India has a lot to offer in terms of monuments, forts, history and rich heritage. There are many unique places in India from Ladakh to Kanyakumari and Gujarat to seven sisters in the northeast of India. Every place has something special to showcase. Our culture is diverse and that’s what makes us a special country.
Here are 20 pictures from India that will make you visit now.
Thiksey Monastery Ladakh
This high altitude desert is one of its own kind in the world. There are barren mountains, world’s highest saltwater lake, and beautiful monasteries. The landscapes of Ladakh region are a sight to behold. Thiksey is one of the oldest Buddist monasteries in India.
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Golden Temple Amritsar
Amritsar in Punjab is next to Pakistan border and considered as holiest place in Sikkhism. The Golden Temple in Amritsar is unique in its own way. This temple is made of Gold and is open to people from all religions & sections of society.
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Qutab Minar Delhi
This 900 years old minaret is made of red and buff sandstone. This architectural marvel has intricate carvings and calligraphy on its outer walls. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is an interesting place to see pre-Mughal architecture.
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Bara Imambara Lucknow
This monument was built by Nawab of Awadh to provide employment to people of his state during the famine. The Bhul Bhulaiya (Labyrinth), Asfi mosque and Bowli in Bara Imambara are unique in terms of concept and construction.
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Ghats of Varanasi
Varanasi is also known as Banaras and Kashi is one of the oldest living cities in the world. There are 86 ghats on the banks of holy Ganga River and life revolves around these ghats. In Mark Twain words “Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together.”
Taj Mahal in Agra
There is so much written and said about Taj Mahal that it doesn’t require any introduction. This is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the most visited monument in India.
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Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
Hawa Mahal is also known as Palace of Wind and is constructed of red and pink sandstone lined with white color to make it vibrant. This beautiful five-story building was made to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city. Jaipur is first planned city of India and due to its pink color is also known as pink city.
Temples of Khajuraho
These medieval Hindu and Jain temples are the largest group of temples in state of Madhya Pradesh. The Western Group of temples contains some stunning sculptures. Khajuraho’s temples are popularly known for their erotic sculptures.
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Pushkar in Rajasthan
This temple town is situated on the banks of Pushkar Sarovar. Pushkar has spirituality and a different kind of magnetism. Annual Pushkar camel fair is very popular among Indian and foreign tourists.
City Palace Udaipur in Rajasthan
Udaipur is the city of lakes and also known as Venice of the East. The Lake Pichola is very popular among the people and many good hotels are located on its banks. Other then this there are many beautiful monuments in Udaipur but City Palace is one of the most beautiful places in town.
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Mehrangarh fort Jodhpur
The blue city of Jodhpur is also known as sun city of Rajasthan as the sun is visible here first every morning. There are some majestic buildings like Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan and clock tower in Jodhpur but Mehrangarh fort is the most imposing & beautiful building in Jodhpur.
Frescos and Haveli’s of Shekhawati in Rajasthan
This beautiful region is also known as an open art gallery of Rajasthan and India. Hundreds of Havelis and temples were made in this region between 18th to 20th centuries. The frescos in these buildings depict mythological and historical stories. There are beautiful frescos in every other lane of this region.
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Ajanta Caves in Maharastra
These 29 Buddhist caves are one of the oldest UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. These rock-cut caves were made during the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. The beautiful paintings on the walls and ceilings or statues in caves depict the life of the Buddha.
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Gateway of India Mumbai
This imposing structure is relatively new in comparison to other monuments. It was built to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary on their visit to India in 1911 but it was completed in 1924.
Pondicherry was the largest French colony in India. Auroville is 11 km from city center. The Matrimandir is the “temple of the mother” and is situated in a large open area known as ‘Peace’, in the center of Auroville village. Matrimandir is fondly known as the ‘soul of the city’.
Group of Monuments at Hampi
It is one of the biggest old city in South of India. There are temples, ruins of palaces, ancient market, streets, royal pavilions, royal platforms, and remains of many other structures built in the 14th Century. There are old building or ruins scattered all over the Hampi town. It is one of the biggest UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.
Mountain Railways of India
These are also popularly known as “Toy Trains” of India. These trains run on “Narrow-gauge” railway tracks on slow speed providing a scenic drive through the mountains and natural landscapes. There are four such railways across India, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, the Kalka–Shimla Railway, and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. These three are UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. The fourth railway is the Matheran Hill Railway.
Backwaters of Kerala
The lakes, lagoons, and canals lying parallel to the Arabian sea coast consist of Backwaters. The backwaters run from Allepy to Kollam in Kerala. Backwaters have 900 Km of water highways and have a diverse ecosystem. These are one of the most popular tourist destinations in India.
Madurai Meenakshi Temple
This temple is dedicated to Goddess Parvati. The temple complex is spread over about 14 acres and has 14 big or small gopurams. The colorful sculptures on temple’s exterior narrate legendary scenes from Hindu texts. These colorful sculptures make this temple unique and are the main attraction of this temple complex.
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Vivekananda Rock Memorial Kanyakumari
Kanyakumari is located on the southernmost lands end of India. Kanyakumari is synonymous with the Vivekanand Rock Memorial situated on a small island, here Swami Vivekanand attained enlightenment. Next to this memorial on another island is the statue of famous Tamil philosopher Tiruvalluvar. These structures together make a sight to behold during the day and during sunrise of Kanyakumari.
There is so much to see and experience in India other than these. I am sure these few selected pictures from India will inspire your next vacation or they will simply give you some reason to think about India.