khayasholidays

khayasholidays

Tourist Place

South India
Alleppey Bangalore Belur Chidambaram Cochin
Coimbatore Courtallam Goa Halabid Hampi
Hassan Hospet Kancheepuram Kanyakumari Kodaikannal
Kovalam Kumarakom Kumbakonam Chennai Madurai
Mahapalipuram Mangalore Mudumalai Munnar Mysore
Ooty Palani Pondicherry Puttaparthy Rameswaram
Tanjore Thirupathi Thekkady Thiruvannamalai Trichy
Trivendrum Velankanni - - -


North India
Agra Ajmer Allahabad Bikaner Delhi
Haridwar Jaipur Jaisalmer Khajuraho Rishikesh
Varanasi - - - -

Central India

Ajanta caves Aurangabad Ellora caves Mumbai Shiridi

South India

Alleppey

The one side of town is sea other side nature - agricultural fields, villages etc., the boat will be taken into ride by 2 boat man for about 20 miles to visit the folks of that region. Fresh cooked food is served with a help of a cook accompanying the boat. alappuzha is famous for the boat races held annually in august/september. The "chundan vallams" or snake boats, over 30 metres long, with their raised prows are beautifully decorated. as they glide off majestically, their crews of a hundred or more men row in perfect time to the rhythm of traditional boat songs. At onam, the time of the harvest festival in kerala, are held at aranmula and kottayam as well.

Bangalore

Commercial town and capital city of state called Karnataka. The cleanest city of the Country. The city has two beautiful parks called Lalbagh and Cuppon park occupy the maximum land area of the city. vidhana soudha - at present Legislative Assembly of the State. Radha Krishna Temple is new temple and very much eye catching, one of the clean, modern temple of the Country.

Bull Temple: Bangalores oldest temples. The Vidhana Saudha: Vidhana Soudha houses the state Legislative Assembly and part of the secretariat. The massive, granite, neo dravidian style building is one of Bangalores most imposing.

Tipu Sultan's Palace: The Palace which is built of teakwood.

Lalbagh: This botanical garden, spread over 240 acres.

Cubbon Park: In a city of gardens that bangalore is, the cubbon is a premier attraction for all those who seek some respite from the busy metropolitan life here. This 120 hectare park, laid out in 1864 is one of the main lungs of the city.

Sri Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple: On January 14th every year, something extraordinary happens in Bangalore's Gavi Gangadgareswara temple. On that day a ray of sunlight passes through an arch between the horns of stone bull that stands outside the temple and lights up the idol inside.

Belur

Belur, Halabid the smallest sized temples are superb example for richest collection of sculptors. The sand stone used temple, star shaped base provided beautiful presentation of sculpture represents the astonishing intricasies of sculptor unfold the unrivalled skill of the master sculpture and builders.

Chidambaram

Lord Nataraja is said to have performed his cosmic dance in this place and there is a unique temple dedicated to this form of shiva. The complex is said to be the oldest in Southern India. It covers 13 hectares and has four Gopuram. Two of the Gopuram are carved with the 108 classical postures of nataraja, shiva in his role as the cosmic dancer. Other notable features of the temple are the 1000 pillared hall, the nritta sabha court carved out like a gigantic chariot, and the image of nataraja himself in the inner sanctum.

Cochin

Is the palm-green commercial town of Kerala and one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Boat tour is conducted to see few islands. Chances are there to witness "kathakali" dance, the famous classical dance of kerala. In kerala the food also differ and culture too.

Santa cruz basilica:
This large impreseive church dates from 1902, and has a fantastical pastel - coloured interior. Chinese fishing nets strung out along the tip of fort cochin, these fixed, cantilevered fishing nets were introduced by traders from te court of kublai khan.

Mattancherry palace: Built by the portuguese. More important are the astonishing murals, depicting scenes from the ramayana, mahabaratha and puranic legends connected with shiva, vishnu, krishna kumara and durga. These beautiful murals rarely seem to be mentioned, although they are one of the wonders of inda. Jewish synagogue: in the old quarter at mattancherry, narrow lanes lined by street houses lead to the jewish synagogue. This simple building built in 1567, has a rich interior with gleaming brass and chandeliers in colours glass. The floor is tiled with blue patterned tiles brought in the 18th century from canton.

Dutch palace: the dutch palace of the cochin rajas. Exquisite muralsdepicting scenes from the ramayana and the puranic legends decorate some of its rooms.

St. Francis church: Built in 1503 by the portuguese, franciscan friars, it is the oldest european church in the subcontinent.

Coimbatore

Large industry city. Marudamalai Murugan temple on small Hilltop

Kuttralam (Courtallam)

Is a popular health retreat for families who come to stand the bathe under waterfalls believed to a rich in minerals and containing curative qualities.

Goa

Gao's hundred odd kilometer's of coastline has some of the best beaches in the country and the finest beach resorts. In the picturesque villages along the coast with white washed churches and red tiled houses. North goa has the state capital, panaji the former capital of old goa, with its world heritage churches and cathedrals and string beaches that runs right up the cost to maharastra.

Panaji: built on the south bank of the wide mandovi river, panaji officially became the capital of goa in 1854.

Beaches: north goa beaches, some of them edged with red laterite cliffs include calangute, candolim, baga, vagator, anjuna and charpora. The southern beaches, noted for their sparkling white sand and calm sea include bogmalo, colva, benaulim, betul and palolem - idyllic beaches with splendid opportunities for sailing and wind surfing.

Old Goa: the old portuguese capital of goa further up river has fine baroque churches with lavishly ornamented and gilded altars. The basilica of bom jesus where the body of st. Francis xavier rests in its silver and glass casket, of St. Francis of assisi are the most important.

Temples: near the town of ponda are temples built in a style that is exclusive to goa with baroque interiors and unusual, ornate deepmals, tall lamp towers. The best known are the manguesh, nagesh and shanta durga temples.

Margao: margao is the capital of salcete taluka and the main centre of south goa. It is pleasant provincial town which still displays reminders of its portuguese past.

Halabid

This glorious town of hoyssala empire is 16 km from belur, which is also known as dwarasamudra. Noted for its exquisite temples, the most imposing is the hoysalaswara temple. The most magnificent parts of the temple are its outer walls, every inch of which have been covered with friezes of amazing variety. This ranks as one of the most outstanding examples of hoysala art.

