In India there are numerous Historical Places which you can see, each more beautiful than the other.India harbours some of the richest biodiversity in the world. Out of those thousands, here we list out the top Historical Places to see in case you are on a short trip to India. Even if you are on a long visit, these are the ones which you must not miss out. Read more about them...
1 Qutub Minar in Delhi
Qutb Minar is one of the famous monuments of the world and the tallest brick structure of the world. History reveals that this monument was built ruining the ancient Hindu temples centuries back. There are other ancient monuments that stand surrounding Qutb Minar, and are collectively known as Qutb complex.
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2 Jumma Masjid in Delhi
Masjid-i Jahān-Numā commonly known as the Jumma Masjid is the last architecture that was built during the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. It stands in the busy street of chandni chowk of Old Delhi just opposite to the Red fort.
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3 Raj Ghat
Raj Ghat, a memorial to Father of the nation - Mahatma Gandhi, is a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi, India.
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4Red Fort in Delhi
Red fort is the most famous and largest monument in the old Delhi. It represents the royal evidence and crowned glory for the Mughal palace fort building. It is a symbol of political and economical power. It has withstood several rumors of time and nature for centuries. It is also known as Lal Quila.
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5 Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi
Earlier the Rashtrapati Bhavan was known as Viceroy’s House and after Independence it’s being occupied by Governor General of India and so it is now known as President’s house. It is a royal existence in the history of democracy for being the residence of the president of the largest democracy in the world.This building was designed by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and it is perfect model for Indian architecture.
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6 Purana Quila in Delhi
7 Lodhi Gardens in Delhi
8 Humayun's tomb in Delhi
9 Agra Fort in Uttar Pradesh
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10Akbar's Tomb in Uttar Pradesh
As Everyone knows, Agra is famous for its ancient monuments like forts, palaces, tombs and etc. The place has gained its importance as one of the biggest tourist destinations because of its elegant and outstanding architectureAkbar's tomb is at Sikandra near Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It is located at the center of a magnificent garden surrounded by high walls.
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11 Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh
The Taj Mahal is a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal.
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12 Jahangir Mahal in Uttar Pradesh
Jahangir Mahal is one of the monuments that reflect the Akbari Architecture. The structure was built during the reign of Akbar. The structure has served as a palace for the members of the royal family, mostly women.
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Hawa Mahal is a wonderful place to visit which is positioned within the premises of the city palace. The five storied building is a pleasure to watch during the sunrise; the golden rays illuminate the structure. The Mahal is also called the “Palace of Winds”.
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14 Jaigarh Fort
Jaipur is the capital of the state and the city contains some beautiful architecture of Rajputs. One of the flamboyant architecture of Rajputs is the Amber Fort.
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City Palace is an enormous palace complex housing two palaces Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal within the premises. This Palace complex is built in the heart of the city.
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Central Museum is one of the oldest museums in India and the oldest in Jaipur and is located in Ramnivas Gardens. British Army officer, Lt. Swinton Jacob supervised the construction of this building during his term, in 1876.
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17 Rambagh palace
Rambagh palace is one of the reputed hotel groups now, which was a royal residence of the King of Jaipur earlier. Jaipur attracts a lot of tourists round the year for its excellent artistic buildings, forts, and avenue and of course the Thar Desert.
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Jai Singh II of Amber has played a noteworthy role in renovating this site. This site Jal Mahal means “Water Palace”. The palace is built in the center of the Lake Man Sagar.
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It lies in the Valley of Shivalik Mountain Ranges on the banks of the Holy Ganges.
21Church of St. Francis Assisi
Goa is quiet famous for the ancient churches with fine architecture, one such holy place is the church of St. Francis of Assisi located in old Goa and 9km away from Panaji. It is found in the same compound of the Se Cathedral. The church was built in the year 1521, originally it was a convent built for the eight Francisan Friars but later it was reconstructed and modified into a church.
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22Gateway Of India
This great landmark is at Mumabi Port, Maharastra. This archway was built to honor king GEORGE V and Queen Mary on their visit to India in 1911.
The Golgumbaz is at Bijapur, Karnatka. It is the mausoleum of Mohamed Adil Shah ,the king of Bijapur.
Golconda fort was the capital city of Qutb Shahi Kingdom, 8km west of Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh.
The golden temple or Hari Mandir is at Amritsar, the largest city in Punjab. The temple was built in an island in Amrit Sarovar .
