View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Jaipur, with an image slideshow and video player. It includes some of the city’s most sought after sights such as the City Palace, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Rambagh Palace and Albert Hall Central Museum.
View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Agra, with an image slideshow and video player. It includes some of the region’s most sought after sights such as Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb, Mariam’s Tomb, Jama Masjid
View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Rishikesh, with an image slideshow and video player. It includes some of the town’s most sought after sights such as Lakshman Jhula bridge, Ram Jhula Bridge, Trayambakeshwar Temple, the Ghats and the Ganges river.
View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Delhi, with an image slideshow and video player. It includes some of the city’s most sought after sights such as the Connaught Place, Old Delhi, the Rajpath, the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate, Lodi Garden, Qutab Minar and Purana Quila.
View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Kerala, with an image slideshow and video player. It includes some of the region’s most sought after sights such as the Backwaters, Beaches, Fort Cochin and Kovalam.
View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Goa, with an image slideshow and video player. It includes some of the region’s most sought after sights such as Calangute, Anjuna, Chapora Fort, Vagator, Baga, Candolim, Aguada, Panaji, Dona Paula, Old Goa, Agonda, Palolem, Cabo de Rama, Canacona and Madgao.
View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Mumbai, with an image slideshow and video player. It includes some of the city most sought after attractions such as the Gateway of India, Colaba Causeway, Khala Ghoda, Chowpatty beach, Haji Ali and the Crawford Market.
Following our article about Jaipur and the images gallery, our last destination of our incredible 28 days Funky India journey, comes the HD video. The film is edited from the footage taken during our three days visit in the charming city and includes some of Jaipur’s most important sights such as the famous City Palace, grandiose forts such as the Amber Fort and well known museums such as the Albert Hall.
Jaipur, best known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the northern state of Rajasthan. It is considered one of the best planed cities in the country, with its wide roads, precisely divided sectors and networks of gridded streets. It is a relatively new city, founded in 1727 by the Maharaja of Amber as the capital of the royalty. Today, with its population of over 3 millions, the city has become a major tourist destination as well as an important economic centre. Indeed, the city has some of India’s most visited attractions including a variety of spectacular monuments like the City Palace, grandiose forts offering breathtaking views such as the Amber Fort and well known museums such as the Albert Hall.
Albert Hall Central Museum
The Albert Hall or Central Museum set within a lovely building with a Indo-Saracenic architecture is located in the heart of the city next to the Ram Nivas Garden. It is home to the biggest exhibition of art in Jaipur, offering a variety of Indian, Chinese, Christians and Ancient Egyptian artefacts.
Jantar Mantar is a large observatory built by the Maharaja Jai Singh during the 18th century which has today become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It houses a variety of geometric devices including ones to track stars in their orbits, measure time or even predict eclipses.
Hawa Mahal, nicknamed the Palace of breeze, is a fabulous multi storey complex built in red sandstone. It was originally built in 1799 by the Maharaja Sawai Singh, with the intention to give royal ladies the freedom of observing daily street life without being seen.
The City Palace complex which takes up a good portion of central Jaipur is comprised of a variety of buildings, gardens and courtyards. It was built by the Maharaja Jai Singh II in a mix of Mugal and traditional Rajput style. It is home to two of the world’s largest silver vessels, the textile museum and other private and public halls.
The Gaitor is a famous cremation site for the Jaipur royal rulers, located in the northern part of the city, at the foothills of the Nahargarh Fort. This beautiful landmark is also known for its colonies of monkeys, shared between the macaques and the larger grey langurs species.
The Nahargarh Fort, located on a hilltop on the northwest side of the city, is the smallest of the three forts within the Jaipur area. It was once home to the King Sawai Jai Singh II and offers spectacular views over the Man Sagar lake and surroundings.
The Amber Fort is a massive pastel yellow coloured fort and palace complex built in the 17th century and located some 11 km north from the heart of Jaipur. The fort is divided into various sections each with its own entry gate and courtyard. One of the key attractions is the Sheesh Mahal with its numerous tiles on the walls and ceiling.
The Jaigarh Fort is perhaps the most spectacular of the three forts surrounding the Jaipur area with its lovely gardens and spectacular views. It is famous for the Jaivana, considered the site of the world’s largest cannon with according to legend a reach of over 35 km.
Jal Mahal Water Palace
The Jal Mahal best known as the Water Palace is a remarkable piece of Rajput style architecture sitting at the heart of the Maan-Sarovar Lake.
Following our article about Agra and the images gallery, our third destination of the northern part of our incredible 28 days Funky India journey, comes the HD video. The film is edited from the footage taken during our four days visit in the charming city and includes some of Agra’s most important sights such as the famous Taj Mahal as well as other world heritage site including the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
Agra is by far one of the most visited and unique tourist destinations in India. Indeed being home to the world famous Taj Mahal and numerous other splendid heritage sites such as the Agra Fort, the city attracts millions of visitors each year. With a great railway connection from the capital, many choose a quick day trip to visit the key sights, but a good couple of days is recommended to fully experienced everything the city has to offer, as well as visit the key attractions nearby such as Fatehpur Sikri. This grandiose city located within the northern part of the Uttar Pradesh state, is part of the golden triangle, along with New Delhi and Jaipur, and often considered the main destinations to visit for a first trip to India. Agra, established in the 16th century was at the heart of the Mugal Empire, and is todaybestremembered for its architectural legacy of fascinating forts, tombs and other majestic buildings.
