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East India
Kolkata, West Bengal More about the cityHotels in Kolkata
Kolkata the capital of West Bengal is also the gateway to eastern and northeast India.It is the only city in India that Trams are working on the road. No other city in India exhibits contrasts as Kolkata exihibits-Great wealth yet greater poverty, spaciousness cheek by jowl with most over crowded slums in the world. Here western culture in eastern life is found.
Bhubaneswar, Orissa More about the cityHotels in Bhubaneswar
The modern capital of Orissa, and the "Temple Metropolis of India" can still boast of 500 temples. Of these about a dozen are architecturally very interesting. There was a time when Bhubaneswar had over 7,000 such shrines. Being the seat of Tribhubaneswar or Lord Lingaraj, Bhubaneswar is an important Hindu pilgrimage centre. Hundreds of temples dot the landscape of the Old Town, which once boasted of more than 2000 temples. Bhubaneswar is the place where ....
North India
Gurgaon, Haryana More about the cityHotels in Gurgaon
The district derived its name from the name of Guru Dronacharya; the village was given as gurudakshina to him by his students; the Pandavas and hence it came to be known as Guru-gram, which in course of time got distorted to Gurgaon. Thus the district has been existence since the times of Mahabharata. The district is surrounded by Delhi & Rajasthan.
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Khajuraho
The name Khajuraho derives from the khajur or date palm trees that once surrounded the huge Khajurvahaka Tal.
One thousand years ago, under the generous and artistic patronage of the Chandela Rajput kings of Central India, 85 temples, magnificent in form and richly carved, came up on one site, near the village of Khajuraho.
Delhi, U.T. More about the cityHotels in Delhi
Delhi is the sixth most populated metropolis in the world with a population of 15.3 million (2005 figure). Delhis metropolitan area, informally known as the National Capital Region (NCR), comprises of the NCT and the neighbouring satellite towns of Faridabad and Gurgaon in Haryana, and Noida and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Lucknow
Lucknow is the capital of Uttar Pradesh, one of the biggest states in India and is situated on the banks of the river Gomati, tributary of the Ganga. It is famous for its gardens, parks, and unique archaeological monuments. The people of Lucknow are known for exquisite charm, courtesy, and flair of the Urdu language.
Ludhiana, Punjab More about the cityHotels in Ludhiana
Ludhiana is located on the latitude 30.55° North and longitude 75.54° East in the state of Punjab in northern India. The city stands on the Grand Trunk Road from Delhi to Amritsar.
Amritsar, Punjab More about the cityHotels in Amritsar
The city of Golden Temple, saints & affectionate people. It is the legacy of fourth Sikh Guru Sahib- Guru Ramdas Ji, he laid the foundation stone of Chak Ramdas or Ramdas Pur, now called as Amritsar, which literally means "Pool of Nectar". Amritsar is home to the Religious Building important to Sikhs - The Golden Temple. Amritsar is an institution by itself. And the Golden Temple is the cradle of Amritsar with the city growing around it nurtured by its d....
Haridwar, Uttaranchal More about the cityHotels in Haridwar
Haridwar has very rich ancient religious and cultural heritage. It is situated on the right side of the bank of the holy Ganga, and is the point where the river spreads over the northern plains. Associated with both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, Haridwar is among the seven sacred cities of India. It is also one of the four venues for the Kumbh Mela, held in its magnitude every twelve years. Essentially a religious centre which holds promise of salvation for ....
Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Kanpur
Kanpur stands as one of North Indias major industrial centers with its own historical, religious and commercial importance. Believed to be founded by king Hindu Singh of the erstwhile state of Sachendi, Kanpur was originally known as `Kanhpur`.
Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Allahabad
Allahabad, sacred city of Hinduism was formerly called Prayag in commemoration of a sacrifice done by Lord Brahma.The most sacred spot in Allahabad is Triveni Sangam, the confluence of three of the holiest rivers of the Hindu mythology, the holy Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati.Devout Hindus from all over India come to this sacred pilgrimage point to offer prayers and take a dip in the holy waters. It is believed that a holy dip taken at the Sangam....
