Ancient Ruins in India

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Fort Aguada

This is a very well preserved fort which was built in the 17th Century by the Portuguese. The fort was made as the most important building of the Portuguese colonials and they always wanted to save it against the Dutch and the Maratha rulers. It is in the Candolin area on the Sinquerim Beach. The location of the fort on the banks of the Mandovi River makes it look even more beautiful. The fort covers a large area and almost covers the whole tip land of the Bardez Peninsula. At present there is also a holiday resort built here by the tatas and is a beautiful place to stay for a peaceful vacation. It is also close to the Candolim Beach and the shopping and eating areas around. This was at one time the most important port where most of the ferries and boats landed and left from and thus the name Aguada meaning 'water'.
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Chapora Fort

Located in Bardez, his fort rises above the Chapora River. This was a red laterite fort built by the Portuguese in place of an earlier Muslim structure in the 1th Century. It was then captured and again lost by a number of Hindu rulers before the Portuguese finally abandoned it in the year 1892. The main enemies of this fort were the Bahmani Sultans who were successful in capturing it and again later it was captured by the Marathas in the beginning of the 18th Cdentury. It was recaptured by the Portuguese to be taken back again by the Marathas. This battle went on for a long time after which the fort was absolutely deserted. At present, what we can see here are simply ruins of the fort and the heads of two tunnels. Regular buses from Anjuna and Mapusa can bring and take you back from here.
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Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves were created along an amount of about 600 years beween the 5th and the 11th centuries. They are today preserved as Artistic History monuments which keeps surprising people on the generations. These caves unlike the Ajanta were never discovered and are the exact same people that have been in historical days known as Verul Caves. The caves certainly are a several kilometeres northwards of Aurangabad and extend along 34 caves such as Buddhist Chaityas or shrines and Hindu and Jain Temples. The Earliest excavation that you will discover here is the Dhumar Lena in Cave 29. The absolute most attractive is however the large Kailasa Brow in Cave 16 which will be also known as the largest monolithic framework in the whole world. From the very historical days, the Ellora temples and caves have attracted tourists and devotees the exact same way as ever. Residing at Aurangabad Major is the best selection through your trip as typical Ellora Visits are structured from here.
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Shore Temple

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this complex is made up of one large and two small temples. These were built during the the 8th Century AD during the time of King Narasimhavarmana II. This place during that time was an important port and a center for trade and business activities. This is known as the Shore Temple Complex as this is very close to the sea and a part of the coastal area on the banks of the Bay of Bengal. People who visit this place make sure to take a dip in the sea before worshipping here.
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Daulatabad Fort

It stands on a 200mt high hill and the only way to access the fort is through a narrow bridge and the fort is built very strategically, it is located in Daulatabad in the Aurangabad district.
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Sindhudurg Fort

This fort is situated on a rocky island known as Kurte barely a kilometer from Malvan. This fort was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj in the 17th Century when all his trials to win the Janjira Fortress proved to be useless. The main building material was sand that too was brought down from Gujarat. The main strength of this well- preserved fort are the thousands of kilograms of iron used here. The architect under whom the construction took place was known as Hiroji Indulkar and the king also took the advice of hundreds of Portugese experts whom he had invited to his court. A number of people were put to work round the clock for three long years to build this fort. The most attractive feature of this monument is the stretch of zig- zag walls and the pillars and bastions. Inside the fort still live twenty- thirty hereditary Hindu- Muslim families and there are also a number of temples inside. The most important out of all these is the temple where you will find the painting of Chhatrapati Shivaji Mahraj without a moustache. This painting is unique and is not found anywhere else in the world. Nearby this fort, you will also see the Padamgad Fort which is now in ruins.
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Lonar Lake

