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Other cities include Konark, Mysore, Orchha, Hyderabad, Bijapur, and Lucknow.
  1. Taj Mahal, Agra- The Taj Mahal, which was built in 1648 AD, receives between seven and eight million people each year. The Taj Mahal in Agra is an ivory-white marble mausoleum that is regarded as a symbol of love and dedication. It is not just a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also one of the world's seven wonders. According to legend, the Emperor adored his wife and decided to build the Taj Mahal after her death to remind the world of their love. It holds the mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's wife. Its magnificence and beauty will enchant you. Entry Fees: 40 INR for Indians, 530 INR for citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries, and INR rupees for everyone else.
  2. Red Fort, Delhi- The Red Fort is one of India's most iconic structures, with its massive size, beautiful proportions, and architecture all evoking an era of uncontrolled splendour. It, too, was constructed by Shah Jahan and took more than ten years to finish. For nearly 200 years, the Mughal emperor of India lived in Red Fort. It lies in the heart of Delhi and is home to a number of museums. It was built out of red sandstone and is considered one of the Mughal era's architectural masterpieces. It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. From 1648 onwards, when the 5th Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, decided to relocate the empire's headquarters from Agra to Delhi, the Red Fort served as the official seat of Mughal rule and authority. Entry Fees: 500 INR for Foreigners and INR 20 for Indians.
  3. Amer Fort, Jaipur- Amer Fort is one of India's most popular historic sites, and it is unquestionably one of those places that you must visit on your visit to Rajasthan. It's made of red and white sandstone and is a prime example of old Indian architecture. The Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, and Sheesh Mahal are among the fort's many structures. Amber Fort, which is cradled on the top of a hill and reflects beautifully in Maotha Lake, is also known as Amber Fort. The carvings on the ceiling and walls are just stunning. The Sila Devi Temple is located at the main palace grounds' entrance. From Maharaja Man Singh in the 16th century until the 1980s, when animal sacrifice was abolished, this is where Rajput kings worshipped. This is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in India. Entry Fee: 500 INR for Foreigners and 100 INR for Indians.
  4. Qutub Minar, Delhi- Qutub Minar is a famous monument in Delhi that tells the storey of the city like no other. The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-Madrasa din's and Tomb, Iron Pillar, Imam Zamin's Tomb, Sanderson's Sundial, and Major Smith's Cupola are all part of the Qutub Complex. The world's highest brick minaret is reported to have been modelled after Afghanistan's Minaret of Jam. The site, which is located in Mehrauli, Delhi's history district, also hosts the annual three-day Qutub Festival, which brings together singers, artists, and dancers. According to historians, the minaret was named after Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who was responsible for the destruction of the tower. According to historians, the UNESCO World Heritage Site was named after Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the constructor of the monument, but some believe it was named after Khwaja Qutb-ud-din Bakhtiar Kaki, a Baghdad saint revered by Iltutmish. Entry Fee: 550 INR for Foreigners and 35 INR for Indians.
  5. Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi- This tomb, which was built in 1565 AD, is culturally significant since it was one of the first large dynasty mausoleums in India to become icons of Mughal architecture. Its beautiful Persian design influenced several key architectural advancements, culminating in the Taj Mahal's completion 80 years later. The edifice was commissioned by Emperor Humayun's widow, Bega Begum, in 1569-70, nine years after his death, and lies in the heart of a Charbagh-style garden with pools connected by canals. It was custom-built by Humayun's son Akbar and is the first construction to use red sandstone on such a large scale. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Entry Fee: 500 INR for Foreigners and 30 INR for Indians.
  6. Fatehpur Sikri- In 1569, Emperor Akbar built the city out of the twin towns of Fatehpur and Sikri as a monument to the Sufi mystic Sheikh Salim Chishti. The saint correctly prophesied Emperor Akbar's long-awaited son's birth. Fatehpur Sikri was regrettably abandoned by its occupants not long after it was constructed due to a lack of water supply. The city is now an abandoned ghost town with well-preserved Mughal architecture, and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A magnificent entrance gate, one of India's largest mosques, and a royal complex are among the sights. It was formerly the proud but short-lived capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century, and it is now a popular tourist destination. Entry Fee: 510 INR for Foreigners and 40 INR for Indians.
