10 Historical places you can’t miss.

The history of any country is deeply rooted in its monuments and architectures. This being said, India is one such country having a wide range of places embedded in history. Every single monument in our motherland has been the outcome of tales related to war, love or simply for enhancing the beauty of an already charming nation.

We list 10 such places you can’t miss in India, places you will enjoy and take along as memories of  the rich and diverse tradition.

1. Taj Mahal, Agra.

When we spoke of monuments built on the foundation of love, did you already guess that we were talking about this masterpiece? The most iconic and outstanding monument, the Taj Mahal is one of the main attractions in the country. Our country houses this ‘Wonder of the world’ with immense pride and grace.

Loosely translated as the ‘Crown of Palaces’ , this monument was the brainchild of Shah Jahan, dedicated to his favorite wife Mumtaz.

2. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur.

The ‘Palace of the Breeze’ has a very interesting tale backing it. This alluring monument is one that came alive so that the women of the royal house could glance at the street festivals, without being noticed by the outsiders. The ‘jharoka’ or the latticed window was like an opening of these royal women to the world.

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3. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan.

Love spookiness and the bizarre? Then we recommend you to head straight away to the Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan!

Famed more for the abnormal stories around it than the fort itself, this fort promises to give you goosebumps and the thrill that you have been longing for. The fort was built by Man Singh I who also happens to be one of Akbar’s Navratan. Haunted by paranormal activities and legends, no living soul is allowed in the premises after 5:00 in the evening.

4. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra.

Located in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad, the Ajanta and Ellora Caves are an attractive depiction of Buddhist art. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these caves are rock-cut and provide a delicious treat to the eyes. One finds human carvings on the walls of the caves.

5. Rabdentse, Sikkim.

In the heart of the north-eastern state of Sikkim, Rabdentse is a lesser known historical attraction in India. The ruins of Rabdentse spell the tale of the invasion by the Gurkhas. It is located near Pelling in West Sikkim. It is named by the Archaeological Survey Of India as a heritage monument and is hence preserved by them.

6. Hampi, Karnataka.

It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi.

7. Konark Sun Temple, Odisha.

This temple was dedicated to the Sun God, Surya and was built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty. This temple, named as the ‘Black Pagoda’ by the European sailors,  is one carved as a chariot, with stone wheels, pillars and walls. The wheels in the temple acted as sundials which could give the accurate time. The sailors at the time considered the Konark Temple to be an important landmark.

Rabindranath Tagore is quoted as saying:

Here the language of stone surpasses the language of human.

8. Red Fort, New Delhi.

A museum-hub, the Red Fort was once the residence of Mughal Emperors. The fort gets it name owing to the red sandstone the walls are made up of. Made of several rooms consisting pavilions, they are linked together by the ‘Nahr-i-Beshisht’ or the ‘Stream of Paradise’. This is another construction by the famed emperor, Shahjahan, built to serve as a palace for his capital Shahjahanabad.

Every 15th August, the Indian tricolor is hoisted at the Red Fort by the Prime Minister, followed by a speech from its ramparts.

9. Fatehpur Sikri, Agra.

House to many tokens of elegance, Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur Sikri is one you ought to include in your list of ‘to-see’. The Buland Darwaza is the door which takes you to the enchanting city of Fatehpur Sikri. The Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti(Sufi saint), Diwan-i-Aam(the meeting place of the audience and their ruler), Diwan-i-Khas(for the private persons), Ibadat Khana(House of Worship), Anup Talao, Naubat Khana(drum house), Pachisi Court, Paanch Mahal and Birbal’s house are the notable places to visit in the city.

10. Gateway of India, Mumbai.

A ‘Gateway’ from the sea to the lands of Mumbai, the Gateway of India is surely the destination every Mumbaikar will recommend a visit without fail! Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Gateway of India was built to mark the visit of King George V and Queen Mary. It is an interesting fact that the Gateway was a masterpiece conceived by Scottish Architect George Willet and is a melange of Roman and Gujarati tradition.

While you are soaking in the richness and beauty of each of these monuments, we believe that you would wish for an accommodation wherein you could avail the leisure of discovering these places at your own pace. We suggest you take the benefits of alternate accommodation where you can stay peacefully at a house rather than in a crammed hotel. For booking your house, check out our website and choose from over hundreds of options.

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