Secular India is home to Hindu, Islam, Christians, Buddha, Jain, Sikh and other numerous religions. The perfect combination of religions, cultures and traditions is shown in the rich heritage of the country. One of the aged civilizations is a treasure trove of art, architecture, philosophy, classical dances, music, flora, fauna and much more.
Religion has played a vital role in shaping India and its heritage. This is the reason, that most of the stunning heritage sites are also the sacred pilgrimage sites. These destinations attract inland and foreign travelers from all over the world.
A tour of this religious country is such a perfect combination of religious and architecture tour, and provides great opportunity to explore the rich Culture and Heritage tour of some mesmerizing monuments.
Khajuraho Temples: The Temples of Love
The world renowned famous place Khajuraho is situated in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Astonishing sculptures, an architecture of buildings and amazing carvings seen inside the Khajuraho temples are actually arresting. These temples are known for the various sculptures and statues that portray different sexual positions. Annually celebrated Khajuraho Dance Festival a one-week-long festival of classical dances also attracts a number of tourists from all over the globe.
Ajanta & Ellora Caves: Amazing Buddhist heritage site
The world’s greatest religious caves Ajanta – Ellora Caves are situated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The Ajanta has about 29 caves and Ellora has about 34 caves. The caves depict the medieval period and the Buddhist era from 200 BC to 650 AD. The caves are completely dedicated to Lord Buddha and his several incarnations and boast of the colossal sculptures of animals & Gods, paintings depicting the ancient life, and Buddhist fables, with numerous Buddha images.
Sanchi Stupa: A gem of art and architecture
“The Great Sanchi Stupa” at Sanchi, is forty-four feet high, with remarkably carved gateways, illustrating Buddhist legends. UNESCO has given the status of ‘World Heritage Site’ to the Mahastupa. Enlisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this huge hemispherical dome is the best conserved ancient Stupas of central India.
Virupaksha Temple: The star attraction of Hampi
This temple is one of the architectural marvels steeped in beauty located on the bank of the river Tungabhadra in Hampi. It is also preserved considering the ravages that happened during the Mughal invasion. The buildings of the temple are classified into religious, civil and military.
Chaturmukha Jain Temple, Ranakpur: Hidden jewel of architecture
Chaturmukha Jain temple is known throughout the world for its intricate, architectural brilliance and is an eloquent testimony to India’s cultural heritage. It is made up of off-white marble and the complete temple is stands over 1444 amazingly carved and different pillars.
Meenakshi Temple: Thousand Pillar Hall
With 33,000 sculptures, Meenakshi temple is located in the center of the city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu. Architectural delight and sculptural magnificence is the aspect of this temple which makes it popular throughout the world. The temple premises is surrounded by an elevated wall which is adorned with various paintings and sculptures.
Tirupati Balaji Temple: The richest temple of the World
Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh is one of the most important religious places in India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara or Vishnu, visited by thousands of pilgrims throughout the year. Innumerable dynasties have contributed to the development of this richest temple which is adorned with the beautiful ‘gopuram’ or tower.
Apart from these, there are several religious and Cultural Tour Destination to visit.
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