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Traveling to India?
India will be one of the most intriguing countries you will ever visit. It is among the top developing countries in the world with twenty nine different states. It is bordered by China, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. India has an extremely diverse landscape depending on the region you choose to enter. India is even the seventh largest country by area and the second most populous country at 1.339 billion people. It is even expected to reach number one and out grow China by 2028. There are many different languages spoken in India but the more common languages are Hindi, English, Bengali, Punjabi and Gujarati. This beautiful country is full of vast amounts of history and historical monuments that date back many centuries. If you are thinking about traveling to India any time soon there are 5 Things you Should Know Before Traveling to India.
Top 5 Places to Visit in India
#1 The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal meaning ‘crown of places’ is located in the northern city of Agra. This site is visited by over four million people every year. The Taj was declared to be one of the World Heritage Sites as well as one of the Seven Wonders of the World voted on by people from all over the world. This structure stands at a massive 561 feet tall and is known as the Symbol of India. You can’t come to the country of India without visiting the Taj Mahal.
An emperor named Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his third wife named Mumtaz Mahal. She died in the year of 1631 during the birth of their 14th child together. A year after the death of Mumtaz the construction of the Taj Mahal began. Shah Jahan wanted the Taj Mahal to be the final resting place for his beloved wife.
Building the Taj Mahal was not an easy operation. It took a whole 20 years to complete the main structure and over 20,000 workers. The white marble that makes up the Taj Mahal was imported from different countries all over the world. It took 1,000 elephants to transport all of this material to make construction possible. The actual burial tomb was made up of many different types of precious and expensive stones. Unfortunately most of these precious stones were stripped from the tomb during the Indian Rebellion back in 1857.
The Taj Mahal structure was built to keep precious tomb inside safe. The four main pillars that surround the dome were built to slightly slant away from the tomb. This was incase any of them were to collapse the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal would still be protected.
There have been a few additional features to the Taj Mahal since the creation of the main structure. There is a pool reflecting the beautiful image of the Taj Mahal that lies infant of the amazing monument. Along with the reflection pool there has also been a mausoleum, mosque and a beautiful garden to contribute to the beauty of the Taj Mahal.
If you are thinking about traveling to India the Taj Mahal must be on your bucket list. Not only because of the history and its beauty but there has been a lot of concern about how long the structure will be around. The river that runs next to the Taj Mahal is severely polluted. The pollution in this river has caused the wooden frame of the structure to rot. We have already began to see many cracks in the Taj Mahal. Engineers are working fast to prevent anything from happening to the wonderful structure. I would suggest not putting the Taj Mahal off though incase they are not able to keep up with the structural maintenance.
#2 The Gateway of India
The Gateway of India is a significant monumental structure for the city of Mumbai, India. The Gateway of India was originally built to commemorate King George V and Queen Mary’s trip to Mumbai in December of 1911. Though they were not able to see the actual completion of the Gateway at the time it provided much significance to the British Rule in India.
The construction of the Gateway of India began in 1911 and was completed in 1924. The original location of the gateway was used as a fishing port for the local fishing community of Mumbai. It was later renovated and used as a place for the British officials to land. The design of the monument is a combination of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture. The arch is Muslim style and the decoration is Hindu architectural style. The structure itself is made from a yellow basalt and concrete.
The country of India won back it’s independence from the British in 1948. The last British troops to leave India passed through the Gateway of India signifying their independence.
This is a popular attraction for many tourists that come to India. Here you can find many street vendors, food, and photographers. This is not only a common spot for tourists but a huge hang out spot for the locals of Mumbai. The Elephanta Festival of music and dance was located at the Elephanta Caves for the past 23 year. In 2012 due to lack of space they decided to host it at the Gateway of India.
#3 Goa Beaches
Goa is located on the South Western coast of India. Many tourists from all over the world come to soak up Indian beach life here. Goa holds over 50 different beaches that all provide a different atmosphere to each individual one.
The multiple beaches in Goa offer many different feelings. Bags Beach is known as the best all around beach in Goa. The ocean views are just stunning. The people are friendly and there is a lot to do. If you are into water sports Sinquerim Beach in Goa is the place to be. They have tons of different water sports available for tourists. Goa has multiple beaches that offer a huge party scene. There are bars, drinking, food, dancing – all around night club party vibe. If this is the scene for you Majorda Beach, Palolem Beach or Colva beach might just be the place for you. Beaches like Benaulim Beach hold more quiet and peaceful vibes.
If you plan on visiting India you will definitely get indulged in the busy hustle and bustle of traffic and people everywhere. Goa’s beaches will give you a total different outlook no India. I would highly suggest Goa to any tourists traveling to India in the feature.
#4 The Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple is a Baha’i House of Worship. Completed in 1986, it is one of the last seven major Baha’i Temples left in the entire world. The temple is located in the great city of New Delhi, India. This temple is one of the most visited places in the entire world. It is a place of worship for everyone of all religions. The Baha’i faith teaches that this space holds no discrimination. That includes religion, sex, background, or caste. Everyone is free to visit, pray or meditate at the magical Lotus Temple.
The architecture of the Lotus Temple was inspired by the lotus flower. There are 27 petal shaped structures made out of white marble that make up the beautiful temple. The Lotus Temple has won various awards for its architectural structure and design. The site attracts around four million tourist visitors every year. New Delhi is one of the best places for tourists to visit. There are highly developed malls, restaurants and shopping for tourists to stop on their way to or from the Lotus Temple.
The Lotus Temple is open from 930am to 530pm during the winter and 9am to 7pm in the summertime. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday and shuts down on Monday of every week. One of the best things about the temple is that there is no entry fee at all. That’s right. FREE! There are multiple ways to get transportation to the temple. New Delhi is full of rickshaw or cabs everywhere you turn that would be happy to give you a ride.
Photo and video are allowed outside the temple. If you wanted to take photos inside the temple you would need permission from authorities at the temple before hand.
#5 Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal is also known as “the Palace of Breeze” was constructed in 1799. The palace got its name from the honeycomb shaped windows which allow a breeze to blow perfectly through the palace. The Hawa Mahal is actually an extension of the Royal City Palace.
The reason for the construction of this beautiful structure back in the 1700’s was for the royal ladies. The Purdah system was to be strictly followed. This meant that the royal ladies were not to be seen by any locals or appear in public at anytime. The Hawa Mahal’s structure would allow them to see the every day activities going on in the streets without being noticed or seen.
If you plan on visiting the Hawa Mahal know that there is an entry fee. For Indian citizens the cost is 10 Rupees. For all other visitors the cost is 50 Rupees. It operates every day from 9am – 430pm.
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