Breathtaking- MANALI – Himachal Pradesh

Nestled in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh, Manali is not just another tourist spot in India. Manali is like most wanted destination for  any other college student in recent years. People just don’t want to visit Manali, for its famous tourist spots but for the pure breathing nature.

Surrounded by high peaks in the beautiful green Beas valley, with mountain adventures beckoning from all directions, Manali is a year-round magnet. Backpackers come to hang out in the hippie villages around the main town; adventurers come for trekking, climbing, rafting and skiing; Indian families and honeymooners come for the mountain air and a taste of snow on the 3978m Rohtang  pass. It makes sense to unwind and feed up here for a few days while organising your trip into the mountains.

“Manali is named after the Sanatan Hindu lawgiver Manu. The name Manali is regarded as the derivative of ‘Manu-Alaya’ which literally means ‘the abode of Manu’. Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world.”

I don’t want to write the famous points or an itenerary because you can find them online. Just google it. If I talk about my experience, please take me back to the mountains. Visited manali with my friends in the month of December and Wow  snowclad mountains everywhere and fresh flowing Beas river , everything just breathtaking.From River rafting to Paragliding we did every possible adventure to enjoy our moment.If I talk about food , Maggi has become a must wherever you go in any mountanious region of India.

 

 

Closet Travels – AGRA

Wish to realize a dream vacation? Welcome to the amazing tourism city of the TajMahal – Agra, India. The seat of the great Mughal rulers for ages Agra, India offers its treasure trove for all the tourists from India and abroad. Even though Agra, India is synonymous with the Taj, the city stands in testimony to the great amount of architectural activity of the Mughals. TajMahal is the epitome of love, poem in white marble, one of the Seven Wonders of the World besides being the pride of India. In fact all the monuments of Agra, India have contributed to Agra Tourism.SSS_7220

History of Agra is amply evident from the numerous historical monuments in and around the city. Though the history of Agra city is linked with the Mughal dynasty, numerous other rulers also contributed to the rich history of Agra. Agra was founded by Sikandar Lodhi (Lodhi dynasty; Delhi Sultanate) in the 16th century. Babur (founder of the Mughal dynasty) also stayed for sometime in Agra and introduced the concept of square Persian-styled gardens here. Emperor Akbar built the Agra fort; Jahangir beautified it with palaces and gardens. Shahjahan marked the zenith of Mughal architecture, when he built the Taj. The post-Mughal era’s history of Agra saw the rule of the Jats, Marathas and finally the British taking over the city.

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Taj Mahal :The most famous of the monuments of Agra, India is the TajMahal. TajMahal is a symbol of the devotion and dedication of love. TajMahal of Agra is a monument built by emperor Shah Jahan In the memory of her wife Mumtaz Mahal. TajMahal expresses the magnificence of Mughal architecture.

Akbar’s Tomb: The tomb of the great Mughal emperor Akbar is worth visiting. Akbar’s tomb is a mixture of many architectural styles and completely different from earlier Mughal Buildings.

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Agra Fort: Besides the TajMahal amongst the other famous monuments of Agra, India is the Agra Fort. Agra fort was built by Emperor Akbar. He was undoubtedly the Greatest Mughal emperor of India. The construction of Agra fort commenced in the 1565 and completed in 1571. Built with red sandstone Agra Fort is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture.

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Best time to visit Agra is in winters.My personal suggestion never visit in summers as you may not enjoy in the hotness of the sun above you.

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CLOSET travels JODHPUR

 

DSC_0080Mehrangarh Fort stands a hundred feet in splendor on a perpendicular cliff, four hundred feet above the sky line of Jodhpur. Burnished red sand stone, imposing, invincible and yet with a strange haunting beauty that beckons . Much has been written about the Citadel of the Sun, for truly, it is one of the most impressive in all Rajasthan. So colossal are its proportions that Rudyard Kipling called it “ the work of giants”. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best preserved fort in India.

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur is one of the largest forts in forts. It is also the most magnificent fort in Jodhpur, infact, in the whole Rajasthan. The fort is amongst the popular tourist places in India. It is situated on a 150 m high hill. It was founded by Rao Jodha in 1459. The Mehrangarh Fort can be reached from the city, 5 kms below, through a circular road.DSC_0084DSC_0734

Seven gates have to be crossed to reach the fort. The gates still bear the marks of the various battles fought in the bygone era. Its second gate still stands witness to canon ball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur during wars. One of the gates is Jayapol, meaning victory. It was built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Another gate, Fattehpol, again meaning victory, was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh as a celebration for defeating the Mughals.DSC_0076 DSC_0696

Other attractions of Mehrangarh Fort, Rajasthan include several palaces inside the fort, with their sprawling and huge courtyards. One of the fort’s palaces, The Moti Mahal or the Pearl Palace, has the royal throne of Jodhpur, the Sringar Chowki. The fort also has galleries, temples, etc. To the left of the Mehrangarh Fort is the Chhatri of a soldier, Kirat Singh Soda. It is the spot where he fell while defending the fort against the armies of Amber.DSC_0054

The Mehrangarh Fort, with its beauty, is the living proof of the hard work and skill of the Jodhpuri sculptors.

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The most interesting thing , I like about Rajasthan is their people and their attire. They have their own style of dress sense. As you can see in the above picture an old man with red turban has a style with simplicity.

And if you’re planning to visit the fort then you have to keep these things in mind.

Admissions Timings

Sunday–Saturday: 9:00 hrs.–17:00 hrs.

Note – The ticket sales close at 17:00 hrs. And on account of Jodhpur Foundation Day on 12th May entry for all guests is free, only elevator charges are applicable.

Ticket Prices
International Guests

Mehrangarh Museum: Rs 400

Jaswant Thada: Rs  30

Domestic Guest

Mehrangarh Museum: Rs 60

Jaswant Thada: Rs 15

So plan your trip to this beautiful city.

P.S. All pictures clicked by me, guided by my father photographer, from NIKON D90.