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FATEHPUR SIKRI THE WORLD HERITAGE CITY IN INDIA

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Make the journey from Agra to Jaipur, visiting India’s jewels along the way. Just 40kms (approx. 45 minutes drive) west of Agra, Fatehpur Sikri a World Heritage-listed city founded by 16th century Mughal Emperor Akbar – The unique heritage walk and one of the prime destinations for the excellence of Indo-Islamic Architecture designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 1986

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This magnificent fortified ancient city was the short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire between 1572 and 1585, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Earlier, Akbar had visited the village of Sikri to consult the Sufi saint Hazrat Shaikh Salim Chishti, who predicted the birth of an heir to the Mughal throne. When the prophecy came true, Akbar built his new capital here, including a stunning mosque,  and three palaces, one for each of his favourite wives. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri (City of Victory) was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India. Akbar began the construction of a religious compound in honor of the Hazrat Sheikh Salim Chishti, who had predicted the birth of Jahangir. After Jahangir’s second birthday, he began the construction of a walled city and imperial palace

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Sits on rocky ridge, 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) in length and 1 km (0.62 mi) wide and palace city is surrounded by a 6 km (3.7 mi) wall on three sides with the fourth bordered by a lake. The city is generally organized around this 40 m high ridge, and falls roughly into the shape of a rhombus. The general layout of the ground structures, especially the “continuous and compact pattern of gardens and services and facilities” that characterized the city leads urban archaeologists to conclude that Fatehpur Sikri was built primarily to afford leisure and luxury to its famous residents. The dynastic architecture was modelled on Timurid forms and styles. The town was built massively and preferably with red sandstone and city’s architecture reflects domestic architecture popular in India at the time

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Jama Mosque the excellence of Indo-Islamic Architecture was perhaps one of the first buildings to be constructed in the complex, as its epigraph gives A.D. 1571-72 as the date of its completion. It was built in the manner of Indian mosques, with iwans around a central courtyard. A distinguishing feature is the row of chhatri over the sanctuary. There are three mihrabs in each of the seven bays, while the large central mihrab is covered by a dome, it is decorated with white marble inlay, in geometric patterns

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A unique white marble encased tomb of the Sufi saint, Hazrat Sheikh Salim Chishti (1478–1572), within the Jama Masjid’s courtyard. The single-storey structure is built around a central square chamber, within which is the grave of the saint, under an ornate wooden canopy encrusted with mother-of-pearl mosaic. Surrounding it is a covered passageway for circumambulation, with carved Jalis, stone pierced screens all around with intricate geometric design and an entrance to the south. Other striking features of the tomb are white marble serpentine brackets, which support sloping eaves around the parapet. On the left of the tomb, to the east, stands a red sandstone tomb of Hazrat Islam Khan I, son of Hazrat Shaikh Badruddin Chisti and grandson of Hazrat Shaikh Salim Chishti, who became a general in the Mughal army in the reign of Jahangir. The tomb is topped by a dome and thirty-six small domed chattris and contains a number of graves, some unnamed, all male descendants of Hazrat Shaikh Salim Chisti

 

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The unique Buland Darwaza (High Door) at Fatehpur Sikri is 55 metres (180 ft) high, from the ground, gradually making a transition to a human scale in the inside. The gate was added around five years after the completion of the mosque 1576-1577 as a victory arch, it carries two inscriptions in the archway, one of which reads: “Isa, Son of Mariam said: The world is a bridge, pass over it, but build no houses on it. He who hopes for an hour may hope for eternity. The world endures but an hour. Spend it in prayer, for the rest is unseen”. The central portico comprises three arched entrances, with the largest one, in the centre, is known locally as the Horseshoe Gate, after the custom of nailing horseshoes to its large wooden doors for luck. Outside the giant steps of the Buland Darwaza to the left is a unique deep well

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A great monument five-storied palatial structure, with the tiers gradually diminishing in size, till the final one, which is a single large-domed chhatri, it is known as “Panch Mahal”. Originally pierced stone screens faced the facade and probably sub-divided the interior as well, suggesting it was built for the ladies of the court. The floors are supported by intricately carved columns on each level, totaling to 176 columns in all

Diwan-i-Aam or Hall of Public Audience, a building typology found in many cities where the ruler meets the general public. In this case, it is a pavilion-like multi-bayed rectangular structure fronting a large open space. Diwan-i-Khas or Hall of Private Audience, is a plain square building with four chhatris on the roof. However it is famous for its central pillar, which has a square base and an octagonal shaft, both carved with bands of geometric and floral designs, further its thirty-six serpentine brackets support a circular platform for Akbar, which is connected to each corner of the building on the first floor, by four stone walkways. It is here that Akbar had representatives of different religions discuss their faiths and gave private audience

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MUMBAI THE DREAM CITY

Mumbai, The City that never sleeps! Pulsating, Alive, On the Move, Vibrant and Fun also called as “The Dream Land”