  7. Hampi group of monuments, Hampi- UNESCO has designated Hampi, the city of ruins, as a World Heritage Site. This historical treat for visitors is located in the shadowy depths of hills and valleys in the state of Karnataka. Hampi is a backpacker's paradise, with 500 historic monuments, stunning temples, bustling street markets, bastions, treasury buildings, and intriguing ruins of the Vijayanagar Empire. On the banks of the Tungabhadra River, Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagar empire approximately 1500 AD. It is known for its huge, intricately carved temples, particularly the Virupaksha Temple, which is devoted to the empire's patron deity. Hampi is a popular mode to observe the city from the perspective of its history, with over 100 spots to explore. Entry Fee: 330 INR for Foreigners and 10 INR for Indians. This ticket gives you access to Vittala Temple, Zenana Enclosure, and the Elephant Stables, which are all ancient structures.
  8. Mysore Palace, Mysore- The palace's enormous proportions make it appear as if it came straight out of a fairytale. Lord Henry Irwin, a British architect, designed it in 1912. Mysore Palace has exquisite interiors and was created in the Indo-Saracenic style. You can't comprehend the magnificence of the Mysore Palace until you see it in person. Ornate ceilings, jewelled passageways, stained glass windows, and open mandaps embellish the palace's interiors. You'll also come across several Wadiyar artefacts, such as the jewelled throne. During the Dasara festival, Mysore Palace is a stunning sight. The entire palace is lit with about 1,00,000 lights for this occasion. Entry Fee: 200 INR for Foreigners and 40 INR for Indians.
  9. The Khajuraho Temples, Khajuraho- These are located in the little hamlet of Khajuraho, have been added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites and are visited by thousands of people each year. The Chandelas' set of Hindu and Jain temples illustrates the acceptance and respect for other religions at the period. Except for one, all temples face east and are illuminated by the light in the morning. The Chandelas designed and built the Khajuraho Temples, a collection of Hindu and Jain temples that illustrate the Chandelas' openness and respect for other religions at the period. Their intricately carved statues and sculptures are well-known. Khajuraho has long been regarded as the epitome of sensuality and eroticism in its purest form. However, this is a misrepresentation because only about ten percent of the sculpture is such. Entry Fee: 250 INR for Foreigners and 10 INR for Indians.
  10. Sun Temple, Konark- This 13th-century temple is dedicated to Lord Surya and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is a work of art and the classic example of Oriya style building. The temple is shaped like a giant chariot, with ornately carved stone wheels, pillars, and walls. A large portion of the structure is currently in ruins. The temple is thought to have been built by King Narasimhadeva I of the Eastern Ganga Dynasty. The Annual Dance festival is a wonderful spectacle to witness here. Entry Fee: 250 INR for Foreigners and 10 INR for Indians.
  11. Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar- Jallianwala Bagh, near Amritsar's Golden Temple, is the location of a tragic yet pivotal incident in India's history and quest for independence. The Amritsar Massacre occurred on April 13, 1919, when British troops opened fire on a huge group of over 10,000 unarmed demonstrators. The atrocious massacre marked a watershed moment in India's relations with the British and fueled Gandhi's campaign for independence from British rule. The Indian government built a memorial with an Eternal Flame of Liberty at Jallianwala Bagh in 1951. Bullet holes may still be observed on the garden's walls, as well as the location where the fire was ordered. Another highlight is a gallery featuring photographs of Indian freedom heroes and historical significance. Entry Fee: Free.
  12. Rani ki Vav, Patan- This intricately designed structure, which has been placed to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a treasured experience for all who visit it. This majestic step well was built by a widowed Queen, Udaymati, in memory of her husband Bhimdev I, monarch of the Solanki Dynasty, and is just a little acknowledgment short of being included in India's historical wonders. Entry Fee: 300 INR for Others and 25 INR for Indians & Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries.
