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52, Jaipur Rd, Mission Compound, Gopalbari, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Holi, a religious spring festival primarily celebrated in South Asia, is what you would call, "A Color Overload." Powder is sold along the streets in an explosive array of colors, from fuchsia to neon yellow, so bright your eyes almost can't take...
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Worth paying a visit, also at night to see the colorful windows with lights. It was for benefit of women that the palace was built, with small windows and screened balconies, women were provided with a view of everyday life, since Rajput royal...
Opp Bairwa Petrol Pump Purani Chungi Agra Road, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India
The Monkey Palace (Galwar Bagh) has a quiet serenity that stands in stark contrast to the chaos of the nearby streets of Jaipur, the Pink City. Wandering through the temple you can feel eyes on you almost immediately. These two quietly peered at...
Near Kheri Gate, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302028, India
Like a real life MC Escher drawing, this 16th century step well serves as the community well, gathering place and swimming hole. A quiet spot to rest after a morning at the Amer Fort and a stop at the adjacent Anokhi Museum. Bright red dragonflies...
Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Rising from a rocky hillside 11 kilometers (almost 7 miles) northeast of Jaipur, Amber's formidable fortress was financed with war booty when it was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1592. More palace than fort, the magnificent edifice testifies to...
Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The best time to visit Mumbai's iconic Gateway of India is just after sunrise, when parrots and pigeons fly overhead, the streets are still relatively quiet, and the sky casts a golden haze over the waterfront in Apollo Bunder. Built to honor King...
Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
The Gateway to India is one of Mumbai's most famous landmarks and was built in 1911 to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to their colony. From the sea, the Gateway is centrally located in the Colaba district of Mumbai where...
Elephanta Island, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
When visiting Mumbai, a must-see is Elephanta Island. For just a few dollars, take a ferry from the Gateway of India to the island. The ferry ride takes about an hour and is an experience as well. Mumbai from the water is impressive. Once you land...
Aarey Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Spread over 4000 acres, the Aarey Milk Colony continues to be one of the city’s surviving open green spaces, much favored by joggers, runners, and cyclists, and nature lovers. Back when Mumbai had limited entertainment options, a Sunday picnic at...
159-161, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400023, India
Ancient weapons, sacred statues, intricate ivory: the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum) in Mumbai is a must-see in the area. The gorgeous colonial-style building seems to sag under the hot Indian...
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400101, India
The Kanheri Caves come to life during India's monsoon season, when pools overflow into waterfalls and budding exotic greenery takes over Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The 109 Buddhist chambers were sculpted from an outcropping of basalt in ancient...
Mumbai-Gujarat Road, Borivali East, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400066, India
Located within Mumbai, Sanjay Gandhi National Park is an oasis of calm. To escape the city without leaving it, spend a day bird-watching in the park. Peak birding season is from November to February. Among the many species you can observe are...
Unique Business Service Centre, Akber House 1st Floor, Nowroji Fardonji Road, Opp Bademiya Restaurant, Colaba, 1st floor above Sheetal Medical Store, Nowroji Fardonji Road,, Maharashtra 400039, India
Dharavi is one of Asia's largest slums and with an annual turnover of $665 million, it is the centre of small-scale industry in Mumbai. A visit to Dharavi will challenge any preconceptions you may have about slums and will open your eyes to how...
Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan had the truly magnificent white marble...
Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Although the India Gate is grand in any light, the site transforms at dusk when locals gather for picnics and social gatherings. Often you will be asked to join an impromptu cricket match or to enjoy a slice of birthday cake, all with the iconic...
Tughlaqabad Fort, Tughlakabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110044, India
Building began on this fort in the year 1321 AD. It is a citadel with towers, fortifications, and bastions. The fort is a beautiful half-day experience perfectly suited to that point in your travel itinerary when your head is spinning from the...
Sri Aurobindo Marg, Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India
Dilli Haat is an open-air market with 62 stalls that features both permanent and transitional vendors, allowing original items to be introduced regularly. The space, designed to resemble a traditional village market, was created to showcase...
Kaccha Bagh Area, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Rickshaw rides are common in Chandni Chowk, the vast and crowded market in the Old Delhi quarter, but book a comprehensive rickshaw tour for an immersive experience that lasts longer than 15 minutes. Witness the architectural marvels,...
Mehrauli, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Delhi's Qutub Minar, at 72.5 meters or 238 feet tall, is the tallest tower in India. Built as an Islamic monument in the early 13th century of red sandstone and marble, the minar is not without controversy. Some believe the tower...
Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort, located in New Delhi, is a treasure trove of cultural history. You can spend hours wandering among the various buildings, learning much about the history of India. Tucked away within the walls...
Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
New Delhi is a bit of a concrete jungle, and the chance to start each morning in the green space that is Lodhi Garden was a welcome way to find balance amid the hustle and bustle. The gardens were built around the tombs of Sayid and Lodhi rulers,...
Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
...but DON’T shake it all about. Hold very, very still while a henna street artist works her magic. It's fun, beautiful—and the designs last for days. We stopped at a dhaba (roadside stand) for a local lunch of dosas and ice cream. The dhaba was...
Hailey Road, Near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, K G Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Located near Connaught Place and Janpath Market, Agrasen ki Baoli is a unique step well with 103 steps made of red stone. Originally constructed during the Mahabharat era, some parts of the well are permanently immersed under water. Not only is...
Mathura Rd, Near Delhi Zoo, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Purana Qila's translation of "Old Fort" is simple and fitting, considering it is one of the oldest forts in Delhi. The 16th century stone structure is not on the popular tourist circuit, making it a prime spot to indulge in the historical markings...
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