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Historical and Architectural Wonders of India

Kousik Bhattacharya
 


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In order to go about this article, the first name that pops in my head is the Taj Mahal, but that is something that people are already aware about and can Google that in order to get information, so i will focus on some less renowned places (especially in the western part of world). i have read a few blogs about what places have been written about and i would like to make a list, of only those places which i have seen and i can personally recommend. So if a particular place is not in a list which deserves to be in is pretty natural. This is a personal recommendation to all people who haven't been there and I would not rate these places as each one of them is equally interesting.

Hampi:

Hampi is a laid back village that was the last capital of Vijayanagar, one of the greatest Hindu kingdoms in India's history. It has some extremely captivating ruins, intriguingly intermingled with large boulders that rear up all over the landscape. The ruins, which date back to the 14th century, stretch for just over 25 kilometers (10 miles) and comprise more than 500 monuments. The most striking monument is the Vittala Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Its main hall has 56 pillars that make musical sounds when struck. Hampi is in central Karnataka, approximately 350 kilometers (217 miles) from Bangalore.

Madura- Meenakshi Temple:

Meenakshi Amman Temple is a historic Hindu temple located in the holy city of Madurai in India. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva - who is known here as Sundareswarar or Beautiful Lord- and his consort, Parvati who is known as Meenakshi. The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai. The complex houses 14 magnificent Gopurams or towers including two golden Gopurams for the main deities that are elaborately sculptured and painted. The temple is a significant symbol for the Tamil people, and has been mentioned since antiquity in Tamil literature, though the present structure is believed to have been built in 1600. The tallest temple tower is 51.9 meters (170 ft) high. Madurai (Tamil Nadu) is 466 km and takes approx 6 hrs, 41 mins by road.

Khajuraho temples:

If you want proof that the Kama Sutra originated in India, Khajuraho is the place to see. Erotica abounds here with over 20 temples devoted to sexuality and sex. These sandstone temples, which date back to the 10th and 11th century, are the only ones remaining out of 85 temples constructed during this time.

There are 3 groups of temples - Western, Eastern, and Southern. The main temples are in the Western group, which features the magnificent Kandariya Mahadeo Temple. The Eastern Group contains a number of exquisitely sculptured Jain temples. There are only two temples in the Southern group. Khajuraho is in northern Madhya Pradesh, approximately 620 kilometers (385 miles) south east of Delhi.

Ajanta and Ellora caves:

Astonishingly carved into hillside rock in the middle of nowhere are the Ajanta and Ellora caves. There are 34 caves at Ellora dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, and 29 caves at Ajanta dating back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist, while the caves at Ellora are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain. The caves are in northern Maharastra, around 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Mumbai.

Fatehpur Sikri:

A city that was once the proud capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, Fatehpur Sikri now stands deserted as a well preserved ghost town. It was abandoned by its occupants after only 15 years due to insufficient water supply. Fatehpur Sikri was established by Emperor Akbar from the twin villages of Fatehpur and Sikri as tribute to famous Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti. The saint accurately predicted the birth of Emperor Akbar's much longed for son. Fatehpur Sikri is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Agra, in Uttar Pradesh.

These places are well connected to almost all big cities in India. You can check flights, train or bus fare online at via.com . Enjoy your holiday and have a pleasure trip.

Hope this article was of any help to you.

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