The famous Jain pilgrimage center is located on the top of Vindhyagiri hills 3000 ft. above sea level at Sravanabelagola, Karnataka.
27Church of Lady of Ransom
In the 19th century the roman catholics built St.Thomas church at Kanyakumari ,Tamil Nadu. Later it was rebuilt and named as lady of ransom.
28 Padmanabhapuram Palace in Kerala
A magnificent wooden palace of the 16th century, Padmanabhapuram Palace lies at the land's end of mainland India - Kanyakumari. An enticing ediffice to any lover of art and architecture this old palace of the Rajas of the erstwhile Travancore (1550 to 1750 AD) is a fine specimen of Kerala's indigenous style of architecture. The antique interiors are replete with intricate rosewood carvings and sculptured decor. The palace also contains 17th and 18th century murals. One can see: the musical bow in mahogany, windows with coloured mica, royal chairs with Chinese carvings, 'Thaikkottaram' or the Queen Mother's palace with painted ceilings, rose wood and teak carved ceilings with 90 different floral designs.
29 Nilambur Kovilakam in Kerala
Nilambur Kovilakam is is located 30 km from Malappuram district in Kerala. It is the erstwhile residence of local rulers and is famous for its beautiful frescoes and artwork in wood. On the grounds of this dismantled ancestral home of the Nilambur Royal Family is the Vettakkorumakan Temple.
30 Mattancherry Dutch Palace in Kerala
Built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to Raja Veera Kerala Varma of Kochi, the Palace was renovated in 1663 by the Dutch. The palace with a Bhagavathi Temple in the central courtyard is built like the typical Kerala style mansion - the Nalukettu - the home of the aristocracy, nobility and upper classes, with four separate wings opening out to a central courtyard.
31 Krishnapuram Palace in Kerala
The Krishnapuram Palace is a rare specimen of the Kerala style of architecture, complete with gabled roofs, narrow corridors and dormer windows. Residence of the rulers of Kayamkulam Kingdom, the age of the palace is unknown.
32 Koyikkal Palace in Kerala
The Koyikkal Palace, situated far of away from the city, was actually built for Umayamma Rani of the Venad Royal Family who ruled the land between 1677 and 1684. The palace is a double stroreyed traditional nalukettu with slanting gabled roofs and an inner courtyard.
33 Kilimanoor Palace in Kerala
A palace dedicated to a prince responsible for fetching Kerala a prominent place among the wizards of painting. He is of royal birth, but his deeds fetched him fame in a vocation, which had few takers among his peer group. Raja Ravi Varma the renowned painter from Kerala and his birth palace, the Kilimanoor Palace holds a very special place in the hearts of those who love the fine art of painting. His fame and his style of painting transcended the borders of Kerala and Ravi Varma soon got reckoned as a master painter of international repute.
34 Anjengo Fort in Kerala
Located about 36 km North of Thiruvananthapuram, near the famed beach of Varkala, and lying on the seacoast is Anjengo or Anjuthengu, meaning five coconut trees. A place of historic importance as well as beautiful natural setting, Anjengo is an ideal destination for those who don't mind walking around and explore what is in store.
35 Bastion Bungalow in Kerala
Built in the Indo-European style way back in 1667, the Bastion Bungalow gets its name from its location on the site of the Stromberg Bastion of the old Dutch fort. The bungalow is situated on River Road in Fort Kochi, Ernakulam. The building blends beautifully into the circular structure of the bastion, has a tiled roof and a typical first floor verandah in wood along its front portion. Though it has been said that a network of secret tunnels runs beneath the bungalow, none have been found. Today, the Bungalow is the official residence of the Sub Collector.
36 Bekal Fort in Kerala
Kasaragod is a beautiful town poised at the Northern extreme of Kerala State.16 km south of the town on the National Highway, is the largest and best preserved fort in the whole of Kerala, bordered by a splendid beach. Shaped like a giant keyhole, the historic Bekal Fort- built in 17th century - offers a superb view of the Arabian Sea from its tall observation towers, which were occupied by huge cannons, couple of centuries ago
37 Chandragiri Fort & River in Kerala
Situated near the confluence of the Payaswini River and the Arabian Sea, the Chandragiri Village is known for its large 17th century fort built by Sivappa Naik of Bedanore. The Chandragiri Fort, one among a chain of forts built by the same ruler, perched atop a hill is in ruins now. But the location offers a breathtaking view of the convergence of the river and the Arabian Sea. The place is a vantage point to watch the sunset from the ancient Kizhur State Temple at Chandragiri, which celebrates the annual festival called Pattu Utsavam. Chandragiri is situated 4 km from Bekal.