Hampi

The magnificent ruined city of hampi was once the capital of the powerful Vijayanagara kings. Located in a boulder strewn landscape on the banks of the tungabhadra are the temples, palaces and structures of this beautiful "city of victory". Among it's splendid monuments are the vittala temple with its fine sculpture, musical pillars and the famous stone chariot, the purandaradasa mandapa and the graceful lotus mahal. Hampi is one of the most fascinating historical sites in south india. Set in a strange and beautiful boulder-strewn landscape, the remnants of the great city have an almost magical quality, and the sheer size of the site is awesome. Thriving travelers centre and most people stay at least a couple of days to soak up the atmosphere and explore.

Hassan

Traditionally Hassan has been teh most convenient base from which to explore Belur, Halabid and Sravanabelagola.

Hospet

Many people who come to see the Vijayanagar ruins at Hampi use Hospet as a base. Its a fairly typical Karnataka Country town .

Kancheepuram

Is famous for its temples. There are 1008 temple been built by the ancient rulers and it is known as temple city of India. We will be visiting few important temple of the city for the art, architecture as well as religious beauty. One of the seven sacred cities of India. While the other cities are dedicated to either shiva or vishnu, Kancheepuram is a unique in that it is dedicated to both. The Pallava dynasity established kancheepuram as its capital and under its rule Kancheepuram was to witness a prospering of the arts, especially in the fields of literature, music and dance. The first South Indian stone temples were constructed.

Kailasanatha temple: reflects the freshness and simplicity of early dravidian architecture.
Ekambreeswarar temple: one of the largest temples in Kancheepuram, covering 9 hectares.

Kamatchi amman temple: dedicated to the Goddess Parvati, the temple has a Golden Gopuram in the center.

Devarajaswami Temple: this is an enormous monument.

Vedanthangal bird sanctuary: an important breeding ground for water birds, cormorants. Egrets, herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills, grebes and pelicans come here to breed and nest for about six months.

Kanyakumari

Is the Southern - Most tip of the Indian Peninsula, Lands end of the Indian subcontinent. The spot where three seas - Indian Ocean, The Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea meet. Kanyakumari is noted for its marvelous beaches and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.

Kumari amman temple: Pictures quely situated overlooking the shore.

Gandhi memorial: Striking memorial stored the mahatmas ashes until they were immersed into the sea.

Suchindram: At suchindram is an unusual temple dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. The temple is noted for its huge hanuman statue and musical pillars.

Kodaikannal

The prettiest khayasholidays in south india. The little town is set around a star shaped lake. Green wooded hills, scenic walks and waterfalls make it a beautiful summer retreat an altitude of 2100m.

Lake: In a green hollow, among the hills is the Kodaikannal lake.

Boating and horse riding: The lake at a kodai has been wonderfully lanscaped and boats can be hired.

The coaker's walk: A little road that meanders along the edge of the Kodaikannal ridge, offers a marvelous view of the plains.

Scenic spots: There are tall rock outcrops, at the pillar rocks and breathtaking views from perumal peak. In the wooded hills around Kodaikannal are the bearshola, silver cascade and fairy falls - pretty water falls that are picnic spots.

Parks & falls: Bryant park a botanical park laid out, landscaped and stocked over many years by the british after whom it is named.

Kovalam

Is famous for its clean beach Peaceful & non polluted. Rest the mind and soul beyond your dream 16 km a sheltered bay endowed with unusual beauty. This natural bay is a safe see-poll free from high waves and surges. The drive from Trivendrum to the beach through groves of palms is refreshing. Thirty Years ago Kovalam was a hippy idylly a picture prefect tropical fresh fish, fruit and toddy ( Coconut Beer ). Kovalam retains a certain charm and is still popular with backpacking travellers carving some rest and recreation on the long haul across the subcontinent.

Kumarakom

This bird sanctuary on Vembanad lake is 16 km west of Kottayam in a former rubber plantation. Local water fowl can be seen in abundance, as well as over wintering migratory species, Recently, several luxury resorts have opened at Kumarakom.

Kumbakonam

Kumbakonam is one of the holiest places in south india, held sacred by both the vaishnavites and the saivites. Has about eighteen temples. The mahamagam tank is wel known for the masi maham festival which takes place once in 12 year.

Kumbheswara temple: The town of kumbakonam derives its name from its presiding deity-lord kumbheswara.

Nageshwara temple: This shiva temple contains a separate shrine for the sun, who is said to have worshipped lord shiva at this place.

Ramaswami temple: The 'mahamandapa' in front of the temple has several fine sculptures of vamana-trivikrama, vishnu with his consorts sridevi and bhudevi and of the marriage of parvati.

Sarangapani temple: The main sanctum is constructed in the style of a charriot or ratha.

Mahamagham tank: This tank is the venue for the famous mahamagham festival which takes place once in 12 years when jupiter passes the constellation of leo.

Gangaikondacholapuram: Gangaikondacholapuram are some striking sculptures of mahisasuramardini, nataraja, ardhanariswara, chandikeshwara, etc.

Darasuram: Darasuram contains ancient temples of great architectural merit. The airavateswara temple is the most important of them all.

Swamimalai: This is one of the six abodes of lord subramanya / muruga.

Chennai

The largest city in southern india located on the coromandel coast of the bay of bengal, developed after 1639 when the British East India company established a fort and trading port at the small fishing village of Chennai. Therefore Madras is again renamed as Chennai. besides the modern city itself, there are several interesting towns like Mamallapuram and Kanchipuram, each with a rich collection of ancient temples and an array of traditional handicrafts which are very much their own.

Fort St. George: Built by the East India company in 1639-1640, the fort marks the beginning of Madras as a modern city. Built around 1653 by the British East India company, the fort has undergone much alteration. Presently houses the secretariat and legislative assembly.

Fort Museum: This museum contains many relics pertaining to the tenure of the East India company and British India. Included is a picture of Sir Arthur Havelock (Governor of Madras in 1896) painted by Ravi Varma. This self taught artist produced many paintings, often on mythological themes.

St. Mary's Church: This is the oldest anglican church in Asia. Built in 1678 - 80, was the first English church in Madras and is the oldest surviving British church in India.

National Art Gallery and Government Museum: Well worth a visit the buildings originally belonged to a group of eminent British citizens, known as the pantheon committee. the main building has an excellent archaeological section also houses a good ethnology collection. Has a superb collection of Chola Bronze.

Film Studios: The film industry in Chennai is now bigger than the Bolywood (Mumbai).

