Sitting by the bank of meandering Betwa River during the sunset and beholding the silhouette of the Chhatris, or the sight of Laksmi Temple and the Orchha Palace was simply mesmerizing. One thing that sets apart Orchha is the friendly locals and mouth watering street food.
Jahangir Mahal is one of the major attractions in Orchha. Even as you approach Jahangiri Mahal you’ll notice the amalgam of Indo-Saracenic architecture. The legend associated with this 3 storied structure with hanging terraces and domed apartment has it that it was named after the Mughal Emperor Jahangir who had Kingdom of Orchha returned to Bir Singh, then king of the kingdom. The palace building boasts of 132 multi layered chambers. The chambers bear significant amount of ornamentation and carvings depicting various Hindu deities and animals and birds.
All that can be said is that Orchha is an enchanting as well as rejuvenating destination, a veritable oasis far from the hullabaloo of other popular destinations and the din of city.
For those looking forward to savor the vibrant colors of life amidst stark desert of Rajasthan, Jodhpur is an apt destination. Situated on the edge of Thar Desert, Jodhpur is the second largest city of Rajasthan after Rajasthan. The city is also known as the Blue city due to the blue-painted houses around Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur was founded by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rathore clan, in 1459 AD. The city was built to serve as the new capital of Rathore kingdom, Known as Marwar. Owing to its strategic location near road linking Delhi - Gujarat trade route, the city thrived from the trade in copper, silk, sandals, date palms and coffee.
|A panoramic view of the blue city Jodhpur from the ramparts of Mehrangarh fort|
The city of Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination owing to its royal heritage. Places of tourist interest in Jodhpur include massive fortress, striking palaces and spectacular gardens. Besides forts and palaces, the cultural festivals in Jodhpur are a major attraction for travelers. Some of the famous attractions in Jodhpur are as follows:
Perched on a 150 meter high hill, Mehrangarh fort is one of the largest forts in Rajasthan. The fort was founded as the site of Rao Jodha’s new capital in 1459 AD. The massive fort complex has many palaces and temples which include Moti Mahal, Sheesh Mahal, Phool Mahal, Zenana Deodi and Chamunda Mataji Temple. A museum in the fort houses an exquisite collection of howdahs, palanquins, fine arts, music instruments, and weapons and is well worth your time.
|A view of the massive facades of the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Rajasthan|
Located 1 kilometer downhill from Mehrangarh fort, Jaswant Thada is a striking white marble cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. Jaswant Thada, fondly called the Taj Mahal of Marwar was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh to commemorate his father Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The main cenotaph was given a shape of temple with intricately carved marble stone.
|Jaswant Thada, cenotaph of the maharaja of Jodhpur is often referred to as Taj Mahal of Jodhpur|
Umaid Bhawan Palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh and is one of the largest private residences in the world. The palace is also known as Chittar Palace due to the extensive use of Chittar sandstone and its location on Chittar hill. At present, the palace is divided into three functional parts- a luxury five-star hotel, a museum and residence of the royal family.
|Umaid Bhawan Palace is one of the largest private residences in world a part of which is now converted into hotel and is managed by prestigious Taj group|
One of the must do things while you are in Jodhpur is a camel-back safari in the Thar desert. Jodhpur is often referred to as the gateway to Thar. A safari in the undulating sand dunes of the desert with a camping session in night to behold the morning glory of sunrise is always on prescription in Jodhpur. Savor the mystical experience as you behold the golden hue of the sand during sunrise.
|A camel safari in the sand dunes near Jodhpur is always recommended for its sheer mystical aspect|
|Churches and Cathedral of Goa: Colonial legacy of Old Goa, a designated World Heritage Site|
|Sun and sand paradise Goa|
Goa is regarded as a tropical paradise with an array of beaches draped along Arabian Sea coast. With an unparalleled languidness and cosmopolitan hospitality, beaches of Goa are irediscent beacon drawing millions of tourists from around the world. Some of the most visited beaches by tourists in the city are Baga, Anjuna, Calangute, Majorda, Colva, Bogmalo, Vagator, Dona Paula, Miramar and Sinquerim.
|Glittering beaches of Goa are its most appealing aspect when it comes to Goa tours and holidays|
Rustic Charm of Old Goa
Old Goa was once compared with Lisbon and London back in 1500s. Crumbling architecture which includes scores of Cathedrals and imposing Churches, some of which are largest in Asia, are reminiscent of the bygone splendor of this once fabled city. A visit to Old Goa is a must if you are looking for a glimpse into the colonial legacy of Goa evident in its streets, building, culture and exquisite landmarks.
|Old basilica Bom Jesus in Old Goa: A part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Goa|
Basilica of Bom Jesus, St. Catherine’s Chapel, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and Church and Convent of St Monica are some must visit attractions of Goa. The Churches and Convents of Old Goa are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Site and had been influential in spreading both faith and the Portuguese style of architecture in Asia. These grandiose structures and remnants of humanity in the Old Goa which once was compared to Lisbon itself is one of the most distinctive and appealing feature of holidays in Goa.
|Goa is one of the most preferred honeymoon destinations and romantic getaway in India|
Kovalam name to fame was the discovery of its pristine beaches in early 1970s by hippies. An erstwhile backpacker’s paradise, Kovalam has developed into a world class tropical beach paradise in Kerala. It is a favored destination of honeymooners and those looking forward to a rejuvenating time in sand and sun. Another important factor contributing to tourism in Kovalam is Ayurveda and wellness activities to invigorate your body, mind and soul. Kovalam is one of the most important destination not just when it comes to Kerala tours, but also when it comes to beach destinations in world.
|A mesmerizing view of the sunset by the Kovalam coastline|
|A view of the Lighthouse Beach in Kovalam|
To discover the exotic beauty for which Kovalam is romanticized internationally dig deep into the inner recesses of the city to less crowded coastline, particularly into the rice paddies and palm groves that stretch far inland. Do try out the mouth tingling seafood while you are in Kovalam.
And accommodation is not a problem in Kovalam. Whether you are a budget traveler or looking for exclusive stays, a hotel for every need and budget is available in Kovalam to suit your pocket and occasion. Kovalam beach indeed is an idyll retreat when it comes to holidays in Kerala.
|Succulent seafood is another specialty of Kovalam|