  13. Nalanda University, Bihar- It is a notable Buddhist seat of academic excellence and a small pilgrim centre, and it is the most popular Mahavihara of ancient times. At this wonderful Indian historical site, seek spirituality, good vibrations, positivism, peace, and tranquillity. The university library was so large that it took more than 5 months for the library to entirely burn down during the Muslim invasion. Entry Fee: 200 INR for Others and 15 INR for Indians & Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries.
  14. Champaner & Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat- The Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is rich in both historical and mythological significance. The Park is home to a plethora of magnificent architectural marvels that combine Hindu and Islamic design elements. Champaner, the Sultanate of Gujarat's capital, is a historical city in Gujarat's Panchmahal district. This magnificent archaeological park, nestled in the heart of the city of Champaner and amidst the Pavagadh hills, is one of the most sought after destinations in Gujarat, having been listed in the exclusive list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites around the world. Entry Fee: 10 INR for all.
  15. Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Aurangabad- The Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra are another well-known ancient site in India. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites that attract a large number of visitors. The caves contain sculptures and artefacts from three different religions: Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. There are 12 Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu caves, and 5 Jain caves in the area. During the monsoons, Buddhist monks were forbidden from leaving their monasteries. They spent this time sitting and sculpting sculptures in the Ajanta caves, which are also one of Maharashtra's most popular tourist destinations. The monks prayed, studied, and pondered in these caves, which were actually Buddhist monasteries. The British commander John Smith, who was out on a tiger hunt in 1819 when he discovered these old caves, deserves credit for their discovery. The carvings in the caves depict Gautam Buddha's previous lives and reincarnations. Cave No. 26, which includes the beautiful Chaitya hall with a stupa, is one of the main attractions of the Ajanta caves. The “Cavern of the Ten Avatars,” which was created during Krishna I's reign, is the principal attraction in Ellora.Entry Fee: 250 INR for Foreigners and 10 INR for Indians. No entry fee on Fridays.
  16. The Gateway of India, Mumbai- The Gateway of India went on to play an important role in Indian history. When India gained independence in 1948, the last British troops left via it. The Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument, commands a commanding position overlooking the Arabian Sea in Colaba Harbor. It was constructed to honour King George V and Queen Mary's visit to the city in 1911. It wasn't finished until 1924, though. Entry Fee: Free.
  17. Agra Fort, Agra- This historical tourist attraction in India boasts two ornately carved gates: the Amar Singh Gate and the Delhi Gate, which were built by Akbar in 1565. Visit the walled royal Agra Fort, one of India's most famous historical sites made entirely of red sandstone, to get a feeling of the Mughal era's rich history. Only the Amar Singh Gate provides access to a historic city replete with gateways, courts, tunnels, palaces, and mosques. It is one of Agra's most magnificent tourist attractions. Entry Fee: 550 INR for Foreigners & 40 INR for Indians.
  18. Charminar, Hyderabad- The Charminar was created to symbolize the end of the city's epidemic, and one of the arches has a cat's head on it to scare away rodents that had nearly destroyed Hyderabad. The four nearly 20-meter-long pillars or minars that make up this monument give it its name. It's a beautiful spot that's also a little mysterious because there's a secret tunnel leading from here. Built in 159, the monument is a marvelous remnant of the rule of Nizams. During Eid, the monument is adorned with lights to charm any passerby. Entry Fee: 100 INR for Foreigners & 5 INR for Indians.
  19. Monuments of Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu- Mahabalipuram is one of Tamil Nadu's most important ancient attractions, with its antique carved rocks, chariots, and cave sanctuaries. The Shore Temple, one of Mahabalipuram's most popular structures, was built in the 7th century by the Pallava dynasty. The temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, has a significant Dravidian influence in its architecture, which is blended with Buddhist features. During your journey to Mahabalipuram, soak in the magnificent sculptures. Entry Fee: 350 INR for Foreigners & 10 INR for Indians.
