These historical places in India have a story of their own and a visit to them can prove to be a life changing experience.The historical places and beautiful monuments spread across India are a delight for any traveler. Some monuments like the Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Golconda fort, and the Golden Temple are intensely researched but there are others places with precious little information. These locations can enthrall you if only you knew how to find them. At Tripoto we have mapped seven historical Places In India.
1) Kumbalgarh – Rajasthan
Kumbalgarh, the jewel of Mewar, is situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. History, royalty , power and culture are all packed in this place. It is a treat for human eyes and mind. The fort accommodates three hundred and sixty temples (yes it’s possible) three hundred jain and the rest hindu. And it does not end here, the place has one more major attraction, the Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary. You can take heritage walk, adventure activities, spend time in the lap of nature. The seven tall fortified gates of this masterpiece are open for you.
2) Rabdentse – Sikkim
A former capital of Sikkim, Rabdentse is located in west Sikkim. It is a popular choice among backpackers as home stays are easily available at nominal rates. One of the oldest monasteries of the city Pemayangtse is situated close to the site and adds to the spirit of the environs. Rabdentse provides a vantage point to the visitors from which breathtaking view of kanchengdonga ranges can be witnessed. These ruins are a part of Buddhist religious pilgrimage. It will be a wise choice for travelers on a budget looking to soak in the taste of the Sikkimi culture and food.
3. Tughlaqabad – New Delhi
The site has an uncanny resemblance to the ruins of Mohenjdaro-Harappa, but it exists in the heart of our capital, New Delhi. Any sightseer who comes face to face with this monument will only wonder why it is not one of the biggest attractions of the city. The height of the citadel is imposing and the view from top is truly unique. You will be astonished by the intelligence and engineering skills used to make artificial lake and embankments around the area. The sheer size of this fortress and its earthy charm never fails to mesmerize visitors.
4. Maluti Temples – Jharkhand
These ancient temples trace their origins to the pre-historic times. Maluti is a small town near Shikaripara in the wilderness of Jharkhand and boasts of 72 old terracotta temples. These are considered one of the top ten ruins in the world. The walls of these exquisite temples narrate the story of Ramayana and Mahabharata in a unique style, which demonstrates the cultural diversity of India. Moreover, these historical places in India are also famous for the sacrifice of 100 goats during Kali Puja.
5) Vikaramsila University – Bihar
Not many people are aware that India had many excellent educational centers in the past including Vikramsila University, located 50 km east of Bhagalpur. It was one of the largest Buddhist learning centers, spread over hundred acres of land. As you enter the campus you cannot help but be envious of the scholars who once studied here. The centre has an astonishing fifty two rooms spread on both sides of the corridor with an elaborate stupa at the center. What is even more marvelous is the enormous library that has been excavated and testifies to the rich history of India. A visit to this glorious & historical university is highly recommended just to get a sense of advancement that India had thousands of years ago.
6) Basgo-Leh, Ladakh
Disclaimer: The picture has not been taken from the sets of Game of Thrones.
The Basgo fort stands proudly on the bank of a hill overlooking the serene Indus River in Ladakh. The town Basgo separates lower and upper Ladakh, once a very important cultural and political centre; it was the seat of the Namgayal family. There are three temples dedicated to different forms of Buddha including the goddess Maitryi. Sitting in the summit and writing a journal is an exhilarating experience. If you are in search of inner peace and introspection, this is the place to be.
7) Bhangarh – Rajasthan
The fort has been declared as the most haunted place of India. If you choose to visit the historical place rest assured that you will be told hundred different “authentic” stories about how it is possessed by ghosts. The ride to Ajabagarh is spectacular as tall trees accompany you on both sides of the road. And if you’re in luck the clouds and drizzle add to the thrill.
This monument remains a picnic spot for many families till 5p.m, but after that the place is shut for the living souls except for old priests who roam around with lanterns in his hand. The fort was built by Sawai Madho Singh, and it is believed that the town was cursed by a holy man, due to whom they cannot have permanent roofs. To date, all the houses have roofs made up of tin or materials which are not permanent. The town of Ajabgarh where this fort is situated has been the location of many popular bollywood movies like Karan-Arjun, hum saath saath hain.
8) Jageshwar – Uttarakhand
Perched in a clearing in the midst of swaying cedar groves is this hauntingly beautiful temple-city. Jageshwar is located 36 km away from Almora and is one of the most fascinating relics of Kumaoni heritage. A total of 124 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are sprawled across the landscape, some dating back to as far as the 9th century.
Besides being a draw for Hindu Pilgrimage, Jageshwar is also historically fascinating, adorned with some of the most remarkable medieval Hindu architecture, spanning almost 4 centuries. The beautiful backdrop of Himalayan forests and sweeping mountains create a magical setting.
