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Dussehra Festival in India

Dussehra is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated all across India with great pomp and gusto. This festival celebrates the victory of good over evil and marks the occasion in the great Indian epic Ramayana when Lord Ram, the good kills Meghnath (Lord of the moon), the bad and Ravana (Of sun race), the ugly to rescue his captive wife Sita.

Did you know that we have mention Dussehra as one of the top reasons to travel in India in October.

The name of the festival is etymologically derived from Ravana. Since Ravana, the wise (he is referred to as great Brahman by his adversary Ram) had 10 heads - which according to the epic Ramayana, he earned from Hindu God Shiva’s blessing - the  killing of Ravana meant the defeat of the one with 10 heads hence the name Dussehra (Das meaning 10 and hara meaning defeat).

Dussehra Festival in India

In India, the festival is celebrated on a large scale in different parts of the country. The manner in which it is celebrated is different all across the country. As the place of its celebration changes in the country, the celebration type also changes. While it is known as Durga Puja in Kolkata, it is Dasara in Mysore and Navaratri in Gujarat. The varied style of celebration makes it the most loved and popular festival. This colorful festival has much more to it which is further discussed in our following segment. Most popular places for attending Dussehra in India are Kullu in Himachal Pradesh and Mysore in Karnataka.

Flipping back the pages

Dusshera is a festival which is celebrated in the country from years. It is important for all to know the significance of the festival. We hope that this helps you in knowing about the history which makes us celebrate this festival today.

According to the Hindu religion, on the day of Dusshera in the Treta Yug, Lord Rama killed demon Ravana who abducted Lord Rama’s wife Sita. Lord Rama along with his brother Lakshmana, Hanuman and an army of monkeys fought a battle to rescue Sita. This entire story is recorded in the epic Ramayana. Lord Rama prayed to Maa Durga who blessed him and gave him knowledge to kill Ravana. Lord Rama and his team defeated Ravana on the day of Ashwin Shukla Dashami.  The day later was termed as Vijaya Dashami. From then, the day is celebrated on a grand scale to remember the victory of good over evil. Huge effigies of Ravana, his son Meghnath and brother Kumbhkaran are burnt on this day. All this is done to signify the end of evil.

Customs and rituals

Navratri festival precedes Dusshera. Navratri is a festival where Maa Durga and Lord Rama are worshipped for nine days. With the coming of Dusshera, people start cleaning and decorating their homes with beautiful items like flowers, leaves and bead strings. Puja is performed on a large scale to seek blessings of Maa Durga and Lord Rama.

One main ritual of Dusshera is Ravan Dahan. Ten heads of demon Ravana are burnt which symbolize the evil inside a human being. By burning the effigies, people pray to get rid of all these evils:
  • Kama vasana: Lust
  • Krodha: Anger
  • Moha: Attachment
  • Lobha: Greed
  • Mada: Over Pride
  • Matsara: Jealousy
  • Swartha: Selfishness
  • Anyaaya: Injustice
  • Amanavta: Cruelty
  • Ahankara: Ego

There is one more ritual as per which, people worship their weapons, pens and other instruments. All these things act as a symbol of fighting injustice.

Major Celebrations

Dusshera is celebrated on a large scale in:
  • Kullu: Kullu Dusshera is celebrated in the Dhalpur maidan in the Kullu Valley. The celebrations of the festival begin on Vijay Dashmi and they continue for seven days. It celebrates the triumph of Lord Ram over evil.
  • Mysore: Dasara in Mysore is a 10-day long celebration. The festival celebrated victory of good over evil. It is celebrated to recall the day when Maa Durga killed demon Mahishasur.
  • Varanasi: Ram Nagar in Varanasi is a place which celebrates Dusshera in a unique manner. During the celebrations, multi-stage performances are given by different artists. Sadhus from different parts of the country come here to recite Ramayana. The celebrations go on for 31 days.
  • Delhi: The capital city showcases a unique blend of Ramlila and Durga Puja. Around 1000 Ramlila programs and 250 Puja pandals are organized in the city. The celebration is completed by burning cracjer-stuffed effigies of Ravana and feasting with family and friends.
  • Kota: A huge Dusshera Mela is organized at Kota, Rajasthan. The Mela is organized for three days and it has decorated shops which offer handicrafts, rides and food items. On the last day of the festival, effigies of Ravana are burnt to recall the victory of good over evil. 
  • Bastar: Dusshera is the most important festival in Bastar. During the festival, all the deities from all the villages come together to the temple of Danteshwari in Jagdalpur. Here, the festival is celebrated completely for the devotion towards Goddess Danteshwari Devi.

  • Kolkata: In Kolkata, the celebrations are known as Durga Puja. It is one of the most awaited festivals of West Bengal. During the festival, all the streets remain crowded and huge Pandal’s are set up to celebrate the festival.

Dusshera Mela

Dusshera Mela is organized in different parts of the country to add to the celebrations of the festival. The Mela is a complete riot of colors where people come with their family and friends to enjoy the festival. The Dusshera Mela houses a number of well-decorated shops offering local handmade items, food and toys. Cultural performances are given by different artists to entertain the public. Dancing competitions are also organized for the public where families perform together. At the end of the festival, effigies of the demons are burnt which is followed by feasting.

Dusshera is considered the most auspicious day of the year. Those who wish to start a new venture, choose this day with a wish to get success. The festival is a part of a long celebration which starts from Navaratri to the tenth day- Dusshera and Diwali which is celebrated after 20 days. The festival brings in with it a lot of colors, celebrations and happiness which is enjoyed by all.
Truth is always victorious! Celebrate the victory of good over evil this Dusshera.

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Festivals in India in October 2016

Festivals in India are times when families, friends and even entire communities come together to mark the occasion The air is redolent with the color and enthusiasm. There's joy, celebrations and events to mark the religious and cultural fests in India. The festivities are further enhanced by colorful lights, music and dance.

From the dances and rituals to mark the victory of good over evil across India to world's largest cattle fair in Pushkar, festivals in India in October give you ample reasons to pack your bags and head to the locations where they are celebrated at their best.

Here are the most important fair & festivals in India in October in no particular order:

Navratri Festival

Navaratri Festivals
A nine-day festival, Navaratri is when Mother Goddess is worshipped in all her manifestations. These manifestations include Maa Durga, Saraswati and Lakshmi.

During this festival, devotees worship and fast all day. At night, devotees enjoy the festival with dancing and feasting. The festival ends with Dussehra on the tenth day. Plays are organized all over Delhi and they feature the Navaratri celebrations. 

When: 1 October- 10 October, 2016
Where: All across India. Celebrated particularly in Gujarat, Mumbai, Varanasi, Mysore and Manali

Ramlila 

Sita Putting the jaymala around the neck of Rama
Sita Putting the jaymala around the neck of Rama
Ramlila is one of the best ways Hindus depict their epic Ramayana (the story of Lord Rama). And to enjoy the best of the numerous Ramlilas that are staged all across the Northern part of India, you need to schedule your plans to Ramnagar near Varanasi. Being dwelling in the mystic charm of Varanasi, it is quite obvious the connection it would be having with the prime religion of India, Hinduism.

The emulsification of Hinduism in one of the oldest habitats in the world, gave the people of Ramnagar a sense to reenact the story of Lord Vishnu’s incarnation, Lord Rama in the form of a play, some 200 years ago. This started the trend of Ramlila in India. Unlike the other small budgetary Ramlila’s in the country, this one has lavish sets and permanent structures that resemble a lot like those of the locations mentioned in the mythology. All this makes the whole city look like a giant set, where every soul is immersed completely in his respective role. When the other Ramlilas in India bail out after a period of 10 days, it continues for 31 days.

When: 2-10 October 2016
Address: Ramnagar, on the banks of Ganges River, opposite Varanasi


Mysore Dasara Festivals
Yes! Mysore Dussehra festival has something different to it. The festival is celebrated on a large scale. The festival is celebrated to honor the Goddess Chamundeswari who killed the great demon Mahishasur. It is celebrated to enjoy the victory of good over evil. 
When:2 October to 11 October 2016
Where: Mysore, Karnataka

Jaipur Shopping Festival

Jaipur Shopping Festival in India
Jaipur shopping festival is India’s biggest shopping festival which runs for a month. The festival features more than 7,000 retailers who come from major markets of the city.

