The whole of Indian land is studded with historical and heritage sites. We are one of the oldest civilisations on earth, and every street and corner has some history to it. But if you are someone who likes adventure, then here is a road trip you can take to discover some of the best historical jewels of India.
Beginning with the city of Nizams, you can start off from Hyderabad. The Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad is a paradise for history lovers. You could easily spend a whole day, exploring some of the oldest treasures from around the world, before you hit the road.
The Living Ruins At Hampi
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You can take the NH 44 from Hyderabad to Hampi. It takes about eight hours to cover this distance of 380 km. Dotted with numerous ruined temple complexes from the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi has continued to fascinate travellers ever since. Over the past few years, the World Heritage Site has also emerged as a popular hippie destination.
The Wodeyar Palace of Mysore
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You can take the NH 150A from Hampi to the historical city of Mysore. The distance of 400 km can take a day, if you take breaks along the pleasant landscape of Western Ghats. This is not a flat road, like the previous ride. It passes through ghats, and can be quite enjoyable.
The city houses the famed Mysore Palace, seat of the former ruling Wodeyar dynasty. In addition, Mysore is lined with several monuments and historical temples which speak volumes of its rich past and heritage. There is also a Philomena’s Church, with its neo-Gothic style, creating a hybrid site of heritage at Mysore.
The Ancient Culture At Madurai
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You can continue on the NH150A, for another 7 hours to reach the glorious city of Madurai. It was here that Tamil poets gathered to create majority of Sangam literature. This again is a fairly even road, except crossing the mountains near Ooty. Madurai’s history dates back to the 3rd century BCE and at the heart of this historic city lies the beautiful Meenakshi temple. With its maze-like structure, these sites have been witness to history from Pandya rulers to the times of the British.
This entire circuit could be completed on a long weekend comfortably. The ride is comfortable, with ample facilities for accommodation and food on the way.