Republic Day long weekend is coming up! Have you planned your trip yet? This year, we are celebrating 69th Republic Day, and with Republic Day falling around weekend, it’s time to make the most of this opportunity by travelling to places you have never been to. Plan a trip to these historical destinations in India and learn about their relevance in Indian History.
Delhi has a distinguished history, and so have all the monuments there. Visit the capital city for its incredible heritage. Pay a visit to the innumerable monuments and heritage sites that give Delhi its cultural identity – From Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Qutb Minar to lesser-known Tughlakabad Fort, Old Fort or Lodi Tomb; In Delhi, you wouldn’t run out of options to see.
Agra is popular for its prized possession – the Taj Mahal, one among the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit this magnificent town to get a glimpse of the Taj Mahal and also, Agra Fort, an integral part of the British history of India. The Fort was the site of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and today, it’s one of the world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO. Located by the Yamuna River, this incredibly beautiful fort features a unique blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture.
Situated on the banks of Tungbhadra River, Hampi is an extremely significant place in terms of history and architecture. This beautiful village, marked as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a plethora of ruins and an intriguing mythological past. Hampi was the capital of Vijayanagara Empire from 1343 to 1565. Hampi Festival, held for 3 days in November, is the most important festival celebrated here, and it attracts many people from around the globe. It is organized by the Government of Karnataka with dance, music, drama and processions.
Jaipur is the fortress of luxury; a sea of palace windows; a voyage through history. Jaipur is the land of many architectural wonders, and is a beautiful gateway to India’s most flamboyant state, Rajasthan. While in Jaipur, don’t forget to pay a visit to the fascinating Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort.
Built mostly between 950 and 1050, Khajuraho has a great relevance in history as it was the first capital of the Chandela Dynasty of Rajputs. Best known for erotic sculptures, there are about 20 temples devoted to sexuality, here. If you are a history buff, Khajuraho is the perfect destination to get a glimpse into ancient Hindu faith and Tantric practices. The temples are now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Located in the middle of nowhere in Maharashtra, the fascinating Ajanta and Ellora caves are carved into hillside rock. Dating back to between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, there are 34 caves at Ellora with an interesting mix of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain religions. Ajanta has 30 Buddhist caves that were constructed in two phases, in the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. If you have an eye for paintings, sculpture and architecture, this destination is a must visit.
Konark Sun Temple
Konark Sun Temple holds a pride of place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This 13th century Temple is the grandest and most well-known sun temple in India. Built by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty, this magnificent temple was made as a giant chariot for Surya, the Sun God, with 12 pairs of wheels pulled by seven horses. Though many important parts of the temple were ruined, this heritage site sees many tourist from across the world.
Known for its stone craving, Mahabalipuram, is one of the oldest towns in India. Ruled by the ancient Pallava Dynasty during the 1st Century to 140 AD, Mahabalipuram was a port town. The list of monuments here have been deemed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and is a major tourist attraction for people from across the country. When in Mahabalipuram, you can see Arjuna’s Penance, Thirukadalmallai, Cave Temples, Shore Temples, and Panch Rathas.
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