India has always attracted numerous tourists from different parts of the world by its wonderful beaches, bright colours of weightless sari and snow that is so unusual for a country with hot climate. India is a country with rich culture and heritage that never ceases to amaze visitors with its uniqueness.
Beautiful temples have become the signature landmark of the country. The most famous temples are located in the city of Deli. This city is so rich in religious sanctuaries and historic monuments that it is often called “the Mausoleum of the East”. Such temples as Gurudwara Sis Ganj, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, the Temple of Goddess Kali and the Temple of Lotus deserve closest attention. There are also several ancient mosques in Deli. They are also worth visiting as these are beautiful old buildings with luxurious premises.
The most famous mosques, which are recommended for a visit, are Jama Masjid, Minasel, Oila-t-Kuhna Masid, Moth-ki-Masjid, Fathehpur Sikri, Sunehri Masjid and Zeenat-ul Masjid. The majority of the abovementioned mosques were built in the 15th – 16th centuries. There are also mausoleums that belong to the 13th – 14th centuries - Adham Khan's Tomb, the tomb of Shams-ud-din Iltutmish, the tomb of Sultan Guri, Humayun's Tomb and Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah. These buildings have not only historical, but also architectural value as many of them are true masterpieces of architectural art.
Another beautiful landmark is located in the city of Amritsar. This is the Harmandir Sahib (better known as the Golden Temple), which was open in 1577. The complex is surrounded by the so called “holy lake”, the water from which is believed to have healing properties. City suburbs are famous for amazing pine woods and several popular resorts – Simla, Kulu, Masuri and Nainital. These resorts are a perfect choice for fans of alpine ski and rest in the mountains.
The city of Mumbai is one more interesting tourist destination. This old city has retained its original look despite numerous modern buildings and skyscrapers. One can still see posh mansions and ancient churches in old quarters of Mumbai. The most famous sights of the modern part are the Fortress and several churches of the 18th century. The most famous sanctuaries of the city are Saint Thomas Church, Saint John’s Church, Mahalakshmi Temple, Haji Ali Mosque and St. Michael's Church. Guests of Mumbai are also recommended to visit the Museum of Western India, Taraporewala Aquarium and Victoria Gardens Park.
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