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India’s Top 8 Historical Landmarks


The country of India is home to a staggering number of historical landmarks, from the Taj Mahal to ancient temples and everything in between. It’s a perfect place to enjoy a luxury vacation, especially given the stellar heritage maharaja palaces…

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With over a billion citizens who call India their home, the country is bursting with vibrant culture, delicious and authentic cuisine and a distinct and truly unique way of life.

Tours are often recommended because of the sheer size of the country, as well as the lack of reliable public transportation over long distances. Choose a tour through India to have a chance to visit these top eight historical landmarks within the country. 

1. Taj Mahal

Delhi’s Taj Mahal. There can be no denying that this is the most iconic structure in all of India.

Majestic Taj Mahal at dawn

Majestic Taj Mahal at dawn

Built between 1632 and 1653 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Be sure to visit this majestic mausoleum made from white marble in the heart of the city of Agra. 

2. Red Fort

This sandstone fort, called Lal Qila by locals, was built in the seventeenth century and remains one of the most popular tourism destinations in the capital city of Delhi.

Kids catching pigeons in Red Fort in Delhi, India

Red Fort in Delhi, India

Tour the area during the day but come back at night for the spectacular light and sound show each evening after dark.

3. Golden Temple

Perhaps one of the most important religious sites for Sikhs is the Golden Temple, a beautiful structure located in the city of Amritsar. The temple is open every hour of every day and is lit up at night in a breathtaking way. Religious Sikhs visit here once in their life to volunteer. 

4. Govind Devji Temple

This temple is a mecca for followers of Lord Krishna. Located in Jaipur, the Govind Devj Temple is a busy spot full of pilgrims as well as interested visitors wanting to learn more about the religion and history of the Vaishnavites.

5. Humayun’s Tomb

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a magnificent structure in Delhi that greatly resembles the Taj Mahal, although on a slightly less grand scale.

Humayun’s Tomb and playing kids in Delhi, India

Humayun’s Tomb and playing kids

The incredible building is intricately decorated both inside and out, and remains in pristine condition. 

6. Hampi

The ruins of Hampi are vast and barren, but afford incredible views of the landscape. Hampi was the center of culture for Hindus in the fourteenth century, and today over five hundred statues, monuments and ancient buildings remain to tour. 

7. Ajanta and Ellora

Although some visitors write off these sites as merely caves, Ajanta and Ellora are certainly worth visiting on any tour. Some of the caves date back over two thousand years, and boast incredible architecture, religious texts and stunning art. 

8. Ghats of Varanasi

Ghats are simply stairs that lead to the water, and in the case in Varanasi they lead directly to the Ganges River. Visit to see the sheer vastness of the steps along the river for miles, where people bathe, relax and pray. 

And then there are plenty of other attractions on this incredible subcontinent…

Heritage maharaja luxury hotels

These are our reviews of stellar hotels we stayed at:

  1. Deogarh Mahal, Deogarh
  2. Samode Palace, Jaipur
  3. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur

But there are obviosly a range of excellent hotels to choose from…




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Walter Schaerer’s extensive background in the travel industry, passionate enthusiasm for photography and a firm belief that luxury destinations can also be affordable; were some of the main factors that motivated him to create the travel blog In his day job Walter is an online marketing manager based out of Zurich, Switzerland.


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