In the modern-day and age people barely ever get the time to take a long vacation. People are hooked to their phones even if they can make it out of their offices engulfed in e-mails and work-related messages. But if they had an option to visit a historically significant city that was enamoured with beautiful, man-made and natural wonders. Then they would snap that chance right out of your hands. Listed below are three cities that have the history and the beauty to make you dumbstruck.
Agra- Agra is home to the Taj Mahal, one of the 7 wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan as a memorial for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, that is why it’s known as the symbol of love. Surrounded by lush green gardens this monument has a different appeal at sunrise and sunset. Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site this monument attracts the highest number of visitors in comparison to other monuments in India. Other than the famous ivory-white marble mausoleum this city also has many other historically important sites including the Agra fort a.k.a. Lal-Quila where Aurangzeb imprisoned his father Shah Jahan during his last days. Another important monument present here is the tomb of Itimad-Ud-Daulah also known as Baby Taj Mahal. It is considered as a first draft of the Taj Mahal, and it also marked the beginning of a transition in Mughal architecture, primarily Mughal monuments were built with red sandstone with marble decorations but this tomb was constructed using white marbles and pietra dura inlay. The markets in Agra offer exquisite handicrafts made by local artisans and petha - a local sweet that is quite famous throughout India.
Places worth visiting- Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itimad-Ud-Daulah's tomb
Delhi- Delhi is the capital of India, its diversity and culture justifying its status as a capital. This cosmopolitan city is also the political center of India with the Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Prime Minister's house) located here. The capital region is also jam-packed with heritage sites, many of them being recognized by UNESCO. India Gate, a war memorial stands tall towering Amar Jawan Jyoti (Flame of immortal soldier) commemorating the soldiers that lost their lives in the Kargil war in 1971. Red Fort is a historical fort that served as the main residence of many Mughal emperors, it hosts a lights and sound show every evening enumerating the historic significance of this fort. Qutab Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and it has also been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site, this minaret was built as a victory tower by Qutab-Udin-Aibak after he defeated the last Hindu kingdom in Delhi. Raj Ghat is another important site, it is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi whose philosophy of non-violence was paramount in the independence of India. Delhi is also house to Humayun’s tomb, Humayun was the father of the great Mughal emperor Akbar, he ruled over this region for almost 11 years. Chawari Bazar is a famous market within the confines of Delhi, here you can find various types of traditional food including Paranthas and Jalebi, and handicrafts made by local artisans.
Places worth visiting- Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Chawari Bazar, Rashtrapati Bhawan
Jaipur- Also known as the pink city, Jaipur is the capital of the Rajasthan state. Jaipur encapsulates the royal family culture that was once followed by the rulers of this region. Jaipur is home to many forts, museums, palaces and bazaars. Amber fort, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site is the most popular monument in Jaipur. Overlooking the Maota lake this fort is famous for its artistic style elements including, large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths. Jantar Mantar, another site that has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site is an astronomical observation site built in the 18th century, famous for being most significant, comprehensive, and best-preserved of India’s historic observatories. It includes a set of some 20 main fixed instruments. Designed for the observation of astronomical positions with the naked eye, they embody several architectural and instrumental innovations. Albert Hall museum was built in 1876 as a concert hall, now filled with metal art, pottery, sculptures, miniature paintings, clay works and many more forms of arts this museum is considered as one of the best museums in India. Hawa Mahal is another famous site known for its windows or 'Jharokhas' which enable free circulation of air within the structure. Jaipur is also jam-packed with bazaars that sell local handicrafts, local dishes like ghevar, pyaaz ki kachori and dal bhati churma are scintillating.
Places worth visiting- Amber Fort, Hawa Mahal, Albert Hall Museum, Jantar Mantar