One of the most fascinating aspects of Delhi is the "visibility" of
its historic past. Were it not for the demands of urbanization, large portions
of the city could well be earmarked as archaeological parks. This is because
the rulers of successive dynasties between the 13th and the 17th centuries established
seven cities in different parts of Delhi.
Agra is famous as being home to one of the seven wonders of the world-the Taj
Mahal. The architectural splendour of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces
is a vivid remainder of the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces is a vivid
reminder of the capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Bharatpur - The Eastern Gateway to Rajasthan
, was founded by Maharaja
Suraj Mal in 1733 AD, it was once an impregnable well fortified city, carved
out of the region formerly known as Mewat. The trio of Bharatpur, Deeg and Dholpur
has played an important part in the history of Rajasthan.
The picturesque Siliserh Lake lies along the edge of the Sariska Tiger Reserve
and a charming hunting lodge overlooking it, is a marvelous place for visitors
to stay. The dry Deciduous forests of the ancient Aravalli range, are excellent
tiger country and Sariska, was once the royal reserve of the rulers of Alwa''.
Varanasi, or Benaras, is one of the oldest living cities in the world. Varanasi's
prominence in Hindu mythology is virtually unrivalled. Mark Twain, the English
author and literature, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras,
once wrote: "Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older
even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together".
South west of Jaipur, Ajmer is an oasis wrapped in the green hills. The city
was founded by Raja Ajay Pal Chauhan in the 7th Century A.D. and continued to
be a major centre of the Chauhan power till 1193 A.D. When Prithviraj Chauhan
lost it to Mohammed Ghauri. Since then, Ajmer became home to many dynasties.
A valiant sentinel in the desert, on the eastern fringe of the Thar desert has
the distinction of neither being a part of the Thar desert nor out of it.
Tucked away in the foothills of the Himalayas, with the picturesque river Tawi
flowing alongside, stands the land that Raja Jambu Lochan discovered one day
while he was hunting. Legend has it that he suddenly came upon a clearing where
he saw a sight that left him speechless.
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