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10 Windows Into the Evolution of Our Civilization

10 Windows Into the Evolution of Our Civilization

We hold beliefs and uphold traditions all our lives, sometimes without knowing their true meaning. Take a journey through the origins of what has come to be known as Indian culture. HolidayIQ reviewers present 10 places to begin your odessey. 

1. Jaipur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Anuradha Manjul says, “Jaipur Diaries - Hawa Mahal ...The building has been constructed in red and pink sandstone (seen from the front side). The structure was built in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The designer for the same was Ustad Lal Chand who had designed the building in the form of the crown of Krishna (as desired by Sawai Pratap Singh). The structure has 5 stories with 953 Jharokhas (small windows) decorated with intricate latticework. This unique feature of the structure makes it look like a honeycomb of a beehive. The structure rises 15m from its high base.” HolidayIQ Reviewer Sukhvinder Kaur shares, “Foundation of Amber Palace was laid byking Man Singh and was completed during the regime ofking 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.”

2. Mysore

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Lekha Nair says, “Marvellous Architecture Somnathpura is almost 35kms from Mysore....The Chennakesava temple was built by Hoysaladynasty in the 13th century. This temple had 3 idols - the main idol was taken by British people & is now kept in some museum there. The three idols were Keshava, Venugopala & Janardhana. ” HolidayIQ Reviewer Lokesh Nagaraj says, “A truly mesmerizing palace which depicts the rich history of the Wadiyars of Mysore and also the richheritage and cultural history of the city Mysore via the beautiful wall paintings, portraits and photographs. The palace itself is a treat to the eyes as one can see rich marbles, granite stones and European style flooring tiles/stones on the floors and walls of the building which was built under the supervision of an European Architect as the history says. The huge decorative party halls, public halls and darbars with royal chairs made of Gold and Steel will really make one jealous for not being born as aking at that palace.”

3. Jodhpur

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Saurabh Gupta says, “Invincible and mighty Fort The name Mehrangarh began to appear in chronicles and poems. Mehra is a Rajasthani word for the Sun and it is not at all unlikely that the Suryavanshi Rathores (Sundynasty) would name their first citadel in their mythological ancestors honor. One has to visit the Fort to realize the sheer massive size of it. ” HolidayIQ Reviewer Nitish Varshney says, “A Nostalgic Spiritual Place Hills and temples are two places that are incomplete without each other. Same goes with Bhim Badak Cave Temple. I wonder why this place is still underrated by those who visit Jodhpur. ” HolidayIQ Reviewer Jaidev Lohia says, “Heritage place filled with Royalty Also called as Jodhpur City palace, has been divided into 3 parts. 1st portion is the current owner or should I say THE ROYAL FAMILY's accommodation, which is also the prohibited area. 2nd portion is the accessible area. And finally the 3rd portion is being used as a hotel, run by "TAJ" group of hotels. ”

4. Varanasi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Bhaskar Banerjee adds, “Varanasi is a mix of pilgrimage andheritage. It's a nice yet different place to visit. The ghats are good, temples do reflect more than just religious image. Alleys are full of multi-cultural stuffs. And Varanasi definitely paradise for photographers. The 'Arati' on Dasaswamedh ghat at evening is a spectacular event. ” HolidayIQ Reviewer Krishna Reddy says, “Vishwanath temple is the famous holy and sacred temple of Hindus...With the blessings of Lord shiva everybody who visits gets peace and success in their life. ”

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5. Puri

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhay Parmar shares, “Konark is an old 13th centurytemple and is the UNESCO worldheritage site. The carvings and stone sculptures in thetemple are remarkable. Thetemple symbolizes 12 pairs of exclusively architectured gigantic wheels as 12 months of a year and 7 horses dragging it as seven days of week. The architectural construction is of highest quality showing the knowledge and expertise the ancient people had. Interesting fact is the iron bars are lying out in open since long time and are still not rusted. On each side oftemple, sculptures of Sun God are displayed showing from childhood to teenage, middle and old age of Sun God. Good place to experiment with different angles of photography. A visit is recommended during a bright Sunny day, however best time to visit is during Konark Dance festival.” HolidayIQ Reviewer Kaberi Prasad shares, “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. All the families living in this village are artists carrying this ancestral art in their blood. This art is known as PATACHITRA, crafted on TAL PATTA (Palm Leaves), soft board made of cotton sarees & silk, hard shell of coconut, natural glue and natural vegetable colours. ”

6. Hampi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Prakash Manjrekar says, “Spectacular carvings that depicts the epic stories The Krishnatemple which is on the rising ground just above the Ishvara shrine was built by Krishnadeva Raya in 1513 A. D. , the image of which he had brought from a temple in Udayagiri in the Nellore districts of Andhra Pradesh. Now the idol is housed in the Madras museum. This is one of the must see sites in Hampi. The carvings are especially spectacular with the Yalis (the mythical lion) on the pillars and the entrances to thetemple hall flanged with impressive carvings of elephant balustrades.” 

HolidayIQ Reviewer Vyshakh Ramachandran adds, “Queen's bath is the royal way to take a bath for Queen. Structure is huge and bath area is very large. It is located on the way to vittalatemple from Hampi. The inlets and drainage systems were great engineering. This building is now surrounded by well maintained garden.”

7. Amritsar

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Anbu Mathika adds, “The Golden temple: A heaven Reaching the Goldentemple will not be a problem for you as it is very near the Railway station. ...As you enter thetemple, you should wash your bare feet and reach the interior part of the temple. The pond in the middle of the lake and the reflection of the Golden templein it is a sight worth to see. You can have a bath in the pond and then go to worship at the temple. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sankar Narayanan shares, “Holy place to be visited especially on Full Moon day With a white cloth neatly covering my head, I joined the numerous devotees waiting in the bridge connecting the Harmandir Sahib Gurudwara at the Golden temple. ”

8. Mount Abu

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HolidayIQ Reviewer S S says, “Mesmerising carvings, an architectural marvel The Dilwaratemples are the most famous Jaintemples all over the world, and once I visited the place I could totally understand why! It is a cluster of 5 temples and they are a true architectural masterpiece. I...Once you enter thetemples you get so stunned with the intricacy of the carvings and detailing that you can't look away and get so mesmerised, wondering how they must have made these in the times these temples were built and how they must have mounted those up on the ceilings and domes. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Himani Soni shares, “Dilwara Jaintemple with marble stone carvings Dilwara Jaintemple is a very good attraction at Mount Abu. Architecture of thetemple is very attractive and you will love to see thetemple.temple interior is the excellent craftsmanship of the architectures. ”

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9. Khajuraho

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Prema C says, “Khajuraho though a small village with just thetemple as attraction was thronging with foreign tourists who are there on the circuit fromvaranasi to Agra. We got a feeling we were in a wrong place as there were very few Indian tourists. The impression among Indians generally is that Khajuraho is all about Kamasutra, which is not true.” 

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saranya Devanathan says, “Huge Sphinx like Nandi The best part is a huge sphinx kind of Nandi on the top of thetemple. If one starts from Varahatempleon the left side, by the time we reach Vishwanathtemple on the right we are tired."

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