The craft bazaar showcases the best handicrafts which have been designed by local and national artisans. And shopping is not all! The festival brings along, tons of entertainment in the form of music, plays, folk dancing, competitions, fireworks and fashion shows. 

When: 25 September – 23 October, 2016
Where: Different locations in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Durga Puja Festival

Durga Puja Festivals

Durga Puja is celebrated in the honor of warrior Goddess Durga. During this festival, one can witness beautifully handcrafted statues of Maa Durga which are installed all around the city. People from different places roam around the streets to see the statues of Goddess Durga. 

At all the streets, there are different light shows and food stalls offering lip smacking dishes. All the statues of Maa Durga are paraded throughout the city before they are submerged into the river. 

When: 1 October - 11October, 2016
Where: Kolkata, West Bengal



Matsya Festival
Matsya Festival
It is the Matasya Festival which provides a look of the Rajasthani culture and heritage at its best. This colorful festival has a number of attractions including folk music, folk dance, exhibitions, competitions and sports. 

When : 21 - 22 October 2016
 Where: Alwar, Rajasthan
Ashwa Poojan

Ashwa Poojan Festival
Ritual performance
Ashwa Poojan is a unique Rajasthani festival which is well-known as the Worship of the Horse. It is celebrated on a grand scale by the Mewar royal family of Udaipur on the last day of Navaratri. 

The festival celebrates and honors the relationship between the warrior and horse. So, the royal horses are worshipped by the current head of the royal family which is accompanied by the palace band. The key highlight of the festival is the mouth-watering Rajasthani cuisine which is served during the festival.

When: October 3, 2016
Where: Udaipur City Palace, Rajasthan

Dussehra
Dussehra Festival
Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of the Navaratri festival. The festival is all about celebrating the victory of good over evil. 

It recalls the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. During the festival, a number of fairs are organized wherein the large models of Ravana are burnt on bonfires.

When: October 11, 2016
Where: Particularly in North India

Kullu Dussehra
Kullu Dussehra Festival
Ceremony in Kullu
Kullu Dussehra is a week-long festival during which Goddess Hadimba is carried from the temple in Manali down to Kullu. From here, she is taken to the palace where she blesses the royal family. The goddess is then taken to Dhalpur where the idol of Lord Raghunath joins.

Gods and goddesses from all over the valley come to meet Hadimba and Lord Raghunath. Further, they are taken to the Dhalpur Maidan where they stay till the end of the festival. There are cultural performances and exhibitions which are organized during this festival.

Lastly, the chariot carrying Goddess Hadimba and Lord Raghunath is taken to Beas River. Here, a pile of thorn bushes are burnt to show the burning of Lanka. 

When: 11 October, 2015
Where: Dhalpur Maidan, Kullu Vallery, Himachal Pradesh

Marwar Festival

Marwar Festival
This festival mainly celebrates the culture of Rajasthan’s Marwar region. The festival lasts for two days over the full moon. It is organized to remember medieval heroes of the state.

Classical folk dance and music is the key highlight of this festival. There are many fun activities which are organized including horse riding, horse polo and camel tattooing.

When: October 26-27, 2016
Where: Jodhpur, Rajasthan.



Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Rajasthan International Folk Festival
Rajasthan International Folk Festival
The Rajasthan International Folk Festival is a unique one where in regional root music and art is presented. A number of things are organized during this festival such as jam sessions, interactive educational events and staged performances.

The public gets to enjoy great performances of dancers, singers, instrumentalists and storytellers who come from different Rajasthani folk communities. Performances are also given by nationally and internationally renowned artists. The festival is organized in Mehrangarh fort and this further adds to the colors of the festival.

When: 8 October - 12 October, 2016
Where: Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Pushkar Camel Fair
Pushkar Camel Fair Festival
Pushkar Camel Fair is a traditional Indian style festival in which around 50,000 camels come together on the desert town, Pushkar. All these camels are dressed up and for them, beauty contests, parades and races are organized. From 3rd to 6th November, the festival changes its focus to the religious celebrations.

When: 2 November - 11 November, 2015
Where: Pushkar, Rajasthan


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Best Museums in India for Cultural Insights

As per the dictionary a museum myo͞oˈzēəm/ - noun is a building in which objects of historical, scientific, artistic, or cultural interest are stored and exhibited. Museums in any country are great insights into the cultural heritage of a country. These repositories of art, science and culture offer great insights into a nation's road to civilization and progress. So when we say that if you are traveling in India - notwithstanding the fact whether you are an Indian or a traveler from overseas - you should visit some of the best museums in India to get a peek into the soul and character of this nation and see the evolution of this country from the ancient ages into a progressive nation that it is now.

To make it simpler, we have listed below the top 10 popular museums in India. All these museums are architecturally beautiful and they have unique collections of the artifacts belonging bygone era as well as the modern marvels. A visit to any of these museums is your insight into India's rich culture, art, science and traditions. So here we go with the list of best museums in India for cultural insights into this incredible country.

1. National Museum, Delhi

 National Museum, Delhi
National Museum - One of the largest museums in India
National Museum is one of the largest museums in India. It was constructed long back in the year 1949 in Delhi. This museum is a must-visit for those who wish to turn back the pages of history. The museum presents a collection of luxury coaches of trains, paintings, jewellery, armors, decorative arts and manuscripts. One section of the museum has a big Buddha statue which was constructed by Sovereign Ashoka in the 3rd century BC.

2. Government Museum, Chennai

Government Museum, Chennai
Government Museum in Chennai
Also known as Madras Museum, Government Museum is the second largest museum in India. The museum was established in 1851. The museum has the finest masterpieces related to art, archaeology, anthropology, numismatics and many more fields. There some sections in the museums which show the main times of South India. The museum has a special section for children also. Book lovers will love the museum as it has a well-stocked library with a good collection of books.

3. Indian Museum, Kolkata

Indian Museum, Kolkata
Indian Museum in Kolkata
Indian Museum was established by Asiatic society of Bengal in 1814 in Kolkata. The museum is well-known for its unique collection of armors, ornaments, Mughal paintings and skeletons. The museum is divided into 6 sections wherein there are galleries having creative and scientific work of arts. These include works of geology and archaeology. It is one of the oldest museums of the world and a popular attraction of Kolkata.

4. Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai

Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai
Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai
Founded in the early years of the 20th century, Prince of Wales Museum is located in the center of Mumbai near the Gateway of India. The museum has three sections, namely the natural history section, archeology section and art section. All the sections also showcase different work of arts which come from the Gupta and Chaulkyas era.

5. Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad
Salar Jung Museum in Darulshifa, Hyderabad
Salar Jung Museum is located in Hyderabad. The museum has an exclusive collection of textiles, clocks, paintings, metallic artifacts and carvings. All these come from different parts of the world including Egypt, China, North America, Nepal, Europe, Burma and India. The museum is known as an institution of National importance which was acknowledged by the Indian Parliament. Special exhibitions and workshops are organized every year in the museum.

6. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Delhi

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Delhi
The International Dolls Museum - A large collection of dolls in Delhi
Located in Delhi, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum has the largest collection of dolls. The museum has two sections; one section has dolls collected from European countries such as UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia and the other section has dolls from Asian countries such as Middle East, Africa and India. On their visit to the museum, visitors can also have a look at the wide collection of costume dolls which represent Indian tradition and dances.

7. National Rail Museum, Delhi

National Rail Museum, Delhi
The National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Children’s all time favorite, the National Rail Museum has a vast collection of displays of Indian rails. Situated in the heart of Delhi, the museum covers an area of 10 acres. The museum also has a collection of working models, historical photographs and antique furniture. Old coaches of Maharaja’s are displayed in the museum. The key attraction of the museum is Fairy Queen which is one of the best preserved steam locomotive engines.

8. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai

 Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai
 Bhau Daji Lad - The oldest museum in Mumbai
The oldest museum in Mumbai, the Bhau Daji Lad Museum was established in 1855. The museum houses beautiful decorative and industrial arts of the 19th century. It also has historical photographs of Mumbai, copper and silver ware and costumes. The most important of all collections is the 17th century manuscript of Hatim Tai. There is a monolithic basalt elephant sculpture installed which originated from Elephanta Island.

9. Calico Museum, Ahmedabad



Calico Museum, Ahmedabad,Gujarat
Calico Museum in Ahmedabad,Gujarat
A famous attraction of Ahmedabad, Calico Museum was established in the year 1949 by Gautam Sarabhai and his sister Gira Sarabhai. The museum has a collection of fabrics which comes from the pre-historic times. The museum leaves the visitors enthralled with its art work. All the textiles which are displayed in the museum come from the exclusive collection of Mughal rulers.

10. Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram

Napier Museum, Thiruvananthapuram
Napier Museum in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
Napier Museum is the oldest museum in Thiruvananthapuram. It was constructed back in the 19th century. The museum takes its name from Lord Napier who was the Governor of Madras. The museum has a collection of historic artifacts which include Kathakali puppets models, Kerala chariots, musical instruments and bronze idols of gods and goddess. Visitors can have a close look of the the culture and history of Kerala through this museum.

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Travel Guide to Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi

The glorious Humayun’s tomb, in New delhi, is known to be the first significant display of Mughal architecture in India.

Built after Humayun’s death, by Humayun’s wife Bega Begam, the Humayun’s tomb gained popularity for being the first garden tomb in the country.

Built completely out of red sandstone, UNESCO included The Tomb in the list of World Heritage Site in the year 1993.


Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi

Location: Opp. Dargah, Nizamuddin, Mathura Road, New Delhi

Built by: Bega Begam

Built in: 1565 A.D

How to Reach: Local transports including taxis or buses are easily available to reach Humayun’s Tomb within the capital city. The nearest metro station to Humayun’s Tomb is Pragati Maidan station which is at a distance of 5 km. The distance between Delhi Airport and Humayun’s tomb is 19 km and it is only 1 km away from Nizamuddin railway station.

Best time to visit: Due to the scorching heat of New Delhi in summers, winters are the best season to visit the Red Fort.

Entry Fee: Rupees 10 for Indians and Rupees 250 for foreigners

Timings: Everyday Sunrise to sunset

Introduction

The Humayun's Tomb is a glorious example of the architectural superiority of Mughal Empire and holds the testimony for their skilled craftsmanship. Included in the list of every itinerary to Delhi, the Tomb is a must visit monument. The mausoleum, built by Humayun’s Widow Bega Begam, has a complex structure, but retains her grandeur and charm amongst the thousands of tourists, that visit the Humayun's Tomb, from all over the world.

The classical touch of Islamic architecture is visible amongst the geometric patterns, high arches, round domes and lattice stone windows in the tomb. The structure of Humayun’s Tomb is quite similar to that of the famous Taj Mahal.

Being one of the most stunning monuments in Delhi, the tomb was recognized as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounded by vibrant Mughal gardens and pathways separating them in to four parts and numerous fountains, till today, The Tomb remains as one of the leading attractions of Delhi, luring tourists from all over the world.

History

After Humayun’s death in 1556, Bega Begum or Haji Begum, Humayun's first wife, was extremely upset and she decided to dedicate her whole life for the construction of a grand mausoleum in the Empire, to commemorate and remember her late husband. After coming back from Mecca where she went for Hajj Pilgrimage, Begum ordered the construction of Humayun’s Tomb.

Humayun’s tomb History

For the purpose, a Persian architect namely Mirak Mirza Ghiyas was invited from Heart. But, as tragedy would have it, the architect died before completing the project. Then, the construction was looked after by Ghiyas’ son, Sayyed Muhammad ibn Mirak Ghiyathuddin who finished the construction in 1972.

After a while, The Mughal Empire started to decline which led to the destruction of Mughal architectural site as well. The popular Charbagh (Four-square) gardens were completely destroyed by British after the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was captured during The Revolt of 1857. The Mughal Gardens in the tomb were changed to English style gardens by 1860. The true Mughal style of gardens was restored in 20th century, by Viceroy Lord Curzon during the restoration project in 1903–1909.

In August 1947, when India and Pakistan divided, large population of Muslims found refuge in Humayun's Tomb. A lot of damage was done to the tomb during this time. Later, the gardens and the buildings in the tomb were reconstructed by The Archeological Survey of India (ASI), who decided to preserve India’s Heritage Sites. In 1993, when the monument was include in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list, ASI with aids from Aga Khan Trust began a rigorous restoration project of the tomb which was finished by 2003.

Major Attractions

There are numerous attractions inside the magnificent Humayun's Tomb and therefore only it is a truly grand structure. There are beautiful bath chambers (hammam) and pavilions (baradari) inside the tomb, which is completely made of red sandstone except the dome, which is built with shining white marble. Tourists can also witness the octagonal chambers that comprises of the tomb of Humayun. Besides Humayun’s tomb, the tourist can also view the graves of various Mughal princes including Dara Shikoh (Shah Jahan's son), Bahadur Shah Zafar (Last Mughal Emperor) and Hamida Begum (Akbar's mother).

Some Fascinating Facts on Humayun’s Tomb
  •  The inspiration of the monument was the tomb of Oljeytu, Persian Mongol ruler, located at Sultaniyya.
  •  After fourteen years of Humayun’s death, the construction for the tomb was started. 
  •   The architecture of the tomb was a Persian Architect namely Mirak Mirza Ghiyuath.
  •   Located nearby the Humayun’s Tomb is the Old fort or Purana Qila. 
  •   The location for the construction of the tomb was chosen to be the banks of Yamuna River, as it was closer to Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of Nizamuddin Auliya, the renowned Sufi saint.
  •  Crowning the Humayun's Tomb is a sparkling white dome made out of shiny white marble, with a 42.5 m long spire on top of it. The monument is rising from a couple of huge platforms, on top of each other that are joined together by a flight of stairs.
  •  The tomb is constructed in a peculiar fashion. With each step you take inside the tomb, the path start to ascend gradually and the height of the tomb keeps on increasing.
  •   The majestic grave of Mughal Emperor Humayun is surrounded by adjoining rooms in which the tombs of a couple of Emperor Humayun’s wives or begums and tombs of other Mughal Emperors are kept.
  •  For the construction of Humayun’s Tomb, approximately a wealth of Rupees 1.5 million was spent by the Mughal Empire. The whole project took a time period of approximately 8 years to be completed.
  •  The idea for using the four –quartered gardens was given to Mughal architects by Humayun's Tomb.
  •  The Persian double dome structure was first used in construction of Humayun’s Tomb.
  •  The architecture of magnificent Taj Mahal, which is included in the list of Seven Wonders of the World, was inspired from the architecture of Humayun’s Tomb. The Tomb was inspiration for many other Mughal architectural innovations as well.

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Kashi Vishwanath Temple: Manifestations of Shiva

The oldest and the holiest place among the Hindus, Varanasi, along the banks of the sacred Ganga is also considered as the cultural city in India. The river bank is dotted with numerous temples and shrines of several gods and goddesses.

According to the Rigvedas, Varanasi is the favorite city of Lord Shiva. So in his high reverence, the Kashi Vishwanath temple stands in its splendor. It holds one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva and attracts a large number of pilgrims to the site. The architecture of the temple is noteworthy and is also known as the Golden Temple, because of the gold used in the making of the tall spire and the dome. All devoted Hindus aspire to visit this site once before they die, for they believe that liberation from worldly thing can be achieved here.

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Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Location:

Along the western banks of holy river Ganga, lies the Kashi Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh State, India. It is located 5 km away from the Varanasi railway station and is fairly close to the Banaras Hindu University. Varanasi is the oldest city in the country and serves as the center for the Hindu religion.

Who Built it:

The reference of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple has been made in the Hindu scriptures, as one of the prime Lord Shiva centers. It is believed that the structure was demolished and remade several times, the last person to reconstruct it was Maratha monarch, Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore in 1780. However, now the temple is managed by the government of Uttar Pradesh.

How to reach in Varanasi:

Varanasi, the cultural and religious capital brings forward a large number of devotees to the spot. It is made readily accessible through advanced transport network services.

By air: Varanasi is well connected to the major cities of the country by air, daily domestic flights run to and fro from here. Babatpur Airport is 22 km from Varanasi.

By rail: The location of Varanasi makes it easily accessible to the rest of the country. There are two railway stations in the city: the Kashi Junction and the Varanasi Junction/ Varanasi Cantonment. Mughalsarai, another station just 10 km south of Varanasi.

By road: many public and private buses and other vehicles run on the NH2 (National Highway), which connects Kolkatta to Delhi. Varanasi is also linked with NH7.

Best time to visit in Varanasi:

Varanasi experiences Summer, Monsoon, however the best time to visit is in between the months of October to March.

Summer:
It starts from April to June and is quite hot during the time, with temperature ranging from 32 to 46 degree Celsius.

