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Delhi - Delhi is the Capital of India and its history goes back till 1200 BC. This incredible city offers nowadays a lot of places of interest which are strongly connected to the Mughal Empire. Take a look at Jama Masjid the principal mosque of India, at the Red Fort, at the Humayun's tomb and much more. In the twentieth century on the south side of the old town the modern New Delhi was built. Here you can see the embassy quarter Chanakyapuri, the President and the Government Palace, and the Qutub Minar.
Jaipur - A trip to Jaipur is one of the highlights of every tour of India. This city, also known as “the Pink City” because of the colour of some buildings, is famous because of its seven city gates. We also suggest you a visit to the maharaja’s Palace, the observatory Jantar Mantar and the Hawa Mahal, the famous “Palace of Winds”. You should not miss an excursion to the Amber Palace, located on a hill about 11 km north of Jaipur. Enjoy an Elephant ride which will bring you to the Palace, surely one of the most impressive buildings of Mughal Empire.
Khajuraho - The capital of the Chandela Dynasty, Khajuraho, has about 85 temples which belong to the most important places of interest of India. The temples of Khajuraho are the epitome of Hindu architecture and sculpture. The most famous temple is the Lakshman temple, consecrated to Vishnu, on its entrance you can see the Holy Trinity: Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Very impressive are also the relieves with erotic scenes on temple’s front.
Ajmer - Ajmer is an ancient Mohammedans pilgrimage city which offers a Middle Age flair because of its old origins. Worth seeing are the mosque Adhai-Din-ka-Jonpra (12th century), the Palace of the Mughal Prince Akbar (16th century) and the Red Temple of Jains (19th century).
Pushkar - One of the three pilgrimage cities of Hindus, Pushkar is located 11 km west from Ajmer on the Holy Pushkar Lake. People believe that the lake was made by God and for this reason built a Temple in its honour at the end of the lake. This temple should be the only one on earth where Brahma became manifest. Enjoy this city which doesn’t know hectic and noises but flair and friendly people.
Varanasi (Benares) - This Holy city at Ganges shore is the most important of the seven Holy Hindu cities. Religious Hindus come here from every part of India to pray, meditate or take a bath in the Holy river. A boot trip on the Ghats (the steps from shore to river) at the crack of the dawn will leave the visitor impressions he won’t forget. The background sounds and the flickering light will bring you in a mood that words can not explain. Also enjoy the many temples of the region and the Ramnagar Fort, the royal seat of the early maharaja of Varanasi.
Jaisalmer - This Middle Age city, is also called the “Pearl” of the Thar Desert. The city is dominated by its fortress, situated on a 80 m hill and built with sandstones. You should also not miss to see the magnificent Havelis, the private mansions built in 18th and 19th century by rich businessmen and Ministers. Moreover, we suggest you to take a Safari on a camel to discover Jaisalmers’ inside beauty.
Agra - In this old Mughal city you will find the biggest and most magnificent work of art inspired by love: the Taj Mahal (17th century). Mughal Prince Shah Jahan let Taj Mahal build as a mausoleum for his wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died during the birth of their fourteenth child. This incredible building rises in the middle of a wonderful garden and is worldwide known as the Monument of Love. Another attraction you should visit is the Red Fort, a walled city which will impress you with its mosques and pavilions.
Fatehpur Sikri - 40 km west from Agra you can find one of the most famous ghost town: Fatehpur Sikri. Mughal Prince Akber planned to build this city as the new capital, but he had to give up only few years after the completion, maybe because of lack of water. So many legends run around this city, we really suggest to make an here.
Bikaner - The city of Bikaner is a kind of oasis in the middle of the dunes of the Thar desert and was founded in 1488. Bikaner is surrounded by a seven Km long wall, which was built between 1588 and 1593 under Raja Rai Singh and includes a fort with a very beautiful Palace. A visit to the Museum in Lalgarh Palace is really worth. Here you can find photo collections of the Maharaja family and other collection from the Maharaja times. The old town of Bikaner invite you to a rickshaw trip to discover the Havelis, the private mansions built in 18th and 19th century by rich businessmen and Ministers, with their wonderful fronts and rich carved wooden doors.
Jodhpur - This city was the capital of the Marwar Kingdom. It was founded in 1458 and is still surrounded by a mighty city wall. The Fort of Jodhpur was built on a 120 m high sand hill and can be seen in a long distance. Even if the Rajasthan desert is very near, Jodhpur is a green city, with a lot of trees, plants and artificial lakes. This city is also called the “Gateway to the Desert”, enjoy it under the moonlight.
Udaipur - The city of Udaipur, also known as “Lake City“ of Rajasthan, is described as the most romantic place of India. It was built in 1559 on the shore of Pichola Lake from the Maharana Udai Singh, head of the Rajput clan. The magnificent Palace Jag Niwas was built directly on the Lake. Enjoy this city with its bazaars, take a boot trip on the Pichola Lake, discover the Island Palace (17th and 18th century) and visit the City Palace and Museum.
