Thursday, 5 September 2013

Day Trip to Agra from Delhi

If you are looking for best day trips in India than Agra day excursion is the best choice. It is day tripper’s first choice as it involves visit of the world’s most beautiful marble building mausoleum, the Taj Mahal. Agra is located in Uttar Pradesh, which is one of the states in northern India. Agra is accessible by road and train from all the major cities of North India.

Day trippers used to use trains from Delhi to get the city of Taj in earlier days but, since new Yamuna expressway has opened for travelers two years back. It is also an obvious choice for traveling between these two cities. We suggest that both options are good to use for day trip to Agra. Train offers meals on board while restaurants are located on way to Agra following Yamuna Express way.

If you are a first timer to Agra than you have to take care of your stuff while around the premises of Taj as street hawkers and vendors can pressurize you to buy their products, though one strict NO will solve the problem for sure. Taj has always been an excitement not only for first timers but also for repeaters who come here over and again to adore architecture of Taj Mahal.

Though history behind Taj Mahal is also fascinating one as it is said to have built by grieving Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1631 and 1653 in the memory of his wife late Mumtaj Mahal who died at delivering her 14th child at the age of 39 years old. Marble used in building Taj had been imported from Makarana, which is located near Jodhpur in Rajasthan state. It took 22 years for Emperor to erect the world’s most beautiful marble structure with the help of 20,000 artisans including Indian, Persians and Italian, which later came under one of the wonders of the world and continues holding this title until now.  

Shopping in Agra during tour or after is a good idea and lots of fun as well. Markets of Agra are dotted with leather, marble and carpet shops. One can buy quality stuffs from here whether it comes to any product at affordable price. Restaurants are easily seen here and available with variety of foods ranging from continental, Indian, Chinese, Thai and European. Eating at restaurants in-house start hotels would be an expensive bet for day trippers. Though Taj Mahal is attraction of all season however, it is recommended to visit it during winter months as marble heats up during scorching summer makes it difficult to walk down at Taj complex.      

It is always good to hire an expert or government approved guide for sightseeing tour of Agra. Because there are so many monuments or places to visit and needless to say that it is meaningful to take guide for city tour. Day trippers are also great admirers of Red for of Agra and the abandoned city Fatehpur Sikri. These two monuments are also picked by travelers on same day Agra tour.

Day trip to Agra is recommended  all days except Friday as Taj Mahal is closed on Friday.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Short Tours from Delhi

Short tours are becoming so popular now days in India as there are various spectacular destinations located around some big cities like Delhi, which can be visited in a day tour either by train or by road. And some of them can be covered in a day or two or more. To access such places from Delhi is very easy as frequency of flights and trains is very good from here. We can take up some places as good short tour destinations here.

Agra:  Same day Agra tour is very much in demand amongst day tours in India. Agra is easily accessible by road and by train from Delhi. City tour of Agra includes the visit of Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. Foremost attraction of Agra is Taj  Mahal during sightseeing tour, which is one of the wonders of the world built in 16th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Stay here can be extended for an overnight or more days as per desire. Agra is the most visited monuments in India as well.

Jaipur: Jaipur is 260 km away from Delhi and covers the distance in 5 hours by road, though there are very good connectivity of trains between these two historical cities available as well. It is often called as “Pink City” of Rajasthan. City is worth spending two to three nights as it offers vide range of tourist attractions such as the Amber Fort, City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, An ethnic Village – Chouki Dhani, Jal Mahal and Jaigarh Fort. Apart from monument, visitors get an opportunity to explore Jaipur’s traditional market on feet, which are painted red in colours.

Rishikesh and Haridwar:

These are India’s most sacred cities in the lap of Himalayas. Haridwar is 200 km and Rishikesh is 230 km away from Delhi on way up to north India. There are very good network of trains between Delhi and Haridwar. Haridwar and Rishikesh can be covered in one day tour. These two places are considered as door to the most sacred four Dhams of north India (Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri and Yamunotri). Countless temples and Ashrams can be seen here during city tour. Haridwar is located on the banks of river Ganges. Thousands of people come here and take holy dip in the river Ganges every day. Hindu’s biggest religious congregation Kumbh is also held here. Evening Aarti on the Ghats of Ganges in Haridwar and Rishikesh is worth seeing. It is a prime attraction of all. Mansa Devi temple, Chandi Devi Temple, Hari-ki-Pauri, Swarg Ashrams, Ghats, Lakshman Jhula etc are the main attractions. Two to three days stay is recommended.

Mathura and Vrindavan:

Mathura is a birth place of Lord Krishna and Vrindavan is a place where Lord Krishna spent his youth. These are often called as twin city, located at a distance of 155 km away from Delhi on Delhi – Agra highway. It can be covered in a day tour from Delhi but looking at the significance of the place, one night stay is recommended. Krishna Janm Bhumi and Banke Bihari Ji temple are amongst the most famous temples of Mathura and Vrindavan. Gokul, Barsana and Goverdhan are also visited during the tour as Lord Krishna had very close association with these places.

