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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Honeymoon Attraction in Munnar, Kerla , India

Munnar, where nature's pristine beauty is still unsullied by holiday hordes. Travel destinations Munnar is a picturesque scope of the lofty Western Ghats. The town of Munnar stands at the confluence of three mountain streams. Come to Munnar. Go trekking. Go boating. Go riding. Go angling. Or just laze about and fill your soul with peace in Munnar.
Honeymoon in Munnar where your eyes will be flooded with absolute greenery, where you can smell the sweet fragrance coming from the tea gardens, where you can climb the highest peak of Kerala, Anaimudi and where you will find the rare Neelakurunji flower that blooms once in 12 years and the next flowering time is in 2018.

Tea estates of Munnar

Munnar is essentially a tea town. Miles and miles of unending tea plantations are there to welcome you. Popularly known as the tea town of Kerala, Munnar is home to some of the highest tea estates in the world. Munnar was developed to cultivate tea plants during the British rule of India. The territory of Munnar is almost entirely occupied by the sprawling tea estates and thick forest cover. The spice plantation in Munnar and the tea estates are prime attractions of this picturesque land. The sprawling plantations of tea and spices make Munnar a place worth visiting while on a tour to Kerala.

Places to be visited in Munnar are Eravikulam, Mattupetty, Rajamalai etc. are very close to Munnar.


A sanctuary for the endangered mountain goat of South India, the Nilgiri Tahr ( Hemitragus hylocrious), the Eravikulam National Park stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands and sholas, spread over 97 sq km in the Rajamalai hills


Mattupetty is situated at a height of 1700 m above sea level. Mattupetty Lake and Dam is a beautiful picnic spot with the panoramic view of the tea plantations and the lake. Boating facilities are available in the reservoir. Mattupetty is also well known for its highly specialized dairy moonar hills, munnar farm - the Indo-Swisss Live Stock project.  The Shola forests in and around Mattupetty are ideal for trekking and are habitat to a variety of birds. Rivulets and cascades crisscross the terrain here, which again adds more attraction to the place.


Rajamala is the natural habitat of Nilgiri Tahr. Half the world population of this rare mountain goat is found here, which is fast becoming extinct.

Hotels In Munnar

Royal Retreat
Kannan Devan Hills, Munnar, Kerala, India.

Tea County Hill Station Resort
KTDC Hill Resort, Munnar, Kerala , India
Hotel HillView
Aluva-Munnar Road, Munnar, Kerala, India.

The Siena Village
Chinnakanal P.O., Munnar, Kerala, India.
C7 hotels
Munnar Munnar, Kerala, India.

Olive Brook
Pothamedu, Munnar, Idukki ,Kerala

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Land Of Naga's-Nagaland, India

travel_destinations_nahgalandNagaland, one of the eight sister states of North east India and a beautiful travel destination  is famous for its exquisitely picturesque landscapes, the vibrantly colorful sunrise and sunset, lush and verdant flora and many more…A home to as many as sixteen tribes, the state has much to discover. The capital of Nagaland is Kohima and the largest city of the state is Dimapur. In this beautiful state people of almost 20 different dialects dwell happily together. Kohima is the home to the beautiful rocky Naga Hills. It has one of the most magnificent panoramic views. The travelers should make it a point to visit this capital city. Nagaland is a paradise for the lovers of nature. The adventurous land of Nagaland offers plentiful trekking opportunities.

One must visit the Khonoma the capital of Nagaland to see the village lifestyle of the people of Nagaland. This village has historical importance and its ecological propriety is also very rich. One can hear various fascinating stories of folklore here from the villagers. The Kohima village of Nagaland is considered one of the largest in Asia and the visitors of the village are greeted by a large gate at the entrance. In the Kohima village of Nagaland, the stones of different sizes and shapes can be seen, which are implanted within the compound or skulls of buffaloes and mithuns adorning the portico. From this, the glory of the great ancestors of them can be imagined.

Though the state capital of Nagaland is Kohima, the main hub of all the economic activities is Dimarpur. It possesses many markets and shopping hubs like the Hong Kong Market, which sell the most recent fashionable garments and that too at an affordable price. It is connected to major city centres of the north-east by a series of highways and road networks.


Situated at an altitude of 195 meters above sea-level is the gateway of Nagaland. This flourishing town is also the commercial centre of the State. Dimapur is the main rail-head in Nagaland. Dimapur is the only airport in Nagaland. Indian Airlines operates Boeing services from both Calcutta and Delhi on every alternate day.

Places Of Interest:
The Ruins of Medieval Kachari Kingdom, Ruzaphema- 5 kms, Intangki Wildlife Sanctuary- 37 kms, Sales Emporium.

Nagaland – Cuisine

Most of the Nagas are meat eaters and they enjoy dousing the meat with red chilly. Nagas preserve the meat by hanging up a slab in their house and letting the fire from the hearth. On the other hand, Tribal cuisine somehow vary from the common Naga cuisine. In truth, tribal cuisine is not always everyone’s cup of tea and it can be prepared only by tribes. Tribal eat steamed hornets, curried locusts and squirrel dish with sticky rice and washed down with rice beer. Take a drive from Dimapur to Kohima on National Highway 39 which is lined with Naga food stalls featuring local delicacies and mouth-watering pineapples.

Nagaland – Wildlife

travel_destinations_nagaland+_toursNagaland is home to only Itanki Wildlife Sanctuary but it is a wonderful treasure-trove of exotic wildlife. Itanki Wildlife Sanctuary is located 111 km away from Kohima and 37 km from Dimapur. In this sanctuary, you will see the Hoolock Baboon, the only gibbon found in India. Apart from gibbon, the sanctuary also has a sizeable population of elephant, tiger, mithun, sambhar, wild dog, sloth bear, barking deer, goral, flying squirrel, khaleej, hornbill, black stork etc. Sprawling over an area of 56 sq. kms, this wildlife sanctuary houses a forest resthouse and offers transport on hire.

Hotels In Nagaland

Most of the hotels in Nagaland are budget category ones. You may not find the glitz of city hotels. But tiny hotels with warm hospitality in close proximity to nature would complement for the lack of urban gloss and would offer you an otherworldly experience.