Monsoon:
The climatic condition during the monsoon is harsh, it is hot and humid with moderate rainfalls.

Winter:
It is an ideal time to visit Varanasi during the winter season. The temperature ranges from 5 to 15 degree Celsius. The pleasant season starts from October and lasts till March.
  
Interesting Facts:
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple is the most popular temple among the Hindus, placed in the holiest Hindu place too, and the main deity is addressed as Vishwanatha or Vishweshwara, which means, ruler of the World.
  • The temple has been demolished and reconstructed many times, the last was torn down by Aurangzeb and he started a mosque on the site.
  • The temple preserves one of the twelve Jyotirlingams, it is considered very holy and believed that even a glance of Jyotilinga delivers liberation from Maya and materialistic entanglements.
  • According to a legend, the Jyotilingam is basically a pointless reality, from where Lord Shiva appears, more like a column of light. 
  • It is believed that originally there were 64 Jyotilingas, only 12 of them are considered holy. The 12 Jyotilingams are at Gujarat, Somnath, Malikajurna, MAhakaleshwar, two in Madhya Pradesh, Andra Pradesh, two in Maharashtra, Varanasi, Himalayas and in Tamil Nadu.
  • The Kashi Vishwanath Temple holds the highest of Hindu spiritual values.The Manikarnika Ghat on the banks of the Ganges, close to the temple is considered as a Shakti Peetha, a holy place for worship for the sect called Shaktism.
  • The temple complex consists of several other shrines, placed along a small lane called the Vishwanatha Galli.However the main temple is ornamented by the shrines of other gods. The temple has a 15.5 m high gold spire and gold dome, three domes made up of pure gold.
  • Inside the temple is a small, well, called Jnana Vapi, it is believed that the Jyotilingam was hidden in this well, to protect from the invaders.
  • Around 3000 visitors come to the Kashi Vishwanath everyday.
  • There is a popular belief that Shiva himself chants some words of salvation into the ears of people who choose to end their lives at the Vishwanath temple.

Places of Interest:
  • Visit the Temples, it is an obvious thing you will do once you are in Varanasi, enjoy the evening Aarti in the temple.
  • The Ghats along the Ganges.
  • Sarnath is near Varanasi, and it is where the Lord Buddha preached his first sermon.
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Delhi Travel Guide: A Tale of Seven Cities

To talk about Delhi is not just to talk about a city. One of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, the tale of Delhi is a tale of more than 8 cities. It was here - according to the Hindu legends - Pandavas of Mahabharata fame founded their legendary city Indraprastha. The same place associated with it later became the cradle of Mughal Empire in India when Humayun founded Dinpanah which was later re-christened Old Fort.

Modern Delhi as we know is more of a tale of two cities. It is here that you find a seamless fusion of the tradition and contemporary. The baffling crowd and commotion may leave you gasping for air but that's just the outer layer of the onion that is Delhi. The more layer you peel off the surface, the more dear this city will become. And there's a famous saying: "Hunooz Dilli dur ast" (Delhi is still far off). It's continually expanding.

The  capital of India, Delhi holds prominence in the country’s legacy, culture, tourism and modernization. It has the finest of latest hotels and shopping centers along with the heritage structures, ancient temples, museums and even a zoological park.

Delhi, demonstrates the influence of the Indo-Islamic architecture through the magnificent monuments and the architectural designs. At the moment, it is home to people from almost all the parts of India, which has made the capital, diverse and rich in culture and customs.

Table of Content

Heritage Sites in Delhi
Shopping in Delhi
Museums and Art Galleries in Delhi
Eat out in Delhi
Best Hotels in Delhi
Shopping Malls in Delhi
Religious Places in Delhi
Bars and Pubs in Delhi
Getting Around in Delhi
Travel with Kids in Delhi

Heritage Sites in Delhi

Red Fort

Red Fort in Delhi
Red Fort in Delhi
It was built during the time of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan. He shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi and formed the new city Shahjehanabad - now the area comprising of Red Fort and Chandni Chowk - which also happens to be the seventh historical city of Delhi.

The fort complex comprises of several palaces including Mumtaj Mahal Palace which has been converted into a museum with artifacts belonging to several Mughal rulers. Then there are pleasure pavilions and a stunningly beautiful Moti Masjid which was built by Aurangjeb for his private prayers. Other structures of note include the Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas and Hayat Baksh Bagh.

The walled city as it is now referred, it stands in the middle of the city, and imposes its beauty to the passerby. The architectural design showcases the epitome of the Mughal creativity. It is a very significant site in India. The Prime Minister of India hoists the National flag each year from the top of the Lal Quila on Independence Day.

Visiting Hours:
   9:30AM  - 4:30PM daily (except Monday).

[Read more about Red Fort in Delhi]

Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi
Tomb of Ghiyas ud-Din Tughluq in Tughlaqabad Fort
One of the largest forts in the country, Tughlaqabad Fort stand on its ruins now, with only some parts accessible to the visitors. Earlier it used to be the fourth city of Delhi established by Ghiyas - Ud - din Tughlaq, the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty.

It is believed that the fort was cursed to remain barren by one of the saints at the time. Tughlaqabad Fort is massive, expanding along an area of 6.5 km. The fort in its dilapidated state emits a sense of lost splendor.

Interestingly,  there's a curse associated with this once mighty fort. It is said that the Sultan Ghiyath-ud-din-Tughlaq had ordered all the labourers to work to construct the fort complex. As it happened some of the laborers were working to build the Gandhak ki Baoli for Saint Nizammuddin Auliya.

The dictate of the sultan meant that the work for the baoli had to be stopped which made the saint angry so he uttered the curse which resonated through the history of this place: "Ya basey gujjar, ya rahe ujjar (may the herdsmen may live here or this land remain infertile and unoccupied)"

Visiting Hours : 8 AM - 6 PM

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Humayun’s Tomb

 Humayu's Tom, New Delhi
Humayun's Tomb
It is a tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, situated in the capital city. This spectacular building comes under the UNESCO World Heritage list as a sample of the Mughal architecture. This tomb was built in 1565 A.D, by the wife of the emperor (Bega Begum), nine years after his death. The location is beautifully designed with striking garden squares, water canals, and the dome itself is set up in a marvelous design. There are several other graves of the Mughal rulers, including the wife.

Visiting Hours : 6 AM - 6 PM

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Safdarjung’s Tomb

Safdarjung's Tomb, Delhi
Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi
It is a double layered structure built on a raised surface and the last one made in the style of Humayun’s Tomb, with enclosed gardens. It was built in 1753 - 54 for the viceroy of Awadh, by the Mughal emperor Mohammed Shah.

The location encloses many pavilions, tomb, mosque and also a Madrasa.  The structure is built with red sandstone and marble, there are two graves located here, Safdarjung’s and of his wife. The tomb is easy to locate, as it lies at the head of Lodi Road.

Visiting Hours :  6: 30 AM - 6 PM

Qutub Minar

Qutab Minar, New Delhi
Qutab Minar in New Delhi
Built in red sandstone, Qutub Minar is  a 72.5 m high  minar (tower), tapering towards its peak. It was built by Qutab - Ud - Din Aibak in 1193 after his victory over the last Hindu kingdom of Delhi.

The architectural design of this tower is very interesting, the five storey are marked by distinct balcony, the whole tower is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Quran. It comes under the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The surrounding consists of several medieval structures and ruins that compliments the site altogether.

Visiting Hours : 6 AM to 6 PM

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Firoz Shah Kotla

Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, Delhi
Jami Masjid inside Firoz Shah Kotla
Interestingly Firuz Shah ka Kotla is one of the most haunted places in Delhi. It is supposed to be the abode of the Djinns and you could find letters - of requests and pleas - stuck on the walls of the structures when you visit here.

On Thursdays, the entry is free as local people gather here to offer prayers to the Djinns. If you happen to be visiting this complex on a Thursday, expect a hearty lunch at no cost...thanks to the benevolent Djinns that reside in this complex.

This heritage site is located near the Bhadur Shah Zafar Marg. The establishment of Ferozabad by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq was done in 1354, and the Kotla was the center of this city. The architecture designs within the site are delightful, the fort lies along the river Yamuna.

Numerous gardens, madrasas, palaces can be found within the fort, all standing in their ruined state except for the well manicured gardens. One of the main highlights of this fort complex is the Ashokan Pillar that standing tall on top of a pyramid structure.

