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Udaygiri Caves, Bhubaneshwar

One of the earliest of Jain rock-cut shelters, the caves of Udayagiri command a unique position in eastern India in the fields of history, rock-cut architecture, art and religion.

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Udaygiri Caves, Bhubaneshwar
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Kandhagiri Caves, Bhubaneshwar

7 kms from Bhubaneshwar are the twin hills of Udaygiri and Khandagiri. Twin hills honey-combed with Jain caves that reveal the sculptural art of the 2nd century BC makes an interesting study of the life and times of Jain ascetics. Built by Kharavela for Jain monks, these are fine specimens of Jain Cave art. The coarse -grained sandstone which forms Khandagiri and Udayagiri rises nearly 40m above the surrounding lateritic and infertile plain. Khandagiri has 19 caves and Udaigiri has 44 caves.

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Kandhagiri Caves, Bhubaneshwar
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Edakkal Caves, Kerala

Situated on Ambukuthi hills, the caves are 10 kms from Sultanbathery, in Wayanad district. F. Fawcett, the then Superintendent of Police, who was also a pre-history enthusiast, accidentally discovered the caves in 1894. Archaelogists consider the caves as one of the earliest centres of human habitation.Formed by a large split in a huge rock, the two natural rock formations represent the world's richest pictographic gallery of its kind. The caves contain several paintings and pictorial writings of the New Stone-Age Civilization which speaks volumes of the bygone life and civilization.

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Edakkal Caves, Kerala
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Borra Caves, Vishakapatnam

Borra caves are located at a distance of above 90-95 km from Vishakhapatnam. Situated at 1400 metres above sea-level, they spread over the Eastern Ghats and occupy an area of 2 sq km. William King George of the Geological Survey of India discovered these caves in the year 1807. Tribals, for whom the caves are religiously significant, inhabit the whole surrounding area.

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Borra Caves, Vishakapatnam
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Bidar Fort, Karnataka

In the medieval times Bidar belonged to the Chalukyan branch who established their capital in 977 A.D. at Kalyani, 57 kms away. Falling to the Yadavas of Devagiri (Daulatabad) and to the Kakatiyas of Warangal in 1322 A.D., Bidar fully rose to prominence under the sultanate regime.

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Bidar Fort, Karnataka
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Gingee Fort, Karnataka

Gingee also pronounced, as "Shingee" is 37-km east of Thiruvannamalai. Gingee is famous for a fort complex dating back to 13th century, located on the 3 different hill summit covering 3-km boundary area. The Chola Dynasty built Gingee fort. The indomitable courage and valour of its erstwhile rulers made Father Pinments, a priest to call the Gingee Fort the "Troy of the East".

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Gingee Fort, Karnataka
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Ajit Bhawan Palace

Ajit Bhawan Palace was exclusively built for Maharaja Ajit singh, the younger brother of maharajah of Jodhpur. The palace is set in the serene desert of Rajasthan. It can be called an oasis of hospitality and the Rajput charm. The Royal family of Maharaja Ajit Singh who still live here has personally kept the hospitable ambience in the Palace.

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Ajit Bhawan Palace
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Castle Mandawa

The major attraction of the Mandawa town is the magnificent fort Castle Mandawa,which has now been converted into a luxury hotel. Castle Mandawa is ideally located in the heart of the Shekhawati region,which today comprises of two administrative districts in the state of Rajasthan: Jhunjhunu and Sikar. The grand havelis of the Goenkas,Ladias,Sarafs,and the Chokhanis,in Mandawa are a fine example of the famous Shekhawati workmanship. Castle Mandawa is a two hundred and forty year old fortess,that has been converted by the royal family into a fine example of traditional hospitality.

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Castle Mandawa
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Samode Palace

Samode is the small village of samode is nestled among rugged hills is the residence of nathawats of samode who played as prime ministers in the Darbar of Jaipur. The Samode Palace is a heritage hotel located off Jaipur (41 kms),Rajasthan,India. The Palace nestles picturesquely amid Tte rugged Aravalli Hills. The quiet luxury Of this palace offers a retreat into an aesthetic and beautiful enviornment.

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Samode Palace
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Brihadisvara Temple

Brihadisvara temple was built by one of the greatest emperors, king Rajaraja Chola of the Chola dynasty. The main deity of the temple is Siva Linga. The most celebrated Saiva temple of all, appropriately called Brihadisvara and Daksinameru, is the grandest creation of the Chola emperor Rajaraja. Surrounded by two rectangular enclosures, the Brihadisvar (built from blocks of granite and, in part, from bricks) is crowned with a pyramidal 13-storey tower, the vimana, standing 61 m high and topped with a bulb-shaped monolith. The walls of the temple are covered with rich sculptural decoration.

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Brihadisvara Temple
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Pattadakal Temple

Pattadakal, situated in Karnataka, under the Chalukya Dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from the north and south of India. There is an impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary. The sculptural art of the early Chalukyas is characterised by grace and delicate details. The narrative reliefs illustrate various episodes from the great Hindu epics - Ramayana and Mahabharata, from the holy book - Bhagavata and tales of Panchatantra.

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Pattadakal Temple
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Indian Monuments

Some of the incomparable monuments that form an integral part India's historical heritage are,the epitome of endless love - Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Konark temple, Agra Fort, Ajanta caves, Humayun's tomb and the walled city of Fatehpur Sikri. But now look at some others...

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Indian Monuments
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