Putting forward a wonderful opportunity for travel buffs to enjoy the magic and allure of the dining and living it out in the vintage settings, the heritage wing of the railways has proposed an amazing scheme. According to the proposal, exquisite vintage hotels cum restaurants would be built in the coaches of the train which would be set amidst the ambience of old station. According the officials at the heritage wing, this will not only serve the aim of preserving the transporter’s heritage but also will harness its potential to earn revenue. 

The suggestion seems to bring a great news for the luxury lovers and history buffs who always look forward to get a slice of Indian royal heritage while on their expedition to the country. The proposal has a broad scope. According to a senior Railway Ministry Official, “We have sent the vintage hotel proposal to the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) for consideration. Each vintage hotel will have two to three coaches and would cost an estimated Rs. 16 crore”. There is little doubt that guests will have a great opportunity to fully relax and enjoy the delicious meals in the inspiring classical settings.

It is being recommended that the seven of the nine coaches, which are currently housed in the National Museum can be refurbished and transformed into these envisaged hotel-cum-restaurants and then they can be placed at suitable locations which can be any prominent tourist destination or a place which is easily accessible by road from a prominent destination.

One of the planned destinations to build such hotels is near the Rewari Steam Center which draw steam locomotives and is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Places like Jaipur, which itself is a great cultural and vibrant city, can be a good place to build such hotels.

The Palace of Wheels is one of the most exotic and fascinating luxury trains of India. There are 14 saloons (compartments) in all- named after different Rajasthani cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Bharatpur etc. Each compartment comes equipped with a TV, WIFI as well as two dedicated hosts, dressed in traditional attires. Furnishing a wonderful taste of history, the train takes you through some of the most incredible destinations of India as well stunning countryside, reminiscent of some Bollywood movie setting.

This amazing proposal is sure to bring a lot of appreciation and business for the Indian Railways as well as bring back the lofty memories of the opulent and luxurious ways in which Maharajas of the yore used to live. Wishing all the success to the Palace on Wheels.
India is known to be an involving leader in the field of Asia Pacific travel market, and it is now all set to enter the budding industry of luxury travel. It is being estimated that the luxury market of India is going to experience quick growth with a CAGR of around 12.8 percent in the coming ten years.
The trendsetters in the market of luxury, such as prominent film productions houses like Yash Raj Films and Fox Star Studios, and leading destination wedding planning firms such as Beautiful Wedding Management, Wedniksha, Percept Weddings, and Fab Events, feel that as far as the industry of luxury travel is concerned India is growing at a rapid rate.

Shedding light on what was the prime cause of growth in the outbound luxury travel from India, Founder & CMD at Platinum World Group, Sushil Shamlal Wadhwa said, “As people earn more wealth and get exposed to unique experiences and new destinations, luxury travel has become the new status symbol and the 'in thing' to do. The awareness that experiences and not things can give more happiness is also contributing to the growing popularity of luxury travel”.   

After realizing the importance of Indian visitors, global venues and international destinations have now started to show interest and thus are putting-in all their resources in order to target quality travelers from India. Nevertheless, each wants to have their unique manner for doing so. Adding, Wadhwa said “A popular destination will have to reinvent itself and offer newer experiences to attract the luxury traveler. It's relatively easier for unexplored destinations to attract the luxury traveler just because it's not explored by many people yet. Being a part of good movies, editorials in leading travel publications and good visibility on Social media could certainly help a lot to target premium Indian travelers”.

In order to highlight the amazing potential in the bustling luxury market, the MILT Congress is again all set to host the top luxury travel agencies, leading destination wedding planners and prime film production houses, and bring them together with the topmost corporates so that they can meet the international suppliers who are meeting the requirement of this niche industry from all across the globe. The aim is to form beneficial partnerships at competitive rates. For the same, the 4th Annual MICE India & Luxury Travel Congress will be organized at The St. Regis Mumbai, India on 28th and 29th July.

Parthip Thyagarajan, Co-founder & Director at WeddingSutra informs that the market of destinations wedding in India is on a high as there now a huge number of Indian who want to celebrate their D-day at a special destination abroad. Thyagarajan quipped, “Every year over 280 to 300 Indian weddings take place at international destinations - Thailand, Bali, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Mauritius, Macau, Malaysia, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Dubai, and a few in Europe. In the last two years the Middle East has become the hottest destination for wealthy Indians, and hence properties in Oman, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are getting a steady flow of enquiries from families and wedding planners”.

Percept Wedding is one of the leading destination wedding organizers who have organized weddings at several destinations such as Monte Carlo, Budapest, Madrid, Cannes, Mykonos, Florence, Mauritius, Dubai and Salzburg. Vice President Business Development, Percept Weddings, Khushi Singh talks about the developments that are going to heighten the number of destinations keeping their target of Indian high net worth individuals. “A current trend is finding the most unconventional venues, and subtly integrating the destination within the overall wedding experience,” said Singh. She further added that there is a great potential in the concept of destination wedding and it can be taken to a new level by organizing a destination wedding on a cruise, at 2-3 destinations and holding functions where the cruise liner docks on a daily basis.

The Tourism boards of destinations around the world are promoting their destinations and attractions in a comprehensive manner by offering customized tour packages to couples so that they plan their wedding in their countries. As a result, the local culture of that is also promoted, brining business for the local vendors. Saurabh Walwani, Managing Director, Fab Events India Pvt. Ltd points out towards the contrast and says that planning a wedding at an international destination is not that beneficial for that destination. He pointed out, “The destination’s hotels and local vendors get business and an exposure to Indian weddings. From the wedding planner’s point of view, it just doesn't gives us an experience, but also builds up our portfolio much stronger and gives us confidence to explore more of the destination for weddings in the rest of the world.”

Adding, Bhavnesh Sawhney, Director, Wedniksha said that if there is an Indian wedding in any country, it is largely beneficial for that destination as an Indian wedding means a huge group of people is going to be there, resulting in an increase in the tourism revenue and creating wonderful business for the local vendors such as logistics or decoration people. The local culture of that country also gets promoted by all this.

It is not only the destination wedding organizers who have a huge contribution in this market. The prosperous film industry of India or Bollywood has also experienced an extraordinary growth in the past years. This has allured several foreign tourism boards to make such efforts that their destinations gets featured into Indian movies so that Indian tourists are attracted to them. Aashish Singh, – Vice President Production at Yash Raj Films remarked, “Films usually depict the beautiful side of the locations, if the audience sees their favorite stars in those locations then it becomes even more aspirational for the tourists to travel to those locations. There have been many case studies both in Hollywood and Bollywood to prove how there is a direct impact on tourism after a film is shot on a location.”

Parth Arora, Head of Production at Fox Star Studios, shares similar views and said, “Indian films have always played a great role in defining the travel markets for Indian audiences. The way Bollywood films and their stars are revered in this country, any place that films are shot at become aspirational for the Indian audiences. We have often seen a huge surge in tourism in countries where Indian films have shot in the past”.

