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Shopping around the Monument of Love – Taj Mahal


 

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Monument With White Beauty-Taj Mahal

As we know India is undoubtedly the true land of tourism, Taj Mahal is also known as the exact witness of Indian tourism. Your tour to India is incomplete without seeing the glorious beauty of  Taj Mahal, which is why a number of tourists visit Agra every year. As a result, the city of Taj, Agra has developed into a very good shopping city in last few years. Shopping places near Taj offers you a very superior variety of souvenirs to purchase. These markets are always full of crowd and propose you the different artifacts and other valuable items. The people who love leather, and sweets will be very happy being here.

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Beautiful Replica Of  Taj Mahal

Coming back with a replica of Taj Mahal is a very common trend which people are still following . You can bring this mini Taj Mahal to your home, or you can also gift it to others. It is prepared by local talented artists and is very famous between tourists. Other thing which is famed is incredible leather goods as the city is well known for its leather industry. The items which you can purchase are belts, shoes, leather jackets and bags, etc., which are available in various colors and designs. Different decorative items made up of metals like brass; copper and silver would also be a good item to purchase.

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Rug And Carpet Center Near Taj Mahal

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Beautiful Marble Items In A Shop

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Some Small Gift Items

One of its kinds, the mobile souvenir is always roaming around the Taj Mahal. You can purchase all kinds of items from them like key rings, mini model of Taj Mahal, books about Taj Mahal and Agra, etc. You will find few Governments Handloom and Handicraft shops near the western gate of Taj Mahal.

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Beautiful Embroidered Pair of Marble Pot

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Colorful Pots In Market Near Taj Mahal

You can buy some unique things like the sarees made of bamboo and banana, handmade rugs, curtains and bed sheets. Outside the south gate of Taj Mahal, you will find Taj Ganj, which is famous for various marble items. Everything which can be carved from marble is available here. All of these items are beautifully designed by professional artists. Agra Petha is very famous, and it is a must try, which is worth it. This is a trend in India that people purchase this delicious sweet for others as a gift item.

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Different Flavors Of Petha

Different culture ,food and a wonderful  visit  of  Taj Mahal give you a unforgettable experience.You will also find some food joints near Taj, where you can relish local food. The cuisine of Agra is very scrumptious and preferred by all travellers. The famous markets are Kinari Bazaar, Taj Ganj Area, Pratap Puro and Sadar Bazaar. If you are there in Agra during the Taj Mahotsav, the fun of your trip will be double. Artists and craftsmen from all over the world come there to display their work. You will find the maximum of variety there, and you can purchase these items at a very good price.

It is not like that you will find only traditional and handicraft objects in Agra. The city also has world-class famous shopping malls, which are very famed between tourists, like Omaxe Wedding Mall. There is a marvellous food court and a banquet hall in the mall, which can be used for different parties and functions. The other mall situated near Taj Mahal is TDI Mall, where you will find some world-class brands. The other famous shopping malls in the city are Pacific Taj Mall and Ashok Cosmos Mall. There are different food joints in these malls and other shopping outlets followed by various entertainment zones where you can enjoy and relax.Shopping of  precious marble and astonishing  view of  Taj Mahal .

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SOMNATH-Sun Temple: The Legendary Indian Shrine


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Somnath-Sun Temple

The Somnath Temple is positioned in the Saurashtra region, the western coast of Gujarat.It is among the twelve Jyotirlings of the god Shiva. It has presently become a tourist terminus for travelers. Various mythologies are connected to it, which makes the temple Legend. Somnath literally means “The Shrine Eternal”, since having been devastated many times by Islamic Royals and rajas it is still interminable. In recent times, it was remodeled in November 1947 by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.

