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Around Delhi
Built as the gateway to the Indian-subcontinent by conquerors, Delhi has witnessed the rise and fall of many Kingdoms and Empires. A major city since its formation, Delhi has many seals and monuments to boast of its glorious past. With every dynasty leaving behind an array of legacy, Delhi has today become a major tourist attraction.

Don't get carried away by the bad traffic condition or the unfriendly hot weather. Jump off the cool hotel room and discover a vibrant city rich in culture, architecture and human diversity. The best place to re-live the magnificent history of Delhi and India as a whole is the National Museum. A close encounter with historical details can also be enjoyed at Red Fort, Rajghat, Qutub Minar, Jantar Mantar, The Parliament of India, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jama Masjid, Purana Qila (Old Fort), Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjang's Tomb, Lodi's Tomb, Mughal Garden, Birla Mandir, Teen Murti Bhavan to name a few. While the ISKCON Temple, Akshardham Temple and Bahai (Lotus) Temple lend a spiritually calming effect to the town-weary.

You have not really traveled unless you have immersed yourself in the culture of the people, and where else to find it, but on the streets! So dive in! Popular shopping joints, where you can get apparel, house hold items, decorative pieces at a steal -- we however still recommend bargaining -- are the lanes of Connaught Place (popularly known as CP), Palika Bazaar, Janpath, Sarojini Nagar, Kamla Nagar, Karol Bagh and Chandni Chowk. If authentic Indian take-aways is what you are looking at (minus the price factor) emporiums in the heart of the city - CP, is worth paying a visit. Another shoppers' paradise is Dilli Haat in South Delhi; it boasts of artifacts from all corners of India. Here one can also indulge in mouthwatering recipes with well-known caterers from across the country.

With Delhi discovered, you can hop into nearby sites, which frankly are a different fare altogether!

It is believed that no holiday in India is complete without a visit to the Taj Mahal, so make a quick trip to this eloquent city, which has Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Sikendrabad and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra is known for its superb inlay work on marble and soapstone by craftsman whose ancestors worked under the Mughals. The city is also famous for its carpets, gold thread embroidery and leather shoes.

It's a unique city depicting a combination of Islamic and Hindu cultures. The city has the most sacred of muslim shrines in the country, the Dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, the Sufi saint and Pushkar, the famous Hindu pilgrim center devoted to Lord Brahma. You could also pick up a bottle of the famous perfume, attar - a major specialty of the city.

Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary
Located along the Agra - Jaipur Road, this national park has an annual migrant bird population of more than 500,000 birds. This is one of the two nesting centers of the Siberian cranes.

Known as India's most well-planned city, Chandigarh is just a couple of hours drive from New Delhi. The city has to its credit the beautiful Rose Garden and Rock Garden.

Jim Corbett National Park
Located on the foothills of the Himalayas, this national park is famous for its wild population of tigers, leopards, elephants, mugger-crocodiles and more.

Popularly known as the pink city, Jaipur is recognized for its architecturally beautiful forts like Hawa Mahal, the Amber Fort, among others. Traditionally, Jaipur is famous for its kundan and Jadau jewelry that comprise of old style necklace, rings and earrings. The famous Jaipur Blue Pottery is perhaps the only pottery produced without the use of clay.

Dotted with lakes, Nainital has earned the epithet of 'Lake District' of India. The Naini Lake and the gardens in the city are a true delight. Tourist can also indulge in outdoor activities like trekking, skating, fishing, horse riding and boating.

Sarika Tiger Reserves
The reserve is located on the Aravalli Mountain Range and besides wildlife has the ruins of a 9th century Shiva Temple.