Director at Qn A International, the organizers of the event (MICE India & Luxury Travel Congress) stated, “Luxury is now the fastest growing segment of the travel industry. Indians are now craving for a new and evolved kind of luxury, offering these premium buyers an exclusive and personalized experience is now more crucial than ever to retain existing clients and gain new ones. At the MILT Congress, we bring together partners who provide customized packages that meet the wants of this niche market in India.”
International travel from India is a wish of almost every traveler. Many a times you would have avoided the idea for a simple reason being too many documentations and formalities to fulfil. Forget the old days, now there are at least 30 countries that offer visa on arrival for the Indian citizens. This means that you can simply decide to travel to your desired international locale. Book your air tickets and bon voyage. The access of over 30 countries offering Indian Citizens the Visa-on-arrival facility places the Indian passport at number 76th in the world among the list of countries with highest number of visa on arrival destinations.

Here are the top 30 destinations offering Visa on Arrival for Indians:

1. Bhutan

The Kingdom of Bhutan offers Visa on arrival for Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldives nationals to enjoy the picturesque mountain scenery. Visitors can obtain a 14 days tourist visa at the port of entry on producing a valid passport with a minimum of 6 month validity.

2. Hong Kong

Explore Hong Kong, the merge of heights of modern achievements and ancient traditions. Indian nationals can enter Hong Kong, with a valid passport, for a period up to 14 days without a visa.

3. Macau

Macau, the Las Vegas of Asia is a fun destination with interesting Chinese heritage and modern pleasures. Indian nationals can avail 30 days visa on arrival to enter this country.

4. Nepal

India’s neighbor, Nepal offers breathtaking views of mountains and adventure leading to Mt Everest, the highest peak in the world. Indian citizens may live and work freely in Nepal under the terms of the 1950 Indo-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship.

5. Seychelles

The archipelago in Indian Ocean known for golden beaches, coral reefs, thrilling diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises, has gained the status of an adored destination. Indians can avail Visa on arrival for one month at the entry port.

6. South Korea (only Jeju Island)

Jeju Island in South Korea is known for its volcanic landscape full of craters and cave like lava tubes. Now you can explore the beautiful island as it provides visa on arrival for 30 days to Indian citizens.

7. Maldives

The breathtaking water beauty and things to do in Maldives is now easily accessible to you. With visa on arrival facility, Indian National are issued a free Maldives Tourist Visa which is valid for approximately ninety days on arriving at the airport.

8. Haiti

Haiti is a Caribbean country sharing the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The cerulean waters and the incredible heritage is worth a visit. Indians are allowed a visit for 30 days with visa on arrival facility.

9. Jamaica

Legendary for its beaches and luxurious resorts, Jamaica has been alluring Indian visitors since a long time. Indian nationals are allowed entry in the country for 30 days with visa on arrival facility.

10.  Dominica

The pristine beauty of Dominica calls for visitors. Make travel plans now as visa on arrival is valid for 6 months for Indians.

11. Fiji

Fiji is made of beach fantasies. Being an Indian national, you can enter its boundaries with visa on arrival valid for 6 months.

12. Thailand

The Land of Smiles, Thailand is the favored destination for honeymoon couples and backpackers. One can reach Thailand from India via road. Visa on Arrival has to be obtained at First point of Entry/Landing and not the Final Destination. This country charges Visa fee of 1000 Thai Baht.

13. Mauritius

The pristine beaches of Mauritius is the dream locales for couples in love. The Visa on arrival facility is valid for 14 days for Indian nationals. Use the days to enjoy the spectacular pleasures of the island country.

14. Indonesia

The archipelago of Indonesia houses several natural wonders. The delights of tea islands have allured visitors in huge numbers and mostly the honeymoon couples.  Indian Nationals can avail the visa on arrival valid for 30 days.

15. Micronesia

The beautiful nation of islands, Micronesia lies spread over Pacific Ocean embellished with a numerous pleasures for visitors. Indian Nationals visa on arrival facility valid for 30 days.

16. Cape Verde

The heavenly beauty of the arrow shaped archipelago, Cape Verde is waiting to be explored.  Indian Nationals can avail the facility of visa on arrival valid for 30 days.

17. Ecuador

Ecuador encompasses Amazon jungle, Andean highlands and the wildlife-rich Galpagos Islands. The enchanting country is now open for your travel plans as Ecuador offers visa on arrival facility for Indian passport holders valid for 14 days.

18. Guyana

Pure Caribbean adventure defines the dense forests of Guyana. Indian Nationals can make their plans for exciting adventurous holidays with visa on arrival facility valid for 30 days.

19. Jordan

Get captivated by multitude of pleasures of Jordan. Century old monuments, the desert, Dead Sea and other incredible experiences lure you to Jordan. Avail the visa on arrival facility for Indians valid for 2 weeks for your trip.

20. Laos

The land of millennia old history, mountain, mists and untamed natural beauty tempts visitors with its blessing of unrivalled peace. Get a state of tranquility with visa on arrival for Indians, valid for 30 days.

21. Saint Lucia

The island nation of Saint Lucia is blessed with mountains, beaches, diving sites, and rainforests with waterfalls such as at Toraille. The paradisiacal beauty can be now explored with visa on arrival from India valid for 6 weeks.

22. Senegal

Senegal is a peaceful introduction to delights of the African continent. Thriving with energy be a part of the experience with visa on arrival facility from India valid for 30 days.

23. Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago have always welcomed Indians. It goes back to days of the British Raj. Visit this twin island country now with Visa on arrival valid for 90 days.

24. Tuvalu

The Polynesian island of Tuvalu is home to a gorgeous underwater world. Avail the visa on arrival for Indians valid for 14 days and explore the majestic beauty.

25. Saint Kitts and Nevis

This two-island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis lies between the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea combines beaches with beauteous mountains.  Enter this West Indian country with visa on arrival facility.

26. Palau

Palau is scenically magical. The archipelago of about 200 largely unspoiled limestone and volcanic islands, carpeted in emerald forest, surrounded by a turquoise lagoon is straight from fantasies of holidays. India Nationals can visit easily with visa on arrival facility valid for a maximum stay of 30 days.

27. El Salvador

Beaches, surfing, mountainous landscape and much more, El Salvador is a country awaiting to be explored. Dramatic scenery, thrilling adventures, vibrant nightlife and mazing experiences makes it a destination worth your time. Visa on arrival facility is available for a visit of 30 days for Indians.

28. Nauru

The tiny island country of Nauru is blessed. Coral reefs, golden sandy beaches, limestone caves, thrilling adventures create a thrilling holiday. Visitors from India can avail visa on arrival facility valid for 30 days stay.

29. Djibouti

Home to incredible volcanic formations and Red Sea beaches, Djibouti is spectacular. Indian visitors can plan their travel with Visa on arrival valid for 30 days.

30. Guinea- Bissau

Guinea Bissau is a West African country blessed with beautiful tropical ambiance and is known for national parks and wildlife. For the Indian visitors, Visa on arrival is valid for 90 days.

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Travelling with The Indian Railways is now going to be a wonderful and comfortable experience. Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhu has come-up with some interesting changes for the passengers to make their journey hassle-free.

New Rules - Better Indian Railways

Here is a list of new set of rules in the Railways for making your train journey, a world class experience:

Airport-like executive lounges at the railway stations:

Indian Railways have introduced its very first executive lounge recently at the New Delhi Railway Station to give an ‘airport-like’ experience. The passengers will have to shell an amount of Rs.100 to enjoy this elegantly made –lounge that has modern comforts like Wi-Fi, TV, and air-conditioner. Similar lounges are coming soon in Agra and Jaipur.

