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M.Siddhartha Naagarjuna Olympiad Visiting Places in India

Tirumala Tirupati Shrine, Andhra Pradesh:

Tirumala Tirupati Shrine, Andhra Pradesh Discerning traveler finds a wide range of tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh. The history of the region dates back to some 300 B.C. The numerous monuments, located all over the region, bear the legacy of the Mauryas, the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Satavahanas, the Chalukyas and the Vijayanagar - the several dynasties that ruled. Along with that, pilgrimage centers, natural caves and age-old delicacies add variety to the tourist attractions in Andhra Pradesh. Lord Venkateswara Temple, Tirupati This temple is probably the richest and most renowned temple in India. Tirumala can be approached only after crossing a range of hills of the Eastern Ghats. Almost all the kings from great dynasties of the southern peninsula - Pallavas, Pandyas, Cholas, Vijayanagar kings have revered and worshipped the presiding deity The Lord Venkateswara, also referred to as Lord of the Seven Hills. The temple, which is a magnificent example of Indian temple architecture, was developed mainly by the contributions made by kings during their rule. Some of the kings have their statues installed within the temple. There are a number of temples in and around Tirupati. Some of them are: Padmavati Devi Temple, Sri Govindarajaswami Temple, Kodandaramaswami Temple, Sri Kapileswaraswami Temple.

Taj Mahal:

Taj Mahal Taj Mahal of India - "the epitome of love", "a monument of immeasurable beauty". The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal of Agra is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal , with whom he fell in love at the first sight. The very first sight of the Taj Mahal , the epitome of love and romance leaves one mesmerized. Standing majestically on the banks of River Yamuna, the Taj Mahal is synonymous with love and romance. It is believed that the name " Taj Mahal " was derived from the name of Shah Jahan wife Mumtaz Mahal and means "Crown Palace". The purity of the white marble, the exquisite ornamentation, precious gemstones used and its picturesque location, all make Taj Mahal travel gain a place amongst the most popular ones. However, unless and until, one knows the love story behind the Tajmahal of India, it will come up as just a beautiful building. But, the love behind this outstanding monument is what has given a life to this monument.

Churches & Beaches in goa:

Goa travel is one of the high points of the India tourist circuit. Goa is an enchanting land blessed with exotic landscapes, silvery golden beaches, green hills, lip smacking sea food and other tangible and intangible allures. A travel to Goa refreshes the physical body as well as the soul History of Goa Goa was inhabited from ancient times. The area was part of the larger Mauryan Empire. The advent of the 14th century saw Goa administered by the Delhi Sultanate. Goa became a Portuguese colony in 1510. This was made possible by the military conquest of Goa led by the Portuguese Admiral Afonso de Albuquerque. Christian missionaries arrived soon after. The native people adopted the Christian religion either by choice or by force. Portugal retained control over the territory until 1961. The year saw the Indian army invading Goa and making it a part of the Indian nation. Goa became an Indian state in 1987. A Goa India travel brings to light such momentous activities in a clearly visible form. The culture of Goa The culture of Goa is a mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures. This was due to more than 300 years of Portuguese rule. Portuguese influence is clearly evident in the native Goa & architectural designs. Churches & Beaches in goa

Back waters of kerala:

Back waters of kerala Kerala travel leads the visitors to one of the most popular tourist destinations not only of India, but of the entire world. Kerala is an internationally reputed Ayurveda hub . Tourists from all over the world travel to Kerala to receive the holistic natural therapy provided by the many high-quality Ayurvedic centers of the state. A region noted for its biodiversity, Kerala is the considered to be the greenest state of India. It is resplendent with verdant forests and virgin backwaters . The golden sandy beaches and the lush tea plantations add to its beauty. Because of its unsurpassed scenic beauty, Kerala is rightly referred to as 'God's own Country'. Wildlife tourism is one of the greatest attractions of Kerala. The 14 wildlife sanctuaries, nestled in the deep forests of Kerala form a vital part of Kerala tourism. Kerala has wonderful places that support for adventure tourism as well. The adventure-lovers can also go trekking on the exciting hiking trails that border these exotic destinations. There are, moreover, beautiful plantation fields where tea, coffee, pepper, cardamom, vanilla, oranges, mangoes are grown. The famed backwaters of Kerala is an intricate network of countless lakes, canals, deltas and lagoons, that stretch for a total navigable length of over 900 km. This absolutely dreamlike aquatic world can be explored by indigenous houseboats called Kettuvalloms. Kerala has a large number of beaches that dot the state. Many of the beaches are located on the historic and famous Malabar coast, while there are others that are located in faraway islands and only approachable by boats. Some of the most popular beaches of Kerala are: Kovalam Beach Beypore Beach Shankhamugham Beach Kozhikode Beach Kappad Beach

