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  • 1. Agra Fort

    Military Site

    The architecture of this fort reflects the collective creative brilliance of Akbar, his son Jahangir, and grandson Shah Jahan. The structure...Read More

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  • 2. Boat ride on the Ganges

    Tour–Sight

    The quintessential Varanasi experience is a boat ride along the Ganges. The most popular place to hire a boat is at Dashashvamedh Ghat—essentially...Read More

  • 3. Dashashvamedh Ghat

    Building/Architectural Site

    At roughly the midway point of Varanasi's ghats, this is a convenient and popular spot, always busy with hawkers and pilgrims, and a good place...Read More

  • 4. Kandariya Mahadev

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple, which lies west of the Lakshmana, is the tallest and most evolved temple in Khajuraho in terms of the blending of architecture...Read More

  • 5. Lakshmana Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Across from the Varaha Temple stands this temple dedicated to Vishnu. It is the only complete temple remaining. Along with Kandariya Mahadeva...Read More

  • 6. Taj Mahal

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The tale of love and loss that supposedly sparked the existence of the Taj Mahal (literally, the "Crown Palace") sometimes seems as incredible...Read More

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  • 7. Adinath Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The late-11th-century Adinath Temple, a minor shrine, is set in a small walled compound southeast of the Ghantai temple. Its porch and the statue...Read More

  • 8. Akbar's Tomb

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Akbar's resting place, in what's now the small town of Sikandra, was begun by the emperor himself in 1602 and completed after his death by Jahangir...Read More

  • 9. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Across the street from Matangesvara Temple, this museum displays exquisite carvings and sculptures that archaeologists have recovered from the...Read More

  • 10. Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    No one interested in Indian art should miss this museum on the campus of Banaras Hindu University. The permanent collection includes brocade...Read More

  • 11. Bijamandala Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    As part of continuing explorations since 1999, the largest temple yet—4 meters longer than the Kandariya Mahadeva—has been partially unearthed...Read More

  • 12. Brahma Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This granite-and-sandstone temple, one of the earliest here (circa 900), is probably misnamed. Although Brahma is a member of the triad of Hinduism...Read More

  • 13. Buland Darwaza (Great Gate)

    Building/Architectural Site

    The usual starting point for exploring Fatehpur Sikri is the Buland Darwaza (Great Gate) of the Jama Masjid, near the parking lot, but the cluster...Read More

  • 14. Chaturbhuj Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This small 12th-century temple, nearly 3 km (2 miles) south of Duladeo, is often ignored given its distance from the main complex. It has an...Read More

  • 15. Chaukhandi Stupa

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The first monument you come to in Sarnath, on the left-hand side of Ashoka Marg on the way to the park, is this Buddhist shrine that is believed...Read More

  • 16. Chausath Yogini Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The oldest temple at Khajuraho is set on a granite outcrop southwest of the Shivsagar Tank, a small artificial lake. It may have been built...Read More

  • 17. Chitragupta Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple that's just north of the Devi Jagdamba also resembles it in construction. In honor of the presiding deity, the sun god Surya, the...Read More

  • 18. Dance Festival

    Festival–Sight

    In late February or early March, Khajuraho holds an annual, week-long dance festival, set in part against the backdrop of the temples. This...Read More

  • 19. Devi Jagdamba Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This temple was originally dedicated to Vishnu, as indicated by a prominent sculpture over the sanctum's doorway. It now honors Parvati, Shiva...Read More

  • 20. Dhamekh Stupa

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Dappled with geometric and floral ornamentation, the stone-and-brick Dhamekh Stupa is the largest surviving monument in Sarnath, at 143 feet...Read More

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