Kashmir Holidays- Enjoy the treasures of paradise on earth

Posted on June 10th, 2011 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on Kashmir Holidays- Enjoy the treasures of paradise on earth

Are you looking for an escape route from the drudgery of your daily life? Kashmir is the best bet. Kashmir is truly a destination out-of-this-world. Its unparalleled charm has been the muse of travellers, authors and poets for centuries. Its rejuvenating natural beauty and serene environment will capture your heart. Treat your senses with breathtaking natural beauty, sow-capped mountains, salubrious climate, boat ride on Dal lake, blooming gardens and adventure sports on Kashmir tour.

Come summers and tourists from across the globe plan Kashmir Tour for pleasurable and memorable holidays. From adventure sports to peaceful settings, there is so much one can enjoy at this incredible tourist destination.

Gulmarg

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Popular called the Meadow of flowers, Gulmarg is a breathtakingly beautiful destination of Kashmir. The grassy hills peppered with flowers of different hues are a treat to the soul. Relax in its wonderful surroundings and surely you will remember the experience for long. It is also a popular destination for golf. A variety of flowers can be seen here.

 

Srinagar

It is the capital of Kashmir which takes immense pride in its attractions. Dal lake and Mughal Gardens are the most famous attractions of this destination. The lake is extraordinary beautiful offering picturesque views. Enjoy a stay in a houseboat on the lake for pleasurable accommodation. Enjoy the charm of the lake on a boat ride. The Mughal Gardens overflow with colourful flowers and never fail to rejuvenate the visitors to the hilt.

 

Sonmarg

This adventure-filled destination is popular for offering great opportunities for adventure sports. Tourists from far and wide come here for plunging into the joy of skiing, camping, trekking and rafting. It is famously known as the Golden Meadow. It is ideally located at an altitude of 2,740 m above sea level.

Patnitop

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Patnitop beckons you to get soaked in the mesmerizing natural beauty. It gives you an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate completely. Its picturesque landscape, gushing waterways, golf course, freshwater springs and snow-capped mountains attract tourists from far and wide.

 

The Magical West Bengal

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West Bengal is a land steeped in natural beauty. It also boasts of rich culture which makes it a beautiful destination to spend memorable and pleasurable holidays. Large number of tourists from across the globe prefer West Bengal Tour to experience the charm of amalgamated beauty of nature and culture.
Some of the popular West Bengal Tourist Places are

Darjeeling
This is one of the most favoured hill stations of India known across the globe

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for its charm of natural beauty. The pristine natural beauty earned it the title Queen of Hill Stations. Large number of tourists from several parts of the globe come here to enjoy the charm of snow-capped Himalayan mountains, Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples and wildlife. You can also enjoy the enthralling ride on Darjeeling toy train which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of the popular tourist attractions of Darjeeling are Darjeeling toy train, Kalimpong, Happy valley tea gardens, Lloyd’s botanical gardens, victoria falls and passenger rope way.

Kolkata
This is the capital of West Bengal which was formerly known as Calcutta. It is often quoted as the City of Joy because of its interwoven charm of nature, culture, tradition and life style. This is mainly a place to be felt rather than just seen due to its liveliness and diversity. Some of the tourist places which are worth visiting in Kolkata are Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Eden Garden, Kalighat, Birla Planetarium, Indian Museum and Dalhousie Square.

Santiniketan
This is a famous tourist attraction of West Bengal situated near Bolpur in the Birbhum district. It is a university founded by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore to combine Indian traditions with the other cultures of the world.
This open air school is popularly known as Visva-Bharati which attracts scores of tourists, scholars, artists and eminent personalities from across the world. The serene and peaceful ambiance of this place give tourists a chance to feel nature at its best. Some of the popular attractions which can be visited by tourists during Santiniketan tour are China Bhavan, Chhatimtala, Kala Bhavan, Bichitra and Uttarayan Complex.

