Side Trips from Delhi

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  • 1. Agra Fort

    Military Sight

    The architecture of this fort reflects the collective creative brilliance of Akbar, his son Jahangir, and grandson Shah Jahan. The structure...Read More

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  • 2. Boat ride on the Ganges

    Tour–Sight

    The quintessential Varanasi experience is a boat ride along the Ganges. The most popular place to hire a boat is at Dashashvamedh Ghat—essentially...Read More

  • 3. Dashashvamedh Ghat

    Notable Building

    At roughly the midway point of Varanasi's ghats, this is a convenient and popular spot, always busy with hawkers and pilgrims, and a good place...Read More

  • 4. Kandariya Mahadev

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple, which lies west of the Lakshmana, is the tallest and most evolved temple in Khajuraho in terms of the blending of architecture...Read More

  • 5. Lakshmana Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Across from the Varaha Temple stands this temple dedicated to Vishnu. It is the only complete temple remaining. Along with Kandariya Mahadeva...Read More

  • 6. Taj Mahal

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The tale of love and loss that supposedly sparked the existence of the Taj Mahal (literally, the "Crown Palace") sometimes seems as incredible...Read More

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  • 7. Adinath Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The late-11th-century Adinath Temple, a minor shrine, is set in a small walled compound southeast of the Ghantai temple. Its porch and the statue...Read More

  • 8. Akbar's Tomb

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Akbar's resting place, in what's now the small town of Sikandra, was begun by the emperor himself in 1602 and completed after his death by Jahangir...Read More

  • 9. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Across the street from Matangesvara Temple, this museum displays exquisite carvings and sculptures that archaeologists have recovered from the...Read More

  • 10. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    No one interested in Indian art should miss this museum on the campus of Banaras Hindu University. The permanent collection includes brocade...Read More

  • 11. Bijamandala Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    As part of continuing explorations since 1999, the largest temple yet—4 meters longer than the Kandariya Mahadeva—has been partially unearthed...Read More

  • 12. Brahma Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This granite-and-sandstone temple, one of the earliest here (circa 900), is probably misnamed. Although Brahma is a member of the triad of Hinduism...Read More

  • 13. Buland Darwaza (Great Gate)

    Notable Building

    The usual starting point for exploring Fatehpur Sikri is the Buland Darwaza (Great Gate) of the Jama Masjid, near the parking lot, but the cluster...Read More

  • 14. Chaturbhuj Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small 12th-century temple, nearly 3 km (2 miles) south of Duladeo, is often ignored given its distance from the main complex. It has an...Read More

  • 15. Chaukhandi Stupa

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The first monument you come to in Sarnath, on the left-hand side of Ashoka Marg on the way to the park, is this Buddhist shrine that is believed...Read More

  • 16. Chausath Yogini Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The oldest temple at Khajuraho is set on a granite outcrop southwest of the Shivsagar Tank, a small artificial lake. It may have been built...Read More

  • 17. Chitragupta Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple that's just north of the Devi Jagdamba also resembles it in construction. In honor of the presiding deity, the sun god Surya, the...Read More

  • 18. Dance Festival

    Festival–Sight

    In late February or early March, Khajuraho holds an annual, week-long dance festival, set in part against the backdrop of the temples. This...Read More

  • 19. Devi Jagdamba Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple was originally dedicated to Vishnu, as indicated by a prominent sculpture over the sanctum's doorway. It now honors Parvati, Shiva...Read More

  • 20. Dhamekh Stupa

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Dappled with geometric and floral ornamentation, the stone-and-brick Dhamekh Stupa is the largest surviving monument in Sarnath, at 143 feet...Read More

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