Want to do historical visit in India?
India has always remained a place that is rich in culture, food, traditions, and history. But in India there are a whole lot of historical sites, in Delhi itself, you will have around 25 or more than 25 historical sites.
But it would be kind of tiring and monotonous to visit 25 historical sites within a city, so here we are bringing to you 7 best-handpicked places from vivid states that are rich in history, religion, and architecture.
1. Konark Temple, Odisha (Abode of Sun God)
The name "KONARK" was derived from "Kona" means corner and "Arka" means Sun. It was built by a king named Narasimha Deva, in the memory of his victory against Muslims.
If you take a long view of this temple it resembles like the chariot of Surya Dev and this temple is actually dedicated to Surya Dev.
This temple is made up of Black Pagoda and Black Granite. This historical site has got 24 wheels and is pulled by 7 horses (as it represents sun god's chariot).
And these spokes on the wheels depict the sundial and when sunlight falls on them the shadow cast by them tells you the precise time.
The interesting fact is that Sun God's chariot represents the 7 days and 24 hours in a day (got 24 wheels and pulled by 7 horses). And there are 3 statues of the Sun Gods where the sun rays fall during dawn, noon and sunset time.
2. Rani ki Vav, Gujarat (step well as the mark of love)
Well, we all have heard about Taj Mahal which is famous as the token of love but not many of us are aware of this historical heritage which was recognized as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2014.
It was flooded by the Saraswati River nearby and was silted until the time period of the late 1980's and later it was excavated by ASI.
It was built by King Bhim Dev for his wife Udayamati. As you step down towards the well you could see the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu and along with that on the walls, you could see the beautifully sculpted work that shows Yokinis, Apsaras, and Nakakanyas.
If you are more vigilant you could have seen this place image on new 100 rupees note. If not then definitely have a look at the new purple colored 100 rupee notes.
3. Ajanta Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
It’s the perfect blend of 3 faiths – Jainism, Buddhism, and Brahmanism. In total there are 34 caves in which 17 dedicated to Brahmanism 12 for Buddhism and 5 for Jainism.
There are 29 caves that are flooded with sculptures and paintings which typify Buddha and tell Jataka Tales.
Most of these caves were used by monks for chanting their prayers and studying purposes. So if you want to have a pacified day in your life does visit this place and relish the beauty of craftsmanship and rich culture of India.
4. Mysore Palace, Karnataka
This place is one of the most frequently visited places by tourists. Earlier it used to be the residence of rulers but now it's transformed into a historical rich museum.
It has got a plethora of paintings, artifacts, weapons, clothing of the royal family and many more.
This palace was renovated by many emperors this reason makes this place even more beautiful and rich because it has got the mixture of Hindu, Rajput and Mughal styles.
So if you are in Karnataka don’t forget to pin this place in your memory.
5. Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
This place has got a collection of temples in vivid forms and size. And each temple and the carvings on it depict a story. Like the sculptures made on cave temples weaves about Arjun obtaining the Pashupata.
There are 11 temples on both the sides and they are called Mandapas and they carry the Dravidian style of architecture combined with Buddhist elements.
There is a carving that shows the "Descent of Ganges" and it was sculpted through pink granite and it shows how the powerful Lord Shiva has made the water of Ganga descent from heaven to earth.
Really India is rightly called unity in diversity, where else can you find such rich and precise architecture?
6. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Come on now let's move onto the pink city. This beauty was designed by Lal Chand Ustad and it's made up of red and pink sandstone.
Just like we watch the cricket match in a stadium while sitting in a gallery similarly Hawa Mahal was also an old age gallery where the royal ladies would sit and take an outside view of the festivals or events that were going on in the streets as they always used to be in purdah.
It's the amalgamation Mughal and Rajput architecture. So if you are in the pink city then definitely visit this place and feel the royal vibe.
7. Khajuraho Temple, Madhya Pradesh
These temples were made during 1050 by Rajputs but it was not known until the British people discovered it from the clutches of dense forest in the early 19th century.
This temple is a perfect example that depicts Kama Sutra evolved in India, it has erotic sculptures and those sculptures show love, life, and worship.
And along with it also shows the Hindu faith and Tantric practices that still do exist in Hinduism.
But in 12th-century Muslim invaders came and took over this place and it was ruined but its ruins were preserved as it was listed under the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.