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The most modern city in India, it captures the spirit of the changing pace set by liberalization and modernization, once a cluster of seven islands, Mumbai was presented to King Charles II in 1661 as part of the dowry when he married Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal. Thriving markets, business houses and many different communities reflecting a cosmopolitan and trendy atmosphere rarely seen elsewhere. On the surface, it represents the ever-changing face of today’s India the old coupled with the dynamic new, and yet at its very core, the heart of the city is steeped in Indian customs and values. Social scene of this dream land deceptively big and lively parties can be found most nights of the week. With the Bollywood scene based in and around the city, don’t be surprised to spot film stars and celebrities. For a roaring night out on the town, expats can opt for a cocktail on any of the many rooftop bars that overlook the Arabian Sea, or an evening stroll on the bustling Colaba Causeway. They can enjoy the delights of the city’s dance clubs in Churchgate or Juhu, or a sophisticated glass of wine in the chic and stylish Bandra area where looking good and being seen are all in a day’s work

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Experiencing a rich influx of tourists, Mumbai offers a mix of everything, beaches to hills, historical monuments to ultra modern architecture, it has it all. It also boasts of a happening nightlife and a glitzy-glamour filled lifestyle

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By far the most iconic structure “The Gateway of India” this archway was makes for a great first stop for all wanderlust people exploring the city

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The beautiful and magnificent gate has very well-designed pillars which remain strong till this day. Boating in the Arabian Sea is quite popular in the area, with the starting point being in the vicinity of this architectural marvel. This beautiful 3 kilometer long road Marine Drive is famous for having the Arabian Sea all along on one side. The curved shape of this road, combined with the beautiful lighting at night that looks like diamonds, has earned Marine Drive the title of ‘Queen’s Necklace’. A drive on this road is surreal and makes you feel as though you are in a different place altogether

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Full of unique heritage monuments rich in Architectural wonders this city more then just a city

The road is lined with a lot of classy eating joints which are very popular all over Mumbai. UNESCO World Heritage Site The Elephanta Caves, World Heritage Shivaji Terminus and the unieqe The Hanging Gardens

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Dargah Hazrat Sayed Peer Haji Ali Shah Bukhari a mosque and dargah (tomb) located on an islet off the coast of Worli in the southern part of Mumbai. Near the heart of the city proper, the dargah is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Mumbai. An exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Architecture

Possibly, the greatest crowd pullers in Mumbai are the well-renowned traditional street markets 

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Out of the many markets lining various streets all over the city, the ones deserving a special mention are – Crawford Market, Colaba Causeway, Linking Road and Fashion Street. They are famous for providing everything that you could dream of. Be it fashionable junk jewellery, stylish clothes, electronic items or even home decor items, these markets have it all. The street markets of Mumbai make shopping a must in Mumbai. As far as locally manufactured goods are concerned, Khadi clothes, traditional Marathi handicrafts and Sarees are a definite buy. Another speciality of this region are leather goods like jackets and purses

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Eating in Mumbai is a forerunner where regional food specialties are concerned. There are so many dishes worth trying. The most famous one though, is the ‘Vada Pav’. It is a different kind of potato cutlet stacked within a bun, eaten with chilies and spices. A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a bite of this delicious and mouth-watering delicacy

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A beach in the middle of the city, how good does that sound? Well, Mumbai not only makes it sound good, but also look amazing. Populated by thousands of people every day, the Mumbai beaches are a very happening spot. The roadside food stalls, live shows and interactive activities make it a truly memorable experience. The most popular beaches are Romantic Juhu Beach and colorful unique Chowpatty

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What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of Mumbai? Bollywood, isn’t it? Well, that’s the kind of influence Bollywood has had on us; it is, after all, one of the biggest film industries in the world

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Bollywood has a huge fan following, not just within the country, but also abroad. There is a world behind every movie, and a whole bunch of off-screen Bollywood activities and sites. Mumbai of home of “Bollywood” is a portmanteau derived from Bombay and Hollywood. However, unlike Hollywood, Bollywood does not exist as a physical place. India produces close to one thousand feature films every year including films in hindi and several regional languages besides documentary films, short film, TV Serials & Commercials Advertising Films. This is a World where you can put your imagination to the test and Shoot out your thoughts, Indian Film Industry is one of the largest in the World

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INDO ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE

Indo-Islamic Architecture comprises wide range of styles from various backgrounds that helped shape the architecture of the Indian subcontinent

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Indian architecture is as old as the history of the civilization. The earliest remains of recognizable building activity in the India dates back to the Indus Valley cities. Indian architecture, which has evolved through centuries, is the result of socio-economic and geographical conditions. Indian architecture, belonging to different periods of history, bears the stamp of respective periods.  From the advent of Islam in the Indian subcontinent “Indo-Islamic Architecture” comprises wide range of styles from various backgrounds that helped shape the architecture of the Indian subcontinent

