#TravelBytes: Top 5 places in India for history buffs
The Indian soil has witnessed countless dynasties come and go, innumerable wars, and many rulers- thus resulting in a plethora of historically and culturally significant townships, featuring historic ruins, monuments, temples, and more. If you've been on a lookout for historic places in India to visit, look no further. Here are top 5 best places in India for the history buff in you.
Hampi boasts of ruins from as early as 14th century
Believed to be a trade center of diamonds and other gems during ancient times, the age-old town of Hampi in Karnataka is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring early temples, chariot structures, elephant stables, and countless monumental ruins all around. When in Hampi, take guided tours to the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, the popular Vithala Temple complex, and the Hazara Rama temple.
Agra is testimony to the grandeur of the Mughal Architecture
The earlier capital of the mighty Mughal Empire, Agra is testimony to their historic, cultural, and architectural grandeur. One cannot simply leave Agra without seeing the world-famous monument of love- the spectacular Taj Mahal, built by emperor Shah Jahan to immortalize his love for deceased wife Mumtaz Mahal in the mid-17th century. Also look out for the Agra Fort, Akbar's Tomb, and I'timād-ud-Daulah's Tomb.
Witness the medieval Indian architecture in Khajuraho, MP
Khajuraho is a celebrated historic town in Madhya Pradesh, known for its many architecturally appealing set of temples- that are a unique blend of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The temples are famed for their elaborate depictions of lovemaking, art, sensuality, cult icons, gods, and apsaras. Also do not miss out on the spellbinding sound and light show, portraying the tale of the Chandela dynasty.
The mesmerizing Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, to get the true taste of Indian history and art. The majestic Ajanta caves showcase the sculptures and paintings belonging to Buddhist and Jataka tales. Furthermore, the 34 caves at Ellora with hand-carvings on the walls of a basaltic hill are a blend of three religions- Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.
Experience the historic might of Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu
A famous tourist spot in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Thanjavur (previously called Tanjore) is the place where the dance form of Bharatnatyam finds its roots. A significant Chola dynasty town, Thanjavur is known for the glorious 11th century Brihadeeswara Temple. Other must-visits there are the Thanjavur Maratha Palace, and Saraswathi Mahal Library. Also, do take home beautiful Tanjore paintings for souvenirs.