Now get a Refund on the cancellation of Tatkal tickets:

Earlier no refund was offered by the Indian Railways on the cancellation of Tatkal tickets but from 1st June, passengers will be getting 50 percent refund if the Tatkal tickets get cancelled. Changes have also been made in the timings of booking Tatkal tickets. The Tatkal window now is going to open from 10 AM to 11 AM. For sleeper class coach, the timings to book the ticket are between 11 AM and 12 noon.

Fly with Air India, if Rajdhani ticket doesn’t gets confirmed

If you were not the waiting list for Rajdhani ticket and your ticket did not get confirmed, you now have the exciting option of travelling to your destination in a flight of Air India. The passengers who had the ticket of First Class AC, will not have to pay extra for the flight, but the passengers with tickets of second class AC and third class AC will be required to pay an additional sum of around Rs.1500 for the flight tickets. IRCTC has collaborated with Air India for the same.

More coaches for Rajdhani and Shatabdi, two of India’s fastest train:

Two of the fastest trains of India, offering a comfortable train journey Rajdhani Express and Shatabdi Express are going to have more number of coaches so that more number of passengers can now travel in them. Also, a soft copy of your ticket in your mobile phone is going to valid for journey on-board these trains.

Tickets now available in regional languages:

From now, you can also book train tickets online for all in a number of regional languages.

No additional charge on using credit or debit cards for ticket booking:

From 1st June, the Indian Railways is not going to charge an extra cost of Rs.30 on transactions using credit and debit cards for buying train tickets at the reservation counters.

Wake Up call for the Passenger:

One of the biggest fears of missing the rail station of your destination due to oversleeping will no longer be there. The facility of wake-up calls has been launched on a number of trains.

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Indian Railways, from time to time, come out with interesting plans to offer memorable vacations to its guests. Now after letting its travelers enjoy desert, heritage and pilgrimage package tours, the Railways is now all set to explore the tiger circuit.
Tiger Express - The semi  luxury tourist train journey

‘Tiger Express’, a semi-luxury train will be rolling its wheels from the 5th of June this year, which is also the World Environment Day, from Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi. The people of Delhi will get a chance to explore the wildlife circuit by visiting the popular tiger reserves in the Madhya Pradesh state. Tiger Express is a joint endeavor of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) and The Indian Railways.

This train service is the first chance that the Indian Railways has planned a wildlife circuit tour package. Along with operating luxury trains such as the Maharajas’ Express, the IRCTC also manages tours on the Buddhist circuit, Desert circuit, Bharat Darshan and so on.

Tiger Express has an itinerary of 5 nights and 6 days, covering Kanha National Park and Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh state, along with Dhuadhar Falls in Bhedaghat, Jabalpur.

Wildlife Safari by Train

This semi-luxury train is going to have only first and second AC accommodations, with tariff starting from INR 38,500, including train ticket, accommodation, food and local AC transport.

Sandip Dutta, The spokesperson of IRCTC informed, “The tour will include two tiger safaris at Kanha national park and one at Bandhavgarh, apart from accommodation at three-star hotels. Our prices are affordable keeping in mind the services provided and there are no hidden charges.”

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IRCTC website has started with the service of booking train tickets in India by using international debit and credit cards. Now, Foreigners and NRIs would be able to book tickets with the bank cards online through IRCTC website.

Earlier, the IRCTC ticket booking portal only accepted American Express International Credit Cards. International travelers only had the option of American Express (AMEX) Payment Gateway as other international cards were not accepted. IRCTC will now permit other international credit and debit cards issued outside the country for booking of e-tickets through its ticketing website. The necessary changes in the system have been made to enable global transactions.

Now Foreigners Can Book Train Tickets Through IRCTC Using International Debit And Credit Cards

IRCTC CMD AK Manocha said, “IRCTC ticket bookings has gone global. Any international debit and credit card can be used to make payment for booking train tickets”. He further said that the acceptance of all global cards will fulfill the long-lasting demand of foreign tourists. As they will be able to book e-tickets directly and will no longer depend on other agencies for the purpose.

The popular trains with foreigners are the Buddhist circuit trains, luxury trains like 'Palace on Wheels', 'Maharajas’ Express’ and other tourist specials. Usually these tickets were booked through tour operators, but now they can be also be booked online with international bank cards.

Once the required system gets operational on the IRCTC ticketing site, global transactions for ticket bookings will increase on the website. At present, the IRCTC ticketing website is currently equipped to take the capacity of 15,000 tickets in a minute, which means 250 tickets in a second. At present, about 58% of total train tickets in India sold are booked online.

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The officials of Indian Railway offering details about the railway coaches on the section, informed that there are 4 special coaches, Shivalik place, Jharokha, rail motor car and twin vestibule coach.

Northern Railways finalise fares for luxury coaches on Kalka-Shimla Train

The fare structure of luxury coach Jharokha has been finalized by the Northern Railway. The officials informed that this coach has been specially designed for the tourists on the Kalka-Shimla railway line. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this railway section was inspected by AK Puthia, General Manager, Northern Railways and the decision was made final. A railway official said, “The charges of CT-14 Jharokha has been fixed at INR 29,000 (round trip). The capacity of the coach is eight passengers.”

Dedicated web pages on the Kalka-Shimla railway line in the official website of the Northern Railways were also launched by Puthia. He informed that this inspection was a part of fortnight heritage activities that are done by the Northern Railway. It is endeavor by the railways so that awareness can be created about the website.

Puthia further said that the heritage section cannot be altered by the railways as it is not just any section that can be looked around ‘profit making’. He added, “We are trying to improve the facilities at railway stations on the track.”

On the occasion, a presentation on the heritage track was also given by the senior officials. An appeal was also made by the railways to the locals as well as the tourists that trash should not be thrown on at the railway station. Along with this, entering into tunnel towards the face of the train should also be avoided.

The railways further added that the World Heritage Fortnight is a celebration of the World Heritage Day. The Shimla station has also been well-lit with blue colored lights. Exclusive plantation and cleanliness drives on important stations have also been launched. There are regular train services as well as additional services during the peak season.
With the growth of tourism in the country, River Cruises are increasingly gaining prominence and popularity with the travelers. These cruises are not only a welcome alternative from the usual hubs of entertainment, but with the services and facilities offered on board and wonderful views that surrounds such a trip, it becomes a definitely memorable expedition. 

From the backwaters of Kerala to incredibly scenic archipelagos of Andaman, these cruise ships have come up in most of the important tourist destinations located near the waters. In this blog, we have listed Top 12 River Cruises in India for your next vacation to let to enjoy their fascinating ride when you visit these corresponding destinations. With the amazing experience they offer and memorable ride they furnish, they are definitely a hard to miss adventure, take a look:

1. Kerala Backwater Cruise

Kerala is one of the most amazing places in India, blessed with verdant bounties of Nature and views like a leaf plucked out of fantasy. With a climate that is salubrious, sights of the countryside as incredible as it could be, it’s a great way to explore and understand Kerala on a boat Cruise.

One of the many fabulous attractions in the state, the boat cruises are elegant vessels of comfort and luxury. Sailing around the channels of backwaters, the cruises takes the visitors on an ethereal joyride, bringing them in close proximity to raw, lush landscapes, fantastical rural life of the areas and to the quiet and cool ambience, away from the chaotic life of the cities. 

The cruises are so designed that they provide a wonderful individualized space for the visitors. They are most popular with families and honeymoon couples. Luxury cruises have all latest and state of art amenities for their esteemed guests. These include, air-conditioned bedrooms, exquisite bathtubs, and standing showers. The guests are treated with lip-smacking Kerala Cuisines and served with best of services for a comprehensive relaxation and enjoyment.