38 Pierce Leslie Bungalow, Fort in Kerala
39 Poonjar Palace in Kerala
The Poonjar Palace is a glorious testimony to the regal opulence of a bygone era. Within the palace walls is an extraordinary royal collection of antiques and exquisite furniture including a palanquin, a droni (treatment bed) carved out of a single piece of wood for Ayurvedic massages, huge chandeliers, palm leaf engravings, jewel boxes, varieties of lamps, sculptures of Nataraja (the dancing Siva), grain measures, statues and weapons. A unique conch preserved here is taken out once a year for ritualistic purposes.
40 Shakthan Thampuran Palace in Kerala
The Palace of Shakthan Thampuran located in the district of Thrissur is a landmark in the annals of the Perumpadappu Swaroopam, the former ruling dynasty of Kochi. The palace located in the heart of Thrissur town is a major attraction, especially for those with a special interest on rulers and dynasties. At the Shakthan Thampuran Palace, one can come across and understand several interesting and remarkable aspects of the erstwhile rulers of Kochi.
41St. Angelo Fort in Kerala
A massive triangular laterite fort, replete with a moat and flanking bastions, the St. Angelo's Fort also called Kannur Fort was constructed by the first Portuguese Viceroy, Don Francesco de Almeida in 1505.In 1663, the Dutch captured the fort from the Portuguese and sold it to Ali Raja of Kannur. In 1790 the British who seized control over the fort, renovated and equipped it to be their most important military station in Malabar.
42 Thalassery Fort in Kerala
22 km from the land of the exotic art form of theyyam in the Northern district of Kannur is the small town of Thalassery. In this town stands an imposing historical monument - the Thalassery Fort.The East India Company which had established its settlement on the Malabar Coast in 1683 built the monument as a testimonial of their colonial imperialism in 1703. The fort was once the nucleus of Thalassery's development.
43 Thangasseri in Kerala
hangasseri or ‘Dutch Quilon’ as it was called, was once a British enclave. Meaning ‘gold village’ in local parlance, this was the hub of a flourishing trade that used gold as currency. This seaside village of historic importance shelters the ruins of an old Portuguese fort and churches built during the 18th century. It is situated 5 km away from Kottayam town in the state of Kerala.
44 Tipu's Fort, in Kerala
The Tipu's Fort, also known as Palakkad Fort, stands in the heart of Palakkad town. Palakkad is a small town on the lower edges of the Sahyadri ranges of the Western Ghats, with patches of dense forests and crisscrossed with rivers.
45 Vidhan Soudha in karnataka
The majestic looking Vidhan Soudha situated in Bangalore is a marvel of neo-Dravidian structural design and one of the most impressive building not only in Bangalore but also in India.
46 Tipu's Fort in karnataka
In the most crowded market area of Bangalore lies the remnants of Tipu's Fort - a silent testament of Tipu's battle against British regime.
47Tarakash Mahal in Karnataka
The Tarakash Mahal comprises of a vast pile of ruins adjoining the masjid. The palace originally consisted of the apartments of the female members of the regal household.
48 Takth Mahal in Karnataka
The Takht Mahal is located in Bidar, past the Diwan-E-Am. Now in ruins, it was the royal palace where the kings once lived.
49 Singarada Hebbagrilu in Karnataka
Situated in Hampi, at the back the Elephants' Stables, Singarada Hebbagilu is one of the most huge and oldest gateways in the capital city.
50 Rangin Mahal in Karnataka
Positioned in Bidar, the colorful palace called as Rangin Mahal is close to the Gumbad Darwaza.
51 Railway Museum in Karnataka
Located behind the railway station is the little-known but impressive Rail Museum with its priceless locomotives, coaches and collection of paintings and photographs narrating the 'Rail Story.'
52 Queens Bath in Karnataka
Hampi abounds in water channels and water tanks, a telling testimony to the engineering ability, which had been achieved by the management in the past.
53 Nobelmans Palace in Karnataka
To the north east of the freshly exposed underground temple in Hampi, are the remains of several palaces improved known as the Noblemen's Palaces.
