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India is a rich city heritage wise speaking. The history of the country is more than several thousand years and the country boasts of unity among diversity. India is in fact the perfect blend of customs and religions, traditions and languages that make this a country worth exploring. Here is a list of some of the most exclusive tourist destinations in India that you ought to keep in your travel itinerary when you are planning a trip in this amazing and magical country.
One of the must visit cities in India is Agra. When you visit the city of Taj Mahal, you will realize why it is so easy to fall in love with the country. Where else in the world did anyone create an elegy in Marble for his beloved? The Taj Mahal which means the Crown Palace is the grave of Mumtaz Mahal who was the beloved wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
The memorial stands on an elevated platform and took 22 years to complete. There are intricate details engraved on the walls of the Taj Mahal along with the complex geometrical patterns that decorate the palace with stunning architecture. Agra is also one of the cities that form the India Golden Triangle Tour Package which is a popular holiday package where a traveler explore Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in 4 -5 days.
Some grand and luxurious hotels in Agra are The Grand Imperial, Hotel Taj Heritage etc.
2. Pink City Jaipur
The city of Jaipur got its name from the founder of the city, Sawai Jaisingh II. It is the capital of Rajasthan and got the nick name of pink city because of the pink colored walls of the buildings in the city realms. There are several palaces and also three hill forts that are worth exploring in Rajasthan. At the centre of the city is the City Palace, then there is also the Umaid Bhavan, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amer Fort etc which are all excellent example of world class architecture and heritage.
Jaipur is the second city of the golden triangle tourist cities of India. You can stay in Jaipur at the heritage hotels like Umaid mahal, Samode Haveli and Devi Niketan Heritage Hotel etc.
Plus you add a trip to New Delhi along with Agra and Jaipur the you will complete a Golden Triangle. The term Golden Triangle is given to a popular holiday tour package where one explore the Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. Cost of Golden Triangle Tour Packages are at around $500 to $1500 as per the choice of hotels and resorts.
Udaipur is also known as the City of Lakes. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Rajasthan and India. Thousands of people visit Rajasthan every year for the purpose of tourism and they all have Udaipur in their travel itinerary. When you travel to Udaipur, do not miss visiting the Lake Palace and the Lake Pichola as these two are key tourist attractions of Udaipur.
You can also visit the Jain Temple in Ranakpur which is very close to the city of Udaipur. Some of the heritage hotels in which you can stay over in Udaipur include The Leela Palace, the Jagat Niwas Palace Hotel, and the Taj Lake Palace which is located in the midst of water in Udaipur.
The Ranthambore National Park is one of the most renowned National Parks of India. Located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Ranthambore at present is a major tourist attraction for wild life lovers and photographers. Spreading over an area of 392 Sq Km, it is also a heritage site of Rajasthan because of the pictorial ruins that adorn the entire park. You can spot tigers in its natural habitat and enjoy the chirping of the numerous birds, lose yourself amidst the lush greenery all around and gather some priceless memories with you.
When you plan a trip to Ranthambore, you might not get to stay in any heritage hotels as there aren’t any such hotels in the area. The nearest heritage hotel where you can spend the nights is at Sawai Madhopur District, the Welcome Heritage Hotel which is actually a forest resort.
Jaisalmer is also known as the Golden City of Rajasthan because of its golden sand stone castles and forts. It is a city in the middle of the Thar Dessert of Rajasthan and can only be compared as the jewel in the crown of the state. You must visit Jaisalmer to soak in the beauty of the dessert and also to gather amazing and picturesque memories of the camel safari on the Sam Sand Dunes in the city.
Some other interesting travel destinations in Jaisalmer include the Jaisalmer Fort, the Patwon ki Haveli, the Bada Bagh, the Silk Route Art Gallery and the Gadisar Lake. In Jaisalmer, you can stay at Heritage Inn, Mandir Palace etc which are all heritage hotels.