty, harmony and romance. With deep and mesmerizing valleys cascaded in sky-scraping mountains and evergreen beauty, this heaven on Earth leaves you absolutely mesmerized. Right from Chashm-E-Shahi to the exotic Shalimar garden, Srinagar offers bountiful of places to visit. Surrounded by mountains for the adventurous lot to lakes for photoholics to shopping markets for the spendthrifts, Srinagar does not disappoint anyone

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Memories with a warm cup of Kashmiri Kahwah, while striking to beauty for these landscapes, take in the crisp misty air, while gorging on warm Kashmiri pulao and home-made Rista. The food of this place is true reflection of nature’s blessing to it, and the paradise on Earth is just as blessed as some of the other magnificent and celebrated lands across the globe

The Dal Lake possess floating gardens, locally known as Rad. Besides lotus flowers Dal Lake harbours hundreds of houseboats and shikaras. To enjoy the vastness and the scenic views of the lake, shikara cruise is the best option. Colorful decorated and immensely cozy shikaras are available on all sides of the Dal Lake. Char Chinar is one more island in the Dal that also is equally famous among the tourists. A long line of houseboats lay from Dalgate to Gagribal, providing visitors accommodation and night stay on the waters of Dal Lake, accommodating all kinds of pockets. There are scores of hotels and restaurants flanking the shores of Dal Lake that provide an opportunity for the tourists to enjoy the mesmerizing evenings at the banks of this magnificent lake

Shikara Ride one of the most soothing & relaxing aspects of a holiday in Kashmir, one gets immersed in the panoramic view of the Zabarwan range and the vastness of the Lake, symphonized with waves formed by the shikarawala’s rowing. Shikara is a luxury boat used as means of transportation from the bank of the Dal Lake to Houseboats and for sightseeing in the Lake. While on shikara ride in Dal lake. The 01 or 02 hour boat ride takes tourists on a soothing sightseeing tour of interior parts of the calm and placid waters of Dal Lake, and be a part of shopping- by-shikara expeditions. as a result of the dal is thus central to the landscape of Srinagar, several places of tourist interest have, over the ages, been built in its vicinity. Nishat and Shalimar gardens further as Hazratbal mosque are directly accessible by shikara

Hazratbal Mosque is located in a village of the same name on the banks of the Dal. Its pristine white marble elegance is reflected in the waters of the lake. Hazratbal’s special significance is derived from the fact that it houses a hair of the prophet Muhammad. This is displayed to the public on religious occasions, usually accompanied by fairs. Hazratbal is remarkable for being the domed mosque in Srinagar; the others having distinct pagoda like roofs. The shrine – mosque complex is situated on the western shore of the Dal Lake opposite Nishat Bagh and commands a grand view of the lake and the mountain beyond

Mughal Garden Nishat Bagh The Garden of Pleasure largest Mughal garden situated on the banks of world famous Dal-Lake in the backdrop of Zabarwan hills encircles the Dal Lake. Empress Noor Jahan’s brother Asif Khan laid the Garden in 1633 AD. Nishat has seven terraces with a beautiful central water course flowing right in the middle. These terraces rise dramatically off the mountains from the eastern part of the lake. Shalimar Bagh was planted by Mughal emperor Jehangir for Empress Noor Jahan in 1619 AD and later extended in 1727 A.D. by Shah Jahan. Shaded by magnificent Chinar trees, the Shalimar is a series of stone pavilions and flowing water with paint box bright flower beds. The Garden blooms with innumerable varieties of flowers in spring and autumn. Chashma Shahi Garden a tastefully laid garden in terraces, which commands a magnificent view of the Dal Lake below and surrounding mountain ranges. The cool water of the spring is highly refreshing and digestive. The original garden was laid out by Shah Jehan in 1632 AD

Gulmarg Meadow of flowers  discovered as a tourist destination by the British in the 19th century. Prior to that, Mughal emperors vacationed in the Gulmarg valley which is about 03 kms long and up-to 01 km wide. It is exquisitely situated in a pine surrounded basin of the Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 2,730 meters above sea level and one of the most famous tourist destinations of Kashmir. It also has one of the world’s highest green golf courses with 18 holes, as well as a clubhouse, which is a historical building in its own right

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Gulmarg Gondola one of Asia’s largest and highest cable cars surrounded by pine forests and Himalayan mountain peaks in the ski resort of Gulmarg. Perhaps the best attraction of Gulmarg resort is the cable car, Gondola which has become famous all over the world for many reasons. Gondola is the name of the cable car lift that operates in the famous ski resort of Gulmarg. Gulmarg is a famous and internationally recognised ski resort. It has slopes for every kind of skiers. It is a lush green meadow which gets covered with snow during winters and becomes a paradise of skiing. It accommodates over a thousand skiers at a time. The actual meadow of Gulmarg is ideal for beginners, however, the tougher slopes for intermediaries and the expert skiers are found in the higher mountains of Khilanmarg, Apharwat and Alpatthar Mountains.Gondola cable car was originally devised to make the higher mountains accessible to the skiers in a more comfortable way. Gondola, however, became more popular among the tourists and it is the prominent attraction of the Gulmarg and the prime reason of people visiting this resort

