Tuesday, November 2, 2010
India Tours and Travel Tips: Places You Must See in India
· The Golden Temple, Amritsar: Harmandir Sahib or the Golden Temple of Amritsar is representative of all that is glorious in Sikhism. It stands on a rectangular platform situated on the Amrit Sarovar (or Lake of Nectar) and its dome is actually in the form of inverted lotus with golden plated leaves. Inside the temple, the Granth Sahib or the Holy Book of Sikhs is placed under a jeweled canopy and verses from it are sung at all times. Very well disciplined and organized, the Gurudwara is open to all visitors. You can also partake of Guru-ka-langar here, where 35,000 people are fed everyday for free by the volunteers.
· Ajmer Sharif: A land of multiple religions, India has many places of worship that are not only visited by members of the faith with which they are associated but are also held in high esteem and reverence by all Indians. Dargah Sharif of Hazrat Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti at Ajmer, often referred to as Ajmer Sharif in short, is on top of the list of such holy pilgrimage places in India. Besides the tomb of the saint, the main entrance gate to the Dargah, the Naqqar Khana or the Drum House with two huge pairs of drums that were once used to announce the arrival of Mughal Emperor Akbar, and the courtyards and buildings in typical Mughal style form the main attractions of the Dargah. At Naqqat Khana, you may hear Sufi music played at fixed hours of day and night throughout the year.
There are a number of Hindu temples too where you can find culture flavors mixed beautifully with religious fervor in India that you must see. Krishna Janmabhoomi (the birth place of Lord Krishna in Mathura), the Jagannath Puri in Orissa, the Tirupati Temple widely reputed to be the richest temple in the world, the Meenakshi Temple which is believed to be the finest specimen of Dravidian temple architecture are some of the few temples that we will recommend you to include in your India tour.
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