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India self-help tour guide

2018-03-19 14:24:00

India self-help tour guide

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The Taj Mahal, let's get it out first, in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, and many of India's spectacular sights would not be complete without this monumental mausoleum. In the mid-17th century, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan completed the tomb of his third and favorite wife, Mutaz Mahal. In English, the name means "Crown of the palace". The walls of the building are made of white stones and symmetrical designs that display verses from the Koran. The complex also includes a mosque and several other mausoleums, including that of the Shah himself.

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Nohsngithiang Falls, also known as the Seven Sisters Falls, is located in Meghalaya, one of the wettest places in the world, and during British rule the area was aptly called "Scotland". Meghalaya went into hiding between Bangladesh and Bhutan and converted to "dwelling in the clouds". It is this abundance of rainfall that creates the spectacular effect of the waterfall, seven troughs that appear only during the rainy season and cascade some 315 meters over the limestone cliffs, making it one of the highest waterfalls in India. If you're lucky, the sun will hit you at the right Angle when you visit, creating a shimmering rainbow over the water.

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The Palace of the Wind, Hawar Mahal or the Palace of the Wind may look like something out of a Wes Anderson movie, but it predates the eccentric film director by hundreds of years. It was built in 1799 as part of the women's quarters in the Jaipur City Palace and most of the building is only one room deep. The space was designed so that the women of the palace could watch what was going on in the street below without being seen, and like many other buildings in Jaipur, the palace is made of local sandstone, giving the building its distinctive tone, and Jaipur is nicknamed the "Pink City".

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With its mirror-like reflections, colourful houseboats and snow-capped mountains in the distance, Dal Lake, Kashmir, is a peaceful place in a country that sometimes feels like a glorious assault on the senses. During Mughal times the lake became the emperor's preferred destination, and today it remains a popular summer resort, with wine and several formal gardens dating back to Mughal times along the coast. In winter, it gets so cold that the 18-square-kilometer lake sometimes freezes over, while in July and August, hundreds bloom, creating a layer of color on the surface.

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Whether you agree that the Meenakshi Temple should be on the list of the most beautiful places in India depends on one thing, whether you are an extremist or a minimalist, this temple is covered in brightly colored carved figurines in honor of the mother goddess Meenakshi. Legend has it that Lord Shiva married Pavarti at this place, and the temple is located in Temirna Madurai, one of the holiest places in the country. It was built in the 14th century, but the "Goddess Temple" on the site dates back to the 6th century. During the Tirukalyanam festival, more than 1 million devotees come here to worship.

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Lakshadweep, love the endless beaches of 14th century temples, India can help you too. Enter Lakshadweep, an archipelago of 36 small atolls and Indian Ocean coral reefs that fulfill every dream of a blissful beach vacation. To preserve the beauty of the region, there are only five islands available to tourists, and getting there requires traveling from Kochi in Kerala to Agati Island and then taking a boat to the final stop. Accommodation on the island is all-inclusive or nothing and foreign visitors must arrange accommodation in advance.

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