#65 best destination in the world

Taj Mahal

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  • Ivory-white marble mausoleum on the bank of the Yamuna river
  • Commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in order to house his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal
  • #6 of the top 25 landmarks in the world
  • Contains a tomb, mosque, guest house, gardens, and crenellated walls
  • The original cost of the building would be approximately $827 million in 2015 dollars
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Pangong Tso

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  • Lake in the Himalayas that is 83 miles long and 14,270 ft above sea level
  • During winter the lake freezes completely, despite being saline water

 

Dholavira

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  • Archaelogical site and village that contains ruins of an ancient Indus Valley Civilization/Harappan city
  • Occupied dating back to 2650 BC
  • One of the oldest buildings in the world

 

Sanchi

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  • Buddhist complex on a hilltop that is one of the oldest stone structures in India
  • Originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka in the 300 BC
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Agonda Beach

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  • #18 of the top 25 beaches in the world

 

Qutb Complex

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  • Ruins of Lal Kot which consisted of 27 Hindu and Jain temples built in 739
  • Qutb Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and is an important example of early Afghan architecture which later evolved into Indo-Islamic architecture
  • Built as a victory tower in 1192, marking the beginning of Muslim rule in India
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Agra Fort

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  • Historical walled city
  • Was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Humayun’s Tomb

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  • Tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun
  • Commissioned by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569
  • Was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Jantar Mantar

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  • Gigantic sundial intended to measure the time of day, correct to half a second
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Amer Fort

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  • Fort located high on a hill and known for its artistic Hindu style elements
  • Constructed from red sandstone and marble
  • Built in 1592
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Akshardham (Delhi)

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  • Hindu temple, and a spiritual-cultural campus
  • The complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture
  • Opened in 2005
  • There are various exhibition halls which provide information about the life and work of Swaminarayan
  • The complex features a water show, a thematic garden and three exhibitions namely Hall of Values, an IMAX film on the early life of Swaminarayan as the teenage yogi, and a cultural boat ride
  • According to Swaminarayan Hinduism, the word Akshardham means the abode of almighty Lord Swaminarayan and believed by followers as a temporal home of God on earth

 

Gateway of India

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  • Arch monument erected to commemorate the landing in 1911 of King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary, the first British monarch to visit India
  • The monument is built in the Indo-Saracenic style, incorporating elements of 16th-century Marathi architecture
  • After its construction the gateway was used as a symbolic ceremonial entrance to British India for important colonial personnel
  • It has been called a symbol of “conquest and colonization” commemorating British colonial legacy
  • The gateway is also the monument from where the last British troops left India in 1948, following Indian independence

 

Chand Baori

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  • Stepwell which can be dated to 8th-9th century
  • Today,there are remains of old sculptures and carvings, which were suggested to be in the temple or in the various rooms
  • Many of these stepwells served multiple purposes including drawing water and religious or ceremonies activities
  • This unique form of underground well architecture remains constant from the 7th century in the existing monument

 

Living Root Bridge

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  • Type of simple suspension bridge formed of living plant roots by tree shaping
  • Handmade from the aerial roots of rubber fig trees by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain

 

Hawa Mahal

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  • Palace made with the red and pink sandstone
  • Built in 1799
  • Its unique five floors exterior is akin to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called Jharokhas decorated with intricate latticework
  • The original intent of the lattice design was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life and festivals celebrated in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey the strict rules of “purdah”, which forbade them from appearing in public without face coverings
  • Many people see the Hawa Mahal from the street view and think it is the front of the palace, but in reality it is the back of that structure

 

Roopkund

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  • High altitude glacial lake that lies in the Himalayas
  • The area around the lake is uninhabited, and is roughly at an altitude of 16,470 feet, surrounded by rock-strewn glaciers and snow-clad mountains
  • Roopkund is widely known for the hundreds of ancient human skeletons found at the edge of the lake.
  • The human skeletal remains are visible at its bottom when the snow melts
  • Research generally points to a semi-legendary event where a group of people were killed in a sudden, violent hailstorm in the 9th century

 

Jal Mahal

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  • Palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake
  • The palace and the lake around it were renovated and enlarged in the 18th century

 

Radhanagar Beach

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  • #16 of the top 25 beaches in the world
  • White sand and rainforest trees lend a tropical vibe to this acclaimed swimming and diving spot

 

Amer Jeep Safari

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  • An opportunity to explore how Rajasthan (Jaipur) rural community live and have lived for generations in same fashion as their ancestors

 

Sabarmati Ashram

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  • One of the many residences of Mahatma Gandhi who lived at Sabarmati when he was not travelling across India and was not in prison
  • It was from his base here that Gandhi led the Dandi march also known as the Salt Satyagraha in 1930
  • In recognition of the significant influence that this march had on the Indian independence movement the Indian government has established the ashram as a national monument

 

Ellora Caves

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  • One of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600–1000 AD period
  • Cave 16, in particular, features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world, the Kailasha temple, a chariot shaped monument dedicated to Shiva
  • The Kailasha temple excavation also features sculptures depicting the gods, goddesses and mythologies found in Vaishnavism, Shaktism as well as relief panels summarizing the two major Hindu Epics
  • There are over 100 caves at the site, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills, 34 of which are open to public
  • These consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, each group representing deities and mythologies prevalent in the 1st millennium AD, as well as monasteries of each respective religion
  • They were built close to one another and illustrate the religious harmony that existed in ancient India
  • Funding for the construction of the monuments was provided by royals, traders and the wealthy of the region

 


 

Costs

all flights $2,668

food $7/day x 26 days = $182

hotel $17/day x 22 days = $374

tickets (all attractions) $54

TOTAL for whole itinerary $3,278