  20. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur- The Hawa Mahal is a red and pink sandstone monument with a pyramidal construction that resembles a crown. The huge Hawa Mahal was erected by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the year 1799 at the intersection of the main road in Jaipur, Badi Chaupad. It is situated on the outskirts of Jaipur's City Palace and extends all the way to the 'zenana'. The term Hawa Mahal comes from the palace's distinctive structure, which is a mesh of small windows that allows cool breezes to enter the palace, keeping it cool throughout the hot summer months. It includes 953 tiny windows, popularly known as 'Jharokhas,' that are adorned with beautiful latticework. The Hawa Mahal palace is divided into five stories, each with its own character. Entry Fee: 200 INR for Foreigners & 50 INR for Indians.
  21. The Great Living Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu- Brihadeshwara Temple in Tanjore, Airavatesvara Temple in Darasuram, and Brihadeshwara Temple in Gangaikonda Cholapuram are the three famous temples. The Great Living Chola Temples are a series of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Tamil Nadu that are the pinnacle of artistic and architectural brilliance. The emperors of the Chola Kingdom, a great empire that encompassed most of southern India, built these temples. Every one of these temples exemplifies the Chola Empire's extraordinary achievements in sculpture, building, painting, and bronze casting. The 24 metre vimana and a stone figure of Shiva at Darasuram are two examples of this. These temples' magnificent gopurams, as well as the sculptures within them, captivate visitors. Entry Fee: Free.
  22. Lothal Archaeological Site, Gujarat- Lothal is a treasure chest of relics that have helped unveil many secrets of the Indus Valley Civilisation. It is reportedly one of the most extensively excavated places of the Harappa civilization. The museum at Lothal houses a number of excavated artefacts including seals, jewellery, kitchenware, and other items that shed light on the way of life of those who lived at the time. The archaeological excavation of this region led to the discovery of historic wells and structures at the Lothal site. Entry Fee: 5 INR for all.
  23. India Gate, Delhi- It is a 42-meter-high battle memorial dedicated to the British Indian Army men who died during World War I. Beautiful lawns surround the monument, and the fountains feature a spectacular light show. Every year on Republic Day, there is a parade, a must visit. Dedicated to the nearly 1 lakh troops who died in two wars, the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It is here that the perpetual flame, Amar Jawan Jyoti, continues to burn. Entry Fee: Free.
  24. Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh- The stupa, which is a UNESCO world heritage monument, attracts a large number of people on a regular basis. The Sanchi stupa is an unrivalled example of the Buddhist style of architecture's majestic aura. Lord Buddha's ancient relics are enshrined within the stupa's dome-shaped construction, which was the monument's appearance until the 1st century. The stupa derives its renown from its commissioner, Ashoka of the Maurya dynasty, whose statue can be gauged by the stupa's height. The 54-foot-high stupa's fascinating carvings, whose intricacy personifies the edifice, relate the stories of Lord Buddha's life. Entry Fee: 250 INR for Foreigners and 10 INR for Indians.
  25. Victoria Memorial, Kolkata- This beautiful white marble building was created in Queen Victoria's honour to commemorate her 25 years of rule over India and is nearly identical to the Victoria Memorial in London. The Victoria Memorial, another monument of the British Raj in India, is located in the centre of Kolkata, West Bengal. The memorial is encircled by a lush green and well-kept landscape that spans 64 acres and is well-kept.The Victoria Memorial is awe-inspiring and magnificent, especially when illuminated at night. The nighttime Sound and Light performances are an added bonus and a must-see. Entry Fee: 200 INR for Foreigners and 20 INR for Indians, Museum entrance. For Garden 10 INR for all.
  26. Chittorgarh Fort, Chittorgarh- Chittorgarh Fort is an ancient hill fort in Rajasthan's Chittorgarh district. It is one of India's largest forts and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is part of the Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The Maurya dynasty founded the original Chittorgarh Fort in the 7th century AD. According to historical Mewari silver coins, it was then known as Chitrakut, after Chitrangada Mori, a Rajput chieftain. In 734 AD, Bappa Rawal, the founder of the Mewar kingdom, captured Chittorgarh and made it his capital. Chittorgarh was one of India's most contested seats of influence, with some of the most spectacular battles fought for its control. The fort was targeted three times, and each time it was saved by the Rajput warriors' valour. The fort, which is perched atop a 180-meter-high hillock and spans 700 acres, is a symbol of Rajput valour, dignity, sacrifice, and loyalty. There are 65 historic buildings in the fort complex, including four palace complexes, 19 main temples, four memorials, and 20 functional water bodies. The wonders of Rajput architecture are Rana Kumbha Palace and Padmini's Palace. Entry Fee: 200 INR for Foreigners and 15 INR for Indians.
