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Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad

Ajanta Caves — Aurangabad

Situated at a distance of 107 km north of Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves date from the 1st and 2nd century. Ajanta Caves display some of the masterwork of Buddhist religious artform. Later in the Gupta era, many more richly decorated caves were added to the originals.

Entrance Fee : Citizens of India - Rs. 10/- per head (children up to 15 years free)

Others : US $ 5

Visiting Time : 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs - Closed on Monday

Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

Ellora Caves — Aurangabad

With its continuous succession of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, Ellora represents a complex artistic union of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. Locally these caves are known as 'Verul Leni'.

Entrance Fee : Citizens of India - Rs. 10/- per head (children up to 15 years free)

Others : US $ 5

Visiting Time : Sunrise to Sunset - Closed on Tuesday

Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

Elephanta Caves — Mumbai

The Elephanta Caves lie 7 km from the shore of the mainland. This island is named after a colossal elephant, 'Gharapuri', found in the island. You will find there seven cave extensions which are datable from approximately 6th - 7th centuries A.D.

Entrance Fee : Citizens of India - Rs. 10/- per head (children up to 15 years free)

Others : US $ 5

Visiting Time : 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs - Closed on Monday

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus— Mumbai

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, was once known as Victoria Terminus Station. The building, designed by the British architect F. W. Stevens, is a fine fusion of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture and Indian traditional architecture.


Goa

Churches of Old Goa — Goa, India

Old Goa's churches and Convents at Velha (Old Goa) owe their existence to the Portuguese rule. The Church of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb of St Francis-Xavier, is one of the most visited churches of India.

Entrance Fee : Citizens of India - Rs. 10/- per head (children up to 15 years free)

Others : Free

Visiting Time : 0830 hrs to 1730 hrs

Konark - Sun Temple, Odisha

Konark - Sun Temple — Odisha , India

Built in the thirteenth century, during the reign of the Eastern Ganga king Narasimhadeva - I, Konark Sun Temple encompassed a chamber with a lofty sikhara, a Jagamohana and an isolated nata-mandira in the same axis, besides numerous subsidiary shrines.

Entrance Fee : Citizens of India - Rs. 10/- per head

Others : US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head (Children up to 15 years free)

Visiting Time : Sunrise to Sunset


Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram — Tamil Nadu, India

Mahabalipuram or Mamallapuram was founded by Pallava kings. This 7th and 8th centuries rock cut constructions are known for their rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries) and the temple of Rivage, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva.

Entrance Fee : Citizens of India - Rs. 10/- per head (children up to 15 years free)

Others : US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head

Visiting Time : 0600 hrs to 1800 hrs

Great Living Chola Temples

Great Living Chola Temples — Tamil Nadu, India

Sprawled all over the south India and the neighbouring islands, The Great Living Chola Temples were buit by the Chola kings. Among these temples Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur; Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram, and Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram, Tamil Nadu are the most famous.

Ticket Rates : Admission is free.

No fee for still photography with handheld cameras.

Visiting Time : 0630 hrs to 2030 hrs


Hampi

Hampi — Karnataka, India

The Vijaynagar city ruins near the village of Hampi, are one of the most fascinating historical sites in India. Queen's Bath, Lotus Mahal, the huge Elephant Stables, the splendid Vitthal Temple, the Stone Chariot, the Virupaksha Temple, the Pushkarini Tank, the Mahanavami Dibba, etc are some fascinating features of this city.

Entrance Fee : Citizens of India - Rs. 10/- per head (children up to 15 years free)

Others : US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head

Visiting Time : Sunrise to Sunset

Pattadakal

Pattadakal — Karnataka, India

This heritage site is placed in Bijapur district of Karnataka. This is the place where former Bijapur king's holly coronation used to take place. Besides Chalukyan architectural activities this sites is also very famous for the blending of the Rekha, Nagara, Prasada and the Dravida Vimana styles of temple building.

Entrance Fee : Citizens of India - Rs. 10/- per head (Children up to 15 years free)

Others : US $ 5

Visiting Time : Sunrise to Sunset


Mountain Railway of India

Mountain Railway of India

This 46 km long metre-gauge single-track railway in Tamil Nadu State, now comes under the Nilgiri Mountain Railway. This 326 m to 2,203 m high costruction still in use today. It exhibits the latest technologies of the time.


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