One would have visited numerous monuments during the daylight hours, but have you ever thought of visiting them at night? Some of the monuments in India offer sound and light shows after sunset. These shows help you get a better understanding of the monument, its history and much more which cannot be experienced during daylight.
If you are someone who loves history and would love to have your imagination light up , there are many sound and light shows in India which are indeed entertaining methods to learn about India's past.
Of late, the number of people visiting these places is rapidly growing and one can find them to take you to places especially forts and palaces. The multiples shows are sure to transport you back in time to some of the important events which contribute to India's history.
1. Amber Fort – Jaipur
Held below the Amber Fort, close to the Maota Lake, the show portrays the history of not only the fort but also of Jaipur. The show makes use of Rajasthani folk music and colourful lights which transports you to a dreamy atmosphere.
The show timings are different for summers and winters. The shows begins at 6:30 pm with English narration and at 7:30 pm in Hindi in Summers. The English show is prices at Rs 200 and the Hindi show would costs you Rs 100.
2. Agra Fort – Uttar Pradesh
Agra Fort is also known as Qila-i-Akbari and comes in second , after Taj Mahal, as one of the best attractions in Agra. The fort was built by the Mughal rulers in the 16th century and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The one hour show takes you through a tour of the Mughal era. The show begins at 7:30 pm in Hindi and at 8:30 pm in English. The tickets are priced at Rs 40 for Indians and Rs 150 for foreign nationals.
3. Cellular Jail - Port Blair
A 45 minute flashback to the testimony of India's struggle for independence, only few people knew what was happening behind the tall walls of the Cellular Jail at Port Blair during the British rule. Here the horrifying stories are narrated by the sun, an old tree and the gallows in Hindi at 6:00 pm and again at 7:15 pm on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays the show is held in English. The tickets are priced at Rs 50.
PC: Harvinder Chandigarh
4. City Palace – Udaipur
An one hour show which narrates 1500 odd years of history of Udaipur. The show highlights the founding of the Mewar dynasty, the tale of Rani Padmini and the story of Panna Dai. The show begins at 7:00 pm from September to March and tickets are priced between Rs 100 - 400.
5. Golkonda Fort – Telangana
Situated at a distance of 12 km from the city of Hyderabad is the Golkonda Fort. The fort has the sound and light show held from November to February at 6:30 pm and at 7:45 pm which narrates the history of the Qutb Shahi dynasty and the fort. And one has to pay Rs 10 to enjoy this splendor.
PC: Jayadeep Rajan
6. Gwalior Fort – Madhya Pradesh
A grand production of light and sound of Gwalior Fort is known as Man Mandir and is very popular amongst visitors. One can hear the bass voice of Amitabh Bachchan as he narrates the history of the place along with melodious voices of Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Jasraj and Kumar Gandharva.
One would be transported back to a long gone era in the hues of red, gold, blue and green along with the songs of Tansen sung by Baiju.
PC: Ashish Thapar
7. Jhansi Fort - Uttar Pradesh
Jhansi fort is a huge fort in Uttar Pradesh which played witness to the escape of Rani Lakshmibai. She tied her infant son on her back and jumped off the high fort on her horse in order to escape from the clutches of the British. The show comes alive at 6:30 pm in winter and at 7:30 pm in the summer months.
8. Khajuraho – Madhya Pradesh
The well-known Western Group of Temples here form the background of the show which would narrate to you the history of the Chandela rulers along with history and myths associated with the temples here. The show runs for about an hour and begins at 6:30 pm in English and at 7:40 pm in Hindi.
9. Purana Qila – New Delhi
Going by the title of Ishq-e-Dilli, the show narrates a beautiful tale of how Delhi has changed itself to the New Delhi that we see now. The show tells the tale of how Prithviraj Chauhan found the city in the 11th century and how it passed hands to bring it to its current stature. The show is held in Hindi from 7 to 8 pm and in English from 8:30 to 9:30 pm, the timings tend to change periodically. The tickets are priced at Rs 100.
10. Somnath Temple – Gujarat
Follow the history of one of the most rich temples in India in an hour long show which is held at 8:00 pm. The Somnath Temple was ransacked by Muslim invaders and rebuilt multiple times between the 11th and the 18th century. The show is narrated in English and tickets are priced at Rs 25.