  27. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad- This fort is one of India's most well-known historical sites. It is a historic site known for its majestic architecture, ethereal acoustic effect, and imposing structure. The mosques and massive mud walls of the fort, as well as its incredible acoustics, are worth seeing and hearing. The 400-year-old majestic and imposing Golconda Fort, located on the city's western outskirts, is a must-see. The Kakatiya dynasty constructed the fort in the 13th century. The Golconda fort, one of India's most impressive citadels, epitomises the lavish 'Nawabi' culture of the time. In Telugu, it was known as "Shepherd's Hill" or "Golla Konda." Entry Fee: 300 INR for Foreigners and 25 INR for Indians.
  28. Gwalior Fort, Gwalior- This imposing and ancient fort, perched atop a hill, is renowned for its great architecture and glorious history and is considered one of the most impenetrable forts in the world. It has a long and tumultuous past, dating back to 525 AD, and is considered one of India's best historical sites. It has been exposed to several attacks over the years and has passed through the hands of many different people. The fort rose to prominence during the Rajput Tomar dynasty's rule, and was later expanded to its current size and grandeur. A variety of historic monuments, Hindu and Jain temples, and palaces can be found inside the fort. The fort's open-air amphitheatre hosts a nightly sound and light show that is not to be missed. Entry Fee: 250 INR for Foreigners and 75 INR for Indians.
  29. Elephanta Caves, Mumbai- The caves are centered on the Elephanta or Gharapuri island, which is 11 kilometres from Mumbai. The Elephanta Caves, also known as Gharapurichi Leni, are the remains of what were once elaborately carved artworks. The majority of the cave temples in this series date from the 5th to 7th centuries and are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fine example of mediaeval India's rock-cut art and architecture. The Elephanta Caves site has two groups of alcoves, the first of which is a large group of five Hindu caves and the second of which is a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. Stone sculptures depicting the Shaiva Hindu sect can be found in the Hindu caves. Entry Fee: 250 INR for Foreigners and 10 INR for Indians.
  30. Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh- Kumbhalgarh, the jewel of Mewar, is located in Rajasthan's Rajsamand district. This location is densely packed with history, royalty, influence, and culture. It's a visual and mental feast for the senses. The Mauryas constructed a splendid array of temples, the most picturesque of which is the Badal Mahal, or Palace of the Clouds. The huge wall of the fort, known as the 'Great Wall of India,' spans 36 kilometres and is wide enough to accommodate eight horses at a time. There are 360 temples in the fort, 300 of which are Jain temples and 60 of which are Hindu temples. Those who want to go further can visit the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary or see the sound and light display that takes place every evening. Entry Fee: 200 INR for Foreigners and 15 INR for Indians and citizens of SAARC countries.
  31. Bara Imambara, Lucknow- Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula established the Imambara in 1784, and its architect was Kifayat-ullah, who is said to be a relative of the Taj Mahal's architect. This massive and elegant building, which was built by the Nawab as part of a famine relief programme, is also known as Asafi Imambara. With Gothic elements, the structure combines Rajput and Mughal architectures. Bara Imambara, located in the ‘City of Nawabs,' is renowned for its architectural prowess and is one of India's most important historical sites. It is the world's largest structure that does not rely on beams for support. It was built by Asif Imambara as a significant Muslim place of worship. Within the premises, you'll find an impressive labyrinth of Bhool Bhulaiya. Entry Fee: 500 INR for Foreigners and 25 INR for Indians and citizens of SAARC countries.
