6 Must-Visit Destinations for a Memorable Date with India’s History
The land of diversity and the melting pot of cultures, India’s landscape is a product of a rich tryst with history. From housing one of the world’s most ancient civilizations (the Harappan Civilization) to boasting of valiant rulers like Ashoka and colonial past – Indian history has been a theatre of politics. In this blog, we bring to you 5 locations that bear the hallmarks of India’s deep rooted past:
Witnessing the rise and fall of many empires, Delhi has been associated with many dynasties such as the Maurya, Guptas, Lodhis and the Mughals. In fact, this city served as the capital of Shahjahan and even the British! Some of the prominent landmarks that reflect the power struggle behind this game of thrones include Lal Kot built by Tomars; Qutub Minar built by Qutubuddin Aibak; Hauz Khas and Humayun’s Tomb. After exploring Delhi, head to Hotel Central Blue Stone, Gurgaon, a business hotel situated in the suburbs of Delhi.
The place in India where Vasco Da Gama first set his foot, Goa finds mention in the Indian history due to its connection with the 16th century Dutch and Portuguese settlers who established their base here. This marked the beginning of India’s rendezvous with European imperialism. The influence of this culture left a lasting impact on not just the state’s cuisine but also its architectural elements. Bom Jesus Basilica, Aguada Fort, Chopara Fort and St. Augustine Tower are some of the specimens of this culture. When you’re in Goa, stay in the well-appointed rooms of Royal Orchid Beach Resort & Spa.
3.Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
The city of Nawabs, Lucknow is known for tracing its culture back to the Mughals. This legacy has translated into the city’s architecture. The fine specimens of Lucknow’s golden past include BadaImambara (built by Nawab Asaf-ud-Daula), Begum Hazrat Mahal Park (built in the memory of the beautiful Queen of Awadh), Kaiserbagh Palace (built by the Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah) and The Residency. In fact, some of the popular delicacies today such as Galouti Kebabs too can be traced back to this city.
4.Chennai, Tamil Nadu
The gateway of South India, Chennai served as the seat of the Sangam period. This phase proved to be the golden era for the flourishing of art and literature in this city. Chennai’s history is also deeply entrenched with its colonial past. This can be attributed to the fact that it was a prominent port city. Monuments like Fort Saint George, Vivekananda House, Santhome Basilica Church and Madras High Court are exquisite reminiscent of Chennai’s colonial past.
5.Kolkata, West Bengal
The capital of the British Indian Empire until 1911, Kolkata is another city with a significant place in Indian history. Knownas the “Cultural Capital of India” and “The City of Processions”, Kolkata was the epicenter of the Renaissance Phase. Some of the monuments that bear testimony to Kolkata’s rich history are the Victoria Memorial, Fort William, Shantiniketan and Belur Math. Conveniently situated in the vicinity of the city’s prominent tourist places, Regenta Orkos is a convenient sojourn for luxury and business travellers.
Another city, which boasts of a rich past is Mysore. Founded in the year 1399, Mysore graduated from serving as a vassal state of the glorious Vijaynagara Empire to the seat of the Woodeyar Dynasty and the battleground of the Anglo-Mysore & Anglo-Maratha Wars. Tipu Sultan gallantly defended his kingdom against the shrewd British policies like the Subsidiary Alliance, but it was a lost battle. The Mysore Palace, Choti Ghadiyar and Rajendra Vilas Palace are some of the remnants of this history. After dropping by at these tourist spots, drop by at Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden Palace & Spa, Mysore.