historical places in India

Top 10 Historical Places In India – Travel Guide

| August 2, 2022 | Travel Guides

When we think of India, the first thing that comes to mind is the beautiful, majestic, and historical places in every corner of the country. India is a land of history and culture, like no other place in the world.

From the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Hawa Mahal, and Fatehpur Sikri to the Golden Temple, Khajuraho Temple, India, have architectural masterpieces. India has a history of over thousands of years, over different eras, and under the rule of different rulers.

It will take you days or months to travel to all the historical places in India, so I have curated a list of the top 10 historical places in India. You can visit each and every one of these places and experience the culture and majesty of these places.

Famous Historical Places In India

There is no shortage of places to visit in India for their historically significant places, but it is not possible to see them all. This is why we have listed down the most famous historical places in India. Listed down below are the 10 historical places in India with information you need.

1. Taj Mahal

If you are a history buff and admire the Seven Wonders of the World, then you can tick off your bucket list. The Taj Mahal is a beautiful specimen among the Seven Wonders of the World. And it is one of the most famous historical places in India.

Taj Mahal

All over the world, the Taj Mahal is considered the “epitome of eternal love”. Built by Shah Jahan for his late wife Mumtaz Mahal in 1632. The construction took about 22 years to complete, with the combined efforts of  20,000 people.

Entry Fee– Indians INR 40

Foreigners INR -1000

Opening– Half an hour before sunrise

Closing– Half an hour before sunset

Must see– Night Shows

Built by Shah Jahan

Year– 1648

Read More: 8 Tips To Get The Best Photographs At The Taj Mahal

2. Agra Fort

During the Mughal Rule, India was adorned with some beautiful monuments; of them is the Agra fort. Built completely of red stone, the construction began in 1565 by Mughal Emperor Akbar. The fort is among the 10 historical places in India.

Agra Fort

The fort has two famous gates called the Amar Singh Gate and the Delhi Gate. If you enter through the Amar Singh Gate, you can visit the inner quarters of the fort. The mosques, palaces, courts, and gateways. 

Entry Fee– Indians INR- 40

Foreigners INR– 550

Opening– 6 am

Closing– 6 pm

Must See– Nagina Masjid, Mina Masjid, Moti Masjid, Zenana MIna Bazaar and Jahangir Palace. 

Built by– Akbar and Shah Jahan

Year– 1573

3. Red Fort

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan gave us some of the most beautiful architectural marvels, like the Red Fort. It took more than 10 years to finish the construction of the fort. Though the name signifies the colour of the fort as “red.” But originally, the colour of this massive fort was white. 

Red Fort

It was made out of Limestone, hence the colour, but when the colour started to chip off, the British had to paint it red. The fort was originally known as the Qila-e-Mubarak. 

Entry Fee– Indians INR- 10

Foreigners INR– 250

Opening– 9:30 am

Closing– 4:30 pm (Monday closed)

Must see– The Rang Mahal, where the females, like the wives, maids and mistresses, resided. 

Built by– Shah Jahan

Years– 1639

4. Fatehpur Sikri

Fatehpur Sikri was once the capital of the Mughal Empire during the rule of Emperor Akbar. This royal city has a number of beautiful public buildings and living quarters for the king, servants and the army. 

Fatehpur Sikri

The place has beautiful gardens with decorated pillars. This was one of the well-planned cities in 1569. But, due to the water, the fort was abandoned.

Entry Fee– Indian INR- 40

Foreigner INR– 510

Opening– 6 am 

Closing– 6 pm (Friday closed)

Must see– Diwan -i- Aam & Diwan -i-Khas

Built by– Akbar

Year– 1569

5. Hawa Mahal

Also known as the “Palace of Winds,” Hawa Mahal looks like a massive honeycomb with intricately beautiful 953 windows. The building is shaped like a crown built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. This is one of the significant historical places in India.

Hawa Mahal

The building is one of the tallest buildings in the world without any foundation. As the building is curved, it stands strong with a pyramid-like shape.

Entry Fee– Indian INR- 10

Foreigner INR– 50

Opening– 9:30 am

Closing– 4:30 pm

Must see- The intricate detailing on the windows

Built by– Pratap Singh

Year– 1799

6. Khajuraho Temples

To gaze upon the raw eroticism of architectural phenomena, Khajurao Temple is the best place for you to visit. The temple is curved with countless carvings to depict love, beauty, eternal grace, art and delicacy.

Khajuraho Temples

The Khajuraho temple is a perfect example of two religions coming together, Hinduism and Jainism. The whole temple has carvings of Apsaras, cult icons, and demi-gods.

