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5 Places for Families Looking For a Deeper Travelling Experience

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Are you the kind of family who likes to appreciate art and architecture on the go? Then this is the perfect list for you. It contains some magnificent heritage sites that are supposed to top your bucket list. 

1. Hampi: Explore the magnificent ruins

Hampi: Explore the magnificent ruins
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HolidayIQ reviewer Shazneen Singaporewala says, "All major points marked on the map include the Vittala temple (there are battery operated cars which are the only means of reaching the temple. Do hire a guide). Other temples and ruins include Virupaksha temple, Ganesha temple, Bada linga temple, Varaha temple, the queen's bath, elephant stables, watch tower, Lotus Mahal, Hazara Rama temple and stone sisters to name a few."

HolidayIQ reviewer Ami Bhat talks about Vijaya Vittala Temple, "The most popular feature of this temple is the musical pillars and I was raring to go and see these for myself. The temple opens at 8:30 am and it is said that this is the best time to visit so that you can avoid the crowds. As you enter the temple premises, you will get blown away by the beautiful architecture. The first thing you will lay your eyes on is the "Stone Chariot". A stunning piece of art."

2. Konark: A massive ornamented chariot of the Sun God

Konark: A massive ornamented chariot of the Sun God
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HolidayIQ reviewer Deepak Mishra says, "Konark is known for its Sun Temple and is a delight for the cultural tourist who is remotely interested in history and heritage." HolidayIQ reviewer Siddhartha adds in, "Other than the Sun Temple one should certainly visit Chendrabhaga beach and should also explore the new museum and open air theatre."

HolidayIQ reviewer Manishi Mangla says, "Take a guide at the temple to know about the various carvings and sculptures on the temple. An amazing architecture. Better to take something to eat and drink before entering the temple. Outside the temple, there is a local crafts market.

3. Udaipur: Of regal monuments and stunning lakes

Udaipur: Of regal monuments and stunning lakes
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HolidayIQ reviewer Deepak Mishra says, "Without any doubt, Udaipur is one of the most beautiful places in the world. At Lake Pichola, you have some very good spots to capture the historic beauty of the great city." Deepak also describes the Karni Mata ropeway, "If you remember a scene in the movie 'Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani' where Deepika and Ranbir are sitting on the top of a hill and watching a sunset. This is the same place. From the top, you can see the whole city and that view is awesome."

HolidayIQ reviewer Rizwan shares a detailed description of the City Palace, "An intelligent fusion of the Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles, and was built on a hill top that gives a panoramic view of the city and its surrounding. This complex has many palaces all facing towards the east which signifies the Sun Dynasty. Successors have extensively contributed to this structure, which comprises of 11 small separate palaces strung together. The unique aspect of this set is that the architectural design where Rajasthani, Mughal, Medieval, European and Chinese architecture is distinctly homogeneous and eye catching."

4. Khajuraho: Of ancient grandeur and vivid carvings

Khajuraho: Of ancient grandeur and vivid carvings
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HolidayIQ reviewer Lakshmi Sharath says, "The temples of Khajuraho were built by the Chandela Dynasty over 1000 years ago and they are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of the 22 that survive today, most of them are in the Western Group. There are over five big temples and Kandariya Mahadev is one of the biggest and is very impressive. The walls are filled with erotic carvings but I also saw many sculptures that depict Gods and Goddesses. I suggest you visit the temples either in the morning or late afternoon when the light is good. Keep at least two hours to explore the entire complex. As a traveller and heritage enthusiast, I like to spend more time here."

HolidayIQ reviewer Nivedith Gajapathy adds in, "The Lakshmana temple dedicated to Vishnu is located near the Kandariya Mahadeva temple. Devi Jagdamba Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Chausath Jogini Temple, etc are the other major temples in the western complex."

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5. Lepakshi: Spot the floating pillar!

Lepakshi: Spot the floating pillar!
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HolidayIQ reviewer Ami Bhatt gives a vivid description of her visit, "As you enter Lepakshi, you will see the monolithic Nandi on the right. This has been developed into a small park and there is no entrance fee here. Further down the Nandi, you will find the Lepakshi temple. There is generally no crowd here as this is not a well-publicized place. The entrance is free and once you enter, you can go right up to the inner sanctum. You can just spend time exploring and admiring the lovely sculpted pillars. Don't forget to look up at the amazing ceiling. Also, try spotting the floating pillar, where you can swipe an entire newspaper under the pillar. Within the temple premises, the beautiful open-air Kalyana Mantapa takes your breath away. The temple premises are well maintained and clean."

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