Opulent and gigantic palaces, ancient forts that are filled with stories and majestic yet beautiful structures curtsy you at every nook and corner of this beautiful country. The rich history of this country oozes out of all ancient structures and famous historical monuments in India. These monuments are not only beautiful to look at but they alsodepicts tales of romance, bravery, strength and battles.
As recorded India’s history began in the cradle of Harrapan Civilization around 5th millennium BC. After that many rulers and kingdoms have risen and fallen on the Indian soil. These kings and emperors constructed a huge number of architectural wonders, as a mark of their prominence, to satisfy their creative impulses and to honor their ancestors.
The bygone era stays rooted in the society because of these ancient monuments. So, if you are a history buff just as I am and want to taste the rich culture of India and want to hear some interesting stories of that era then,pack a backpack and head over to explore India’s greatest historical monuments of all times!
Here is a list of the historical places & monuments in India I can visit over and over again:
Once there you cannot help but be enthralled by the beauty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is the ultimate epitome of love. Taj Mahal’s grandeur still remains unmatched and will always remain the same. But today Agra has become one of the best weekend getaways from Delhi. This palatial structure of white marble was commissioned to be built in 1632 by Shah Jahan for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took almost 22 years to be completed and is considered one of the most famous historical places & monuments in India.
It is a beautiful fortress of red sand stone standing tall in Agra. If you truly want to get a sense of the rich history of the Mughal era, then visiting opulent fort is a must. It was built in 1565 by Akbar. This historical tourist attraction of India has two flamboyantly designed gates: The Amar Singh Gate and the Delhi Gate. But you should only enter through the Amar Singh Gate if you want to uncover an ancient city filled with gateways, courts, passages, palaces and mosques. We all have enjoyed the movie ‘Jodha Akbar’ but did you know this palace was also the location for the movie.
Another historical tourist attraction of India, the Red Fort was constructed over a span of ten years from 1638 to 1648. This fort was constructed with the orders of Shah Jahan when he shifted the capital from Agra to Delhi and it was known as the Qila-e-Mubarak during the Mughal era. This octagonal fort is also one of the most famous historical places of north India as we all know it is also the site where the President gives his speech on Independence Day.
Let me tell you an interesting fact about this monument, did you know that the Red fort was actually white as it was made of limestone but the British painted it red when they saw the limestone had started chipping off. Staying in Delhi is not a problem as there are plenty of hotels and you can also book from some luxury hotel bookings online. And then you can enjoy these beautiful places.
Qutub Minar is regarded as the first site of Mughal Kingdom in India. It is also one of the best examples of Indo-Muslim architecture with its intricate red sandstone storeys. These are blanketed with carvings and verses from the Quran they are mostly in Arabic and Nagari. Qutub Minar is said to have got its name from Qutb-ud-din Aibak who was the first Muslim ruler of North India. The first mosque in India Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid is also at the foot of Qutub Minar. Did you know Qutub Minar complex has an iron pillar that has not rusted even in 2000 years.
The shape of this monument is like a crown thus, it won’t be wrong to say it is the crowning glory of the Pink city. The ‘Palace of Winds’ or the Hawa Mahal got its name due to the fact that it looks like a honeycomb with its 953 intricate windows. The ruler who built this majestic structure, Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, was a major devotee of Lord Krishna thus; he gave Hawa Mahal the shape of a crown. It is one of the popular tourist attraction points in Jaipur. This palace is also known as the tallest building in the world that has no foundation.
The palace is curved but still it stands firm and tall due to its pyramidal shape. There is a popular story about this construction. I have heard the locals saying that this building was created for the royal ladies so that they could look outside as they were constantly under ‘purdah’.
So, what are you waiting for set out on a historical tour and explore the historical culture and diversity of this beautiful country and uncover some elegant architectural beauty. Lose yourself in the ancient world of history in India but do so at the best price by booking the best and cheap domestic flights in India from the best travel sites.