India, has forever been known for the wealth of its diverse cultural heritage, with over 35 UNESCO world heritage sites among other centres of archaeological significance, be it the palaces and fortresses of Rajasthan, the Ghats of the Ganges in Varanasi, the temples of Khajuraho or one of the seven wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal in all its glory, each one weaving a story of its own. Take up an archaeological tour to ignite the explorer in you, travelling solo or group, unearthing the mysterious of India’s glorious past:
Do take a look at the skyline of Agra from a hot air balloon at the Taj Balloon Festival (November 14-16, 2015).
You just can’t afford to miss this! Ever seen the Taj Mahal from 3,000 feet above and from a distance of just 500 metres? Well, this could be your lifetime chance as the Uttar Pradesh Tourism Department is hosting a hot air balloon festival in the vicinity of the monument November 14-16.
No matter how many times you have seen this gorgeous symbol of love, you are never tired of looking at the Taj Mahal in Agra one more time. Now you have the opportunity to see it from a top angle, by taking a ride in a hot air balloon.
More than 15 hot air balloons from Australia, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the UAE and the US, as also India, will fly tourists and adventure lovers, for a fee, at the festival that has been envisaged to promote tourism in and around the Taj Mahal.
The excursions will include visit to monuments as well as the renowned Kalakriti Cultural and Convention Centre, along with royal dining experiences in the regal city of Agra. All clearances from the ministry of defence and the Indian Air Force (IAF) – since the area around the Taj is a no-fly zone – have been taken and permissions for the event has also been granted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Agra district administration and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
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The gondollas of the baloons can accommodate the pilot and up to four passengers, each of whom would have to pay in the region of Rs.20,000 ($310) for the flight.
The company has a foolproof safety record of flying hot-air balloons and all measures are complete. So you really don’t need to worry about the safety measures people!
Registrations would begin from November 1. The festival has been divided in three parts – Taj Sky view, Agraban and Nightglow.
The views you are going to get
In the first, the balloon rides will reveal the Taj in its hidden subtleties only when viewed from the unique vantage point offered by a hot air balloon reflecting in the surrounding waters, reaching unto the skies.
In the second, the ride will be along the Red Fort and other important landmarks of the Mughal era. The third will be held in the evenings – a lively night glow concert that will showcase the spectacular sight of the balloons lighting up the dark night sky along with musical accompaniment.
The evenings will also be capped off with performances and entertainment from local and nationally recognized music and dance performers.
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The Golden Triangle: After having a striking sojourn at hill stations of North India, you can head on to bask in the rich cultural heritage in what is popularly tagged as Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Golden TriangleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ of India. The Triangle comprises of historic cities of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, all are highly-venerated for their opulent cultural and historic sites. Delhi, the capital city of India, is the melting pot of diverse cultures, and houses slew of notable buildings and eye-catching sites. Agra epitomizes the imposing combination of Mughal and Indian architecture, with the Taj Mahal standing at the forefront of all. Another historic site in the line is Jaipur, popularly known as Ã¢â‚¬ËœThe Pink CityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢, is home to sumptuous palaces and forts.
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Are you yearning for an excursion that can offer you the rare blend of lush greenery and cultural heritage sightseeing? If so, then just pack your bags and get geared to explore the culturally and ecologically opulent land of North India. It has all the ingredients to sweep you off your feet, and add great memorable moments to your souvenirs. While the entire region is simply filled with a number of imposing tourist attractions, there are some that shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be missed when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re touring this wonderful part of the world. These are:
Ladakh: Popularly dubbed as Ã¢â‚¬ËœLittle TibetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ because of its close proximity to the scenic Tibet region, Ladakh ranks in IndiaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s least populated regions. Nestled in the Himalayan ranges, the land has glistening lofty snow-capped peaks and plunging green valleys as its hallmarks. The stark mountain landscape, with its rocky ridges, glassy lakes, is studded with vivid gompas (Buddhist monasteries), palaces, villages, and seasonal plantations.
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Delhi: The capital city of India, Delhi,Ã‚Â can be labeled as cultural melting pot where diverse Indian cultures dwell together. It presents a perfect combination of modern and traditional lifestyles. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find a slew of wonderful spots here, ranging from cultural sites like India Gate, Jama Masjid, and Red Fort, to towering malls and other contemporary architectural wonders.
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