This pillar was brought from Ambala to Delhi by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and bears Ashoka’s principles. The Jami Masjid inside this complex is supposed to have so interested the invader Tamulane that he prayed in this mosque after conquering Delhi.

Visiting Hours : 10 AM to 7 PM

Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Delhi
Rajon ki Baoli or the Mason's Step well inside Mehrauli Archaeological Park
The park stretches over the area of 200 acres and is scattered with hundreds of ancient tombs and temples. This area has continuously been occupied for about a 1000 years, by almost all the rules, the Khilji dynasty, Tuglak dynasty, Lodhi dynasty, Delhi Sultanate, Mughal empire and the British rule respectively.

The magnificent monuments attracts many tourists, you will get to see the Rajon ki Baoli and Gandhak ki Baoli, the beautiful garden and old mosque and tomb of Jamali Kamali and even the Tomb of Balban which is was the first tomb in India to feature the true arch.

The architecturally blessed park is very easy to spot out, as it lies close to the famous Qutub Minar. It is a great place for landscape photography and has relaxed atmosphere to explore at a slow pace.

Visiting Hours : 5 AM to 6:30 PM

India Gate

India Gate in New Delhi
India Gate in New Delhi
The imposing structure of India Gate is situated at the center of the capital city, Delhi. It was originally known as the All India War Memorial and the names of the Indian soldiers who died during the World War 1, are inscribed on the walls of the gate.

One of the interesting features of the site is the Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame that burns all the time. This was lit up to pay homage to the soldiers who gave up their lives during the Indo - Pak war, 1971. India Gate is a great site for evening walks and for family picnics, it also facilitates an enjoyable boat ride.

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Shopping in Delhi

Janpath

Janpath Market in Cannaught Place, Delhi
Janpath Market in Cannaught Place
Janpath market is one of the most popular markets among the tourists and the locals in Delhi. It is very easy to locate, as it lies next to the well known Connaught Place. The market stretches along the sidewalks, holding a long line of numerous boutiques. They sell beautiful items like the Kashmiri shawls, Indian clothings, ornaments, souvenirs and other ethnic articles. 

There is another market known as the Tibetan market, close to Janpath that has a wide range of Himalayan crafts and arts. Janpath is the best option to go for shopping, while in Delhi as it has the perfect blend of ethnicity and new trends, and most important factor is that it is meant for the budget shoppers and travelers. Polishing your bargaining skills will come in great use.

Lajpat Nagar

Lajpat Nagar Market, Delhi
Lajpat Nagar Market in Delhi
Situated in the comfortable area of the South Delhi, Lajpat Nagar is famous for its Central Market. It illustrates the vibrancy of the Indian culture with colorful clothes and crafts. 

The market is a popular shopping destination among the locals, especially during the festive times. There are four demarcation of the market, each having its own specialty. The first part deals with the automobile, accessories and clothing. The second part sells household materials and many restaurants are dotted on the area. 

The third part has the modern malls and the movie theatre. Finally the fourth part has the variety of stores for the ladies apparels. The Lajpat Nagar market is much in demand and you can notice that through the crowd that gathers every day.  

Palika Bazaar

Palika Bazar in Cannaught Place
Palika Bazaar in Delhi
It is an underground market, located below the inner circle of the Connaught Place. There are more than 300 stores within the complex, selling a wide range of products, mostly electronic goods and clothes. You get a fair deal on the goods, as they bear very cheap rates. 

The area is under high police supervision. However, the interesting fact about this underground complex is that it can accommodate 15000 people at once. This makes the place appealing for the visitors and attracts for exploration. 

Delhi Haat

Delhi Haat
Dilli Haat- Best Market to Buy Traditional Things
The main goal of Dilli Haat is to make you experience the traditional rural Haat or the village market of India. An interesting concept has been adapted by Delhi tourism department, in where they display, crafts and serve foods from the various regions of India. 

The open plaza has an atmosphere of a village with thatched roof cottages as stalls, spreading across an area of 6 acres. This market is unique and appealing to the tourists, it is located in one of the major centers in South Delhi. One can receive knowledge about different art forms and handicrafts of the rural people of India.

[Read more about Delhi Haat at Indianholiday.com]

Sarojini Nagar

Sarojni Nagar Market
Sarojni Nagar Market
Sarojini Nagar Market is popular among the youths of Delhi, for its trendy clothes at the cheapest prices. You can get export surplus garments, if you search for it and can also find several shoe shops in the area. 

The shops in the market are along the street side and one need a great patience to walk pass all in a day. The colorful market attracts the visitors and the display of the accessories and crafts brightens up the area more. It remains closed on Mondays, and you are recommended to shop in the daytime and bargain for every item.

Karol Bagh

Karol Bagh Market, Delhi
Karol Bagh Market in Delhi
This market is one of the oldest and famous in the city. It is a must visit shopping spot in Delhi for the sparkles and colors the market displays. It has been divided into various roads and streets and markets, each with its own specialty. 

Like the Ajmal Khan Road is famous for its reasonable ready made garments, but also consist of fancy stores. Arya Samaj Road is the best place to buy second hand books. Bank Street is famous for its jewelry shops. 

Gaffar Market is the hub of all shopping items, you can get everything at Gaffar. Karol Bagh is also known for imported goods altogether.

Museums and Art Galleries in Delhi

National Museum

National Museum, Delhi
National Museum in New Delhi
India’s 5000 years have been captured and preserved in this complex, National Museum, New Delhi. It is one of the largest museum in India holding a wide variety of objects from the ancient to the modern works of art. The artifacts range from sculptures to the paintings to the coins from different ages.

The museum proudly exhibits, items from the Harappan Civilization, antiques from the Silk Route, pretty miniature paintings of the Mughal era and various other works of art.

The museum will fascinate the visitors who a interested in history and heritage of the city. One should dedicate at least  half of his day for a close exploration of the complex.

National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi
National Gallery of Modern Art
Located fairly close to India Gate, it was established in March, 1954 by the Indian Government. The complex exhibits around 4000 works of paintings, sculptures and graphics of the modern artists, from the mid 19th century till the present day.

The evolution of the changing art form is represented by this institute. One of the highlights of this place is that it promotes the upcoming artists by organizing exhibitions for those who wants to exhibit their works.

It has two branches in Bangalore and the other in Mumbai. The works of the Indians as well as the foreigners are exhibited here.

Crafts Museum

Craft Museum, Delhi
Craft Museum in Delhi
One of the largest craft museums in India is the one in Delhi, Pragati Maidan. The craft museum offers you an experience of rural Indian villages, it is home to  various traditional and ethnic crafts.

From the terracotta sculptures to the handmade ornaments from different tribes of the country. The exhibited crafts are the pottery, wood carving, sculpture, painting, metal ware carving and more. The complex consists of mud huts and the craftsmen sit outside the huts, showcasing their traditional skills in craft making.

The rural atmosphere is relaxing and pleasant for the visitors. The crafts in the museum are in abundance and has been divided into five different galleries: Bhuta Sculpture Gallery, Tribal and Folk Art, Textile Gallery, Courtly Craft Gallery and Ritual Craft Gallery.

National Rail Museum

National Rail Museum, Delhi
National Rail Museum in Delhi
Established in 1977, the National Railway Museum displays a wide collection of unique and old locomotives and other railway artifacts. The railway heritage of India from the British Raj, is being focused on this museum.

There are several working and old models, train equipments, photographs displayed in the museum. Within the compound, you can enjoy the toy train ride. The main attraction here is the Fairy Queen, built in 1855 and is the best preserved locomotive engines of her age.

One can also get to see the Prince of Wales Saloon, Maharaja of Baroda’s Saloon, Viceregal Dinind car in their working condition.

Popular Restaurants in Delhi

Sarvana Bhawan, Connaught Place

Sarvana Bhawan in Connaught Place, Delhi
Sarvana Bhawan Restaurant at Connaught Place, New Delhi
The restaurant is reviewed as one of the best South Indian food joints in Delhi. The meals served here are totally vegetarian and the sweet dishes are great. The restaurant has a simple ambience, but is quick in service, however, the best part about eating here is that it is pocket friendly.

Cost estimation for 2 people is within 350 - 400 Rs/-. The experience of this simple, hygienic and light food will leave you satisfied. Some of the must tries, when you are here in the restaurant are:  Onion Rava Masala Dosa, Rava Kichadi, Sambhar Vadai, Panchavarna Utthappam, Mini tiffin and more.

