We can trace back the evolution of everything present today only through history. Historical sites, figures, structures, theories and more give us clarity on what works right and what doesn't, or simply gives us insight into the pre-existing culture and heritage.
Understanding traditions becomes easy and exciting by witnessing historical monuments and regal ruins. To revel in the history of India, there are innumerable places that are spread all across the country. Many places, like Agra, Delhi and Hampi, are famous and crowded with tourists throughout the year.
However, here is a list of offbeat historical places that will certainly pique your curiosity, especially if you happen to be a history buff.
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Vaishali is an important archaeological site of Bihar, since it is the place where Lord Buddha spent most of his time; it is Lord Mahavira's place of birth as well. Therefore, Vaishali holds religious significance for Jain and Buddhist devotees as well.
Some of the places of interest in Vaishali include Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Ashoka Pillar, to name a few.
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With temples that reflect both Nagara and Dravidian styles of architecture by the Chalukya dynasty, Pattadakal is a lesser-explored part of Karnataka located in Bagalkot. The temple town is nestled on the banks of the beautiful river Malaprabha.
Known for their expertise in art and architecture, Chalukyan artisans have created beautiful temples, such as the Virupaksha Temple, Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sangameshwara Temple, etc., that stand tall and beautiful till date.
Unakoti in Tripura is an offbeat destination, which contains rock-cut carvings, murals and stone images of different mythological figures that date back to 7th to 9th century. Out of the many carvings, the central Shiva figure called Unakotiswara Kal Bhairava and the figure of Lord Ganesha are exceptionally stunning.
Ashokastami Mela is a festival held every year in the month of April at Unakoti when thousands of pilgrims gather in this quaint town.
Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Being one of the biggest forts of India, Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan is a complex of many forts, palaces, pillars, etc., that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Spread across a huge area of 692 acres, Chittorgarh Fort is a magnanimous structure that is believed to have been built by the Maurya rulers.
The fort has witnessed rule of many powerful dynasties, such as the Delhi Sultanate, Sultans of Gujarat, Mughals, etc. The fort remains open for the visitors from 9.30 am to 5 pm everyday.
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Presently under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India, after excavating it in 1955, Lothal is a historical region that used to be an important city of the Indus Valley Civilisation.
Taking us back to our history classes in school, Lothal excavations showcase archaeological features, drainage canals, wells, town structures, etc. that were functional in the bygone era. Lothal is a delight for every history buff since it gives immense information about the Indus Valley Civilisation.
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Recently acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Nalanda used to be home to one of the biggest Buddhist monastery complexes apart from being an abode to the largest literature collection in the world. Although we all know about Nalanda, seldom do we visit this offbeat historical site.
Remnants of the Nalanda University can be viewed till date; however, it is believed that still 90% of the university remains buried.