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7 Heritage Sites Every True Indian Should go to Once in Life

7 Heritage Sites Every True Indian Should go to Once in Life

Blessed with beautiful beaches adorning the coastline, lush mountains, valleys and an array of monuments. These monuments include historical places, monuments, temples and religious sites have played a special part in India's cultural evolution. The 40s are the perfect time to discover this richness, leaving respnsibilities aside for a bit. HolidayIQ reviewers have narriwed down your 7 best bets. 

1. Puri

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Nilanjana Ghosh adds, “The legendary lord Jagannathtemple - Must visit place in one's lifetime Thetemple is huge and worth visit! Jay Jagannath! It's better to visit early in the mornings before 9 am, when the rush is low....They give you bhog ( food offered to lord) as per your puja.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhay Parmar adds, “Konark is an old 13th centurytemple and is the UNESCO world heritage 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.”

2. 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 temple in 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. ”

3. Varanasi

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HolidayIQ Reviewer Ajey Balaji V shares, “The evening aarti on the Dashashwamedh Ghat is soul enriching...Be it an Indian or a Guest from another country, the Kashi Vishwanathtemple is bound to attract one like a flower beckoning a bee. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Ananth Pranesh adds, “Most popular Dwadasa Lingatemple Vishwanathtemple is one of the Dwadasha Jyotirlingatemples. It is a very ancient and most reveredtemple.temple complex has a shrine for Parvati devi and also has a old well called Gyan Koop. There is also Annapurneshwaritemple close to Vishwanathtemple. ”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Suman Mukherji adds, “Oldest temple city of India”

4. 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.”

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5. 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. ”

6. 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 Varahatemple on the left side, by the time we reach Vishwanathtemple on the right we are tired.”

7. Madurai

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HolidayIQ Reviewer shijo thomas adds, “ lot of sculptures and security staff.temple is dedicated to Parvati and built in 1600s surrounded by 14 Gopurams. Hall of 1000 pillars has carved pillars, but the new granite flooring takes the charm away from this age old structure.”

HolidayIQ Reviewer Arun Rajan shares, “Ancient temple in the bottom of hill An ancienttemple located at the foot of a beautiful hill. ”

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