Top 5 Must See Places In India

Mysore Palace South Gate View

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Mysore Palace South Gate View

Check out below some of the most amazing places to visit in India.

1. Mysore Palace, Mysore

The Palace of Mysore also known as the Amba Vilas Palace is a historical palace in the city of Mysore in Karnataka, India. It is the official residence and seat of the Wodeyars, the Maharajas of Mysore. Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India.

The architectural style domes of the palace is commonly described as Indo-Saracenic and blends Hindu, Muslim, Rajput, and Gothic styles. It is a three-stone structure with marble domes and a 145 ft five-story tower. The palace is surrounded by a large garden. The palace is the venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival. On the tenth day of the festival Vijaya Dashami, a parade with elephants and floats originate from the palace grounds.

Mysore Palace Front View

Ananth BS /CC BY 2.0 | Mysore Palace Front View

2. Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. Kanyakumari was one of the important towns of the ancient Tamilakam and is a popular tourist destination.

Kanyakumari is especially popular in India for its spectacular and unique sunrise and sunset, thanks to its being nearly surrounded by waters. On balmy, full-moon evenings (locally called Chitra Pournami) one can also see the moon-rise and sunset at the same time. Kanya Kumari is notable for pilgrimage and tourism. The place takes its name from the goddess Devi Kanya Kumari, considered to be a sister of Krishna. Women pray to her for marriage.

Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari

Ravivg5 /CC BY-SA 3.0 | Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Kanyakumari

3. The Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments. The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India as “the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting”. The Ajanta caves are cut into the side of a cliff that is on the south side of a U-shaped gorge on the small river Waghur.

Ellora is an archaeological site, 29 km North-West of the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty. It is also known as Elapura. Well known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 “caves” are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. Ellora is known for Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples.

Ellora Cave

Y.Shishido /CC BY-SA 3.0 | Ellora Cave

4. Lotus Temple, New Delhi

The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India. It is a Bahai House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape. It has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.

On Hindu celebrative days and holy days, it has drawn as many as 150,000 people in one day. This House of Worship is generally referred to as the “Lotus Temple”. In Sikkim a permanent replica is of the Hindu Legship Mandir, dedicated to Shiva.

Lotus Temple, New Delhi

Jools Asher /CC BY 2.0 | Lotus Temple, New Delhi

5. Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur, India. It was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivities while unseen from the outside. Hawa Mahal Constructed of red and pink sandstone. The palace sits on the edge of the City Palace and extends to the zenana or women’s chambers.

The palace is a five-storey pyramidal shaped monument that rises 50 feet from its high base. The top three floors of the structure have a dimension of one room width while the first and second floors have patios in front of them.

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