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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Qutb Minar

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Qutb Minar is an ancient monument built in 1193 by Qutab- ud- din Aibak during 1193 , it is located in Mehrauli in Delhi .Qutb Minar along with other monuments around it has been listed under the UNESCO world heritage sites.
Qutb Minar is 73 meter tall tower and it is made out of Red sand stone and Marble , its Diameter is 15 meter at the base and the diameter is tapering towards the top and the diameter of the tip is just 2.5 meter.

The tower has five storeys  and the fourth and fifth storeys are made out of mixture of marble and red sandstone and inside the tower , there is a circular staircase with 379 steps leading to the top of the tower. The Minar is made of bricks covered with Iron  carvings and verses from the Qur'an. The Minar comprises several superposed flanged and cylindrical shafts, separated by balconies carrying Muqarnas corbels.

The construction of Qutb Minar was initiated by the emperor  Qutb al-Din Aibak in 12th century but it was not completed then , later Qutb al-Din Aibak;s successor Iltutmish completed the structure by adding three more storeys to the tower.

It is believed that Qutb Minar is connected to the historical monuments that are present at its surroundings,  Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din's Madrasa and Tomb, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin these monuments along with Qutb Minar are popularly called the "Qutb Complex , Qutb Minar being the world's tallest monument made out of bricks has been a major tourist destinations of Delhi .

Amazing Faacts :

1.Bollywood actor and director Dev Anand wanted to shoot the song "Dil Ka Bhanwar Kare Pukar" from his movie Tere Ghar Ke Samne inside the Minar. but, the cameras  were too big at that time to fit inside the tower, for this reason the song was shot inside a replica of the tower instead.

2. Qutb Minar being 240 feet tall is the tallest historical monument in the world that is  made of bricks.

Location : Mehrauli area Delhi , India

Timings and Entry Fee

Qutb Minar is open for visitors on all days between 7 AM to 5PM

Entry fee : Rs. 30 for Indians and Rs. 500 for foreigners.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Elephanta Caves

Elephanta caves
By Christian Haugen - Elephanta Caves, CC BY 2.0,
For any one who is on a trip to Mumbai , the first place you need to visit is the "Gateway of India" , once you have seen the great Gateway of India " , the next thing need to do is , jump into a boat and take a ride on the Arabian sea to visit the "Elephanta Island".
Elephanta Island is located in the state of Maharashtra just 10 kilometer to the east of Mumbai city and small ferry boats are available from Gate way of India which offer paid rides to the Island , the journey may take 40 to 45 minutes.
The Island is present on the Arabian sea and it is surrounded by beautiful nature full of tropical deciduous trees like mango , tamarind. Besides these the Island has two groups of ancient cave temples carved from the rocks which have been attracting thousands of tourists especially from outside India
 The  caves all together are called the Elephanta caves , the first group of caves are the Hindu caves and they represent the Shaiva art and are dedicated to lord Shiva and they are also the main caves.
The second group of caves has two small Buddhist caves.

The caves are carved from solid basalt rock , the caves dates back to 5th and 8th centuries ,the caves were all painted originally in the past, but only traces remain at present.The caves were listed as  UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 to preserve the ancient art since the caves suffered severe damage after the Portuguese rule .

The main cave is a masterpiece of ancient art and architecture  and it also called great cave , it has four doors and the cave is divided into  small chambers by rows of pillars , the walls of the caves are mostly carved by various forms of lord Shiva like Nataraja (lord of dance) , Yogeswara (lord of Yoga) , Ardhanarishwara and Gangadhara .The unique style of art through which the sculptures are carved is what has made the site world famous.
The site is now under the maintenance of Archaeological survey of India and it has been recorded that the site receives 25,000 visitors every year especially from outside India , Special traditional dance programmes are conducted at the site during the UNESCO world heritage week  observed during the month of November which is another major attraction for tourism.

Amazing fact : A book has been published jointly by UNESCO, INTACH and the Government of India which contains the site plan for the restoration of the site and also brief history of all the sculptures of the Elephanta caves.

Location : Gharapuri, Maharashtra 400094

Timings : The best time to Visit Elephanta caves is during the UNESCO world heritage week observed during the month of November.
The ferry boat service to the Elephanta caves will be between 9 AM to 2 PM on all day of the week except  on Mondays when the caves remain closed.

Fee :
Luxury boat : Rs. 150
Ordinary boat : Rs. 130

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower between 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the World's Fair 1889.
The tower is 324 meter tall and is one of the most recognized structures of the world and presently it is the Global icon of France.
There are two restaurants on first and second levels foe the visitors and it is the highest observation deck available for people in Europe.
Eiffel tower is the most visited paid monument of the world with an average of 6.21 visitors annually and about 25,000 visitors ascending the tower everyday.
Eiffel  tower is also the second tallest man made structure in France after Millau Viaduct.

