23 Lesser-Known Historical Sites in India Every History Buff Must Visit

It is hardly an exaggeration to say that India’s civilisation is one of the oldest in the world. All throughout…

scoophike team October 13, 2019
23 Lesser-Known Historical Sites In India Every History Buff Must Visit
23 Lesser-Known Historical Sites In India Every History Buff Must Visit

It is hardly an exaggeration to say that India’s civilisation is one of the oldest in the world. All throughout its history, it has witnessed the rise and fall of several kings, dynasties and empires. Each of those in power however left behind their legacy in form of monument, fort apart from them there are temples and caves holding significant values. In fact, it has 37 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and yet, barring a few famous monuments, we are not aware of them.

Here are India’s lesser-known historical sites that every traveler and history lover must visit:

1. Indus Valley Excavation Site in Lothal, Gujarat

Just drive two hours from Ahmedabad and you’ll reach the Excavation site for the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. It is Discovered in 1954, the site is still holding many things such as ruins of the ancient civilization’s coastal trading centre. The site is also having a small but yes worth going museum that contains excavated objects such as jewellery, work tools, and even skeletal remains.


2. Three Ancient Temples in Krimchi, Jammu & Kashmir

You might have heard about the village krimchi it is a very small village situated in Udhampur district. There is located the oldest temple complexes. It is basically made by the ruins of Three Ancient Temples, said to be constructed in the 11th -12th century AD. While making of the temple took place then the main thing to be kept in mind was deities like Ganesh, Shiva, and Parvati, the temple architecture took a strong Greek influence. It’s supposed to be one of the places in India where Pandavas resided during their exile, as said according to the Mahabharata.


3.  Masrur Temples in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is a very well-known and popular state. Not only this but also most of the people are only aware of the district’s headquarters, Dharamshala. However, Kangra is also home to the Himalayan Pyramids, the Masrur Temples. Though subjected to severe ruin due to natural calamities, the rock-cut Hindu temples of the eighth century still stand as a tall symbol of ancient culture and architectural heritage.



4. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

It is said to be a UNESCO world heritage site, the shelters made from rocks at Bhimbekta are an approximately two-hour away from the main Bhopal. This structure is prime evidence of Stone Age and just by looking them you’ll get to now a lot about the earliest human life on Indian subcontinent.


5. Asigarh Fort in Hansi, Haryana

Not so far from Delhi lies the Asigarh Fort, which is 135 kms away from the main Delhi and also known as Prithviraj Chauhan Ka Qila. About 135 Kms from Delhi lies Spread over 30 acres, it’s a centrally protected monument under ASI and was the site where the discovery for ancient coins of the period before Christ and 57 bronze images of Jain thirthankars were found.


6. Shettihalli Rosary Church in Hassan, Karnataka

This is Built in the 1860s, the Shettihalli Rosary Church is a fine example of Gothic Architecture as it follows the rule of how gothic architecture while constructing. It was not restricted after the construction of the Hemavati Dam and Reservoir in 1960. Today it’s very popularly and known as The Floating Church since it submerges in water during Monsoons every year. It is ideally suggested to visit the place twice one before the monsoon and one after the monsoon so, a person could seek the serenity and beauty of it.


7. Rani ki Vav in Patan, Gujarat

We have read a lot about the wells dogged in ancient time of India and yes they are truly a sight to behold. And Rani ki Vav in Patan is one of the most beautiful structures that took you to the taste of expertise of ancient architecture. A UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, the beautiful structure holds more than 500 sculptures which are intricately carved.


8. Sarkhej Roza in Ahmedabad, Gujarat

The Sarkhej Roza is said to be a prominent centre of Suif culture in the city, it is a tomb and mosque complex, which represents the early Islamic architectural culture. It is actually a grand structure, today only the mosque and tomb are preserved carefully there, while the other accompanying area ruins away and is not there if you visit. Although, the structure is also having a library house where you can get to see ancient literary text is displayed.


9. Salim Singh Ki Haveli in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

We all know about the beauty Rajasthan holds with all its havelis and forts, Salim Singh Ki Haveli is different from rest and the unique roof made it different from other- the roof is made in the form of a peacock. It is Situated in the heart of the city, near the Jaisalmer Fort, the hill has 38 different designed balconies and is a sight to behold the eye.


10. Rabdentse in Sikkim

When Sikkim holds the entire Kingdom, Rabdentse stood as its second capital. In present it lies in ruins (ravaged under the attack by the Gurkha army), and yet offers a vantage view of the Khanchendzonga range. Rabdentse is a part of the Buddhist religious pilgrimage circuit and now most of the things get excavated like houses broken wall stubs, stone thrones, and palace ruins.


