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August is loaded with holidays and it`s time that you get your travel bug out of your bag-pack. With 9 days at a stretch plan your getaway trip to places near Delhi NCR region like Agra, Varanasi or Lucknow.
August will be here with holiday spree all over. Not two or three, but with little adjustments you can plan a long vacation of nine days to a place you have been thinking from a long time. Reach out to your friends and family and plan a warm trip. With Janmashtami and Parsee New year up in the same week as Independence Day, you wouldn’t get a better holiday span.
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If you have traversed Delhi NCR region, plan your getaway to these amazing places nearby. But hurry up, before all the hotels and flights are booked.
Places to visit in Agra
Just 200 KM away from Delhi, you can drive to Agra. You can plan up a trip to the city of Mughals and embrace the glory of their history. You must have heard about the city and the places but what’s better to hear the tales or make your own memory lane?
Taj Mahal needs no description people from all over the world come to praise the beauty of Taj Mahal. Making it to the list of seven wonders, it has brought India long queues of travelers. It took 22 years to construct the marvel by more than 20 thousand workers. Mughal Emperor Shahjahan gifted it to his beloved wife Mumtaz.
It was the main residence for the royal Mughal till 1638 after which the capital was shifted to Delhi. Situated 1.5 kilometers from Taj-Mahal, it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage site. The walled city is one its kind and worth watching.
This five storey building was constructed by Akbar. It was used for the purpose of entertainment and relaxation. Every floor is smaller than its previous floor. The brilliance of architecture is what makes this monument worth visiting.
Standing opposite to Taj Mahal and on the shores of river Yamuna, t is also known as Chandini Bagh. Constructed by Mughals, it is lashed with beautiful gardens. In 1955, forest department added 25 fountains and a pond, making it more beautiful than before.
Tomb of I`timÄd-ud-Daulah
It’s a Mughal mausoleum often referred as ‘jewel box’ and ‘Baby Taj’. It is regarded as the draft for Taj Mahal. Located in Moti Bagh of Agra, it is made of white marble just like Taj Mahal. The tomb was built between 1622 -1628 showing the transition of Mughal architecture.
Places to visit in Varanasi
What places do you recall, when you think of exploring Varanasi, temples, ghats and BHU. That’s it? Most of the travelers couldn’t think beyond this. But in reality, Varanasi has a lot more to offer. Take a look at the holy city in a much different way
Located near the confluences of Ganges and Varuna, it is a holy place for Buddhist. The deer park is the place where Gautama Buddha taught Dharma for the first time. It is also the site where Buddha gave his first teaching after attaining enlightenment, teachings the four noble truths.
Gyan Vapi Well
Constructed by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Gyan Vapi well is located within the Gyanvapi Mosque. It is said to be constructed on the site of the demolished Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Some people the well to be holier than the Ganges and as it contains the Shiva lingam.
The fort believed to be blessed is among the popular places to visit in and around Varanasi. Situated in Mirzapur, Chunar Fort is located 23 km from Varanasi. In the 16th century, Chunar was the regiment of the Mughal emperor, Babar. The tombs of some of his soldiers are still established here.
Built on the site of a defiled Vishnu temple, Alamgir Mosque is one of the famous religious places in Varanasi. The mosque standing strong today dominates Panchganga Ghat proving the farcical methods adopted by Aurangzeb. Non-Muslim members are not allowed to enter the premises of the mosque.
Kushti akharas at Tulsi Ghat
Akharas have always been a vital part of Varanasi`s culture. Several wrestlers coming out from here have famed laurels outside the city too. Tulsi Akhara of Varanasi, in particular, will give you the sight of strong men wrestling. You’ll be fueled up with adrenalin watching them and enjoying the sport.
Places to visit in Lucknow
The city of Nawabs will not fail to impress you in terms of food, places, architecture and shopping. Sprawl in the architectural brilliance of the monuments or eat mouth watering kebabs. It`sthe city where you not only eat chicken but wear chikan as well.
This historic place of Lucknow was built by Nawab Asif Udayaula in 1784. It is believed that it was constructed to employ people troubled by the terrible famine that had occurred during that period. Rumi Gate was constructed under the name of Bhool Bhailaiya under the famine relief project. This symbol of Awadh`s architecture is also known as the Turkish Gateway.
Dr. Ambedkar park
The Ambedkar Memorial Park is constructed in Lucknow by the Mayawati Government. The park is built to honor people who dedicated their lives to human justice and equality like Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. With a budget of a whopping seven billion rupees, the park is worth visiting and a popular hangout destination for the people of Lucknow.
A hunting cottage transformed into a summer palace for the royals, Dilkusha Kothi was built by Major Gore in Baroque style. Built in 1800, it was greatly affected by the first war of independence. Therefore it is not in a perfect condition it serves as a good place to sprawl in good weather.
The British Residency served as a place of safety for several Britishers during the rebellion in 1857. The fort is now in ruins and the cemetery has the graves of the hundreds of Britishers who died during the blockade. The ruins are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and the place echoes the rich history of the era.
Adjacent to the Rumi Darwaza standing tall is the Husainabad Clock Tower. It was built in 1881 and since it has been the tallest clock tower in India. It is 67 meters high, with Victorian-Gothic brilliance at the display and has 14 feet long pendulum and the dial in the shape of a flower with 12 petals.
Make the most of your holidays and make it worth remembering. Book your tickets or fuel up your cars and rush to explore the cities near you.