The tower can be ascended both by stairs and elevator but I recommend you guys to take stairs if you really want to be dazzled because it is truly an incredible experience to climb up to the top level of the tower and enjoy the view. But I warn those people who are afraid of heights not to go any further than the first level for it

takes some courage to look down from the peak of the tower , it really evokes your inner policemen.
Due to huge number of visitors in a single day , it is common to stand in lines for tickets but you can also book online tickets from the official website : http://www.toureiffel.paris/

Timings :

Mid-July to Early September : 9 AM to Midnight.
Rest of the year 9:30 AM to 11 PM.

Entry fair :

Adults : 17 €
Youth 12 -24 : 14.5 €
Children : 8 €
Physically challenged : 8 €

Panoramic view during ascending Eiffel tower in 1898

Location : Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France.

Amazing Facts :

1. The Eiffel tower is built by 7,300 tons of  puddled iron 

2. The Eiffel tower was constructed by joining 18, 038 different pieces using 2.5 million rivets.

3.. It takes 60 tons of paint to paint the Eiffel tower completely and the tower is painted  every year to keep  it from rusting.

4. The Eiffel  tower sways up to 3.5 inches due to wind .

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Hyderabad Tourism

A montage of images related to Hyderabad city
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Hyderabad is the capital city of South-Indian state Telangana , it was ruled by Nizams , Qutub Shahis and Mughals . The city is famous for its Historical monuments like Golconda fort and Charminar which is a masterpiece , tourism is an important industry in Hyderabad and is a major contributor to its economy. The city is fledged with Masjids , Church and Bazzars , many tourism related fairs are conducted frequently at the city of Hyderabad to attract the tourists. In 2010, the city was listed among the Gamma+ World City by the global city index produced by GaWC, and in 2011 the city was rated 19th in the world by The New York Times in The list of 41 Places to Go in 2011. It was ranked 3rd Best City to Travel in 2013 by Lonely Planet .

Hyderabad is known as The City of Pearls, as once it was the only global centre for trade of large diamonds, emeralds and natural pearls. Many traditional and historical bazaars are located around the city. The Laad Bazaar situated near Charminar has shops that sell pearls, jewellery and products such as silverware, Nirmal, Kalamkari paintings and artefacts, bidriware, lacquer bangles studded with stones, saris, handwoven materials in silk and cotton. The city also houses famous historical sites including Charminar, UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site of the Chowmahalla Palace, Salar Jung Museum  and art galleries, libraries, sports complexes, museums and theatres.
Another major visiting place in Hyderabad is Ramoji film city is the biggest integrated film city in the world.

Hyderabad is one of the most visited cities especially by tourists from outside India and the tourism places are many : Few famous tourist places of Hyderabad.

Historical Monuments.

1. Mecca Masjid : It is a 400 years old Mosque which has been carved out of a single Granite stone , it took five years and 8000 workers to complete the construction of the Mosque.

2. Charminar : Charminar is a Deccan style monument which is usually used to represent the city of  Hyderabad , It is a unique monument with four graceful minarets , it was built by Muhammed Quli Qutb Shah in the memory of victims of plague.

3. Qutb Shahi Tombs ; It is a fine example of Deccan architecture with large minarets, huge domes, delicate marble designs and multiple inner passages , it is home to the tombs of the rulers of Qutb Shahi rules.

4. Golconda fort : Golconda Fort is one of the most magnificent fortress complexes in India. Seated on a hill on one side and spiraling fort on the other, its location and internal design made it one of the strongest forts and masterpieces in India.
5. Birla Mandir :Hindu temple made of white marble located on top of a hill overlooking the city.

6. Sri Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple : Located 60 km from Hyderabad is the Hindu Temple of Narasimha Swamy, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu.


1. Chowmahalla Palace
2. Falaknuma Palace
3. King Kothi palace
4. Purani Haveli


1. Hussain sagar :  It is a man-made lake famous for the 19-metre tall statue of Buddha in the middle of the lake. Located on its banks is Tank Bund which consists of gardens and statues of famous personalities. Boating and water sports are a regular feature at the lake.

2. Shamirpet Lake : It is situated 24 km north of Secunderabad. It attracts bird watchers and weekend picnickers. There is also a deer park belonging to the state government near the lake.

Durgam Cheruvu (the secret lake) , saroornagar lake.


Salar Jung Museum : Largest museum of one man collection of antiques.
City museum , Andra pradesh archaeological museum , Surendrapuri , Birla science museum , Birla Planetorium.

Gardens and Parks

NTR parks (36 acres) , Indira park (76 acres) , Lumbini park , Lotus pond.

Wild Life :   
Nehru Zoological park , Mrugavani national park , KBR national park

Shopping malls and bazzars 

Ramoji film city : The biggest integrated film city of the world spread over 1500 acres.
Ravindra barathi , Neclace road , laad Bazzar.

Location : Telangana , India

Amazing Facts :

1. The Charminar  located in the city of Hyderabad is one of the most recognized monument of the world and it is believed that Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah built the monument in the memory of victims of  Plague.

2. The Durgam cheruvu is known as a secret lake because it is located hidden between Jubli hills and Madhapur