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Hidimda Devi Temple

Hidimda Devi Temple

in Architecture, Himachal Pradesh, History, Mahabharata, Nature, North India, Temple, Trekking, Valley, Water falls | 0 comments

Hidimdi Devi Temple is located in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. Other name of this temple is Hidimba Temple. This temple is dedicated to Hidimbi Devi. She is the sister of Hidimba. Hidimba and Hidimbi are the character in the epic Mahabharata.   What to see at Hidimba Devi Temple: This is ancient cave temple. Temple is surrounded by cedar forest. Over the huge rock cutting out of the ground a sanctuary was built. This is worshiped as image of the deity.  In 1553, a structure was built.  It is believed that temple was built at the place where Hidimba did meditation. Hidimba got married to Bhima, one of the brothers of Pandavas. They gave birth to Ghatotkacha.   Structure of this temple is the main attraction of this temple. It was carved with wooden doors. Tower above the sanctuary is 24meters tall. Tower consists of 3 square roofs. Roofs are covered with timber tiles. Main door carving of the temple is Goddess Durga. Mud covered stone work can be seen at the base of the temple. Inside the temple enormous rock work can be seen. Goddess Hidimba Devi image is only 3 inches. 70 meters away from this temple a shrine is dedicated to Ghatotkacha son of Hidimba. Footprints of the Goddess can be seen here.   What to see around Hidimba Devi Temple: Jagatsukh: It is located 8kms away from the temple. Jagatsukh consists of several temples dedicated to Goddess Sandhya Gayatri and Lord Shiva. Earlier this place acted as capital of Kullu. Arjun Caves are another attraction here. Naggar Castle: This was built by Raja of Kullu before 600 years. Now it was converted into heritage hotel. From this castle visitors can have excellent view of Naggar Valley. It is located 21kms away from the temple. Nehru Kund: After drinking water from the pond by Jawaharlal Nehru it was named as Nehru Kund. It is located 7kms away from the temple. Vashisht: This village is having a temple which is dedicated to Sage Vashisht who is the Guru of Lord Rama. Several sand stone temples and natural springs can be enjoyed here by the tourists. It is located 4kms away from the temple. Rahala and Rozy Waterfalls:...

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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

in Architecture, History, Musuem, North India, Rajasthan | 0 comments

Hawa Mahal is a Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Hawa Mahal means Palace of Winds. Maharaja Sawai had built this Palace after it was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. It is so attractive in the form of Crown of Krishna.   What to see at Hawa Mahal: Lattice Work is the major attractions of this mahal. Main intension of this lattice work is to allow the royal ladies to see the day to day life of common persons.  It has unique 5 storey exterior. This has 953 small miniature windows and look like honey comb web with portholes. These are carved with domes, finials and sandstone grills.  All the windows were decorated with Lattice Work. Pink and Red Sandstone structure used to construct this Mahal.   It is pyramidal shape monument. Architecture of this monument is so beautiful. Unique facade of this monument comes with veritable mass of semi octagonal bays. At the centre of the courtyard visitors can see beautiful fountains. Inside rooms of the mahal looks so attractive with different colored marbles. This monument reflects Islamic Mughal architecture and Rajput architecture. Arches and inlay filigree are the best examples for Islamic style and floral patterns, Lotus, Fluted Pillars, and domed Canopies are the best examples for Rajput Style. Inside the courtyard, archaeological museum is situated. Breeze coming from the small holes gives the effect of cooling. Ramps have to be used to reach top two floors.   What to see around Hawa Mahal: Jantar Mantar:  This monument has been awarded as largest stone observatory in the world. Instruments are used to measure the time. It is located 1km away from the Mahal. Nahargarh: For the protection of Ajmer this was constructed. It is located on the Aravalli hills. It is located 3kms away from the Mahal. City Palace museum: Ancient manuscripts of Hindu Scriptures are the major attraction of this museum. It is located 1km away from the Mahal. Albert Hall Museum: Major attractions of this museum are crystal works, metal sculptures, ivory goods, pottery and natural stones, Chiselled brassware, exquisite Jewellery, rare paintings. It is located 2kms away from the Mahal. Amber Fort: In the medieval history this fort played a major role. True lifestyle of...