The Marina Beach :This is supposed to be the Second Longest Beach in the world and runs to a length of 12 km.

Kapaleeswarar Temple: This ancient Shiva temple, was constructed in pure Dravidian style and displays the same architectural elements - Gopuram, Mandapam, a tank.

Santhome Cathedral : Roman Catholic church is said to house the remains of St. Thomas the apostle (doubting thomas).

St. Thomas Mount: The small hillock is believed to be the place where the apostle was killed by his assassins.

The Snake Park and Children's Park: The Snake Park will intereuarters.

Elliots Beach: This Beach is comparatively quieter.

Valluvar Kottam: Erected in memory of the poet saint Thiruvalluvar, the shrine constructed after the temple car of Thiruvarur.

Cholamandal Artists : This an Independent Community about 30 artisans dedicated to the practice and development of contemporary art.

Dakshinchitra : The Village is a showcase of traditional art, craft, architecture and lifestyle from the four states of south india.

Muthukadu : The boat house.

Kovalam: Also known as Covelong is a fishing settlement with a fine beach.

Crocodile Bank: Can see crocs and alligators of all sizes as well as turtles.

Madurai

Madurai is another of Tamil nadu's ancient cities, situated on the Vaigai river. Two thousand years ago, Madurai was the great capital of the Pandya kings and a center of tamil culture and learning. Today, it is a lively bustling city and a commercial center.

Sri Meenakshi: temple in the heart of the old town, a riotously baroque example of dravidian architecture with gopuram covered from top to bottom in a breathtaking profusion of multicoloured images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. Madurai is an ancient city. Tamil and greek documents record its existence from the 4th century bc.

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple: This temple has numerous mandapas, immense gopuram crowded with painted figures, and a set of pillars that emit musical notes when tapped.

Tirumalai Nayak Palace: a gracious building in the indo saracenic style famous for the stude work on its domes and arches.

Thiruparamkundram: lord murugan temple, one of the arupadaiveedu (six abode) of lord muruga.

Palamuthirsolai : lord murugan temple, one of the arupadaiveedu (six abode) of lord muruga.

Mahapalipuram

The rock carvings at Mamallapuram are notable for the delightful freshness and simplicity of their folk art origins, in contrast to the more grandiose monuments build by later larger empires such as the Cholas. The shore temple in particular strikes a very romantic theme and is one of the most photographed monuments in India. It and all the other places of interest in Mamalapuram, are floodlit each night. The sculpture here is particularly interesting because it shows scenes of day to day life - Women milking buffaloes, pompous city dignitaries, young girls primping and posing at street corners or swinging their hips in artful come-ons. In contrast, other carvings throughout the state depict mostly gods and goddesses, with images of ordinary folk conspicuous by their absence. Stone carving is still very much a living craft in Mamallapuram.

Five Rathas: (The five rathas are 1. Draupadi ratha, 2. Arjuna Ratha, 3. Bhima Ratha, 4. Dharmaraja Ratha, 5. Nakula Sahadeva Ratha. ) The five rathas are sculptured temples in the style of chariots(Rathas). Set close by the Sea they are carved from Solid rock. Popular belief is that the chariots depict the story of the pandava brothers, heroes of the Mahabharata.

Krishna Mandapam: It features carvings of a pastoral scene.

Shore Temple: This beautiful and romantic temple ravaged by wind and sea, represents the final phase of Pallava art. The temple is approached through paved gardens with weathered walls supporting long lines of Nandi statues (Nandi is Shiva's bull vehicle).

Arjuna Penance: Carved in relief on the face of a huge rock, Arjuna's penance is the mythical story of the River Ganges issuing from its source high in the Himalays. The panel (27m by 9m) depicst animals deities and other semi divine creatures, fables from the Panchantantra and Arjuna doing a penance to obtain a boon from Shiva. Ganesh Ratha, Mahishamardhini Mandapam & Olakkaneswvara Temple, Dharmaraja Mandap.

Tirukkalikundram: Which means hill of the holy eagles.

Mangalore

Mangalore has been a trading centre for many centuries some historians even point to a text by pliny as evidence than the city was well known to travellers in the 1st century. Little is known of its early history, but it appears to have been ruled for a considerable time by a tribe known as the alupas.

Mudumalai

In the luxuriant forested foot hills of the Nilgiris, this 321 Sq Kms sanctuary is part of a much larger reserve (3000 sq Km) which includes Bandipur and Wynad in neighbouring Karnataka and Kerala. The larger reserve ranges in vegetation from semi-evergreen forests to swamps and grasslands. In Mudumalai, the mostly dense forest is home to Chital (spotted Deer), Gaur (Indian Bison), tiger, panther, wild boar and sloth bear. Otters and crocodiles inhabit the Moyar river. Mudumalai is mostly tropical dry and moist mixed deciduous forest, with some bamboo, sandalwood and teak.

Munnar

This beautiful khayasholidays has gentle hills covered with velvety tea plantations, forests, reservoirs and a small wildlife sanctuary in the vicinity. It is 3 hours by road from kochi. Munar set amid south india, most dramatic mountain scenery in whar was once known as the 'high range of travancore', the tiny hill town of Munnar (152m) is the commercial centre of some of the worlds highest tea growing estates. The stone christ church (1910). Inside the well kept church are touching brass plaques in memory of the tea planters. While the walks out of Munnar in any direction offer spectacular views, Eravikulam national park where you can see the rare, but almost tame, nilgiri that ( a type of mountain goat), or a clamber over the slopes of Anamudi which is South India highest peak.

Mysore

Wonderful historic town and evidence city to exhibit the oldest indian richest economy. The palace is marvelous. The palaces are treasure for richness, art and architecture. It is historically a great battle field for a brave king Tipu Sultan. The fort and palace of Tippu Sultan can be seen at the ruined city of sri rangapatnam 10 kms away.

Brindavan Garden:
These tranquil ornamental gardens, laid out below these immense Krishnaraja Sargar dam, look like they belong in a tidy European spa resort rather than the south of India. The gardens are a popular picnic spot and crowds come each night to see the illuminated fountains.

Palaces: The old Mysore palace still has all its trappings of royalty. The lalitha mahal palace, built in the impressive indo-sarcenic style, is now a hotel.

Mysore Palace: The beautiful profile of this walled indo saracenic palace, the seat of the maharahas of Mysore, graces, the city's skyline.