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Entrance Of The Temple

The existent temple is fabricated in the Chalukya  style of temple and replicates the skill of the Sompra Salat, one of Gujarat’s leading masons. The temple’s main pinnacle is 15 metres in height, and it has an 8.2-metre tall flag pole at the top. The temple is positioned at such a habitation that there is no land in straight- line between Somnath seashore untill Antarctica, such an engraving in Sanskrit is found on the Arrow-Pillar called Baan-Stambh raised on the sea-protection wall at the Somnath Temple.

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Carvings On Wall

With the help of inhabitants, anybody can be pleasantly surprised to find this mesmerizing and enthralling Sun temple built in the 14th century. Situated adjacent in the direction of the Sitala Mata Temple, it has a magnificent arrival porch, and statues of the Sun God and his two associates.State provides transport buses and private luxury coaches which connect Somnath from various destinations in Gujarat.It is located 6 km from the adjoining railway station at Veraval. Due to fast connectivity of transport and amazing beauty of this temple makes it an alluring tourist place for travelers in Gujarat.

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A Wonderful Sculpture

On the eastern end of Somnath is Triveni, which is the coming together of three rivers .On the banks of the river Triveni, Hiranya is the spot where Lord Krishna’s procession rites were performed, a hunter mistook him for a deer and killed him. A large showering harbour is built here, which is called Dehotsarg. A huge commemorative and a Geeta Mandir standing on a number of pillars are also erected here.

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Amazing Carvings On The Pilers

Surya Mandir or the Sun Temple dates back to time of the original Temple of Somnath and gives an idea of what the primary temple resembled. A museum is positioned in the Somnath Temple zone and another in a thoroughfare nearby, that contains remnants of the old Somnath Shrines. Somnath Temple has folklore behind its formation. It is believed that Lord Chandra (Moon God) was very proud of his beauty because of which he was cursed by his father-in-law Daksha, to get less significant. In order to get liberated of this curse, Moon God prayed to Lord Shiva, and Lord Shiva became pleased with the reparation of the Moon and reduced the curse to some degree. This illustration led to the intermittent diminishing of the moon.

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Stepped Fond In Sun Temple

Sun Temple is an eternal Indian shrine that illustrates the power of formation is always greater than the power of devastation. The religious prominence of Sun temple fascinates travelers as well as sightseers from India and abroad and as a result it has turned out to be one of the prominent tourist spots of  Gujarat .Visiting Sun Temple during your Gujrat  tour would not only give you a good architectural view but will also provide you mental and spiritual peace.


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A Perfect Plan and Preparation Can Make Your Himalayan Trekking Trip Wonderful


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Snow covered high mountains. Under the bright shining of sun, Snow glitters likes diamond. Clear and crisp cool air, wonderful meadows; smoky mountains always fascinate the nature lovers. Beauty of mountains is unbelievable. The ultimate beauty, high risk and adventure invites to nature lovers for trekking. Trekking is the best and favorite adventure trip among the nature lovers.

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Scrumptious View Of Himalaya Region Image By Flickr

In India trekking is popular among the nature lovers. There is large number of trekking locations in India. Ladakh and the Himalayan range are the great attraction for trekkers. There are lots of delights for adventures and memorable trekking tour in Himalayan range. Lakadh trekking is also very popular among the adventures tourism. Beauty and trekking points of Ladakh are extremely amazing and challenging.

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Trekkers On Rest Image By Flickr

Trekking bounds to nature and gives a lifetime wonderful experience but it requires a great plan and proper preparation. Here are some tips or point which is most considerable for any trekking tour:

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Meditation Image By Flickr

Fitness assurance

Health fitness is most important for a healthy and successful trek. Fitness means to both physical and mental fitness. Start a quality walk, exercise and meditation before two month of your trek tour because only your fitness, patience and good mental level helps you a lot during the trek. If you have some serious health problem then consult your doctor before leaving for the trek.

Do the homework and research for the desired region

Before, you plan to go trek do your pre research on the region you would like to visit and for that you can take help from internet, it will provide you all information about the area, geographic conditions, whether update maps and guidelines for your trip.