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 2. Sunderbans River Cruise

The Suburbans, one of the world’s largest reservoir of mangrove forests is also one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Cruise boat through this amazing and picturesque passage is one of the most cherishing experiences of a lifetime. The Suburbans Cruise, a prototype of amazing luxury and comfort is a wonderful excursion, full of most fascinating and elegant amenities.

The cruise takes you through the course of the Malta River into the largest Mangrove forests in the world, passing by narrow creeks and Sundarbans Tiger Reserve.

Through the journey guests come across heavenly sights. Diverse species of birds like the herons, kingfishers, salik bird, white-necked kites, bee-eaters as well as animals such as sweet water crocodiles, snakes, deer, monkeys, wild hogs and otters etc. can be easily seen. Starting from Godkhali, the cruise is famous for excellent on-board hospitality which include facilities like Gym, Ayurveda treatment and massage parlor. In addition to this guests have a library, a bar, a conference room with internet and fax facilities while there are air condition, attached bathrooms, a telephone, a tea and coffee maker and sufficient reading stuff in every room. The cruise is one of the many highlights of the region and is a popular way to explore and relish the amazing views and wonderful climate of Sundarbans.  

3. Chilika Lake Cruise

Chilika Lake Cruise is an incredible ride, not only as a cool and picturesque trip, but a wonderful opportunity to spot a huge variety of migratory birds like resident waterfowls to many species of cranes, during the course. Moreover tourists can also view dolphins if they make a stopover at Rajahamsa Beach. The cruise starts at Mangalajodi. The price of the tickets is not fixed and can be negotiated.

The boats of the cruise can easily accommodate a family and are fixed with motor. The journey takes you through the scenic Marshlands and through the beautiful village islands which facilitates cultural interactions with the locals. The amazing Nalabana Bird Sanctuary also lies within the lake and can be accessed while taking the cruise.

The cruise can doubtlessly be called as golden opportunity for bird and photography enthusiasts to indulge in their passions. The best time to enjoy the cruise is from October to February because the lake dries up at other times, i.e. during the summer. A great way to relish the beauty of nature, a ride by this cruise through the wonderful Chilika Lake is a must.

4. Andaman Islands River Cruise

One of the most natural and pristine regions of India, the views of the Andaman Island are unique and most attractive. The Andaman Islands cruise takes you through these picturesque sights to give you one of the most exciting and wonderful journeys of your lifetime. On-board, visitors will have a great memorable experience where they avail, amazing, international level services along with matching world-class amenities to enjoy.

Incredible view of azure waters of the sea surrounding the cruise ship offers a great magical experience. An amazing voyage, around the stunning tropical islands, the guests get to savor warm sun rays on the elegant deck while enjoying the breathtaking sights. In addition to relishing the lip-smacking cuisines prepared by expert chefs, visitors also enjoy exciting on-board distractions that keep them entertained.

It’s little doubt that Andaman Islands radically enhance your experience of the trip to Andaman and is definitely an adventure that must be undertaken. 

5. Dibru – Saikhowa River Cruise

The region of Dibru Saikhowa is a picturesque area of grasslands and swamp waters, located in between the famous Brahmaputra and Dibru rivers towards the east of Assam. A scenic and vibrant patch of Earth, the place is famous for Gangetic River Dolphins, numerous migratory birds, a wide range of orchids and feral horses etc.

The river cruise takes you through these amazing views, affording elegant comfort and enjoyable entertainment on board. The journey makes a cool and serene joyride, offering plenty of time to revel in the ambience and atmosphere. It’s an awesome getaway, especially for couples and families.

The food served is delicious and adds to the experience of the journey. Famous for the very important Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, the region is a popular destination for travel and wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Vising the place and taking the ride on Dibru-Saikhowa River Cruise is a recommendation that cannot be emphasized more.

6. Mandovi River Cruise

Organized under the auspices of Goa Tourism, The Mandovi River Cruise is wonderful, couple of hour long sea drive along the Mandovi River, aboard Shantadurga or Santa Monica, which are the names of the cruises. With the background of Goa folk songs and dances, the amazing journey lets the passengers enjoy cool atmosphere and picturesque settings on the deck of the cruise.

Lip-smacking fares, from an array of recipes, keep the visitors entertained while the return journey through Chorao and Divar Islands is equally mesmerizing.

All cruises begin their journey from the Santa Monica Jetty which is located next to the Mandovi Bridge from where the tourists can buy tickets. The experience is simply incredible and along with other passengers on board to enjoy and converse with, the expedition becomes a wonderful adventure. Mandovi River Cruise is ideal for family, couple and even friends to a pleasant getaway from the usual itinerary of any trip to Goa.

7. Ganges Heritage River Cruise

With the sight of majestic Ganges all over and taking you through the incredible trail, the Ganges Heritage cruise is the epitome of luxury, comfort and style. Featuring 32 expansive and luxurious rooms, furnishing a state of the art facilities for the ultimate experience, the heritage cruise is perfect place to relax and unwind.

While the guests revel in amazing ambience of the surroundings, on-board services and hospitality take care of all their immediate and luxurious needs. For instance facilities like a massage parlor, a modern library, a gym etc. are available on the ship. On the other hand, chefs prepare wonderful dishes for the culinary delights of the guest to give them the ultimate experience on board. 

Sailing with facilities of international standards on India’s most sacred river is a lasting memory and one of the best experiences of a lifetime. Each of the room on the cruise come fixed with a telephone connection, reading material, tea and coffee maker along with other luxurious services for a wonderful journey throughout. The Ganga Heritage tour is doubtlessly a great place to relax and unwind and enjoy a perfect vacation.

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8. Brahmaputra River Cruise

The mighty Brahmaputra River is the lifeline of the people of the North Eastern India. It is not only enormous, but the course through which it runs is one of the most picturesque and scenic regions of the country. With such a stunning picturesque trail, the Brahmaputra River Cruise leads the passengers on an exotic trip, taking them deep into the exquisite flora and fauna of the Kaziranga National Park, Majuli, which is one of the largest deltaic regions.

The Brahmputra River Cruise conduct the guests from Guwahati to Jorhat, leading through Silghat, Sibsagar and Majuli, which are the locations that are rich in history and charm.

Nevertheless, the cruise can be called a great opportunity to explore the raw and scenic Assam. Revel in the wonderful warm rays of the rising and setting Sun of the East while sipping the delicious and hot Assam brew on board, this amazing journey that will be cherished by you for long. 

9. Mangalore River Cruise 

Rapidly emerging as an important tourist destination in the country, Mangalore has also acquired considerable popularity as a place to enjoy cruise ride. It has almost been dream come true for the local residents as famous weekend escape on the serene waters of Phalguni River.

The cruise begins from New Mangalore Port and gives tourist a memorable experience. The cruise is laden with luxury and lots of facilities and opportunities for enjoyment. The upper deck serves as a recreation spot as well as restaurant while in the lower deck, one can dance to their favorite Bollywood numbers while relishing small nibbles of meals.

The food served on-board is one the special highlights of the cruise. Prepared by expert chefs, the fares are mesmerizingly delicious sea food delights. There are plenty of space on the ship where one can mix with the people, take in the fresh sea air or simply chill out in the ambience. Overall, a fine, relaxing experience when visiting Mangalore.  