Lonar - The world’s largest and the only hyper velocity impact crater in basalt rock is to be found nowhere else but in Incredible India.Lonar lake is a rare tourist attraction in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. This lake which is both saline and alkaline in nature is named after the demon, Lonasura. Locals claim that the crater was the demon’s den and the lake’s murky water (whose density is actually 7times more than the sea water) results from its spilled blood. Studies suggest that the crater was formed 52,000 + 6,000 years ago, when a meteor crashed into the earth at an estimated speed of 90,000kmph, weighing 2million tonnes creating a hole that was 2km wide and 150m deep. The periphery of the lake is about 7km which is surrounded by a lush jungle. The forest itself is a treat for birdwatchers with a lot of migratory and local birds such as shelduck, black- winged stils, wood peckers, parakeets, robins, peacocks & peahens coming in the month of December. One doesn’t have to go to Khajuraho temples to witness the erotic sculptures on temple walls. The forest has plenty of such temples which were built back in the days of Chalukya’s Dynasty between the 6th and the 12th centuries. You can also sight hyenas, chinkaras, barking deers, langoors, mongoose, monitor lizards, snakes, weird but brilliantly colored insects if you’re a wildlife lover. There are a lot of precious stones on offer around the lake and the temples. At certain parts at the bank of the lake you can smell the H2S gas and at others your magnetic compass just wouldn’t work. With so much on offer it was on The Herbal Monks bucket list and we weren’t disappointed a bit. Lonar has a lot on offer to explore and yet remains the road less travelled. How do you get to Lonar? The Herbal Monks started their journey from Mumbai to Lonar at midnight on a Friday night and we chose to drive down. It is safe to say that it is easily a 10hour drive from Mumbai including a meal and a few tea halts. From Andheri take the Western express high way. Then via JVLR catch the NH3 up to Nashik. Just before Nasik turn right from pillar number 18 under the bridge and catch the Nagpur – Aurangabad Highway. You can also go via Devlali. We would suggest to use Google maps after Aurangabad as the road is confusing and Google maps are very accurate. However, if you’re going by road the last 60 – 80km the surface of the road is not very good. We reached Lonar by 11am and were driving a Wagon R, the point being you don’t really need a SUV. By flight the closet airport is Aurangabad which is about 160km away from the lake. You can hire a cab from there to reach the lake. By rail the closet station is Jalna which is about 90km from the lake. You can hire a cab from the station or bus service to reach the lake. Where to stay in Lonar? There is only one hotel in Lonar which is the MTDC. We personally were supposed to camp at the lake but when we saw the pug marks of hyenas at the lake we decided to put our camp someplace else. MTDC was quite generous in allowing us to camp on their ground for free. A lot of campers actually do the same. The accommodation looks pretty decent for a family holiday. But the food isn’t really great throughout Lonar unless you’re planning to eat at a local’s place. Although there is a restaurant named Gulmarg near the MTDC where you get edible stuff.How many days are enough to explore Lonar? Lonar is a perfect place to be explored over the weekend. We would suggest you leave on a Friday evening or night and touch Lonar by 10-11ish in the morning. You can leave your car and belongings at the MTDC, have an early lunch and start exploring the crater by 12 which is barely a km away. Please take a guide for going around the area. It will take you 5-6 hours to explore the forest thoroughly. Just before dusk we suggest you leave the forest and had back to the MTDC. If you’re a wild life enthusiast post dinner you can venture out around the lake but do so in your car and not on foot. Next day early morning you can visit another very small crater nearby which was created by the piece of the same meteor and the few temples in the village. Post that you can have your breakfast and be on your way home after spending a truly informative weekend.What is the Sorrowful part about Lonar? Even after being the home to the world largest and only hyper velocity impact crater in basalt rock it’s occasionally visited only by a few trekkers and explorers and a few religious people who visit the temples from nearby towns and villages. Although majority of them are educated but they don’t possess the basic civic sense to not to litter around or write the names of their loved ones on temple walls and thereby maintain the beauty of this nationally important destination.Important Note: You can book your guide from the MTDC. Please ask for a guide named RAMESH RATHODE. He has very good knowledge of the region. He will charge roughly Rs.500/- for 3persons which is quite less considering his knowledge. You can take our word that if you decide to explore the place on your own you will neither understand nor enjoy the place. The best time to visit Lonar would be between December to February. Hope you have safe, green and clean travels in the future. (Please do not litter)Best Wishes,The herbal monks
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Badami Cave Temples

Badami is a small town on the north of Karnataka and was built by Pulakesin I of the Chalukyan Empire. This town is mainly known for the cave temples here. These caves were carved out of soft sandstone and bear the remains of Hindu and Dravidian styles of architecture. A major attraction in these caves is the 18 armed statue of Lord Shiva. Cave 1 is probably the oldest of all the caves and is made of red snadstone. The whole cave is adorned with the murals of Hindu deities. The life size statue of Lord Shiva with his consort and the snake is beautiful. Over here you will also be able to find also the statues of dancing Nataraja in 81 different poses. Caves 2 and 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Cave 4 is a Jain Temple.
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Bidar Fort