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Clothing and back Pack

Pack your bag with warm clothes otherwise cold wind may freeze you. Whether of Himalayan range is uncertain so keep waterproof jacket, windproof clothes, thermo underwear and small quick drying towel. Also carry sun hat, cap, scarf and gloves .Always choose best comfortable trekking shoes for easy climbing and to avoid blisters. Do not stuff unwanted things. Each and every kg is a pain in the hills.

Medicine and First Aid

Keep basic medicines avoid storing bunch of medicines in your first aid box. Take medicines for headache, painkiller, diarrhea, anti allergies, anti-inflammatory tablets, water-tablets are the essential medicines never forget them. Add also thermometer, Band –aid, cotton buds, antibiotic ointments and scissors.

Food

Always try to keep nourishing and healthy food rather then tasty food. Keep dry foods, noodles, biscuits chocolates, tinned food and etc.

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Important Accessories
Take sunglasses with UV protection that protects from both cold wind and harmful radiations. Pack toiletries, Sun cream, water bottle and headlamp with extra batteries. Also keep sleeping bag, waterproof tent for stay. A lightweight kerosene stove, pans, pots and cutlery for cooking.

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Trekker On The Way Image By Flickr

Apart for all these points your mental status and preparation is most important to complete a safe, secure and successful trek tour. There is big need to adjust to the responses of the different, odd geographical conditions and also the response of people of different culture.Scrumptious and scenic places of Lakadh ,Himalaya and other trekking points gives you a very peaceful experience. It’s the time to opt your favorite place for trek So just make a plan and enjoy the incredible beauty of nature.

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Striking Splendour in Kerala- Thekkady


Thekkady, located in God’s Own Country, Kerala in India is famous for its dense and diverse flora and fauna. It is a small village situated in Idukki. The main centre of attraction for the place is Periyar Wildlife Reserve, which is one of the 27 Tiger Reserves in India. Just because of its size, the reserve attracts thousands of tourists every year. Thekkady is the perfect example of nature’s gift with enthralling picturesque magic, wealthy bio assortment having intense jungle and prosperous plantation. Thekkady is spread over an area of 777 sq km. Amusing ecstasy Thekkady is truly a paradise for nature lovers.

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Tigress and Cubs In Rest

Cormorants In Periyar Image By Flickr

Cormorants In Periyar Image By Flickr

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Spotted Dear In Periyar Image By Flickr

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary is located around an artificial Lake Periyar which is about 24 sq km in area. Tourists love to do boating over this lake, and it is a prominent feature of attraction. Apart from the boating other attracting points are trekking, elephant ride and great sightseeing. The main animals which can be spotted here are tiger, elephant, sambar, jungle cat, gaur, wild boar and sloth bear.

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Tourist Enjoying Traditional Bamboo Boat Ride In Periyar Lake

 

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Restaurant In Periyar Tiger Reserve Image By Flickr

You can see them from the boat ride. Avifauna of the place is also versatile. You can locate about 265 species of birds here. This sightseeing of animals and birds during your boat ride makes it really beguiling and pleasing. You will find different treats as you will go ahead in the dense forest of  Periyar.

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Ruined Of Mangala Devi Temple

There is a ruined temple, known as Mangla Devi Temple, which can be visited. The architecture of the temple is must experience. The plantation of the place is another great example of nature’s bounty. This little trip is normally arranged by the District Tourism Information Office at Thekkady. You can experience the coffee, tea, pepper, clove and cardamom plantations, which are surrounded by the hills, and it is really an eye soothing view. Vanilla budding areas also convert Thekkady into a colourful place, and its fragrance makes the place a real heaven. Velvety lush green plantations, undulating hills, distinctive flora and fauna and the shrine of Lord Ayyapa are the key attraction.