Hotel Japfu
Post Box No. 140, P.R. Hill,

Kohima    Hotel Pine

Hotel Capital
Near NST. Complex

Hotel Sharon
New Market

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Calangute Beach , Goa

traveldestination_Calangute_Beach_GoaThe 'queen of beaches', Calangute one of the most visited travel destination Goa, nine miles from the Goan Capital Panaji, the beach is spread four miles along the Arabian sea. On the north is hamlet of Baga and to the south is Candolim village.The name Calangute according to locals is a distortion of the local vernacular word 'Koli-gutti', which means land of fishermen. Others say it has derived from Kalyangutti meaning the village of art, and still others say it came from the earlier name Konvallo -ghott because the village is full of coconut trees.

Tan yourself spreading on beach or go swimming. Calangute is a reasonably safe place to swim though one should keep at least three hundred meters away from the mouth of the river.

Take a fifteen minute walk from the main beach front area and you will come in a hawker free zone. Sights of rows of wooden boats and teams of village fishermen hauling nets in a high tide can be seen here. Together the sun, sand and sea set the mood for that perfect holiday. And while at beach you will not miss hundreds of stalls of sea food. Gorge on the prawns or the lobsters.

Calangute is one of the few beaches where water sports are available. There are more than a dozen of water sport operators along the beach. You can go for para sailing, water surfing, water skiing or banana and bump rides depending upon which you find more thrilling.

Church of St. Alex celebrated its fourth centenary in 1996. This parish church is a must see in Calangute. It has a two towers and a magnificent white dome and ornate altars.

Calangute Beach , Goa

Location : 16 km From Panjim, North Goa
What To See : Church of St. Alex, Baga Beach
What To Do : Snorkelling, Kayaking, Water-skiing, Sailing, Wind-surfing and Fishing
Best Time To Visit : December To February

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Bangalore-The Garden City , India

Bangalore, India is considered in one of the very beautiful and hi-tech city of the India. Bangalore (India)  is the capital city of Karnataka.

In the hot Bangalore news: recently former Chief Minister of Bangalore announced that the name of the Bangalore will be reverted to "Bengalooru". Bangalore is the India's third most populous and largest city and Bangalore (India) is also the 27th largest city in the world and this Bangalore city India is situated in the south-eastern part of Karnataka. Bangalore in India is also considered in among one of the most happening city of India. In Bangalore (India) you can easily find all the hi tech trends and developed societies.

The Information Technology sector is booming in the city, India. And the Sotware Industry is growing very rapidly in the city in India.

Here are some of the travel destinations of Bangalore



A magnificent building housing the State Legislature and Secretariat, it was conceived and executed by Kengal Hanumanthaiya, the then Chief Minister, in 1956. It is built entirely of Bangalore granite in the Neo-Dravidian style.



This elegant two-storeyed building is directly opposite the Vidhana Soudha. It houses the State High Court. Within walking distance are the Public Library, the Government Museum , the Vishveshwarayya Industrial and Technological Museum and the Venkatappa Art Gallery .

Inspired by the Windsor Castle , this palace was built in the Tudor style by a wodeyar King in 1857.

Started by Hyder Ali in 1760 and later completed by Tippu Sultan, this 240 acre landscape park is home to some very rare species of plants. The glass house, inspired by the Crystal Palace in London , is the venue for the bi-annual flower shows.


Built at a cost of Rs.32 crores on a sprawling 7-acre plot, atop the Hare Krishna hill, is a pious blend of modern technology and spiritual harmony.

Infosys Campus  

It is one of India 's largest IT companies with over 91,187 professionals, nine development centers in India and over 30 offices worldwide.
Shiva Statue

Gigantic statue of Lord Shiva on the Bangalore Airport Road .  
A visit to these shrines is a  proof enough that certain traditions and values remain timeless in a fast-changing world,65 ft. high depiction of Lord Shiva seated in Lotus position. Backdrop of Mount Kailash with Ganga flowing from matted rocks. The statue looks majestic during the night with its lighting

UB City

UB City is the biggest commercial property project inbangalore,UB City has four towers namely, UB Tower(19 Floors), Comet(11 Floors), Canberra (17 Floors) and Concorde(19 Floors). The later three towers are all named after aircrafts.

 Hebbal Flyover – Engineering Wonder – One of India's largest flyovers – 8.5km

Utility Building

The Public Utility building situated on Mahatma Gandhi Road is an all in one shopping complex.It has 24 floors. The entire scenic beauty of Bangalore can be viewed from the top floor. It houses a variety of business centres like handicrafts, jewellery, garments, hotels, resturants and many more on the ground floor and first floor. It has a theatre on the second floor and a hotel on its 24th floor to boast off.

Electronic City

Largest Technology Park in Asia employing more than 1 lakh people.

Fast Facts:

Bangalore was the first city in India to receive electricity in India .

Bangalore has produced the highest number of professionals in USA almost 60% of the Indian population abroad is from Bangalore

Bangalore has produced the maximum number of scientists considered for Nobel Prize nominations (from India).

Bangalore has the richest(HNI) people in India . The line of poverty is the least of all cities of the world.

Bangalore has produced the maximum International Sports persons in India for all sports ahead of even Mumbai & Delhi.

Bangalore is rated one of the Cleanest cities in India .

Bangalore is considered the Fashion Capital of East comparable to Paris .

Bangalore University has highest number of students going Abroad for higher studies taking the first place from IIT-Kanpur.

Bangalore has highest number of Public sectors and Government organizations in India . Bangalore is the only city in the world to have commercial and defence airport operating from the same strip  ,   till recently.  

Bangalore University has 57 Engineering Colleges affiliated to it, which is highest in the world.

Bangalore has 21 engineering colleges, which is highest in the world in any given city.

Bangalore has the highest number of software companies in India , Hence called the Silicon Valley of India .

Bangalore has the highest number of software professionals in the world taking the
first place from Osaka, Japan .

Bangalore was founded in 2nd Century and still has the same infrastructure drainage & sanitary systems - the oldest in the world.

Bangalore has the highest number of 2-wheelers in the world

Bangalore is the only city in India with maximum number of temples, mosques, churches & gurdwaras.