11. Maluti temples in Chota Nagpur Plateau, Jharkhand

The Maluti group of temples is a group of 72 terracotta temples make. They are Built between the 17th to 19th centuries, this wonderful architectural wonder is one of the 12 most endangered cultural heritage sites across the globe as saidby the Global Heritage Fund.


12. Arvalem Caves in Goa

Beaches and fun now we all are aware of Goa it is famous for its shacks, beaches, and lazy life, the Arvalem Caves deserve an exploration. These caves are also known as the ‘Pandava Caves’, the caves are divided into five compartments naturally with a shrine of a shivling in the middle. The caves are said to be depictancient Sanskrit and Brahmi inscriptions and ultimately lead to a spectacular waterfall.



13. Undavalli caves in Andhra Pradesh

The whole caves are carved from a single rock, this monolithic structure is a primary example of Indian rock-cut architecture from the seventh century. This is a four-storey structurecarved out of solid sandstone, while the sculptures on the wall of the caves represents various deities.


14. Phugtal Monastery in Zanskar Valley, Ladakh

It is Built around a natural cave, the Phugtal Monastery is one of the few monasteries in Ladakh that can be visited just by foot else no other way is to reach there. It is believed that almost 2500 years agoBuddha’s legendary followers (16 Arhats) were one of the earliest inhabitants of the cave they used to live there as their images are visible on the cave walls. In fact, the name Phugtalmeaning is ‘the cave of liberation’.

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15. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park in Champaner, Gujarat

Well known Another UNESCO World Heritage site, here you would see a dilution of the various monuments with the transition between Hindu and Muslim culture and the architecture they are following is of 15th and 16th centuries. It also consists of thus houses both, stepwells and mosques, ancient temples, and it also even have forts with bastions.


16. Orchha in Madhya Pradesh

This is there established before 1500s by Rudra Pratap Singh, this is a town having lots of historic temples and forts (mahals). It is more about the chhatris (dome-shaped pavilions) and all over there you can see that surround the historical fort and Betwa river in the region.


17. Veerabhadra Temple in Lepakshi, Andhra Pradesh

Have you ever heard of Lepakshi? No, okay so it is one of India’s historical villages and the 16th-century and it is also a tourist place because of the Veerabhadra Temple present there. The style in which temple is created is said to be architectural style of the Vijayanagara architecture and there is a fresco painting of the deities and it is done with the finest ever created. However, the one thing that truly sets the temple apart is the hanging pillar. And guesswhat there are 70 stone pillars that does not completely touch the ground and also a thin sheet of paper or cloth can actually be placed underneath it. And still the temple stands tall.



 18. Chand Baori in Abhaneri, Rajasthan

As we are talking about Indian history’s so just talk about all popular and beautiful stepwell, one of them is the Chand Baori which consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories and it is also said as one of India’s deepest stepwells. It is designed ina manner so that itconserves water no doubt, and now this type of structure has today been used in multiple Hindi movies. moreover, originally, the construction of this started in the 8th century and still in 18th century many more additions were made.




19.  Kanch Mahal in Agra

Agra is more about taj people visit there for the only reason that is taj, the city is known for more of the wonderful architectural structures. Like the you might heard aboutKanch Mahal. It is constructed in the early 1600s, this is a square-shaped Mahal which presents the best of domestic Mughal architecture. It is Carved out of red stone, the structure of the mahal is somewhat like that ofabkar’s tomb in Sikandra.


20. Maner Sharif in Patna, Bihar

Bihar is not lesser than any other state it has an important tourist center, one of them is named as Maner Sharif and is famous for the tombs of Sufi saints Makhdoom Yahya Maneri and Makhdoom Shah Daulat. The domed mausoleum is done beautifully and has intricately designed walls, which is the reason to watch it carefully. It is all known for the tombs, and it is also said to be the home to a Buddhist and Jain temple.

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21. Kumbalgarh Fort in Mewar, Rajasthan

Rajasthan is home of a number of wonderful forts, it also sets the 15th-century Kumbalgarh Fort apart and it is also said about the fort that it has the second-longest continuous wall in the world, the first is still the Great Wall of China. And it is also the second largest fort in India after the Chittor fort, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one can reach easily as it is just two-hour drive from Udaipur.




22. Halebidu in Hassan, Karnataka

All around the12th century, Halebidu was knoen as the regal capital of the Hoysala Empire. And today it represents temples that are some of the finest examples of the Hoysala architecture. While Belur is the more famous site for examples of Hoysala architecture, one should visit Halebidu is definitely worth a visit.




23. Bidar in Karnataka

Words and expression referred to as the ‘City of Whispering Monuments’, Bidar is this is a city rich in sites that holds great architectural and historical significance. The fort is 500-year-old and also the recently discovered Karez System (water supply system) are some of the more famous structures.