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Get off Turmoil with a Respite on Dharamshala Tour

Posted on April 11th, 2013 by admin  |  Comments Off on Get off Turmoil with a Respite on Dharamshala Tour

Take a Dharamshala tour to get a break from the bustling life. The natural panorama, the soothing tranquillity and the spiritual chant at monasteries will make your Dharamshala holidays rewarding.

Visiting the land that cradled monasteries is always a delight for a peace-lover like me. Tired from the humdrum of city life, I embarked on a trip to Dharamshala. Jeeny, my sister accompanied me on this tour.

Dharamshala TourDharamshala Tour

Having heard a lot about stupas, thangkas and prayer wheels that define Dharamshala tourism, I was curious to understand the concept of monasteries in Dharamshala. It was not very near from Delhi, still we managed to leave by flight and landed at Gaggal airport in Kangra Valley. We had to hire a taxi to reach the town of Dharamshala as it lies 15 km away from the airport.

We stayed in a good hotel that was already booked by us. While experiencing the refreshing ambience of Dharamshala, we felt like a free soul that roams freely without restriction. This tranquil hill station in Himachal Pradesh adores you like a mother, whose lap you never wish to leave.

After having rest, we relished the delicious food with its own special flavour of hill stations that form an important part of India tourism. As the sights of Tibetan flags, ringing bells and prayer wheels that I behold on the way made me restless, we left for the Dharamshala sightseeing.

We headed towards the beautiful Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture. Constructed in a traditional Tibetan style, it is settled in a gorgeous garden of rolling paths, flowing streams and rugged bridges. On the way, we moved towards the Triund which satiated Jeeny’s adventure bug. The exciting trek enabled us to enjoy a panoramic vista of Kangra Valley that is the best part of North India tour. Meanwhile we enjoyed tea with snacks to regain our energy on that 9 km trek.

The sight from atop was beyond than what I expected. It was truly the magic view mountain as locals say. We got to know from locals about another two km trek to Bhagsu Falls but we did not entertain it and rather chose an easy way to proceed.

Dharamshala MonasteryDharamshala Monastery

The day ended and we took shelter of cozy beds at hotels. Next morning, we started our day with having the delicious maggi, momos and thupkas, the traditional drink. The exploration began with Namgyal Monastery in Dharamsala that lies inside the Tsuglagkhang Complex. This sacred building also encloses the residence of Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader.

On being here, you can have the breathtaking views of lush pine forests and savour natural beauty. We also visited another important attraction in Dharamshala, Kangra Art Museum which is a good place to visit if you have interest in Tibet religion. The artifacts of Tibetan and Buddhist culture is a delight in itself.

I bought colourful Tibetan flags and mini prayer wheels as souvenirs and left back cherishing the tranquillity that I experienced on my Dharamshala tour.

Tajmahal Agra Tour – Admire the Architectural Brilliance

Posted on September 8th, 2011 by Uma Malhotra  |  Comments Off on Tajmahal Agra Tour – Admire the Architectural Brilliance

My curiosity to see Taj Mahal took me to Agra last month. The city which truly reflects an affluent cultural of the glorious past of India simply fascinated me. Located on the banks of Yamuna river, Agra is famous for its outstanding monuments.

One of the most famous monuments of Agra is Tajmahal. The name ‘Taj Mahal’ itself describes its grandeur. I was really willing to catch the beauty of Taj Mahal since my teenage years. So, it was the most-awaited time for me when my wish got fulfilled by visiting Agra. On being reached there, I was enthralled by the charm of this architectural wonder. The mysterious appeal of this famous monument really mesmerized me during my Taj Mahal Tour.

This white marble made wonder changes its expression with each passing hour. While blazing brightly in the sunlight, Taj Mahal offers a truly memorable sight in the night. I forgot all the tiredness as I felt the romantic ambience of Taj Mahal.

History of  Tajmahal

The knowledgeable guide told me about this wonderful monument, which is known as the epitome of love. This spectacular building was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal. The construction of this gorgeous monument took 20 years to complete.