IT firms in Bangalore employ about 35% of India 's pool of 10 lakh (1 million) IT professionals. Bangalore accounts for the highest IT-related exports in the country.
Bangalore has the impeccable record of highest growth in 20 years

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Birla Temple Hyderabad

Industrialists Birlas have built a number of temples of architectural magnificence all over the country which, strangely, are referred to as Birla temples and not Lakshminarayan temple or Venkateswara temple. A quarter century ago, they built a temple in Hyderabad entirely in marble brought from Rajasthan and dedicated it to Lord Venkateswara, known as Balaji in the north.It is believed that it took 2000 tonnes of white marbles brought from the Indian state of Rajasthan to complete this holy place.

The temple, built on a hillock called Kala Pahad, one of the Naubat Pahad twins, lords over its equally celebrated surroundings comprising the imposing Secretariat buildings, the azure-blue waters of  Hussain Sagar, the serene and halcyon Lumbini Park, the luxurious Public Gardens dominated by the Asafjahi-style Legislative Assembly complex and the Reserve Bank of India. From the highest level of the temple, the spectacle around is breath-taking, providing a view of the verdure of the city, the incessant flow of traffic on the Tank Bund, crowds thronging the administrative complexes of the government, the newly-built flyovers and the cultural hub of the city Ravindra Bharathi and the NTR Memorial is one of the travel destinations hyderabad.

The Birla Planetarium and Birla Science Museum is adjacent to the Birla Mandir Temple. Exhibits at the Science Museum include science through the ages and some archeological displays. One of the wings features The Dinosorium with fossils and a mounted 160 million year old "Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis" of the wings features The Dinosorium with fossils and a mounted 160 million year old "Kotasaurus Yamanpalliensis".

The temple is open between 7 am and 12 noon and between 3 pm and 9 pm.

Address : Saifabad, Adarsh Nagar, Near Birla Temple
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500063, India

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Fort Aguada Beach Goa, India


The Aguada Beach is located on the Aguada Bay in Goa, West India and is one of the two topographical projections that form this strikingly good-looking bay. Known for some of the luxury resorts that offer world-class facilities to you during your luxury beach travel to Goa, West India with Luxury Goa Travel Destination, the Aguada Beach is a popular holiday spot.

The pristine Aguada Beach In Goa, West India is a beachcomber's paradise. Walk past the narrow lanes that lead to the pretty Aguada beach and shop for feni and other local alcoholic beverages at the typical Goan taverns that offer you a peek into the colorful Goan lifestyle.
Aguada beach is almost synonymous with the top-notch Fort Aguada Hotel complex, a superb hotel that is built on the cliff, around the remnants of the early 17th century Portuguese fort. Although access to the beach is not possible through the hotel grounds, which are private, you can walk along Aguada beach, for in India private beaches do not exist. The hotel has been constructed in three parts, consisting of expensive cottages on the upper reaches of the hillside, the fort jutting out to sea, and a delightful Goan village, with individual cottages. Drawn by the clientele of the hotel, Aguada beach has cafes, itinerant vendors of everything from Kashmiri carpets to massages, and a good range of water sports.

The Fort of Aguada was built by the Portuguese to control the entry into River Mandovi and to protect old Goa from enemy attack. The fortification skirts the seashore. At the center is a circular lighthouse tower. The Fort presently houses the central jail.

traveldestinations_fort_aguada_Goa_IndiaLook for colorful shells on the Aguada beach and string them into a garland as a keepsake for the lovely time that you spend on this beautiful soft sandy paradise overlooking the deep seas. A great time to go on a luxury beach travel to Goa, West India would be during the winter months of December and January. Aguada Beach offers ample opportunity to those interested in a private rendezvous with nature.

Build sand castles, sunbathe and try out traditional Goan delicacies served at the luxury beach resorts on the Aguada beach located in Goa, West India. Though you can enjoy swimming at almost all the beaches at Goa, West India it is strongly recommended that you consult the readily available lifeguards and experts on the safety aspect.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Salar Jung Museum, Hyderabad, AP, India


Salar Jung Museum, India’s third largest museum. The museum sited in the hot seat of cultural splendor contains antique pieces and artifacts from nearly all epochs of history. A distinct Travel Destination.

travel-destinations-India-salar-jung-museum-paintings-hyderabadSalar Jung Museum, flaunting the country’s largest ‘one-man collection’ of antiques rests on the southern bank of the Musi River. The museum is a dream come true for those who love to take long trips along the musty pages of history with its varied collection of over 43000 art objects, 50000 books and manuscripts. These compilations include works and relics of Indian Art, Middle Eastern Art, Far Eastern Art, European Art, and Children Art along with an elaborate Founder’s gallery.

The semi-circular building is a magnificent architectural edifice with 38 galleries spread across two floors of an imperial building. Each gallery has its own specialty with one housing the Nizam’s personal belongings, another houses Indian artifacts. Others display a plethora of items ranging from paintings, musical instruments, preserved stages showcased in glass cabinets, Kashmiri furniture and handicrafts as well a multitude of other valued historical relics.
Salar Jung Museum was opened to public on 16th December 1951. The museum earlier was in the ancestral palace of Mir Yusuf Ali Khan known as 'Diwan Deodi'. It was a private museum which was inaugurated by then prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru. In 1968, entire museum was shifted to its present location in Afzalgunj.

A visit to Hyderabad’s Salar Jung Meuseum opens up treasure chest of unbelievable cultural legacy an unveils an ancient figurine of Veiled Rebecca, Double figure by Italian sculptor G.H Benzoni, Musical clock, Arabic Al Quran in Nashq (1288 AD), jade crafted knifes of Jehangir & Nurjahan and Famous European paintings like 'Venice', 'Soap Bubbles' etc.

Tourist Information

Salar Jung Museum gives us an insight into the lifestyle of many civilizations that preceded us. Build with the dedication and passion of one man, it has mesmerized one and all. Not only India, it shows us articles collected from around the world. Visit Salar Jung Museum to get a glimpse of the lost world and traditions.