Ladakh - Ladakh is also known as “small Tibet“ because of its deep contact with Tibetan culture. This is the highest settlement of India and attracts the visitors thanks to its snowy peaks, rugged valleys and green oasis. The artistic historical monuments were built during the period of glory in 11th century and their bizarre position at the edge of the mountains will impress every visitor. Small towns fool of nooks and crannies will fascinate you as well as the Palace of King Singge Nangyal (16th century) and the Gompa in Leh which gives the visitor a marvellous sight of Leh and its mountains.
Manali - This is one of the most popular and beloved destination in North India. Manali is located at 2200 m altitude and is surrounded by mountains more then 4000 m high. Because of its pleasant temperature a trip to Manali is well worth during the summer months. The surroundings are perfect to go rambling or trekking. Take a visit to the market and discover high quality carpets, handicrafts and much more.
Cochin – The „Venice of South“ impresses because of its incredible location. The city consists of several islands (Willingdon Island, Fort Cochin, Bolghatty etc.) connected each other with boots. The story of Cochin is really interesting and you can still feel it walking on the streets. The most interesting points of interest are Fort Cochin, the Jewish quartier Mattancherry and the mausoleum of Vasco de Gama.
Kovalam - The palm shore of Kovalam Bay is one of the most popular destinations in the Kerala Confederation, in the south-west part of India. Kovalam is an old fish village full of good restaurants and friendly people. Sun, sand and sea invite you here for a first class relaxing time.
Bangalore - The capital of today’s Karnataka Confederation was a summer holiday resort of the British colonial masters, as it is located at about 1000 m altitude and has a pleasant temperature. Bangalore is nowadays a modern city also called “Computer City” because here establish IT companies from India and from all over the world. Moreover, Bangalore is one of the quietest and cleanest city of India with its big gardens and parks. Among the many attractions we suggest a visit to Tipu's Fort and the Summer Palace, and to the Botanic garden.
Mysore - A visit to Mysore and its surroundings cannot miss if you travel to South India. The last maharaja of Mysore, who died in 1981, begun during his life to change the Palace where he lived in a Museum and culture centre. This Palace was built in an Indo-Saracenian style and will impress all visitors, as well as St. Philomena’s Cathedral and the coloured bazaar of Devaraja. Mysore is also one of the best city where to buy silk and sandalwood products, moreover is the perfect place to stay if you plan excursions to Srirangapatna, Somnathpur and to Chamundi-Hill with its famous temple and the monolithic statue of Nandi.
Chennai (Madras) - Chennai is he fourth biggest city of India and the capital of the Tamil Nadu Confederation. Famous for trade and business this city is often called the “door to south”. The story of Chennai begins in the 16th century when Portuguese people settled here in the part of the town now called Mylopore. Today you can still feel here the influence of the former British Empire. Chennai is now an important industrial town as well as the spiritual and cultural centre of South India. Places of interest are Fort St. George (17th century), the Fort Museum, St. Mary's Church, the first Anglican church of India, and the Parathasarathy Temple (8th century). A shopping tour on Marina Beach is also worth.
Mumbai - Mumbai is the most “european“ city of India and this gives to its image a particular flair. You can see English colonial style buildings, skyscrapers, cinemas and big business quarters near old temples, churches and mosques. Mumbai is the capital of the Maharashtra Confederation and its name was Bombay until 1996 when it was changed in Mumbai, the old city name chosen in honour of Mumba Devi, goddess of fishers and of the ancient inhabitants of the town. Take a look at the Gateway to India, the old dock for ships coming from Europe. Enjoy an excursion on a Motorboat until Elephanta Island. Discover the Prince of Wales Museum and the Jehangir Art Gallery. Feel the coloured hustle and bustle on Chowpatty Beach.
Goa - Located about 400 Km south from Mumbai on the west coast, Goa is today one of the richest regions of India. This very popular beach heaven offers to the visitors beautiful panoramas, picturesque villages, coloured markets and friendly people. Goa is the smallest Confederation of the Indian Union, it was a Portuguese colony and belonged to Portugal until 1961. You can still see here magnificent Portuguese villas and typical white Portuguese churches. With its mix of Portuguese and Indian culture, Goa has no equal in the world. Discover the capital Panaji with its very beautiful old town. In its surroundings you will also find good restaurants, locals and nice shops. We also suggest an excursion to Old-Goa to see the Se Cathedral, with probably the biggest church bell of Asia, as well as the Basilica of Bom Jesus.
This fascinating country, also called "Kingdom of Himalaya“, is the only Hindu Kingdom of the world and offers an extraordinary diversity of cultures an religions. Nepal is famous for its huge mountain chains, here you can enjoy incredible panoramas and make trekking excursions. Discover the capital Kathmandu, go through the “Golden Door“ and visit Bhaktapur. Make a trip to Bodnath and Patan and enjoy the gold decorated Palace and Temples with wood carvings, pagodas and stupas. From Nagarkot in Kathmandu valley you can have the best look on the Himalaya mountains, early in the morning you can see the whole mountain chain from Annapurna till Mount Everest.
The Pokhara valley at 900 m altitude gives you the chance to make trekking excursions as well as a bath or a canoe trip in the Phewa Lake. Very impressive are the many stalactite cavern that you can find in this area.
Another place of interest is the Chitwan National Park where you can see Asian wildlife living free in its own territory.