10. Goa River Cruise

When it comes to cruises, what better place can one think of than Goa. The exotic beach destination has some of the most remarkable and wonderful cruises which promises full entertainment, fun and adventure for the tourists. The incredible trail along the sea is a great experience. Tapping to famous Bollywood numbers, guests enjoy a pleasant atmosphere along with savoring delectable cuisine and refreshing drinks.

In addition to the star cruises, which are an epitome of supreme luxury and comfort and offer packages of several days, other small but nevertheless outstanding cruise ships too, provide for significant pleasure and entertainment of the guests.

In any case, with such an incredible experience furnished to the guests, any expedition to Goa is incomplete without taking a ride into these amazing cruise boats. These are also a perfect entertainment alternative from the usual course, no matter whether you are with family, friends or your loved one.

11. Yanam River Cruise

An important tributary of the Godavari River, the Yanam River passes through beautiful scenic locations and sailing on this is the Yanam River cruise, making you enjoy and relish the incredible surroundings. Essentially a day trip, visitors witness stunning fishermen’s villages on both the banks with the line of the beautiful coconut trees and verdant greenery of backwaters.

After lunch, the cruise moves through the confluence of the river with the Bay of Bengal, offering a breathtaking view of blending of grey and turquoise waters. Here the visitors can also move around the beach in the sand with red crabs trying to get hold of your feet.

With lip smacking South Indian course available on board to revel the taste buds of the guests, this journey is truly a heavenly sojourn to be remembered for long.

12. Lakshadweep River Cruise

One of the most exquisitely picturesque destinations in India, Lakshadweep is home to astonishing natural bounties and pristine landscapes with amazingly beautiful azure waters and expansive white sandy beaches.

Furnishing an exotic excursion through these picturesque sights is M.V Karvati, the excellent cruise ship, with a total capacity of 700 passengers and 200 tons of cargo. The magnificent ship has over 100 berths and 70 first-class berths and also include a spacious dining hall, a gymnasium, a 152-seater cafeteria and a large airspace for a remarkable tourist experience.

Built with an estimated cost of Rs. 173 crore, the ship is doubtlessly an architectural wonder. Besides, on-board restaurant serves delectable dishes to the delight of the visitors. A product of Hindustan Shipyard, Visakhapatnam, the cruise ship features independent galleys, a helipad and a swimming pool as well.

Endeavoring to impart a distinct experience, the visitors are treated to services of international standards. Facilities such as on-call entertainment, on-call doctor and upper deck promenade are also available which enhance the sojourn. Have a great holiday experience by boarding this amazing ship. 

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Your next visit to Taj Mahal, the icon of love in Taj Mahal can now be an unforgettable experience. Here is an option to make a high-speed luxury trip. Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a subsidiary of the Indian Railways, has come up with an extravagance. 

Delhi To Agra Aboard Gatimaan Express: A High Speed Luxury Train Journey

Creating a new history in the pages of Indian Railways, Gatimaan Express is the projected fastest luxury train between Delhi and Agra. The inaugural run of the train, from Hazrat Nizamuddin to Agra Cantt will be flagged off by Union railways minister Suresh Prabhu on April 5.

According to reports, the train with 12 AC coaches will complete the journey in 100 minutes as against the Shatabdi Express which takes 117 minutes. The travelers of the train are offered two luxurious tour packages. These packages offer an overnight stay at five-star accommodation, multi-cuisine meals, visit to the UNESCO world-heritage monument besides the travel to and from Agra.

According to IRCTC officials, the luxury train package will offer people a cheaper alternative to traveling on the 'Palace on Wheels' category of trains, which are synonymous with luxury and comfort.

The booking for the tour packages started from April 1 and will continue till May 31. There are two options available, single-day tour and an overnight stay. The cost of the packages ranges from 2,100 to 17,000 INR per head Costs vary according to the travelers’ nationality and the kind of accommodation he/she opts for.

A K Manocha, chairman and managing director, IRCTC says "It will be an entirely different experience.” The packages at present are providing accommodation at a five-star hotel, JP Palace. The package includes your stay, meals, site-seeing and the commuting. Passengers will also get a wide selection of food, including Indian and Italian.

Priority is given to cleanliness and the best quality of food. Plans are made to introduce television and other entertainment facilities on board on the basis of feedback received from passengers. A multi-lingual audio guide is also being planned for the benefit of tourists.

A senior railway official said that the Gatimaan Express are fitted with automatic doors. It will also offer free Wi-Fi to travelers. The train's fare will be a little more than that of Shatabadi Express. It will run six days a week except for Friday, the day when the Taj Mahal is closed for visitors.

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Forget the destinations for your honeymoon. Now try out luxury trains for honeymoon. Experience luxurious accommodations, amazing culinary, breathtaking scenery, plus the sightseeing at some of the world's most iconic destinations choosing a romantic train journey. Luxury trains makes your honeymoon an unforgettable memory. 

For a cherished experience for your upcoming honeymoon, consider these 15 of the best luxury trains for honeymoon. Voyaging all over the world, you have some tough to choose options listed below.

1. Maharajas' Express

Maharajas’ Express is an irresistibly romantic train journey. Honeymoon couples will have a wonderful time as they board, the ‘three time winner’ of World Luxury Train Award. The train has five specially designed itineraries of 7 nights to 3 nights. The best recommended for couples on honeymoon is ‘Heritage of India’. This journey covers the Taj Mahal, Ajanta Caves, Lake Pichola, Jodhpur, Jaipur and Ranthambore. Spend time in the lavish suites, observation carriage with its own bar, games table, club and two fine-dining restaurants. There are stops in 5-star resorts where a pampering stay is assured. Create wonderful memories!

Expected Rates: 4 Days/ 3 Nights Journey from USD 3,850 per person

2. The Blue Train - Cape Town to Pretoria

The Blue Train is not a travel through the breathtaking scenery of South Africa, it is a travel back to bygone era. One of the most luxurious train journeys in the world, even Kings and Presidents are impressed. The vintage train travels approximately 990 miles in between Pretoria and Cape Town on a one night, two day adventure. Couples on honeymoon can enjoy the comforts of their suite. Regional wine, delicious meals and romantic ambiance are a bonus for love birds. The extraordinary scenery of Kruger National Park with the lavish features of your ride is unrivalled.

Expected Rates: 30 Hours from Cape Town to Pretoria starting from USD 902 per person

3. The Jose Cuervo Train

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A ride on Mexico's Jose Cuervo Train is an unforgettable experience. Honeymoon couples can romance in the Mexican essence. The train voyages a 9 hour journey form Guadalajara, Tequila and back. The premium plus cabins are luxurious in designs. The Club Bar and Bar Wagon provide the perfect seat for watching the fields of agave pass by. Meals included delicious platters, fresh fruit followed by snacks and beverages prepared with tequila. The tour of Jose Cuervo distillery and the Reserva de la Familiar cellars are remarkable. The classic Mexican town of Tequila is an interesting stop-over of the train.

Expected rates: The 9 hour journey costs USD 1900 per person

4. Belmond Royal Scotsman - Classic Journey

For couples on honeymoon, Belmont Royal Scotsman is spectacular. The Classic journey of the train offers an unrivalled discovery of Scotland in Style. Travel in traditional style and elegant comfort. The breathtaking scenery of Scotland and the Highlands are perfect for romance. Life on the train is relaxed and indulgent. The intimate country-house atmosphere makes your honeymoon memorable. The private suites are comfy. Amenities pamper your stay. Relish the delicious food and wine served on board. At the regular stops, take part in activities such as clay highland safaris, pigeon shooting, fishing, visits to local castles and grand country estates.

