The roots of Indian history lie in its historic forts & the ancient temples. It’s hardly an exaggeration to say that India’s civilization is one of the oldest in the world. All throughout its history, it has witnessed the rise and fall of several kings, dynasties, and empires. Each of those in power, however, left behind their legacy in the form of a monument, maybe a fort, palace, or any other historical structure.
Apart from that, there are temples and caves which bear testament to the artistic excellence attained in the past ages. These places of historical importance aren’t just as significant as tourist destinations, they also attract lovers of art and history. As a result, India today is dotted with several historical places that remind you of its illustrious past and glorious reign.
1. Hampi, Karnataka
It’s a temple town in Karnataka and is a quaint place that lies between striking ruins of the past. Hampi is a sight to behold with his carnival of cravings. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site in India.
2. Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan
Also called as the jewel of Mewar, this is located in Rajsamand district in Rajasthan. The place is full of history, culture, power, and royalty. It is absolutely a great sight for the human eye and mind.
3. Rabdentse Ruins, Sikkim
This is one place that not even Indians know about. It’s one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, founded in 1670 by Tensung Namgyal. It was the second capital of Sikkim after Yuksom and remained so until 1814 AD.
4. Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi
This place resembles the ruins of Harappa. It is in New Delhi and the height of the citadel is astounding. The engineering used to make artificial lakes and embankments is astonishing.
5. Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Taj Mahal is a symbol of love. It is the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the eternal love of Shah Jahan who got this built for her. This is a must-visit place in India, located in Agra.
6. Maluti, Jharkhand
It is a small town near Shikaripara in Jharkhand and is a hub of over 72 old terracotta temples. It is said that there were 108 temples initially, that depicted the saga of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
7. Vikramshila University, Bihar
One of the top educational centers of India located near Bhagalpur, Bihar. This used to among the largest Buddhist learning centers, spread over a land of hundreds of acres. This was founded back in the 8th–9th century CE.
8. Basgo monastery, Leh Ladakh
It is a monastery of the Buddhist tradition in Leh Ladakh. It used to be the cultural-political center of the Namgyal Kingdom, with rich heritage and culture.
9. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Bhangarg fort is considered among the most haunted place in India. You’ll be told many authentic stories about this place and how it turned haunted and about the ghosts that live in the palace.
10. Jageshwar Dham, Uttarakhand
Placed in the lap of cedar groves, we have Jageshwar which is located around 36 km from Almora, Uttarakhand. There are 124 temples of Lord Shiva that are all over the landscape, as old as the 9th century.
11. Cellular Jail, Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Popularly are known as Kala Pani, a place was hundreds of political prisoners and revolutionaries during the Freedom struggle of India were confined. Now it’s a museum and is among the most heartbreaking places to remind of India’s history as a colony.
12. Arvalem Caves, Sanquelim, Goa
Also called Pandavas Caves, these caves are in Bicholim, North Goa. The five Pandava brothers had lived here when they had exiled from their kingdom.
13. Shettihalli Church
Located in Karnataka, it is a 200 old Gothic ruin, located just at the bank of Hemavathi River. This place is rapidly getting the attention of curious travelers.
14. Rani Ki Vav
It was built by a widowed queen in the memory of her husband. It’s a kind of inverted pyramid and the houses have around 500 Vishnus sculpted over them. It was recently added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
15. Osian, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
Located in an ancient town of Jodhpur District in Rajasthan, Osian an oasis in the Thar Desert. It is the house of around 16 decorated Buddhist and Jain temples that were built around the 8th to 12th centuries.
16. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat
Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the Panchmahal district in Gujarat. The is one place that stands as a signature of the mingling of two different cultures in India. It’s a Hindu religious site that has a dominating Muslim influence.
17. Lonar Lake, Buldhana, Maharashtra
Lonar is a meteor lake that is located at the center of many splattering temples and monuments as old as the 6th century. Many temples are in their ruins and some are beautifully preserved until today.
18. Talatal Ghar, Assam
A monument from the 17th century made by one of the strongest rulers of Ahom kingdom. It is located around 60kms away from the town of Rangpur.
19. Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh
In the middle of the forest of Vindhya and Satpura, Madhya Pradesh, this is one temple that has a great geometric architecture from the 11th century.
20. Undavalli Caves, Andhra Pradesh
Located in Andhra Pradesh, these are a set of rock-cut cave temples and monuments in Guntur. There are a huge Vishnu statue and many sculptures of many Hindu gods.
21. Madhyamaheshwar Temple Trek, Uttarakhand
One place that is unexplored but must not be ignored. It is 3265 ft above the sea level. The whole village here comes to the temple; gather themselves to offer prayers to Lord Shiva.
22. Lothal Harappan Period Archaeological Site, Gujarat
There are many artifacts that have come from this place, of Harappan civilization that have helped us to understand the civilization than the best of our knowledge. This place can be reached from Ahmedabad.
23. Nartiang Durga Temple, West Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya
A temple of Lordess Durga that is around 500 years old. It is located just two hours away from Shillong, Meghalaya. The temple is a perfect mingling of Shakti Hinduism and Khasi-Jaintia traditions.