Agra, the former capital of Hindustan, is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is 363 k west of the state capital, Lucknow, and 200 k south of the national capital New Delhi.
Population: 1.275 million (2001)
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1648, in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Height: 561′ (171 m)
Jaisalmer, nicknamed “The Golden city”, is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 575 km west of the state capital Jaipur. Jaisalmer, nicknamed “The Golden city”, is a town in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is located 575 km west of the state capital Jaipur.
Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. It was formerly the seat of a princely state of the same name, the capital of the kingdom known as Marwar. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar desert.
The city is also referred to as the “Blue City” due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort.
I was not in India for long in 1988, just passing through in transit. But I recall having been very impressed with Gandhi’s Tomb in particular. In 1994 we returned for a Davis Cup tie in New Delhi. We traveled in Rajasthan and I went to Agra to experience the amazing Taj Mahal. Again,too briefly in New Delhi.
Udaipur, known as the City of Lakes. It is located 403 km (250 mi) SW of the state capital, Jaipur. Udaipur is the historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar. It was founded in 1559 by Maharana Udai Singh II.
It is also known for its Rajput-era palaces. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake.
The Lake Palace was built in 1743-1746. It is made of marble and is situated on Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola. It was originally built as a royal summer palace, but is now a luxury 5 Star hotel, operating under the “Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces” banner.