Expected Rates: For 5 days/4nights- tour tariffs start at USD 7,113 per person

5. Deccan Odyssey

The luxury train, Deccan Odyssey is known for its extravagant ride through intriguing history Maratha Kingdom. All train routes are voyage to the age of romance and royalty. The incredible journey, creates cherished memories of your honeymoon. From exploring architectural marvels, visit to world heritage sites, adventures in the wilderness to cultural experiences, select from 6 great itineraries of the train. The state-of-the-art amenities enhance the extravagance. Indulge in the comfy setting of your suites. The 5-star restaurants, club and lounge tantalize your taste buds. Stops at hotels offers massages and day spas. Celebrate love on your luxury train honeymoon.

Expected rates: For every itinerary for 7 Nights / 8 Days tariffs start at USD 5810 per person

6. Belmond Grand Hibernian - Grand Tour of Ireland

The newest addition to luxury trains in the world, Belmond Grand Hibernian offers an exquisite tour of the Emerald Isle, Ireland. Honeymoon couples step aboard the dazzling world of romantic indulgence. The contemporary carriages are inspired by Dublin’s architecture. The fine cuisine enhanced with local delicacies. The ever-changing backdrop of Ireland’s celebrated landscapes is bliss. The rail journeys include a selection of two-, four- and six-night journeys. All departures are from Dublin and cover the tourist attractions of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Explore prehistoric castles, spot rare wildlife, taste famous whiskies and visit lively cities. 

Expected Rates: For 7 days/6 nights tariffs start at USD 8,648 per person

7. Palace on Wheels

The Palace on Wheels is the most iconic luxury train of India. The romantic train travel has inspired couples since decades. Enjoy travelling in India like royalty. On an eight- day and seven-night adventure throughout Rajasthan, explore love. The train travels through the land of forts, palaces and sand dunes, and the icon of love, Taj Mahal in Agra. There are air-conditioned private suites, complete with lavish facilities. The train also has two extravagant restaurants, one bar and four service cars. Not just a romantic honeymoon, the train can also fulfill the wish to get married on the train.

Expecte rates: 7 nights/8 days journey costs USD 4550 per person

8. Rovos Rail

The Pride of Africa is perfect for honeymoon couples seeking to get some adventure. The luxury train offers a 4-day, 3-night adventure. Traverse through the most beautiful landscapes in Southern Africa. The journey starts in Pretoria then moves into Botswana, where is passes through the Hwange Game Reserve. During this part of the trip, you can often see wilderness from your private suite window. Finally, the train makes its way to Victoria Falls, one of the world’s natural wonders. The pleasurable luxuries of your suites, club lounge, restaurant creates wonderful memories. The South African wines will tantalize you states buds.

Expected rates:
For 3 Days/ 3 Nights tariffs from R17,495 per person

9. Venice Simplon Orient Express

The luxury train, Venice Simplon Orient Express travels is to one of world’s most romantic destination, Venice. Known for its canal rides, islands and timeless palaces, the famous Italian city is timeless masterpiece for romance. It is a perfect starting point for a luxury honeymoon in Europe. Travel through the breathtaking scenery of Europe. The train cars are restored vintage luxurious cars built in 1920’s and 30’s.  The intimate settings are perfect for the honeymoon couples. Enjoy the decadent cuisines. Sip delicious wines and cocktails. You very own private steward meets all your wishes. It’s a gift for honeymoon couples.

Expected rates: For 5 Days/ 4 Nights prices start at USD 4,028.00 per person

10. Royal Rajasthan on Wheels

The Royal Rajasthan on Wheels is the upgraded version of Palace on Wheels. Just like its inspiration, the luxury train exemplifies extravagant travelling. The interiors are suffused with the wistful memories of an era bygone. The blend of grandeur and elegance with impeccable hospitality reminds of the royalty. Voyaging through the marvelous forts, palaces, temples, sand dunes, magnificent history, it is an insight of the wonderful culture of India. The state-of-the-art amenities pampers guests. The gourmet cuisines and the selection of drinks are simply exquisite. The remarkable travel experience of Rajasthan is just what honeymoon couples wish for.

Expected Rates: For 7 nights/ 8 days costs start from USD 4725 per person

11. The Golden Eagle Luxury Trains’ Arctic Explorer - Quest for the Northern Lights

The Golden Eagle Luxury Train Arctic Explorer train offers couples a honeymoon to cherish forever. This train offers the chance to see the Aurora Borealis in a very exclusive way. The Golden Eagle begins its journey in St. Petersburg, Russia. The train then makes its way through Norway to the Arctic Circle. The Northern Lights here are brighter than anywhere else on earth. This unforgettable journey has stops in St Petersburg, Kirkenes (Norway), Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Vladimir, Suzdal and Moscow. These cities are blessed with some of the most breathtaking sceneries. The luxury train makes the journey but a cherished experience.

Expected rates: 12 Days/ 11 Nights prices start at USD 11,995 per person

12. The Ghan - Expedition Journey - Australia

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than a luxury train ride. The legendary train takes deep into the heart of Australia. Discover the rich heritage. Honeymoon couples are offered a holiday of incredible experiences. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin. Gaze out of the window soaking up the ever changing landscape. The train stops for adventures. Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia. Indulge in multi-course meals served. Drink the finest Australian wine. Relax in luxurious and spacious private cabins. This is a unique honeymoon in Australia.

Expected Rates: For 4 Days/3 Nights prices start from USD 1,764.41 per person

13. The Eastern and Oriental Express- Fables of the Peninsulas

For couples looking to explore Southeast Asia, the Eastern and Oriental Express offers the Fables of the Peninsula journey. This luxury train voyages from Singapore to Bangkok, with halts in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. The views are breathtaking, amenities convivial and experience a memory of a lifetime. The indulgent accommodations of the train are replete with all luxuries. Savor the delightful cuisine and cocktails of the fabled lands. Gaze through the passing the rural villages and vibrant cities. The Eastern and Oriental Express is a romantic way to explore Southeast Asia. Honeymoon couples return home with cherished memories.

Expected rates: For 7 Days/ 6 Nights tariffs from USD 7,900 per person

14. Hiram Bingham - Cuzco to Machu Picchu

Hiram Bingham is a luxury train taking you on a ride that transports you to centuries back. The luxury train offers a trip of unforgettable memories. Pass through breathtaking scenery as you indulge in the premium extravagance of your ride. Couples on honeymoon interested in history cannot have a better option than this. The train goes on a round trip experience from Cuzco to the famous Incan ruins of Machu Picchu. On the one day-journey, get to enjoy a lavish brunch with Peruvian wines. Traditional entertainers of Peru mesmerize you. The magical journey becomes your favorite memory of your honeymoon.

Expected rates: The 1 Day tariff start at USD 734 per person

15. Napa Valley Train - Day Excursion

Napa Valley train is not a luxury train with overnight accommodations, it is a day-trip creating a cherished experience. The train travels only a 36 mile journey but is without doubt amorous. This memorable excursion of 3-4 hours takes riders through scenic Napa Valley wine terrain. In masterfully restored vintage rail cars, discover the heart of the California wine-country. For the food and wine loving honeymoon couples, it is simply wonderful. The train offers a variety of experiences. Enjoy regional food and fantastic wines (including tastings), and the unmatched panoramic views. Enjoy a gourmet lunch with your loved one here.

