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Must See Nighttime Attractions Posted by on Dec 21, 2009 in Hindi Language

India is a host to a number of beautiful attractions. Some of my favorite attractions are those that are more beautiful to behold in the nighttime. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are some of my favorite sites.

लाल क़िला or Red Fort is located in Delhi (दिल्ली), India. Red Fort was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. For a time the British used Red Fort as a military base. After India gained independence in 1947, it became a tourist site. Within the Red Fort lies a series of buildings such as the Pearl Mosque (मोती मस्जिद). Red Fort is currently also used by the Prime Minister as a place to address a speech on August 15th, India’s Independence Day.

Konark Sun Temple in Konark, Orissa is lined with carvings dedicated to the sun god Suurya (सूर्य). The temple is also famous for its erotic carvings. Some of the old structures of the temple have been destroyed by the natural elements and of course by human warfare. For example, only parts of the main sanctum, the Dining Hall and the Dancing Hall have survived. Despite this, the Konark Sun Temple still remains a glowing tribute to Orissan art.

छत्रपती शिवाजी टर्मिनस or the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is located in Mumbaii (मुंबई). It is better known as CST. CST is one of the busiest railway stations in India and one of the most historic as well. The CST was built by an architect by the name of Frederick William Stevens. The CST was built in the architectual style of Victorian Gothic art. At night when the CST is lighted, it looks like a castle in a 19th century fantasy.

ताज महल or the Taj Mahal is stunning in the daytime, but absolutely divine to behold in the light of the moon. In the night, the Taj Mahal has this melancholy and fragile atmosphere. The white marble lighting of the Taj stands as a contrast to the dark night, and from afar, the bulbous shape of the dome is very well highlighted. The Taj is certaintly one of the most romantic and scenic places to view at night in India!

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