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Taj Mahal Mausoleum in Agra, India. India's Golden Triangle. Monument.
11 June, 20193 minute read

Palaces and temples of India

If you are looking for a truly breathtaking and unforgettable experience, taking in the most beautiful Indian Palaces and Temples, then the Splendours of India tour is quite simply ‘the one.’ To begin, encapsulating in miniature the characteristics of India herself, is New Delhi. Imagine lush tree-lined streets, parks and fountains, fine government buildings and a feeling of light and space. Gravitate to the hub of New Delhi’s fashionable centre, Connaught Place and feel the buzz of a city in motion, looking to the future.

Humayun's Tomb

Old Delhi in comparison holds many rich and mysterious qualities that will cloak you in a riot of senses and colour. Here you will find narrow alleys, bazaars, temples and mosques that form the old Muslim capital. One cannot miss Raj Ghat, the memorial at the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, in addition to Jama Masjid, India’s largest and most elegant mosque. A must-visit is Humayun's Tomb, the memorial of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a fine first example of Persian inspired Mughal architecture in India.

Udaipur City Palace

Leaving Delhi you will be flown to the romantic and atmospheric Udaipur, recognised as one of the finest creations of the Rajputs and located deep in the Rajasthan desert. Founded in the 16th century, here is a veritable cultural explosion of palaces, temples, parks and gardens, many of which line the shore of Lake Pichola. The Palace itself is now a museum, famed for its mirrored walls reflecting dancing lights, doors of ivory, remarkable coloured glass windows and inlaid marble balconies.

Maharaja's City Palace, Udaipur, India

The Palace of Winds, Jaipur

Prepare to be amazed by ‘The Pink City’ of Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, whose chalk-pink buildings welcomed the Prince of Wales in 1876. Here you will see The Palace of Winds, whose façade of spectacular proportion, domes, spires and overhanging windows with latticed screens will leave you breathless with pleasure.

Inside of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) at Jaipur, India

The Taj Mahal

Yet of course nothing can prepare you for the greatest gift of all, the truly captivating and surely the most extravagant of all symbols of love, the amazing marble building of the Taj Mahal, situated in Agra. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, it was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third (and favourite!) wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took 22,000 people 17 years to complete the building, so we can say with surety that this was indeed a labour of love. Part of the iconic Taj Mahal’s wonder is the changing in the buildings’ hue from morning through to dusk, which is said to symbolise the changing moods of females – and in particular Mumtaz Mahal.

View over the reflecting pool to the Taj Mahal, India

Viswanath Temple, Khajuraho

From here it is onto the Chandela Dynasty temples of Khajuraho, set in a beautiful park, and intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes, some of which are the renowned erotic carvings.

Western Group of Temple Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh India

Finally, in Varanasi, perhaps India’s most colourful city and also one of the greatest sacred Hindu cities; spend your time here exploring the famous banks of the Ganges, and the many Hindu temples that line the river. 

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Image of blog author Nicola James

Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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