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City Palace Jaipur

City Palace Jaipur

in Architecture, History, Musuem, North India, Palace, Rajasthan, Temple | 0 comments

City Palace is located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This palace consists of Mubarak Mahal and Chandra Mahal. It was built by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1729 and 1732. European, Mughal, and Rajputs architecture can be seen here.   What to see at City Palace: Mubarak Mahal: European, Rajput and Islamic architecture can be seen here. It is a museum. Major attractions of this museum are Sanganeri block prints, royal formal costumes, embroidery shawls, Silk Sarees, Kashmiri pashminas. Clothes worn by Sawai Madhosingh I are also placed here. Pitam Niwas Chowk: It is inner courtyard. 4 seasonal gates can be seen here. Gates are North east Peacock Gate dedicated to Lord Vishnu, North West Green Gate dedicated to lord Ganesha, Southwest Lotus Gate dedicated to Lord Shiva parvati. Rose Gate dedicated to Goddess Devi. Chandra Mahal: In the city palace complex it is a commanding building. It is 7 storied building. Major attractions of this mahal are floral decorations, mirror work on walls, unique paintings. Visitors are allowed only into first floor which consists of museum. Manuscripts, carpets and other items of royal family can be seen here. Diwan-i-Aam: It is a public audience hall. Major attractions of this hall are miniature paintings, carpets, Kashmir Shawls, embroidered rugs, ancient texts. Manu scriptures of Bhagavad Gita can be seen here. Now it is acting as art gallery. Diwan-i-Khas: It is a private audience hall of Maharajas. World’s largest sterling silver vessels are located here. These were used to carry water of Ganges to drink at the time of trip to England by Maharaja Sawai Madho.  It is situated between art gallery and armoury. Bhaggi Khana: It is a museum consists of European cabs, palanquins and old carriages. This was used to carry a ratha and priests. Govind Dev Ji Temple: This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was built in garden environment during early 18th century. Every day aarthi conducts 7 times a day. Maharani Palace: It was the residence of royal queens. Now it is converted into museum. Belongings of 15th century can be seen here. Small canon, walking sticks also located here.   What to see around City Palace: Jal Mahal: It is located in the middle...

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Golkonda Fort

Golkonda Fort

in Andhra Pradesh, Architecture, Fort, History, Hyderabad, Mughal, Palace | 0 comments

Golkonda is the ruined city located in Hyderabad, India. This place was famous for mines. World’s most famous diamonds such as Dary-i-Noor, Koh-i-Noor, Idol’s Eye, Hope diamond produced here. This place is also famous for Golkonda Fort. Golconda is derived from the word Golla konda which means Shepherd’s hill in Telugu.   What to see at Golkonda Fort:  Major attraction of this place is 800 years old tree. Height of this tree is 80 feet. Important exhibit of the fort is Fateh Rahben Gun. It is a Canon used by Aurangzeb to demolish the blockades of Golconda Fort. Fort has 8 gates. Entry point to the fort is Fateh Darwaza which is also known as Victory Gate. It is famous for acoustic effects. In those days it is effective security measure. If any person claps here that sound can here at Bala Hissar which is located 1km away in the fort.   Inside the Fort, visitors can see 4 small forts. Those forts consist of stables, mosques, armoury, temples etc. Height of the boundary wall is 120meters. Other attractions of the fort are Whispering Walls, efficient water supply system, Royal Palaces, Ambar Khana, Durbar Hall, Ramasasa’s Kotha, Nagina Bagh, Mortuary Bath, Private Chambers, Ramadas Bandikhana, Taramati Mosque, Ashlah Khana, Abyssian Arches etc. Fort also consists of tombs of Qutub Shahi Kings. Islamic architecture can be seen on these tombs.  This fort was ruled by several dynasties namely Mughal dynasty, Qutb Shahis, Bahmani Dynasty, Kakatiya Dynasty and Yadava Dynasty.   What to see around Golkonda Fort: Mecca Masjid: This is one of the oldest mosques in Hyderabad. This was built with the soil bought from Holy Mecca by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. He is the fifth ruler of the Qutb shahi Dynasty. It is located 8kms away from the fort. Charminar: This was built in 1591 CE. Charminar is the global icon of Hyderabad. Charminar is built at the place where Qutb Shah made prayers for the end of the plague disease. Minaret Height is 48.7 meters. It is located 8kms away from the fort. AP State Archaeological Museum: This is best to see for the art lovers. Museum consists of art objectives and antiques. It is located 11kms away...

