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Did You Know? These 10 Cities In India Were Once Capitals Of World-Famous Dynasties

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We all know that India had a rich history made of many legendary dynasties. Here are cities that were once capitals of these dynasties.

Did You Know? These 10 Cities In India Were Once Capitals Of World-Famous Dynasties:

  1. Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
  2. Badami (Karnataka)
  3. Delhi
  4. Uttar Pradesh
  5. Kanchipuram (Tamil Nadu)
  6. Patna (Bihar)
  7. Raigad (Maharashtra)
  8. Rajgir (Bihar)
  9. Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu)
  10. Madurai (Tamil Nadu)

1. Paithan - The Capital Of The Satvahanas Dynasty

Paithan - The Capital Of The Satvahanas Dynastysource: wikimedia

Paithan (Pratisthana) was the capital of the Satvahana kingdom. The moved further South but the capital was Paithan. The place has historic remain from their time of rule and people with interest in history will find it enchanting,

2. Badami - The Heart Of The Chalukya Empire

Badami - The Heart Of The Chalukya Empiresource: wikimedia

The place wa the capital of the great Chalukya empire and has architecture testifying to their creativity and imagination.

HolidayIQ Traveller Arun says, "Badami is located in North Karnataka in Bagalkot District. It is protected bt ASI these days. It is famous for the cave temples and afew other temples.There are 5-6 cave temples with many sculptures and inscriptions on outside and inside.. Each one Belongs to a different Dieties and different stream of thought.. Make sure you seek the help of a guide or use audiocompassguide android app. Will be a loss if you don t understand what you see. Aihole and pattadackal are located really close and are easily accessible from Badami. These 3 monuments can be covered in a single day easily if you set out a bit early in the morning."

3. Delhi - Centre Of Power Of The Mughal Empire

Delhi - Centre Of Power Of The Mughal Empiresource: wikimedia

That Delhi was the capital of the grand Mughal empire is not really a secret. Multiple monuments by the Mughals are a proof of their rule.

HolidayIQ Traveller Rishi says, "In Delhi many historical place can be seen. In Delhi Jama Masjid, red fort, India gate, Kutubminar, etc.. Place is superb, There the people were so helpful and cute. I loves this place so much developed. My overall experience was wonderful because I was with my brother with own car. If your coming to Delhi prefer Metro or Cab don't prefer any Bus."

4. Kanauj - Of The Harshavardhan Dynasty

Kanauj - Of The Harshavardhan Dynastysource: wikimedia

Kannauj or Kanauj was the centre of Harshvarshan's kingdom. The place is historically rich and you can only know that after visiting it.

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5. Kanchipuram - Where The Pallavas Reigned

Kanchipuram - Where The Pallavas Reignedsource: wikimedia

Being one of the ancient cities in South India, the history of Kanchipuram can be traced back to the reign of the Pallavas. Kanchipuram acquired its glory under the Pallava dynasty, from the 4th to 9th centuries and was the capital city of the Pallavas.

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhishek says, "First trip to this place. Only issue was that it was not closer to most of the places. But it was real enjoyment to get into such lovely tourist destination. South indian temples are best when comes to sculptures. Getting sort of words, but there is lot to come."

6. Patliputra - Capital Of The Maurya and Gupta Dynasty

Patliputra - Capital Of The Maurya and Gupta Dynastysource: wikimedia

Patna was once called Patliputra and was the capital of multiple kingdoms and dynasties- some of the most glorious and majestic the country has ever seen. The history of Patna can be traced back to 493 BC, when a king of the Magadha empire, Ajathashatru, fortified the then called Pataligrama. His son, Udayi continued the dynasty and developed the village into a town and thus, Pataliputra was formed.Later, Pataliputra was ruled by many dynasties, the most important of which is the Mauryan empire, under which it was developed. It was also the capital of the Magadha Empire under the Haryanka, Nanda, Gupta, Mauryan, Pala, Sunga and Suri dynasties.

7. Raigad - Under The Rule Of Shivaji - The Great

Raigad - Under The Rule Of Shivaji - The Greatsource: wikimedia

In 1656, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj defeated Chandra Rao More to win the region and after four years, the capital of the Maratha Kingdom was shifted to Raigad. He won the Raigad Fort, which is also referred to as the Gibraltar of the East.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sid says, "It is the capital of the Maratha Kingdom. Maharashtra's only ropeway. Good facilities to spend a night at the top. A very good place to explore. Also very great to view the sunrise as well as the sunset. Watching the stars on a dark night is also a heavenly experience."

8. Rajgir - Home To The Early Magadh Empire

Rajgir - Home To The Early Magadh Empiresource: wikimedia

Rajgir was the capital of the Magadh Mahajanpad when Patliputra was not formed. In those days it was called Rajgrih. Rajgir or Rajgrih means ‘the home of Royalty’. This place has been associated with Lord Buddha and Buddhism. Buddha spent many years in Rajgir. The Jivekarmavan monastery was the preferred residence of the Buddha. Even Bimbisar gave Venuvan Vihar to Buddha for his residence.

HolidayIQ Traveller Emma says, "This is the palace of Buddha. A lot of thing is present here. Such as hot kund, japanese temple, venu van etc. And also big mountain is also present here. I visited this place 2 times. This is the very natural place. I love this types of place. So everyone have to visit here."

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9. Thanjavur - Home To The Chola Dynasty

Thanjavur - Home To The Chola Dynastysource: wikimedia

The place is one of the oldest cities in India and existed since the times of the Chola Kings. It was being ruled by Nayaks and Maratta kings who integrated the art and culture into the monuments like Grand Anaicut, The Big Temple, The Serfoji Mahal Library etc. The place has a mythological background attached to it making it a divine place. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Uday says, "Must visit as it is a temple town. People there are good at treating the visitors. Food part also is good for those who like south Indian dishes but travelling is difficult and this was the negative part especially when it comes to city buses. The bus stops are to be maintained."

10. Madurai - Of The Pandya Dynasty

Madurai - Of The Pandya Dynastysource: wikimedia

The history of Madurai dates as far back as the 3rd century BC. The city finds mention in the works of Megasthenese as well as Arthashastra by Kautilya. Madurai was ruled by the Kalabhras until the 6th century, after which, it was subsequently ruled by many other dynasties, viz. the Pandyas, Cholas and Nayaks.

HolidayIQ Traveller Purshottam says, "Minakshi amman mandir is the best in Madurai. Other place you may visit is Gandhi Museum is good. You may visit Kodaikanal ( 90 km ) from here a good hill station. Veg food in south Indian style is easily available. If you need North Indian food you may visit to MARWADI's or Sree Mohan Bhojnalay near Minkshi temple."

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