Sunderbans
This is a beautiful jungle situated in the southern tip of West Bengal where land meets the sea. It is renowned across the globe for its exotic and diverse collection of wildlife species. It is a part of the world’s largest delta renowned for its mangrove forest and rich biodiversity which make this place a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sunderbans National Park is the foremost tourist attraction of this place which is a paradise for wildlife lovers and nature enthusiasts. This wildlife reserve is famous for its 58 species of mammals, 55 species of reptiles and around 248 bird species.

River Rafting in India

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River rafting is one of the popular adventure activities among adventure lovers. It is full of fun, thrill and excitement. The foothills of the Himalayas is the perfect place for water rafting because of unstable currents of the mountain streams. Large number of tourists prefer white water rafting as it provides unlimited fun and enjoyment. The untamed mountain streams form an intricate network which passes through rocky banks and crevices. Some of the rivers which are known for rafting are Mandakini, Zanskar, Kalisor, Bhagirathi, Teesta, Indus, Alaknanda and Bhilangana.

The famous destinations for White Water Rafting in India are

Rafting On Zanskar River

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Zanskar River is the most difficult and exciting white water rafting River Rafting In Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir Ladakh is the popular destination for white water rafting because of the presence of several mountain streams. Indus River and its major tributaries are the best places for water rafting. Indus river between Spituk and Saspol is the ideal place for enjoying the fun of rafting. Beyond Saspol the river becomes more turbulent which makes it difficult for beginners to indulge in river rafting. But for skilled and trained rafters it is a good place for enjoying the fun of this adventure sport.

destination in India which calls on good number of skilled rafters from several parts of the globe. This river has spectacular gorges between Padum and Nimo region which heightens the fun of rafting. This turbulent river is for the skilled and trained rafters. It is suitable only for well organised white water expeditions.

Rafting On The Ganges River
Garhwal region in Uttaranchal is the best place for water rafting in the sacred

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river Ganga. This river is a good place for both professional as well as the amateur rafters. Ganga near Rishikesh is a popular spot for white water river rafting. This place has 36 km long stretch for rafting which begins from Kaudiyala and ends at Rishikesh. Large number of tourists come here to enjoy the fun, thrill and excitement of this adventurous activity.
Rafting in River Tons
River Tons is the biggest tributary of Yamuna which originates from the  Bandarpunchh Mountain range at an altitude of 20,720 feet above sea level. This river is counted among the most challenging white water rivers which attracts rafters from several parts of the world. The river passes through dense forest and deep gorges which provides tourists an opportunity to feel the charm of nature.

Travel to enchanting Uttaranchal

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Uttaranchal is a wonderful tourist destination of North India where tourists come from across the globe. It is a land of mountain beauty and adventure sports activities. This land is affectionately dubbed as ‘Dev Bhumi’. It is endowed with sheer natural beauty and salubrious climate. It is also known for its rich flora and fauna. Tourists can indulge in a variety of adventure sports such as river rafting, boating and trekking. Uttaranchal tourism boasts of mesmerizing attractions such as mountains, rivers, wildlife, glaciers, valley of flowers, forests and pilgrimage sites. There are several famous tourist destinations in Uttaranchal. Almora, kasauni and Mukteshwar are some of them.

Almora

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It is a fascinating hill station of Uttaranchal. Attracting tourists from far and wide, it is a perfect holiday destination. It is located at an altitude of 1,650 m above sea level. It is popularly known as the cultural capital of Uttaranchal. The forests of pine and fir against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks makes this destination look like a fairyland.Its scenic beauty never fails to capture the hearts of tourists. Several colorful fairs and festivals are celebrated here every year. It is also a home to 1000 year old Nanda Devi temple. Almora can be visited from March to June or September to November. Some of the famous attractions of Almora are Bright End corner, State museum, Chitai temple, Siyahidevi temple, Katarmal temple, Deer park and Simtola.

