An immense structure of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the TajMahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.It is a white marvel mausoleum.The TajMahal is located on the right bank of the Yamuna River in a vast Mughal garden that encompasses nearly 17 hectares, in the Agra District in Uttar Pradesh. It shines bright in moonlight. People around the world come to get a glimpse of this magnificent art of Medieval India.TajMahal is widely regarded as a symbol of love. When people see this beautiful structure, they recall the love stories of Shah Jahan and his wife, Mumtaj.
East of Nehru place, this temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The structure is made up of pure white marble The architect FuriburzSabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is flood lit.
Jaipur is synonymous with HawaMahal. This beautiful monument of India was built by Maharaja SawaiPratap Singh in the year 1799. Also known as the Palace of Winds, this beautiful monument is the landmark of Jaipur. The monument is five stories high and the front of the monument is delicately carved with beautiful motifs. It provides an outstanding example of Rajput style of architecture. HawaMahal is not exactly a palace but a screen of superbly sculpted windows that look like the front of a palace. It was built for the royal ladies of Rajasthan who wanted to view the busy city life from inside a veil. Read on about HawaMahal of Rajasthan.The structure comprises of 953 beautiful windows made out of pink sandstone. These windows are known as "Jharokhas" and are built in a way that it resembles a honeycomb. Behind every window is a small chamber meant for sitting comfortably and viewing the busy city life. The palace is called HawaMahal because these small windows allow natural circulation of air, thus allowing ventilation from all parts of the palace.
Gateway of India is regarded to be the starting point for most tourists who want to travel around the Mumbai city. This monument was built to commemorate the visit of the first ever British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary in 1911. This 26m-high structure has four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone. There are steps leading down to the water behind the arch. There are short cruises on the motor launches from here. This structure is known to be the pride of Mumbai. Mumbaites, as well as the foreign tourists come down to this place in the evening and take a cool rest from day's exhausting work schedules. Mumbai is well connected by air, rail and road with the important places within and beyond the state.
After India gained independence from the British in 1947, Portugal refused to transfer the area of Goa back to India. The Portuguese ruled Goa for more than 500 years.On 12 December 1961, the Indian Army started Operation Vijay resulting in the annexation of Goa, Daman and Diu into the Indian union. Goa, along with Daman and Diu after being freed from the Portuguese, was made into a centrally administered Union Territory of India.On 30 May 1987, the Union Territory was spilt, and Goa was made India's twenty-fifth state, with Daman and Diu remaining Union Territories.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 splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travelers 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.