7 Gems that Couples in Love With India's Cultural Heritage Should Explore | HolidayIQ Blog

7 Gems that Couples in Love With India's Cultural Heritage Should Explore

7 Gems for Couples in Love With India's Cultural Heritage

HolidayIQ reviewers hand pick budget destinations for the couple keen to explore the glorious past. 

1. Khajuraho

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Heritage | World Heritage | Sunrise | Garden

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saranya Devanathan shares, “Art pieces on sale Shilpagram is at the entrance of the western group of temples....Nicely organised galleries of art pieces. One can buy a nice silk night dress, or semiprecious stone ring or big sculpture or small momentos for gifts. Marble with inlay work is there. All erotic sculpture replicas are there. ...A beautiful Lord Krishna's statue is worth looking at. The sales persons are courteous and make the package safe for long distance travel.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Saranya Devanathan shares, “Huge Sphinx like Nandi The best part is a huge sphinx kind of Nandi on the top of the temple. If one starts from Varaha temple on the left side, by the time we reach Vishwanath temple on the right we are tired. Even the guide says all the temples are the same, I have told you the story, after little rest you can go on your own and see the temple. ...On unusual building is there next to Vishwanath temple. It does not fit into the sculpture of the rest. ” Read Full Review

2. Jaipur

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Palace | Heritage | Weather | Peaceful

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sukhvinder Kaur adds, “Beautiful colourful art work is done on the entire wall with organic colors which is still as wonderful. Beautiful carving work is done on the outer walls of Diwan- i- khas with convex Belgium glass pieces. This is also known as Sheesh Mahal, which is the Main attraction of the palace.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “After four days spent on heritage value site, whole day we relaxed and in the evening we booked the cab for Chokhi Dhani Village resort, situated at Tonk Road to have fun and recreation in pure Rajasthani way.” Read Full Review

3. Hampi

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Temple | Heritage | World Heritage | Peaceful

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ami Bhat says, “Musical and artistic wonder The most popular feature of this temple are the musical pillars and I was raring to go and see these for myself.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Prakash Manjrekar shares, “Most outstanding hotel in Hampi Vitthala Temple - 16th century temple is dedicated to Lord Vitthala, after the Deity in Pandharpur has fifty-six musical pillars, each sounding a different musical tone when struck. There are sculptures of Varaha and other incarnations of Lord Vishnu. In the hall there are pillars decorated with various carved forms of Narasimha. It is considered to be the most outstanding temple in Hampi. In front of the temple there is an impressive stone chariot for Garuda, Lord Vishnu's carrier. The stone wheels move. This temple is a World Heritage Monument (one of three in South India).” Read Full Review

4. Chittorgarh

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “Fort epitomizes in its Tragic History...The great battle-scarred Chittorgarh Fort epitomizes in its tragic history the valour, romance, chivalry and strict death-before-dishonour code glorified in Rajput myths and legends. Sprawling across 692 acres, atop a steep 591 ft rocky hill. Chittorgarh ruined palaces, temples and towers bear witness to its illustrious and turbulent past, when it was the Capital of the Sisodia rulers of Mewar, between the 12th and 16th centuries.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ayesha Das says, “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. A glimpse of the fort still makes one to think the glory of the Rajputs who once lived here ” Read Full Review

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5. Ajanta & Ellora

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Jaydeep Banerjee adds, “A breath-taking spot with panoramic views ...Outside the entrance (adjacent to the road) is the Ajanta Visitor Centre (Part-1) spread over 17, 936 square metres. The replicas of four main caves (No. 1, 2, 16 and 17) have been created here using simulated stone technology to give shape of the stone, colouring, and carving. The centre also houses audio-visual presentations, library, cafeteria, amphitheatre and ample parking space. It may have been wiser to visit the centre and soak in some of the experiences than plough through the heat and humidity in the real caves as I am certain the information available in the centre would have been more educative. But since we had made the trip, we could not go back without experiencing the real thing. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rudraswamy Y j shares, “Incredible india - Ajantha Caves crafted using hammer and chisel ...While walking on the pathway outside Ajanta, they look like the simple caves carved out in the hill. But they aren't just caves;inside big rooms with many pillars and carvings of deities. The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist, while the caves at Ellora are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain.” Read Full Review

6. Puri

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Beach | Sunset | Peaceful | Heritage

HolidayIQ Reviewer Bineet Nayak says, “Konark Sun temple shaped like a giant chariot is a 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to the Sun God that marks the highest point of achievement of Kalinga architecture depicting the grace, joy and the rhythm of life.” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhay Parmar adds, “This is an old 13th century temple and is the UNESCO world heritage site. The carvings and stone sculptures in the temple are remarkable.” Read Full Review

7. Mahabalipuram

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HolidayIQ Reviewer NUPUR ANAND says, “Calm soothing serene Mahabalipuram is an ancient developed town by Pallavas dynasty , located in the Kancheepuram district of Tamilnadu....The beauty of this destination lies in its sea shore. If you are a nature lover and sea or beaches crave your holiday moods, then it's a must visit....The sea shore temples, Pancha Rathas, Thirukadalmallai- The temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu , Varaha Cave Temple a small rock-cut temple dating back to the 7th century, The Shore Temple and Light House- built in 1894, are surely to be paid a visit. ” Read Full Review

HolidayIQ Reviewer mohan babu shares, “There are numerous Rock Temples which would need at least one day to cover all these sculptures. There are entry fees for Car and tourist vehicles. As well as entry fees for certain Rock Temples. Lot of shops where one can buy articles made of rock and sea shells. There are many resorts at nominal price to enjoy. The seafood is awesome.” Read Full Review

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