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Exploring Konark Sun Temple

Imagine a colossal chariot with twelve ornamental wheels drawn by seven horses emerging from a blue sea. This is the epic vision that envisaged the design and architecture of the famous Konark Sun Temple. Narasimhadeva-I of the Ganga dynasty built it in the 13th century, and its sheer size and design with exquisite carvings make […]

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Exploring Jantar Mantar Jaipur

Sawai Jai Singh II built the Jantar Mantar observatory in Jaipur in the 18th century. It’s a collection of astronomical instruments for measuring time, the position of stars and planets, predicting eclipses and other celestial measurements. Some of these instruments could predict the onset of monsoons, floods, and famines and how hot the summers would

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Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

What the Taj Mahal is to Agra, Hawa Mahal is to Jaipur. Located on a busy road near Sireh Deodhi and Johari Bazars, the iconic monument is thronged by tourists for Instagrammable pics. But there is more to Hawa Mahal than the obligatory selfie with it. On our earlier visits to Jaipur, we had only

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Exploring Jaipur City Palace

Jaipur City Palace is a fusion of Indian, Rajput and Mughal architectural styles with some European influences. The beauty and opulence of the palace complex are praiseworthy. It is an ensemble of courtyards, gardens and buildings. Sawai Jai Singh II built the Jaipur City Palace between 1729 and 1732, with subsequent rulers adding new structures.

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Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

A one-hour ferry boat ride from Mumbai can take you to the Elephanta caves located on the Elephanta or Gahrapuri Islands or the City of Caves. Away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, one is metaphorically transported back in time to 600 A.D. when these Hindu caves devoted to lord Shiva were constructed.

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