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10 Heritage Places Everyone Has Been Visiting For The Last 100 years!

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HolidayIQ Travellers share their experiences about these soul-captivating heritage places in India.

10 Heritage Places Everyone Has Been Visiting For The Last 100 years!:

  1. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh)
  2. Taj Mahal, Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
  3. Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar (Punjab)
  4. Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya (Bihar)
  5. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur (Rajasthan)
  6. Mysore Palace, Mysore (Karnataka)
  7. Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi (Madhya Pradesh)
  8. Mumbai (Maharashtra)
  9. Qutb Minar, New Delhi (Delhi)
  10. Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu)

Day 1. Varanasi Ghats

Varanasi Ghatssource: india-tour.net

These ghats are believed to be existing since Gods existed in India and offer eery, mythological stories weaved with holy practices to cleanse your soul.

HolidayIQ Traveller Ashwin Pandey shares, "The Ganga Ghats (river front) are the most popular pilgrimage spot of Varanasi and are centers of music and learning. There is a great tradition of Yatras in the holy city of Kashi and the most sacred path is that of Panchkoshi Parikrama, the fifty-mile path with a radius of five miles that cover 108 shrines along the way, with Panchakoshi Temple as its main shrine."

Day 2. Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal, Agrasource: airpano.ru

Situated on the southern bank of River Yamuna, this mausoleum took almost three decades to finish construction in in 1653. This Wonder of the world was built at an estimated cost of 32 million rupees, which is present day’s 52.8 billion rupees.

HolidayIQ Traveller Bibhu Dash shares, "I have always seen Taj Mahal in photos but when I saw it this July I am astonished by its beauty. It deserves to be one of the wonders of the world. Awesome place with water supply and locker facility available. Don't listen to the local vendors and buy anything there."

Day 3. Harmandir Sahib, Amritsar

Harmandir Sahib, Amritsarsource: Wikimedia

Commonly known as Golden Temple, this cornerstone of this holy place was laid by the Muslim Sufi saint Sai Hazrat Mian Mir on December 28, 1588 and the Gurudwara was built in 1604.

HolidayIQ Traveller Krishna Rajesh shares, "The power of the temple is apparent from the fact that it is perennially crowded. We went on a weekday and it took us about 2 hours to gain entry into the sanctum sanctorum. The temple is clean and there are many volunteers there who will help you in whatever manner they can. Prominent by a total absence of touts or those who want to make a fast buck from tourists. The pond is very serene and imposing and the overall atmosphere of thousands of devotees is electrifying. This place has a magnetic attraction for people from all religions and sects."

Day 4. Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya

Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gayasource: hunt.in

Constructed to mark the location where Buddha attained enlightenment, this is one of the most visited temples in India. It was built somewhere between 5th and 6th century by emperor Ashoka.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rn K shares, "I have been visiting this place for long. It is one of those monuments and places where you experience peace for your soul. It gives me soul awakening divine experience to nourish our earthly body and mind. The view of the mahabodhi tree where Buddha attained salvation/enlightenment, in the evening with people chanting with full heart is always very spiritual.
The Mahabodhi temple is a religious place for the Buddhist. If you are not a Buddhist person, plan your trip considering the below points:
1. It's on the way from Patna or Varanasi to Gaya, hence no deviation is required.
2. The place has a fantastic light and sound show around the story started by one technocrat Navin Sharma of Nalanda.
3. The place is surrounded by trees and provides us cover from the hot sun.
4. Carpet are put across the temple area, hence you don't need to worry about sunburns."


Day 5. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal, Jaipursource: vascotravel.net

Built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh and designed by Lal Chand Ustad, it was made to look like the crown of Lord Krishna. If literally translated, Hawa Mahal means 'palace of winds'. Located in the pink city of Jaipur, it looks like a high screen wall with a lot of windows. It was mainly built for women of the royal household to observe street festivals while unseen from the outside.

HolidayIQ Traveller Karan Aswani shares, "Hawa Mahal is the most awesome and beautiful palace which is situated in JAIPUR or pink city. We enjoyed in Hawa Mahal a lot, there were many foreigners who were also enjoying there and clicking the pictures. The most awesome place in INDIA."

Day 6. Mysore Palace

Mysore Palacesource: Wikimedia

The official residence and seat of the Maharajas of Mysore was commissioned in 1897 and completed in 1912.

HolidayIQ Traveller Saikat Kundu shares, "Mysuru is really a very beautiful destination for tourists. The palace is a must visit, especially on Sundays evenings and other national holidays because it gets lit up for 30 minutes and that's a thing to see! Mysore Zoo, Sreerangapatna, Chamundi Temple, Nandi are amongst the other sites where one can visit. Shopping here is fun, especially Mysore Silk and Sandalwood!"

Day 7. Sanchi Stupa, Bhopal

Sanchi Stupa, Bhopalsource: sanchi.org

The Great Stupa at Sanchi is the oldest stone structure in India and was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE.

HolidayIQ Traveller Suresh Ramaswamy shares, "A 'must see' place about an hour and half drive from Bhopal city, the Sanchi Stupa is archaeologically and historically significant. The monuments attract visitors from several parts of the world. Well maintained neat and tidy, this is a World Heritage Site."

Day 8. CST Railway Station, Mumbai

CST Railway Station, Mumbaisource: Wikimedia

Built in 1887, this is the first Railway station built in India. It was mainly built to transport goods from the then called, Bori Bunder port to various parts of the country. It is one of the busiest railway stations in India and the headquarters of Central Railway till today.


Day 9. Qutb Minar, Delhi

Qutb Minar, Delhisource: indiaheritagesites.files.wordpress.com

The tallest brick minaret in the world was started In 1200 CE by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate started construction of the Qutb Minar. In 1220, Aibak's successor and son-in-law Iltutmish added three storeys to the tower.

HolidayIQ Traveller Kamal Dahiya shares, Me and my friends visited there this year in may and what we found, this building is not only tallest but also amazing. If you have creative mind then you can click many amazing photographs, and you can also sketch it on paper. And in qutub complex an iron pillar is standing against the weather from more than thousand years. This pillar is center of interst for scientists. Whenever you go there you will feel many amazing things. Must visit place once in your life.”

Day 10. Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram

Shore Temple, Mahabalipuramsource: the-golden-chariot.com

Built in 8th Century, this temple is built on the shores of Bay of Bengal in Mahabalipuram. It was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. The holy, granite structures not only attract the believers but also, architecture enthusiasts from across the globe.

HolidayIQ Traveller Anand Bose shares, “Words cannot describe the artistic excellence of this temple. You actually feel proud as soon as you enter the temple premises. The type of carvings and the built is un-matchable. I feel even the roman structures in Italy are not as magnificent as this place. And this temple has stood the test of time by bearing all the salty wind that blows from the sea. You can see the salty weather has degraded the temple but the magic is still there.”

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