The Bahai Lotus Temple in Delhi is a house of worship of the Bahai Faith and an architectural landmark in the City. Inspired by the lotus flower, the Temple has 27 free-standing marble clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. It has won numerous awards for Architecture and is a gathering place for people of all Faiths.The Bahai Lotus temple attracts more visitors than even the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal. Find out why.
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Mehrauli holds a few wonders and mysteries beyond the Qutub Minar. While the Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret of India at 238 feet, Alauddin Khilji had dreams of building Alai Minar next to it at twice its height! The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque next to the Qutub Minar is the first Mosque ever built in Islamic India. The Iron Pillar which is supposed to belong to the period of Vikramaditya adds a bit of mystery to this place for having not rusted for the last 1600 years! Read on for a possible explanation for the secret behind.
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Gokul is the quaint town of cowherds where Lord Krishna was brought up by his foster mother Yasodha. It is a fascinating trip where you can see the places where Lord Krishna performed his miracles and also have a look at some of the relics from those times. Two must visits at Gokul are Gokulnath Temple and Ramanreti where pilgrims roll on the sand seeking blessings. Gokul is the place to be during Festivals like Janmashtmi, Trinvat Mela and Annakut when grand festivities are organized in this town.
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Agra Fort is located on the banks of The Yamuna and has a prominent place in the history of Mughal India. Some of events that happened here in the 15th and 16th centuries went on to shape the history and geography of modern India. The fate of Agra Fort is entwined with that of the Kohinoor, one of the most famous Diamonds of all times, the defeat of Hemu the last Hindu King of North India and the great rebellion against East India Company in 1857 which set up the British rule in India. Some interesting stories include the Stolen Gates of Somnath Temple by Ghazni, the Chains of Justice of Jahangir and when Sherlock Homes visited Agra Fort regarding a Case!
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Fatehpur Sikri the magnificent ancient city near Agra was built by Akbar, the great Mughal Emperor. The speciality of Fatehpur Sikri is that it is the best preserved heritage site form the Mughal Era. Akbar was inspired by his ancestor Timur’s Persian Courts and this was reflected in the Persian design principles of Fatehpur Sikri. The Red Sandstone structures also reflect elements from Hindu and Jain styles of Architecture. Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and Jama Masjid are the highlights of Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri remained the capital of Mughals for only 10 years after which Akbar moved to Lahore.
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The Red Fort in Delhi is the second most magnificent creation of Shah Jahan after The Taj Mahal. This 17th century Fort of the Mughal Kings reflects the zenith of creativity prevalent in architecture during the Mughal Era. The Red Fort is a fusion of Indian, Persian and European Art. It is also famous for being the venue of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s “Freedom at Mid Night” speech on 15th Aug 1947 after India’s Independence. The sound and light show organized in the Red Fort in the evenings is a great way to experience its history and magnificence.
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