Faridabad, Haryana More about the cityHotels in Faridabad
The city is said to have been founded in 1607 AD. It is named after Sheikh Farid, Jahangir’s treasurer, or Baba Farid, a Sufi saint. District Faridabad after being carved out from Gurgaon district came on the map of Haryana on 15th August, 1979.
Agra, Uttarpradesh More about the cityHotels in Agra
"The world is divided between those who have seen the Taj and those who have not. Very soon, I hope to be on the side that has seen the Taj." Words said by William Jefferson Clinton President, United States of America while addressing the Indian Parliament on 22.03.2000 rightly defining the immense architectural and emotional significance the Taj Mahal has, in the hearts of people around the world.
Jhansi, Uttar pradesh More about the cityHotels in Jhansi
The gateway to Bundelkhand, Jhansi is a city that is linked still with the legend of its fiery queen. Rani Laxmibai. In the 1857 war against the British, she led her troops into battle, striking a blow for Indian independence and laying her life down for her cause. Jhansi is ideally located for various rewarding excursions in the area. Jhansi was a stronghold of the Chandela kings. Balwant Nagar was the name of this place. But in 11th century Jhansi lost ....
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Mathura
Mathura, the most ancient of Hindu cities overflows with devotees who come to pay obeisance to Lord Krishna’s birthplace. The nucleus of Brajbhoomi, is located at a distance of 145 km south-east of Delhi and 58 km north-west of Agra., Brajbhoomi can be divided into two distinct units - the eastern part in the trans-Yamuna tract with places like Gokul, Mahavan, Baldeo, Mat and Bajna and the western side of the Yamuna covering the Mathura region that encompa....
South India
Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu More about the cityHotels in Tiruchirapalli
Tiruchirappalli, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery is the fourth largest city in Tamil Nadu. It was a citadel of the early Cholas which later fell to the Pallavas. Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This city has given great Tamil sch....
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala More about the cityHotels in Thiruvananthapuram
The city of Trivandrum literally split into"Tiru","Anantha""puram" means "The town of Lord Anantha". The statement is quite appropriate since the temple is at the heart of the town. The city and its several other districts emerged in ancient tradition, folklore and literature. The Ays were the leading political power till the beginning of the 10th century A.D. In 1684, during the regency of Umayamma Rani, the English East India Company tried to have cont....
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Hyderabad
Hyderabad, in Andhra is the sixth largest city in India. Hyderabad was founded in 1591 and planned as a grid with the Charminar at its centre. It has now grown well beyond the confines of the original walled city, to include a new town north of the Musi river, the Military Cantonment at Secunderabad and a burgeoning high-tech Estate, nicknamed "Cyberabad". The citys sights include the grand palaces of its erstwhile rulers, the Nizams, and the colourful baz....
Bangalore, Karnataka More about the cityHotels in Bangalore
Today Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka ranks as one of the fastest growing cities in Asia. Its pleasant climate, friendly people, and its highly educated population have made this the Silicon Valley of India with almost all Computer related multinationals setting up their India head office at Bangalore. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indias first Prime Minister termed this as "Indias city of the future".
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu More about the cityHotels in Thanjavur
Thanjavur attained prominence under the Chola rulers who were paramount in South India during 9th to 12th centuries. They were not only excellent rulers but also mighty builders, who erected a large number of exquisite temples in their empire, some of which constitute the finest specimens of architecture.
Chennai, Tamil Nadu More about the cityHotels in Chennai
Chennai, became Denver`s seventh sister city in 1984. Near the tip of India on the Bay of Bengal, the scent of sandalwood floats in the warm air of this city which is considered the Hollywood of India. From 1636 until the year 1999, Denver`s 7th sister city was known as Madras but in the year 1999 the name Madras was officially changed to Chennai.
Mysore, Karnataka More about the cityHotels in Mysore
No matter what conveyance you choose to reach Mysore, the greenery and natural beauty of the journey will set your mood right for this world heritage city. Mysore is a city of natural beauty, royal aura and a charm which refuses to faint. A wonderful concoction of aromas of sandalwood, incense sticks, Mysore jasmine, masala dosa, and the ghee soaked Mysore pak fills the air here. Mysore is a shopper’s paradise, Mysore silk is a term which very few in this ....