Salar Jung Museums is open on all days except Fridays and on all public holidays. You can visit the museum between 10 AM till 5 PM. There is a nominal entry fee to the museum. There is a cafeteria and sales counter and reference libraries. Salar Jung Museum in Afzalgunj is located in the heart of Hyderabad and is well connected by buses and other mode of transportation in the city.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad, AP, India

The city of Hyderabad is replete with imposing monuments which give a clue to the rich historical background of the land. A remarkable travel destination.

Falaknuma palace is a remarkable edifice which stands atop a 200 feet high hillock. It is located 5 kms from Charminar. Built by Nawab Vikar-Ul-Ulmara, the Prime Minister of Hyderabad, it is a stupendous palace and connotes the "heavenly abode".

Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad stands as a testimony to the glorious time of the Nizams. It is one of the finest pieces of architecture and is situated in Falaknuma. Engineered by the famous architect Nawab Vikar-ul-Umra, this palace connotes "Star of Heaven" in the Urdu language.

It is believed that the Falaknuma palace was gifted to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mehboob Ali Khan by the generous Nawab. The palace was constructed over a period of seven years and it covers a total area of 9,39,712 square meters.

A majesty testimony to the glory of the Nizams, it stands atop a hill 2000 feet high. It has often been referred to as the 'Mirror of the Sky'. The palace was designed by a Italian architect and follows a western architectural style. Falaknuma houses a large collection of rare treasures collected by the Nizam including paintings, statues, furniture, manuscripts and books

The palace is laid out in the shape of a scorpion with two stings spread out as wings on the north. The middle part is occupied by the main building and the kitchen and harem quarters stretch to the south. The Nawab being an avid traveler, various influences show on the palace architecture. The Falaknuma palace is a rare blend of Italian and Tudor architecture. Its glass stained windows throw a spectrum of colors into the rooms. The palace has a library with a walnut carved roof, a replica of the one at Windsor Castle. The library had one of the finest collections of the holy Quran in India.

The Falaknuma palace has other unique things to its credit. It includes the largest Venetian chandeliers. It is said that it took six months to clean a 138-arm Osler chandelier and the palace has 40 such chandeliers adorning the halls ! The famed dining hall of the palace could seat 100 guests on a single table. The furniture is also very aesthetic. The chairs are carved rosewood with green leather upholstery. The tableware was made of gold and crystal to which fluted music was added.

The telephone and electrical system was introduced in 1883 by Osler and the palace has one of the largest electrical switchboards in India.

The ground floor of the palace houses the living quarters. The marbled staircase leads to the upper floor. It has carved balustrades which supports marble figures with candelabra at intervals. The ceiling of the reception room in the upper floor is carved with frescoes bordered with gilded relief. This floor offers a panoramic view of the city.

The ballroom contains a two-ton manually operated organ said to be the only one of its kind in the world. This apart the palace has as many as 220 lavishly decorated rooms and 22 spacious halls. The palace has some of the finest treasures collected by the Nizam. However, the palace has proved to be fatal to those who have resided there for a long period. The scorpion-like structure is believed to be the cause of all deaths.

There Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad is counted as one of the most imposing monuments because of the large number of rooms built for various purposes. There are a total of 222 opulent rooms and 22 roomy halls. There are billiard room, card room smoking room, huge dining hall and others. The rooms are beautifully decorated with arches, upholstery, gilded works and state of the art furniture. The reception room is the major highlight of the palace with gilded decors and frescos.

The palace at present is a part of the Taj Group and has been converted into a plush 5 star hotel. To get inside the Falaknuma Palace, you need to take prior permission. October to March is the ideal time to visit this palace.

Prior permission is required to visit this palace. And a visit to the Falaknuma palace is an awe-inspiring experience !

Saturday, March 13, 2010

SHILPARAMAM- Arts & Crafts Village, Hyderabad, India

Shilparamam at Hyderabad is an arts and crafts village exhibiting various art forms and handicrafts of diverse artists from all over the State.

SHILPARAMAM, the arts, crafts & cultural village at Hyderabad, established in the year 1992 is spread over 65 acres of prime land in Madhapur, Hi-tech City. Shilparamam is Hyderabad's tribute to India's natural beauty, richly diverse cultural heritage and vibrant ethos.


A unique Crafts Village, the lush rustic ambiance of Shilparamam has captured the imagination of every visitor who has stepped through its elaborately sculpted portals. Set amidst gardens, majestic natural rock formations and cascading waterfalls are huts of thatch and baked clay, where artisans from across India showcase their individual skills in a variety of arts and crafts.

It is a place where artisans from across India showcase their individual skills in a variety of arts, crafts and culture. From Indian pottery to a plethora of weaves, woodwork, jewelry, clothes and local crafts of each region of the country. Shilparamam is a kaleidoscope of India's color, diversity and talent.

You can buy absolutely traditional souvenirs for yourself and your friends when you tour Shilparamam. Shilparamam hosts a multitude of ethnic art and crafts from all over the country. The yearly All-India Festival of Arts and Crafts held here in February highlights the cultural and creative traditions from every corner of the country and provides a unique occasion to take home a piece of Indian art. Interested buyers can come and pick up objects of art directly from the artisans without having to deal with the middlemen.

traveldestinations_rockmuseum_shilparamam_hyderabad_AP_indiaRock Museum

The rock museum in Shilparamam is indeed nature's poem. The natural formations stand unswayed in a scenic form in Rock Museum providing the refreshment and rejuvenation to one who steps in.

Rural Museum

The rural museum, nestling amidst the trees, is the archetype of a typical Indian village.The museum houses sculptures and life size models depicting the day-to-day activities of the rural artisans is very well captured in the museum. And the life size models give an experience very close to reality. The rural museum is one of the major attractions of the Shilparamam.

Shilparamam is the premier travel destination for art lovers as year through art exhibitions goes on. Every month one renowned name in the field of Arts will display their paintings in art gallery and the artist is honored. This expo motivates the enthusiasts take up the art of painting and for those special training classes also provided in the Shilparamam.

