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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.
India’s fragrant cuisine is known for its generous use of spices (ginger, chili pepper, and others) and vegetarian dishes. Most of the Indian …
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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. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
In India, people speak more than a hundred languages. Hindi is the most common language, followed by Bengali, Tamil, Urdu, and others. Many Indians …
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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.
In India, tourists will find such a large number of museums, temples, and historical sites that it is impossible to visit everything during one stay …
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History and Entertainment

On the territory of India, the remains of the oldest settlements on the Earth were found. The territory of the present country was populated even 200 000 years ago. Initially, the territory was populated by nomadic people. The first permanent settlements were formed here 9 000 years ago. In the 5th century BC, the Indian territory consisted of 16 independent kingdoms that were consequently unified in large countries.
This was primarily caused by multiple Persian and Greek invasions. The development of new countries was expedited by trade relations with the Roman Empire. In the 7th century, the large state was established and called North India governed by Harsha the Emperor. When he died, noble dynasties had multiple military conflicts for the right to control the country. The early Middle Ages were marked by multiple invasions of Turks, Arabs and Afghans who conquered the significant part of the territory of North India and formed the Delhi Sultanate here.
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Another striking point in the history of the country was the formation of the Great Mongol Empire by Babur in 1526. Consequently, the Empire had existed for 200 years. In the 18th century, it started falling into decline because of multiple military conflicts. After the collapse of the Mongol Empire, several regional kingdoms were formed. At the beginning of the 19th century, these lands saw the colonial epoch.
The Portuguese, Danes, Dutchmen and the French fought for the right to possess the territory. The British colonizers did not stay on the sidelines. Exactly Great Britain gained full control over the territory. At the beginning of the 20th century, local residents started establishing liberation movements. The country gained independence from Great Britain in 1947.
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Thousands of years of the eventful and interesting history certainly reflected in Indian culture and traditions. India is famous for beautiful national holidays, most of which have the Buddhist roots. One of the most interesting celebrations for tourists is the Ganesha Festival held in Mumbai in mid-September. Another interesting festival, Diwali, is held in the first half of November. Now, everyone can take part in all festive entertainments here.
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Famous and uniques places in India from our review series

Mosque Taj-ul

From the series “Top Largest and Famous Mosques Worldwide”
Taj-ul-Masajid is a mosque situated in Bhopal, India. “Taj-ul-Masajid” literally means “Crown Among Mosques”. It has been built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafa and was finished only in 1985. For the building were chosen the most beautiful historical traditions of mosque building. One of the most unusual elements is the eastern gate decorated with the ancient motifs from circa.

Since the mosque was opened until nowadays in the daytime it is used as a madrasah. Notwithstanding that fact that the mosque has been built within more than 200 years, it is a very harmonious and beautiful building and quite complex from the architectural point of view. Its façade is painted in light rosy colour and the cupolas are decorated with nice marble. Inside the mosque is … Read all

Royal Opera House

From the series “The Most Elegant Buildings of Baroque Architecture”
Royal Opera House in Mumbai is the oldest opera house in India. It has been built for 3 years and in 1911 the theatre was officially opened. Notwithstanding that, there were held decorating works for four years. Today this marvellous monument is seen as a complex with the nearby square.

The first years the theatre was used only for operas and it was available only for notable and wealthy people. In the 1930s it was on the brink of ruin, money that was taken from the operas, wasn’t enough for its keeping. The first cinemas in Mumbai side-track attention from the classical theatre. In 1935 the theatre was in tatters and not by choice but necessity was rebuilt in a cinema. Simultaneous with the films there were held fashion shows.

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Pokharan Test Site

From the series “Largest and Famous Nuclear Test Sites”
The first nuclear tests of India were made on Pokharan Test Site in 1974. It has placed on the territory of the heavy populated Rajasthani State. Since the foundation, the test site is a real threat for locals. This place for nuclear tests was formed as a result of the longstanding military conflict with Pakistan. In 1998 on Pokharan Test Site was made the hugest series, there were exploded five nuclear shells. Today the test site is a guarded off-limits area. The time of explosions is over, now it is used for other tests.