Sonmarg Meadow of Gold a place of enthralling beauty, lies in Sindh Valley, streamed with flowers,  surrounded by mountains and perched at an altitude of 2690 m above sea level. Visited less frequently by visitors, it has as its backdrop, snowy mountains against a clear sky. It is a quiet alpine retreat surrounded with sycamore, silver birch, fir and pine trees and the last halt on the Kashmir side for the drive from Srinagar to Leh. It is also the base for some interesting treks to the high altitude of Himalayan Lakes

Betaab valley is situated at a distance of 15 kilometers from Pahalgam. The valley got its name from the Sunny Deol-Amrita Singh hit debut film Betaab. The Valley is towards northeast of Pahalgam and falls between Pahalgam and Chandanwadi and is en route Sri Amarnath Temple Yatra. The valley surrounded by lush green meadows, snow clad mountains and covered with dense vegetation. Betaab Valley, which is a part of Pahalgam area – one of the several Sub-valleys of Kashmir Valley came into existence during the post geosynclinal stage of the development of the Himalayas. Betaab Valley lies between the two Himalayan Ranges – Pir Panjal and Zanskar. Archaeological evidence proves the human existence in this region from the Neolithic Age, especially at Burzahom, Bomai and Pahalgam. Betaab Valley – a part of the Kashmir region, was ruled by the Mughals since the 15th Century. In latter part of the 15th century the Turko-Mughal Military General Mirza Muhammad Haidar Dughlat ruled over Kashmir first on behalf of Sultan Said Khan of Kashgar and then on behalf of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Ghiyas-ud-Din Zain-ul-Abidin invaded and ruled Kashmir region for about 40 years during which he was famous for promoting peace and harmony in Kashmir

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DELHI THE WALLED CITY

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No visit to Delhi will be completed without visiting “Old Delhi” this is one the busiest and oldest areas of the world. Tangle of ancient streets and filled with all kinds of colorful shops, markets jam packed with people, and this is the place to go for different kind of tour walking and car tours in old Delhi, the former walled capital of the Mughal Empire

These tours have been designed by people with a deep understanding of the ‘Real’ Delhi. The theme of these tours is the pre-Shahjahanabad period and we will introduce you to the culture, food and people, as well as allow you a look at and feel of some valuable ancient traditions

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Before get to start take note some unique highlights of this heritage city of old Delhi, has been the centre of a succession of mighty empires and powerful kingdoms, making this place one of the longest-serving capitals and one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, considered to be a city built, destroyed and rebuilt several times

It remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of the Mughal dynasty and was later rechristened old Delhi by the British. Old Delhi architecture is a spectacular example of architectural work of that time with plenty of charisma and nostalgia. While walking the lanes of old Delhi you realize every wall has a story to tell. Old Delhi is a walled city shaped roughly like a quarter circle with the Red Fort as a focal point. The old city was surrounded by a wall enclosing about 1500 acres with 14 gates. The surrounding walls, 12 feet (3.7 m) wide and 26 feet (7.9 m) tall, originally of mud, were replaced by red stone in 1657. In the Mughal period, the gates were kept locked at night. Some are still standing upright around the city- Kashmiri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turukman Gate, Delhi Gate, and Feroz Shah Kotla. House of number of fort, palace, heritage buildings, monuments, havelis (mansions) and mosques, temples, although the walls have largely disappeared, most of the gates are still present. The construction of the city was completed in 1648, and it remained the capital of the Mughal Empire until its fall in 1857

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It dates back to 1638, when Emperor Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi

Covered with many unique and massive historical monuments like The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque of Delhi) the principal mosque of Old Delhi, commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest and best-known mosque in India; construction began in 1650 and was completed in 1656. The later name, Jama Masjid, refers to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done in a mosque, the “congregational mosque” or “Jāma Masjid” locally as the grand Mosque of old Delhi, Jama Masjid draws visitors for its beauty and spectacular views of unique heritage city.  another landmark is Red Fort (Lal Qila) built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. The world heritage site, this monument represents the grandeur of the Mughal court, which was constructed during the 17th century. Lal Qila was once the residential area of the Imperial Family of India

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One busy market that was established centuries ago, the most known and popular as Moonlight Square Market OR Chandni Chowk, when Emperor Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. His daughter Jahan Ara constructed a square, around which a busy market grew. it is without doubt, one of the busiest areas in the world, lies in the heart of Shahjahanabad and established in the 17th century