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Panoramic Reflection In Periyar Lake Image By Flickr

Thekkady truly is the essence of south Indian holiday destinations. It is a very famous place among honeymooners. The panoramic view through the high hills makes it an ultimate destination for romantic beginning of your life.

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Tribal Dance Of Thekkady Image By Flickr

There is a Tribal Heritage Museum which is situated inside the Mannan settlement which describes all the techniques of ancient agricultural practices, dress code, rituals, marriage and death ceremonies, different procedures like fishing, cooking, medicinal herbs, bamboo furniture, hunting and vessels etc. Due to the boosted tourism, because of plantations and wildlife, tourism of Thekkady has improved a lot.

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South Indian Cuisines in Thekkady

Hotels offer all kinds of modern amenities and facilities according to the taste of tourists. These hotels are well equipped to serve the types of rooms and suites, like from normal room to presidential suite. You can book any room according to your budget and requirement. All the information you need to book the hotel is clearly available on the hotel’s website. If you are travelling for some business purposes, then also the hotels, here are apt for you as they have the facilities like business centre, conference hall, etc. The local food of Thekkady is mind blowing and matches perfectly with south Indian cuisines. Thekkady is the wonderful and one of the must visited places of  Kerala.So, you need not to worry at all if you are planning a tour to Thekkady. You will find everything in this tour of yours.

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The Golden Chariot- Travel Luxuriously and joyously through Southern States


Let it be Jammu & Kashmir – the head, crown of India or be it the ending land of India- Tamil Nadu. India is not only full of beautiful land but is also rich in the traveling memories of the routes, the ways you travel by. Indian Beauty could be explored in many ways; you can choose to travel the destinations by any mean you think to be convenient.

Though every destination does have a special travel surprise for you still your guides would surely ask you to roam around to explore more. We have treasured for you the beautiful houses to travel and live in, on the tours. Just like the Houseboats of Kashmir and Kerala are famous for traveling between the beautiful lakes and beaches, house Trains are famed in south India for the pretty journey between the Southern states.There are many royal and luxuries trains of  India which can make your trip royal and unforgettable.

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Welcoming Staff of The Golden Chariot

People call it to be Palace on the wheels. The Luxurious Trains of South India has been awarded as the Asia’s leading luxury Train by the World Travel Awards in 2013. Train, famously known as Golden Chariot, named after the world-famous stone chariot of the temple Vittala. The train is generally colored with purple and gold giving it a separate identity and a royal appeal.

The Golden Chariot is said to be the Pride and splendor of the south. This moving palace connects some beautiful spots of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Pondicherry. Beautifully colored train has a logo of a mythological animal sported on it. This train is specially designed with accommodation, spa and gym, dining and conference area, giving a rich and royal feel of 21st century while romancing on the tracks of these states.

The chariot is generally operated between the months of October – March by the combine efforts of the Indian Railways and Karnataka state Tourism Development Authority. Every trip of Golden Chariot is of 7-8 days, covering all the tourist destinations of the states. This Adventurous trip of 21st century wraps your memory with the beauty of historical sites, wildlife parks, stunning beaches and some abiding palaces.

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High Tech Gym Of The Golden Chariot

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Modern Spa with Traditional Treatment Inside The Golden Chariot

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Twin Bedroom In The Golden Chariot

Before taking a look at the facilities and the itinerary of the tour, one simply gets impressed with the royally crafted masterpiece. The architecture of the train strikingly represents the arts connotation of the Karnataka. From designs to the construction, everything is stirred by the metropolis and Hoysala architecture. This beauty is accommodated with 44 cabins in 11 coaches, two restaurant, a lounge bar and conference, gym and spa facilities. Every coach is named after the dynasties that ruled the region – Kadamba, Hoysala, Rashtrakuta, Ganga, Chalukya, Bahamani, Adil Shahi, Sangama, Satavahana, Yadukula and Vijayanagar.