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The development of Indo-Islamic architecture began in earnest with the establishment of Delhi Sultanate in 12th Century. Series of Central Asian dynasties that consolidated much of North India, these dynasties introduced Persianate, Turkic and Islamicate architecture and art styles from Western Eurasia into the Indian subcontinent. The types and forms of large buildings, with mosques and tombs much the most common, were very different from those previously built in India. The exteriors of such buildings are often capped by large domes, and make extensive use of arches. Buildings initially adapted the skills of a workforce trained in earlier Indian traditions to their own designs. Unlike most of the Islamic world, where brick tended to predominate, India produced highly skilled builders trained in the creation of extremely high-quality masonry. The Qutb Complex in Delhi was begun 12th Century we count the best example

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Mughal rulers made major contributions to architecture. They systematically designed Forts, Palaces, Tombs, Mausoleum and Towns which are  unique examples of Indo-Islamic architecture

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The Mughal Empire that lasted in India from 1526 to 1764 left a mark on Indian architecture that was a mix of Islamic, Persian, Turkish, Arabic, Central Asian and native Indian style of architecture. Mughal rulers made major contributions to Indo-Islamic architecture. They systematically designed Forts, Palaces, Tombs, Mausoleum and Towns which is unique examples of ultimate architecture. Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi, Taj Mahal in Agra, Buland Darwaza in Fatehpur Sikri are few examples of their great architectural contributions. Monuments developed by Mughals in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries throughout the ever-changing extent of their empire in Medieval India. During the Mughal era design elements of Islamic-Persian architecture were fused with and often produced playful forms of the Indian art

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THE ROMANTIC CITY UDAIPUR

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Designated as the “Venice of East” Udaipur a romantically beautiful city. Make a visit to the Udaipur City and you will be left surprised. Had been the royal capital of Mewar rulers for centuries, Maharana Udai Singh laid the foundation stone of Udaipur in 1557 A.D. Udaipur continued to be the capital of Mewar, till it became the princely state of British India. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India attracting visitors from across the globe, with lush green surroundings of Aravalli Mountains this city is popular by the phrase of “City of Lakes”. Picturesque lakes surroundings with Ancient Massive Palaces, Unique Architecture and its Royal Past fascinate people to visit the Ancient Land of the Royalty. Cherry on the top, to have been brought up in a city filled with eternal beauty and everything magical around, Udaipur has each and every ingredient which can relish its visitor’s palaces, museums, hills, gardens, forest, fountains and statutes. This city has the power to make you forget all your worries and feel like this is the only place where you truly belong to. So to describe this unique city, place which is famous for its Royal-Era palaces and scenic locations, a city that carries wide history and culture, a destination which is on the bucket list of so thousands of visitors

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City Palace of Udaipur one of the architectural marvels of India, this majestic City Palace is the most-visited tourist attraction of Udaipur and often distinguished as the largest palace complex in Rajasthan. It was built over a period of nearly 400 years, with contributions from several rulers of the Mewar dynasty. Its construction began in 1553, built in a flamboyant style and is considered the largest of its type in the state of Rajasthan. It was built atop a hill, in a fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, providing a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Overlooking picturesque lake, several beautiful palaces and historic monuments

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Lake Palace of Udaipur is one of the most romantic places on this earth. The Palace situated amidst the scenic Pichola Lake offers a heavenly view to the onlooker. The imposing Aravalli Hills on one side and soaring palaces on the other, make the perfect background to this beautiful Lake Palace. The Lake Palace was built between 1743 and 1746 under the direction of the Maharana Jagat Singh II of Udaipur, Rajasthan as a summer palace. It was initially called Jagniwas or Jan Niwas after its founder. The rulers used this palace as their summer resort, holding their regal durbars in its courtyards lined with columns, pillared terraces, fountains, and gardens. The walls made of black and white marbles are adorned by semi-precious stones and ornamented niches

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Vintage & Classic Car Collection Museum in Udaipur worthwhile for a peek into India’s erstwhile grandeur and sense of luxury. There are different vintage cars enclosed in different corners with full descriptions of their make, year and engine specifications on an adjacent signboard. Horse carriages of old times and vintage cars Rolls Royce Phantom featured in Octopussy, and the Cadillac Convertible that was used by Queen Elizabeth on her visit to India in 1961. In a separate enclosure, there are also solar powered cycles and other interesting means of transport

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World Heritage Site Kumbhalgarh fort near the city of Udaipur the Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, The massive monument with the walls of the fort extending over 38 km, it is claimed to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China; the fort is among the largest fort complexes in the World, Kumbhalgarh in its current form was built and ruled by the by Rana Kumbha in 15th century. Occupied until the late 19th century. The fort is believed to have been built by King Samprati of the Maura Age on account of the strategic importance during the 6th century. Built on a hilltop 1,100 m (3,600 ft) above sea level on the Aravalli range, the fort of Kumbhalgarh has perimeter walls that extend 36 km (22 mi), making it one of the longest walls in the world

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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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