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Historic sites, places of interest and other useful information relating to India. Click on the markers on the map at left to see further detail. Alternatively, select one of the Tabs - Place, Category or All - to browse by place name.

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Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Mamallapuram, the city of Mamalla, is after the title of great Pallava ruler Narasimhavarman-I (AD 630-68). It was a sea-port during the time of Periplus (Ist century AD) and Ptolemy (AD 140) and many Indian colonists sailed to South-East Asia through this port town. While there is some evidence of architectural activity going back to the period of Mahendravarman-I (AD 600-30), the father of Mamalla, most of the monuments like rock-cut rathas, sculptured scenes on open rocks like Arjuna's penance, the caves of Govardhanadhari and ahishasuramardini,the Jala-Sayana Perumal temple are attributed to the period of Narasimhavarman-I Mamalla.
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Chennai Airport
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
MAA / VOMM
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Sanchi Stupa
Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India
On a hill overlooking the plain and about 40 km from Bhopal, the site of Sanchi comprises a group of Buddhist monuments (monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries) all in different states of conservation most of which date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence and was a major Buddhist centre in India until the 12th century A.D.
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Qutb Minar
Delhi, Delhi, India
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Lal Quila (Red Fort)
Delhi, Delhi, India
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Parliament House
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Parliament House is one of the most magnificent buildings in New Delhi which has one of the brightest clusters of architectural gems possessed by any country in the world.
The building was designed by two famous architects— Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker—who were responsible for the planning and construction of New Delhi.

The Foundation Stone of Parliament House was laid on the 12th February, 1921 by H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught. The construction of the building took six years and the opening ceremony was performed on the 18th January, 1927 by the then Governor-General of India, Lord Irwin.
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India Gate
New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Rashtrapati Bhavan (President of India)
New Delhi, Delhi, India
The present day Rashtrapati Bhavan was the erstwhile residence of the British Viceroy. Its architect was Edwin Landseer Lutyens. The decision to build a residence in New Delhi for the British Viceroy was taken after it was decided in the Delhi Durbar of 1911 that the capital of India would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi in the same year. It was constructed to affirm the permanence of British rule in India. This building gave the impression, in the words of a critique, the setting of a perpetual Durbar. The building and its surroundings were supposed to be 'an empire in stone', 'exercising imperial sway' and containing in it, "the abode of a disinterested elite whose rule was imposed from above". That 'empire in stone' and the perpetual Durbar was transformed to be the permanent institution of democracy on 26th January 1950 when Dr. Rajendra Prasad became the first President of India and occupied this building to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of India. It was from that day that this building was renamed as Rashtrapati Bhavan - the President's House.
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Brihadeeshwarar Temple
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India
This celebrated Saiva temple, appropriately called Brihadisvara and Daksinameru, is the grandest creation of the Chola emperor Rajaraja (AD 985-1012). It was inaugurated by the king himself in his 19th regnal year (AD 1009-10) and named it after himself as Rajesvara Peruvudaiyar. Architecturally, it is the most ambitious structural temple built of granite. The temple is within a spacious inner prakara of 240.90 m long (east-west) and 122m broad (north-south), with a gopura at the east and three other ordinary torana entrances one at each lateral sides and the third at rear. The prakara is surrounded by a double-storeyed malika with parivaralayas.
[http://asi.nic.in/thanjavur.html]
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Sarangapani Temple
Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India
The Sarangapani temple is the principal and largest of the Vishnu temples in Kumbakonam dating to the thirteenth-century. It is among the 108 Tirupatis and is given third place next to Srirangam and Tirupati. The shrine is in form of a chariot. A beautiful tank called Hema Pushkarni separates this shrine and the Adi Kumbeshwara temple. Entry, into a hundred-pillar hallway from the seventeenth century (Nayak period), is through a twelve-storied pyramidal gopuram, more than 40m high which is considered one of the largest gopurams in South India.
Pass through a smaller gopuram that leads into a second courtyard that contains another columned mandapa and to the right, a shrine to Lakshmi. The central shrine dates from the late Chola period with many later alterations.