Chamundi Hills: Standing up in a little hill, with a commanding view of the city, is the temple to Chamundeshwari, the patron deity of the city.

Mysore zoo: Has one of india's better kept zoo.

Jagmohan Palace & Art Gallery: The Jayachamarajendra art gallery in the jagmohan palace, just west of mysore palace, has a collection of kitsch objects and wodeyar memorabilia, including weird and wonderful musical machines, rare instruments and paintings by raja ravi varma. The palace was build in 1861 and served as a royal auditorium. Its open daily.

Srirangapatna (14 km): The little island fortress of Tipu Sultan, who was once known as the "tiger of mysore". His summer palace, the daria daulat, has beautiful wall paintings. An island in the cauvery river, stand the ruins of the capital for which hyderali and Tipu Sultan the British finally conquered them with the help of disgruntled local leaders. Tippus defeat marked the real beginning of British territorial expansion in Southern India.

Ooty

The Queen of khayasholidayss, is situated in the Nilgiris at an altitude of 2,240 mts. Udhagamandalam or Ooty, as it is commonly known, is the most popular khayasholidays in habitude by the todas, the tribal people whose belief system and practices centre on the buffalo today only about 1500 todas remain. Until about two decades ago, Ooty (altitude 2240m) resembled an unlikely combination of southern england australia. The other main reminders of the British period are the stone churches, the private schools, the ooty cub, and the terraced botanical gardens. Maharaja summer palaces hark back to yet another time.

Lake: The beautiful ooty lake, set among groves of eucalyptus trees is a popular spot with its facilities for boating.

Botanical Gardens: The lovely landscaped garden has rolling lawns, exotic trees, lily pools, a bandstand and massed flower beds.

Scenic spots: A lovely view of ooty can be had from its highest point, the doddabetta peak. Other picturesque spots in the vicinity are mukurti peak, the pykara dam and reservoir, wenlock downs, kalhatti falls and elk hill.

Palani

Lord Murugan Temple: One of the six abode of lord murugan.

Pondicherry

Living monument of French culture in india. The french influence is still to be seen in the red kepis of the policemen, and in the marvelous white buildings in the old section of the town.

Sri Aurobindo Asharamam: Founded by Sri Arabindo in 1926 this ashram is one of the most popular in India with westerners, and also one of the affluent. It spiritual tenets represent a synthesis of yoga and modern science.

Puttaparthy

Prasanthi Nilayam, the main Asharam of Shri Sathya sai Baba is in Puttaparthy. Known as the abode of Highest peace. The Asharam is spacious and beautiful with good food and accommodation - at least when the numbers aren't overwhelming. Sai Baba spends most of the year here but sometimes moves to white fields.

Rameswaram

The sacred island town of Rameswaram at the extreme south-eastern limit of the Indian Peninsula, has one of India's most venerated temples. According to the Hindu epic 'Ramayana', Rama sanctified this place by worshipping Lord Shiva here, after the war against Ravana and is therefore held sacred by both Shaivities also Known as the Varanasi of the South.

Tanjore

The Big temple is big in all aspects. Here the Sculptor himself has played with Art. Nobody can even imagine to build such a massive structure even today. Thanjavur was once the great capital of the cholas. It was Raja Raja Chola, the empire builder, who also erected the most spectacular of the Thanjavur temples, whole structure is a tribute to the genius of Chola architects and builders.

Brihadishware Temple & Fort: Brihadishware Temple is the crowning glory of Chola temple architecture. The superb and fascinating monument is one of only a handful in India with world Heritage listing and is worth a couple of visits.

Saraswathi Mahal Library: It is next door to gallery. Established around 170 AD the library contains a collection of over 30,000 palm leaf, and paper manuscripts in Indian and European languages.

Thirupathi

The beautiful temple of lord Venkateswara, located in the cool of the Tirumalai hills, close to the town of Tirupati, is an important place of pilgrimage. The temple _ a masterpiece of dravidian architecture has a gilded vimana over the sanctum. At Tiruchanur (10 Kms.) Is The Shrine To The Goddess Alamelumanga, The Consort Of Lord Venkateswara. The holy hill of Thirumala in the extreme south of Andra Pradesh is one of the most important pilgrimage centres in India, and is claimed to be the busiest in the world - eclipsing Jerusalem, Rome and Mecca in the sheer number of pilgrims.

Venkateswara Temple: Pilgrims flock to Tirumala to visit the ancient temple of Venkateshwara, an avatar of Vishnu. Among the powers attributed to Venkateswara is the granting of any wish that is made in front of the idol at Tirumala. The image is said to be self - created and immortal. Such popularity makes the temple one of the richest in India, with an annual income of a staggering one billion rupees.

Sri Padmavathi Amman Temple: Down the hill from the main temple is one to the deity's consort, Lakshmi.

Thekkady

To see wild animals particularly elephant (large nos.), When you go for boat ride in the lake around the forest area. Stay in the jungle is very adventuring and very interesting. Periyar is south india most popular wild life sanctuary .

Thiruvannamalai

The small town of Thiruvannamalai, sits at the base of Arunachala Hill. In this temple Shiva is revered as Arunachaleswar, an aspect of fire - the light, which destroys the darkness of ignorance one of the largest in India. Sri Ramanasramam Ashram: Sri Ramana Maharishi, a Guru who died in 1950 after nearly 50 years in peaceful and often silent contemplation (including 20 years in caves on the slopes of Arunachala).

Trichy

Dominating the city of thiruchirapalli, is the magnificent fort, built on an immense rock formation over 84m high. Trichy, an ancient town in the cauvery delta, was a chola citadel in 2bc.

Rock fort: A spectacular monument perched 83 m high was first hewn by the pallavas who cut small cave temples into the southern face, but it was the nayaks who made use of its naturally fortified position.

Sri Rangantahtswamy Temple: The superb temple complex at Srirangam about 3 km north of the rock fort is situated on an island formed by two arms of the cauvery river.

Sri Jambukeshwara Temple: Temple has five concentric walls and seven gopuram, with the customary decrease unsize towards the sanctum sanctorium.

Trivendrum

Built over seven forested hills, Trivendrum (City of the Sacred Serpent) is small relaxed compared with other Indian State Capitals.