Mangalore, Karnataka More about the cityHotels in Mangalore
Narrow winding streets, lofty coconut trees, quaint gable-roofed houses, beautiful beaches, temples and churches, the heady fragrance of the Mangalore Mallige, the aroma of spicy coconut curries.... Yes! Mangalore is indeed a city of vivid contrasts. Unfolding an enchantment that never ends.Mangalore is located near the back waters formed by the convergence of the rivers Netravathi and Gurupur and derives its name from the presiding deity Mangladevi, the G....
Srirangapatna, Karnataka More about the cityHotels in Srirangapatna
Srirangapatnam is an island of the river Cauvery. The Legendary warrior Tipu Sultan built an island fortress here. This island fort has been a witness to many instances of bravery. The fortress is home to Tipu’s mosque, and the famous Ranganatha Swamy Temple. Tipu’s Summer Palace, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned are other attractions of this fort. The ornate white-domed Gumbaz, an imposing structure with do....
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Tirupati
The temple of Sri Venkateswara has a unique sanctity in Indian religion. This temple is located in the seventh peak, Venkatachala (Venkata Hill) of the Tirupati Hill. The Sastras, Puranas, Sthala Mahatyams and Alwar hymns all declare that, in the Kali Yuga, one can attain mukti, only by worshipping Venkata Nayaka or Sri Venkateswara. The benefits of visiting this temple are mentioned in the Rig Veda too.
Hassan, Karnataka More about the cityHotels in Hassan
As per the history the name Hassan was derived from Simhasanapura, later it became Hassan. There is a temple in the heart of the city of Goddess Hasanamba, the temple will be opened for public once in a year. Hassan will be your base for visiting the famous temples of Belur and Halebid. Hassan is a picturesque town in the heart of Malnad with a pleasant climate. Hassan is adequately organized in terms of hotels, shops and transport. It is also well connect....
Kochi, Kerala More about the cityHotels in Kochi
Situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula, in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, dubbed Gods Own Country, Kochi or Cochin is a perfect amalgamation of the Western Ghats in the East and the Arabian Sea in the west. Its strategic importance over the centuries has attracted the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emer....
Kovalam, Kerala More about the cityHotels in Kovalam
Kovalam is one of Indias well known beach towns, and is highly commercialized and very crowded through most of the year. But in spite of that Kovalam manages, against all odds, to retain much of the charm which made it a popular beach in the first place.
Madurai, Tamil Nadu More about the cityHotels in Madurai
Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old.
West India
Udaipur, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Udaipur
Udaipur is also known as the city of lakes. The marble palaces, beautifully laid out gardens and the lakes make Udaipur seem almost like a mirage. The City of Dawn, surrounded by the ancient Aravali Mountains and set on the edge of three lakes, is a brilliant kaleidoscope of narrow lanes flanked by bright stalls, gardens, lakes, palaces and temples.
“Udaipur”, known as the lovely lakeside capital of Mewar. The kingdom of Mewar, with which many legend....
Shirdi, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Shirdi
Shirdi is a small town located in the state of Maharashtra in western India. The place is around 296 km (around 6 hours drive) from Mumbai. Shirdi is basically a religious tourist center. Thousands of pilgrims flock to Shirdi.
Satara, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Satara
On Pune-Panaji Road 57.3 km away lays Satara, the district head-quarters, and old capital of Sahu Maharaj, grandson of Shiva-ji, from 1707 to 1749. This historical place is worth visiting. Various temples and a fort are there at Satara.
Murud-janjira, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Murud-janjira
The endless blue stretches out as far as the imaginations; you sit under a plan tree and feel the salt of the air against your skin. The languor of the waves overpowers you and you dream of fairy castles and princes in shining amour. For once you dreams can be realized. A cool, equable climate always welcomes you. Luscious mango, jackfruit, banana, cashew nut, and coconut trees spread out their arms in a warm embrace and everywhere you go, the music of the....
Pushkar, Rajashthan More about the cityHotels in Pushkar
Pushkar is a sacred town for the Hindus, situated 11 kms. to the North-West of Ajmer. The charm of this sleepy, lakeside settlement so captivated the great Indian poet, Kalidas,that it found a place in his classic, Abhigyan Sakuntalam. The Great Hindu epics of Mahabharat and Ramayana make references to this religious place regarded to be Adi Tiratha. Evidence points to its having existed during the fourth century B.C. lake in the inhospitable surroundings ....
Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Ujjain
Modern Ujjain is situated on the banks of the river Shipra, regarded since time immemorial as sacred. The belief in the sacredness of Shipra, has its origins in the ancient Hindu mythological tale of churning of the ocean by the Gods and the Demons, with Vasuki, the serpent as the rope. The ocean bed first yielded fourteen gems, then Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth, and finally the coveted vessel of Nectar. Then began the wild scramble for immortality with ....
Nasik, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Nasik
Nashik is one of the most important cities of Northern Maharashtra. Nashik, in Maharashtra, is situated at a distance of 200 km from Mumbai (Bombay) as well as Pune. The city has become the center of attraction because of its beautiful surroundings and cool and pleasant climate. Nashik has a personality of its own due to its mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. The city, vibrant and active on the industrial, political, social and ....
Alibag, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Alibag
The town of Alibag has a vast shore, whose surroundings include a vast shore stretching from Rewas to Revdanda,lined by coconut and betel nut plantations, a creek stretching from Rewas to Nagothane,another creek between Revdanda and Roha. The town is dotted with Angrewada(mansion),Knjojis Tomb, Hirakot Fort and other dynastic buildings. Another unique landmark of Alibag is a Century-old heritage magnetic observatory. It is one of only two surviving in the....
Bundi, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Bundi
Bundi is the undiscovered splendor, 36 Kms from Kota ruled by the Hada Chauhans. First destination is HADOTI. Set in a narrow inclining gorge. The palaces and forts have fairy tale quality about them. Isolated and independent, this picturesque location has much to offer. Rajput architecture shines and in the intricately carved brackets, pillars etc. Interesting places are Diwan-e- aam, Hathia Pol, and Naubat Khana.
Mumbai, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Mumbai
Mumbai is divided into two districts, North and South Mumbai. South Mumbai, also known as Town, is considered a posh address for any Mumbaiite. Nariman Point is the Manhattan of the city, overflowing with high-powered corporate offices. It also has Dalal Street, the volatile stock market area. South Mumbai is comprised of areas such as Marine Drive (with beautiful art deco buildings), Byculla, Churchgate, Parel, Elphinstone Road, Mahalaxmi, Kemps Corner, a....
Mount Abu, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Mount Abu
It was once a part of the Chauhan kingdom of Rajasthan and served as a summer resort for the Rajput kings of the region. After that, it was leased by the British government from the then Maharaja of Sirohi for use as the headquarters of the resident to Rajputana.
Behrore, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Behrore
Behrore is basically an industrial area of Rajasthan. The main attraction of this place is the Neemrana Fort.
Orchha, Madhya Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Orchha
The history of Orchha is linked with the local Bundela rulers. The Bundela dynasty was founded by one of the local Rajput princes in the 11th century. Garkhurar was the earlier capital of the Bundelas. The Bundelas ruled the central part of India from Orchha, from 1531 to 1783. Raja Rudra Pratap moved the capital of the Bundelas to Orchha in 1531. The association of the Bundelas with the Mughals created many problems for the Bundelas. Bir Singh Deo, the ru....
Vadodara, Gujarat More about the cityHotels in Vadodara
Vadodara is a graceful city of palaces, parks, temples and museums and considered by many as the de-facto cultural capital of Gujarat. Once the capital of the Gaekwads, the former rulers of Vadodara, it is also known as Baroda and rises from the banks of River Vishwamitri. Vadodara is also the industrial capital of Gujarat.
Archaeological findings indicate that human habitations existed here since prehistoric times. Vadodara passed through the hands o....
Dahanu, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Dahanu
A quaint seaside town with a huge sprawling beach, Dahanu is situated in Thane district. This once barren land thrived under Irani settlers and boasts of some of the country’s best chickoo orchards. Quite near is Udwada the sacred town of Paris. It has a large beautiful agiary which has a flame that’s has been kept burning for almost a thousand years.