[http://www.saigan.com/heritage/states/tn/kumbak/sarangap.html]
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Tirupati Temple
Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh, India
Known to be the richest temple in India, the Lord of the Seven Hills resides here
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Bangalore Airport
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
This is the existing airport. If anyone knows roughly where Devanahalli is let me know and I will update the map.
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Elephanta Caves
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
The 'City of Caves', on an island in the Sea of Oman close to Bombay, contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Here, Indian art has found one of its most perfect expressions, particularly the huge high reliefs in the main cave.
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Bombay Airport
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport
BOM / VOBB
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Ajanta Caves
Ajanta, Maharashtra, India
The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence.
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Ellora Caves
Ellora, Maharashtra, India
These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not far from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India.
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Indira Point
Andamans, India
India's southernmost point
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Leh Airfield
Leh, Jammu & Kashmir, India
At 10500 feet above mean sea level, this is one of the highest airfields in the world
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Konark Sun Temple
Puri, Orissa, India
At Puri on the eastern coast
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New Delhi Airport
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Indira Gandhi International
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Taj Mahal
Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.
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Calcutta Airport
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Dum Dum Aerodrome
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Sarnath
Uttar Pradesh, India
At Sarnath the Buddha founded the Sangha with his five old companions as his first disciples. Sarnath gained eminence during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. The Ashoka pillar and its famous lion capital were discovered in 1904.
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Humayun's Tomb
Delhi, Delhi, India
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Ba'hai Temple
New Delhi, Delhi, India
Lotus shaped building
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Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Safdarjung Aerodrome
New Delhi, Delhi, India
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Srinagar Airport
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
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Dal Lake
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
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Hampi
Karnataka, India
The austere, grandiose site of Hampi was the last capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. Its fabulously rich princes built Dravidian temples and palaces which won the admiration of travellers between the 14th and 16th centuries. Conquered by the Deccan Muslim confederacy in 1565, the city was pillaged over a period of six months before being abandoned.
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Chambukulam Church
Alappuzha, Kerala, India
Christian church first founded by doubting Thomas the Apostle in AD54. Not so much an architectural splendour: it's just the idea of workshipping at a church first founded by one of Christ's twelve apostles. On the backwaters
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Jakkur Aerodrome
This is the Jakkur aerodrome just beside the NH- ?
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Yelahanka Air Force Base
This is where the Aero India shows take place.
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Devanahalli
Please correct me if I am wrong
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Bangalore International Airport site
This is approximately the place mentioned in many brief maps. Please correct me if I am wrong.
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Hebbal Flyover
This is the beautiful Hebbal Flyover on NH - ?
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Metro, Yeshawanthpur
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IISc, Electrical Engg Dept
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IISc, New Hostel Blocks
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IISc, Indian Institute Of Science
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CPRI, Central Power Research Institute
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INDIAN PENTAGON
Guess this is some army headquarters. Need some help!
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This is where we dont want to be, right
Vidhana Soudha
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Brigade Road
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Mahudi Jain Mandir, Unknown Historical Place in India
Mahudi, Gujarat
Mahudi, Gujarat, IN
Mahudi is beautiful village located in Mansa near Sabarmati river of Gandhinagar in Gujrat. This village is just 35 k.m. Away from the Gandhinagar.
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Halebidu, Hoysaleshwara Temple Karnataka
Halebeedu, Karnataka
Halebeedu, Karnataka, IN
Halebidu is an interesting site features the grate Hoysaleshwara Empire. Also features beautiful temple of Hoysaleshwara.
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Adichanallur, Archaeological Wonder in India
Adichanallur, Tamil Nadu
Adichanallur, Tamil Nadu, IN
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Rajgad Royal Fort of Maharashtra
Rajgad is one of the most prestigious fort in Maharasthra and also known as Royal Fort of Maharashtra Mostly ruled by Shivaji and also reconstructed by him. This fort is a resident of Shivaji for 25 years.
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Aciatic Society