Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple & Ramappa Temple at Warangal

Warangal is a historic city in Telungana state of India. Warangal Fort, Thousand Pillar Temple and Ramappa Temple are the main tourist places here. These three historic sites are tentative sites to be added to the World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

Thousand Pillar Temple Ruins at Warangal

Thousand Pillar Temple at Warangal
Thousand Pillar Temple at Warangal.

Kakatiya dynasty rulers built many temples here. Thousand Pillar Temple is believed to be built between 1175–1324 C.E. and is proof to architectural skills of Kakatiyas. Tughlaq dynasty rulers desecrated this star-shaped temple. The temple ruins are on the Hanamkonda-Warangal Highway side. Thousand Pillar Temple is at 3 kilometers distance from the Warangal railway station.

The temple is dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu & Surya. The highlight of the temple is the 1000 pillars; but no pillar obstructs the view of God statues from the visitor. A monolithic Nandi bull carving is there in the temple complex. Temple is surrounded by a big Garden.

Warangal Fort Ruins

Warangal Fort Ruins
Warangal Fort Ruins.

Warangal Fort, a 12th century fort, was built by Kakatiya dynasty rulers to protect their capital city from enemies. This fort has 4 ornamental gates called Kakatiyan arch, which is incorporated into the Emblem of the recently formed Telangana state.

Koh-i-Noor diamond belonged to Prataparudra II of Kakatiya dynasty. He fought a tough battle with Malik Kafur , Genreal for Delhi Sultan, for around 6 months, in 1309. The Kohinoor diamond along with other valuables and an annual tribute payment were part of the truce agreement with Kafur, who was the general of Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khilji.

In the Later years, Sultan of Delhi attached Prataparudra II twice, as he avoided paying the annual tribute amount. In 1320, then Sultan of Delhi, Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq, sent his son Ulugh Khan to recover the defaulted tribute amount. After initial hiccups, he captured the fort and destroyed the capital city of Warrangel including the great Svayambhusiva Temple. Pratapa Rudra II surrendered. On his way to Delhi he died or committed suicide, on the banks Godavari River. The capital city of Warrangal was renamed as Sultanpur. Dehli Sultan ruled Sultanpur till 1335, which later on went into the hands of Qutb Shahi dynasty of Golconda and then to Nizam of Hyderabad. The Fort was modified 15th & 17th centuries. Fort remains tops the list of visiting places in Warangal.

Ramappa Temple

Ramappa Temple near Warangal
Ramappa Temple near Warangal

Ramappa Temple is located in Palampet village, at a distance of 70 kilometers from Warangal city. 1213 A.D. inscriptions in the temple indicates that the temple was built by the Kakatiya ruler, Ganapati Deva. Walls, pillars & ceilings of the temple is known for its intricate carvings. A big Nandi statue still remains in good condition. The temple is still in good condition, except for the outer compound wall and some small structures inside the temple complex.

How Do I Go to Warangal?

Warangal railway station is the railway station in the city. The city is well connected by roads to other parts of the country. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad city outskirts is the nearest airport to Warrangal at 175 kilometers distance. (Warangal airport was closed in 1981.)

Vishwa Shanti Stupa at Rajgir

Rajgir and It’s Significance to Buddhism, Jainism & The Great Epic of Mahabharata

Rajgir is a historic city in Nalanda district, Bihar, India. It was the capital of kingdom of Magadha and Great Mauryan Empire. 1000 B.C. dated ceramics have been found in this ancient city. Jainism and Buddhism have deep roots at this city, as Lord Mahavir and Gautama Buddha stayed here. Vulture’s Peak mountain on the city outskirts was the venue for Atanatiya conference.

Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) on Vulture Peak, Rajgir.
Vishwa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) on Vulture Peak, Rajgir.

World Peace Pagoda at Rajgir is one among the 80 Pagodas in the world and is a famous tourist spot. Hot water springs of Rajgir, known as Brahmakund, are famous and is holy for Hindus. There is a rope way to this city, which is another tourist attraction.

This place is a historic site in the Great epic Mahabharata. Mahabharata mentions the battles between Pandavas & Lord Krishna (allies) with Jarasandha, who was the king of this place. Lord Krishna defeated Jarasandha 17 times. On the 18th occasion, Lord Krishna left the battlefield without going in for a battle. A wrestling match between Bhima (one among the five Pandavas) and King Jarasandha is also mentioned in Mahabharata. ‘Jarasandha’s Akhara’ is a famous martial arts center here.

Jain and Buddhist scriptures also mentions this historical place. Lord Mahavira of Jainism spent 14 years at this place and nearby Nalanda. 1200 years old Munisuvrat bhagwan temple along with Jain temples are situated here.

How Do I Go to Rajgir?

There is a railway station at this town with daily direct trains to New Delhi. Patna is the nearest major city at 100 kilometers distance. Mokameh is at 100 kilometers distance from Rajgir. Bakhtiarpur is a city in between Patana and Mokameh. NH82 connects the city with other parts of the country. NH 30A and NH31 are other National Highways of India passing through the nearby cities of Rajgir, mentioned above.


