How to reach: The nearest airports are
Varanasi, Lucknow and Kanpur; Allahabad has a major rail junction. By
road it is well-connected with all places; The distance from Allahabad
to Ayodhya is 167 km, to Chitrakoot 137 km, Agra 433 km, Ahmedabad 1207
km, Delhi 643 km, Bhpal 680 km, Mumbai 1444 km, Calcutta 799 km, Hyderabad
1086 km, Jaipur 673 km, Jhansi 375 km, Lucknow 204 km, Madras 1790 km,
Nagpur 618 km, Patna 368 km, Thiruvananthapuram 2413 km, Udaipur 956
km, Varanasi 125 km, Khajuraho 294 km, Lumbini (Nepal) 406 km.
Spread over 520 sq km in the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of Ramganga river and running through Nainital and Pauri Garhwal districts, the wildlife sanctuary is home for large mammals.
During the monsoon period from Juneto October, the park is closed. The tiger is the main draw.
How to reach: The nearest airport is in
Pantnagar, 130 km away. The nearest railhead is in Ramnagar, 50 km from
Dhikala. By road Dhikala is connected to Dhangarhi and from here is
bus service to other towns. The distance from Dhikala to Delhi is 290
km, to Lucknow 503 km, Ranikhet 103 km and Nainital 128 km. Dhikala
is the nearest transport centre.
The Capital city of Lucknow displays the splendour of the Nawabi era. Its cultural refinements and hospitality are well-known. The modern city spreads across the Gomti river. The places of interest in Lucknow are; Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara, Rumi Darwaza, Hussainibad picture gallery, Clock Tower, Jama Masjid, Shah Najaf Imambara, Maqbara Saadat Ali Khan and Khurshidzadi, Chhatar Manzil, Qaiserbagh Palace complex, Moti Mahal, Qadam Rasul, Sikandar Bagh, Dilkusha Palace, Bibiyapur Kothi, La Martiniere, Lucknow Residency, Lucknow zoo etc.
How to reach: The Lucknow airport is connected
with Delhi, Patna, Calcutta, Mumbai, Varanasi. Lucknow has a major railway
station, connecting the city by rail with all major towns. So also is
bus service. The distance from Lucknow to Agra is 363 km, Allahabad
210 km, Ayodhya 134 km, Calcutta 985 km, Kanpur 79 km, Khajuraho 320
km, Varanasi 305 km.
``Here lies Arjumand Bano Begum called Mumtaz Mah who died in 1040 AH or 1630 AD. Beside lies The sacred sepulchre of His Most Exalted Majesty, dweller of paradise, the second Lord of constellations, the king Shah Jahan 1076 AH (1666 AD)''.
It was her last wish that her husband Shah Jahan, the Mughal Emperor, build a tomb in her memory, a tomb the world had not seen. The work started in 1632 and completed 17 years later. Twenty thousand men worked each day. Ustad Ahmad Lahauri was the designer. Materials were brought from all over India and from abroad, like Arabia, China, Lanka etc.
People who visit the mausoleum are excited by its magnificence and call it a fairy tale in marble. The Taj is best seen on a full moon night.
A controversy is still raging over higher entry fee for foreign visitors. And, appearance decides the nationality ! So also there is indecision on night viewing. Night entry was stopped several years ago for security reasons. Sources of information on closed day of the week too are unknown, undependable or dubious.
Also called Kashi
and Benaras, Varanasi got its name from two rivers, Varuna and Assi.
This is one of the oldest and most important pilgrim centres in the
country. According to mythology, Kashi is the ground where Shiva and
Parvati stood at the beginning of time. Situated on the bank of Ganga,
its civilization is 2000 years old. The sound of chanting of mantras
fills the air. The bathing ghats are the main attraction here. There
are 100 ghats. One is named after Tulsi Das, the author of Ram Charit
Manas. The Tulsi temple built recently is also an attraction. The poet
had lived in the city.