9) The Cellular Jail – Andaman & Nicobar
Between 1857 and 1943, hundreds of political prisoners and revolutionaries of the India’s freedom struggle against British colonialism, were confined in solitary cells in this penitentiary in Port Blair. Also known as Kalapani, the Cellular Jail was converted into a museum after independence and is now among one of the most heartbreaking relics of India’s colonialist history. A spectacular light & sound show tells the story of the prisoners who were destined to live out the rest of their lives in confinement.
10) Aravalem Caves – Goa
These ancient caves in Bicholim, North Goa are also known as the Pandava caves after the characters in the epic Mahabharata. According to the legend, the five Pandava brothers lived in the caves for a time while they were in exile from their kingdom. However, several alternative theories about the history of the caves has persisted, some citing Buddhist origins and others. But the rock-cut caves are beautiful and intriguing, especially given the backdrop of Arvalem waterfalls in the vicinity, which is a short hike away.
11) Rosary Church, Hassan, Karnataka
Karnataka is one of the states that is rich of history and historical places in India. But, in the midst of its palaces and temples, this 200 year old Gothic ruin at the banks of river Hemavathi is slowly getting to the curious traveller. The dam on the river submerges the monument every monsoon and it only re- emerges when the water resides in the summer.
Built by French missionaries in the late 1800’s, this is a must go because of its vulnerability. As the waters engulf it year by year, the monument loses/damages some bit of itself. Clearly, the sooner you go the better!
12) Rani Ki Vav, Patan, Gujarat
Recently added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this intricately built monument is a treasured experience for those who get to it. Built by a widowed Queen, Udaymati in memory of her husband Bhimdev 1, ruler of the Solanki Dynasty, this magnificent step well is a little recognition short of being added to the historical wonders of India. It stands as a sort of an inverted pyramid and houses around 500 delicately carved sculptures of Vishnu, Kali and other Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
The steps take you 27 m below the ground, with each step first leading you to pillared pavilions where you can admire its rich sculptures. There’s also a secret tunnel (now blocked by mud and stones) that leads to the nearby town of
13) Osian, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
There is one too many temples, forts and palaces in Rajasthan to cater to a history enthused traveller in Rajasthan. But Osian is as refreshing as finding an oasis in a desert. Quite literally! This small hamlet, built around an oasis in the Thar Desert, is often lost between the mighty dunes (and monuments) of Jodhpur. It houses 16 beautifully decorated Buddhist and Jain temples built between 8th to 12th Century. The temples, most popular of which are the Sachiya Mata Temple, Mahaveera Jain Temple and the Sun Temple, are a sight to behold with its ornate pillars and walls and sculptures resembling those of the popular Khajuraho
14) Champaner- Pavagarh Archaeological Park, Gujarat
Preserving a history of over 1200 years, this Hindu religious site with a dominating Muslim influence is a staggering evidence of the confluence of two varied cultures. Once belonging to the Solanki Dynasty, the area later fell under Sultan Mahmud Begadah in the 15th century.
The entire park, with its forts, temples, bastions and archaeological mounds, is a full day adventure for any history enthusiast. The park is one of those historical places in India, whose sense of history and culture lies hidden under its over empowering religious importance. Don’ let the popular Kali Mata Temple on the Champaner hill stop you from exploring a soulful mix of 11 other temples, mosques, wells, tombs and granaries inside the park. This is easily your one-time peek into the diversity of the middle ages.
15) Lonar Crater Lake, Maharashtra
Lonar Crater Lake is a magical meteor lake, surrounded by a splattering of temples and monuments, built as long ago as 6th Century and as recently as 12th century. Most of the temples are in ruins, but a handful are still beautifully preserved, creating a surreal ambience around the lake, reminiscent of an Indiana Jones film set.
The lake is located in Buldhana district in Maharashtra, which is 140 km away from Aurangabad.
16) Nartiang Durga Temple, Meghalaya
A 500 year old Durga temple, located among huge monoliths and ruins from an era gone by. Two hours away from Shillong is this beautifully preserved complex where a unique blend of Shakti Hinduism and Khasi-Jaintia traditions comes together to venerate the Goddess Durga.
17) Talatal Ghar, Assam
One of the finest remnants of Tai Ahom architecture, Talatal Ghar is a 17th century monument built by Swargadeo Rudra Singha, widely regarded as the most powerful ruler of the Ahom kingdom.
The ruins are located around 60 km from Jorhat in a small town called Rangpur.
18) Amarkantak – Madhya Pradesh
Rising up from amidst a forest near the confluence of the Vindhya and Satpura ranges, this temple complex exhibits a unique display of geometric architecture from the 11th century. The geographic setting lends an enigmatic vibe to the already surreal temples and carvings that include the Sri Yantra Maha Meru Temple with a four-face façade symbolising Goddess Maha Tripura Sundari.
The temple complex is located in Anupur is western Madhya Pradesh
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