The Bidar Fort, along with other Islamic monuments, was built in 1427, when Sultan Alla-Ud Din Bahman shifted his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar. The striking architecture of the fort, including its royal baths, audience halls and pavilions reflect greatly upon the the glorious past of the town.The fort may not be on the list of famous monuments in India, but it has been a favourite among movie directors as a potential filming location. Anant Nag-starrer Bara, Duniya Vijay-starrer Jarasandha and a song sequence from Vidya Balan-starrer The Dirty Picture was shot here.
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Pari Mahal

5. Pari Mahal – Pari Mahal is a seven terraced garden built under the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It is an attraction because of its Islamic architecture. It overlooks the enormous Golf Course of Srinagar.
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Rajgad Fort

This is one of the largest forts of Maharashtra and was the capital of chhatrapati shivaji for more than 26 years. The erection of this dates back to almost 2000 years and it was initially ruled by the Adilshahis then the Nizamshahis and then the Marathas. It has a tristar shape and a central Hall in the middle. There are machis on each end of the fort. This fort was renovated with the wealth of the treasure found in the adjacent Torna Fort. The main parts of this fort are the Padmavati Machi which has the Padmavati Temple, Sanjivani Machi, Suvela Machi and the Bale Killa.
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Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

A UNESCO HEritage site on the outskirts of Vadodara, it is a pleasant long drive and a dip in the historical culture and architecture.
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Rani ki Vav

It is a complexly constructed stepwell in the town of Patan, Gujarat. It is located on the banks of the river Saraswati and was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2014.
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Tughluqabad Fort

Presently the Mehrauli- Badarpur Road, it is a ruined fort that was once a dream of Emperor Ghiyas-ud-din- Tughlaq. He was the founder of the Tughlaq Dynasty and is known to have been a dictator by nature. It was his dream to set up a magnificent fort for himself but fate had something else in store. The fort was made for sure but the emperor could not enjoy his stay there. An old story says that when the fort was being made, the emperor had ordered all masons and workers to work only on this project and nowhere else. This forceful attitude was not liked by Nizamuddin Auliya, a Sufi saint of that time. He cursed the emperor that either the fort will remain unbuilt or will be inhabited by Gujjars. This is absolutely what happened as the Gujjars later took ownership of the fort and started living in that area. Another curse that is said to be the reason of death of the Emperor was when the saint said “Dilli Bohut Door”. At this time Tughlaq was elsewhere and while returning, his son conspired a murder of his father. The mausoleum of the Emperor is also built here now.
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Chennakesava Temple

Earlier known as the Vijayanarayana Temple, this is the prime attraction of th Belur Region of Karnataka. The temple is stuated on the banks of the Yagachi River and was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire Empire. There are also other temples in Belur and the neighbouring Halebid is a popular tourist attraction. The maning of the word Chennakesava is 'Handsome Krishna'. One of the most attractive temples, this temple is decorated inside out. Light greenish colour soapstone is mainly used to make the Chennakesava being carried on a Garida and the entrance with the Golden Lion makes the temple look even better. There are also other smaller shrines and temples inside this huge temple complex.
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Group of Monuments at Hampi

Capital of Vijayanagar empire, Unesco world heritage site ; Hampi was one of the largest and richest city in the world in 15th century
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Rabdentse Ruins

Around 3 kms from Pelling and couple of minutes walk further down from Pemayangtse Monastery are the Rabdentse ruins the second capital of Sikkim, established in the year 1670. The spot has stunning perspectives inundated with history all around. All around secured remains with clear signs of the rooms and other areas. These remnants are accessed by a short wooden walk which is extremely wonderful. The stroll from the sanctuary to the remnants will simply make your day. But these remnants have a story to tell. Its a half kilometer stroll from the main street perhaps a little more. In any case, once there, your effort is justified. Everywhere in this place you will see what remains. Not a large territory to cover so it's manageable by walking and on the off chance that you stroll up here from Pelling, you may have a decent half day trip. This spot is genuine amazement, regardless of the possibility that somebody is not excited to watch historical ruins, he can still visit for stunning perspectives.
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Gol Gumbaz

It is a mausoleun of Mohammed Adil Shah, and was completed in 1656, was designed by Yaqut of Dabul and is located in Bijapur.
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Warangal Fort

From there, we headed back to Warangal city, and visited the "Warangal Fort". All the heritage of Kakatiya Dynasty is being reserved there with great concern. The place was full of sculptures and carvings of the Warangal Fort.
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Korigad Fort

Korigad (also called Koraigad, Koarigad or Kumwarigad) is a hill fort located about 20 km (12 mi) south of Lonavla in Pune district, Maharashtra, India. Its date of construction is not known but likely predates 1500.
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