Agra is a must see for the Taj Mahal. Built between 1631 and 1653 by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his wife, who died in childbirth, this symbol of eternal love appears shades of pale pink colour in the morning and by the evening it appears a milky white colour. Also, take a trip to Agra Fort where each of the five royal Mughal Emperors that resided here added to the original structure, and Shah Jahan built additional pavilions entirely in white marble.
Rishikesh lies in the foothills of the Himalayas, where the mountain scenery and quietness naturally instil a sense of peace to all visitors, making this the perfect location for rest, relaxation and reflection. A centre of pilgrimage for Hindus and floating candle ceremonies take place regularly on the sacred River Ganges, but it is also the spiritual home of the ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda.
Varanasi is one of the holiest cities in India. Set on the western banks of the sacred River Ganges, it is best known for its ghats and, in particular, its burning ones. This is where the dead are cremated and, even though this ritual may be considered macabre, it must be remembered that The Ganges cleanses all sins and ensures a release from the Hindu cycle of rebirths. It's an instant passport to heaven.
An absolute must-see, the Taj Mahal is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. It was built by the emperor Shah Jahan, who was heartbroken after the passing of his wife. As a grand romantic gesture, the Taj Mahal was built to house her tomb. Made from thousands of semi-precious stones and exquisite white marble, it truly is a sight to behold. Named a World Heritage Site in 1983, it still appears as impeccable today as when it was first built, over 350 years ago. Visitors can marvel at the spectacular marble dome and forty metre-high white minarets. The mausoleum is the centrepiece of an entire complex, complete with glorious ornamental gardens, fountains and a reflecting pool, in which the Taj is beautifully mirrored.
A series of steps leading down to the Ganges River, Dashashwamedh Ghat is widely considered the most spectacular ghat in Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. Lively and full of colour, you can enjoy the bustling atmosphere while watching the world go by. During the evening, enjoy groups of priests performing a vibrant worship ceremony with songs, fire and dance.
Kashi Vishwanath Temple
Among the vast number of temples in Varanasi, this is the most famous of them all. Referred to as a central part of Hindu worship, the temple stands on the western bank of the holy Ganges River. It features stunning gold plating on the dome, tower and spire, whilst to the north you will find the Jnana Vapi Wisdom Well.
Outdoor Activities in Rishikesh
The scenic, mountainous surroundings of Rishikesh provide many opportunities for lovers of the outdoors. River-rafting is a particular highlight, as you can hurtle through the thrilling white-water rapids of the Ganga Gorge. Rishikesh is actually known as the ‘River Rafting Capital of India’! The rapids range in their difficulty, meaning they are suitable for all levels of ability and thrill-seeking. The water can also be enjoyed with kayaking and canoeing adventures. For a more relaxing outdoor experience, leisurely forest walks and mountain-biking are perfect activities. Savour the lush environments of the jungle and forest, and discover beautiful limestone caves. Trekking can also encompass stunning waterfalls, which are often nicely secluded and peaceful, such as the lovely Garud Chatti waterfall.
There are a variety of sightseeing tours available for exploring the culture, sights and sounds of Uttar Pradesh. Why not incorporate your visit to the region within a tour of the famous ‘Golden Triangle’, which takes in other featured Indian locations, such as Delhi and Rajasthan?
Rishikesh Outdoor Tours
The plentiful outdoor delights of Rishikesh can be enjoyed through different tours, which include a variety of activities. From body-surfing to river-rafting, jungle-trekking to rock-climbing, there are tours which will appeal to everyone.
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