Kausani

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Nestled in the Kumaon hills, Kasauni is located at an altitude of 6,075 feet above sea level. It is a small hill station soaked in sheer natural beauty. It offers breattaking views of the snow-capped peaks. It is also the place where Mahatama Gandhi lived for a long time in the year 1929. It is the birthplace of the famous poet Sumitra Nandan Pant. This picturesque hill station is dominated by dark pine forest. It is popularly known as the jewel of the Himalayas. It is located only 53 km from Almora. Kasauni attractions include Oant museum, Lakshmi ashram, Pinakeshwar (trekking area), Baijnath, Someshwar, Anasakti ashram and tea gardens.

Mukteshwar

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Located in the enchanting Nainital district, Mukteshwar is a wonderful destination. It offers captivating views of the Himalayas. Its serene environment, pleasant climate and natural beauty will surely leved you spell bound. You can enjoy trekking, mountain climbing and rock climbing in Mukteshwar.

Visit Uttranchal During This Summer

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Uttaranchal is a wonderland of India where tourist attractions galore. It is a beautiful state where tourists come from across the globe. This destination is a big hit with adventure enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is famously known as the land of Gods as it is peppered with many pilgrimage centres. The major attractions of Uttaranchal are staggering natural beauty, snow-covered mountains, beautiful valleys and enchanting wildlife. A variety of adventure sports can be enjoyed here.

Some of the famous attractions of Uttaranchal Tourism are:

Rishikesh
It is one of the holy cities of India which is blessed with sheer natural beauty. Located on the banks of the holy river Ganga, this city is famous for yoga and meditation and adventure sports. It is popularly known as the place of sages. It boasts of glorious history. It is known for adventure sports activities such as river rafting, trekking, mountaineering and canoeing. The beautiful temples and ghats are among its major attractions.

Joshimath
It is another enchanting destination of Uttarnachal. It is a wonderful hill station where nature lovers come from far and wide. It offers pleasant climate and sheer natural beauty. The legend goes that the sage Shankaracharya established one of the four piths (centres) for sanyasis at this destination. It is believed that lord Vishnu resides in Joshimath during winters. The temple of Narshimha and Naina Devi national park are the must-see attractions of Joshimath.

Valley of flowers
Visiting the valley of flowers in Uttaranchal is like visiting heaven on earth.
It is extremely fascinating and refreshing. It is a famous national park roosted in the Himalayas. It is known for arresting meadows of endemic alpine flowers and sheer natural beauty. It boasts of more than 500 species of flowers. It is also a home to a variety of wildlife including some endangered species such as Asiatic black bear, snow leopard and blue sheep.

Nainital
It is a renowned hill station of North India steeped in mesmerizing natural beauty. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is popularly known as lake paradise. Nainital attractions include Naini lake, Bhim Tal, Naini peak and snow view point.

Mussoorie
It is another famed hill station of North India. Gifted with picturesque surroundings, it is located at an altitude of 2,000 m. It is very popular among honeymooners. Kempty Fall, Gun hill, Lake Mist and camel’s back road are some of the famous attractions of Mussoorie.

Uttaranchal tour is the best bet for rejuvenating holidays. Travel to Uttaranchal and you are bound to come back completely mesmerized.

Fairs and Festivals of India Reflect its Rich Cultural Heritage

Posted on April 14th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Fairs and Festivals of India Reflect its Rich Cultural Heritage

The incredible country like India can be best described by the phrase ‘Unity in Diversity’. India is a land of rich cultural heritage which beautifully reflects in its various attractions. The various states of India have their own unique culture. Although there is so much diversity in culture of India but still there is unity among Indians. Fairs and festivals are among the most colorful part of Indian culture. They are also the perfect means of getting acquainted with the culture of India.

It would be no exaggeration to say that India is a land of fairs and festivals as its calender is full of various fairs and festivals commemorating various occasions. Fairs and festivals of India attract tourists from across the globe.

Some of the most famous fairs and festivals of India are:

Diwali
It is the festival of lights which is celebrated with great flavor

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throughout India. Symbolizing the victory of good over evil, this festival commemorates Lord Rama’s return to his kingdom after 14 years of exile. On this festival people illuminate their houses with earthen lamps and lights, distribute sweets, burn crackers and worship Goddess Lakshmi. This festival falls in the month of October or November.

