Bharat, a beautiful country which is named after king Bharata the great king who had stretched the boundaries of the countries far in all directions, right start from pre historic to historic to modern history India has been under the reign of many rulers and dynasties. Each ruler has boasted this country with some great architecture which is the prominent part of India tourism.
Here we are going to discuss the most beautiful and amazing architectures and ancient monuments in India that will give you a fine idea about India tourism. Here we start with our list –
1. Kamakhya Temple in Guwahati In Assam
This beautiful temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is featuring as one of the significant Shakti peethas. The temple is located in Guwahati in Assam on the charming Nilachal hill. The temple along with Kamakhya Devi also houses with 10 other incarnations of Kali.
Legends has that when Lord Vishnu cuts burned Sati corpse with his Sudarshan Chakra, Sati’s vagina falls here and hence established the Shakti Peetha. It is believed that during the month of Aashad (Hindu calendar month), the vagina established here menstruates and during this time Brahmaputra river turns red.
2. Key Monastery, Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh
Monasteries are an integral part of Indian cultural. One of the most amazing monasteries is Key Monastery in Spiti Valley. This beautiful Buddhist shrine is featuring as the biggest centre of Buddhist learning. Surrounded by charming scenic beauty, the monastery is believed to be dates back to 1000 year old. This oldest monk training centre is founded by Dromton in 11th century AD.
The charming monastery houses more350 monks and is spread over three floors which are located over three floors, underground, ground and first floor. These floors are used as follows –underground floor for storage, ground floor as assembly hall and first floor as small rooms for monks. People on North India tourism love exploring the site.
3. Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya in Bihar
This beautiful temple is also associated with Buddhism and is listed among the four holy sites that are related to Lord Buddha’s life. This amazing temple was built in 3rd century BC and it is believed that Emperor Ashoka has built this temple. Mahabodhi temple is constructed entirely with brick and is houses with a colossal statue of Buddha seated in the earth-witness mudra.
There is a huge courtyard in the temple which is having several stupas. These stupas are believed to be older than several centuries. The renowned Bodhi tree is the major attraction of the place. It is said that this tree is descendent of the same tree under which Lord Buddha attain enlightenment.
4. Mysore Palace in Karnataka
Once served as the house of ruler of Wadiyar dynasty, Mysore Palace is one of the most charismatic monuments of South India. Located in the heart of city Mysore Palace makes a perfect tourist spot when it is illuminated on Sundays or on the festivals such as Dusserah. South India tourism with Mysore Palace just gets more interesting. The palace from outside is as charming as it is from inside.
With its spacious halls, charming paintings and architectural magnificence Mysore Palace offers excellent combination of Indo-Saracenic architecture. This majestic fort was designed by famous British architect Henrry Irwin and the Queen Regent Kempananjammanni Vanivilasa Sannidhana commissioned this fort.
5. Nalanda in Bihar
You all must have heard about Nalanda University, which was once served as world’s biggest and ancient university. This monument was built in 5th century which boasted this place with rich Indian history. Today Nalanda is anything but ruins and is located at a distance of 62 km from Bodhgaya. It is believed that Lord Budhha have also visited this place several times in his lifetime. Once served as the major center of Buddhist learning was on its peak of fame during 5th to12th century AD.
Major attractions of Nalanda include Pyramid in Temple No.3 which is worth watching along with Nava Nalanda Mahavihara and Hieun Tsan Memoria Hall which is named after Chinese traveller Hieun Tsang. This place keeps an important role in North India tour packages.
6. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters in Madhya Pradesh
This is one of the places in India which dates back to the beginning of South Asian Stone Age. A perfect place for all history lovers, Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are ancient site that serves as a treat for all history lovers. The place is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Madhya Pradesh is generally known for Indian wildlife tourism. This historical site is also located inside the Ratanpani Wildlife Sanctuary.
According to the studies it has been revealed that the shelters once serves as the inhabited by Homo erectus more than 1,00,000 years ago. Major attraction of the shelter includes stone age rock paintings which are believed to be older than30,000 years old. Wall paintings and Cupolas are the major attraction of the shelter.
7. Se Cathedral in Goa
Goa is known for its beaches, nightlife, beach shacks and classically designed Portuguese style architectures. Along with all these things, cathedrals and churches are also loved by travellers during Goa tourism. Se Cathedral is one of the finest places located on the Mandovi River. This is the ancient and the largest church of Asia. The church is also listed among the UNESCO declared world heritage site and is serving as most sacred places among Christian communities.
The structure of the cathedral is fascinating and attracts people from all over the world to visit this charismatic state under Goa Tour packages and seek blessings from the Almighty. The major attraction of this place includes Golden Bell, Chapels of St. Bernard, St. Anthony and many other holy saints.
8. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai in Maharashtra
This magnificent monument built during British Era, is today holds a prominent part in Mumbai tourism. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is one of the best examples of Victoria Gothic Revival architecture in country. The architecture of the terminus is the perfect mélange of traditional Indian and colonial British architectural style. The terminus was designed by F.W Stevens which make Mumbai the symbol of Gothic City. The terminus also played a vital role in Mumbai day tours. It was built in 1878 and is adorned with stone domes, turrets, pointed arches and eccentric ground plan.
9. Sun Temple in Konark in Odisha
This magnificent temple is 13th century architecture and is featuring as a prominent tourist attraction of India tour packages. This magnificent temple was built by King Narasimha Deva 1 in the shape of chariot with Khondallite rock wheels, pillars and walls. Built in the peculiar Kalinga architecture style Sun temeple is mysterious located in such a way that the first rays of the sun directly strikes at main entrance.