Sri Padmabnabhasamy temple: Trivendrum's most interesting temple is open to Hindus only and even they must wear a dothi or sari, Still is worth visiting even if you just passing through town see the temples seven storey carved gopuram reflected in the nearby sacred tank. Constructed in the Dravidian style by a Maharaja of Travancore in 1733, the temple is dedicated to Vishnu, who reclines on the sacred serpent, Ananda, which gives Thiruvananthapuram its name.

Napier Museum: Displays an eclectic assortment of bronzes, historical and contemporary ornaments, temple carts, ivory carvings and life size figures of Kathakali dancers in full costume.

Zoological Gardens: One among the best designed in Asia - set among woodland, lakes, and well maintained lawns - but some of the animals enclosures.

Padmanabhapuram Palace : The palace is superbly constructed of local teak and granite, and stands within massive stone town walls. The architecture is exquisite, with rosewood ceilings carved in floral patterns, windows laid with jewel floral patterns, windows laid with jewel coloured mica, and floors finished to a high polish with a special compound of crushed shells, coconuts egg white an the juices of local plants.

Velankanni

A famous Roman Catholic Basilica of our lady of Good health

North India

Agra

Has long been renowned as the city of the taj mahal. This has often overshadowed the fact that this royal mughal city has, in addition to the legendary taj, many magnificent monuments that epitomise the high point of mughal architectural achievement.

The Chosen City: Agra was the chosen city of the mughal emperors during the early years. It was here that the founder of the dynasty, babur, laid out the first formal persian garden on the banks of the river yamuna.

A Monument to Love: The taj mahal stands serene and perfect in its garden of cypresses and reflecting pools on the banks of the river yamuna. Its pure white marble shimmers silver in the moonlight, glows softly pink at dawn, and at close of day reflects the fiery tints of the setting sun. the taj in all its timeless beauty is still the inspiration of poets and painters, writers and photographers. And lovers still meet here in the moonlight in the shadow of the world's most famous monument to love. Shahjehan built the taj in memory of mumtaz mahal who died giving birth to their 14th child. No cost was spared to make it the most beautiful monument the world had ever seen. While marble and red sandstone, silver and gold, carnelian and jasper, moonstone and jade, lapiz lazuli and coral were fashioned by 20,000 skilled workers to make the emperor's dream a reality. It took 22 years to complete - a symbol of eternal love where shahjehan too lies buried, re-united at last with his beloved mumtaz. Set at the north end of a formal persian garden with water courses, paved walkways and rows of dark cypresses, the taj rises on a high red sandstone base topped by a huge white marble terrace, its flawless double dome flanked by four tapering minarets. Within lies the jewel-inlaid cenotaph of the queen, and a little to one side - the only asymmetrical feature in the taj - the richly decorated casket of the emperor. At the time of the moghuls, in the 16th and 17th centuries agra was the capital of india, and its superb monuments date from that era. Agra has a magnificent fort and the building which many people come to india solely to see the taj mahal.

Taj Mahal: If there's a building which represents a country - like the Eiffel Tower for France, the Sydney Opera house for Australia - then it has to be the Taj Mahal for India. This most famous Moghul monument was constructed by Emperor Shah jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the 'lady of the Taj'. It has been described as the most extravagant monument ever build for love for the emperor was heartbroken when Mumtaz, to whom he had been married for 17 years, died in 1629 in childbirth, after producing 14 children.

Agra fort: Construction of the massive Agra Fort was begun by Emperor Akbar in 1565, and additions were made up until the time of his grandson, Shah Jahan. While in Akbar's time the fort was principally a military structure, by Shah jahan's time it had become partially a palace,. A visit to the fort is an Agra must since so many of the events which let to the construction of the Taj took place here. There are many fascinating buildings inside the massive walls which stretch for 21/2 km, surrounded by a moat over 10 meters wide. The fort is on the banks of the Yamuna River and only the amar singh Gate to the south is open. Inside, the fort is really a city within the city.

Ajmer

A 7th century city and a place of muslim pilgrimage is situated at the foot of the hill, Ajajmeru. This city was founded by raja ajay pal chauhan and remained the seat of chauhan dynasty till 1193 when prithvi raj chauhan, the last hindu ruler was defeated by mohammed ghori. Ranthambore in rajasthan bears evidence of rich tradition of bravery and hardiness of the people of rajasthan. The ranthambore wild life national park has a variety of fauna including a tiger reserve which is a naturalists delight 400 sq. South of jaipur is ajmer, a green oasis on the shore of the ana sagar, hemmed in by barren hills. Historically, ajmer always had great strategic importance and was sacked by mahmud of ghazni on one of his periodic forays from afghanistan. Later, it became a favorite residence of the great moghuls. one of the first contacts between the moghuls and the british occurred in ajmer when sir thomas roe met with jehangir here in 1616. Ajmer is a major centre of muslim pilgrims during the fast of ramadan. But, although it has some superb examples of early muslim architecture, a fort overlooking the town and a lively bazaar. Ajmer is just a stepping stone to nearby pushkar for most travelers.

Allahabad

Allahabad Acquired Its Present Name During The Rule Of The Mughal Empror Akbar. Known As Prayag Since Ancient Times, Allahabad Is One Of The Holy Cities Of The Hindus. Located At The Sangam Or Confluence Of The Sacred Rivers Ganga, Yamuna And The Mythical Saraswathi, It Is The Site Of The Famous Kumbh Mela That Is Held Every 12 Years.

Sangam: At this point the shallow, muddy Ganges (about two km wide meets the clearer, deeper, green yamuna. During the month of Magha (mid - January to Mid - February) hundreds of thousands of pilgrims come to bathe at thisholy confluence for the festival known as the magh Mela. Astologers calculate the holiest time to enter the wate and draw up a holy dip schedule. The most propitions time of all happen only every 12 years when the massive kumbh mela takes place. There's a half Mela 9Ardh Mela) every six years.

The Fort : Built In 1583 By The Emperor Akbar, The Impressive Fort Overlooks The River.

Patalpure Temple & undying tree: The underground Patalpuri Temple and the Undying Banyan tree. Also known as Akshai veta, this tree is mentioned by Hiuen Tsang, who tells of pilgrims sacrificing their lives by leaping to their deaths from it in order to seek salvation.

Anand Bhavan :The Home Of The Nehru Family, Where Historic Meetings Were Held And Strategies Were Evolved During The Indian Struggle For Independence.

Bikaner

A desert city, is situated on an elevated ground and surrounded by a seven kilometers long embatted wall pierced by five gates. The magnificent fort, imposing temples of red and yellow sand stone display some of the finest creations of Rajput civilization.

