India is a beautiful place, full of natural and cultural wonders that leave you spell bound with the variety of emotions they evoke.
A mosaic of memories is created in this diverse land of humbling traditions against lively landscapes. Each street tells a different story and unleashes a spurt of feelings in our yearning hearts. Such is the power of this rich country and its even more lavish history
. The place where Sultans once prevailed, where Mughals ruled with an unprecedented supremacy and where the British established their colony; India’s monuments and edifices speak volumes about each era in a captivating non-verbal description. Cherish your present by enriching it with an understanding of the vibrant past through these 5 historical masterpieces in India.
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Enter the era of royalty, power, and riches through the Buland Darwaza (the Gate of Magnificence”) and into Akbar’s abode of grandeur. Fatehpur Sikri is one of the must visit destinations of Agra
- Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
. It is lavish in every sense of the term and remains true to the Great Mughal Emperor’s legacy. The giant red columns with beautiful designs built in its dome-shaped ceilings are just the beginning of all the treats this place has in store for you. The sprawling monument is complete with king, army and servant quarters, each made with the sophisticated touch of Mughal architecture. You must visit the Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas rooms to experience the kind of comfortable treatment that was given to the locals and the royal treatment for the king’s class.
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A sculpting paradise, Rani ki Vav is a 24-meter-deep step-well that offers a truly one of a kind experience. Built in the 11th century, the intricate designs and engineering of the well are unmatched for any contemporary piece of architecture. The challenging stone and brickwork is only a part of this architectural feat. Adorning the walls of this step-well are statues of Laksmi-Narayan, Lord Ganesh, and Lord Vishnu. Climb down in this gorgeous step-well to life your spirits up like never before.
- Rani ki Vav, Gujarat
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An epic memorial symbolizing the British era in India, Viceroy Memorial is a splendid place to visit in Kolkata. Designed by Sir Emerson, the white- domed building houses an informative museum which contains weapons, portraits and other artifacts from the British era. The bronze sculpture sitting atop the dome’s apex is a glorious sight to behold at this memorial. Enjoy the lush green lawns in front of the building and experience English old-world
- Victoria Memorial, Kolkata
charm at Kolkata’s historical memorial.
Mahabalipuram Shore Temple, Photo by Senthil Kumar, CC BY-SA 2.0
The epitome of rock-cut architectural temples is famous tourist places of Mahabalipuram
- Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
. The beautiful sculptures made of stone representing various mythological scenes are a feast for the eyes and the soul. The place has eleven temples called Mandapas, each with their unique features. The artwork dates back to the Pallava era, making it a tremendously ancient place in India, perfect for history lovers. Mahabalipuram has cave temples, Buddhist temples, and a few Jain temples. An impeccable place to celebrate stone carvings and spirituality, the stories on these walls will be a source of constant pleasure in your remembrances.
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One of the most important structures for the Buddhists, the Sanchi Stupa is a significant symbol in the religion of Buddhism in India. Built by Lord Ashoka, the place contains many relics of Buddha in various positions of meditation. The famous Ashoka pillar, with the four-headed lion, is one of the must visit tourist destinations of Sanchi
- Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh
. The dome of the Stupa is a wheel, symbolic of Buddha’s liberation from the miseries of life and death. The entries to this stupa are adorned with representations of Buddha’s spiritual life, offering deep teachings through each depiction. The polish given to Buddha’s relics give them a life-like and ever glowing effect.
Get ready for the ultimate history lesson at India’s charming forts, monuments, temples, and memorials. These places talk to the 21st-century tourist in their age-old language, which still remains as regal as ever. Get a chance to acquaint yourself with your past at these 5 striking historical places in India
Author Rohit Agarwal – Like every keen traveler, Rohit sets out to explore the amazingly known as well as unknown places and is always ready to pen down his experiences at TransIndiaTravels.com for travel enthusiasts.