Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace), Mysore:
Every autumn, the palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival, during which leading artists perform on a stage set up in the palace grounds. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with caparisoned elephants and floats originate from the palace grounds.This palace of the Wodeyars or Maharajas of Mysore is at its glorious best in the month of September. It is illuminated with over 96,000 lights for about 2 months on the occasion of Dussehra.
Palace light illumination: Days- Sundays and public holidays Time: 7:00PM to 7:45PM
Light and sound shows: Days- All days except Sundays and public holidays Time: 7:00PM to 7:45PM
Entry fee for adults: INR 40.
Golden Temple, Amritsar:
The Golden Temple Amritsar India (Sri Harimandir Sahib Amritsar) is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs, but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of cast, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. It also represents the distinct identity, glory and heritage of the Sikhs. To pen-down the philosophy, ideology, the inner and outer beauty, as well as the historical legacy of Sri Harimandir Sahib is a momentous task. It is a matter of experience rather than a of description.
The place is none other than the Golden Temple. One of the best times to visit this temple is early in the morning. Even before dawn. Temple doors have different opening time according to the month but the usual time is between 2:00AM to 3:00AM.
Victoria Memorial, Kolkata:
The Victoria Memorial is a large marble building in Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India which was built between 1906 and 1921. It is dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria (1819–1901) and is now a museum and tourist destination under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. The Memorial lies on the Maidan (grounds) by the bank of the Hooghly River, near Jawaharlal Nehru road.
Massive white building, widespread lush gardens and the air of British India when witnessed during the night with crepuscular lights is not a spectacle these eyes see everyday. It played a show called ‘Pride&Glory – the Story of Calcutta’ until January 6, 2015 in the evenings.
Somnath Temple, Somnath, Gujarat:
The Somnath temple located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra on the western coast of Gujarat, India, is the first among the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is an important pilgrimage and tourist spot. The temple is considered sacred due to the various legends connected to it. Somnath means “Lord of the Soma“, an epithet of Shiva.
One of the 12 jyotirlings of India, Somnath Temple makes an excellent outing at night apart from being areligious epicenter. The evening aarti is followed by a light and sound show called ‘Jay Somnath’ which narrates the history of this unassailable temple’s journey from desecration to resurrection in the hands of Persian invaders.
Amber Fort, Jaipur:
Amber Fort (Hindi: आमेर क़िला, is located in Amer, a town with an area of 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi) located 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Jaipur, Rajasthan state, India. Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in the Jaipur area. The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas,and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh I (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614).
Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake.It is the main source of water for the Amer palace
Sitting majestically on the hills of a forgotten city called Amber is this manifestation of Rajputana. Apart from the usual attractions like museum, sheesh mahal and rich historic facts, it also hosts a light and sound show at night. The show is written by bollywood scriptwriter and lyricist Gulzar. It takes near Maota Lake offering an unmatched blend of pleasure that awakens all senses.
Timings: Summer: 7.30 p.m (English), 8.30 p.m. (Hindi)
Winter: 6.30 p.m. (English), 7.30 p.m. (Hindi)
Ticket Cost: INR 200 (English), INR 100 (Hindi)
Akshardham Temple, Delhi:
Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. It is the largest Hindu temple after the Akshardham in Gandhinagar both inspired and developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, whose 3,000 volunteers helped 7,000 artisans construct the temple.
It’s a temple of massive gardens, knowledgeable shows, beautiful paintings and flawless carved designs.
It’s what the young and the elderly both adore.
It organizes a very popular musical fountain show where water dances to the rhythm of spirituality.
Timings: Evening(depends on the season)
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fortifications in the world. It is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name. (Rawal Jaisal’s son was Shalivahan II; Manj and Bhati Rajputs are descended from him.) The fort stands amidst the sandy expanse of the great Thar Desert, on Trikuta Hill, and has been the scene of many battles. Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert. For this reason, it is also known as the Sonar Quila or Golden Fort.The fort is located in the very heart of the city, and is one of the most notable monuments in the locality.
As glorified as it is during the day with tourists from far off lands, this landmark of Jaisalmer looks even better when it shines with yellow lights under the clearest night sky.
Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad
Hussain Sagar is a lake in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, built by Hazrat Hussain Shah Wali in 1562, during the rule of Ibrahim Quli Qutub Shah. It is spread across an area of 5.7 square kilometers and is fed by River Musi. A large monolithic statue of the Gautama Buddha, erected in 1992 which was established by senior N.T.R and itstands in an island in the middle of the lake. Maximum depth of the lake is 32 feet.
Have you not found the perfect picturesque scenery to be captured by your new camera?
It’s time to pay Hussain Sagar a visit. The lake is at its aesthetic best when it absorbs colourful lights of the city and gives its visitors a view that goes down the memory lane. A huge statue of Lord Buddha is located right at the centre of this lake.
Ticket Cost: INR 30 per person.
Purana Qila, Delhi
Purana Qila (translation: Old Fort), is one the oldest forts in Delhi. Its current form was built by the Afghan king Sher Shah Suri, on a site which was perhaps that of Indraprastha, the legendary capital of the Pandavas. Sher Shah raised the citadel of Purana-Qal’a with an extensive city-area sprawling around it. It seems that the Purana-Qal’a was still incomplete at Sher Shah’s death in 1545, and was perhaps completed by his son Islam Shah , although it is not certain which parts were built by whom. Indraprastha is said to be founded by the Pandavas on the banks of the perennial river Yamuna, which would date the site back 5000 years. A Kunti Temple inside the Qila also exists, which is believed to be the place where Kunti, the mother of the Pandavas lived. Consequently, the fort is considered by some to be ‘the first city of Delhi’. Researchers now confirm that until 1913, a village called Indrapat existed within the fort walls. Excavations carried out by Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) at Purana Quila in 1954-55 (trial trenches) and again 1969-1973 by its Director, B B Lal have unearthed Painted Grey Ware dating 1000 B.C., and with a continuous cultural sequence from Mauryan to Mughal through Shunga, Kushana, Gupta, Rajput and Sultanate periods, confirming the antiquity of the site.
Spirit of the oldest city of Delhi, Indraprastha, this fort is the oldest historic site in the present day city. It conducts a light and sound show in the evenings called ‘Ishq-e-Dilli’. The show depicts how Delhi won the heart of every emperor that ever sat on its throne.
Timings: Varies with season.
Ticket Cost: INR 80 per person.
Ambedkar Memorial Park, Lucknow
Ambedkar Memorial Park is a public park and memorial in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. It is more formally known as Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Prateek Sthal (Hindi: डॉ. भीमराव अम्बेडकर सामाजिक परिवर्तन प्रतीक स्थल ) and is also referred to simply as “Ambedkar Park”. The park honors the lives and memories of Jyotirao Phule, Narayana Guru, Birsa Munda, Shahuji Maharaj, Bhimrao Ambedkar, Kanshi Ram and all those who’ve devoted their life for humanity, equality and social justice. The memorial was constructed by Mayawati, the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, during her administration when she led the Bahujan Samaj Party.
It’s a huge park which houses many attractions like the Ambedkar Stupa, Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sangrahalay and Pratibimb Sthal among the others. Wait for night here, when the whole park isirradiated with numerous lights.
Timings: 11:00AM-9:00PM (summer) 11:00AM-8:00PM (winter)
Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a popular tourist monument in Vavathurai, Kanyakumari, India. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters east off mainland of Vavathurai, India’s southernmost tip. It was built in 1970 in honour of Swami Vivekananda who is said to have attained enlightenment on the rock. According to local legends, it was on this rock that Goddess Kumari performed austerity. A meditation hall (Dhyana Mandapam) is also attached to the memorial for visitors to meditate. The design of the mandapa incorporates different styles of temple architecture from all over India. It houses a statue of Vivekananda. The rocks are surrounded by the Laccadive Sea. The memorial consists of two main structures, the Vivekananda Mandapam and the Shripada Mandapam.
Cool breezes from the sea, sounds of splashing waves, a clear dark sky and losing yourself to the moment. Could it get any better? The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 metres east off mainland ofVavathurai, India’s southernmost point.
Ticket cost: INR 20 (ferry ride) and INR 10 (entry).
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