When it comes to beach holidays in India, Goa is the first place comes in mind. There are very good flight connectivities between Delhi and Goa. It is a 2 hours flight from Delhi. Two to three nights stay is recommended as it offers amazing beaches can not be seen elsewhere in the world. Water sports and adventure activities in north Goa are main attractions. Boat cruise in Goa is also a good experience to take away with you. 

One of the oldest cities of India, also called as Kashi located on the banks of river Ganges. It’s Ghats and rituals happening all along the Ghats are prime attractions of Varanasi. People participate in large number to attend Aarti performed every evening on the river’s Ghat. There are very good network of trains and flights between Delhi and Varanasi. Allahabad is also very close to Varanasi where Kumbh mela is held. Two to three nights stay is recommended here in Varanasi. During sightseeing tour, one can visit Sarnath from here as well.

Short tours from Delhi are in demand due to its accessibility, connectivity and feasibility to the desinations like Agra, Jaipur, Mathura, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Goa and Varanasi. Same day Agra tour is most famous amongst all.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Indian Holidays – Plan it Wisely

India is a land of hospitality often refers as unity in diversity in true sense.India has countless tourist attractions spreading over its 28 states and 7 union territories make it an international tourism destination on world map. It offers mountainous beauty of northern India to the cool beaches of southern India and enchanting hill stations of eastern India to the deserts of western India. Therefore, plan a trip to India wisely because India is a huge country with unlimited natural and men-made attractions such as heritage monuments, wildlife sanctuaries, beaches, pilgrimage sites, mountains and rivers etc. Get your facts right in place about India before visiting it otherwise you may miss some of its great attractions in trying to cover maximum. Minimum fifteen days tour is recommended to cover each part of India. Dividing Indian holidays in parts is a cool way to enjoy them.

Visiting North India:

Come to north India, it is a paradise for adventure lovers and trekkers. It offers world renowned treks, adventure spots, beautiful hill stations, significant pilgrimages and holy rivers from Himalayas. Adventure activities like para-sailing, para-gliding, white river rafting, trekking and mountaineering are main features in this category. Move down a bit from here and get an opportunity to see India’s iconic monuments like Taj Mahal in Agra and Red Fort in Delhi. Delhi is a hub for north India and a good place to start trips to various parts of north India.  Delhi receives all the international flights across the globe making it a getaway to the northern India.

Visiting South India:    

Winters are good to visit south India as it tends to be very hot during summers. Chennai, Cochin, Bangalore and Hyderabad are the centers to start a trip to South India as these places receive domestic and international flights. All major cities are well interlinked by railway network. South India is blessed with divine natural beauty and prominent temples of India. One can not miss to have Kerala in the itinerary as Kerala has been frequented by thousands of tourists like no other states in south India. Temple trails of south India is world famous as temples located in different states of south India like Rameshwaram, Tirupati Balaji, Minakshi Temple, Jagganath Temple and Sabri Mala Temple etc are abode to several Gods and Goddesses but also the architectural grandeur of past time.Goa and Kerala are paradise for beach lovers that offer best beaches in the world.

Visiting West India:

If you are looking for a desert tour in India then it is the best part of India to take camel ride journey through endless deserts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra states come under western India. Gujarat is regarded as a wealthiest states of all that offers visit to Somnath Temple, Kachh and Gir Forest tiger reserve. Rajasthan is dotted with beautiful historical cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Mount Abu showcasing magnificent Forts and Palaces, natural lakes, hill stations respectively and foremost the deserts of Jaisalmer. Mumbai is situated in Maharashtra also refers as the commercial capital of India. City itself offers varied range of tourist attractions such as Getaway of India, Marine drive, Juhu Beach and an excursion to Ajanta- Ellora caves.      

Visiting East India:

Eastern India offers a different flavor than of other parts of India. Kolkata has an international Airport that operates several flights to and from Asian countries of Buddhist faith. East India is a hub for visitors who come to visit Buddhist circuit. Some states in this region are  situated in Himalayan range such as Assam,Nagaland, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, which  offer a  great landscape, beautiful trails, traditional fairs and festivals, small handicraft industries can not be seen elsewhere in the world. Tribal villages are also found in some of the trekking routes in these states.

Visiting Central India:

Central India is well connected by all the major cities of India by train, flight and road. It is easy to land in central India from Delhi. The state of Madhya Pradesh is a prime attraction in this part of India. It is often called as heart of India due to its geographic location on the map of India. Madhya Pradesh is a second largest state in India offers incredible cities with unparalleled attractions. It has India’s best wild life sanctuaries such as Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Panna national park where sighting of tigers are guaranteed that no other wildlife in India can actually offer. The largest groups of medieval Hindu and Jain temples in Khajuraho are world renowned for their unique sculptures praised by visitors. Ujjain is base  for Mahakaleshwar and Omkareshwar Jyotirlingas.Some of the fascinating cultural  cities of central India are Bhopal, Sanchi, Mandu, Indore, Orchha, Gwalior, Panchmadi, Jabalpur and Shivpuri.

Now imagine how big this country is to cover through Indian Holidays and just an article or two can not cover the whole thing but will certainly help people to prepare their tours to India.