Navratri
This festival is celebrated for nine days in honour of the goddess. The goddess symbolizes power. During these nine days nine forms of the goddess are worshipped and devotees observe fast for nine days. The goddess is known by several names like Durga, Laxmi, Bhavani, Kali, chandika, Maha gauri, Ashtabhuja and Siddhiratri. All the nine forms signify various traits that the goddess influences us with.

Holi

It is a festival of colours which is celebrated with great enthusiasm

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especiallyin North India. During this festival people play with powdered colours and water. Huge bonfires are lit on the evening of Holi. This festival also symbolizes the victory of good over evil. There is an interesting legend associated with it.

Pushkar Fair
It is the largest cattle fair in the world. Held in Pushkar City of Rajasthan it is marked with several cultural activities like dance, music, competitions and many more. It is celebrated in October/November.

Pongal
It is an important festival of South India which is celebrated for four days. It is a harvest festival. During the festival cattle, Sun god and Rain god are worshiped.

Eid-ul-Fittr
It is an important festival of Muslims which marks the end of Ramzan, the Muslim month of fasting. During the festival people exchange greeting and sweets and offer prayer in mosques. Feasting is the main feature of this festival.

Desert Festival
This is a famous festival of Rajasthan which is celebrated with great enthusiasm in the city of Jaisalmer. During the celebration the desert comes alive with cultural activities. Folk dance, puppet shows, turban-tying competition, camel race etc are the main highlights of the festival.

Adventure Sports Options Galore in India

Posted on March 31st, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Adventure Sports Options Galore in India

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Adventure means different things to different people. For me exploring any part of this world is in itself an adventure and for my best friend Shivani adventure is synonymous with adventure sports like river rafting, trekking, biking and much more. So we decided to take an adventure tour of India to enjoy the beauty and adventure of several tourist destinations of India. We enjoyed river rafting, trekking, skiing and many more activities. We were rejuvenated to the hilt.

India is an incredible land offering a slew of adventure sports facilities for adventure lovers who come here from across the globe. Some of the famous adventure sports of India are:

Rock climbing
This interesting adventure activity can be best enjoyed at Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Mysore, Ramanagram in Karnataka, Bangalore, Mount Abu in Rajasthan, Panchmarhi in Madhya Pradesh and Gangotri gorge in Uttar Pradesh.

Mountaineering
This challenging activity is meant only for the brave hearts and physically fit people. The Himalayan range of India is perfect for this sport and several other adventure sports. Kamet and Dunagiri (7088) and Nanda Devi (7800 m) are the most popular destinations for mountaineering in India.

White water rafting
Full of thrill and adventure this adventure sport can be best experienced at the following destinations- River Ganges,tons, Bhilangana, Yamuna, Mandakani, Kalisor, Zanskar, Beas, Alaknanda and Mandakani.

Trekking
This is one adventure activity which can be enjoyed by almost all tourists. Some of the best places for trekking are Kullu, Kinnaur, Ladakh, Spiti, Lahaul, Garhwal, Kumaon and Sikkim.

Angling and Fishing
The lakes of Kashmir, streams of Kerala and the lakes of the upper Himalayas offer great opportunities for fishing and angling.

Safaris
Travel to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan for enthralling camel safari on the unfathomable sand dunes. And if you wish to enjoy elephant safari, Kerala is the best place. The wildlife destinations of India also provide facilities for elephant safari.

Paragliding
For enjoying the thrill of paragliding visit the places such as Darjeeling, Solang valley, Auli, Gangtok, Sansar and Goa.

Skiing
A big hit with tourists skiing can be best enjoyed at Gulmarg, Kufri, Manali and Mundali.

Motor biking
It is an interesting way of exploring some tourist destination of India like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner and Mandawa.

There are several more adventure sports and activities which India offer. Adventure sports options galore here!

