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Global Desk- Welcome to INDIA
 
Namaste! Welcome to our India Page containing information about India and her rich cultural diversity, customs and traditions! As you may know, India is a vast country with a diverse culture, unparalleled anywhere in the world.

A federal republic of southern Asia and member of the Commonwealth, India is situated on a peninsula extending into the Indian Ocean, with the Arabian Sea to the west and the Bay of Bengal to the east. Separated from the rest of Asia by the immense Himalayan ranges in the north, India is roughly a third of the land mass of the United States. India is a land of great rivers, along the banks of which much of Indian civilization flourished. Ganga is one of India's most important rivers while it was along the banks of Indus the world's first major civilization flourished.

India remains one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Apart from her many religions and sects, India is home to innumerable castes and tribes, as well as to more than a dozen major and hundreds of minor linguistic groups from several totally different language families. Religion, an inseparable part of Indian life, permeates every aspect of life, from common-place daily chores to education and politics. Secular India is home to Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other innumerable religious traditions with Hinduism being the dominant faith, practised by over 80% of the population.



      



One of the world's most ancient cities, Delhi contains structures spanning three millennia. Top sights include the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque, Lotus Temple, Rashtrapati Bhawan,Safdarjung and Humayun's Tomb, Akshardham and the Qutb complex. In New Delhi, the area built as a British government center in the 1930s, visitors will drive up the Raj Path leading up to the towering India Gate. Walking tours are recommended through such areas as theMehrauli Archaeological Park and Nizamuddin village (particularly recommended during sunset), the Connaught Place Flower Market and the Lodi gardens, which are filled with elaborate tombs and parakeets.
Avoid the afternoon sun by visiting the most renowned museums, including the Sanskriti Kendra (there’s an excellent café for lunch), the National Museum, Gandhi Smriti, which celebrates the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi, Triveni Kala Sangam and the National Gallery of Modern Art. As the day draws to a close, choose from over a hundred martinis at classic Ricks Bar followed by dinner at the beloved Bukhara, which serves table-sized naan bread, or at Veda, known for its leg of lamb.


 



Fly to Jaipur, called the "pink city" for its rose-hued facades, but equally famous for its palaces and style. The gem-cutting center of the world, Jaipur is a renowned shopping haven, whether you’re seeking jewelry, housewares, shoes or cashmere. Some must-shop spots for gems include the Gem Palace, Shanu Ram Jewellers, Royal Gems and Arts, Fanny Dominique Boucher, Emerald House, and Bhuramal Rajmal Surana. Jaipur is also home to some of India's most beautiful wood block print textiles, which can be purchased at Anantaya by AKFD, Brigitte Singh, Hot Pink and Anokhi. To keep up energy, veteran visitors stop for a chai, the favored flavorful hot tea drink.

More active pursuits such a hot-air ballooning over the city, or polo (on horse or elephant) can be arranged. Visitors will be amazed at the City Palace and its museums, the 11th-centuryAmber Fort, (a city older than present-day Jaipur) and its hall of mirrors, maze of corridors and magnificent gardens. Walk from Hawa Mahal to Goverdhan Nathji Temple to Jantar Mantar (a complex of observatories built by Jaipur's founding maharaja) and Govind Dev Ji Temple. Set just outside the city, Galtaji is a magnificent site filled with temples and natural springs. The favorite dinner spot is the grande dame Suvarna Mahal, in the Rambagh Palace, topped off by a viewing of the Amber Fort's evening sound and light show.



 





AGRA- Agra, the former capital of Hindustan, is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is 363 kilometres west of the state capital, Lucknow, and 200 kilometres south of the national capital New Delhi.Agra, a feather in the cap of “Incredible India” which also possesses the most precious jewel in the country’s crown the “Taj Mahal”. Agra with it’s glorious past has lots more to offer a discerning traveller besides the mystic and splendours of the Taj. This web site is a combined and sincere effort of the “Agra India” to showcase the vibrant local culture with all the archaeological marvels, which are part of our rich Heritage.

Agra is a part of Brijbhoomi the land associated with the birth and legendry activities of lord Krishna. In Agra City there are five Shiva temples which are the symbols of ancient culture.

.Agra was the capital city of Sikander Lodhi, the second ruler of the Lodhi dynasty, who defeated by the persian King Babur in 1526 A.D. Babur too made Agra his capital city and so began the great Mughal rule. it was Babur who build the first monument in Agra, a planned garden garden called Gul-e-Afgaan or the Aaram Baugh.
After Babar in (1530 AD) HUMAUN took over the thrown of Agra. Sher Shah Soori also continued Agra as his Capital.
During the rule of Akbar (1556 to 1605 A.D.) Agra earned fame all over the world and was counted one of the great and beautiful cities of Medinal India. Emperor Akbar constructed many beautiful buildings. In the premises of famous Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort. During his rule people of all caste and religion living friendly upon which Akbar declared the concept of "Sulah Kul" in making the personality of Akbar the great his "NAVARATANS" Raja Man Singh, Raja Toder Mal Hakeem Lukman, Raja Birbal, Mullah-Do-Pyaza, Abdul-Fazal-Feuzi, Abdul Rahim Khana Khan and Miyan Tan Sen Played an important role.
For developing feeling of harmony and brotherhood among the people of various religions, Akbar started new religion named Deen-E-Elahi.
Sikandra and Etmad-Ud-Dowla are the famous buildings of Jahangiri period. World famous Taj Mahal was constructed by Shahjahan in the sweet memory of his beloved queen Mumtaj Mahal. Agra earned the world fame due to Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan's period was remembered as a golden period for construction of good buildings and for their beautifications.