  32. Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur- This 15th-century fort is now a museum, with arms, paintings, and elaborate royal palanquins on display. The fort, which stands majestically on a rocky hill, overlooks the walled city of Jodhpur, which is known as "The Blue City" because many of its buildings are painted in the classic shade of blue. The fort, which was designed by the ruling dynasty of Rathore Rajputs and features strikingly diverse architecture, is one of India's most impressive and well-maintained forts. The fort is still in the possession of the royal family, who have taken it upon themselves to rebuild it and transform it into a world-class tourist destination with palaces, museums, and restaurants. Mehrangarh Fort, perched on a hill 410 feet above the city of Jodhpur, is a magnificent citadel of monumental proportions. It is also known as Mehran Fort and has a 550-year history. It is surrounded by formidable walls. Entry Fee: 700 INR for Foreigners (with audio) and 70 INR for Indians (without audio).
  33. Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur- In the year 1656, the architect Yaqut of Dabul built this magnificent monument. The name of the monument comes from the words "Gola Gummata" or "Gol Gombadh," which mean "circular dome." Gol Gumbaz, one of India's most important monuments, is located in the state of Karnataka and was built in the Deccan style. Mohammed Adil Shah, the Sultan of Bijapur, is buried at Gol Gumbaz. Gol Gumbaz, one of India's most important monuments, is located in the state of Karnataka and was built in the Deccan style. A "whispering gallery" extends along the perimeter of the colossal dome. The construction of Gol Gumbaz began in 1626 AD and took approximately 30 years to complete. The Archaeological Survey of India looks after it (ASI). Entry Fee: 100 INR for Foreigners (with audio) and 10 INR for Indians (without audio).
  34. Cellular Jail, Port Blair- The Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, was transformed into a museum after independence and is now one of India's most heartbreaking colonial artefacts. Hundreds of political prisoners and revolutionaries from India's independence movement against British colonialism were imprisoned in solitary cells in this Port Blair penitentiary between 1857 and 1943. Entry Fee: 100 INR for Foreigners and 30 INR for Indians.
  35. Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya- The Bodhimanda is the location where the Buddha achieved enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. This location is thought to be the last to vanish when the planet ends and the first to reappear when it is recreated. The Bodhi tree, a descendant of the Fig tree, grows close to the temple. In the third century BC, Ashoka built the first temple. A large statue of Buddha with his right hand touching the earth can be found in the temple. Visit the Mahabodhi temples, which are one of Buddhism's four holiest sites. Entry Fee: Free.
  36. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Bhopal- Over 750 ancient rock shelters and prehistoric cave paintings can be found in the Bhimbetka rock shelters in Madhya Pradesh's Raisen district. Some of them date back 30,000 years, while others are from the Middle Ages. The paintings here capture a wealth of information about how ancestors lived in the past and depict their transformation into hunters and gatherers. Human activities such as hunting and trapping of animals such as lions, bison, wild boars, elephants, and jackals, animal rides, dancing, honey collection, childbirth, religious rituals, ceremonies, and other such events are also featured. The rock formations are the product of natural elements' severe chemical and physical weathering over time. This unique archaeological site displays some of the earliest human remains discovered on the Indian subcontinent. Entry Fee: 100 INR for Foreigners and 10 INR for Indians.
  37. Jantar Mantar, Jaipur- Jantar Mantar in Jaipur has been added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites because of its rich cultural, heritage, and science importance. Raja Sawai Jai Singh designed this ancient study in 1727-1733, and it contains nineteen stone and brass instruments. The largest stone astronomical observatory in the world, Jantar Mantar is located near the City Palace in the regal city of Jaipur. The primary goal of this massive observatory was to research and collect data about space and time. The Jaipur observatory is one of five such observatories founded by Raja Jai Singh in New Delhi, Ujjain, Varanasi, and Mathura. The light and sound show that takes place every evening is without a doubt the best experience here. Entry Fee: 200 INR for Foreigners and 40 INR for Indians.