Pushkar, Rajasthan:

Pushkar, Rajasthan Pushkar travel enables the tourists to capture the picturesque beauty of the city. Pushkar is situated in Rajasthan about 11 kilometers from Ajmer, 140 kilometers from Jaipur and 390 kilometers from Delhi. It is a sacred town that finds mention in Kalidas's Abhigyan Sakuntalam. The winter season begins in September and lasts till December. September to December is said to be the best time to visit Pushkar. Touring in Pushkar during the winters can be a memorable experience, as the temperature of the city remains quite pleasant during this period of the year. Pushkar is known to house a number of tourist sites that attract travelers from different parts of the country. Jagat Pita Shri Brahma Mandir , Ramvaikunth Temple, Pushkar Lake and Mahadeva Temple are among the famous tourist spots of Pushkar. Pushkar is well connected by an excellent network of roads to the major cities of the country. Regular buses ply from Ajmer and Marwar bus stands to the city. The nearest airport is located in the city of Jaipur , which is 138 kilometers away. The airport is served by a number of domestic airlines that connect the city to Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Ajmer is the nearest railway terminus. Some of the quick facts about Pushkar include: Area – 5.10 square kilometers Population – 14045 Languages – Rajasthani , Hindi and English Maximum Temperature – 37.7ºC Minimum Temperature – 3.7ºC Pushkar Fair is organized in the city of Pushkar during the winter season. Every year, in the month of November the city comes alive with the festivities of the famous Pushkar Fair, which is held in Kartik Purnima, according to Hindu almanac. Pushkar Fair is a cultural extravaganza that reflects the rich cultural heritage of Rajasthan. The camel festival in the Pushkar fair involves around 50, 000 camels all decorated tastefully to take part in the race. Thousands of pilgrims and travelers come to the city to attend this world-famous Pushkar camel fair.

Historic Monuments in Delhi:

Historic Monuments in Delhi Being the capital of India and an integral part of the glorious history of the country, Delhi travel guide unveils the rich heritage of the country of India. Delhi, located in the northern part of the country, has a strong influence of the north Indian culture and derives its outlook from the Punjabi culture. Delhi, India being a cosmopolitan city and the capital of the country is home to people from all over the country and is a melting point of various cultures. Delhi preserves the great Mughal architecture, which includes the most magnificent buildings and structures. With the presence of numerous historical and modern amusement sites, Delhi has always been one of the major tourist destinations of the country. Tourist spots in Delhi Some of the popular tourist spots in Delhi are: Red Fort: This elegant fort built out of red stand stone, is considered to be one of the most visited places of Delhi. Qutab Minar : Built in 1199, it has a height of 72.5 meters from the base. Jama Masjid : Built by Shah Jahan , it happens to be one of the largest mosques in India. Jantar Mantar : This observatory was made by Maharaja Jai Singh. Humayun's Tomb: Built in the 16th century by wife of Humayun , this grand structure is made of red sand stone. Lodhi Gardens: It has man-made streams and is located around the tombs of Lodhi and Sayid rulers. The Bahai Temple: Also known as Lotus temple, it was founded in 1986. It has the shape of a lotus after which the name has been kept.

Golden Temple, Amritsar:

Golden Temple, Amritsar Golden Temple ( Harmander Sahib): Although there are a number of Sikh shrines in and around Amritsar, Golden Temple is the biggest of all tourist attractions in Amritsar. The shrine houses the holy script of the Guru Granth Sahib and draws its name from the gold-laden dome upon a marble base. Inside lies the holy lake. Do cover your head with a handkerchief or a scarf before entering the Gurudwara . Jaliwanwala Bag: In 1919, the British Police fired randomly on a peaceful assembly of people gathered in demand of freedom, which killed hundreds of men, women and children on the spot. The bullet marks on the boundary walls bring alive the agonizing tale of cruelty of colonial rule. Wagah Border: Another prominent tourist attraction in Amritsar is not a monument but a daily event. A little away from Amritsar at the India shares international frontier with Pakistan. Every evening, the change of guard among either national security forces, a handshaking distance apart, is a fantastic spectacle. Tarn Taran : 22 km south of Amritsar, Taran Taran , built in honor of Guru Ram Das is another important Sikh shrine. The architecture is largely inspired by the Golden temple. Popular belief is that the holy lake inside can heal leprosy.