 



Fly to Jaipur, called the "pink city" for its rose-hued facades, but equally famous for its palaces and style. The gem-cutting center of the world, Jaipur is a renowned shopping haven, whether you’re seeking jewelry, housewares, shoes or cashmere. Some must-shop spots for gems include the Gem Palace, Shanu Ram Jewellers, Royal Gems and Arts, Fanny Dominique Boucher, Emerald House, and Bhuramal Rajmal Surana. Jaipur is also home to some of India's most beautiful wood block print textiles, which can be purchased at Anantaya by AKFD, Brigitte Singh, Hot Pink and Anokhi. To keep up energy, veteran visitors stop for a chai, the favored flavorful hot tea drink.

More active pursuits such a hot-air ballooning over the city, or polo (on horse or elephant) can be arranged. Visitors will be amazed at the City Palace and its museums, the 11th-centuryAmber Fort, (a city older than present-day Jaipur) and its hall of mirrors, maze of corridors and magnificent gardens. Walk from Hawa Mahal to Goverdhan Nathji Temple to Jantar Mantar (a complex of observatories built by Jaipur's founding maharaja) and Govind Dev Ji Temple. Set just outside the city, Galtaji is a magnificent site filled with temples and natural springs. The favorite dinner spot is the grande dame Suvarna Mahal, in the Rambagh Palace, topped off by a viewing of the Amber Fort's evening sound and light show.


Fly to Jodhpur and admire Mehrangarh Fort, the 15th-century royal home that towers over the city and was described by Rudyard Kipling as the "work of giants." Take a walking tour around the Blue City, so-called for its cobalt-colored structures, and shop the many boutiques along the Umaid Bhawan Palace Road. Shop for antique wooden furniture and decorative items, including tiles, lanterns and mirrors, at Kohinoor Glass Art, Shekhawati Art Exportsand Prince Art Exporter. Make time to practice yoga, get Ayurveda massages and hear Sufi music.




Jaisalmer, the "Golden City," is located on the westernmost frontier of India in the state of Rajasthan. Close to the Pakistan border, the city is known for its proximity to the Thar Desert. A camel safari in the sand dunes of Jaisalmer is an unforgettable experience.
The city is dominated by the Jaisalmer Fort, also known as Sonar Qila (Golden Fort). Unlike most forts in India, the Jaisalmer Fort is a living fort. There are shops, hotels and age old havelis (homes) inside the fort area where families have lived for generations.

Gadisar Lake: is a rainwater lake which supplies water to the city. It is surrounded by temples and tombs of saints. Boat rides are offered. Nearby is the desert cultural centre and a local museum built out of the collections of a local schoolteacher Mr N.K.Sharma. This centre conducts puppet show in the morning and evening. There are people who will try and sell you bread to feed the huge number of catfish in the lake.

Jaisalmer Fort: Jaisalmer fort is also known as “Sonar Qila”. Colourful shades of the setting sun and golden hues of the desert ambience give a fairy tale look to this mega structured fort. The interior of this fort is amazing. It is a 'working fort' meaning that unlike every other fort in India, there are people living and working within its walls. Tourists can also visit many havelis of rich merchants, which are also having a touch of great classical interior and design.

Jain Temple: There are 7 beautifully carved temples built inside the fort walls. These temples were built in between from 12th century to 15th century. All the temples are connected by walkways and corridors. It is compulsory to remove your shoes, and all other leather articles (belts, wallets, purses etc...) before entering any Jain temple. The very first temple which a tourist can visit is dedicated to Chandraprabhu, who is the eight tirthankar (Jain God). The symbol of the God Chandraprabhu is the moon. This temple was built in 1509. It is built with fine stones. They are only open from 8am to Midday - and leave a good hour to see them. Entry is Rs 200 (including camera). Take your shoes off and leave them near where you bought the tickets (a tip is only half expected).





Kerala, God's Own Country
With the Arabian Sea in the west, the Western Ghats towering 500-2700 m in the east and networked by 44 rivers, Kerala enjoys unique geographical features that have made it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Asia. An equable climate. A long shoreline with serene beaches. Tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters. Lush hill stations and exotic wildlife. Waterfalls. Sprawling plantations and paddy fields. Ayurvedic health holidays. Enchanting art forms. Magical festivals. Historic and cultural monuments. An exotic cuisine... All of which offer you a unique experience. And what's more, each of these charming destinations is only a two hour drive from the other - a singular advantage no other destination offers. Kerala, India's most advanced society: With hundred percent literacy. World-class health care systems. India's lowest infant mortality and highest life expectancy rates. The highest physical quality of life in India. Peaceful and pristine, Kerala is India's cleanest state. For administrative purpose, the state of Kerala is divided into fourteen districts. Most of these districts offer all the tourism products typical of the State..



Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility -
The idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.
Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave- so welcome - log on to munnar.com for all information on Munnar anytime, every time.



Variously known as "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise", the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan.The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendours of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favourite with travellers around the world.
But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.Much of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from the coastal area.