India Wildlife Tour

Posted on March 17th, 2011 by Sanjog  |  Comments Off on India Wildlife Tour

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The fascination of my heart towards wildlife made me plan India wildlife tour. I along with some of my friends decided to cover some of the National Parks and wildlife sanctuaries of India. We short listed the following wildlife destinations- Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Bandhavgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Panna National Park and Sundarbans wildlife sanctuary.

Since we were going to some of the finest and popular wildlife destinations of India I had high expectations. I had always cherished a desire to visit all the famous wildlife sanctuaries and national parks of India and here was my chance to visit at least a few.

Well, almost all our wildlife safaris went great and we could sight a wide variety of wildlife species such as lion, leopard, jungle cat, ratel, hyena, porcupine, crocodile, wolf, wild dog, caracal, hyena, Chinkara and nilgai. The guides were also good and experienced and acquainted us with valuable information about the wildlife destinations and their enchanting creatures. In all the wildlife destinations we were booked in the guest houses inside the forests which in itself was a great experience.  We got perfect opportunity to experience the wilderness.

Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, Gujarat

It is the only natural habitat of the pure Asiatic Lions and was established to protect the last wild population of Lion outside the African regions. Located in Gujarat, this Park boasts of around 300 Asiatic lions. It also has around 210 leopards. Its landscape is also picturesque. It has three water reserves where a variety of water birds can be sighted.

Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh

This national park is famous for its Royal Bengal Tigers. Located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, this park is known for housing the highest tiger population in India. At present the park has around 50 tigers and a variety of other wildlife species. Bandhavgarh is also known as the White Tiger Jungle as white tigers were discovered in the jungles of Bandhavgarh. However in the last 50 years no white tiger has been spotted here. The park also has an ancient fort which is worth a visit.

Panna National Park, Madhya Pradesh

It is another famous wildlife destination of Madhya Pradesh. It is a Tiger Reserve attracting tourists from far and wide. Panna is the district in which Panna National Park is located. This place is also known for its diamonds. There are around 200 bird species found inside this park.

Sundarbans wildlife sanctuary

It is a National Park, Tiger Reserve, Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Sundarbans delta in the state of West Bengal. The region of this park is densely covered by mangrove forests. It provides shelter to a variety of animals, birds, reptiles and salt water crocodile. It boasts of around 200 Royal Bengal Tigers.

A visit to all these wildlife destinations was an overwhelming experience for us. I came back home with my own record of golden memories which I will cherish for the rest of my life. Each of the above wildlife destinations had its own wonderful attractions to offer. I was overwhelmed, overwhelmed to the hilt.

Palace on Wheels Luxury Train Tour

Posted on March 9th, 2011 by admin  |  Comments Off on Palace on Wheels Luxury Train Tour

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Stepping into the world of luxury, comfort and royalty I was soaked in the feeling of traveling back in time to the era of raja-maharajas. With a desire to taste the royalty of the raja-maharaja era and to explore the enchanting destinations of Rajasthan in a royal style I and my friend Pallavi boarded the Palace on Wheels, one of the most luxurious trains in the world. We boarded the train at 4 pm in the evening from Delhi Cantt Railway Station and set out on our dream journey. The moment we boarded the train we could see and experience luxury and royalty in plenty which was making us feel like ‘queens’.

It would be no exaggeration to say that Palace on Wheels is an epitome of luxury and royalty. This train is a fascinating attraction of Rajasthan Tourism. Once used by the raja-maharajas of the bygone era, this train is now open for tourists. Palace on Wheels tour is the best way to explore the rich cultural heritage and other attractions of Rajasthan. It offers 7 nights/8 days tour to several enchanting destinations of Rajasthan and North India. You will travel to mesmerizing destinations starting from Delhi to Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Chittorgarh, Ranthambore National Park, Udaipur, Keoladeo National Park and Agra. Each of the above destinations has its own unique attractions to offer.