Expected Rates:
The 3-4 hours journey starts from USD 124 per person

Plan out your honeymoon or a romantic getaway in these luxury rides.

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World's Most Spectacular Train Stations 
India boasts of a rich historical past wherein it has been under the reign of several rulers who erected innumerable architectural gems during the course of their rule. Boasting of detailed embellishments and magnificent architecture, the monuments of India are representatives of one of the most stunning features of multi-featured culture of India.

A structural accomplishment in their own self, all the Indian monuments are wonderful samples of romance, bravery, mystery, artistry, skillfulness and more. They are witness of the past of the country, standing like sentinel pillars of the cultural heritage of India. These wonderful monuments are muses for the future generation and proud landmarks of their home cities too!

Here is the list of 20 Amazing Indian Monuments and Landmarks.

1. Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal in Agra
Taj Mahal at Agra - India is one of the wonders of the world

One of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taj Mahal stands like a dream on the southern banks of River Yamuna in Agra. This white marble mausoleum was commissioned in 1632 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.

The construction of this monument took 22 years. An amalgam of Persian and Mughal architecture, the mausoleum has been adorned with calligraphy, lattice work, precious and semi-precious stones.

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2. Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Fort in Jaipur
Amber Fort in Jaipur

Placed on the outskirts of Jaipur, Amber Fort or Amer Fort was the original home of the Rajput royalty before the establishment of Jaipur. One of the most popular attractions of Jaipur, this fort has expansive courtyard, temples, gardens, halls and palaces. This fort is a World Heritage Site along with five other hill forts of Rajasthan.

Erected by Raja Man Singh in 1592 with Rajput and Hindu elements, this fort holds several splendid structures within its walls such as Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Suraj Pol, Sukh Mahal etc.

3. Golden Temple, Amritsar

Golden Temple in Amritsar

Also known as Harmandir Sahib and Darbar Sahib, Golden Temple is a revered Sikh shrine that is visited by people of all faiths in huge numbers every year. Made up of marble, a distinguishing gold-plate upper part and dome is the best feature of this structure.

One of the five Takhts of the Sikh community called Akal Takht Sahib, its complex has a holy pond (Amrit Sarovar) where the visitors take a dip to wash away all their sins. A symbol of human brotherhood and equality, this sacred site was designed by Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Guru of Sikhism.

4. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh fort - One of the largest forts in India
Mehrangarh fort - One of the largest forts in India
One of the largest forts in India, Mehrangarh fort is probably the most popular attraction of Jodhpur and a popular landmark too. This invincible beauty has been well-preserved and is positioned on a perpendicular cliff, guarding the ‘blue city’.

Constructed around 1460 by Rao Jodha (the founder of Jodhpur), this fort has as many as seven tall gates and houses a well-stocked museum too. Do not miss the royal palanquins, costumes, arms and paintings here. This mighty fort was built in a span of 500 years and this adorns several styles of architectures.

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5. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, Delhi

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in New Delhi

Opened in the year 2005 for visitors, the expansive Swaminarayan Akshardham or Akshardham is a popular Hindu temple complex that lies on the banks of River Yamuna in east Delhi. One of the largest complete Hindu temple complexes in the word, it is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the founder of Swaminarayan Hinduism, a modern sect of Hinduism.

A wonderful show of art, culture, history and architecture of India, this huge complex comprises of a musical fountain, a canteen, well-maintained lush garden, the main temple, and a special boat ride with movie (water show).

6. Qutab Minar, Delhi

Qutab Minar in Delhi
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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Quab Minar boasts of being the world’s tallest brick minaret, erected in an early Indo–Islamic architecture. The second tallest minar in the country, this 73-m structure was erected 1193 by ruler Qutab-ud-din Aibak right after defeating of the last Hindu king of Delhi.

This is five-storeyed tower with beautiful elaborate carvings as well as verses from the holy book, Quran. The Qutub Minar complex is dotted with a number of other historical structures also such as Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the Iron Pillar of Delhi, the Tomb of Imam Zamin, Alai Minar, the Tomb of Iltutmish and Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa and Tomb.

7. Agra Fort, Agra

Agra Fort in Agra

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Agra, just 2.5 km away from the breathtaking Taj Mahal, the magnificent Agra Fort is one of the best Mughal structures in India. Originally a Rajputana brick fort, it was captured and reconstructed by Emperor Akbar, making it its capital in 1558. While the red sandstone part of the fort was by Emperor Akbar, the marble structures were commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan.

Within the premises of the Agra Fort complex, there are a number of structures that are worth-exploring. Some of such buildings include Diwan i Am, DIwan i Khas, Jahangir Palace, Shesh Mahal, Moti Masjid, Palace of Jodha Bai, Anguri Bagh, Nagina Masjid, Saman Burj, Khas Mahal, Elephant Gate and so on.

8. Khajuraho Temples, Khajuraho

Khajuraho Temples in Khajuraho

Khajuraho Group of Monuments, another popular World Heritage Site in India, is one of the most-visited attractions in Madhya Pradesh. Promoting erotica, love and worship, there are more than 20 temples, which are finest architectural marvels with detailed carvings. These stunning medieval monuments were erected by the Chandela rulers between AD 900 and 1130.

Divided into Eastern and Western Group of temples, they include Hindu as well as Jain places of worship. Lakshman temple, Chitragupta temple, Kandariya Mahadev temple, Vishwanath temple, Devi Jagadambi temple, Duladeo temple, Parsvanath temple, Adinath temple, Javari temple and Varaha temple along with other are some of the popular temples here.

9. Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Humayun's Tomb in Delhi

Built in 1569-70 by Emperor Akbar, son of Emperor Humayun and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect, it is the tomb of Humayun. The first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, this tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian styles of architecture, this mausoleum has lovely water channels and pathways. This was the site where Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar took refuge with 3 princes during the first war of Independence in 1857.

The Humayun tomb complex has a number of other structures too such as Tomb and mosque of Isa Kha, Afsarwala Tomb and mosque, Bu Halima's Tomb and Garden, Nila Gumbad, Araba Sarai, Barber's tomb, and Chillah Nizamuddin Aulia. Located opposite Nizamuddin Dargah, it can be visited from sunrise to sunset.

10. Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur

Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur

One of the finest and popular temples in South India, Brihadeeswarar Temple is erected out of granite stone and boasts of being over 1000 years old. One of the oldest temples in India that are dedicated to Lord Shiva, it has a dome that is higher than 60 m. Also known as Peruvudaiyar Kovil, RajaRajeswara Temple and Rajarajeswaram, it is a wonderful example of Dravidian temple architecture.

It is also one of India’s largest temples. A part of the World Heritage Site known as the Great Living Chola Temples, Brihadesswarar temple was commissioned during the Chola period. The main temple is in the center of the huge quadrangle-shaped complex and comprises of a Nandi bull statue, a pillared hall as well as an assembly hall / mandapa along with a number of other sub-shrines.

