- Golden Temple in Amritsar
Barefoot and with his head covered you will enter this temple made in gold, which is one of the most sacred treasures of the Sikhs. Located to the west of India and very close to the border of Pakistan, it is a place of pilgrimage to which all the faithful of this religion must go at least once in their life to purify themselves and bathe in the waters of the lake that surrounds it. Its architecture is a symbolic representation of the Sikh thought.
With more than 20 million inhabitants, this megalopolis is not only the most populated city of India, is a world in itself, where the world’s most expensive houses and the largest urban tropical forest with some of the largest slums of Asia. But Bombay (or Mumbai, the official name) is also the country’s financial great engine, the capital city of the largest film industry (Bollywood), the epicenter of fashion, an important cultural center with universities, theaters, museums and numerous buildings, and in whose heart welcomes some of the stately colonial buildings in the country, two of them part of the Heritage of Unesco: the railway Terminal and the temples of the cave of Elephanta.
- Ajanta and Ellora Caves
To the south of the country, accessible from the city of Aurangabad, are these caves, a hundred kilometers from each other, which host dozens of spectacular temples excavated in the rock. Explore them invites to feel an adventurer archaeologist for the treasures of art – paintings, statues… – that have been hidden for centuries are still mysterious constructions.
Hampi today is no more than a modest village in the southern state of Karnataka, but at one time was the epicenter of a powerful alliance of peoples Hindus, the Vijayanagar empire, the opulence of which have been hundreds of temples that Unesco has recognized as a World Heritage Site.
Throughout the year, the small holy city of Pushkar is witness to a discreet trickle of pilgrims who come here to visit the Brahma temple, make their ritual baths in the stairways or ghats of their sacred lake or cast on the waters thousands of oil lamps and offerings at sundown. But when the full moon of November, this city on the banks of the Thar Desert is transformed to celebrate the largest cattle fair in India, an ancestral show full of colorful where the espirutalidad coexists with the tradition. The soul of the fair is the sale of camels.
- Taj Mahal
In Agra and the banks of the Yamuna River rises this perpetual symbol of love, a fascinating mausoleum where every detail of this imposing set of buildings is a boast uninterrupted beauty. It was the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan who built as an offering posthumous to his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, which gave him 14 children and died in the last birth.
To the north of India, there is a region where still survive the luxury and splendor of the age of the maharajas. In Rajasthan, whose name means “land of kings”, a destination that continues to fascinate by the magic that give off their spectacular palaces, its strengths arising its colorful cities – especially Jaipur, the capital city, known as the “pink city” because of the color of their buildings-, but also, in the middle of the desert, Jaiselmer or Jodhpur- and, of course, by the charm of its people.
- The Ranakpur temple
The Gods Jains are 24 and is the best known, Rishabha, better known as adinath, to whom it is dedicated this Temple that is the largest of the temples of this religion in India. Located in the Asian state of Rajasthan, was erected in the 15th century and is an architectural marvel sustained by 1,444 different marble columns and sculpted with a master’s degree and with a dome that is an awesome piece of lace.
- Varanasi (Benares)
The most sacred river of India is the Ganges and its banks took a seat the colorful city of Benares, the oldest in the world, founded by the gods over three thousand years ago. On your river extend the ghats, the flights of stairs or steps in which the devotees of Shiva descend to bathe in its waters and purify themselves from their sins. Seen from a small boat show at dawn or at sunset is breathtaking and magical.
Kerala is the main destination for those looking for a treatment based on the Ayurveda, this form of medicine based on the massages, prepared with herbs that grow abundantly in this region of South India. But in this beautiful part of the country is also an essential is to browse through the celebrate backwaters aboard one of those barges that once carried the rice that grows in their fields and recycled allow entering this lyrical universe amphibian.
- New Delhi
The capital of India has a lot of mystery, magic and chaos. 25 million people are those who live in the modern Delhi, a chaotic set of medieval fortifications, mausoleums Mongols, dusty bazaars and huge malls that make it a captivating city that has in the India Gate, a memorial in remembrance to Gandhi, the Qutab Minar, the tallest minaret in the world, and the museum of Humayun, some of its main points of interest.