Ajanta Ellora Caves, Maharashtra:

Ajanta Ellora Caves, Maharashtra The tourist attractions in Ajanta are undoubtedly the Ajanta and Ellora (link to Ellora page) caves, located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra and about 300 kilometres northeast of the city of Mumbai. The 34 caves at Ellora and the 29 caves at Ajanta remained in obscurity for over a millennium, till John Smith, a British Army Officer, accidentally stumbled upon them while on a hunting expedition in 1819. Ajanta and Ellora are protected monument sites under the Archaeological Survey of India and has been included in the World Heritage list of monuments. The Ajanta and Ellora cave shrines cut out of rock, by hand, rank amongst the most outstanding historical tourist attractions in India. It is believed that, originally, Buddhist monks sought shelter in these natural grottos during monsoons and began decorating them with religious motifs to help pass the rainy season. Later they taught and performed rituals in these caves, which became their Chaityas (temples) and Viharas (living quarters), the ancient seats of learning, and centers of the Buddhist cultural movement. Using simple tools like hammer and chisel, the monks carved out impressive figures. These murals and frescoes adorning the walls of these structures depict the story of Buddhism, spanning the period from 200 BC to 650 AD. Many of the caves have panels depicting stories from the Jatakas , a treasure trove of stories about the several incarnations of the Buddha. This makes the Ajanta caves a fascinating spiritual tourist attraction for Buddhists and scholars and researchers of Buddhism. Cave number 1 houses some of the best-preserved wall paintings here, which include two impressive Bodhisattvas, Padmapani and Avalokiteshvara . Caves 2, 16, and 17 also contain amazing paintings, while caves 1, 4, 17, 19, 24, and 26 boast of some of the most divine sculptures. The flying apsara painting in Cave 17, and the image of the Buddha preaching, also in cave 17, are two unforgettable works of art in Ajanta. The Ajanta caves and the treasures they house are a landmark in the overall development of Buddhism in India and in general.

Mamallapuram(Chennai):

Mamallapuram(Chennai) Mamallapuram 58 kms from Chennai In the 7th century by the Pallava King, Narasimha varman I, also known as Mamalla , " Great Wrestler", this spectacular site, situated on the Bay of Bengal, extends across a boulder strewn landscape and comprise rock cur caves and monolithic shrines structural temples and huge bas-reliefs that are considered the greatest examples of Pallava art. The stone-carving tradition that created these wonders is still alive in the many workshops scattered around the village. The Spectacular Shore Temple, perched dramatically on a promontory by the sea, has survived the ravages of time and erosion. It was built by mamalla for vishnu , while the two shiva shrines were added by Mamalla's Successor Narashima Varman II. The Temple has a low boundary wall, with rows of seated nandis surrounding it. Placed inside are a reclining Vishnu a 16- Faceted polished linga and reliefs of somaskanda composite form of shiva with his consort parvati and sons Skanda and Ganesha . From the shore temple in the Village Centre is the celebrated bas-relief Bhagiratha's Penance, also known an Arjuna's Penance or the Descent of the Ganges the panel depicts in great detail the story of the sacred river's decent from the sky. This divine act, made possible by the penance of the sage Bhagiratha , is witnessed on the panel by celestial and semi-celestial beings ascetics and animals. The sysmbolism is best understood during the monsoon, when rainwater flows down the cleft and collects in the tank below. Nearby are the unfinished Panch Pandava Cave Temple and Krishna's Butter Ball, a natural boulder perched precariously on a slope. South of Bhagiratha's penance is the Krishna mandapa , a huge bas-relief showing the god lifting Mount Govardhan to protect the people from torrential rains as well as performing his tasks as a cowherd. The Olakkanantha Temple above the mandapa was once used as a lighthouse. On the ridge southwest of Bhagiratha's penance are three cave temples. the Mahishasuramardini cave Temple has a graceful portrayal of Goddess Durga on her lion mount, subduing the buffalo-headed demon mahisha , on the northern wall. This panel seems to emanate life and motion, in contrast to one on the southern wall, where Vishnu reclines in deep meditation before creating the earth. Nearby the Adivaraha Cave Temple has interesting panels of Pallava rulers with their consorts. The Lion Throne on top of a hill further west, is a raised platform with a seated lion, discovered near the piles of brick rubble thought to remain of the palace of the pallavas . The Trimurti Cave Temple northwest of Bhagiratha's Penance is dedicated to three god's - shiva , Vishnu & Somaskanda .

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