Cultural sightseeing in India

Night view of Bangalore In India, tourists will find such a large number of museums, temples, and historical sites that it is impossible to visit everything during one stay and they have to choose which is more important to visit. Those who want to learn more about Indian culture have lots of opportunities to do it. There are many places of worship for believers in the country. One of them is the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra. It is a popular landmark, a mosque, and a mausoleum, as well as a masterpiece of Great Mughal architecture. This great monument made of white marble is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The mosque was built in the middle of the 17th century. Everything exudes power and grandeur including the tomb, the guest house, the main gate and this masterpiece as a whole.
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You will find the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, a place of worship for Hindus, in Tiruchchirappalli. Despite the fact that only Hindus are allowed to enter the temple, everyone else can admire the temple-city from the outside. The exterior of the temple is startling. Everything here looks extraordinary for a European eye: giant gates, Brahmin dwellings, and wonderful architecture, in which everything is thought out to the smallest detail. There are about 40 pavilions, 21 towers, plenty of shops which will make your visit to this religious complex a really unforgettable one. The temple is considered as one of the largest functioning Hindu worship places in the world. You can spend the whole day here, feeling a solemn spirit and increasingly falling in love with Hindu culture.
The temple of the sun-god Surya in Konark was built seven centuries ago. Built entirely of stone, the temple is known for its bas-reliefs of a sexual nature, which can be seen on its walls. Birds sing around the chariot-shaped temple, beautiful flowers grow everywhere. In other words, this temple is fascinating both on the inside and on the outside. In 1951, the Somnath Temple dedicated to Shiva was opened in Prabhas Patan. This is a modern, reconstructed building of the temple on the site of an ancient construction which was built at the end of the 10th century. The ocean waters caress the base of the temple. It is very clean here and there are always many pilgrims, suffering Hindus praying to Shiva for healing. Taking pictures inside the temple is prohibited. Copyright
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The “Calico Museum of Textiles”, which was built in the early 50s of the last century, is located in the city of Ahmedabad. It contains a rich collection of fabrics with complex patterns, antique documents, and bronze items. Guides provide comprehensive information about the process of creation and history of each exhibit. The fabric used for tailoring, for pujas and other needs, shawls, carpets, scarves – simply put, all kinds of Indian fabrics from different eras are collected here. The age of some items in the collection is almost half a thousand years. In New Delhi, there is a National Museum of Natural History, which was opened in 1978. Here visitors can see some ancient ornaments, ethnic art, weapons, manuscripts, archaeological objects, Indian miniatures and much more. The museum was reconstructed in April 2016 after a fire, which caused damage to many collections.
Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) For those who are keen on science, it is recommended to visit Ranchi Science Center. It is a science museum with interactive exhibits and games, a 3D projection theater, scientific collections, and a children’s education area. Animations, computers, technologies ranging from the most simple to complex modern can be found here too. You can get closer to science and technology in the museum and get an idea of the daily processes and complex physical laws. Those who visit Kozhikode should pay attention to the Pazhassi Raja Archaeological Museum, which is famous for its ancient exhibits, the newest of which trace their lineage to the 200th year of our era. The museum also has a gallery, where you can find paintings of Indian artists, who lived in the 19th and 20th centuries. The bicentennial building once housed a court. What is more, there was a prison in the basement.
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The Heritage Transport Museum in Tauru is the first museum of its kind in India, which was opened in 2013. It gives you the opportunity to observe the evolution of Indian transport: bicycles, motorcycles, vintage cars, modern sports cars, transport into past centuries, carriages, old buses, trains, carts, trucks — for all of Indian’s history, they are known to move on wheels. Bhopal is proud of its Museum of Tribal Culture, where you can look at the authentic tribal housing and instruments of labor, as well as learn how people from the seven main tribes that inhabited the state lived, what they believed in, what they did, and how they had fun. There is a library and a children’s gallery too.
Near the city of Gwalior, tourists can find a fortress built in the 6th century located on a basalt hill. Time did not affect its beauty and greatness. According to legend, it was named after the Saint who healed the leper king. The complex consists of several palaces and temples, some of which were built during the existence of the fortress. Lal Qila, or the “Red Fort” situated in the center of Delhi, was founded at the beginning of the 17th century and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built in the Indo-Islamic style, it is made of marble and red sandstone. Within the walls of the magnificent fortress, there are several palaces, a market, a mosque, and a park.
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Map of all art museums
Art galleries in India
♥   Art museum 'Albert Hall Museum' Jaipur. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Allahabad Museum' Allahabad. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Asutosh Museum of Indian Art' Kolkata. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Bangalore' Bangalore. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Baroda Museum & Picture Gallery' Vadodara. On the map   Photos
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in India
♥   St. Mary’s Syro-Malankara Cathedral, Trivandrum. On the map   Photos
♥   St. Mary Queen of Peace Basilica, Trivandrum. On the map   Photos
♥   Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Joseph, Trivandrum. On the map   Photos
♥   St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Palayamkottai. On the map   Photos
♥   Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of the Snows, Thoothukudi. On the map   Photos
♥   Sacred Heart Cathedral, Thoothukudi. On the map   Photos
♥   Cathedral of the Infant Jesus, Kollam. On the map   Photos
Map of all palaces
Palaces in India
♥   Palace 'Agra Fort' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Aina Mahal' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Amba Vilas Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Amber Palace' . On the map   Photos
♥   Palace 'Arki Palace Himachal' . On the map   Photos
Extreme Guinness-type places in India

Leaning Temple of Huma

From the series “Falling towers and buildings”
You can see the ancient Huma Temple in India. It is located in the vicinity of the village of the same name. This miniature temple impresses travelers not so much with its architectural features as with its disastrous leaning. It seems that the temple is going to collapse right now. Its top remains perpendicular to the ground despite the huge leaning of the building. This ancient temple is dedicated to the God Shiva. The exact date of its construction is unknown.

The first official mention of the building dates back to the end of the 17th century. Its first complete reconstruction was ordered by King Baliar Singh at this time. The temple is located in a very complex geological area. It was built right on the rocks on the bank of the Mahanadi River. Many coastal areas are heavily flooded … Read all

Paradesi Synagogue

From the series “The most luxury and famous synagogues”
Paradesi synagogue is located in India. It is the oldest in the country. It was built in 1568. The name "Paradesi" is translated from the local dialect as "foreigners". The religious building is located in the historical district of Kochi. This area was called the Jewish City in the late middle ages. A large community of Sephardic or Spanish-speaking Jews lived here. Seven synagogues were built here in the 17th century. Only one continues to operate at present. This is Paradesi.

The Jews who lived in the historical district of Kochi were mainly engaged in selling. Many shops were located next to the synagogue. They sold spices and other national products. The synagogue that visitors to the city can see today is not the first one in this place. The very first synagogue was built in 1558. … Read all
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