Delhi

Present Capital of India and Capital of Kingdoms and Empires. Now, a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. A perfect introduction to the composite culture of an Ancient land. A window to the Kaleidoscope that is India. Delhi, one of India's fastest growing cities, has spread far beyond the "Seven Cities" created between the 13th and the 17th centuries.

Rashtrapati Bhawan: Was raised on Raisina hill. Nearby are India Gate, a World War I memorial, Parliament House, The Prestigious National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art. On Republic Day, Rajpath witnesses a display of Pageantry. The Classy commercial centre of Connaught Place was planned as part of New Delhi. Along with Stalls on Janpath, and Emporia on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, It is a Shopper's Paradise. Rather characteristically, an 18th century Masonry Observatory.

Red fort: The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila the Red Fort, extend for two kms and vary in height from 18 metres on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. Shah Jahan started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and it was completed in 1648. He never completely moved his capital from Agra to his new city deposed and imprisoned in Agra Fort by his son Aurangazeb. The Red fort dates from the very peak of Moghul power. When the emperor rode out on elephant - back into the streets of old Delhi it was a display of pomp and power at its most magnificent. The moghul reign from Delhi was a short one, however, Aurangazeb was the first and last great Moghul emperor to rule from here.

RajGhat : A simple square platform of black Marble marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple: This garish modern temple was erected by the industrial Birla in 1938. It's dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune, and is commonly known as Birla Mandir.

India Gate: The 42-metre high stone arch of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. It bears the name of 85000 India Army soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW I.

Rastrapati Bhawan: The official residence of the President of India stands at the opposite end of the Rajpath from India Gate. Completed in 1929, the palace like building is a blend of Moghul and Western architectural styles, the most obvious Indian feature being the huge copper dome. The west of the building is a Mughal garden which occupies 130 hectares, and this is open to the public in February.

Parliament House: Sansad Bhavan, the Indian parliament building, stands almost hidden building is a circular colonnaded structure 171 metres in diameter. Its relative physical insignificance in the grand scheme of New Delhi shows how the focus of power has shifted from the viceroys residence, which was given pride of place during the time of the British Raj when New Delhi was conceived.

Haridwar

Hardwar, where the river ganga descends into the plains of pilgrimage. The kumbh mela is held here once every 12 years.

Har ki pauri: At har ki pauri are the ghats where pilgrims take a sacred dip in the river. The evening 'arti' is pretty, for devotees float little oil lamps on the water.

Temples: The most important temple in hardwar is the daksha mahadev temple. Other temples and ashrams of intrest include the sapt rishi ashram, the parmnath ashram and the mansa devi temple.

Jaipur

The City-Capital In The Tone Of An Autumnal Sunset, Literally Blushed Pink When Prince Albert, The Consort Of Queen Victoria, Stepped On Its Soil In 1883. Interspersing The Play Of Red And Pink Were White Borders And Motifs, Painstakingly Outlining The Architectural Highlights Of Jaipur's Buildings. Interestingly, The Royal Family, Earlier Residence, At Amber, Was Only 11 Km Away, And Had Been Since The 10th Century. Jaipur Was And Remains The Only City In The World Symbolizing The Nine Divisions Of The Universe Through Nine Rectangular Sectors Subdividing It. Jaipur Is A Royal City, And This Is Its Most Noticeable Aspect. Buildings Testify To It. Festivals Testify To It. Its Palace Hotels Testify To It. The Life Patterns Of Its Society Testify To It. The Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan State was built in the early 18th Century by Maharaja Jai Singh II, is a walled city with seven gates. Its six rectangular sections have wide well paved main roads and streets with spacious market squares at all cross roads. Popularly known as the pink city because of the pink paint applied to the buildings in its old walled city. ( In rajput culture, pink was traditionally colour associated with hospitality.) In contrast to the cities on the ganges plain, Jaipur has broad avenues and a remarkable harmony. The city sits on a dry lake bed ina wild and somewhat arid landscape, surrounded by barren hill surmounted by fortresses and crenellated walls. Jaipur long ago outstripped the conginees of its city wall yet retains a less crowded and more relaxed atmosphere than its large size and population might suggest.

City Palace: This Former Royal Residence Is An Imposing Blend Of Traditional Rajasthan And Mughal Architecture And Craftsmanship. In the heart of the old city, the city palace occupies a large area divided into a series of courtyards, gardens and buildings. The former Maharaja still lives in part of the palace. The seven - storey Chandra Mahal is the centre of the palace and commands fine views over the gardens and the city. The ground and 1st floor of the Chandra Mahal form the maharaja Sawai Man sing II Museum. The apartments are maintained in luxurious order and the museum has an extensive collection of art, carpets, enamel ware and old weapons. The paintings include miniatures of the Rajasthani, Moghul and persia schools. The armory has a collection of guns and swords dating back to the 15th century, as well a s many of the ingenious and tricky weapons for which the warriors Rajputs were famous. The textile section contains dresses and costumes of the former maharajas and maharanis of Jaipur.

Jantar Mantar: Adjacent to the entrance of the city palace is the Jantar Mantar, or observatory, begun by Jai singh in 1728. Jai singh's passion for astronomy was even more notable than his prowess as a warrior and before commencing construction, he sent scholars abroad to study foreign observatory is. The Jaipur observatory is the largest and the best preserved of the five he build, and was resorted in 1901. At first glance, Jantar Mantar appears to be just a curious collection of sculptures but, Infact, each construction has specific purpose, such as a measuring the positions of stars, altitudes and azimuths, or calculating eclipses. The most striking instrument is the sundial with its 30 metre - high. The shadow this casts moves up to four metres an hour.

Jal Mahal: As Its Name Denotes, This Is A Palace Built Amidst A Lake And Intended As The Summer Resort For The Royal Family. The Palace Is Noted For Its Intricate Architecture.

Amber Palace: In Earlier Times, The Entire Complex Was Owned By The Minas And Dedicated To 'Amba Mata', The Incarnation Of Earth And Fertility. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur state. Construction of the fortress palace was begun in 1592 by Raja Man singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar's army. It was later extended and completed by the Jai Singhs before the move to Jaipur on the plains below, The fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture, stunningly situated on a hillside and overlooking a lake which reflects its terraces and ramparts.