Walked down Chandni Chowk, the main thoroughfare through old Delhi, runs from the Red Fort to historical Fatehpuri mosque. Originally a canal ran through the middle of the street. North of the street, there is the mansion of Begum Samru, now called Bhagirath Palace. South of the street is Dariba Kalan, a dense residential area, beyond which is Jama Masjid. Daryaganj is a section that used to border the river at Rajghat and Zeenat-ul-Masjid. Culture, temples, and everything else you could possibly imagine, this place has it

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The Urdu language emerged from the Urdu Bazaar section of Old Delhi. Many  magazines and various other Urdu publications are the reason for this language staying alive

Flanked with sidewalks on both sides of the streets. On the way through the narrow lanes of old Delhi, passed by shops selling jewelry, saris, cell phones, food, paper, books, clothing, shoes, toys, you name it with fascinating walking through these tight, crowded areas, but what you will find here the unique culture of its kind, you will realize the past and people of this unique place still standing as they were more than 100 years ago. During this walk, you will explore not just the bazaar (market), but also the cultural landscape of this area, from Chandini Chowk to Kinari Bazaar (wedding market) see the real picture of Indian wedding dresses style and jewellery style having long past continue till date then proceed to learn about the ingredients and essentials of Indian cooking. The colorful and interesting street food in this market caters to the preferences of this community

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What one will say how the life is different here and time is somehow standstill and almost cut or unknown from the rest of the globe

A barber chair on a street corner right on the busy road, what better place to get your hair cut, on one of its craziest street corners, people passing and move on, the barber doing very nice job, a big surprise! For the visitor, walk continued through what you will see school had just let out and kids were taking cycle rickshaws home instead of school cabs or buses.  Traffic in the streets was almost at a standstill

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If you are a real foodie, this is the place where you get authentic Mughlai dishes, and other street foods soaked up in the atmosphere of timeless old Delhi, authentic flavors for its age that is getting better with the time. It offers long list varieties of food, and a living, breathing piece of history

The narrow lanes of old Delhi have an overwhelming variety of cuisines to offer. The heavenly aroma of food literally liberates the taste buds here. Acclaimed by national and international food guides, the food will never fail to tempt you. The cuisine is generally dominated by meat, and also offers delicious hot parathas, chats, and sweets. The famous Paranthe Wali Gali is a narrow street located in Chandni Chowk and has a series of shops offering parathas, a fried Indian bread which is stuffed with fillings and served with mint chutney, tamarind chutney, pickles, and curries. Over 30 varieties of parathas are available. The Ghantewala Halwai is one of the oldest sweet shops in India, founded in the year 1790. It is famous for its sohan halwa and karachi halwa along with badaam barfi, kalakand, pista samosa and mootichoor ladoo – India is one of the best destinations for halal tourism

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THE QUTUB COMPLEX IN DELHI

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The Qutb Minar complex, which drew 3.9 million visitors in 2006, was India’s most visited monument that year, ahead of Taj Mahal. The Qutub complex are ancient monuments and buildings in Delhi, India, named after the religious figure Sufi Sant Khwaja Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, was begun by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who later became the first Sultan of Delhi of the Mamluk Dynasty (Gulam Dynasty) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site   

Many rulers, including the Tughlaqs, Alauddin Khalji and the British added structures to the complex. Apart from the Qutb Minar and the Quwwat ul-Islam Mosque, other structures in the complex include the Alai Darwaza gate, the Alai Minar and the Iron pillar, and inside the complex lie the tombs of Iltutmish, Alauddin Khalji and Imam Zamin 

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Qutab Minar a soaring 73m-high ancient tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15m diameter at the base to just 2.5m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in India. A 7m-high iron pillar stands in the Qutub Complex. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled. The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer

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The Qutb Minar is inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, it is an important example of early Afghan architecture, which later evolved into Indo-Islamic Architecture. The Qutb Minar is 72.5metres (239 ft) high, has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony carried on muqarnas corbel and tapers from a diameter 14.3metres at the base to 2.7metres at the top, which is 379 steps away. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with surrounding buildings and monuments. No one can, however, dispute that the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but also in the world. Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced the construction of the Qutab Minar, but could only finish the it, his successor, Iltutmush, added three more storeys, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey

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The development of architectural styles from Aibak to Tughlak is quite evident in the Minar. The relief work and even the materials used for construction differ. The 238 feet Qutab Minar is 47 feet at the base and tapers to nine feet at the apex. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets. Even though in ruins, the Quwwat Ui Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque in the Qutab complex is one of the most magnificent structures in the world. Qutab-ud-din Aibak started its construction in 1193 and the mosque was completed in 1197. Iltutmush in 1230 and Alla-ud-din Khilji in 1315 made additions to the building. The main mosque comprises of an inner and outer courtyard,decorated with shafts and surrounded by piller