Shopping is the wondrous thing at shilparamam with hundreds of stalls. In the stalls one is sure to find enough but is bound to craving for more due to the wide range of variety available. Right from toys to carpets Shilparamam provides a place for everyone to shop till they drop. Here ladies can buy hand made sarees and textiles of different states. Textiles ranging from Tangail, Sambhalpur, Paithni, Kashmiri to Kanjeevaram, Dharmavaram, Tanjavur, Madurai, Peddapuram, Bandar, Guntur and other sarees. It also has salwaar kamiz, ghagras, kurta, carpets, etc. Here a special Artisan Bazar is also there providing the original art forms directly from the makers.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Taj Mahal Hotel Mumbai, India

Hotel Taj Mahal is the most prominent hotel in Mumbai with the distinction of being one of the oldest 5 Star Deluxe hotel in India. Hotel is divided into two sections with one being the tower wing and the other being the heritage wing. Both these wings offer sphostication with modernity. Hotel is also a part of the "Leading hotels of world". Hotel faces the sea and the famous Indian landmark of Gateway of India. Hotel is considered to be the favorite of who's who of Mumbai and India. Hotel also offers fully equipped business center, meeting rooms and banquet facilities. Taj Mahal Hotel will be your travel destination India

Accommodation at Hotel Taj Mahal, Mumbai:

Hotel offers 582 centrally airconditioned rooms that also include 49 suites. As the hotel have been divided into two wings the hotel offers rooms in the Tower Wing category that offers city facing and sea facing rooms and the same goes for the heritage wing of the hotel. All the rooms are well planed and designed to provide utmost comfort to its guests. Each room have been optimaly decorated and have been fixed with the most modern of luxuries. This hotel is considered as a jewel in the crown of the Taj hotels in India.

Amenities & Services at Hotel Taj Mahal, Mumbai:

Doctor on Call, Laundry, Money Changer, Safe Deposit, Baby Sitting, Valet, Travel Desk Service, Saloon, Foreign Exchange, Fax, Business Centre, Executive Floors, Executive Lounge, Banquet & Conference Facilities, Beauty Salon, Shopping Arcade, Business Centre, Fitness Centre, Swimming Pool, Night Club, Room Service, H/C Running Water, 2 Line Telephone, T.V., Safe Deposit, Channel Music, Tea/coffee Maker, Hair Dryer, Writing Desk.

Hotel Taj Mahal Mumbai, Dining Facilities

The restaurant - the Zodiac Grill provides a unique dining experience in the Hotel Taj Mahal. The varied cuisines are ably complemented with the exclusive cocktails. The 24 hour coffee shop Shamiana overlookes the pool and serves you with meal any time and every time.

The other Restaurants and Bars at the Taj Mahal Hotel include:

Sea Lounge: A friendly ambience to have tea or a light meal.

Masala Craft: Indian cuisine restaurant serving you dishes blending the traditional and modern ways of cooking.

Souk: West Asian restaurant that serves Irani, Turkish, Lebanese, Egyptian, Greece and Moroccan cuisines.

Golden Dragon: Authentic Sichuan cuisine.

Starboard: Mumbai's trendiest bar.

Harbour Bar: One of the Mumbai's oldest bar

Insomnia: The well spread night clu

Address: Apollo Bunder, Mumbai 400001,Maharashtra, India


Airport: 32 km., Victoria Terminus Railway Station: 2.5 km.

Locational Advantage: Hotel Taj Mahal Palace is situated just 2 Kms. from main business area

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Victoria Terminus-CST Railway Station- Mumbai India


 Mumbai , formerly called Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra. Mumbai, the most populous city in India, is one of the most populous cities in the world  and an awesome travel destinations India.

Fast facts about Victoria Terminus in Mumbai
When it was built: 1888
By whom it was built: Government of India
Nature of the building: Railway Station

Brief Description
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878, according to a High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models. Its remarkable stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan are close to traditional Indian palace architecture. It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms thus forging a new style unique to Bombay.

History of Victoria Terminus in Mumbai

Victoria Terminus in Mumbai was modeled on St Pancras Station in London. Mr Frederick William Stevens, an architect designed the railway station in Mumbai in 1887-88 at a cost of Rs16.14 lakh. Later Stevens, went to Europe for 10 months so that he could study the railway stations across the European countris in detail. Victoria Terminus was completed in 10 years, named to honor Queen Victoria and then opened to all. Only recently in 1996, it was renamed after Chhatrapati Shivaji, a famous Maratha king of 17th century y the state government of Maharashtra.

Features of Victoria Terminus in Mumbai

  -   Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is popularly known by its acronym VT. Being the headquarters of the Central Railways in India, it is the western-most end point of the division and also the southern end point of the central and harbor lines of Mumbai's metropolitan rail transport system.
  -   Long distance trains as well as suburban trains on the main line and the harbour line operate from this station.
  -   A blend of Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival architecture and traditional Indian architecture-is displayed by the wood carving, tiles, ornamental iron and brass railings, grills and balustrades in the station
  -   It showcases advanced technical and structural designs
  -   There is a statue of Queen Victoria on the dome of the station.
  -   The first steam train in India-- from Mumbai to Thane was flagged off from here in 1853.

Victoria Terminus in Mumbai

Don't miss out the architectural splendor showcased by the station as you reach Victoria Terminus in Mumbai. A High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models blended with stone dome, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground-features of traditional Indian palace architecture, created a new style of architecture in Mumbai

Terrorist attacks in 2008

On 26 November 2008, two terrorists entered the passenger hall of the CST, opened fire and threw grenades at people. The terrorists were armed with AK-47 rifles. More than 50 people were killed in the attack.

Famous Hotels In Mumbai, India

The Taj Mahal Intercontinental hotel in Mumbai is one of the premier hotels in India since its opening in 1903.This hotel in mumbai combines gracious architecture, luxurious accommodation and fine dining experience. Read more about this famous hotel in my next post.....

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Museum Based on Hindu Scriptures & Legends-Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh- India

Hyderabad has developed into a major hub for the Information technology industry in India. It is the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Capital of the Country. The city is home to the world's largest film studio, the Ramoji Film City as well as the Telugu Film Industry, the second-largest in India, known popularly as Tollywood. Lthough it has various IT Hubs comming up it also houses some of the modern temples and is a major travel destinations India.

traveldestinationsindiaSURENDRAPURI, A place where one can visit and feel the experience of visiting 100's of temples all over India. It is Located on Yadagirigutta Road and just 2 KM before Yadagirigutta, Nalgonda Dist. Andhra Pradesh, India.