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Luxuries Dining Of The Royal Train-The Golden Chariot

On board, services are offered by Mapple group of Hotels, a well-known group which is one among the foremost Hotels chains of India. Apart from the overwhelming services of the Mapple group, the train offers you the Wi-Fi connectivity; Air conditioned rooms, LCDs and satellite antennae in every cabin. Wardrobe, private bathrooms and writing desks are all fitted to enhance your facilities.

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Lounge Of The Golden Chariot

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Madira Bar Area

Nala and Ruchi are two restaurants offering all the varieties of veg and non-veg food. Madira – the bar area is designed with the classy and the comfortable area to enjoy the divine nectar. One would surely feel the king size in the journey of South India with the Golden Chariot.

For more details of the tour plan of The Golden Chariot visit here:

http://www.theluxuryindiatours.com/luxury-trains/golden-chariot-train-tour.html

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Religious Boon to India- Varanasi


India is a country of different religion and culture. It can be clearly seen in the number of pilgrimage sites by which India is truly blessed. A lot of tourists plan their holidays just to experience the cultural diversity of the country. Various sacred pilgrimage destinations having utmost importance of culture, tradition and religion is the main centre of attraction in Indian tourism. The tradition and culture of the medieval age are still being practiced in the country with same value and respect. The spiritual power and religious harmony make the tourists realize that there is nothing, which can be compared to it. Every corner of the country has something to offer to its travelers in the terms of religion, culture and tradition and what is best about these holy shrines is that these are not limited to a particular religion or community. It shows that there is unity in diversity.

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A Panoramic Night View Of Bank Of Holy River Ganga

One of the oldest sanctified religious places in India is Varanasi. It is believed that once Varanasi was the home of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is the vital pilgrimage destination of Hindus. Famous worldwide for its culture and heritage, Varanasi is situated on the bank of holy river Ganges, in Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as Banaras, Kashi, Ramya, Avimuktaka, Surandhana, etc. It is believed that who takes a dip in the holy river is free from all of his sins. Visiting this place can distil your mind and soul. This pious land attracts pilgrimages from all over the world. Varanasi, known as The City of Temples, Holy City of India, Religious Capital of India, City of Lights, Oldest City on Earth and City of Learning, is also known for its educational aspect as there are four universities here.

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Ganga  Pooja Offering By Priests

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Ganga Aarti At Varanasi

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Diyas In Ganga

There is a number of Hindu temples, Jain temples, ashrams, etc. to visit. A visit to this saintly land will give you peace and some beautiful memories to cherish for life. The city is full of about 100 ghats, which are used basically for bathing and cremation. The most pleasant scene of the place is its evening Aarti, where people leave lots of diyas in water of river Ganges. It is a very lovely and enjoyable sight as the light of these diyas in the dark nights forms a beautiful view.

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Kashi  Vishwanath Temple

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Durga Temple In Evening

The temples of Varanasi are a prominent feature of the city. Tourists are always lured by the architectural beauty of these temples. Devotees offer their prayers and chant the mantras here. As mentioned earlier, the evening aarti make the whole ambience to remember all your life. The sound of bells and the hymns of priests are not to be missed. Some of the famous temples are Sankat MochanTemple, Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple and DurgaTemple, etc. Not to forget the ghats of the city are the stairs along with the river where different rituals are performed. Famous ghats in Varanasi are Dasaswamedha Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Hanuman Ghat, Dandi Ghat and Bachraj Ghat.

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Diwali Festival at Ganga

In addition, due to the celebration of different vibrant festivals and colourful fairs, Varanasi is the centre of attraction in Indian Tourism. The various festivals celebrated here is Ganga Festival, Kartik Purnima, Buddha Purnima, Mahashivratri, Hanuman Jayanti, Dhrupad Mela, Panch Koshi Parikarma, etc. If you are planning a religious tour to India, Varanasi is a must visit, which will take you to the spiritual side of the country.