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Salimgarh Fort

Salimgarh Fort

in Delhi, Fort, History, Musuem, North India | 0 comments

Salimgarh Fort is located in Delhi, India. Salim Shah Suri constructed this fort in 1546 AD. He constructed Sur Dynasty in Delhi. In later years this dynasty was captured by Aurangzeb and took control on the fort in 1857. He converted this fort into a prison. After that it became the part of Red Fort.   What to see at Salimgarh Fort: Structure: Fort is in triangle shape. Walls are so thick and were built in rubble masonry. Gate is another attraction of this fort. Name of this gate is Bahadur Shah Gate. Red Sandstone was used to construct this gate. Museum: It was the prison between 1945 to 1947 by the Britishers. Many prisoners died within the jail premises. On the basis of initial identification provided by Colonel Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, this place was converted into museum. Other attractions of Salimgarh Fort: Other attractions of Salimgarh Fort are Bahadur shah Gate, brick masonry, and solid rubble masonry walls.   What to see around Salimgarh Fort: Lothian Cemetery: It is located on Lothian Road. This is the first British cemetery in Delhi. It is located 5kms away from this fort. Chandni Chowk:  It is the oldest market in Delhi. This place is not only famous for marketing but also several historical records can be seen here. Chandni Chowk Attractions are Dariba Kalan, Bhagirath Palace, Katra Neel Cloth Bazaar, Kinari Bazaar, Khari Baoli, Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Fatehpuri Masjid, Haksar Haveli , Chunnamal Haveli. It is located 5kms away from this fort. Humayun Tomb:  After the death of Humanyun his wife Hamida Begum commissioned the construction of his tomb. It was constructed between 1562 to 1572. It is located 11kms away from this fort. Qutub Minar: It is the tallest minar in India. Brahmi inscriptions can be seen on the iron pillars. Marble and red sand stone was used in the construction of this minar. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 19kms away from this fort. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. It is located 8kms away from this fort. Rashtrapati Bhawan:  Earlier...

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Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort

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Tughlaqabad Fort is situated in Delhi, India. It was built between 1321 to 1325. Ghias-ud-din Tughlaq (Ghazi Malik) had constructed this fort. He was the slave who served Sultan Mubarak Khilji. He drove away Sultan Mubarak and built his own city and fort. This city was named as Tughlaqabad.   What to see in Tughlaqabad Fort : Mausoleum of Ghiyas Ud-Din Tughlug: This mausoleum is supported by 27 arches. It has artificial lake. This was made up of single domed square tomb. Walls of fortification made up of granite. Arch borders made up of marble can be seen here. Inside the mausoleum visitors can see three graves. Graves belongs to Ghiyath al-Din Tughlug and his wife and son.  After passing an old Pipal tree, Ghiyath al-Din Tughlug’s tomb was made up of sand stone. Architecture: Architecture of the city is unique. Earlier, City consists of 52 gates but now visitors can see 13 only. City consists of 7 rainwater tanks. City is divided into 3 parts namely Palace area consists of Royal Residences; Bijai Mandal consists of several halls, wider city area with houses which was built between the gates.   What to see around Tughlaqabad Fort: Humayun Tomb:  After the death of Humanyun his wife Hamida Begum commissioned the construction of his tomb. It was constructed between 1562 to 1572. It is located 10kms away from this fort. Qutub Minar: It is the tallest minar in India. Brahmi inscriptions can be seen on the iron pillars. Marble and red sand stone was used in the construction of this minar. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 10kms away from this fort. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. It is located 16kms away from this fort. Rashtrapati Bhawan:  Earlier this was used as Viceregal Lodge. In this palace there are 340 rooms. Expenditure for the construction of this palace is 12, 53,000 pound sterling’s. It is located 17kms away from this fort. Lodi Gardens: This is the best place for natural lovers. Lodi Gardens Attractions are  Sheesh Gumbad, Bara Gumbad and Masjid, Sikandar...

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