A 60-km drive away from hyderabad city, this museum at Surendrapuri near Yadagirigutta, Hyderabad has given a great opportunity to the devotees to get acquainted with the fascinating events of the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata and other Puranas. All the important events are carved out in the form of eye-catching sculptures employing ultra-modern artistic techniques. That’s not all, this sprawling 18-acre set up also has famous replicas of all the important temples and gods such as Kaashi Viswanath, Kolkata Kali, Madhura Meenakshi, Tirumala Balaji, Shirdi Saibaba, Palani Kumara Swami and Ayodhya Rama.

A visitor can see models of all the important Hindu pilgrim centers like Gangotri, Kashi, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Amarnath, Tirupati etc.

There also models of the Sapta Lokas mentioned in the Puranas – Brahm Lok, Vishnu Lok, Shiva Lok, Naga Lok, Indra Lok, Yama Lok, Pathal etc.,

Another important exhibit is the paintings on the life of Lord Hanuman.

It is also known as "Kunda Stayanaranayana KalaDhamam". This is the place where you can find Panchamukha Hanuman Temple, where you can see one of the tallest idol of Hanuma. But currently it is became a main tourist attraction with A Mytholigical Awarness Centre calling as "Padmavyuham" which is started recently.

The 36-feet high sculptures depicting Lord Krishna, enlightening Arjuna with message of the Bhagavad gita, even as the the armies get ready for war at Kurukshetra, is simply spell binding. Also worth mentioning are the sculptures of Lord Vishnu along with his weapons and that of Goddess Lakshmi as she saves Gajendra from the clutches of the crocodile. Equally fascinating is the sculpture of Balakrishna who’s shown dancing on the the snake-king Kaliya.

You can see all the famous Pilgrim Centers models in a form of permanent construction at Surendra Puri, like Gangothri, Kashi, Badarinath, Kedarinath, Amarnath and Sapta Lokas Brahmlok, Vishnu Lok, Shiva Lok, Naga Lok, Indra Lok, Yama Lok, Pathal etc.,

Monday, February 15, 2010

Interesting Facts About Charminar

Built in : 1591 AD
Built by : Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah
Location : Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh)

Charminar is an important travel destinations & landmark in the city of Hyderabad. The monument is synonymous to the city as well as to its glorious historical past. It was erected, when Quli Qutb Shah shifted his capital from Golconda to the present city of Hyderabad. The monument is called so, owing to its four minarets. The splendor of the monument is especially evident during the night time, when it is illuminated. For some more interesting and fun facts about Charminar, read on.

Interesting & Fun Facts about Charminar

    * Charminar was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah in 1591.
    * It is believed that Charminar was built to honor a promise Quli Qutb Shah made to Allah.
    * The mosque became popular as Charminar because of its four minarets.
    * The four minarets of Charminar are said to honor the first four khalifas of Islam.
    * The mosque actually occupies the top most floor of the monument.
    * Charminar is a four - storied structure.
    * As per a popular legend, an underground tunnel connects the palace at Golconda to Charminar, in order to provide the Qutb Shahi royal family an escape route in case of a siege. However, the exact location of the tunnel is unknown.
    * Charminar is an impressive square monument.
    * Each side of the monument measure 20 m and each corner has a tall pointed minaret.
    * The height of each minaret is 48.7 m above the ground.
    * Each minaret of Charminar has four stories and is marked by carved ring.
    * Each minaret encloses 149 flights of steps, which take the visitors to the top floor.
    * Each side of the Minar has a giant arch, which is 11 m wide and 20 m high, measuring from the summit to the plinth.
    * Each arch also has a clock, which was installed in 1889.
    * Built with granite and lime mortar, Charminar is a fine example of the Cazia style of architecture.
    * There are two galleries within Charminar, one over another.
    * Above the two galleries, there is a terrace, which acts like a roof along with a stone balcony.
    * The main gallery of the Minar has 45 covered prayer spaces. Just in front, there is a large open space to accommodate more people for prayers on Fridays.
    * Charminar is famous for its intricate carvings and moldings.

The Charminar is an imposing monument, which reflects the glory of the Qutub Shahi dynasty. It is a massive square structure, 56 m (183.72 ft) high and 30 m (98.42 ft) wide. This monument is built entirely of granite and lime mortar. It has 4 minarets one on each of its corners. These fluted minarets are attached to the main building and rise towards the sky to a height of 56 m (183.72 ft). Each minaret of the Charminar has a double balcony. A small bulbous cupola crowns each of these beautiful minarets, which is decorated with petal like formations. A short pointed spire crowns all the minarets.

The four grand arches of the Charminar face the four cardinal directions. Once upon a time each of these arches led to four royal roads. Each of the four arches is decorated on its sides with a row of small arched niches. The Charminar is a two-storied building with the first floor being covered. The elegant balconies on this floor provide excellent vantage point for viewing the surrounding areas. There is a small mosque on the top floor of the building, which can be reached by climbing a total of 149 steps. The mosque is situated on the western side facing the Muslim holy city of Mecca. There are as many as 45 prayer spaces on this floor, which does not have a roof on top of it. It is said that people thronged this mosque to offer Friday prayers, during the reign of the Qutub Shahi dynasty in Hyderabad. This mosque is the oldest surviving mosque in the city of Hyderabad. The panoramic view of the city from the top is simply breathtaking.

The Charminar is a unique blend of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture that flourished in India during the medieval period. The beauty of this enchanting monument is accentuated every evening when it is illuminated.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Golconda Fort Hyderabad India

Golconda fort is a majestic monument, which lies on the western outskirts of Hyderabad city. It speaks of a great cultural heritage of 400 years and is regarded as a place worth visiting. Built by Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah in 1525, it stands as the epitome of Nawabi culture and grandeur.One has to experience this travel destination.

A Well Planned Architecture

The magnificent architecture of the Golconda fort is manifest in its acoustic system, the structural grandeur of the palaces and ingenious water supply system. The fort was famous for its diamond trade and the 'Kohinoor' diamond is said to have come from here. One is perplexed to see the meticulous details of the architecture and the fading gardens, which were once upon a time replete with sprawling lawns and playing fountains.