For the  best arrangement of your Varanasi visit ,You can take services and suggestions from here:

http://www.ercotravels.com/short-tour-packages/varanasi.html

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Golconda Fort- Monument with a Marvellous Architecture


Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh is always known for the most compelling and alluring monuments all over the world. Some of the famous monuments are Golconda Fort, Charminar, Mecca Masjid, Ramoji Film Studio, Hussain Sagar Lake and Falaknuma Palace, etc. Tourists who want to visit some natural place to relax and refresh themselves can also visit Hyderabad Botanical Gardens and Nehru Zoological Park. Hyderabad once was the ceremonial and regal city at the time of British Era. It is referred as the ‘City of Pearls’ due to its rich culture, history, tradition, glamour and iconic landmarks with unique and superb architecture. The region is not only famous for the historical monuments and buildings but also known for producing the priceless stones and diamonds such as Koh-i-noor, The Hope Diamond and Darya-i-noor diamond.Hyderabad has been become the one of the most famous and visited places of Andhra Pradesh.

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Golconda Fort

Out of all the imperative landmarks, Hyderabad is known for its Golconda Fort worldwide. The fort truly boasts of its grand architecture and majestic appeal. The fort was built in 13th century by the Kakatiya Kings and after that it has been modified by many rulers. It is located just 11 km from Hyderabad at the western end of the city. It is the most popular and magnificent structures of the region; therefore you can see tourists all over the year here. You would not believe that originally the fort was built with mud, and later it is improved to a magnificent edifice with stones and granite. The present architecture was modified by Qutb Shahi dynasty.

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Day Time Beauty Of Qutb Tomb

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Qutb Tomb

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A View Of Golconda Fort

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Minars Of Tomb

The monument has eight gates, 87 bastions, four drawbridges and a circumference of about 7 km. Therefore, ytiful palace, royal apartments and halls, mosque, stables and armory in the fort as well. The fort is open daily except Monday from morning 9 am to evening 5 pm. Brilliant acoustic is one of the most noteworthy features of this fort. It is said that if you clap at the gate of the structure, the sound can be clearly heard at the highest point of the fort, which is Bala Hissar, approximately 1 km away. The other famous buildings you can visit in the fort are Habshi Kamans, Nagina Bagh, Ambar Khana, Taramati Mosque, Mortuary Bath, Ashlah Khana, etc.You can deny that how gigantic the building is. You can see the beautiful palace, royal apartments and halls, mosque, stables and armory in the fort as well. The fort is open daily except Monday from morning 9 am to evening 5 pm. Brilliant acoustic is one of the most noteworthy features of this fort. It is said that if you clap at the gate of the structure, the sound can be clearly heard at the highest point of the fort, which is Bala Hissar, approximately 1 km away. The other famous buildings you can visit in the fort are Habshi Kamans, Nagina Bagh, Ambar Khana, Taramati Mosque, Mortuary Bath, Ashlah Khana, etc.

The fort has a spectacular military architecture and thus makes it one of the best defensive and protective buildings of its time. The complex actually has four forts with around 10 km of an outer wall through it. The main gate for entry is known as Fateh Darwaza, which means The Victory Gate. It was named over the triumphant army of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Two elaborate pavilions located outside the fort named as, The Premathi Nritya Mandir and Taramathi Gana are also very popular among tourists.

Light Show in Golconda Fort

Light Show in Golconda Fort

A Night View Of Golconda Fort With Colorful Lights

A Night View Of Golconda Fort With Colorful Lights

The fort is also known for a vivacious and must see the light and sound show which exhibits the regal grandeur of the past dynasties. This show brings life in the fort as it is so enchanted that many tourists visit the fort just to watch the show. This show is performed in various languages on different days, due to which; everyone can participate in this astonishing experience.

Apart from all this, the beautiful lush green gardens offer a mesmerizing seating arrangement to its visitors. Visiting the fort will take you the historic time, and you will be able to experience the majestic and regal environment.

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