Posted on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 12:00 by easytours
Jodhpur boasts the most awe-inspiring fort in a state that has more impressive forts than any nation on earth. The city was the capital of the Marwar dynasty. This dynasty traces it's succession to Lord Ram (and through him to the Sun). However, what can be accounted for is merely the past fifteen hundred years, the last five hundred of which are based in this amazing fortress and city. Although there are a few minor palaces in the city below, the royal palace is located inside the imposing fort, and can only be approached through a succession of gates inside the massive complex.
The site served the Rajputs well, and the fort and city prospered for a few centuries before being subjugated by a succession of invaders. Ancient gates in Meherangarh Fort are still scarred by invader's cannonballs. Besides the Moghul invaders, Jaipur, Udaipur & Jodhpur sometimes fought among themselves. There are many reminders (as in other parts of Rajasthan) of examples of Rajput heroism and sacrifice. Jodhpur retains some of the the atmosphere of a city that was often besieged, even occasionally taken and ransacked.
Choose to stay in, or visit, magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace. Visit Jaswant Thada on your way back from Meherangarh Fort. Explore the various bazaars (and, yes! Jodhpurs did originate here, though you won't see many of them around now); shop for tie-dye and other fabrics, ethnic jewelry, as well as a great range of Rajasthani puppets.
Posted on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 11:57 by easytours
The Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. The observatory consists of 14 major geometric devices for measuring time, predicting eclipses, tracking stars' location as the earth orbits around the sun, ascertaining the declinations of planets, and determining the celestial altitudes. An excursion through Jai Singh's Jantar is a unique experience of walking through solid geometry and encountering a collective astronomical system designed to probe the heavens. The giant sundial, known as the samrat yantra (supreme instrument) is the world's largest sundial, standing 27 meters tall.
Posted on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 11:54 by easytours
Rajput culture considers pink to be the color of hospitality; hence the pink walls of the Old City in Jaipur. Constructed in the early 18th century, Rajasthan's capital has broad and open streets and is very well laid out. Maharaja Jai Singh II, after whom it is named, was a great astronomer who also had Jaipur's Jantar Mantar designed and constructed. The king and his architect built Jaipur using ancient Hindu principles of civic planning and design, and created a city full of magical color and beauty.
A visit to Jaipur should be a must for every visitor to India; the multi hued garments and jewelry of the locals, the profusion of camels in everyday traffic, and the play of the sun's rays on the brightly colored walls of the inner city all combine to create an atmosphere unique to this city. Magnificent palaces, the seven city gates, forts, and other monuments sit unchanged amidst the bustle of a busy metropolis. Just outside Jaipur, the Royal Cenotaphs provide for an interesting visit.
Astonishing in it's simple ingenuity, the Jantar Mantar (Jaipur Observatory-built 1728) is a must see for anyone with an interest in astronomy. Maharaja Jai Singh was a great conqueror and an equally adept astronomer. The observatory he had designed and built is a marvel that, even today, intrigues and fascinates visitors to Jaipur.
Posted on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 11:51 by easytours
Delhi has such an abundance of amazing monuments that this tomb complex does not quite get the acclaim that it deserves. Humayun’s Tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife, Hamida Banu Begum, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first structure to use red sandstone at such a scale. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993, and since then has undergone extensive restoration work. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb. Humayun’s Tomb represents a leap in Mughal architecture, and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden, it set a precedent for Mughal architecture. It is seen as a clear departure from the fairly modest mausoleum of Humayun’s father, the first Mughal Emperor, Babur.
Posted on Mon, 09/16/2013 - 11:46 by easytours
Western hippies and sun lovers gave Goa international recognition almost fifty years ago; it's been a tourism destination for Indians for quite a bit longer than that. Goa's numerous beaches are everything that they're professed to be, miles of beautiful sand, and water that stays warm even in winter. There are enough beaches to ensure relative privacy, as well as spectacular beachfront hotels and resorts that can provide any service you may require.
There are lush forests and plantations; vivid "bazaars' and events; as well as unique local handicrafts and souvenirs. From the 3rd century BC onwards, Goa was ruled by various Hindu dynasties. Despite that, Goa and its people seem to have been influenced more by the Portuguese that came afterwards. The Portuguese arrived hear in the early 16th century and were not eased out ( by the Indian government) till 1961.
The architecture, customs, lifestyle, and people are all still primarily influenced by the departed occupants, in stark contrast to the conservative social mores of the rest of India. Obvious examples are the facts that Goa boasts by far the most (per resident) bars in India, and is also home to the oldest nude beaches in India.
Although exploring the beaches and many other attractions can easily keep you busy throughout your visit here, Goa is probably one of the best places in India to catch up on any relaxation you may need.