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The Alai Darwaza is a main gateway from southern side of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. It was built by the second Khalji Sultan of Delhi, Ala-ud-din Khalji in 1311 AD, who also added a court to the pillared to the eastern side. The domed gateway is decorated with red sandstone and inlaid white marble decorations, inscriptions in Naskh script, latticed stone screens and showcases the remarkable craftsmanship of the Turkish artisans who worked on it. This is the first building in India to employ Islamic architecture principles in its construction and ornamentation

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The unique iron pillar is one of the world’s foremost metallurgical curiosities. The pillar, 7.21-metre high and weighing more than six tonnes, was originally erected by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya (375–414 AD) in front of a Vishnu Temple complex at Udayagiri around 402 AD, and later shifted by Anangpal in the 10th century CE from Udaygiri to its present location. Anangpal built a Vishnu Temple here and wanted this pillar to be a part of that temple. The estimated weight of the decorative bell of the pillar is 646 kg while the main body weighs 5,865 kg, thus making the entire pillar weigh 6,511kg. The pillar bears an inscription in Sanskrit in Brahmi script dating 4th century AD, which indicates that the pillar was set up as a Vishnudhvaja, standard of god, on the hill known as Vishnupada in memory of a mighty king named Chandra, believed to Chandragupta II. A deep socket on the top of this ornate capital suggests that probably an image of Garuda was fixed into it, as common in such flagpoles

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The Tomb of the Delhi Sultanate ruler, Iltutmish, the second Sultan (1211–1236), built 1235 CE, central chamber is a 9mt. sq. and has squinches, suggesting the existence of a dome, The main cenotaph, in white marble, is placed on a raised platform in the centre of the chamber. The facade is known for its ornate carving, both at the entrance and the interior walls. The interior west wall has a prayer niche (mihrab) decorated with marble, and a rich amalgamation of Indo-Islamic architecture, such as bell-and-chain, tassel, lotus, diamond emblems

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Alauddin Khalji started building the Alai Minar after he had doubled the size of Quwwat ul-Islam mosque built before 1311AD. He conceived this tower to be two times higher than Qutb Minar in proportion with the enlarged mosque. The construction was however abandoned, just after the completion of the 24.5-metre-high (80 ft) first-story core; soon after the death of Alauddin in 1316, and never taken up by his successors of Khalji dynasty. The first storey of the Alai Minar, a giant rubble masonry core, still stands today, which was evidently intended to be covered with dressed stone later on. Noted Sufi poet and saint of his times, Amir Khusro in his work, Tarikh-i-Alai, mentions Ala-ud-din’s intentions to extend the mosque and also constructing another minar

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JAISALMER THE GOLDEN CITY OF INDIA

 

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Jaisalmer “The Golden City of India The unique tourist destination of its kind, having its own worth with many reasons to visit. The Rajput Ruler Rawal Jaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156 A.D. The Jaisalmer fort known as Sonar Quila or the Golden Fort rises from the sand and merges with the golden hues of the desert ambience. One of the very few “living forts” in the world, as nearly one fourth of the old city’s population still resides within the fort. For the better part of its 800-year history, the fort was the city of Jaisalmer. The first settlements outside the fort walls, to accommodate the growing population of Jaisalmer, are said to have come up in the 17th century.

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The setting sun in its most colorful shades gives it a fairy tale appearance. It is simply magical – as the bastions envelop a whole township that consists of the palace complex. This unique living center, formerly an ancient fort, is home to thousands of people with colorful shops and unique corners in honeycombed old houses on crossing lanes. Walking past houses and shops and stop for a cup of masala tea on a rooftop beautiful restaurants for spectacular panoramic views.

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This amazing place having Jaisalmer Fort and the Beautiful Havelis which were built by wealthy merchants of Jaisalmer are yet another interesting aspect of the desert city. And you can let your eyes caress the sloping sand dunes while you ramble your way in a camel safari. The desert citadel is truly a golden fantasy in the Thar Desert.

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Sam sand dunes at the distance of 42-45 km from the main city is the unique and really unforgettable experience, these dunes are simply a delight. Regarded as top 10 must see tourist destinations in Rajasthan by Lonely Planet, the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is a rare desert area, lying on the borders of Jaisalmer Desert National Park. The desert camping with stay in mud cottages and Swiss tents, right next to the dunes. Enjoy special dance and music performance by Local Rajasthani performers along with relishing delicacies. Bonfire during the night under the star-lit sky is wonderful

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Rajasthan uniquely famous for its royalty, great hospitality, amazing foods, colorful culture, festivals and the most splendid, artistic forts and palaces, amazing rare desert. The people of Rajasthan are known for their culture which is nearly 5000 years old and which is blend of tradition and history and old age charm

 

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