Golconda is built on a granite hill 120m high, and is surrounded by crenulated ramparts constructed of large masonry blocks weighing several tonnes. The design of the ventilation reveals the brilliant planning of the architects; they are designed to let in a flow of fresh cool breeze, which is a respite from the heat of summer.

The massive gates are studded with large pointed iron spikes to prevent elephants from battering them down. The outer wall surrounding the entire township of Golconda, is about 11-km long, and is strongly fortified. In its heyday, the 10-km long road from Golconda to outer Hyderabad was a fabulous market selling jewellery, diamonds, pearls and other gems, which were famous all over the world.

History Of Golconda

Before the city of Hyderabad was founded the Deccan was ruled from Golconda fort. Founded originally by the Kakatiya's in the 13th century the existing structure was expanded by the Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort with granite walls and ramparts extending some 5-km in circumference. The first three Qutub Shahi kings rebuilt Golconda, over a span of 62 years.

Shepherd's Hill" or "Golla Konda", as it was popularly known in Telugu, has an interesting story behind it. One fine day, on the rocky hill called 'Mangalavaram', a shepherd boy came across an idol. This was conveyed to the Kakatiya king, who was ruling at that time. The king got a mud fort constructed around the holy spot. Over a period of time this lowly construction was expanded by the Qutub Shahi kings into a massive fort of granite, which has been a silent witness to many historic events.

Attractions Within The Fort

One of the most remarkable features of Golconda is its system of acoustics- a hand clap at a certain point below the dome at the entrance reverberates and can be heard clearly at the 'Bala Hissar', the highest point almost a kilometre away, palaces, factories, water supply system and the famous 'Rahban' cannon, that was used during the last seize of Golconda by Aurangazeb, to whom the fort ultimately fell.
There is also supposed to be secret underground tunnel leading from the 'Durbar Hall' to one of the palaces at the foot of the hill. The tombs of the Qutub Shahi kings, built with Islamic architecture lie about 1-km north of the outer wall of Golconda. These graceful structures are surrounded by landscaped gardens, and a number of them have beautifully carved stonework. Not be missed is the Sound and Light show conducted by Andhra Pradesh Tourism.

Outside the Golconda Fort are two separate pavilions built on a rocky eminence - the 'Taramathi Gana Mandir' and the 'Premathi Nritya Mandir' from where the legendary sisters 'Taramathi' and 'Premamathi' resided. They gave their performance on a circular dais atop a two-storied structure, the 'Kala Mandir', which was visible from the king's durbar (king's court) on top of the Golconda Fort.


A new attraction at the fort is a sound and light show that brings the legend of Golconda to life. With a spectacular interplay of audio and visual effects, the story of Golconda unfolds over centuries of splendour. The show livens up the glorious past and it is an experience worth watching. The show is presented in English, Hindi and Telugu.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Inside The Taj Mahal - A Master Piece

The Taj Mahal is a wonderful piece of art. The beauty of the Taj Mahal is not limited to just the outside view but the art works and carvings inside the Taj Mahal are even more beautiful and fascinating. If one says that the works in Taj Mahal interiors are no less than jewellery, it is not exaggeration! The works and decorations inside the Taj Mahal are so exquisite that there is hardly any space for criticism. They epitomize perfection and beauty and an excellent travel destination India.
As soon as one enters the monument, one can see an elevated central chamber below which is the burial chamber. Four octagonal rooms in each corner surround the crypt. There are two levels in the Taj Mahal that consist of eight rooms each. These rooms were to be used to bury other members of the royal family. The crypts of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal lie side by side with the heads facing in the direction of the holy city of Mecca. They are decorated beautifully with inscriptions from the holy book of Muslims, The Quran and once were studded with semi-precious stones and gems.

The interior of the mausoleum comprises a lofty central chamber, a crypt immediately below this and four octagonal corner rooms originally intended to house the graves of other royal family members.

In the centre are the cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Shah Jahan's cenotaph is to the left and is higher than that of his beloved which rests immediately below the dome.

The cenotaph of Mumtaz Mahal stands in the centre of the marble screen, it has inscribed on it in Persian with texts from the Koran. The cenotaph of Mumtaz has the single epitaph inscribed on it- "Marqad Munavvar Arjumand Bano Begum Mukhatib bah Mumtaz Mahal Tanifiyat fer sanh 1040 Hijri" (Here lies Arjumand Bano Begum called Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1040 A.H. or 1630 A.D.)

Inside View of Taj Mahal : The cenotaph of Shah Jahan is inscribed in Persian- .'Marqad Mutahar Aali Hazrat Firdaus Ashiyani Sahib-qiran Saani Shah Jahan Badshah taab surah sanh 1076 Hijri" (The sacred sepulchre of his most exalted Majesty, dweller of Paradise, the second lord of constellations, the king Shah Jahan, may his mausoleum ever flourish, 1076 A.H. (1666 A.D.).

A masterpiece inside the Taj Mahal is the marble screen or "Jali" that surrounds the graves. It has been intricately carved by artisans and is a delight to look at. It is carved so finely that it seems as though the screen is made up of fine cloth. The walls are intricately decorated with drawings like vines, creepers with flowers and other beautiful designs. At one point of time, these decorations had semi-precious stones and gems studded in them.

Above the tombs is a Cairene lamp, the flame of which is supposed to never burn out.

Marble screen of trelliswork surrounds the graves. Both tombs are exquisitely inlaid with semiprecious stones.

The acoustics of the building are superb with the domed ceiling being designed to echo chants from Koran and musician's melodies.

It is suggested that one walk around the outside of the tomb, before retrieving your shoes, to appreciate it from all sides.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Taj Mahal Garden- A Seanic Beauty

Taj Mahal is endearing and special as a love story or ode to love ever created by human will. This has become a major travel destinations for people visited locally and around the globe. From the moment it is sighted, it grabs a tiny, corner space in the head to remain a part of one for evermore, a shadow figure that travels everywhere. Every once in a while this etched monument acquires larger than life proportions in one`s head to reaffirm an imposing presence - like a magician`s bewitching trick.

Garden In Taj Mahal, A well laid out garden in Taj Mahal forms a lively centerpiece, side vistas and border design for the great monument. Trees, flowers and birds aglow with life, stretch themselves to greet the somber world of spirit with cheer.

