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When you start planning your trip to India make sure to see all of these breath taking sites along the way. With stunning centuries old architecture that gives insight into the deep history of India, these sites will be unlike any you have seen before.
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Location: Agra, India
The Taj Mahal is not only one of the most stunning buildings in India, but the entire world. Known for its extravagance and beauty, the Taj Mahal is a must see. Taj Mahal translates to the Crown of the Palace and was created to hold the tomb of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal. Built on love and romance, the Taj Mahal end up being the best part of your trip.
Konark Sun Temple
Location: Konark, India
The Konark Sun Temple gives life to the culture of India. Built back in 1250 for the King Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty, this temple holds the history of India within its walls. Not only does its historical significance make it a worthwhile site to see, but the castle was created in honor of the Hindu god Surya. The earthy toned building, hand built structure, historical relevance and spiritual significance will be impressive to any traveler.
Gateway of India
Location: Mumbai, India
Come see the Gateway of India to start your trip off right. The structure was originally built as an arch monument in honor of King George V and Queen Mary visit at Apollo Bunder in 1911 and was officially finished in 1924. The arch is now used as a sort of greeting and passage way for travelers into India. Located in South Mumbai, the Gateway of India overlooks the Arabian Sea. Come and take jaw dropping photos here and step foot at these historic grounds to see the monument created for kings and queens.
Location: Jaipur, India
Translated to mean the “Palace of Winds or the Breeze” this enormous palace needs to be at the top of your to do list while traveling through India. Originally built so tall to house the women of the royal family and allow them to observe street festivities without actually leaving the building. Built from sandstone and with bare hands, this palace is a must-see.
Location: Amritsar, India
The Golden Temple is surrounded by glistening water in the city of Amritsar. Visit this glowing temple and as it lights up its walls, the sky and the water a golden yellow. Not only is the temple coated in a shining gold, but is home to the most significant pilgrimage site of Sikhism. Surround yourself in culture and history and let the bright golden light shine down all around you.
Iron Pillar of Delhi
Location: Delhi, India
This pillar was built in honor of the Hindu deity lord Vishnu by King Chandra. Built from the 3rd to 4th century it is considered a great treasure due to its metal composition. Scientists have studied the sturdiness of the material over decades and fawned over the expertise of the those who built the pillar centuries back.