Entry Fee– Indian INR- 10

Foreigner INR– 250 (But only for the Western temples, as the rest are free)

Opening– 8 am

Closing– 6 pm

Must see– The light and sound show depicting the story of the Chandela Dynasty. 

Built By– Chandela Dynasty

Years– 950AD TO 1050AD

7. Sanchi Stupa

The Sanchi Stupa is one of the most significant historical structures ever unearthed in India. Built around the 3rd century B.C. by Emperor Asoka. It is the most significant religious centre in Buddhism.

Sanchi Stupa

The Dome of the Sanchi Stupa is to signify the “Wheel of Law.”And the stupa is actually a symbol of Buddha’s freedom and the “circle of life and death.” The four gates of the stupas have been mentioned in the Jataka tales and stories about Buddha’s life.

It is believed that the Sanchi Stupa contains the ashes of Buddha himself, though it was never confirmed.

Entry Fee– Indian INR- 10

Foreigner INR– 250

Opening– 8:30 am 

Closing– 5 pm

Must See– The Ashoka pillar that has the statue of four lions built in a Greco-Buddhist style. It is also the national emblem of India.

Built by– Emperor Ashoka

Year– 3rd century BCE

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8. Victoria Memorial

One of the more modern historical places in India was built during British Rule. The Victoria Memorial was built by Lord Curzon, who was also responsible for the partition of the state of Bengal.

Victoria Memorial

The beautiful monument is situated in the middle of a beautiful lush green garden. The memorial is like a museum filled with weapons and relics from British rule. Like paintings, statues, sculptures, and other artefacts.

Entry Fee- Indian INR- 20

Foreigner INR– 200

Opening– 5:30 am

Closing– 6:15 pm

Must see– The “Angel of Victoria” acts like a weathercock on windy days

Built By– Lord Curzon

Year– 1921

9. India Gate

Located on the Rajpath, this 42-meter tall monument is sometimes compared with the Arch of Constantine in Rome and Arch de Triomphe in Paris. The India Gate is dedicated to the lives of 82,000 soldiers, both Indian and British, who gave their lives in WWI. 

Victoria Memorial

Every year on Republic day, the parade is held in front of the Gate. It is the spot where the Amar Jawan Jyoti, “the eternal flame”, still burns bright.

Entry Fee– Free for all

Opening– All time

Must See– The Amar Jawan Jyoti, Children’s Park

Built by– Edwin Lutyens

Year– 1931

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10.  Ajanta And Ellora Caves

One of the most beautiful caves in India, with spectacular craftsmanship with rock carvings done by hand. Discovered by John Smith in 1819, a British officer. The Ajanta and Ellora caves are full of beautiful carvings and sculptures and paintings of Jainism, Buddhism and Brahmanism.

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

There are about 29 caves full of artwork in Ajanta and about 39 caves in Ellora. In Ellora, there are 12 Buddhist caves, 5 Jain caves, and 17 Hindu caves. 

Entry Fee– Indian INR- 10

Foreigner INR– 250

Opening– 9 am 

Closing– 5:30 pm (Ajanta is closed on Mondays & Ellora is closed on Tuesdays)

Must See– The multiple caves and the artwork

Built by– Satavahanas and Vakataka

Year– 200BC to 100AD, 5th Century AD

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. Which Is The Most Historical Place In India? 

In India, among the top historical places are,

1. Taj Mahal
2. Amer Fort
3. Ajanta and Ellora Caves
4. Red Fort
5. Golden Temple

2. What Are The 8 Monuments? 

Here are the 8 must-see monuments in India,

1. Taj Mahal
2. Meenakshi Temple
3. Mysore Palace
4. Gateway of India
5. Qutub Minar
6. Hawa Mahal
7. Mahabalipuram

3. Which Place Is Most Historical?

Here is a list of the top historical places in the World,

1. Petra, Jordan
2. Machu Pichu, Peru 
3. The Colosseum, Rome
4. Angkor Wat, Columbia
5. The Great Wall of China
6. The Taj Mahal, India
7. The Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
8. Stonehedge, England

Visit Now!

India is a country rich with cultural and historical heritage, so to indulge in mesmerizing and magical historical places, you need to visit India. Gaze upon the intricate architecture and stone work on these exquisite historical places in India.

The pictures are not doing justice to the magnitude and majesty of these places, so you must visit and experience them fully.

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Nabamita Sinha loves to write about lifestyle and pop-culture. In her free time, she loves to watch movies and TV series and experiment with food. Her favorite niche topics are fashion, lifestyle, travel, and gossip content. Her style of writing is creative and quirky.

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