The luxury train Palace on Wheels boasts of 14 air conditioned deluxe saloons named after the princely states of Rajasthan. There are four cabins in each saloon which are well appointed with facilities such as bath and shower, satellite phones, intercom, channel music, wall to wall carpeting etc. Each cabin is majestically decorated. And to take care of your every need a khidmatgar (attendant) is always at your service.

Dine at the two wonderful restaurants named as ‘The Maharaja’ and ‘The Maharani’ on the train. Feed yourself with a variety of delicious Rajasthani, Indian, Continental and Chinese dishes. And if you want to refresh yourself with a drink in the evening then scan the bar on board which serves Indian and International alcohol brands. Shopping facility is also available on board. Cultural activities like puppet shows and traditional dance and music programs are the other highlights of the Palace on Wheels tour.

Luxury train tours are among the famous attractions of incredible India. India offers several luxury trains covering different regions of India. Some of the most famous luxury trains of India are Palace on Wheels, Deccan Odyssey, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, The Golden Chariot, Maharaja Express and Indian Maharaja Express.

I and Pallavi thoroughly enjoyed our journey on Palace on Wheels and also enjoyed the attractions of Rajasthan and Agra. From wildlife to palaces, forts, havelis, monuments and culture, we enjoyed so much on this tour. From the wilderness of the dense forests to royalty and charm of the stunning palaces, history history of the forts, beauty of the architectural monuments, colorfulness of the culture and much more, this tour has a lot to offer.

South India Forts and Palaces Tour-Part 2

Posted on February 24th, 2011 by Pooja Chaudhary  |  Comments Off on South India Forts and Palaces Tour-Part 2

Our hearts were filled with enchantment and golden memories after exploring and experiencing the charm and glory of the forts and Palace of North India. There was some more enchantment awaiting us in South India. Our next destinations which we had to cover were Golconda Fort in Hyderabad and Mysore Palace in Karnataka. These are among the famous attractions of South India. No wonder South India and its attractions boast distinguishing features that give them world-wide popularity.

Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Hyderabad was once the princely city which was founded by Muhammad

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Quli Qutb Shah in the year 1591. Golconda Fort is one of the magnificent forts of India whose history dates back to the 13th century. Standing amidst rustic surroundings the fort is now in ruins but still holds its old world charm. The most distinguishing feature of this fort was the perfect acoustical system by which a hand clap sounded at the fort’s main gates was heard at the top of the fort.

Initially the Golconda fort was made of mud and later it was reconstructed in stone. Several additions were made to it by several rulers over the centuries. Located on a hill the fort looks very picturesque. It has 8 gates and the main gate is known as Fateh Darwaza, Gate of Victory. The door is dotted wit steel spikes for protection against charging elephants during an attack. The fort complex houses a palace, a parade ground, a mosque, an armory and several other buildings. The light and sound show held here unfolds the glorious history of the fort. This show is presented in English, Hindi and Telugu.

Mysore Palace
Mysore is affectionately dubbed as the city of palaces
. The Mysore

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Palace is the most famous attraction of this royal city. The palace was built for the Maharaja of Mysore in the year 1897. The majestic exterior and breathtakingly lavish interiors of the palace leave the onlookers awe-struck. The architecture of the palace is a perfect amalgamation of traditional Dravidian and Indo-Saracenic styles of architecture. The majestic domes in pink, huge pillars, beautiful cupolas, arches and minarets and exquisite carvings of the palace are some of its attractions. The palace looks staggeringly beautiful on Sunday nights when it is illuminated with thousands of bulbs. It is one of the most splendid palaces of India.

The palace has been transformed into a museum which houses royal articles like paintings, royal costumes, jewelry etc. This palace displays the largest collection of gold items.

In the evening we hit the colorful bazaars of Mysore and bought some wonderful handicrafts. We also bought some Mysore Pak( a sweet dish) which is a specialty of this city. Mysore is also famous for its sandalwood, silk sari, perfumes, incense sticks, brass ware and rosewood items. Shopping in Mysore marked the end of our journey to South India forts and palaces tour.