Much of the golden history of India lies at the golden deserts of Thar, at the old streets of Delhi and at the quaint city of Agra. Visit North India to unravel the glorious past of India.
Taj Mahal, Agra
North India is home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Taj Mahal. A blend of Persian, Mughal and Indian architecture, this pristine edifice is embellished with semi-precious stones, floral motifs and beautiful calligraphy. Encircled by sprawling gardens, this white marble beauty is magical, changing colour with every phase of the day, mesmerizing the tourists.
One of the tallest towers of the world, the 73 metre high marble-sandstone structure is an amazing piece of architecture. While the sandstone- marble mausoleum of the complex is adorned with Islamic calligraphy, the minaret is special being erected in the age of the Sultans.
With all red sandstone palaces, mosques and assembly halls, the mighty Red Fort is a city in itself. A fusion of Hindu, Timurid, Persian and Islamic architectural design, it is the witness of the lavish lifestyle of the Mughals. While Diwan-i-khas is magnificent with its marble structure, the Palace of Colours, Rang Mahal is vibrant with lotus shaped marble fountain.
Known as one of the largest and well preserved forts of India, Mehrangarh Fort is enveloped with gallant tales of the Rajput clan. The small hand prints of royal windows who plunged themselves into the funeral pyres of their husbands portray the bravery and ancient rituals of the Rajput clan. The Moti Mahal and the Sheesha Mahal exhibit the brilliant craftsmanship of the Rajasthani artisans, while the museum showcases Jodhpuri palanquins, paintings, manuscripts, textiles, headgears and swords.
Amber Fort, Jaipur
Located at a hilltop, travelling to Amber Fort is a lifetime experience. As the decked up elephants ride through the twisted hill paths to the majestic fort, you feel no less than a king. With dazzling silver entrances, the gorgeous hand paintings and delicate mirror work Amber Fort is an ultimate example of Rajput love for art and architecture. Tourists can also get a panoramic view of the Pink City - Jaipur from here.
Guarded by sandstone walls, the Gwalior Fort is massive, spreading over an area of 3 sq km and housing 3 temples, 6 palaces and multiple water tanks. This 500 years old fort reflects the spectacular ancient Indian architectural style. While the Teli-ka Mandir is built in Dravidian style, the Sas-Bahu temple and Man Mandir takes you back in the glorious days of Rajput rule. The Gujari Mahal narrates the love story of Maharaja Man Singh and his beloved Mrignayani.
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Popularly known as the Ghost City, Fatehpur Sikri is the first planned city of the Mughals. A world heritage site, Fatehpur Sikri is known for the enormous gateway of 54 metres, Buland Darwaza. The Diwan-i-Khas is stuffed with rare paintings and studded with precious stones. The Tomb of Salim Chisti is a pilgrimage and also spectacular with its delicate carvings, while the Panch-Mahal is a distinguishing palace.
One of the largest forts of the world, Jaisalmer Fort is popularly known as the Golden Fort; as the sunlight falls on the huge structure, it glitters like gold. Still a residence of 3000 people, it is one of the best places to experience the real life of Rajasthan. With its narrow lanes, old temples, line of handicraft shops and food stalls, Jaisalmer Fort seems to safeguard the glorious past of Rajasthan.
City Palace, Udaipur
A blend of Medieval, European and Chinese architecture, the Udaipur City Palace is an exotic beauty. Lying at the banks of Lake Pichola, the palace is an opulent structure with hanging gardens, decorated pavilions, classic rooms and spacious corridors. The interiors are wrapped with glass inlay work, mural paintings and artefacts. The palace museum is a gallery of rich court paintings, armours and royal belongings.
This marvellous palace of 17th century is located on an island at the heart of Lake Pichola. As the crystalline waters of the lake ripples round you, the pleasant breeze and the quiet atmosphere rejuvenates you from within. With its unique pieta dura work and Gul Mahal with Muslim crescent, rose gardens and lines of palm trees, Jag Mandir is a dream palace.
With 983 jharokhas, this is one of the most amazing structures of the world. Intricately designed, the Palace of Winds portrays the restricted lifestyle of the Rajput royal ladies. This five storied sandstone castle is also a treasure house of miniature paintings and ceremonial armours.
An epitome of opulence, the Jai Vilas Palace is embellished with one of the largest carpets of Asia. The 12.5 metre high chandeliers with 250 bulbs are one of the largest pair in Asia. Cut glass furniture, stuffed tigers, ladies swimming pool with boat exemplify the true lifestyle of the monarchs.
Hence spend a king size life this vacation exploring the palaces and forts of North India. At some places you also have the opportunity to stay in royal palaces tuned hotels, where tourists are greeted in the traditional way and served quintessential cuisines in silver lined plates and glass.