In the foothills of Himalayas, at the point where the sacred Ganga
River reaches the plains, lies Haridwar, an ancient pilgrimage site that
has been held in reverence for centuries. It is here that the famous
Kumbha Mela is held, once in every twelve years, at the time when
Jupiter transits to the zodiac sign of Aquarius.
Founded by Guru Dronacharya, according to the epic of Mahabharata,
Dehradun is today one of the most developed cities of India. Situated on
the threshold of a world full of adventure, spiritualism and
tranquility, amidst the Shivalik ranges, the foothills of Himalayas,
Dehra Dun is an entry point for all the trekkers and mountaineers onto
their journey into the Garhwal Himalayas.
In the middle of the Thar Desert, lies the honey-hued illusion of
Jaisalmer. The deserted cliff of Trikuta Hills faced weather-beaten dry
winds and a sweltering desert sun for thousands of years to win an
outstanding fort of yellow sandstone as its tiara in 1156.
Discovered by chance, India's second biggest single tourist
attraction, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval temples that are
adorned with numerous sculptures of extraordinary grace and delicacy
celebrating the stylized and refined courtly accomplishments of beauty,
love and creative arts. Once the religious capital of the Chandela
Rajputs, the temples of the city date from 950-1050 AD.
The birthplace of Lord Krishna, Mathura is the best place to observe
the religious heritage of India. The holy town positioned along the
shores of River Yamuna is one of the few that are mentioned both in
history and mythology. Mathura is naturally full of stories of Krishna
as he not only took birth here but also spent a part of his life here.
It is mentioned in the legendary Hindu epic of Mahabharata.
Nestled in the Garhwal Hills, Mussoorie is an idyllic hill station
with stimulating views of the valleys below, snow-capped mountains, a
skating rink, a Mall set amongst the foggy mists and clouds. Its immense
natural beauty with lush greenery consisting mainly of 'Mussoorie'
plants, so charmed Captain Young from the British army in 1827 that he
made this place his residence and thus laid the foundations of a
hustling-bustling tourist destination of Mussoorie, which soon grew into
a center of education, business, tourism and beauty.
24 km from Haridwar, Rishikesh is an ebtry point to the proud
Himalayas of Garhwal and four major Hindu pilgrimage centres of Garhwal,
which hold immense importance in the religious lives of devout followers
of the faith. These four places named as Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri
and Yamunotri, together constitute 'Char
Dham' yatra, which is said to be must for all the Hindus at least
once in their lifetime.
Amorous and heavenly, Udaipur is much more than an oasis in the arid
region with its charming lakes, exquisite palaces and architectural
heritage and justifies its nickname of 'the Venice of the East'. The
Lake Palace placed on Jag Niwas Island in the middle of Lake Pichola is
the supreme example of its graceful architecture and refined culture.
The banks of the lake have another beautiful building to boast of - the
outstanding City Palace.
Almost 3000 years old, Varanasi (also popularly known as Benaras or
Kashi) is one of the oldest living cities in the world and the ultimate
pilgrimage centre for Hindus, who believe that those who are fortunate
to die here attain salvation instantly. Much renowned as a seat of
learning for ages, people who wish to learn Hindi or Sanskrit or even
Hindu philosophy in its purest form throng to Varanasi in search of the
most knowledgeable teacher.
South of Delhi, near the place of Krishna's birth, is the town of
4,000 temples where the sounds of celebration constantly resound.
Vrindavan was the actual place where Krishna spent his childhood. In
some ways, it has retained the characteristics of a village with its
narrow streets and many cows that wander around freely. The village had
once belonged to cowherds and still the Hindus who live here revere the