Discovered these 10 hidden historical gems of India yet?
India is a land with a rich past. As you set your foot in here, you will find remnants of this wonderful history unfolding at every turn.
The history of India traces as early as 5000 years back when the first human settlement took place. From the great Mauryan Empire to the glorious Mughal Empire, India has been home to some of the most magnificent rulers & reigns of the yore.
And this land still holds the testimony to the bygone era in the form of majestic monuments, forts, pillars, tombs, and ruins – with each of them narrating a story of valor, victory or love.
India has a vast collection of such historical gems, and while some are renown, some are still untouched by fame & glamour.
So, here we have tried to cover some amazing yet less-travelled historical places in India which are sure to intrigue you and arouse your wanderlust:
Located in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, Kumbhalgarh is an iconic fort of Mewar. This fort is more of a mini fortified city. Originally, the fort is believed to have been constructed by the King Samprati o the Maurya Age. It was built by him during the 6th century due to a strategic significance. Kumbhalgarh is also known to have separated Marwar and Mewar from each other and was used to take refuge by the Mewar rulers in the times of danger.
The fort gives a vast exploration experience with 360 imposing temples. It also houses a sanctuary where you can take up heritage walks or indulge in adventure activities. The place is a perfect spot to explore and try out some amazing photography.
Found in the Thar Desert, Osian is a small oasis housing many Buddhist & Jain temples. These temples date back to the 8th century. A few temples here remind you of the famous Khajuraho temples. Although the nearby sand dunes and monuments of Jodhpur overshadow the oasis, if you are a curious traveler, you would certainly hit the place.
Tughlaqabad, New Delhi
Do you want to witness how the ancient human civilization lived like? Then you must visit this Tughlaqabad, a ruined site of Mohenjodaro and Harappa civilization found in New Delhi.
Tughlaqabad was built by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq – Founder of Tughlaq Dynasty. The historic city of Delhi was established by him. The city was later abandoned in the year 1327. You can explore the several remarkable monumental structures and majestic stone fortifications surrounding the incomplete ground plan of the city. And you would be amazed by the level of architectural intelligence exhibited by the humans of ancient times. The city supposedly once has had around 52 gates of which only 13 are found today. The place is frequented by visitors for the purpose of sightseeing, photography and excursion.
If you love backpacking, this place would certainly impress you. Rabdentese is an ancient place in Sikkim. It served as the capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814.
Presently, the ruins of the palaces and chortens (Buddhist shrines) are found here as the capital city was destroyed by the Gurkha army during their invasion. However, the major attraction of this place is Pemayangtse, one of the oldest monasteries in India. You can also catch splendid views of the Khanchedzonga ranges standing at the vantage point of this one-time capital city.
The Archaeological Survey of India has declared this fort to be of national significance. Several ruins of Buddhist culture can be seen here. These ruins are a part of the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit in India. Along with historical remains, the place offers a lot of natural sightseeing.
Maluti Temples, Jharkhand
A collection of 72 extant ancient temples is located in a small town of Jharkhand – Maluti. These are terracotta temples with mural narrating the saga of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is said that during the ancient times, devotees here used to sacrifice hundreds of goats in a ritual to woo the Goddess Kali.
According to ITRHD (Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development), Maluti were constructed between the 17th and 19th centuries. These temples were built by the kings of Baj Basanta dynasty inspired by Goddess Mowlakshi in their capital, Maluti. The temples here are dedicated to Lords Shiva, Vishnu and Goddesses Kali & Durga, while Goddes Mowlakshi is the tutelary deity. This site offers a lot to explore within its divine aura.
Aravalem Caves, Goa
Due to so many different picturesque beaches in and around it, Goa has become synonymous with beaches. This Indian state, however, has got many other attractions to explore, which usually go unnoticed.
One such historical place is the ancient Aravalem caves located in the north Goa, Bicholim. These caves are also knowns as Pandava cave owing to their link with Mahabharata. According to the legend of Mahabharata, the five Pandava brothers lived here with their wife, Draupadi. Another story tells that these caves are associated with the origin of Buddhism. So, if you are looking for a twist in your beach vacation in Goa, this place will surely mesmerize you with its rock-cut cave monuments and the waterfalls.
Located at a distance of approx 40 KM from Leh, in a quaint town of Basgo, Basgo Monastery is a splendid Buddhist monastery. The monastery was constructed for the Namgyal rulers in 1680. Bazgo itself, however, was set up in early days of Ladakh and often find mention in the Chronicles of Ladakh. A palace was built in Basgo in the 15th Century.
The monastery is situated on the hilltop and its Buddha statue and murals are a major attraction. The complex also comprises of Chamchung, Chamba Lakhang, & Serzang temples. These temples are dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha.
The town of Basgo is itself a serene place where you can explore the sites, picnic with your friends or family or just enjoy some time in solace.
Rosary Church, Karnataka
Despite being one of the oldest historic sites, the Rosary Church in Karnataka sees less footfall. Rosary Church is a 200-year-old ruin built in Gothic architectural style. The nearby Hemavathi River manages to pull in few curious explorers annually. During the monsoon, the river overflows with water and eclipses the ruins. During the months of summer when the water in the river drains down, the ruins are out for sightseeing. It was constructed by French missionaries in the late 17th century.
Talatal Ghar, Assam
Talatal Ghar in Assam is the only building in the world that is constructed in Tai Ahom architectural style. It was built in the 17th century and is now in ruins. The monument spreads in a wide stretch, offering a wide expanse for exploration.
Lonar Crater Lake, Maharashtra
Lonar Crater Lake is a small meteor lake in Maharashtra. Several ancient temples and monuments, as old as the 6th century, surround the lake. The lake often sees Hollywood or Bollywood movie shoots. This lake is located at a distance of 140 km from Aurangabad, and the ambiance of the place is unbeatable.