Central Museum: The museum is housed in the architecturally impressive Albert Hall in the Ram Niwas Gardens, south of the old city. The upper floor contains portraits of the Jaipur Maharajas and many other miniatures and art works. The ground floor has a collection of costumes and woodwork from different parts of Rajasthan and a description of the people and life in the rural areas of the state. The collection, which started in 1833, is also notable for its brass ware, jewellery and pottery.

Gaitor: The cenotaphs of the royal family are at Gaitor, 6 ½ km from Jaipur on the road to Amber. The white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jai Singh II is the most impressive and is decorated with carved peacocks. Next to it is the cenotaph of his son. Opposite the cenotaphs is the Jai Mahal Water Palace in the middle of a lake and reached by a causeway. Or at least it was in the middle of a lake, the water is now all but squeezed out by the einsidious weed, water hyacinth. There is another Royal Gaitor just outside the Jaipur city walls.

Tiger: The Nahargarh Fort over looks the city from a sheer ridge 6 ½ km away and is floodlit at night.

Jaigarh Fort: The imposing Jaigarh Fort, built in 1726 by Jaisingh, was only opened to the punlic in mid 1983. Its within walking distance of Amber and offers a great view over the plains from the Diwa Burj watchtower.

Bharatpur: A must for those with an interesting ornithology, Bharatpur is now best known for its world Heritage p listed bird sanctuary, the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. In the 17th and 18th centuries, however, the town was a Jat strong hold. Before the arrival of the Rajputs, the Jats inhabited this area and were able to retain a high degree of autonomy both because of their prowess in battle and because of their powers in battle and because of their chiefs marriage alliances with Rajput nobility. They successfully opposed the moghuls on more than one occasion and their fort at Bharatpur, constructed in the 18th century, withstood and attack by the British in 1805 and along siege in 1825.

Bird Sanctuary: No less than 328 kinds of birds have been sighted at the Keoladeo sanctuary, 117 of which migrate from as far away as Siberia and China.

Jaisalmer

Nothing else in India is remotely similar to Jaisalmer. Yet this desert fortress in Straight out of the tales of the Arabian nights and you could easily be forgiven for imagining that you would some how been transported back to medieval Afghanistan. This magic, incomparably romantic and totally unspoiled city has been dubbed the 'Golden City' because of the colour imparted to its stone ramparts by the setting sun. Centuries ago, Jaisalmer's strategic position on the camel train routes between India and central Asia brought it great wealth. The merchants and townspeople build magnificent houses and mansions, all exquisitely carved from wood and from golden-yellow sandstone. These havel is can be found elsewhere in Rajasthan but nowhere are they quite as exotic as in Jaisalmer.

Fort & Palaces: To the south, on a hill, overlooking the town lies the fort. Its base is encircled by a wall of solid stone blocks a above which the hill projects and supports the ramparts forming a double line of defence. Popularly known as gyab shander. Dadabagh (contains of the former rulers), patwan ki haveli, nathman ki haveli, lodherwar, garhi sagar, amar.

Khajuraho

The temples of Khajuraho are one of India's major attractions - Once a great Chandella capital, Khajuraho is now just a quite village of just over 6000 people. The temples are superb examples of Indo Aryan architecture, but its the decorations with which they are so liberally embellished that has made Khajuraho so famous. Around the temples are bands of exceedingly fine and artistic stone work. The sculptors have shown many aspects of Indian life 1000 years ago- gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals. Stone figures of apsaras or Celestial Maidens appears on every temple. The mithuna, erotic figures, running through a whole Kama Sutra of positions and possibilities. Some obviously require amazing athletic contortions, some just look like good fun. These temples were build during the Chandella period, a dynasty which survived for five centuries before falling to the onslaught of Islam.

Rishikesh

It Is A Quiet Serene Spot Surrounded By Hills, Where The Ganga Is Still A Mountain Stream Making Its Swift Way Down To The Plains. Rishikesh Is, As Its Name Implies, A Place For The Rishis-The Sages And Monks Who Love In The Ashrams Along The Banks Of The River. This Town Is A Base For Pilgrimages Into The Himalayas, To Places Like Badrinath, Kedarnath And To Yamunotri And Gangotri-Sources Of The Yamuna And Ganga. It Is Also A Beautiful Valley Of Flowers. Inspite of its claim to being the yoga Capital of the World' Rishikesh is a quieter and more easy going place.

The Triveni Ghat : is an interesting place to be at dawn, when people make offerings of milk to the river and feed the suprisingly large fish. After sunset priests set floating lamps on the water in the Art cermony. Nearby is the Bharat Mandir, the oldest temple here.

The suspension bridge, Lakshman Jhula : Rope bridge: This is where Rama's brother Lakshmana is said to have crossed the river rope and the old Lakshman temple is on the west bank.

Varanasi

An Ancient City And An Centre Of Learning For Over 2000 Years, Varanasi Is The Holiest Of Pilgrimage Places Located On The River Ganga.

Ghats: Varanasi's principal attraction is the long string of bathing Ghats which line the west bank of the Ganges. Ghats are the steps which lead down to the river, and where, at the two burning Ghats, bodies are cremated. Varanasi the eternal city is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in India and also a major tourist attraction. Situated on the banks of the sacred Ganges, Varanasi has been a centre of learning and civilisation for over 2000 years. It was at Saranath only 10 km away that the Buddha first preached his message of enlightenment, 25 centuries ago. Later the city became a great Hindu centre. But was looted a number of times by Muslims invaders from the 11th century on. These destructive visits climaxed with that of the Moghl emperor, Aurangazeb, who destroyed almost all the temples and converted the most famous one into a mosque.

Great Mosque of Aurangzeb : Constructed using columns from the Biseswar Temple razed by Aurangzeb, this great mosque has minarets towering 71 metres above the Ganges. Armed guards protect the mosque as the Indian government wants to ensure there are no problems between Hindus and Muslims.

Durga Temple : The Durga temple is commonly known as the Monkey temple due to the many monkeys that have made it their home. It was build in the 18th century by a Bengali Maharani and is stained red with ochre. The small temple is built in north Indian Nagara style with a multitiered Sikhara.

Tulsi Manas Temple : Next to the Durga temple is this modern marble sikhara-style temple. Built in 1964, the walls of the temple are engraved with verses and scenes from the Ram Chariot manas, the Hindi version of the Ramayana. This tells of the history and deeds of Lord Rama, and incarnation of Vishnu. Its medieval author, Tulsi Das, lived here while writing it and died in 1623.

