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10 Ancient Destinations That Take You Back in Time

by Rohit Agarwal

India is country of variety of traditions and rich cultural heritage. There are many modern as well as historical structures here. Each and every historical structure tells about the rich past of the country. Many methods and techniques used to create these ancient structure remains mysterious and impressive. These structures attract travelers from around the world and leave them awe stuck with their beauty and perfectly carved designs. Check out these 10 awesome ancient destinations in India & fall in love with the country all over again and make your trip a memorable one.

1. Taj Mahal, Agra

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One of the wonders of the world, one can’t miss Taj Mahal while describing the ancient destinations in India. Taj Mahal represents one of the finest works of marble magnificence and architectural wonder. When you hear so much about a place you expect it to be letdown just because nothing can live up to that amount of hype, but Taj Mahal is an exception to that rule. It was built in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

2. Halebidu, Karnataka

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Halebidu is a temple town in Hassan district of Karnataka and was the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire in the 12th century. There are number of ancient temples and structures here. All of them are magnificently beautiful and Hoysala kings love towards art is exhibited in these structures. 

3. Kailashnath Temple, Ellora

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Verified as a world heritage site by UNESCO, Kailash temple is a master piece of stone carving in India. It is a temple of Hindu Lord Shiva carved out of a single stone with beautiful statues and monuments of Lord Shiva. The temple was built with handwork of over more than 200 years.

4. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh

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Fatehpur Sikri is one of the most visited spots in India. Built by Emperor Akbar, Fatehpur Sikri gives you a feel of the rich and beautiful historical culture of medieval Mughal India. It consists of marvelous palaces, huge halls and enchanting mosques. Some of the major monuments in Fatehpur Sikri are Buland Darwaza, Diwa-i-Khas Hall, Panch Mahal, Tomb of Salim Chisti, etc.

5. Humayun Tomb, Delhi

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Built in 1572 by Bega Begum, 14 years after the death of her husband Humayun, Humayun Tomb attracts millions of visitors every year. It is located in East Delhi and is one of the most impressive structure there. It remains open from sunrise to sunset.

6. Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh

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Ayodhya is a city located at the banks of Sarayu River. It is known as the birth place of God king Rama. The various places one can visit in Ayodhya are Ram Janmabhoomi Temple, Moti Mahal, Hanuman Garhi, Kanak Bhawan, Guptar Ghat, Gulabi Bari, Mausoleum of Bahu Begum, etc.

7. Red Fort, Delhi 

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Located in New Delhi, Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years. If you want to get a peek into the true royal lives lived by the Kings, Red Fort is the place to visit. It has 4 museums and it takes around 1 day to see the full Red Fort. The evening lights and sound shown here is awesome. Beauty of this place becomes more adorable on Independence Day.

8. Ajanta And Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

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Ajanta and Ellora caves are one of the major tourist attractions in Maharashtra, owing to the mesmerizingly beautiful paintings in Ajanta and perfectly carved sculptures of Ellora. Want to travel back in time then don’t forget to visit the Ajanta and Ellora caves.

9. Jantar Mantar, Delhi

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Located in Delhi, Jantar Mantar consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. It is an amazing Astronomical Observatory built with precious measurement tools. Jantar Mantar means instrument for calculations. You can see various astronomical instruments like Samrat Yantra, Jai Prakash, Ram Yantra, Niyati Chakra, Misra Yantra, etc.

10. Qutub Minar, Delhi

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Historical, aged and still standing with all pride, Qutub Minar is a great monument built by the rulers of the slave dynasty. Here you can see a great mix of Hindu and Islamic architecture

There are a dozen of more ancient sites and monuments in India. The above list includes some of the best among them. If you are a lover of ancient structure and monuments take a longer vacation and balance your schedule so that you can include all or most of them in your “must visit” list and enjoy and marvel at their beauty.

Author Bio: Rohit Agrawal is an architect by profession and a travel blogger at He loves to travel and explore beautiful place and share his experience about them through his blogs.


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