India is booming target for every European citizen. Probably the most famous Indian – Mahatma Gandhi – grows to an age of 150 years in 2019. In case of that wonderful celebration beTravel takes a closer look at the country of the advocate of peace and harmony. We show you the most important places of the country and become a witness of the last steps of Gandhi. Follow us in to a country full of beauty and cultural variety.
India, as we know it these days, was influenced by a lot of different cultures in the past. There were memorable battles about the current Indian area. India was under control of a lot of great powers during the last centuries. Most of you know the colonisation of India through the British Empire. But Mahatma Gandhi accomplished it to free his country up. So India is independent from this point of history. But even then, the Indian people did not get the chance to stabilize their country and government. Because shortly after the second world war, the Indian area was split in two different halves. – The Hinduistic India and the Islamic Pakistan – The conflict between those two states lead to the death of Mahatma Gandhi. Well, as you might recognize, India has a large history but it exist not that long. But over all India is full of beautiful sights and cultural treasuries far away from Europe.
The most known cultural example of architecture is the Taj Mahal. Placed in the north of India, the great mogul Shah Jahan instructed the construction of the big burial plot in the year 1631. The Taj Mahal was built to honor the beloved wife of Jahan. The enormous costs of that masterpiece lead to the death of Shah Jahan. The mogul became a victim of a putsch because the poor population disliked the idea of covering the walls with diamonds and the total labour conditions which caused a lot of deaths.
Interesting about that: There is a mosque placed in the west of the burial plot. Furthermore there is a greenspace with more than 18 hectare all around the Taj Mahal. Freshly married couples should visit the Taj Mahal, because a visit of that building should promote the bond between a couple. – Thats a thing what Indians believe in –
Info: The best way to reach the Taj Mahal is from the capital Delhi.You take the train to the metropole Agra, which is around 200 km in the south-west from the capital. You should also use the small Tuk-Tuks. These are little cabs which could carry three people andare very good to travel inside this big city. You definitely should use those Tuk-Tuks because the short-distance traffic is an absolute disaster in most of the cities in India. If you are in Agra you should also take a look the red castle thats absolutely worth a trip.
Templedistrict Khajuraho – Temple of lewdly
In Madhya Pradesch, a state in central India, you can find the visualization of the Kama Sutra. Just from the outside you will recognize a variety of different poses of the sexual act. And it all goes that way when you step inside the temple of love. But there are much more beautiful temples in that district then the Kandariya-Mahadeva-Temple. Most of the temple belog to the gods Vishnu and Shiva. They count to the biggest temples in India at all and were built between the years 950 and 1120 while the Chandella-Dynasty. 22 of the 85 built temples still exist these days. Those temples are perfect for a day-trip. Those sights are placed in a wonderful greenspace. But I have to say that this area is very crowded sometimes. For a lot of people it is a „must-see“. The best way to get to the small town Khajuraho is by train. Since 2008 the town is connected to tenet of the Indian Railways. Furthermore the town got a small airport. It is located three kilometers in the south of Khajuraho and is connected very well to the capital Delhi.
Tip: if you want to dive deep into the India culture, you have to organize your trip between February and March. During this time there is a dance festival, where famous dancers of India arise. Additional, close to the city is the „Panne-Nationalpark“, which holds a huge range of rare animals.
Sri Meenakshi Temple
That building complex is more then 2000 years old and is located in the city of Madurai. The temple was refurbished a couple of times to preserve it. But the inner of the temple looks like birth before more then 2000 years. You could spend some hours in this temple. There are a lot of statues, paintings and beautiful old shrines. Even if Madurai – compared to other cities – is a average city in India, it is indescribale what an impact that city could give you. Thousands of homeless people trying to survive each night, it is absolutely noisy, it stinks incomparable, but the city is also colorful and friendly. You face the uncovered truth of India! I can not really describe it, but this city got something special you have to discover.
Pink-City of Jaipur
Jaipur is placed in the west of Agra and got its name for its famous old town. This old town is colored in pink and red. In this city you will travel through time. The old town of Jaipur is surrounded by big red walls and inside of them there is a very big bazaar. Thousands of people try to get through those small alleys and shops of this old town. You can feel that this city is alive. It is impossible to find a quite space to rest. The citizens haggling, talking and laughing everywhere. It is interesting that every district belongs to a specific topic. You should also visit the Hawa Mahal when you are in Jaipur. A decorated front and small windows cover the exterior of the palace. All those small windows lead to a good ventilation of the space. This palace was wild for the haremladys. For these haremladys it was not allowed to get in contact with the casual public. So this building opened up a chance the take a look a the city and their population.
The domains of Gandhi
This is for all of you who are interested at the important stations of the popular Gandhi. The first station is the state of Gujarat, which is located in the north west of India. Here we start in Porbandar, a city at the coast in the west of the state. In this city you will have the chance to visit the birth place of Mahatma Gandhi. The house where he was born was altered to a museum with interesting artifacts of the first years of Gandhi. Furthermore you could visit beautiful temples in Porbandar and get cool views of the culture of India. After that station you take the train to Rajkot. Gandhis lived here during his childhood and youth. So in Rajkot is another Museum wich is dedicated to Gandhi. You will get interesting insights about the life and family of Gandhi. But this city got more then only that museum. You can visit the Shri Ramakrishna Ashrama. This is a temple colored completely in red with a park very close to that impressive building. At this perk you could relax and chill on a very beautiful greenspace. There is also the Watson museum in Rajkot. This museum illustrates the colonial rule of the British Empire. Mow it goes on to Ahmedabad. Gandhi choose this city after his residence abroad. Here he founded his famous Harijans-Aschraf. Gandhi started his famous salt march, which lead to a stop of the high taxes which set the British Empire for the Indian population. The city itself got a beautiful old town and a wonderful landscape. This place is appropriate for a hike. The last stop of that little journey is the so called „Birla-House“ in New-Delhi. At this house Gandhi lived his last 144 days. At that location you could see the last steps of Mahatma Gandhi. He was shot at this place by a radical Hindu. This place is the heritage of Gandhi. Here is the collection of the most important artifacts of this man, it is definitely worth a trip. And moreover you could have a fabulous stay in the capital of India.
India is colorful, loud, impressive, but also poor and dirty. You can feel a very special vibe while you are walking on these streets of India. I recommend a trip to this unique country!
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