Two fountain-studded marble canals lined with Cypress trees divide the garden in Taj Mahal into four equal halves. Four and its multiples repeat themselves attractively as square patches of colour. Stone paved pathways crisscross the sixteen flowerbeds into a fragrant arena.

Then, as one begins to walk towards the great monument it appears to be growing. With each progressive step the Taj Mahal rapidly expands in dimensions of octagons raised to manifold powers. Architectural wizardry too can be seen in the design. A love for symmetry is reflected in each perfectly shaped part of the Taj Mahal.

Water Garden
Garden of Taj Mahal, AgraThrough the centre of the garden runs the two marble canals with fountains and lined with cypress trees (symbolising death). This divides the garden into four equal squares(Islam considers four to be a holy number), evoking the image of Islamic paradise that has rivers of water, milk, wine and honey flow. The stone paved pathways further subdivides each flower bed into 4, making total of 16 flower beds.

The Persian Style Garden
The lush green garden expands from the main gateway to the plinth, over which stands the tomb. The garden in essense is based on symmetry and geometrical measurements. The Persian style garden has a close link with paradise, since Quran describes paradise as a beautiful garden.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Taj Mahal - Myths or Facts ?

Taj Mahal is considered  the most amazing piece of architecture I have seen in my life. And it’s rare that the average teenager appreciates something like architecture, so it really must have been something special. If anyone has the opportunity to see it, it’s a definite must. I don’t think anyone can disagree; the pictures of the building look amazing- it only gets more spectacular in real life, as you can’t see the fine attention to detail through mere pictures. Its the all time travel destinations for people in love....

Introduction to The Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal is arguably one of the most incredible manmade constructions in the world. It’s located in Agra, which is in the north central part of Indian, on the right part of the Humana River. Known for its symmetry, the Taj Mahal sits on a raised platform surrounded by four minarets. Inside are delicate mosaic works and marble walls decorated with intricate patterns of inlaid precious stones. The Taj seems to glow in the light of the full moon. On a foggy morning, the visitors experience the Taj as if suspended when viewed from across the Jamuna river.

Taj Mahal Facts

The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum (a large tomb). It was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his favourite wife Empress Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. So great was the Shah Jahan’s love for his wife Mumtaz, that he ordered the building of the most beautiful mausoleum on Earth for her, The Taj Mahal.

Emperor Shah Jahan                                                                                       Empress Mumtaz Mahal

* The construction documents show that its master architect was Ustad ‘Isa, the renowned Islamic architect of his time.

* The Taj stands on a raised, square platform (186 x 186 feet) with its four corners truncated, forming an unequal octagon. The architectural design uses the interlocking arabesque concept, in which each element stands on its own and perfectly integrates with the main structure.

* The tomb stands on its own marble base, which rests on a red sandstone platform. Four tall pillars, 138 ft each, rise up from the corners of the white marble base are topped with eight windowed cupolas. This has been made to replicate throne of God in paradise. Directly below the dome rests Mumtaz Mahal’s tomb, which is centrally lined with the main entrance. Besides Mumtaz Mahal’s tomb is the tomb of Shahjahan. The tomb of Shahjahan was not actually intended to be there but Aurangzeb placed it there, consequently breaking the symmetry.

  •  The Taj Mahal is generally considered the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements of Persian, Turkish, Indian, and Islamic architectural styles.

  • Construction of the tomb started in 1632, and was completed in 1648. It took 22 years to complete the tomb, and an extra 5 years for the garden, with the help of 20,000 workers. Sculptors, masons, craftsmen, and calligraphers were called from Persia, Ottoman Empire and Europe to work on construction of the Taj.
  • The Taj Mahal is built from precious white marbel with dedlicate masiac, with inlaid precious stones. Almost every surface of the entire building has been decorated, and every detail is symmetrical. The mosaic designs are based on three decorative elements- calligrapyh, abtract geonetric and vegetative motifs. The exterior decorations of the Taj Mahal are among the finest to be found in Mughal architecture of any period.

Inside the dome


  • The Taj Mahal cost 32million rupees to build, which is roughly $1,000,000.
  •  The tomb initially called “Rauza”. Later, after Mumtaz Mahal passed away, the mausoleum would be called the Taj Mahal, a derivative of the name Mumtaz Mahal.
  • The architectural complex of the Taj Mahal comprises of five main elements: the Darwaza or main gateway, the Bageecha or garden, the Masjid or mosque, the Naqqar Khana or rest house, and the Rauza or the Taj Mahal mausoleum.
  •  The name Taj Mahal when translated means “Crown Palace” or “Crown of the Palace.”
  • The Taj Mahal is one of the eight wonders of the world.

Taj Mahal Myths

The Taj Mahal comes attached with many myths and legends; whilst many are strongly believed, others are laughed at. There is evidence to suggest that these rumours are based on truth, but nothing is set in stone.
  • Many people believe, Shah Jehan had planned to build another Taj Mahal in black marble, which was to be his own tomb on the opposite bank of the River Yamuna and connect the two by a bridge. However, the construction never got started due to conflict with this son’s, which took up most of his time.
  •  Shah Jehan deemed that no one else should ever copy the masterpice, so he had the master craftsmans hands cut off.

Some European scholars held the view that the Taj was designed by an Italian – Geronimo Veroneo. This was first suggested by Father Manrique, an Augustinian Friar, who came to Agra in 1640 A.D. to secure the release of Father Antony who had been imprisoned by the Mughals.
  • In the early years after the Taj Mahal was built, a long series of cracks in the underground vaults started to emerge. Those cracks were quickly seen to, and patched up. Cracking has been observed at different times since construction; testing in the early 19th Century showed the base of the mausoleum on the northern side of the structure is lower than on the south by 3.5 centimetres. There is some evidence the Taj Mahal is gradually sinking into the Yamuna River.

Taj Mahal Front View

Taj Mahal Birdseye View

Taj Mahal Dome Exterior

Location: On the banks of river Yamuna in Agra, India.
Year of Construction: 1631-1653
Built By: Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan
Built For: In memory of the Emperor’s dead wife
Spread Over: 42 acres
Significance: One of the Seven Wonders of the World