The temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, Central India are one of
India's major attractions.
Once a great Chandella capital, Khajuraho is now a quiet village of
just over 6000 people. The temples are superb examples of
Indo-Aryan architecture, but it's the decorations with which they
are so liberally embellished, that have made Khajuraho famous.
Around the temples are bands of exceedingly fine and artistically
carved stone-work. The sculptors have shown many aspects of Indian
life, 1000 years ago-gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians,
real and mythological animals.
These temples were built by the Chandellas, a dynasty which survived
for five centuries before falling to the onslaught of Islam. Almost
all Khajuraho's temples record a century long burst of creative
genius from 950-1050 A.D.
Jaisalmer-the golden beauty in Rajasthan, North India, etched in
yellow sandstone. Perched atop the Trikuta Hill, it stands tall
against miles of gleaming sand.
Epitomising the desolate, awesome charm of the desert. Legend has
it, that Lord Krishna-the head of Yadav Clan, foretold Arjuna that a
remote descendent of Yadav Clan would build his kingdom atop the
Trikuta Hill. His prophecy was fulfilled, when in 1156 AD Rawal
Jaisal, a descendant of Yadav Clan and a Bhatti Rajput, founded the
city of Jaisalmer.
This amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously
in the early morning. the sunset has a peculiar glow here. As the
night descends, the sky goes up in flames, which fade leaving a few
embers, till a becomes black. A breathtaking sight indeed !
Jaisalmer is famous for cobbled streets, strewn with palaces, forts,
temples and havelis. Every house, here is exquisitely carved, having
filigreed work all over. These houses date back to 12-15th century.
And hence Jaisalmer is called 'The Museum city'.
charming hill station in Tamilnadu,South India, that retains much of
its pristine beauty, Kodaikanal is
located in the Palani Hills not far from Madurai (120 Km). While its
magnificent landscapes provide ideal settings for the trigger-happy
photographer, its wooded slopes and winding paths are excellent for
leisurely strolls. The main attraction here is the star shaped lake.
Boating on the lake is a popular past time and the 5 Km path around
it, is a favourite promenade. the popular summer 'season' is
enlivened by various exhibitions and activities including a
horticultural show and an exciting regatta. Kodaikanal also has a
Gaya has some of the most sacred Buddhist and Hindu shrines located
in Bihar. Gaya is one of the most important pilgrimage places for
the Hindus. It is believed that a
Hindu will reach heaven if his last rites are offered under the
celebrated 'Akshayabat' or immortal banyan tree, standing in
the yard of Vishnupad temple. Believed to be built on the footsteps
of Vishnu, the grand teple was renovated by Ahalyabai, queen of
The Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodgaya, under Bodhi tree, 10
km from Gaya, the ancient Hindu pilgrimage centre. The tree from the
original sapling still stands in the temple premises. It is the most
important Buddhist pilgrimage centre as Buddhism was born here. The
magnificent Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya is an architectural