Historical Places and Monuments

Where Time Stood Still – Your Guide to Ancient Indian Cities

India is a country known for its rich history. The country has been ruled by several dynasties and rulers in different eras. It is also one of the oldest surviving civilizations in the world. And the best part is the reminiscence of the history and ancient days can still be seen in so many places in the country. There are several historical cities in India that you can plan a road trip to and see the history unfold in front of your eyes. There are in fact some 1000-year-old cities as well where you can go to understand and know about the country’s history. So, if you have made up your mind for the road trips to the oldest cities in India, here are some of them discussed below:

10 Famous Old Cities in India in 2021

1. Ayodhya

Ayodhya is one of the oldest cities in the country, mostly known for the Hindu epic Ramayana. The city of Ayodhya is located on the banks of River Sarayu and was once upon a time the capital of the kingdom of Kosala. It is believed that the Hindu God Manu established this city 9000 years ago.  Some of the tourist attractions here include Gulab Bari, Treta Ke Thakur, Kanak Bhavan, Guptar Ghat, and Mausoleum of Bahu Begum.

Best time to travel: October to March

2. Ujjain

Ujjain is known for holding Kumbh Mela and is usually frequented by Hindu pilgrims. Apart from the religious significance of the city, it is also a favorite place for history buffs. The city is situated on the banks of River Shipra. Some of the attractions which are visited by almost all the tourists who visit this city are Mahakaleshwar Temple, Kark Rajeshwar Temple, Siddhavat, etc. Pilgrims also take a dip in the Shipra River and Dal Bati Churma is a famous cuisine here.

Best time to travel: November to February

3. Patna

Patna is one of the significant places to visit in India that is known for its historical importance. The city used to be called Pataliputra during the Maurya period. During that period, Pataliputra was the capital city of the Magadha Empire. Today when you visit the city, you can take a tour of attractions such as Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Sher Shah Suri Masjid, Gurdwara Gobind Ghat, Kargil Chowk War Memorial, Kumhrar, Shitla Mata Temple, Biscomaun Bhawan, and Chiraiyatand Flyover. The other tourist attractions situated near Patna are Bodh Gaya Rajgir, Vaishali, Nalanda, and Pawapuri.

Best time to travel: November to March

4. Kannauj

If you ever want to treat that history enthusiast friend of yours, take him to Kannauj. The city in Uttar Pradesh is known for preserving the rich history of the land. Many prehistoric Bronze tools and weapons have been found in this city time and again. While you are here, you can visit major attractions such as the 500-years-old Siddheswar Temple, Government Archaeological Museum to see the terra-cotta figurines, and Lakh Bahosi Bird Sanctuary, to name a few.

Best time to travel: October to March

5. Hampi

As we are compiling a list of ancient Indian cities, we cannot just miss out on Hampi. The ancient ruins and stone temples in Hampi speak a lot about the bygone era. Once a capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire which came into prominence during the rule of Krishnadevaraya, today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  There in fact was a time when Hampi was the wealthiest city in the entire country.  The history buffs can spend their time here taking a tour of the ancient temples, and the adventure enthusiasts can go on trekking which is the best thing to do here.

Best time to travel: October to February

6. Thanjavur

Thanjavur or Tanjore was the capital city of the Cholas. Towards the end of the eighteenth century, the city rose to significance for the culture and heritage. Some of the major attractions here include Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur Maratha Palace, Chola Temples, Schwartz Church, Saraswathi Mahal Library, Sivaganga Park, and Royal Palace Museum.

Best time to travel: October to March

7. Pushkar

Pushkar stands out for housing rare temples. One of the unique temples you will find here is dedicated to Lord Brahma. It is in fact the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in the country. You must visit the Varaha temple in the city which is the largest and ancient temple here.

Best time to travel: November to March

8. Delhi

The capital city of the country, Delhi is known for its rich history, culture, and heritage. It was the capital city of Pandavas and was called Indraprastha during that time. Believing the research, Delhi was established as a city by King Dhilu in 800 BCE. Delhi was also under the rule of the Mughal dynasty for a long time. You can visit several attractions in the city that were built by the rulers of the bygone era.

Best time to travel: October to March

9. Dwarka

Dwarka is yet another city, located in the state of Gujarat that is listed in the ancient cities in India. You can find many temples here that were built centuries ago. Some of the temples that you can find here which are known for being ancient are Rukmini Temple, Badkeshwar Mahadev Temple, Sharda Peeth. Apart from this, you can also visit the tranquil beaches here and take a camel ride.

Best time to travel: November to February

10. Konark

Konark is famous for housing the 13th century Sun temple which is often called the Black Pagoda. This temple was built during the period of Narasimhadeva-I. The tourist attractions to visit here include Lingaraja Temple, Brahmeswara Temple, Rajarani Temple, Shri Ram Mandir, Bhaskareswara Temple, Ananta Vasudeva Temple, and Regional Museum Of Natural History, to name a few.

Best time to travel: September to March

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