The Largest Peaceful Congregation of Pilgrims on Earth – Kumbh Mela at Allahabad

sAllahabad is the second oldest city in India after Kashi alias Varanasi alias Banares. It is situated in Utter Pradesh state of India.  3 holy rivers Ganges, Yamuna and the invisible Saraswati confluence here. The meeting point of these three rivers is called Triveni Sangam and is considered very sacred for Hindus. It is believed that taking a bath at Triveni Sangam absolves one of his or her sins.

The Largest Peaceful Congregation of Pilgrims on Earth, Kumbh Mela,  is held here, once in every 12 years.  UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity has included Kumbh Mela in its list, in 2017.

Kumbh Mela (the festival of the sacred Pitcher) is the largest peaceful congregation of pilgrims on earth, during which participants bathe or take a dip in a sacred river. Devotees believe that by bathing in the Ganges one is freed from sins liberating her/him from the cycle of birth and death. Millions of people reach the place without any invitation.

More than 120 million people attended the Last Kumbh Mela, held in 2013.

Triveni Sangan at Allahabad
Triveni Sangan at Allahabad

Little bit of History about Allahabad

Allahabad Fort is a 16th century fort constructed by the Great Mughal Emperor Akbar. It is situated close to Triveni Sangamam. Patalpuri Temple is an underground temple inside the Fort. There is a sacred immortal banyan tree inside the fort. There is historic 232 B.C. Ashoka Pillar having a height of 10.6 meters made of sandstone. The stone inscriptions shows Mughal emperor Jahangir’s accession to the throne. Parts of the fort are open to public and the remaining parts are used by the Indian Army.

Khusro Bagh, a walled garden contains the mausoleums of Mughal Emperor Jahangir’s family members.

Ancestral home of the Nehrus, Anand Bhavan is at Allahabad. There were 3 Prime Misters of India from Nehru Family; Namely Jawaharlal Nehru (the first prime mister of India), Indira Gandi (daughter of the first Prime mister and the only Lady Prime Mister of India) and Indira Gandi’s son Rajiv Gandi. There is a museum at Anand Bhavan.

Jawahar Planetarium is another famous Planetarium in India situated at this historic city.

Ashes of Mohandas Gandhi fondly called as Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, is immersed at Triveni Sangam.

Ardh Kumbhamela 2019

Ardh Kumbhamela 2019 is held at Allahabad alias Prayag, once in six years.  (Ardh means half.)

Main ritual is taking the holy dip (bath) at Triveni Sangamam. The dates for holy dips are January 14, 15, 21 February 4, 10, 19 and March 4th; 2019. The most important among these dates is 4th February 2019.

Millions of people attend the Ardh Kumbhamela 2019. The state government has banned all marriages in the district on these dates, to avoid rush.

A Word of Caution

Kumbhamela or Ardh Kumbhamela is special in many ways. People rush to get photographed with Saints. There may be crooks who dress like saints and  demand cash for taking photos with them. Please ask permission before you take any photographs or selfies with any third person.

How Do I Go to Allahabad?

Allahabad or Prayag (original name) is well connected by roads, train and flights to other parts of India. “Allahabad Junction” is the nearest railway station. Bamrauli Airport is the airport at Allahabad.


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Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal Palace -The Palace of the Breeze

Hawa Mahal Palace is a beautiful historic palace in Jaipur city, Rajasthan, India. The palace name means ‘Palace of the Breeze’ or ‘Palace of Winds’. The Palace is made of red & pink sandstone. This Palace is situated near to the City Palace and extends up to the women’s area in the palace complex.

Hawa Mahal Palace
Hawa Mahal Palace.

Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh constructed the Palace in 1799 in the form of Lord Krishna‘s crown. Hawa Mahal is a one among the historical places to visit in Jaipur city. Structure of Khetri Mahal in Jhunjhunu, inspired Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to construct this historical palace.

The palace is a fusion of Rajput style of architecture with the Mughal architecture. This Pyramid shaped palace has a height of 50 feet or 15 meters from its base. The 5 storey palace is designed like a honeycomb with 953 small windows which are decorated with intricate lattice work. The idea behind lattice was that royal ladies can see everyday life of the city residents, without going out. These windows allows cool air to circulate, making the palace feel like air-conditioned. Fountains are there in the courtyard. The Colored glass works on enhances the beauty of the Palace when sun light falls on the glass.

An archaeological museum is there inside the palace complex of HawaMahal. The world famous Jantar Mantar can also be seen from Hawamahal palace.

Unit Trust of India has adopted Hawa Mahal in the last decade for maintenance of the Palace.

How Do I Go to Hawa Mahal?

HawaMahal Palace is in the heart of Jaipur city, near Badi Chaupad (the Big Four Square in English). You can hire a cab to visit this erstwhile royal palace. Jaipur is having a railway station and an International airport. The Pink city of Jaipur is well connected by roads to all parts of the country.

Is There Good Hotels Near to Hawa Mahal in Jaipur City?

There are a large number of hotels near to HawaMahal Palace in Jaipur city.