With a civilization that dates back to 1000 of years before anywhere else India has a really big share when it comes to history. Due to abundant availability of rich natural resources different civilizations have traded, collaborated, invaded and ruled India for a long time. All these activites have a permanent mark on this country resulting in a very diverse socio cultural scenario. From Persians to mughals to British everyone has lived and built structures that create a statement in India’s history. Let us have a look at few of these historical tourist places in North India that every generation should visit.
I have been to Tajmahal thrice but still it ends up surprising me. Every single time i end experiencing a new angle of this marvellous piece of architecture. Built in the 16th century, one of the most eternal symbols of love, Tajmahal is a must see for a person visiting India. The brilliant architecture along with the exceptional glass inlays on the wall of Tajmahal has given it a place in the 7 wonders of world and a world heritage site by UNESCO. Apart from the main structure the garden and fountains laid in the Persian Charbagh style layout is quite an experience. Of all the tourist places in North India Tajmahal stands to be the most famous one.
Also known as the ‘All India Memorial’ or ‘Amar Jyoti’ this gate was built in the memory of the 80000 soldiers who died in the First World War and Second Anglo Afghan war fighting for countries like France, Africa, Persia. Designed in a roman style by Edwin Lutyens it also stands tall on Rajpath the ceremonial boulevard of India.
The residence of Mughal Emperor for almost 200 years this forst built by emperor Shahjahan stand tall even today and is the centre of National parade on Independence day every year. From here the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag and delivers his speech to the nation. The Red fort has also been declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007.
Amritsar (the tank of holy nectar) was founded in 1574 and the Harmandir Sahib was built in the center of it. In nineteenth century Maharaja Ranjit Singh covered the upper floors of the gurudwara with gold to protect it from attack and that’s how the name of Golden temple came into existence. The Gurudwara is open to people from any religion, colour, creed and gender.
Built by Rajput king Rawal Jaisal in the 11th century, this fort is a majestic landmark on the Thar Desert. Visible from far the yellow sandstone walls of this fort give an impenetrable look to the fort. The height of the walls is almost 250ft from the surrounding plain areas. Once inside you will come across three layers of walls that Rajput army used to defend the people inside. Currently there are almost 100 families residing within the fort who call themselves the descendants of the owner. The fort also has many eateries catering to Indian, french and Italian tastes
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This post was originally published on 'The Floating Lens'.