Khajuraho, once the great Chandela capital, is today a village of about a few thousand people in the interiors of central India, in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Tradition records the existence of eighty five temples, of which only twenty five, strewn amidst lakes and fields, have survived. The temples at Khajuraho, brilliant examples of medieval Indian architecture, were built under later Chandela kings between AD 950 and AD 1050. Each ancient structure in India has a fascinating story to tell. But few match the temples of Khajuraho.
The Orchha Temple is at a higher altitude suited more for a fort. The architecture of the temple gives a feeling of ethnic India’s royal taste. The temple also has some very beautiful and rare paintings. The post-mutiny paintings of this temple are very famous.
Banaras, or Varanasi, (also known as Kashi) 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 literateur, who was enthralled by the legend and sanctity of Banaras, once wrote : "Banaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". According to the ‘Vamana Purana’, the Varuna and Assi rivers originated from the body of the primordial Person at the beginning of time itself. The tract of land lying between them is believed to be ‘Varanasi’, the holiest of all pilgrimages.
Ranakpur in the state of Rajasthan is one of the five most important pilgrimage sites of Jainism. It is home to an exceptionally beautiful temple complex in the Aravali ranges and a must visit for the tourists coming to this region.
Goa owes its exotic personality to the Portuguese, who seized it from the Bijapur kings of the Deccan in 1510 -under the command of Alfonso Albuquerque-after failing to secure a base on the Malabar coast further south. Goa is situated on the western coast of the Indian Peninsula. Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Mapusa and Ponda are the main towns of Goa. The colonial heritage is apparent everywhere, in the street taverns, dilapidated Iberian-style villas, women's preference for frocks over saris and numerous smatterings of Portuguese in the local Konkan language. Goa is India's most superior beach resort. This is as much due to its variety of beautiful beaches and hotels.
The enormous temple complex is dedicated to Shiva, known here as Sundareshvara and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. The original temple was built by Kulasekara Pandya, but the entire credit for making the temple as splendid as it is today goes to the Nayaks. The Nayaks ruled Madurai from the 16th to the 18th century and left a majestic imprint of their rule in the Meenakshi - Sundareswarar Temple.
Nainital has a unique place of the many hill towns of Uttranchal. Blessed with natural splendour and varied natural resources, Nainital, 'The Paradise City' is a glittering jewel in the Himalyan necklace. Popular for its large number of lakes, Nainital is known as the 'Lake District' of India. The most prominent of the lakes is Naini lake ringed by hills. Nainital’s unending scenic beauty is nothing short of a romance with awe-inspiring and pristine Mother nature. Nainital is as one of 64 ‘Shakti Peeths’ according to Hindu Mythology.