Jaipur, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Jaipur
Jaipur is an attractive destination for tourists in the desert sands of Rajasthan where modernity and tradition live hand in hand. It is widely known as “Pink City” since it was colour washed pink to welcome Prince Albert, the consort of queen Victoria of England who visited India in 1883 AD.The city was found by Jai Singh II,one of the greatest ruler in 1727.It is the only city in the world which is divided into nine rectangular sectors symbolizing nine....
Vasai, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Vasai
Vasai (Bassein), on the mainland north-west of Bombay, was a large Portuguese enclave, second only to Goa, until 1739. The northern holdings of the Portuguese, including Daman and Diu, were governed from this centre. The fort and the hinterland around it were lost to the Marathas in a campaign which lasted two years and ended in complete Maratha supremacy.
Ahmedabad, Gujarat More about the cityHotels in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad was founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah on the banks of River Sabarmati in 1411 A.D.
Sultan Ahmed Shah graced his kingdom with splendid monuments, mosques, pavilions and mausoleums, marking the beginning of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Modern day Ahmedabad, the capital of the State of Gujarat is the largest city and a leading industrial centre in Gujarat. It is also the sixth largest in India. But Ahmedabad has a lot more to offer visi....
Ajmer, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Ajmer
Ajmer situated in the green oasis wrapped in the barren hills has been a witness to an interesting past. The city was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to be a major center of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. when Prithviraj Chauhan lost it to Mohammed Ghauri.Since then, Ajmer became home to many dynasties, which came and left leaving behind indelible marks of their culture and traditions on the city’s history, converti....
Alwar, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Alwar
Paradoxically, Alwar is both the oldest and the newest of the Rajput Kingdoms of Rajasthan. On the one hand, it traces its traditions back to the Kingdom of Viratnagar that flourished here around 1500 B.C., then known as Matsya Desh, where the pandavs, the mighty heroes of the great epic, The Mahabharata, are said to have spent the last year of their 13 year exile, on the other, it was carved out of territories wrested from the Mughals by Maharaja Pratap S....
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Bhopal
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern urban planning. It is a 11th century city. Bhopal was founded by Raja Bhoj, but the present city was established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed. His descendants build Bhopal into a beautiful city. Bhopal city is also referred to as the City oflakes because of the two beautiful lakes that are situated in the center of the city. The city itsel....
Jodhpur, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Jodhpur
Jodhpur was once the capital of the strong and powerful kingdom of Marwar, Rajasthan`s largest princely state. In medieval times, Jodhpur lay on the trade routes between Central Asia and the ports of Gujarat, and became a major trade centre during the 16th century. Modern day Jodhpur with a population of over six hundred thousand, is the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan and continues to be thriving centre for textiles and crafts. Jodhpur`s fa....
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan More about the cityHotels in Jaisalmer
Rising from the heart of the Thar Desert like a golden mirage is the city of Jaisalmer. A commanding fort etched in yellow sandstone stands, with all its awesome splendour, dominating the amber-hued city. The city has an interesting legend associated with it, according to which, Lord Krishna-the head of the Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a remote descendent of the Yadav Clan would built his kingdom atop the Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled in 11....
Nagpur, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Nagpur
Nagpur is one of the most happening cities in recent times. Strategically located in the Deccan Plateau, this magnificent city has been termed as the winter capital of Maharashtra. Nagpur forms the second capital of Maharashtra and is also termed as the orange city.
Indore, Madhya Pradesh More about the cityHotels in Indore
Planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai, the brave Holkar queen, Indore lies to the extreme west of Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the rivers Saraswati and Khan which unite at the centre of the city. The bustling and vibrant city, 186 km from Bhopal, derives its name from the 18th century Indreshwar temple. The history of Indore is inseparable from the history of the Holkar State. The founder of the House of Holkars was Malhar Rao Holkar, born in 1693 AD. His....
Ratnagiri, Maharashtra More about the cityHotels in Ratnagiri
Ratnagiri is located in the southwestern part of Maharashtra State on the Arabian Sea coast. Ratnagiri became the administrative capital under the Bijapur rulers. It forms a part of the greater tract known as Konkan. This tract is historically famous for it long coastline and convenient harbors, together with it comparative nearness to the Arabian Sea. The surrounding area is bordered by the Sahyadri Hills on the West; the heavy rainfall results into highl....