Now military men improve the technique of bombing and find other ways of usage the nuclear weapon. It is important to say that India is one of the countries in the whole world that has a nuclear triad. This state has all possible resources for the delivery of nuclear … Read all
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Kimpton Will Open the First Hotel in France

The new Paris hotel will be open in the building that once hosted the renowned Samaritaine de Luxe luxury department store. The heritage building on the Boulevard des Capucines is perfectly suitable for a boutique hotel. The famous Opera district of the French capital is known for its elegance and luxury, making this location a fantastic choice for the debut Kimpton hotel in the country. The new hotel in Paris will have 125 contemporary rooms and 25 exclusive suites. The infrastructure will also include a spa center, an indoor swimming pool, gym, and several treatment rooms. Read this

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Sightseeing in popular cities of India

Jaipur
Legendary ruler and warrior Jai Singh II was the founder of the city. He was also a talented astronomer. When his father Maharaja Bishan Singh died, the boy was only 11. Despite such a young age, Jai Singh II had to become a ruler. At that time, Amer was the capital of the region. It was located eleven kilometers away from modern Jaipur. To protect the territory, Jai Singh II built a fort of an impressive size. He named the fort Jaipur. The kingdom of Jai Singh II was getting richer year … Read more
Kolkata
Settlements existed on the site of modern Kolkata and its surroundings already more than 2,000 years ago. However, Kolkata as a city started actively developing at the end of the seventeenth century when the British East India Company started working in the region. Reportedly, Job Charnock was the founder of the city, but the Calcutta High Court stated in 2003 that the city didn’t have a founder. During the British reign, the city was the capital region of British India. It maintained this … Read more
Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad was officially established in 1411. According to local legends, Sultan of Gujarat Ahmed Shah once saw an unusual rabbit that was chasing a dog. Sultan was amazed to see such a courageous animal and decided to build a city on the site where he saw the rabbit. Ahmedabad was growing quickly and became one of the best cities in India already in the 17th century. It became an important center of trade. Historians mention several periods of prosperity in Ahmedabad, but there were also … Read more
Agra
It is not clearly known when the first settlement on the site of modern Agra appeared. The earliest sources date back to the 11th century and mention the assault on the fortress of Agra. Everything changed at the beginning of the 16th century. Sultan Sikandar Lodi conquered the area and made the order to establish a new city, Agra. He made Agra the capital instead of Delhi in 1504. The year 1526 was very important for the city as it became the capital of a giant empire. After that event, … Read more
Amritsar
Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh guru, bought the village of Tung in 1574. This plot of land was situated near a lake, and so the guru founded a settlement with the same name. Ram Das built his residence in the town in the same year. The construction of the city lasted more than two centuries. Amritsar still has a special city layout called Katras. This is a series of closed quarters that are not easy to enter. The purpose of building the city this way is simple – for invaders, it is much … Read more
Lucknow
Initially, Lucknow was a part of the Kannauj Kingdom that had Hindu roots. In 1528, Mughal Emperor Babur captured the city. Later, the grandson of the conqueror made the Indian city a part of the subah of Awadh. The city of Faizabad not far from Lucknow became the capital of Awadh, but it was decided to move the capital to Lucknow in 1775. The power of the Mughal Empire was decreasing year after year, but the city’s importance as a political center was only growing. Because of this, it was … Read more
Darjeeling
Chogyals (Kings) of the Kingdom of Sikkim controlled the territory of modern Darjeeling until the 80s of the 18th century. Later, the Gurkhas of Nepal tried to conquer the territory. After that, East India Company started controlling Darjeeling, but the region’s border still belonged to the British. It was British officers who discovered an old monastery in a remote area in 1828. They considered the monastery a suitable place to build a sanatorium. The Sikkim’s leader had nothing against … Read more
New Delhi
An important historical site is Lāl Qila, which is also commonly known under the name of "Red Fort". Red sandstone served as the main building material for the erection of this fortification. Over the centuries, the fort has been the country's main governmental residence. Today, it is striking in its impressive scale and the main value - its luxurious interior decoration. New Delhi has the largest mosque in India - the Jama Masjid, it was built in the middle of the 17th century by the … Read more

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