Gunpowder, Hauz Khas Village

Gunpowder in Hauz Khas, Delhi
Gunpowder Restaurant in Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Unlike other fancy restaurants in Hauz Khaz Village and just known for the ambience, Gunpowder have its own approach altogether. The place is straightforward and the main emphasis they put in is on food.

To reach Gunpowder, one needs to pass through the narrow streets of Hauz Khaz and climb up the shady staircase. The restaurant serves South Indian food with some twist, and is popular for the Malabar and the coastal food of India.

The menu is not elaborate, but the food that are mentioned are prepared in the best manner. You can book a table for  lunch or dinner and 100 Rs/- is the estimation of 2 people.

Karim’s, Chandni Chowk

Karim’s Restaurant in Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Karim’s Restaurant in Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Located near Jama Masjid in Chadni Chowk, Karim’s is one of the most popular eating points in Delhi. It is a heritage restaurant, started from the 1913. Karim’s in Chandni Chowk as well as in other parts is well known for the exotic spices and herbs they use in the food.

The restaurant brings one close to the experience of the Mughal cuisine and serves one of the best non - vegetarian items in the city. You can order their famous Mutton Korma, Shan-E-Tandoor, Kababs, Murgh ka Shorab and more. Cost for 2 people at Karim’s will be up to 800 Rs/-

Bukhara, ITC Maurya Sheraton

Bukhara Restaurant in ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Delhi
Bukhara Restaurant in ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi
The restaurant is under the Luxury collections of ITC Maurya and was established in Delhi in the year 1977. They are popular for serving dishes of the North Western region of India.

Bukhara holds many credentials in terms of food, ambience and the service. The restaurant provides an open display kitchen, allowing you to watch your food being prepared in a traditional manner.

The food is rich and full of flavors, the signature dish, Dal Bhukara is a must try for all. The Kababs, Naan, Sikandri Raan are prepared with great skills. The price range of 2 people will be around 5000/-. It is expensive but the taste of the food can be of the value for some.

Punjabi by Nature, Vasant Kunj

Punjabi by Nature Restarant in Vasant Kunj, Delhi
Punjabi by Nature in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
The restaurant serves a wide variety of North Indian cuisine in a modern setting. Punjabi By Nature is a well known food chain in New Delhi that offers the finest of food, service and ambience.

The signature large portion, elegant outlook and the fresh with high quality food made the brand recognized. Punjabi by nature is present in Vasant Vihar, Raja Garden, Gurgaon, Noida and also in Bangalore.

Some of the recommended dishes are the Chicken Tikka, Kadai Paneer, Dal Makhani and more. The cost estimation of2 people will be 1500 Rs/-.

Chor Bizarre, Asaf Ali Road

Chor Bizarre in Asaf Ali Road, Delhi
Chor Bizarre at Asaf Ali Road, Delhi
This restaurant lies in the Hotel Broadway, near Dilli Gate and is situated on the ground floor. The name of the restaurant “Chor Bizarre” means the thieves market, the ambience of the place holds the old world charm.

The restaurant is well known for the best Kashmiri food in Delhi, the Kashmiri Thai and the Wazwan are the signature dishes. They also offer a wide variety of vegetarian items and is prepared equally well.

The location of the restaurant is very convenient for the tourists, who are on their sightseeing venture. The other recommended dishes are Gustaba, Rogan Josh, Dal Makhani, Galouti Kabab, Murg dill Tikka and more. The estimated rate for 2 people is around 1200 Rs/-.


Best Hotels to stay in Delhi

The Imperial, Janpath

The Imperial Hotel, Janpath
The Imperial in Janpath, Connaught Place
The Imperial in New Delhi is a luxury hotel, located in the heart of the city, Janpath, near Connaught Place. It was established in 1931 and is known for its heritage legacy and the ancient designs within the complex.

There is a large collection of colonial and post colonial artifacts in the museum and an art gallery that displays them, inside the hotel. The Imperial, is now a 5 star rated hotel offering a high-quality service and excellent facilities. The guest rooms are well furnished with all the basic amenities.

The location of the hotel is one of its best features, making it easy to locate the major tourist sites and the important markets. This hotel is a class apart, and stands tall in its glory.

Hotel City Star, Paharganj

Hotel City Star, Paharganj
Hotel City Star in Paharganj, Delhi
Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the Paharganj market, the City Star, provides a peaceful and a spacious accommodation. The rooms have a classy ambience, with all the basic amenities.

The hotel has a rooftop restaurant and a fitness center. Its location is suitable for the visitors, near to the Jama Masjid, the railway station, the Metro Station, Red Fort, Karol Bagh Market, India Gate and more.

24 hour front desk and laundry service are facilitated. Hotel, City Star stands out from the hundreds of other hotels in the area.

Smyle Inn, Paharganj

Smyle Inn, Paharganj
Smyle Inn, Paharganj
Located in the Main Bazaar, Paharganj (the area is very traveler friendly). The Smyle Inn is run by a family, they welcome all international guests, and offers the best value for money. Some of the basic facilities like: free WiFi, taxi services, ticket booking, laundry service are provided.

All the rooms are furnished with attached bathrooms, flat screen TV, working desk and chair, telephone, fan/AC and more. There are lounges, where the travelers can interact and board games, cards and books are also provided.

The best part about the hostel is that the owners are well informed about the traveler’s needs and make full efforts to fulfill them. The hostel has received the Hoscar Award and the Country winner Award for its hospitality and presentation.

B Nineteen, Nizamuddin East

B nineteen, Nizamuddin East
B nineteen, Nizamuddin East
This hotel is a family run business, giving it more space for flexibility and changes in accordance to the guests. One of the main features of this beautiful boutique hotel is that it is situated against the backdrop of the magnificent Humayun’s Tomb.

This accommodation is suited for a short term as well as for a long term stay. It is calm and secluded, which is suitable for business travelers, even the location is perfect for the diplomats. Each corner of the complex is clean and furnished and the rooms are comfortable with all the basic amenities. They facilitate the pick up and drop off services.

Shanti Home, Janakpuri

Shanti Home in Janakpuri
Shanti Home, Janakpuri
This boutique hotel, has about 17 rooms that are fully furnished and each one with an individual Indian theme along with modern amenities. The accommodation comes at a budget price and provides the visitors with an Indian experience.

The guests are greeted in a traditional manner, with great care and respect. Shanti, means peace, and that is exactly what the hotel wants to offer to their guests, utter peace.

The location of this Shanti home is at Janakpuri, West Delhi, it is secluded from the main commercial area of the city. It has a restaurant and a bar/lounge and facilities such as internet access, business center, spa, steam room, library, assistance for tour and more come together to make it a 3 star rated hotel.

The Manor, South Delhi

The Manor in South Delhi
The Manor, South Delhi
The location of this hotel is in South Delhi, convenient to the airport  and other tourist sites like the Lotus Temple, ISKCON Temple, Hyumayun’s Tomb and more.

The Manor is a luxury boutique hotel and was established during the 1950’s. The main signature of the hotel is quality and elegance, with an assurance of full peaceful retreat for the customers.

The hotel provides space for spa service, fitness center, meeting room, wedding services and more. The Manor is a 4.5 star property, offers you well groomed and comfortable accommodations with all the requirements looked after.

[You may also read about other hotels in Delhi at www.new-delhi-hotels.com ]

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Malls in Delhi

DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj


DLF Emporio Mall, Vasant Kunj in Delhi
Watch Showroom in DLF Emporio Mall in Vasant Kunj
This mall is grand and is India’s most luxurious shopping center. The interior of the complex is perfectly made in an Italian grandeur and is home to most of the leading brands in the world like: Dior, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton, Armani and more. It is the perfect place to be if you are a high street fashion enthusiast.

The four leveled complex provides exclusive experience of classiness and finesse. It also offers a multiple choice of classy restaurants, with excellent dining and drinking experience. There are about 130 brands, both international and Indians collectively, get ready to have an exciting shopping experience like no other in the country.

Select Citywalk, Saket

Select Citywalk, Saket
Select Citywalk in Saket
Seleck Citywalk provides a fashionable shopping, recreation and a great dining experience. There is a wide selection of well known brands like: Aldo, Nine West, Zara, Calvin Klein, French Connection, Mango, Hommy Hilfiger and more.

