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10 Places to Experience India's Glorious Past

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There is no better travel companion for you than just you! HolidayIQ Travellers share their experiences about these soul-captivating heritage places in India. Experience a window into India's past and our startling acheivments in architecture, religion and culture.

1. Jaipur

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Fort | Palace | Heritage | Culture

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sanjay Rajwani shares, “Awsome pink city-Jaipur Jaipur's most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary, fairy-tale, pink sandstone, delicately honeycombed hive that rises a dizzying five storeys. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sukhvinder Kaur shares, “Amazing Palace Foundation of Amber Palace was laid by king Man Singh and was completed during the regime of King Jai Singh II. It took 137 years for its completion. Entry is through Chand Pol, which was the general public entry point. For royal Family, the entry point used to be through the Suraj Pol.” Read Full Review

2. Hampi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sharath Shivakumar shares, “Awesome Journey back in Time It was a long cherished dream to visit the historical place - Hampi which has a rich cultural and archaeological heritage. Hampi cannot be seen in a day. You would need at least 3 days to see almost all the places. It would be a good if you have an idea of the places you will want to visit and how you want visit before you reach Hampi. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Nikita Shah shares, “Treasure in the Ruins This temple is truly a proof of how talented and scientific were our ancestors. ...The carvings on the temple, the musical pillars, the history inscribed in the form of architecture and precision carvings is totally worth travelling here. ” Read Full Review

3. Hyderabad

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Sunil Kunnoth adds, “Charminar - The famous landmark of Hyderabad The Charminar is the most famous landmark of Hyderabad. It is a heritage site but not maintained well. You will love it more from outside the building. Once you enter inside the monument by climbing the spiral staircase, you may lose your interest. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “Vault Destiny. Let us have a tour to the Golkonda or Golaconda or ancient name Shepherd's Hill, Quli Qutub Shah, who declared independence from The Bahmani Sultanat in 1518 and his dynasty arose. This forte built on 400feet high granite hill and remained to be the dynasty's capital till moved to Mohammed Nagar Later Hyderabad by 1590.” Read Full Review

4. Lucknow

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Satish Tripathi adds, “Husainabad Clock Tower is a fine architectural heritage monument in Lucknow It is always good thing to know or read little bit of the history, before seeing any monument. Because only then you will develop curiosity and see the monument from that angle. Hussainabad Clock Tower or Ghantaghar of Lucknow is situated in Hussainabad, just in between Chhota Imambara and Rumi Darwaza.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Srijan Srivastava shares, “Kaiserbagh - Historical place The Kaiserbagh Palace in Lucknow was envisaged by Wajid Ali Shah. He wanted to create a paradise garden, the concept that was imported to India by the Maugham Emperor, Babur. The Kaiserbagh Palace, Lucknow is remarkable for its architectural brilliance.” Read Full Review

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5. Sanchi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq shares, “Foundation of Buddhist establishment by great patron Ashoka...Great Stupa of Sanchi is situated in Sanchi Town, District Raisen MP, India, and also marked as Stupa No. 1, at this ancient Buddhist Vihara. Emperor Ashoka who was the great patron of Buddhism, selected Yelagiri Hill now known as Sanchi Hill, for the foundation of a Buddhist establishment, because the hill ensured quietude and seclusion necessary for monastic life and also was situated close to the rich, populous and patronising city of Vidisha.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “A Museum that provides more informations to visitors about Sanchi Monuments Sanchi Museum is an Archaeological Museum, situated before the hill and circuit house, in Sanchi, district Raisen, MP. As this Buddhist establishment was re-discovered by General Teller in 1818, who brought in the notice of local population and drew their attention about this ancient Buddhist monument.” Read Full Review

6. Puri

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Kaberi Prasad says, “A heritage village of Odissa with its ancestral art This October we have visited this village after gathering some knowledge from internet. It is near about 18 km from Puri. One can easily hire auto to visit this village. A small village welcomes with the Hoarding "Raghurajpur". You can find paintings and other crafts from the very beginning house of the village and it moves on and on. A local artist spontaneously came to us to guide our village tour. Under his guidance we visited three families where we surprised to find that all the family members were artists. The villagers were very welcoming. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ravi Raj says, “A great piece of Ancient Indian Architecture - Visit while Sunrise or Sunset This 13th century built Sun Temple is a great piece of Indian architecture. The temple is shaped like a gigantic chariot along with carved wheels and pillars. It is a UNESCO world heritage. I have visited this place twice. It is really must watch location if you visit Odisha. ” Read Full Review

7. Khajuraho

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Nivedith Gajapathy says, “A temple with rich culture and architecture Devi Jagadambika temple or Jagadambika temple of a group of about 20 temples at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. Khajuraho is a World heritage site. The temples of Khajuraho were built by the rulers of the Chandella dynasty between the 10th and the 12th centuries. Apsara, Devi Jagadambi ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Lakshmi Sharath adds, “Western Group of Temples - Khajuraho The temples of Khajuraho were built by the Chandela dynasty over 1000 years ago and they are now a UNESCO World heritage Site.” Read Full Review

8. Varanasi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Pritesh Mehta shares, “Tulsi Mana Temple This temple has traditional and cultural history. It is located 7 km from Varanasi. It is establishment of Tulsi das and he wrote Ramayan whole book here. This is also know as Ram Charit Manas dedicated to god Ram.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Pritesh Mehta says, “Eye-catching fort It is built by Maharaja Balawant Singh in 17th century. It is located at bank of river Ganga. This is the royal residence of Maharaja Balwant singh. They are also known as King of Kashi. This fort is built with precious marble stone and glossy marble stone give the fort eye-caching appearance.” Read Full Review

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9. Chittorgarh

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Ayesha Das says, “Romance with the Ruins of Chittorgarh !! Chittorgarh Fort is the largest fort in India and the grandest in the state of Rajasthan. The fort, also known as Chittor, was the capital of Mewar and was named after Chittrangada Maurya. The fort has a long story of romance, courage, determination and sacrifice. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq adds, “Ruins are able to highlight its elegance Rana Kumbha's Palace ruins are able to highlight its elegance, which was built between 1433 and 1468, probably the earliest surviving example of a Rajput Palace. Its Northern side has a profusion of richly carved balconies, and a unique stepped wall, completely dressed stones were used in exterior with decorated, sculpted and engraved flowers artwork to magnify the glory of the Palace. ” Read Full Review

10. Thanjavur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Isha Jajoo adds, “Thanjavur- a place from history book Well, Thanjavur is not in everyone' s list but it had alwayz been in my checklist. There are two main reasons - one because of its architecture and another for its especial Thanjavur paintings which I did not know until I read history book and about Chola dynasty and came down to South. As far as architecture is considered, Brihadeshwara temple is infamous UNESCO site and paintings here are made of gold .. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer S.M.Bega Raaj shares, “A must see heritage site Majestic!!! Huge and Handsome!! ...One of the most beautiful Temple in Tamilnadu, symbolizing the pride of Tamil culture. Hats off to the Designer and the team of sculptures for sculpting this monumental structure. ” Read Full Review

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