  38. Chand Baori, Abhaneri- This stepwell is one of Rajasthan's oldest attractions and heritage sites, founded between the 8th and late 9th centuries by King Chanda of the Nikumbh Dynasty. Locals and royalty used to congregate at this public meeting place. This marvel was designed as a reservoir to save water and provide relief from Rajasthan's scorching heat. This stepwell's architectural design includes 3,500 symmetrical lean steps that steadily descend. The geometry of the design, as well as the effect of light falling on the steps at various intervals of time, makes it interesting. Entry Fee: Free.
  39. Golden Temple, Amritsar- The Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, is the holiest shrine in Sikhism and is located in the heart of Amritsar. The temple's magnificent golden architecture, as well as the frequent Langar (community kitchen), draw a large number of visitors and devotees every day. The shrine is housed in the main Temple, which is part of the larger complex known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib to the locals. The gurdwara is constructed around a man-made pool (sarovar) that was completed in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru. The Sikh Museum is housed inside the main entrance clock tower, and the Ramgarhia Bunga, a defensive fortress surrounded by two Islamic-style minarets, is situated at the southeast end of the tank. Entry Fee: Free.
  40. Laxmi Vilas Palace, Vadodara- The prestigious Gaekwad family, who ruled Baroda, built it. It was designed in 1890 by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad as part of Sarkar Wada. The Indo-Saracenic architecture of the palace is unique. The interiors are European-inspired, and there is a golf course on the grounds that was once used to entertain British visitors. The Lakshmi Vilas is four times the size of Buckingham Palace and is thought to be the world's largest private residence at the moment. It is also one of India's lesser-known historical sites. Entry Fee: 150 INR for Foreigners and 60 INR for Indians.
  41. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai- This historic Hindu temple is situated on the southern bank of the Vaigai River in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, and was built between 1623 and 1655. It is mostly dedicated to Parvati, also known as Meenakshi, and Shiva, her husband. The fact that both God and Goddess are worshipped together distinguishes this temple from others. The temple's most striking characteristic is its exquisite exterior, which is rich in fine details and incorporates great art pieces into the walls and pillars. Entry Fee: Free.
  42. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai- It is a UNESCO world heritage site that is built in the Victorian-Gothic style. It is a railway station in Mumbai, Maharashtra's capital. It is the headquarters of central railways, having been established in 1887 by Frederick William Stevens. It took ten years to complete and was designed to mark Queen Victoria's 50th birthday. As compared to the other iconic landmarks in India's financial centre, it seems timeless. It is the starting point for a series of long-distance and short-distance trains. Entry Fee: Free.
  43. Jehangir Mahal/Orchha Fort, Orchha- This palace was completed in 1598 by Bharath Bhushan after he defeated Vir Deo Singh of Bundela. It was built as a garrison and citadel for the Mughals to give them greater control over the Bundela region. This structure is a classic example of Mughal design. The domes are constructed in the Timurid style, and the Iwans (gates) are wide enough for war elephants to pass through. The palace is stunning, with impeccable architecture and awe-inspiring grandeur. The palace, which was once home to the kings of Orchha, has preserved the soul of India's most illustrious royalty for all these years. Entry Fee: 250 INR for Foreigners and 10 INR for Indians.
  44. City Palace, Jaipur- The great ruler Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II built this palace in 1727, which represents a perfect fusion of Mughal and Rajput architecture. The complex, which is almost one-seventh of the size of Jaipur's old city, contains many picturesque parks, houses, courtyards, and temples that represent the city's historical significance and give it a magnificent royal charm. In the past, the Maharaja of Jaipur will remain in the City Palace. The royal family still lives in the palace's Chandra Mahal portion. Entry Fee: 500 INR for Foreigners and 190 INR for Indians.
  45. Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer- Jaisalmer fort, also known as Sonar Quilla or Sone ka Quilla (golden fort), stands tall in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, displaying its beauty and elegance. It is one of the world's largest forts. Sonar Quila is Rajasthan's second-oldest fort. From afar, it appears to be a golden sandcastle emerging from the remote Rajasthan desert. It is, however, a living fort, with around 3,000 inhabitants. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Jaisalmer Fort is part of a group of six hill forts in Rajasthan. Unlike most other forts, however, Jaisalmer is a living city that retains the past while still thriving in the present. Although standing amongst the sandy stretches of the great Thar Desert on Trikuta hill, this desert beauty has witnessed many wars. Jaisalmer, also known as the Golden City, offers a cultural fusion of nomadic desert and monarchy, allowing you to have a unique experience. Entry Fee: 500 INR for Foreigners and 190 INR for Indians.