Benares hindu University : Benares Hindu university (BHU), constructed at the beginning of the century. The large university covers an area of five sq km. The university was founded by pandit Malaviya as a centre of education in Indian art, culture and music and for the study of Sanskrit. The Bharat Kala Bhavan at the university has a fine collection of miniature paintings and also sculptures from the 1st to 15th centuries. In a room upstairs there are some old photographs and a map of Varanasi.

New vishwanath Temple : Its about 30 minute walk from the gates.

Alamgir Mosque : Locally known as Beni Madhav Ka Darera, this was originally a Vishnu temple erected by the Maratha Chieftain Beni Madhav Rao Scindia. Aurangzeb destroyed it and erected the mosque in its place, but it is a curious Hindu . Muslim mixture with the bottom part entirely Hindu.

Bharat Mata Temple: Dedicated to 'Mother India", this temple has a marble relief map of India instead of the usual images of gods and goddesses. It goes an excellent impression of the high isolation of the Tibetan plateau. The temple was opened by Mahatma Gandhi, and non Hindus are allowed inside

Central India

Ajanta Caves

The caves of Ajanta predate those of Ellora. Ajanta caves are all Buddhist and whereas at Ellora the caves are masterpieces of sculpture, at Ajanta it's the magnificent paintings for which the caves are famous. In 1819 a British hunting party stumbled upon them, and their remote beauty was soon unveiled. Their isolation had contributed to the finest of preservation in which some of the paintings remain to this day. The caves are cut into the steep face of a deep rock gorge. There are 20 caves in a curve of the gorge, and there is a good viewpoint across the ravine.

Aurangabad

Aurangabad simply as a place to stay when visiting the cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora. In fact Aurangabad has a number of attractions and could easily stand on its own were it not so overshadowed by the famous caves.

Bibi - Ka - Maqbara: This Poorman's Taj was build in 1779 by Auranzebs.

Panchakki: This water mill takes its name from the mill which once ground grain for pilgrims. In 1624 a sufi saint and spiritual guide to Aurangazeb was buried, here. Aurangabad Caves: Although they're easily forgotten, standing as they do in the shadow of the Ajanta and Ellora caves.

Ellora Caves

Where as the Ajanta caves re noted for their paintings, here it's the sculpture that is remarkable. Chronologically the Ellora caves start where the Ajanta Caves finish - its thought that the builder was of Ajanta moved to Ellora when they suddenly ceased construction at their earliest are, but during this time Buddhism was dealing in India and a later series of Hindu and jain cave temples were added. In all there are 34 caves at Ellora: 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindus and 05 jain. Although the temples are numbered consequently, from 1 at the southern end to 34 at the northern end, and although the various religious groups do not overlap, the caves are not arranged chronologically

Mumbai (Bombay)

Mumbai a cluster of seven islands, derives its name from Mumbadevi, the patron goddess of the koli fisher folk, its oldest inhabitants. Once a portuguese princess' dowry and later an adornment of neo-gothic british architecture, Mumbai today, is more than just a metropolis. It is infact an enigma of mud huts & sky-scrapers, age old traditions & high fashions, the industrialists' haven & movie makers' hollywood. Bombay is the capital of maharastra and the economic powerhouse of india. Its the fastest moving, most affluent and most industrialised city in india. It has India's busiest international airport and the country's busiest port, handling nearly 50% of the country's total foreign trade. It's the strong hold of free enterprise in india and major manufacturing centre for everything from cars and bicycles to pharmaceuticals and petrochemicals. It's the centre for india important textile industry as well as the financial centre and an important base for overseas companies. Nariman point, with india's tallest buildings, is rapidly becoming a mini-manhattan. Yet once upon a time bombay was nothing more than a group of low lying swampy and malarial flats passed on the british by its portuguese occupiers as a wedding dowry!

Chowpatty Beach: A popular beach where celebration of festivals such as coconut day and the ganesh chaturthi immersions take place.

Gateway of India: This 26 metres high stone archway is the first landmark of Bombay a visitor sees when arriving by ship. Gateway of India in the days when most visitors came to india b ship and when bombay was india's principal port, this was indeed the "Gateway" to India.

Colaba Causeway:The streets behind the taj mahal hotel are the travelers centre of Bombay. When the fishing boats come in and unload their catch in a colourful scene of intense activity.

Prince of Wales Museum: The first part of this interesting museum was opened in 1923. It was designed in the indo saracenic style. Jehangir art gallery : within the compound of the museum sands bombay's principal art gallery.

University & High Court : Along k b patel marg, over looking cross maiden, there are several imposing public buildings erected during Bombay's period of great growth under the british.

Marine Drive : starting at nariman point and sweeping around by chowpathy beach and up to malabar hill. The road is backed with high residential buildings and is one of bombay's most popular promenades.

Hanging Gardens : They take their name from the fact that they are built on top of a series of reservoirs that supply water to Bombay. The formally laid out gardens have notable collection of hedges shaped like animals and there are good views over the city.

Towers of Silence : The paris is hold fire, earth and water as sacred and thus will not cremate or bury their dead. Instead the bodies are laid out within the towers to be picked clean by vultures.

Mahalakshmi Temple : The oldest in bombay and appropriately for this city of business and money, dedicated to the goddess of wealth.

Victoria Gardens: These gardens which contain Bombay's zoo and the victoria & alert museum.

Juhu Beach : Its the nearest beach to the city.

Haji Ali Mosque: The tomb of a muslim saint who died while on pilgrimage to mecca.

Jain Temple : Built in marble in 1904, the shrine is dedicated to adinath, the first tirthankara or apostle. Kamla nehru park situated on the slopes of malabar hill, it is mainly a children's park named after the wife of india's first prime minister.

Elephanta Island: The island of elephanta is about 10 km north east of apollo bunder and is bombay's major tourist attraction due to its four rock -cut temples. They are thought to have been rock - cut temples. When the portuguese arrived they renamed it elephanta after the large stone elephant near the landing place.

Shiridi

Shirdi is famous for the samadhi temple of Shri Sai Baba. Very little is known about the mysterious early life of shri sai baba who is believed to be the incarnation of shri guru dattatreya. He attained Mahasamadhi on Vijayadashmi (dussehra) the 15th october 1918. For the devotees of all religions and castes shirdi is very important pilgrimage centre. Thousands of pilgrims from all over the country come to shirdi to pay their homage to sri sai baba, thus making this holy place a symbol of national integration.


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