Coolest heritage sites in India – Part 2


You can read Part 1 here

VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE, Hampi, Karnataka


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Virupaksha Temple


The 9-tiered tower is about 50m high.  Commissioned in the early 16th century, it stands as the only unspoilt structure in the middle of the vast ruins of an ancient city.

HULIKERE TANK, Karnataka


HULIKERE TANK


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Hidden in a small hamlet in South India is this beautiful tank surrounded by niches on all four sides.  It served as a bath for Queens in the first half of the 12th century.

 OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHEDRAL, Thrissur, Kerala


OUR LADY OF LOURDES CATHEDRAL


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This Cathedral was built more than a 100 years ago, its towers still stand tall in the centre of Thrissur town.

THANJAVUR TEMPLE, Tamil Nadu


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Brihadeeswarar temple


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The tall Brihadeeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and built from sandstone in Tanjavur, recently turned 1000 years old.  One of its more interesting features is the large stone dome on top of the temple tower, which weighs more than 80 tons.  How the stone was lifted to such a height, remains a mystery.

 PATWON KI HAVELI, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan


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Patwon Ki Haveli


This site is a cluster of 5 private residences that once belonged to a merchant family, now declared a heritage monument.  The oldest of the 5 is just under 200 years.

BATHING GHATS, Varanasi.


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Varanasi is often called the OLDEST LIVING CITY IN THE WORLD.  The bathing ghats and temples along the banks of the River Ganges are visited by 1000s of pilgrims every day.

TAJ MAHAL, Agra


Taj Mahal


Taj Mahal top view


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The list wouldn’t be complete without the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal.  It is now one of the most well-known monuments in India and has been mentioned in the list of “new wonders of the world.”   —— Arun Bhat

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