The Taj Mahal proudly sitting next to the sacred Yamuna river is consider one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. It is a breathtaking mausoleum built over 20 years, between 1631 and 1648, from beautiful and rare white marble. It was constructed by the grandson of Akbar, Shah Jehan, one of the greatest Mughal emperors, as the mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is today a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is one of the most photographed and easily recognisable Indian attractions. It is considered one of the country’s best preserved and architecturally interesting sites, putting India at the forefront of the world’s top cultural destinations.
The Agra fort is the second most visited attraction in Agra. This red sandstone palace and defensive structure is a remarkable piece of architecture, often considered a much better preserved version of the Delhi’s Red Fort. It was built by the Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1571 as a testament of his power. The fort was later improve by Shah Jahan, the grand child of Akbar, but ironically ended up as a prisoner.
Fatehpur Sikri, often referred to as the ghost city, is one of the most important sites outside of Agra. Located some 40kms west of the city centre; it is the perfect example of the richness of the Mugal civilization. Built at the end of the 16th century the complex is comprised of a variety of buildings including Mosques, Tombs and Palaces.
The Akbar tomb, located in Sikandra, a couple of kilometres north of Agra, is entirely dedicated to one of the greatestMugal Emperors. Thetomb complex is at the heart of a beautiful garden and surrounded by four red sandstone gates.
The Mariam Tomb is a beautiful white marble grave, built by Jahangir for his mother Mariam Zammani. The complex is also home to a school and a church built by Akbar in the memory of his Christian wife.
Jama Masjid is a large mosque built in 1648 during the reign of the father Shah Jahan. It is famous for its unusual dome and absence of minarets.
Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, often simply referred to as the Baby Taj, was built by the Empress Nur Jehan for her father, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir. It uses white marble and is surrounded by a lovely garden.
Following our article about Rishikesh and the images gallery, our second destination of the northern part of our incredible 28 days Funky India journey, comes the HD video. The film is edited from the footage taken during our three days visit in the charming hill station and include some of the Rishikesh most important sights such as Lakshman Jhula bridge, the Ram Jhula Bridge, the Trayambakeshwar Temple, Hindu temples and the Ghats next to the Ganges River.
Rishikesh, often referred to as the Gateway to the Himalayas is one of the most charming hill stations within the state of Uttarakhand in the Northern part of India. It is perfectly situated at the foothill of the world’s largest mountain range and sitting on the bank of the holly Ganges River. For many Indians, it is one of the most important pilgrimage sight in the region, with a variety of religious temples, as well as being the first stop of the Char Dham Yatra Sacred Journey. As for the international travellers, it has become a sought after destination, ever since it was visited by the Beatles some decades ago. Rishikesh is also considered the World’s Capital of Yoga with plenty of ashrams, meditation and fitness centres to be found. This lovely hill station is the perfect place to be discovered will it be for spiritual reason, for its yoga schools or extreme sports, or just to contemplate its breathtaking mountain and river scenery.
Lakshman Jhula Bridge
Lakshman Jhula Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks of Rishikesh, located on the northernmost past of town. This iron suspension bridge which crosses the river Ganges, was constructed in 1939 and offers amazing views of the surroundings.
Rishikesh is packed with numerous monkeys cohabiting peacefully with the locals. One of their favourite spot is the entrance tower of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge, where old and young hangout and observe the street action.
Ram Jhula Bridge
Ram Jhula, crossing the Ganges River, is the second famous pedestrian bridge in Rishikesh. It is located to the South of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge and was built in the 1980s.
The Trayambakeshwar is perhaps the most iconic temple in Rishikesh. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is set in a beautiful 13 floors high building with its unique orange colour. It is strategically located on the banks of the river Ganges at the eastern end of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge.
The Triveni Ghat, located next to the Rishikesh beach and the Lakshman Jhula Bridgeis a well known bathing Ghat within the bank of the river Ganges. It is the perfect place to experience a piece of traditional India during the Maha Aarti ceremony taking place at dusk and attracting many devotees. It is a very Zen and peaceful experience, with a mix of chants, bathing and traditional music.
The Honey Hut is a unique Health cafe in the heart of Rishikesh. As its name suggest, it offers a wide selection of natural honey products including sweats, teas and coffees.
The views in Rishikesh are one of the most breathtaking in the regions. With the sacred Ganges flowing at the footstep of the grandiose mountains packed with various temples and ashrams. It is a unique experience and a must visit destination with exploring the Northern part of India.