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India is a land with a wealthy and varied history. Many different rulers, dynasties and empires have fought over and controlled different parts of the Indian subcontinent during its exciting history. The various rulers and dynasties left last their legacy in the form of grand monuments and buildings, in dissimilar historical places in India.
Most of India's cities have a history worth exploring, for the
tales of the past are really fascinating. The various monuments
counting palaces, forts, victory pillars and tombs in different
historical places in India, tell magnificent stories of India's
The modern capital of India - New Delhi was built in the site of an ancient imperial capital. Originally the capital of the Tomara clan in the 11th century A.D, Delhi was later the capital of the Delhi sultanate, the strong Mughal Empire and of the British in India. Monuments of Prithviraj Chauhan, the Lodi Tombs, and the Siri Fort of Allauddin Khilji, The Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Humayun's Tomb from Mughal times and Rashtrapati Bhawan and assembly House built in British times are all monuments you would see on your tour of Delhi - one of the most charming historical places in India.
The city of Agra was the regal capital of the Mughal Empire during the reign of Shah Jahan. He built the good-looking mausoleum - the Taj Mahal - for his consort Mumtaz Mahal after her death in 1631. Agra also has a lot of other Mughal monuments - the Agra Fort, the tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, and Akbar's fort at Sikandra close to Agra that make a visit to this historical place in Uttar Pradesh, India, a must see on your tour of the historical places in India.
Located in Maharashtra on India's west coastline Aurangabad is known for being made the capital of the Tughlaq Empire during the reign of Muhammed-bin-Tughlaq. The Devagiri Fort is a historical tombstone in Aurangabad. The city is also near two extremely significant historical places in India - the cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora. These Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cave temples are wonders of Indian architecture, carved out of rock in the hills. The frescoes on the Ahjanta Caves and the beautiful carvings of the Ellora Caves have led to their being documented as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Located in Bihar, India, Bodhgaya is known for its connection with Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism - a religion, which originated in India and now has group all over the world. Buddhist pilgrims from approximately the world, travel to the historical places in India connected with Buddha's life, including Bodhagaya, the site where Buddha gained enlightenment. The Bodhi tree and Mahabodhi Temple are important landmarks in Bodhgaya.
A city better known as the contemporary financial capital of India, Mumbai however does have a rich history. Originally occupied by Koli fishermen, this collection of 7 islands was part of Portuguese country in India. Handed over to the British as part of the offering of Catherine of Braganza - when she married Charles II of England in 1661, Mumbai has some extraordinary colonial architecture and monuments as well as the Victoria Terminus - now called Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus and the Gateway of India.
This regal capital of the Nizams of Hyderabad is home to many grand monuments with the Charminar, the Golconda Fort, the Qutab Shahi Tombs and the Falaknuma Palace. History and modernity co-exist in this city, where a combination of religions, cultures and architectural styles come together to create one of the mainly interesting historical places in India.
Built by the astronomer King Sawaii Jai Singh in 1727 and endowed with impressive palaces and superb forts, Jaipur is one of the most visited historical places in India. The Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Amber Fort and fascinating exorbitant instruments at the Jantar Mantar, make Jaipur a should visit historical destination in India.
This city in Rajasthan, India, founded by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 A.D., is known for its superb golden fortress, historic carved havelis, windswept sand dunes and desert festival - where culture, color and camels give a feast to the eye.
Sparkling like white pearls in the blue waters of Lake Pichola, the lake palaces of Udaipur are significant and architectural gems of Rajasthan, India. This historic city founded by Maharana Udai Singh, is a enjoyment for tourists and historians alike.
The majestic Mehrangarh Fort, set on a high hill overlooks this town of blue painted walls and wonderful palaces, including the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India, was before the princely state of Marwar. The museums in the fort and the palace are amongst the best maintained in India and display weaponry, armor, ornaments and palanquins from royal times. Jodhpur is one of the historical places in India where history could be seen even today.
A city with a history of valor and sacrifice unequalled by any other, Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, India, was attacked thrice and suffered huge casualties, as the men died defensive the fort and the women immolated themselves rather than be taken prisoner.
First attacked by Allaudin Khilji, who sought the good-looking
Rani Padmini in 1303, than attacked by Bahadur Shah of Gujarat in
1535 and lastly by Emperor Akbar in 1567, this historical place
in India has seen many violent battles and acts of heroic sacrifice.
These world well-known temples in Madhya Pradesh, India were built between the years 950 and 1050 A.D., during the time in power of the Chandella dynasty. The temples are familiar worldwide for the excellence of their sculptures and for the erotic carvings on the temple walls. The Khajuraho temples are one of the most visited and deliberate historical places in India.
The magnificent sun temple of Konarak in Orissa was built by King Narasimhadeva I in the 13th century, when Konark was a busy port city. The temple, which is Konarak city's best known landmark, is designed in the shape of a giant chariot with 24 wheels, drawn by 7 horses, and set alongside the sea shore. This historic monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an architectural marvel, in this historical place in Eastern India.
Known for its most familiar landmark the towering Meenakshi Temple, Madurai was visited by the Greek historian Megasthenes in the 3rd century B.C. when it was a prosperous town. A busy port under Chola, Pandya and Nayaka rulers, Madurai continues to be an significant town in Tami Nadu and one of the most charming historical places in India.
This historic seaport on the Tamil Nadu coast grew to become a creative center of the Pallava dynasty during the reign of Narasimhavarman Pallava. The five chariot shaped temples or rathas, the shore temple and the fixed depictions of episodes from the Mahabharata are artistic highlights of this historic place in South India.
The capital of the Wodeyar dynasty that ruled over Mysore, this city is home to the grand Mysore Palace, the Lalitha Mahal Palace, some historic art galleries, the palaces of Tipu Sultan and customary craftsmen who create fine Mysore silk and products made from sandalwood. Witness south Indian history come alive, in one of the most ethnically rich, historic places in India.
Considered to be one of the oldest cities in India, Varanasi attracts thousands of tourists who come to knowledge its religious ambience. The ceremonial Ghats, the university, archaeological museum, and the many temples in Varanasi make it a sole city where history is very much a part of daily life. Varanasi is one of the mainly significant religious and historical places in India.
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