North India has got historical as well cultural significance. A trip to North India is surely going to enlighten you about India's rich traditional and cultural heritage. You can treat yourself to its exotic hill stations , pilgrimage spots or simply its cities, you'll enjoy your trip. The world famous Taj Mahal speaks of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire, so does the capital city of Delhi. Corbett National Park offers a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife . The splendid views of the snow-clad ranges of the Himalayas can be viewed in Shimla, Manali and Nainital.
A FEW PLACES TO VISIT

Agra
Agra is famous as being home to one of the Seven Wonders of World-the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendor of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is vivid reminder of the opulence of the legendary Mughal Empire, of which Agra was the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries. While its significance as a political center ended with the transfer of the capital to Delhi in 1634 by Shah Jahan, its architectural wealth has secured its place on the international map.

A pleasant town with a comparatively slow pace, craftsmen who are descendants of those who worked under the Mughals know Agra for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

Delhi
In the six decades since the creation of New Delhi as the capital of British India, the city has undergone a sea change. High-rise buildings now stand check-by-jowl with Delhi's 1300 monuments. Villages such as Khirkee, Begumpur, Hauz Khas, Sheikh Sarai and Nizamuddin, which grew around medieval Delhi's, shifting capital "cities", have now been engulfed by the urban sprawl. Many of them, however, retain their old-world characteristics. Delhi is one of the most historic capitals in the world and two of its monuments-the Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb-have been declared World Heritage Sites.
It is also one of the greenest capitals. For the visitor, it serves as a perfect introduction to the cultural wealth, the complexities and the dynamism of India which Jawaharlal Nehru likened to "an ancient palimpsest on which layer upon layer of thought and reverie has been inscribed". Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country.

Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts from all over the country. It has specialty restaurants to please the gourmet, the open parks and gardens ablaze with flowers, and in the winter months particularly, a variety of cultural events. Its many-layered existence is tantalizing and can entice the curious traveler into a fascinating journey of discovery.

Jaipur
Start your tour with a visit to the majestic Amber fort whose magnificence cannot be described. You’ll enjoy the Elephant ride to the former capital of the royal sets against the backdrop of the wooded hills. Later visit the Palace of Winds also known as Hawa mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a fašade is encrusted with delicate screen sand carved balconies.


Varanasi Ghats
This ghat was built in 1600 but was poorly restored in the 19th century. This ghat was made by Raja Savai Man Singh and named after him.It's old name was Somesvara ghat. The northern corner of the ghat has a fine stone balcony and Raja Jai Singh of Jaipur erected one of his unusual observations on this ghat in 1710,on the top of the floor, there is a Hindu Observatory built by Savai jai Singh-II.Closeby shrine at the top of the ghat are Somesvara Rameshvara and Sthuladanta Vinayaka. Someshvara Lingum represent the same lingum at Somnath (Gujrat),one of the twelve Jyotirling.


Nainital
The first recorded discovery of this now popular hill station of Nainital, was in 1841 when a British, Mr. Barron, chanced upon the lake. Moved by the scenic beauty of the lake and thickly forested hills, he constructed a house named Pilgrim’s Cottage. It was the first of many residences, which were to transform Nainital into a popular resort. By 1858, Nainital became a well-known hill station, and within a few years the summer seat of the provincial government.

According to local belief the origin of Nainital harks back to mythological times. Sati, Lord Shiva’s consort committed suicide at the yajna of Daksha Prajapati. When Lord Shiva roamed across the universe carrying her dead body, Sati’s eye fell near the lake, where the Naina Devi temple now stands. The waters of the lake are therefore considered sacred and the Naina Devi temple is the venue of an autumnal fair. In ancient times, the lake was know as the Tri-rishi Sarovar, the lake of three rishis-Atri, Pulastya and Pulaha.

Shimla
A quaint little hill train chugs up into the Shivalik foothills, over dramatic loops and high arched bridges to the hill resort of Shimla (2130 M) - the capital of the Mountain State of Himachal. Shimla's salubrious climate, easy accessibility and numerous attractions have made it one of the most popular hill stations in northern India. The splendid views of the snow-clad ranges of the Himalayas, fine walks through oak and flowering rhododendron, enchanting resorts within easy reach, golf at Naldehra and skiing at Kufri and Narkanda make Shimla an attractive destination throughout the year.


Manali
Manali is situated near the end of the valley on the National Highway leading to Leh. The landscape here is breath taking. One sees well-defined snow capped peaks, the Beas River with its clear water meanders through the town. On the other side are deodars and pine trees, tiny fields and fruit orchards. It is an excellent place for a holiday, a favorite resort for trekkers to Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Leh and Zanskar regions in Kashmir valley. It is known as the SWITZERLAND OF INDIA.
Manali is situated at the northern end of the Kullu Valley; Manali has spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and wooded slopes.

The Beas rushes along its rocky course amid grassy meadows carpeted with wild flowers and wagtails hop along from stone to stone along the stream's edge. There are marvelous walks too, through dappled orchards and fairy-tale forests of deodar.


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