India


The Tal Mahal in India

Mumbai

Formerly known as Bombay, Mumbai is a tourist paradise. It's a city that never sleeps. Mumbai has been nicknamed the Las Vegas of India, offering plenty of nightclubs, bars and restaurants. Mumbai is also a city of migrants. People from all over the country have settled here giving it a society of multi-lingual and multi-cultural color.

Gateway of India -- The most famous of all sights in Bombay, the Gateway was officially opened in 1924. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V in 1922. Many launches depart from here for short joyrides around the harbour or for longer ones to the Elephanta Caves.

Chowpatty Beach -- A city built on islands, Mumbai has no shortage of beaches. The most popular is Chowpatty. It comes to life at sunset. Eating at the long line of food stalls at the end of the beach is also a unique experience for both the tourists as well as the locals.

New Delhi

New Delhi is the capital and the third largest city of India. It serves as the gateway to the different tourist attractions like Agra and Jaipur. The Taj Mahal is situated in the city of Agra. You can visit various monuments, gardens, bazaars and shopping malls in and around New Delhi.

Connaught Place -- Connaught Place is the most happening place in New Delhi. It is the central business district and a shopper's paradise. Connaught Place is one of the most famous shopping havens of India. You'll find some of the best restaurants, bars, nightclubs and hotels of the city.

Humayun Tomb -- Humayun was the second of the Mogul emperors. The Tomb is a Persian style mausoleum built from 1562 to 1572 AD on the orders of his favorite wife Haji Begum. Around the main tomb itself are tombs of high ranking Mogul people. Humayun's Tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Chennai (Madras)

Madras, or Chennai as it is now called, was the first British major settlement in India. This city is full of its British influences in the form of old Cathedrals, gothic style buildings and wide tree lined streets. Temples, forts, churches, beaches, mosques, parks and monuments are all a part of the city of Chennai.

Marina Beach -- Marina Beach stretches for 12km and is the second longest beach in the world but it is not for swimming. In the evenings you can enjoy people-watching, a sunset walk or driving along the seafront for the views of the city's fine buildings.

Fort St George -- Fort St George is the first British fort built around 1653 by the British East India Company. Fort St George marks the beginning of development of Madras (Chennai) as a modern city. Today, the Fort serves as the administrative headquarters for the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu state.

Kolkata

Kolkata alias Calcutta was the capital of India under the British until they moved the capital to Delhi in 1911. The best time to visit is from the end of October through to the middle of March. It has a great deal of charm -- its imperial monuments, strong cultural and religious flavour leaves a lasting impression.

Victoria Memorial -- Victoria Memorial is one of the most fascinating landmarks of Kolkata.Victoria Memorial is one of India's most beautiful monuments and represents a unique combination of classical European architecture and Mughal motifs.

Burra Bazaar -- The Chowringhee-Park Street-Esplanade stretch is the most happening place in Kolkata. It offers a wide variety of restaurants where you can indulge in Bengali, Mughlai, Chinese, Italian and continental foods.

Bangalore

Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka state and is a thriving modern business centre. The people in the city are warm, hospitable and friendly. Blessed with a pleasant climate, gardens and parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, Bangalore is a lovely city to visit.

Lal Bagh Gardens -- The name Lal Bagh has been given to it for the wonderful red roses that bloom all through the year in this garden. The Glass House, inspired by the Crystal Palace in London, is the venue for the bi-annual flower shows.

Tipu's Palace -- The palace of Tipu Sultan is a must see in Bangalore. The architecture, the layout and the overall look and feel of the palace allows you to picture ethnic Mughal lifestyle.The double-storied lavishly ornamented palace is made of wood and is known for its carving and paintings.