I also visited the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, located about one and half kms from Taj Mahal. It was another example of finest architecture of olden times.

Agra Fort

After seeing Taj Mahal, I went for another tourist destination Agra Fort (Also known as the Red Fort). Built by Akbar in 1565, this fort is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture style. Inside this massive fort, you can see various buildings like Pearl Mosque, Jehangir’s Palace, the Diwan-E-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Sheesh Mahal (mirrored palace), Khaas Mahal and Musamman Burj.

It remains open for tourists from 7:00 a.m in the morning till 6 o’clock in the evening.

Fatehpur Sikri

I wanted to explore more, so headed towards another famous monument Fatehpur Sikri, situated about 37 kms from Agra. It houses the shrine of revered Sufi Saint Saleem Chisti.

When you visit all these monuments you will realize how exceptional skills of the workers of that time had even when there were not much facilities like today. Even though, the outstanding architecture of the old monuments will not let you believe it.

I also paid a short visit Akbar’s Tomb at Sikandra, at a short distance of 4 kms from Agra. The tomb comprises the characteristics of airy tiered pavilions of the Agra Fort.

All the monuments I visited in Agra was created so heartedly that their architectural beauty simply touched my soul!

Taj Mahal Where Eternal Romance is Etched in White Marble

Posted on June 17th, 2010 by govind  |  Comments Off on Taj Mahal Where Eternal Romance is Etched in White Marble

 Tajmahal Tajmahal

The brilliance of forts, palaces, tomb and mausoleum are the popular drawcards of Agra which lured scores of tourists since centuries. It is one of the most sought after destinations of India Tourism famous worldwide for the Taj Mahal which is the undying symbol of love. Though I had heard, read and listened about this place since my childhood days but never visited this land of romanticism ever before. Last weekend my friend insisted me to visit this place and on Friday night we left for Agra.

Early morning after taking refreshment at my friend’s house we went to see Taj Mahal, ‘the epitome of love’ and ‘a monument of immeasurable beauty’. The moment we entered in the premises we were stunned by the imposing beauty of this grand structure. The beauty of this magnificent monument is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come to my mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra are not just about its phenomenal beauty but are also about the immense love of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal which was the reason behind its construction.

When I touched this epitome of love and romance, I felt its charismatic feature and realized that why it is so much famous round the world. The construction pattern of Taj Mahal is a fusion of Persian, Central Asian and Islamic architectures which make this monument a stupendous one. The principles of self-replicating geometry, along with symmetry of architectural elements can also be seen in the design and layout of this edifice of love.

Delicate pierce work, Arch of Jali, Inlay detail, Incised painting, Calligraphy and Herringbone are the ornamentations done on the surface of Taj Mahal. Though all these pattern of decorations are metaphor complementing this building of love but the Calligraphy work impressed me the most. The Calligraphy of the Taj Mahal mainly consists of the verses and passages from the holy book of Koran. It was done by inlaying jasper in the white marble panels. Out of 114 verses and passages of the holy Koran one can find 15 verses and passages on the wall of Taj Mahal.

This monument is the culmination of human imagination which took 22 years to be built by 20,000 skilled artisans. It is a monument of enduring love which reveals its mystery and charm when one visits it without being in a hurry. From morning till evening we stayed here seeing, analyzing and discussing its various features. The backdrop of river Yamuna and foreground of beautiful Mughal Garden add extra charm to this tombstone. Though we were physically exhausted but the soul stimulating beauty of Taj always refreshed us and insisted us to explore some more hidden aspects of this flamboyant structure.

The beauty of Taj Mahal fascinated us for hours and finally we adieu this splendid monument with a promise to visit it again. It is not possible to decipher the hidden love, romance and beauty of the Taj Mahal in a single day, though visitors do this but for me it is not the matter of a single day. After coming out from Taj Mahal premises we returned to our friend’s house where we had lip smacking food in our dinner which was cooked by my friend’s mother. The whole night I remained engrossed in the beauty of Taj Mahal which was lingering in my mind.