8 Escapes to Heritage Destination for the Art Loving Couple | HolidayIQ Blog

8 Escapes to Heritage Destination for the Art Loving Couple

8 Escapes for the Art Loving Couple wikimedia.org

Be it forts of royal legacy or temples built as testimony to engineering feats of the past, the art loving couple has a host of destinations to choose from to escape the daily madness. HolidayIQ travellers suggest 8 such sites to start planning your holiday. 


1. Khajuraho

Khajuraho
Click to See More Photos
Share source: HolidayIQ

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

Jaipur
Click to See More Photos
Share source: HolidayIQ

HolidayIQ Reviewer Sukhvinder Kaur adds, “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. ...Beautiful colourful art work is done on the entire wall with organic colors which is still as wonderful, as it was in the year of inception, ie 1621. There are two gardens around the palace. One is called Mohan Garden, having an artificial lake, also called Saffron Garden. The other garden is called Dilla-Ram Garden. Both these gardens are named after the main Architects of the palace. ” Read Full Review


HolidayIQ Reviewer Bishwaksen Bandyopadhyay says, “A complex of palaces with a good collection of paintings and textiles...The first gallery you will come to is the Textile Museum, with dresses and objects used by the erstwhile Maharajas. Behind this to the left lies the Diya Kumari art gallery which contains hundreds of paintings and photographs. To the right of that is a gallery for arms and ammunition. All these lie in one square.” Read Full Review

3. Hampi

Hampi
Click to See More Photos
Share source: HolidayIQ

HolidayIQ Reviewer Nikita Shah adds, “Treasure in the Ruins ...This temple is truly a proof of how talented and scientific were our ancestors. It really made me feel why do we Indians go abroad like Italy, etc to admire their architecture. We have a world full of treasure here in India itself. 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


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

Chittorgarh
Click to See More Photos
Share source: HolidayIQ

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

333

5. Ajanta & Ellora

Ajanta & Ellora
Click to See More Photos
Share source: HolidayIQ

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. Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram
Click to See More Photos
Share source: HolidayIQ

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

7. Sanchi

Sanchi
Click to See More Photos
Share source: HolidayIQ

HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq adds, “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


HolidayIQ Reviewer Rizwanuddin Rafiq says, “Satavahanas beautiful contribution ...Four elaborately carved ornamental gateways were contributed to the embellishment of the Buddhist Great Stupa of Sanchi by the Satavahanas In the 1st century BCE, as they patronized Prakrit language instead of Sanskrit. They supported Buddhism as well as Brahmanism. Who were the grantee of the Mauryas. ” Read Full Review

8. Thanjavur

Thanjavur
Click to See More Photos
Share source: HolidayIQ

HolidayIQ Reviewer S.BASKARA RAO adds, “Big temple Thanjavur, formerly Tanjore, is a city in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art, and architecture. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur. ” Read Full Review
HolidayIQ Reviewer Amitra Kar says, “The temple is really BIG and is the second largest in India. The sheer size of it makes you spellbound. And when you explore more on the architectural brilliance of Chola dynasty that too 1000 years ago, you simply get mesmerized! ” Read Full Review

570

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

Blog for us! Write in to editor@holidayiq.com

Get Free Travel Guide for your upcoming Holiday

Photos & Video Reviews
Great Deals from Partners
Travel Itineraries
When to Visit

Get the HolidayIQ Traveller's Guide to & start planning now!

With the best attractions, traveller reviews, hotels, packages and lots more…

Login via Facebook to get your free travel guide to
or register with email ID
  • +356
HolidayIQ travellers used this guide to plan their trip!

Get the HolidayIQ Traveller's Guide to & plan your holiday now!

With the best attractions, traveller reviews, hotels, packages and lots more…

Login via Facebook to get your free travel guide to
  • +356
HolidayIQ travellers used this guide to plan their trip!