"India engages all your senses – feel its heartbeat as you walk crowded streets to the sounds of beeping horns and rattling rickshaws or listen to the quiet stillness of the desert; smell spices, exotic woods or the crisp clear air of the Himalayas; talk and share smiles with its inhabitants while absorbing its history and religious passions wrapped in shape and vibrant colour.  

INDIA … unforgettable."

 
 
Images of  NORTHERN INDIA  -  AN INTRODUCTION  by Travel Tales
 
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Delhi  



PAHARGANJ, DEHLI To experience the Paharganj area of Delhi you must walk crowded streets. The video on this page can only introduce you to some of the sights and sounds of fascinating Delhi and encourage you to experience it for yourself.
   



OLD DEHLI  Let this page's second video introduce you to Old Delhi: explore Red Fort, walk Chandni Chowk (the main avenue), sit on stairs with locals at Jama Masjid (India's largest Mosque), meander through the Meena Bazaar and ride the streets in auto-rickshaws and pedal-rickshaws amidst beeping horns and rich history. 
  
 
Rishikesh
 





Away from the noise, smog and high energy of Delhi, Rishikesh, on the banks of the Ganga River (Ganges),  breathes deeply and moves at a slower pace much like the yoga practices for which it is famous. In this page's video, take a peek at Rainforest House's intimate, secluded riverside accommodations; stroll through Rishikesh as people and animals go about their daily lives; walk backstreets and pass the former ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi into which the Beatles retreated in 1968; attend an aarti and find a perfect place to meditate.
 
 
Amritsar
 






The main reason for going to Amritsar, in India's State of Punjab, is to visit the Sikh's spiritual centre, the Harmandir Sahib; referred to by westerners as the 'Golden Temple'. It welcomes over 100,000 visitors daily.  The video on this page will introduce you to some of the sights and sounds around the Golden Temple; as well as the only land border crossing between India and Pakistan, the Wagah Border Crossing where each night's closing ceremony (aka performances) is an "over-the-top" display of patriotic fervor on both sides of the gate.
 
 
Jaipur
 







More vibrant than its nickname, "The Pink City", Jaipur's old walled city has an energy which entices you to go a little further and look around the next corner where you might find another colorful marketplace or friendly neighbourhood. Both inside and outside city limits visitors marvel at Jaipur's architecture, history and culture. So much to see, so don't be in a hurry. The video on this page will share with you images of Jaipur's Old City, Albert Hall Museum, Surya Mandir (Temple of the Sun God), Amber Fort, an evening view across the lake to Jal Mahal (the Water Palace) and back to the streets of the Old City until it's time to go to the train station for the overnight train to the next India destination.
 
 
Udaipur
 




Known for its lakes and palaces, Udaipur is stunningly beautiful. In this presentation, sit on the rooftop of Jaiwana Haveli¸ one of many rooftop terraces, and sip tea while gazing out to the Lake Palace; take a gondola up Machla Magra (Fish Hill) for a view overlooking the city; put away the guidebooks and walk the streets mingling with the locals as they go about their daily lives before watching the setting sun while cruising Lake Pichola.
  
 
Pushkar and the Camel Fair
 





Experiencing Pushkar at any time is an captivating experience. It's a small, intimate town with friendly people who each November host the Pushkar Camel Fair which attracts around 20,000 camels, horses and cattle plus approximately 300,000 farmers, ranchers, traders and visitors. The video on this page captures some of the fair's marvelous camera-clicking spectacle of colour, sounds, sights and experiences which spill from the fairgrounds and fill the walkable town and ghats around Pushkar Lake.
 
 
Thar Desert
 












Pabu Ki Dhani means "Pabu's small village".  It’s an Eco Farm accommodation which lies in the Great Thar Desert approximately 20 km (29km drive) northeast of Jaisalmer. It is more than a place to stay, it is an experience, a chance to share, cook, eat, play, ride camels and help with chores and come away with memories to last a lifetime.  These experiences - the reasons we travel - stretch beyond their accommodations to a local potter and a weaver.   The video introduces you to Pabu and his French wife, Capucine, who share a love story which drives them to make a better life for their own family, their 'adopted' children, and  a few of the villagers with whom they share the hardships of eking out a living in this challenging desert environment. 

 
Agra
 









The Taj Mahal, recognized symbol of India, is universally admired as the ultimate tribute to 'love eternal'. The video presentation on this page takes a closer look at its magnificent craftsmanship and then manoeuvres through the crowded avenues and market streets of Agra in an auto rickshaw and on foot; visits Agra Fort, which was a mighty stronghold of the Mughal rulers and contained within its 2.5 km of red walls several luxurious palaces. Today both the Taj Mahal and the Fort are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.     


Varanasi
 













On the banks of the Ganga (Ganges) River, Varanasi is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism; the spiritual capital of India and played an important role in the growth of Buddhism. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (the oldest in India) it provides the visitor with a camera-clicking capsule of Indian city life along the sacred river. The video concentrates mostly on images of daily life while walking the many ghats (steps leading down to holy water) in Varanasi, places where most visitors want to spend their time, and finishes with a sunrise boat ride as the ghats and people of Varanasi wake up to another day ... just as they have done for hundreds of years.   

 
Darjeeling
 








DARJEELING is famous for its teas and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway; Darjeeling is a wonderful tangle of narrow wandering roads draped over a mountain ridge and provides magnificent vistas including Mt. Kanchengjunga (the world's third highest peak). The faces of its people are inherited mainly from Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim. The video introduces the geography of the area, a sampling of faces and a short train ride.
 










DARJEELING HIMALAYAN RAILWAY (a World Heritage Site) is a narrow-gauge (2 feet/0.610 meter) steam train described by UNESCO as "The first and still the most outstanding example of a hill passenger railway. Opened in 1881, it applied bold and ingenious engineering solutions to the problems establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty. It is still fully operational and retains most of its original features intact."   Ghum is the closest station from Darjeeling and makes for a pleasant two hour round trip including a short stop at Batasia Loop. For train enthusiasts it is a must-do.
        
    
 
Bodhgaya
 












For Buddhists, Bodhgaya is the most important of four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha. Today the Mahabodhi Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains the Bodhi tree, a direct descendant from the original under which, it is said, Gautama Buddha obtained Enlightenment. Leaving the serene temperament found within Temple grounds the gates open to Bodhgaya's market where everyday challenges are faced by Bodhgaya's citizens working in shops, restaurants, selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, candles and souvenirs and begging. The page’s video introduces Bodhgaya, both inside and outside the Mahabodhi Temple complex.