The multi - cuisine food courts and several restaurants are found in the mall. The ambience of the mall is pleasing, and attracts many visitors, both locals and international. It is really convenient and enjoyable experience to shop at this mall, it offers something for all age groups.

There is an outdoor open plaza, mainly used for fairs, art festivals, exhibition and other purposes. The other two malls nearby for you to visit are the DLF Courtyard and MGF Metropolitan Mall.

Pacific Mall, Subash Nagar

Pacific Mall, Subash Nagar
Pacific Mall in Subash Nagar
Belonging to Pacific India group, the mall is filled with numerous enjoyable activities to indulge in. You can spend a quality time with your friends, family and other loved ones. There are many retail stores along with good food joints and entertainment zones.

Pacific Mall, Subash Nagar is popular among the residents in the West part of the city. It is a four leveled complex, with latest facilities and refreshing atmosphere. Wide ranges of apparels, shoe wears, accessories, books, gifts, souvenirs, cosmetics, and more are available there.

It holds about 130 international and national brands and it screens various Hollywood and Bollywood movies in the famous multiplex. There are several Pacific branches, all over the city.

Ansal Plaza, Andrew’s Ganj

Ansal Plaza, Andrew’s Ganj
Ansal Plaza in Andrew’s Ganj
This Shopping Mall is located in the southern part of the city, Andrew’s Ganj, Khel Gaon Marg. It is the first main shopping mall in Delhi, started in the year 1999. It has a distinct architectural features, along with the latest facilities.

It is a circular mall with an open courtyard in the middle, the foundation was laid down by the Ansal Properties and infrastructure Ltd. Ansal Plaza, houses several apparel brands like Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Levis, Puma and more.

There are great food courts and restaurants in the area too. Being the first mall of Delhi, it holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Delhi.

DLF Promenade

DLF Promenade in South Delhi
DLF Promenade in South Delhi
Started by one of the leading Indian real estate company, DLF, is situated in South Delhi, Vasant Kunj. It is the latest hyped destination for the fashion enthusiasts and for the pleasure lovers.

There are several famous clothing and cosmetic brands spread all over the 2 leveled complex, some of the brands like Zara, Mango, Mac, Lancome, Marks and Spencer are frequently visited. The Mall holds a 7 screen Multiplex, DT Cinemas along with the best rated restaurants in India like the TGIF, The Big Chill, Smoke House Delhi, Mocha Art House, Nando’s and more.


There are play areas for the kids, Kiddyland and one of the main features of the mall is The Hub, an open area with café`s, large LED screen along with a dancing fountain. DLF Promenade is an ideal place to spend your weekend, indulging in some fun activities and shopping under the same roof.

Religious Places in Delhi

Akshardham Temple
Akshardham Temple
Akshardham Temple
Simply Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham has been a recently fabricated Hindu temple along the National Highway 24, Near Noida Mor. The elaborate complex is the celebration of the 10,000 years of the Hindu culture and the brilliance of the ancient Indian architecture.

It showcases the spiritual journey for the progress and happiness of mankind. The construction was inspired and started by the spiritual leader Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha.

The temple is situated near the Yamuna banks, with accordance to the Vastu Shrastra perspective and exhibits incidents from the life of Swaminarayan and the Indian history. Akshardham is outstanding, featuring the blend of all Indian architectural styles and attracts the tourists in a large number.

Iskcon Temple

Iskcon Temple
Iskcon Temple in East of Kailash
Built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon), the temple is one of the biggest temple complexes in India. It is located near to the East of Kailash, Hare Krishna Hill. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and its main aim is to spread the message of the Bhagwad Gita.

Iskcon temple, also known as the Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple is remarkable, ornamented with excellent paintings, depicting the life and events of Radha - Krishna, Ram - Sita, Hanuman, Laxman and more, it was mainly crafted by Russian artists.

One of the main highlights of the temple is the central prayer hall, it is home to several brilliant Radha - Krishna idols along with other deities. During the celebration times, the temple is filled with devotees who gather to venerate the greatness of Lord Krishna.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid, Chandni Chawk
Jama Masjid in Chandani Chawk
Globally known, magnificent, Jama Masjid Delhi is the largest mosque in India, which stands across the Red Fort at the beginning of the Chawri Bazaar road, Old Delhi. Originally known as the Masjid Jahan Numa, was built by the fifth Mughal emperor and an architecture enthusiast, Shah Jahan.

He built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort and  Jama Masjid remained his final project, 1644 - 1658. Built in red sandstone and marble, the mosque can accommodate around 25000 devotees on the courtyard.

It has three gateways, four towers and two minarets (130 ft), it is covered with intricate carvings and verses from Holy Koran is inscribed. The relics of the Muhammad are contained in a cabinet in the north gate.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Connaught Place
 Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Connaught Place
Originally, a splendid bungalow of the Raja Raj Singh, ruler of Jaipur now stands as the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. It is dedicated to the eighth Sikh Guru, Sri Harkishen Sahib, who spent the last days of his life in the former bungalow.

It is historically and religiously significant Sikh Gurudwara in Delhi and is famous for the pond inside the complex, which is considered very holy (Sarovar). Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has a very simple, exterior, made attractive by the golden dome against the white of the structure.

It has a large main hall, temple, a kitchen, a school and an art gallery. The location of the Gurudwara is in the central region of the city, near to Connaught Place.

Lakshmi Narayan Mandir

Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, Connaught Place
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Connaught Place
Also known as the Birla Mandir, is one of the famous Hindu temples in Delhi. This spectacular temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver and the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. The location of the temple is on the west of Connaught Place, Mandir Marg.

It is beautifully built in a modern style with a blend of Nagara Hindu architecture and was constructed by the industrialist, Baldeo Das Birla. The interiors of the temples are carved intricately, depicting the events from the mythology and there are several symbols, quotes from the Gita and the Upanishads.

There are smaller shrines of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva,  Hanuman, lord Buddha and more. One interesting fact about the temple is that, it was inaugurated by Mahatma Ghandi on the condition, the temple should be allowed for all the people, irrespective of any castes.

Chhatarpur Temple

Chhatarpur Temple, South Delhi
Chhatarpur Temple in South Delhi
Located in Chhatarpur, South Western outskirts of Delhi, is the second largest temple complex in India. Popularly known as Shri Adhya Katyani Shakti Peeth Mandir is dedicated to goddess Kayuauani. She is a part of Navadurga, the sixth avatar of goddess Durga.

Chhatarpur temple was built in 1974, by Baba Nagpalji, he was a great devotee of goddess Durga.The structure is erected in white marble and has incorporated the South Indian architectural style with striking gardens.

At the entrance is an old tree, where your wishes are believed to come true if a thread is tied around the bark. Along with the main Durga temple are other temples of Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesh and more. Chhatarpur temple is welcome to all.

Bars and Pubs in Delhi

QBA, Connaught Place
QBA, Connaught Place, New Delhi
QBA Restro Bar in Connaught Place
Situated in the heart of the city, Connaught Place, Inner Circle, is the popular QBA Resto Bar. Though a recently started business, the credibility it holds is noteworthy. One can enjoy the Multi Cuisine preparations served by them, against the striking ambience.

The 14,000 Sq ft area of the Restro bar has two floors and an open roof, it can accommodate about 300- 400 people indoors. The place is elegantly designed and along with the multi cuisine menu, QBA is also famous for a wide range of drinks. QBA is ranked no. 1 in India, No. 2 In Asia Pacifi and No. 15 in the World’s Best 50 Bars in 2010. It is also the holder of the Best Multi- Cuisine in Delhi by Hindustan Times also in 2010.

Shroom, Lado Sarai

Shroom, Lado Sarai
Shroom in Lado Sarai, Delhi
Have a stimulating experience in the alternative  sensory world of Shroom. The interior is the main feature of the place, it evolves the fun experience of drinking and dancing to a different level altogether.

Shroom has inculcated an ultra modern outlook, giving you an opportunity to have a rare experience. Shroom is always a choice after a great meal at the Smoke House Room, just next door.

The bar serves a wide range of cocktails and drinks, the most striking feature is the unique Shroom’s edible drinks. It is a perfect hang out place for the weekends, with friends. Special nights are hosted, where they invite talented DJ’s. The location of this resto bar is ideal, enabling a straight view of the splendid Qutub Minar.


