India isn’t just a place where you can find thriving cities, tranquil countrysides, calm lakes, and exotic animals, it is also home to many of the world’s loveliest temples. As you look at the intricate and detailed architecture of the structures in the country, you will be fascinated as most of them are unlike anything you would see in the Western nations. And, apart from the stunning temples and palaces, there are many more must-visit wonders in India that you just have to see at least once in your lifetime. Here are some photos that will inspire you to plan a trip to India.
Built in the early 1700s in Jaipur, the Jantar Mantar is a known astronomical observation site surrounded by bright green and useful instruments. Though there are astronomical sites in India, the Jantar Mantar is probably the most well-preserved.
The Taj Mahal is the popular monument of India, housing the tomb of the wife of a former Mughal emperor. This beautiful architectural masterpiece is constructed out of white marble. When it is reflected on the water, it becomes a sight to behold.
In Northeastern India, Buddhists believe that Bodhgaya is where the founder of faith reached enlightenment. Until now, it has been visited by many Buddhist pilgrims.
In this place, Buddhist monks meditate in monasteries, which are surrounded by nature.
Built for the second Mughal emperor of India, Humayin’s Tomb is more like a palace because of its huge dome, archways, and detailed walls. This tomb was the inspiration for the construction of the Taj Mahal.
India has lots of pristine beaches. Although the Palolem Beach in Goa is no longer the mysterious gem that it used to be, it still offers a calm paradise to tourists.
If you want to see tigers, wild dogs, birds, deer, and leopards, you better go to the best-preserved wildlife area of India – Kanha National Park.
Also called the Arc de Triomphe of the East, the Charminar is the main attraction of the city of Hyderabad.
Originally called Victoria Terminus Station, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a historic railway station in Mumbai. Its architecture combines that of Indian and Victorian Gothic. It was constructed in 1878 to serve as a hub for many merchants.
In contrast to India’s traditional temples, the Lotus Temple of New Delhi offers a new yet simple modern appearance.
Somewhere in the Northern part of India, you can see valleys with flowing rivers that are also separated by mountains.
In Northeast India, you will see the Assam Tea Plantation. It is a lush green tea field that seems to stretch on far beyond.
For those who want to explore the backwaters of Kerala in Southern India, you would probably need a luxury houseboat.
In Western part of Central India, there are Buddhist monuments that fill the Ajanta Caves, which tell stories that date back to the 1 and 2 B.C.
Every day, a colorful border ritual happens in Punjab, where India and Pakistan meets.
In Hinduism, the Ganges River, which runs through the northern plains of India, is considered sacred and holy. Every 12 years, millions of Hindus go to the river to bathe in it and cleanse their sins.
Located in the city of Amritsar, the sparkling Golden Temple serves as a spiritual center for Sikhs. It is also a gateway to Punjab for visitors coming from the central part of Asia.
Also called the Palace of Winds, the five-story Hawa Mahal in Jaipur was built to allow royal women to witness street activities and festivities from the confines of the palace because they were not allowed to go in public.
In Kashmir, northern India, guests can marvel at diverse, vast, and green landscapes.
Located in Tamil Nadu, Southern India, the Meenakshi Temple is a majestic structure filled with bright greens, yellows, pinks and blues. The intricate details of the temple seem to stretch far into the sky.
The steepest rail line in the country is the Nilgiri Mountain Rail. It stretches from Mettupalayam to Ootacamund in Southern India. Within the five-hour ride, you can see incredible views of the countryside.
Named as the world’s best hotel by top travel publications, the Oberoi Udaivilas hotel is one luxurious accommodation. Travelers usually arrive by private boat and stay at elegant suites that are designed to resemble that of a traditional Indian palace.
The Palace of Mirrors, or the Sheesh Mahal, is the most popular part of Amber Fort in Jaipur. The palace got its name from the flowers carved on glass and paintings cover the ceilings and walls.
In New Delhi, the street markets are filled with exotic and eye-catching treats, such as spices, candies, nuts, and fruits.
The Victoria Memorial, which is located in the city of Kolkata, was constructed in honor of British Empire. This is the reason the building has a more western architecture.
The City Palace of Udaipur is a complex of 11 wonderful palaces with courtyards, gates, corridors, terraces, and gardens. It is located somewhere near the banks of Lake Pichola.
Situated along the banks of Ganges, Varanasi city is considered sacred to Buddhists, Jains, and Hindus, who bathe in the river.
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