Situated at an elevation of 5400 ft, in the Kumaon Hills, Almora is known for its healthy climate. It is perched atop the 5 km-long saddle-shaped ridge of the Kashaya hill, which is mentioned in ancient scriptures. Almora is the cultural centre of Kumaon and a picturesque mountain resort. While it is bordered by the gentle hills of Kumaon on three sides, its northern front affords a breathtaking view of the Trishul peaks.

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Alwar is the railhead for Sariska (37 km). The Shatabdi Express which links Delhi with Jaipur and Ajmer, halts at Alwar. What to see Bala Quila (Ihe Fort): This fort has several gate most of which are a state of ruin. City Palace: This palace has traces of both Rajput and Mughal styles of Architechture. Government Museum: This museum within the City Palace has a collection of Mughal and Rajput paintings, precious manuscripts and a collection of Indian armoury.

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Alwar
Amla is a quaint little village that seems to be stuck in a time warp. Life in the village of Amla carries on as it must have for the past few centuries with the odd exception of an electrical flour mill. The single mud track will lead you past single storey homes and a shop or two. And as is true of every Indian village, there is one family that dominates the social and economic scene.

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Situated on the north western borders of India, in Punjab, the 400 year old city of the Golden Temple is the paramount seat of Sikh history and culture. This strikingly beautiful temple is astonishingly peaceful given the huge numbers of Sikh pilgrims who come to pray and bathe in the holy water. A visit to this serene complex is a profound and unique experience. What to see Getting There General information Excursions

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Amritsar
Aurangabad, named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, is the gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora. These complexes of caves are probably the best examples of rock cut architecture in India. A site worth visiting in Aurangabad is the Bibi ka Maqbara, built by Azam Shah in 1678 to rival the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra. Just to the north is the magnificent hilltop fortress of Daulatabad.

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Aurangabad
Auroville is the home of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, now largely a museum dedicated to the life of its founder, invariably known simply as “The Mother” who died in 1973. Her unique experiment in international living, the community of Auroville, continues to prosper nearby. What to see Getting There General information Excursions

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Auroville
This picturesque hill range, at a height of 3375 feet, is a few hours drive southeast of Mysore. It is a wildlife sanctuary with deciduous and evergreen trees interspersed with grassland. The wildlife includes panther, elephant, sloth bear, various deer, gaur and tiger as well as 270 species of birds. What to see Getting There General information Excursions

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BR Hills
The sleepy villages of Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole were once the capital cities of the Chalukyas who ruled much of the Deccan between the 4th and 8th centuries. They built an astonishing profusion of temples, many of which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. At Badami there are many cave temples, featuring rock cut sculptures of various religious figures. This is therefore a fascinating, little visited area, which definitely rewards the effort involved in reaching here.

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Badami
Bagar is a city in Shekhavati, a district of Rajasthan famous for its painted havelis (mansions). Originally a centre of the caravan route from the Middle East to China, the traders of Shekhavati amassed huge wealth which they used to create beautiful painted havelis in this desert region. Bagar is known for its late-style frescoes, when degeneration had already set in. Clean and charming, it is ideal for visits to the other painted towns of Shekhavati that are all close at hand.

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Bagar
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