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India is one of the popular tourist destinations in Asia. Bounded by the Himalayan ranges in the north, and surrounded on three sides by water (the Arabian Sea, Bay of Bengal, and the Indian Ocean), with a long history and diverse culture, India offers a wide array of places to see and things to do. In 2004, foreign tourists visiting India spent US$ 15.4 billion - the ninth highest in the world.
Perhaps India's best-known site is the Taj Mahal, one of the world's greatest and best architectural achievements. Located in Agra, it was built between 1631 and 1653 by Emperor Shah Jahan in honor of his wife, Arjumand Banu, more popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal serves as her tomb.
Delhi is one of the most historic capitals in the world and two of its monuments, the Qutb Minar and Humayun's Tomb have been declared World Heritage Sites. It offers a multitude of interesting places and attractions to the visitor, so much so that it becomes difficult to decide where to begin exploring the city.
In Old Delhi, there are attractions like mosques, forts, and other monuments that depict India's Muslim history. The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk. In addition, Old Delhi has Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana that are modern structures constructed after India's Independence in 1947.
New Delhi, on the other hand, is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. New Delhi houses many government buildings and embassies, apart from places of historical interest.
Built with a mix of Western and Indian styles, Rashtrapati Bhavan was originally built for the Governor General of India, aka Viceroy of India. Inaugurated in 1931 as the Viceregal Lodge, the name was changed in 1950 after India became a republic.
Tourism in India • Hindu holy cities • World Heritage sites in India • Taj Mahal • Tourism in Delhi • Gao • Agra • Agra Fort • Ajanta Caves • Ellora Caves • Sun Temple, Konarak • Elephanta Caves • Khajuraho • Fatehpur Sikri • Great Living Chola Temples • Tirupati • Varanasi • Sabarimala • Vrindavan • Srirangam