54 Mehtar Mahal in Karnataka
Situated in Bijapur, Mehtar Mahal is the ornamental gateway leading to a mosque and a garden. Meaning a 'Sweeper's Palace', this gateway has a flat stone roof supported by stone brackets of delicately carved birds and rows of swans.
55 Malik-e-Maidan in Karnataka
The head of the cannon is fashioned into the shape of a lion whose jaws are trying to devour an elephant. Legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true.
56 Madikere Fort in Karnataka
In the centre of Madikere, the 19th century Madikere Fort was once the scene of many a fierce battle. Today, it houses a temple, a chapel, the prison and a small museum.
57Lotus Palace in Karnataka
The palace is a lovely synthesis of the Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture very different from the awesome magnificence of Hampi's temples.
58 Jayachamarajendra Art Gallery in Karnataka
The Art Gallery in the Jaganmohan Palace in Mysore has a unique collection of ceramics, sandalwood, ivory, stone, antique furniture and ancient musical instruments. Paintings by reputed artists like Ravi Varma and Roerich, as well as the traditional
59Jamalabad Fort in Karnataka
Jamalabad is well-known for its fort built by Tipu Sultan, the Tiger of Mysore in 1794. The fort was renamed after his mother Jamalbee. The village, which lies at the bottom of a high rock, forms a fraction of the Kudremukh range of hills near Belthangadi.
60Ibrahim Roza in Karnataka
Said to have motivated the Taj Mahal in Agra, this splendid mosque and tomb in Bijapur is very impressive. However, the jewel of Adil Shahi structural design is the Jami Masjid, with its graceful arches, aisles, halls, intricate designs and large crowning onion dome.
61 Gulbarga Fort in Karnataka
The fort itself has 15 towers. Gulbarga also has a number of imposing tombs of Bahmani Kings, a shrine to an important Muslim saint and the Sharana Basaveshwara Temple.
62 Govt. Museum - Bangalore in Karnataka
Specimens of works of antiquity and ancient art, such as sculpture coins and inscriptions found in different parts of Karnataka have been kept for display.
Mysore is known to be the “City of Palaces”. Mysore Palace is one of the exotic palaces that the nation has and its poplar for its illuminated view during special occasions.
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64 Afzal Khan's Cenotaph in Karnataka
Situated in Bijapur is the marvellous cenotaph of Afzal Khan. It is supposed that Afzal Khan started the construction of his own tomb in his lifetime.
65 Anand Mahal in Karnataka
Ananda Mahal or 'Palace Of Delights' was built by Adil Shah in 1589 AD. The two storeyed building which once housed the ladies of the palace has in its precincts today, a gymkhana club, an examination bungalow, several offices and the residential quarters of the assistant commissioner.
66 Badami Caves in Karnataka
Badami town is best known for its beautiful cave temple, cut into the cliff face of a red sandstone hill. They display the full range of religious sects which have developed in India.
67 Bahamani Tombs in Karnataka
The Bahamani Tombs are situated at Ashtur in Bidar, accessible by a road opposite the general hospital and through the Dulhan Gateway leads to the eight Bahamani tombs at Ashtur.
68 Bangalore Palace in Karnataka
Built by Wodeyars, the rulers of the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom, the Bangalore Palace is inspired by the Windsor Palace and based on the Tudor style. Spread over an area of about 800 acres, the Bangalore Palace is famous for its elegantly carved wooden interiors.
69 Belgaum Fort in Karnataka
Belgaum Fort, one of the oldest monuments of Karnataka is situated in the mid of Belgaum. Jai Raya, an ally of the Ratta Dynasty, built the 13th century inventive structure built of stone-and-mud.
70 Fort of Seven Rounds in Karnataka
Fort of Seven Rounds is located in the city of Chitradurga. The military marvel that it is, has 19 gateways and 38 postern entrances, of which the fourth is indeed the best.
71 Gol Gumbaz in Karnataka
Gol Gumbaz, situated in Bijapur is an astounding engineering feat. Its enormous "Whispering" dome is second in size only to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. The dome is the second largest in the world, 124 feet in diameter.
72 Gomateshwara Monolith. in Karnataka
The Most Revered Jain Pilgrimage Wedged between two stark rocky hills, the legendary pilgrim centre of Shravan Belagola and shrine of the Jains since early times is 150 km from Bangalore , 52 km from Hassan and 80 km from Mysore .
73Aranthangi Fort in Tamil Nadu
Aranthangi is the second largest town in Pudukkottai district. Aranthangi was the most populous locality in the south of the Thanjavur district till it was added to Pudukkottai.
