India is a wonderful country with amazing places and experiences to have and present on almost every traveler’s bucket list. There is an incredible variety of life and experiences of a lifetime to have which you simply can’t get enough of and feel the need to return over and over again for more.
Here we have curated 5 of the best and most interesting places to visit to get the best out of the Indian culture.
Jal Mahal or the “Water Palace” is built on Man Sagar Lake. The palace seems to be just one-story high but there are 4 more levels below sea level. Although it is named as the Water Palace, it was never intended to be one. It was initially built as a hunting lodge for the Raja.
It’s landscape was changed in the 16th century when a severe drought caused the locals to create a dam. The dam gave rise to the lake and the lower portions of the lodge.
Unfortunately, the building is inaccessible to tourists. You can view the building from the land which is even more amazing in the evenings.
Hampi is truly a destination one must not skip when in India. It is located in Tungabhadra, Karnataka where the Vijayanagara Kingdom once stood. It had its rule as the Hindu capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the Southern part of India. Archaeologists believe that the kingdom must have had a population of 2,50,000 people. That would have made it the largest city in the world at that time.
In the year 1565, it witnessed a fall when it was invaded by the Muslim colonizers from the North. The site is home to many wonderful architectural wonders and the archaeological build is more Indo-Saracenic. Which means it has a combination of the Vijayanagar style and the Islamic style of architecture. Hampi is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The best way to explore is to walk through the countless architectural wonders like the abandoned cities of Palmyra or Teotihuacan, by checking out the wonderful carvings and beautiful paintings to reminisce about how the glory of Hampi was once.
The Great Wall of India
This is the wall that surrounds the ancient fort of Kumbhalgarh. The fort complex is really huge with over 300 ancient temples. The complex is often referred to as the Kumbhalgarh wall or simply Kumbhalgarh fort as a whole. It extends over 36 kilometers around the fort. Making it to be known as the second-longest continuous wall on the planet after the very famous Great Wall of China.
The wall is breathtakingly huge and astoundingly impressive with beautifully structured stone bricks decorated on the top. This fort as well as 5 other forts have been registered as designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visitors must however be aware the wall may be well protected but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t busy. Therefore those who visit need to well aware of the accidents that may have the potential to take place.
Hanuman Temple of Galtaji in Jaipur is more like a sanctuary than a temple. It’s famous for the tribe of the deity Hanuman’s present-day monkey relatives that reside there. Hindu pilgrims gather there to bathe in the pools of spring waters located on a hill, high above the flatlands of Jaipur.
This temple as the name evidently suggests is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and well known for its monkey tribe inhabitants. They are well known for being mischief and creating chaos for the people. The monkeys have also come to be featured in a National Geographic TV show named “Rebel Monkeys”
No trip to India is complete without visiting the very famous Golden Temple. The beautifully gold-coated gurudwara in Amritsar is the most sacred place for Sikhs. Thousands of pilgrims, tourists, and followers arrive daily to worship, pray, and get peaceful vibes.
Every gurudwara offers langar, a free communal kitchen. And it serves up to 50,000 free meals to all these visitors who show up. You really have to witness and volunteer in the communal kitchen to get a true experience. It was started by Guru Nanak who was a Sikh Guru and upheld the principles of equality regardless of gender, caste, religion, color, etc. Truly a magical experience that teaches us the ethics of community and inclusiveness.
Bonus: Travel Tips
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