When the British chose Delhi as their capital in 1911 they appointed two architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, to plan and build a new city to rival the fabled cities of the Mughals. New Delhi was thus built in true colonial style with tree-lined avenues, colonial bungalows, the Parliament House, the War Memorial Arch and the Viceregal Palace, now the official residence of the President of India. Alongside these British architectural gems are several older monuments commemorating much earlier occupants of Delhi including the Emperor Humayun and the Muslim saint, Nizamuddin Auliya. Indigenous Indian monuments include Jantar Mantar, the observatory built by Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur, and the Birla Mandir, a modern marble Hindu temple.
Like Rome, Delhi is an eternal city. Not only is it the capital of modern India, it has been the capital of at least seven previous civilizations, and each have left behind a trail of monuments. It’s also a very green city, criss-crossed by wide, leafy boulevards; and it’s the country’s cultural heart and political centre. In addition, Delhi is known as a gastronome’s pleasure garden and a shopper’s paradise.
Jaipur, also known as the Pink City because Maharaja Ram Singh had all the Old City painted a welcoming pink in 1876 to herald a visit by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII). Jaipur is also the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. It is a picturesque city with the splendid Chandra Mahal (City Palace), Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), Jantar Mantar (an ancient space observatory), the Amber Fort and Jal Mahal (Water Palace).
Durga Puja celebrates the victory of invincible goddess Durga. Befitting to her power, Durga Puja is one of the most popular and grandest puja (religious festival) among Hindu Bengalis from the eastern part of India. Especially the entire Kolkata city (formerly Calcutta) is adorned beautifully during this festival and is one of the most glamorous events of the season.
Ganesh Chaturthi (Vinayaka Chaturthi) is the Hindu festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Ganesha. In the Hindu religion Lord Ganesh is the god of wisdom and learning, and is worshiped as the remover of obstacles. Ganesh, also known as Ganapati, is an elephant-headed god and is one of the most popular gods among Hindus worldwide.
Raksha Bandhan falls on August 7th, 2017, it is celebrated on the full moon in the month of Shravan (August) according to the Hindu calendar. It’s that time of year when sisters tie a rakhi (sacred, decorative thread) on their brothers’ arm and pray for their long life. This act symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and his lifelong vow to protect her. Raksha Bandhan is a widely celebrated festival across India and around the world.
Diwali (”The Festival of Lights”) is one of the most popular Hindu festivals celebrated throughout the globe. If you are planning to travel to India during Diwali, you will experience lots of fun and excitement. During Diwali, all of India is decorated with lights. People worship the Goddess Lakshmi (Hindu Goddess of wealth), light firecrackers, wear new clothes, and exchange gifts and sweets. Diwali is the time when families and friends meet, and if you are planning to visit India during Diwali, here are some tips for you.