74Arjuna's Penance in Tamil Nadu
Arjuna's Penance, perhaps the world's largest bas-relief, is the universe itself in stone, throbbing with a vastness of conception.
75Bharathiyar Illam in Tamil Nadu
The greatest Tamil poets, Subramanya Bharathi (also spelt as Bharti) was born in Ettayapuram (around 600-km from Chennai), in 1882.
76Fort St. George in Tamil Nadu
The first bastion of British power in India now houses the Tamilnadu Legislative assembly and council and offices of the State's secretariat.
77Genji fort in Tamil Nadu
It is located on the Tindivanam - Thiruvannamalai road about 25 kms. from Tindivanam and is about 132 kms. from Chidambaram.
78Kamaraj Memorial House in Tamil Nadu
Built in the memory of Shri Kamaraj, the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Kamaraj Memorial House is now a permanent gallery that showcases photographs and personal effects of Kamaraj
79Madras War Cemetery in Tamil Nadu
The Madras War Cemetery, a tribute to the valiant men and women who laid down their lives in the Second World War, was set up in 1952 by the Imperial War Graves Commission
80Manora Fort in Tamil Nadu
The Manora fort is situated 65-km away from Thanjavur. The fort was built byRajah Serfoji in 1814 to commemorate the victory of the British over Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo.
81Padmanabhampuram Palace in Tamil Nadu
The ancient historical town Padmanabhapuram is one of the four municipalities in the district is 55 Km. south of Trivandrum, about two km. east of Thuckalay and 35 km. from Kanyakumari on the Trivandrum-Cape Comerin road.
82Panchalankurichi & Kattabomman Memorial Fort in Tamil Nadu
Panchalankurichi, is a small but historic village around 70km from Tirunelveli and18 km from Tuticorin.
83Rock Fort Temple in Tamil Nadu
Tiruchirappalli itself has a long history, going back to the centuries before the Christian era, when it was a Chola citadel.
84Senate House in Tamil Nadu
One of Chennai's most impressive architectural marvels, Senate House, at the Madras University campus on the Marina, was constructed under the supervision of Robert Fellowes Chisholm, one of the greatest architects of the 19th century.
85Sivaganga Palace in Tamil Nadu
Called "Gowri Vilasam", the palace situated in the heart of Sivaganga about 40 km from Madurai, was the seat of many Marava kings.
86Thanjavur Palace in Tamil Nadu
The rice bowl of Tamil Nadu, Tanjavur is a bustling country town situated 55 kms east of Trichy.
87The Corporation Campus in Tamil Nadu
Named after Lord Rippon, the Father of local self-government, the foundation for the magnificent building was laid by Sir Gilbert John Elliot Murray Kynyn Mound Bart and Carl of Minto, then Viceroy and Governor General of India on December 12, 1909.
88Thirumalai Nayak Mahal in Tamil Nadu
The Thirumalai Nayak's palace is open to the public from 9.00a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
89Valluvar Kottam in Tamil Nadu
The memorial to the poet-saint Tiruvalluvar is shaped like a temple chariot and is, in fact, the replica of the temple chariot in Thiruvarur.
90Vellore Fort in Tamil Nadu
The fort is one of the finest examples of military architecture in South India.
91Vivekananda Illam in Tamil Nadu
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is another place in Kanyakumari which attracts large number of tourists.
92Raymonds Tomb in Andhra Pradesh
93The Nizam's Museum< in Andhra Pradesh/span>
94Charminar in Andhra Pradesh
95District Archeological Museum in Andhra Pradesh
96Falaknuma Palace in Andhra Pradesh
97Gandhi Hill in Andhra Pradesh
98Golconda Fort in Andhra Pradesh
99The Salar Jung Museum in Andhra Pradesh
100Victoria Museum in Andhra Pradesh
101Warangal Fort in Andhra Pradesh
102A.P.State Museum in Andhra Pradesh
103Amaravati Museum in Andhra Pradesh
104Asman Garh Palace in Andhra Pradesh
105Paigah Tombs in Andhra Pradesh
106Purani Haveli in Andhra Pradesh
107Bhagavan Mahavir Government Museum in Andhra Pradesh
108Qutb Shahi Tombs in Andhra Pradesh
109Kondapalli Fort in Andhra Pradesh
110Legislative Assembly in Andhra Pradesh
111Osmania University in Andhra Pradesh
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