The age-old history and culture of India, majestic architectural monuments and museums of Delhi, Agra and Mumbai have a unique force which attracts travellers. Monuments and archaeological pieces serve as testimonies of India’s greatness.
The historical sites and beautiful monuments in India are a delight for any traveller. These historical places in India have a story to tell and a visit to them can be a life changing experience. Some monuments like the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Golden Temple and many others are intensely travelled and researched but there are others places with are not so heard off carry lot of history along with them. These locations can enthrall you if only you knew how to find them.
India is said to be a beautiful and a country full of mysteries. Many beautiful places in India have a history and a mystery behind them.
Kumbalgarh – Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh Fort, a Mewar fort on the Aravalli Hills. It is a World Heritage Site included which includes many hill Forts of Rajasthan. Rana kumbha built it during the 15th century and enlarged through the 19th century, It was occupied until the late 19th century but the fort is now open to the public and is spectacularly lightened for a few minutes each evening. The fort accommodates three hundred and sixty temples. That is not all; it also has a major place, the Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary.
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Rabdentse – Sikkim
Rabdentse was once the capital of Sikkim, the Rabdentse ruins is now a national monument. The ruins in the town are a part of Buddhist pilgrimage. The location of the ruins offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and dense forest of the region.
Tughlaqabad – New Delhi
Ghiyas ud-Din Tughlaq built the Tughlaqabad Fort during the early part of the 14th century while travel to Delhi. The fort has ruins of bastions, gateways, palaces, mosques and halls. Seven hundred years have passed since the construction first began. The arches, gateways, underground rooms and pathways speak volumes about the expertise of the workers and their skill. The tower inside the fort is known as Bijai-Mandal. Bijai-Mandal is the highest point in the bastion. The air at the top of the tower is cool and is superbly complemented and completed by the panoramic view of the fort all around. The fort is further connected to Ghiyas ud-Din Tughlaq’s Tomb by a causeway.
Maluti Temples – Jharkhand
Nearly 72 ancient temples are accommodated by the village of Maluti and that is the importance of it. It is known that the king of Nankar state constructed 108 temples in inchoate stage. Built as buildings to the Pala Dynasty rulers, the temple architecture gives a description of scenes from the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
If we believe to the Tibetan sources, five great Mahaviharas stood out: the leftover of the ancient university have been partially excavated at village Antichak. The monastery is a residence for the Buddhist monks, is a huge square structure. The north of monastery consists of a number of scattered structures including a Tibetan and a Hindu temple. The structures is over an area of more than one hundred acres.
The Basgo fort stands on the bank of a hill overlooking the Indus River in Ladakh. The town Basgo once a very important cultural and political place; it was the seat of the Namgayal family. The entire place consists of three temples dedicated to different forms of Buddha which also includes goddess Maitryi. Sitting in the summit and writing a journal is an exhilarating experience
Bhangarh – Rajasthan
The derelict fort of Bhangarh is ooze into centuries of legends that speak of the forts being a haunted place. Entry in the fort is restricted after sunset till the sunrise due to this. There are stories that revolve around the place, which claims that the town was cursed to extinction and damned to remain uninhabited. It is one of India’s most famous ruins visited. The fort has many gates, temples, within its territory and gives out an eerie feeling.
Martand Sun Temple, Jammu & Kashmir
Martand Sun temple is located in Anantnag, Jammu & Kashmir,King of Karkota Dynasty in the early 8th century dedicating the Martand Sun Temple is dedicated to the Sun god . It was destroyed by Sikandar Bhutshikan the 15th century and has been in a state of ruins since. The temple enables a panoramic view of the beautiful Kashmir Valley. From whatever is left of the structures, the architecture gives description of the Kashmiri style slightly influenced by Gandharan, Chinese, and Roman and Gupta style of architecture. The main shrine is situated in the centre while the remains of the other structures are scattered around the premise.
Mahudi Jain Mandir-Gurjat
The town of Mahudi is famous for Jain temple of Shri Ghantakarna Mahavir. It is like a journey to a sacred place for the Jains devotees.
‘Yognistha Acharya Bhagwant Shrimad BuddhiSagarsuri Maharaj Sahebji’ had observed a long period of self-mortification here and had inspired the construction of new temple.
‘Kali Chaudas’ is one of most important event in Mahudi. Every day lakhs of people visits India for this place. People come for making knots on thread in which 108 times they recite Mantras and after every mantra read a bell rings.
Gandikota- Andhra Pradesh
The little village situated on the banks of the Pennar River, is home to some major historical structures. The fort includes fortresses, a garner, two beautiful temples and a splendid mosque. All of the ruins speak of their prime even as the structures seem to be crumbling now. The two temples Raghunatha and Madhavaray constructed in 15th and 16th century respectively stand as a recommendation to the Kakatiya and Vijaynagara architecture. The Mosque, Jama Masjid is another delight accompanied by a small pond which was once used by the kings to wash their swords after they returned from a war.
From the era of Golden India to the modern day India, All these historic places, the monuments, the architecture makes India what it is today.