  46. Pattadakal Monuments, Pattadakal- The Pattadakal monument, which was built in the 7th and 8th centuries, was known for royal coronations known as 'Pattadakisuvolal.' The temples built here combine the Rekha Nagara Prasada and Dravida Vimana styles of temple construction. The Sangamesvara temple, founded by Vijayaditya Satyasraya, is the oldest temple in Pattadakal (A.D. 697-733). Two queens of Vikramaditya II built the Mallikarjuna and Virupaksha temples at Pattadakal to commemorate the Chalukyas' victory over the Pallavas. The site is a treasure trove of Early Chalukyan art and architecture and is a significant landmark on India's heritage map. Entry Fee: 30 INR for all.
  47. The Basilica of Bom Jesus & Church of St. Augustine- The construction of the Basilica of Bom Jesus began in 1594 and was consecrated in 1605, coincides with the beginning of Christianity in India. The remains of St. Francis Xavier, a close friend of St. Ignatius Loyola, with whom he founded the Society of Jesus, are held in this church, which is the oldest in Goa (Jesuits). This is the only church in Old Goa that is not plastered on the outside, literally translating to 'Holy Jesus.' UNESCO has designated the Basilica of Bom Jesus as a World Heritage Site because of its cultural and religious importance. The Church of St. Augustine is a 17th-century building that is largely in ruins and is thought to have been founded by Augustinian friars. A single tower (called St Augustine Tower) stands near the Nunnery of Santa Monica in Old Goa, out of the four towers that once stood there. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Churches and Convents in Goa, and was completed in 1602. Entry Fee: Free.
  48. Shalimar Bagh, Kashmir- Shalimar Bagh is a royal Mughal garden in Srinagar that spans 31 acres and is located on the right bank of Dal Lake. This garden's name literally translates to 'abode of love,' which is reinforced by the fact that it was designed by Emperor Jahangir for his devoted wife Nur Jahan. This garden was originally called Farah Baksh, which translates to "delightful." It was founded in 1619. Behind garden waterfalls, the Shalimar Bagh is renowned for its chini khanas, or niches. These niches, which once housed oil lamps, now house flower pots, allowing the colours of the flowers to be reflected in the flowing water. The garden is now a public park. Entry Fee: Free.
  49. Junagarh Fort, Bikaner- Raja Rai Singh, the sixth ruler of Bikaner, built the fascinating Junagarh Fort. The stunning palace complex is made up of a wonderful array of kiosks, bastions, windows, classical paintings, intricate stone carvings, balconies, and courtyards made of marble and red sandstone that has stood the test of time.The fort was originally known as Chintamani, but in the early twentieth century, it was renamed Junagarh, or "Old Fort." The fort complex was completed in 1594, under the supervision of Raja Rai Singh's Prime Minister, Karan Chand. This magnificent fort, which contains 37 palaces in addition to numerous pavilions, temples, and other structures, is considered one of India's best historical sites. Entry Fee: 300 INR for Foreigners and 50 INR for Indians.
  50. Hoysala Temples, Halebidu- During the 12th and 13th centuries, Halebid was the imperial capital of the great Hoysala Empire, and it now houses the renowned Hoyaleswara and Kedareshwara temples. It's also known for its sculptures and panels in the famous Hoysala style. Halebid, formerly known as Dwarasamudra, is a city with a stunning array of temples, shrines, and sculptures. It is also known as the Gem of Indian architecture because of its sterling Hoysala architecture, beautiful temple complexes, and some spectacular Jain sites. It is situated in the Hassan district of Karnataka state. The city, which was once the glorious capital of the Hoysala empire, is now in ruins. Entry Fee: Free


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