11. India Gate, Delhi

India Gate in Delhi

A popular landmark as well as one of the most popular attractions in Delhi, the India Gate is a war memorial, positioned on the Rajpath. This 42-m high structure takes its cue from Arc-de-Triomphe, its French equivalent. It was constructed as a commemoration of over 13,516 British and Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives on the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919, carrying their names on its walls. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and its foundation was in 1921 laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught.

Made of red Bharatpur stone, this structure also has an addition called Amar Jawan Jyoti, dedicated to those martyrs who laid their lives in the Indo-Pak war in 1971. The flame keeps burning day and night. The structure is surrounded by lush well-maintained lawns.

12. Gateway of India, Mumbai

Gateway of India monument is referred to as the Taj Mahal of Mumbai

Overlooking the Arabian Sea, one of the most popular landmarks as well as tourist attractions in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is placed on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area. Built in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, it was made was to commemorate the visit of first British Monarch, King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay (Mumbai) in March 1911. However, the construction of the Gateway was completed only in 1924.

This daunting yellow basalt architecture is flocked by locals, tourists, photography enthusiasts as well as hawkers all throughout the day. This 26 m high structure has four towers and elaborate latticework.

13. Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort in Delhi

A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, the mighty Red Fort or Lal Quila was the official residence of the Mughal Emperor of India for around 200 years, until year 1857. Constructed in the year 1648 by the 5th Mughal Emperor in India Shah Jahan as the palace of his capital Shahjahanabad after coming from Agra, this red sandstone structure houses a number of well-stocked museums. It also boasts of owning a few huge gates like Lahori Gate, Delhi Gate and Water Gate.

The Drum House, the white marble Hall of Private Audiences, the Hall of Public Audiences, Palace of Color, the Pearl Mosque and Royal Baths are some of the popular structures inside the Red Fort Complex. A fusion of Timurid and Persian traditions of architecture, this mighty fort today becomes the venue of the main event on the Independence Day.

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14. Mysore Palace, Mysore

Mysore Palace in Mysore

Also known as the Amba Vilas Palace, Mysore palace the city’s popular landmark, is the residence as well as seat of the Wodeyars, the royal family of Mysore, who ruled from 1399 to 1950. The original palace was in wood that got burnt in 1897 during a wedding ceremony. Rebuilt in the year 1912, the present three-storey structure is in Indo-Saracenic style, bringing together Hindu, Rajput, Muslim, and Gothic architecture traditions.

Now turned into a museum, it possess priceless royal souvenirs, jewelry, paintings, costumes and other things, that were owned by the Wodeyars. Boasting of stunning stained glass and mirrors, this glorious palace every year becomes the venue for the very popular Mysuru Dasara festival. The palace complex comprises of Public Durbar Hall, Private Durbar, Gombe Thotti (Doll’s Pavilion), Portrait Gallery, Kalyana Mantapa, Casket room, and various temples such as Kodi Bharravasvami Temple, Sri Shweta Varahaswamy Temple, Sri Lakshmiramana Swami Temple etc.

15. Charminar, Hyderabad

Charminar in Hyderabad

One of the most popular mosques and monuments in Hyderabad, the Charminar was erected in 1591 CE by Mohammed Quli Qutab Shah, the 5th sultan of the Qutub Shahi dynasty of India. Positioned on the eastern banks of River Musi, this 400-yr old structure is often referred to as the ‘Arc de triomphe of the East’. This is a square- shaped structure with four festooned minarets in each of the corners, from where it derives its name.

With the popular Laad Bazaar on the west and beautifully ornamented Makkah Masjid on the southwest, the Charminar boasts of a bustling surrounding. From the gallery on the first floor, the visitors can enjoy a lovely views of the surrounding area. It is believed that the ruler built this structure to commemorate the eradication of plague, which was widespread at that time.

16. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

The Meenakshi temple - one of the largest temple complexes in Tamil Nadu.
A popular landmark of Madurai and one of the most important temples in South India, Meenakshi Amman Temple is a Hindu temple that is placed on the banks of River Vaigai. One of the largest temple complexes in Tamil Nadu state, this magnificent Dravidian architecture is dedicated to Goddess Parvati, here known as Meenakshi, and her consort, Lord Shiva, known as Sundareswarar.

Encircled by high walls, the temple complex has 2 sanctums, dedicated to Sundareshwara and Meenakshi, enveloped by a few sub shrines and a pillared halls. The remarkable 12 gopurams of Meenakshi Amman temple are festooned with stucco figures of mythical animas, deities and monsters in various colors. The yearly 10-day Meenakshi Tirukalyanam festival, in April and May, attracts around 1 million devotees.

17. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal - The Palace of Winds - one of the prominent tourist attractions in Jaipur.

One of the most popular attractions in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal is a stunning 5-storeyed structure that was commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh of Kachhwaha Rajput dynasty in 1799. It is known for its honeycomb of a beehive-like structure with 953 small jharokhas / windows complex latticework through which the royal ladies used to observe day-to-day life on the street below without them being seen by anyone. Designed by Lal Chand Ustad, he drafted it in the form of the crown of Lord Krishna as the commission ruler was the ardent devotee of the Lord.

The entrance of Hawa Mahal is on the backside, leading to a huge courtyard enclosed by two-storeyed structures on 3 sides. An interesting thing about this structure is that it does not have stairs and the floors are connected through slopes. The palace also has a well-stocked archeological museum.

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18. Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid of Delhi is the largest mosque in India

The largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid is counted as one of 10 most famous Jama Masjid mosques in the country. Also known as Masjid-i Jahān-Numā, this was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between1644 and 1658. The mighty structure of the mosque is in red sandstone and marble and was made by over 5000 artisans. The first 3 storeys of the mosque tower are in red sandstone, the 4th is made of marble, and the 5th one is in sandstone.

The walls of Jama Masjid have detailed carvings as well as verses from the holy Quran. The spacious courtyard of the mosque can accommodate as many as 25000 worshipers at one time. This adorned mosque has three grand gates, two minarets and four towers. Each of the 5 storeys of the mosque has balconies.

19. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus - An historic railway station in Mumbai and World Heritage Site.

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), a historic railway station in Mumbai and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was formerly known as Victoria Terminus. A fine example of Victorian-Gothic style of architecture in India, it is also has shades of Mughal architectural traditions. One of the best railway stations in India, its construction started in 1878 and was completed in 10 years. Designed by the British architect F.W. Stevens, the structure has wonderful amalgam of British and Indian designs.

A popular landmark of Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus spread in an area of 2.85 hectares and is used by as many as 3 million commuters. The turrets and the pointed arches of the station look remarkable. While the main structure is made up of sandstone and limestone, the interiors are adorned with high-quality Italian marble. It has also been the shooting site of a number of Bollywood movies as well as Oscar-winning movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire’.

20. Victoria Memorial, Kolkata

Victoria Memorial is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria. 
Constructed between 1906 and 1921in the memory of Queen Victorial, The Victoria Memorial is a white marble building that has now been turned into a museum. One of the top tourist attractions in Kolkata, it is also popular for its lush gardens, defined domes and a special, huge royal gallery. Placed alongside the banks of River Hooghly, this memorial has Indo-Saracenic revivalist architecture style, using touches of Mughal, British, Islamic, Venetian and Egyptian traditions of architecture.

While the foundation of the memorial was laid by the Prince of Wales in 1906, its inauguration was done in 1921. The museum houses a wonderful collection of British Raj paintings, Victoria memorabilia along with other showcases such as weapons, coins, maps sculptors, textiles and stamps.

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