Agni Bar, Park Hotel

Agni Bar in Park Hotel, Delhi
Agni Bar in Park Hotel, Connaught Place
Agni is the most happening place in the entire city and this is coming from the modern youths, who love to enjoy their nightlife. It holds a record of receiving the Times Nightlife award for three years straight.

Situated in the Park Hotel in the central Delhi, Connaught Place, it is very easy to locate. The interior in Agni is chic and alluring, with its comfortable couches and divans, it also offers a spacious dance floor.

Agni, Resto bar serves an extensive menu, the recommended items are mainly the platters and the thin crust pizzas. At the bar, they have a multiple choice of cocktails, wines, spirits and mocktails. However, the famous drinks are the Agni signatures like Ananda, Chakra and Darshana. They host special nights with exciting offers and discounts every week.

Hard Rock Café, Saket


Hard Rock Café in Saket


It is an international brand with an exclusive service, Hard Rock Café, Delhi, has lived up to the name and the integrity. It is situated in one of the elite malls of Delhi, and is easily accessible.

The interior of this spacious restaurant displays the theme of music, there are several souvenirs of the rock artists and musical legends on the walls. Hard Rock mostly serves American food and multiple choice of drinks.

You can enjoy the tender and excellent food, simultaneously, humming to the tunes of the music playing in the background. Mostly ordered items are: grilled fillet steak, legendary 10oz burger, grilled Mediterranean linguini, nachos, Margarita and more.


SOl 7 Pub & Brewery

SOl 7 Pub & Brewery, Gurgan
SOl 7 Pub & Brewery in Gurgaon
DLF Cyber Hub in Gurgaon is home to a recently opened authentic restaurant SOI 7, sitting on the top floor of the mall. It is a Pan Asian restaurant with a microbrewery and provides a great ambience, with a choice of outdoor and indoor seating.

There is a performing stage, where some live bands and comedy gigs are hosted and a boxing ring  gets a lot of attraction. Outdoor you can have a view of the brewing vats, there are 4 brew options, each named in association with boxing like: Knock Out, Straight Jab and Upper Cut.

The food is hygienic and authentic, they use the Asiatic frying pan, low fat and fresh vegetables. This food pub is opened by the owner of the well known pub and kitchen “Striker”. There is a wide range of spirits offered in the bar section.

AQUA, The Park

AQUA at The Park, New Delhi
AQUA, The Park in Connaught Place
It is a poolside restaurant and bar at the Park in Connaught Place, New Delhi. This place offers you a rare outdoor experience, the design is classy and white. The pool is surrounded by rattan beds and pavilions, enclosed with white curtains to provide you a private drinking and dining area.

A space in the complex, the nightspot, is a perfect place for fashion shows and parties. The design in AQUA is innovative and modern with elegance, there is an open deck that turns into a stage at night. The bar serves a wide range of spirits, cocktails, wines and more. This resto bar is famous for international menu, Mediterranean and baroque mostly.

How to Get Around in Delhi

By Delhi Metro

Delhi Metro- Yellow Line
Delhi Metro
Today, Delhi Metro can rightly be called the lifeline of public transport in Delhi. Be it the youth or the older generation, everyone in the capital considers Delhi Metro, the fastest and safest medium of public transit. The number of passengers travelling in metro is constantly increasing right from its operation year, 2002.

Delhi Metro offers an easy way of commuting in full A.C coaches and with good seating and standing facilities. Numerous developments and changes have taken place to further broaden the facilities which covered in the increased train length, travel timings and woman coaches.

We really cannot miss that Delhi Metro is well-connected to major tourist attractions of Delhi including Historical monuments and major markets.

Some quick facts:

Fare: Minimum is Rs. 8 and Maximum Fare Rs. 30.

No. of Lines: 6
  • Red Line
  • Yellow Line
  • Blue Line
  • Green Line
  • Violet Line
Timings: 6 am to about 11 pm in the night.

[Read more about How to get around in Delhi by Metro Rail]

HOHO Bus

HOHO Bus Service in Delhi
HOHO Bus Service in Delhi
The HOHO bus has gained a lot of love from tourists from all over the world who travel to Delhi. The HOHO bus offers a number of sightseeing options to the tourists. This bus operates on special routes which have been prepared as per the tourists.

The bus runs on a flexible schedule, keeping in mind the tourists and their requirements. The HoHo bus covers all the historical monuments, galleries, gardens, shopping malls, museums, hotels and markets. Tourists can choose between green and red route of the bus or enjoy both of them.

Why HOHO Bus? 
  • Luxury travelling in air-conditioned buses
  • Flexible hop on and hop off at any pick and drop point
  • Knowledgeable and reliable tour guides
  • Monument and museum entry tickets on-board
  • Online booking facility

DTC Low Floor Buses

DTC Low Floor Buses in Delhi
DTC Low Floor Buses in Delhi
DTC low floor bus is a comfortable and economical travelling option and thousands of people travel every day using this mode of transport. Low floor buses operate on different routes which cover almost the entire capital.

There are two types of low floor buses which operate in Delhi. These include red and green low floor buses. Red low floor buses are air conditioned, operate on the same routes but their fare is usually higher than the green low floor buses.

Fare of these buses starts from a minimum of Rs. 5 to Rs. 30.  These buses cover all the places of the capital, so it is easy to travel within Delhi in these buses.

Key Points: 
  • Economical travelling option 
  • Different bus routes 
  • Comfortable seating and standing facility 
Tuktuk Rides (Auto)

Auto Ride in Delhi
Auto Ride in Delhi
Autos truly are the best way to see Delhi. Cheaper than taxis, autos drop you to the doorstep of your destination. It is fun to travel in auto rickshaws as they give you a great view of the places from where you travel through.

Delhi has a number of auto rickshaws, so it is easy to find one for you. Auto fare charged by the operators is Rs. 25 for the first 2 Kilometer (upon downing the meter) and thereafter, it is Rs. 8 per every Kilometer. If you travel at night, you will have to pay 25% of the fare as the night charge.

Why auto-rickshaws? 
  • Fun way to travel through the city 
  • Cheap and safe travel option 
  • Comfortable seating
    National Zoological Park

    National Zoological Park, Delhi
    National Zoological Park in Delhi
    It is one of the largest Zoo in the country, covering an area of about 170 acres. This forested area was formerly named as the Delhi Zoo, started in the year 1959. Hiring the electronic carts that are available at the zoo is a better option than to tire yourself thoroughly by walking around the enclosure. 

    The National Zoological Park, is home to around 130 species of animals and birds, brought together from around the world. Mostly, some of the rare ones are from countries like Africa, Australia, America and more. 

    It is very easy to locate the park as it lies in the central of the city, it is an ideal place for the nature lovers. Mostly spotted animals are the white tigers, black bucks, rhinos and numerous squirrels. The Zoo stands out as a tourist site in the city and a great spot for the kids, the green landscape is refreshing and in a grand scale. 

    Visiting hours: From 9 am - 4.30 pm

    Adventure Island in Rohini

    Adventure Island, Rohini
    Adventure Island in Rohini
    Adventure Island, Rohini is an ideal place to enjoy with your family and especially for the kids. This amusement park offers some exciting rides and consists of a water park too. The location of the adventure island is in a close proximity to the mall, The Metro Walk, which makes it a suitable deal for the parents to let have a literal fun day out. 

    It contains about 26 rides, all rides are imported from the top class suppliers with high safety assurance; the names of some of them are Cyclone, Space Jam, Fire Bridgade, Wild Wheels, Rocking thug and lots more. 

    • Park Timings: 12 pm - 8 pm all days of week
    • Tickets: 600 for adults and 500 for Kids inclusive of tax

    Fun n Food Village

    Fun n Food Village, Gurgaon
    Fun n Food Village in Gurgaon
    One of the most famous amusement parks in Delhi NCR, Fun and Food Village in Gurgaon provides an ideal break from the monotony. No doubt the children will fall in love with the place, but even the adults won’t leave the park without an adrenaline rush. 

    As the name suggests along with the fun they offer you a great choice of food, a perfect blend to have an awesome day. The water rides here are thrilling and suitable for the city heat during the summers. All the rides are safe and imported from the reliable sources. Fun and Food Village is great for fun lovers and adventure seekers, one can visit the park all days a week.

    Traveling in India with Kids? Do go through this list of five things to keep in mind while travelling with kids

    Timings: 9.30 am - 6 pm (water park) and from 3 pm - 7 pm (amusement Park)

    [Explore Delhi Tour Packages at IndianHoliday.com] 

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