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9 Ancient Ruins to Visit in India for a Digital Detox

Spend some time at the old-world charm structures that recite all the forgotten stories of ancient history to retain the marvel art of Indian Engineering and architecture.

Get ready with a backpack loading all your favorite food, books, and sound bars to spend some time on nature’s lap.

A getaway to seclude yourself or plan some group picnics at these calm and quiet places for a digital detox.


Do plan a day out to the ancient Ruins near your city:


Raigad, Maharashtra:


Take a tour of old kings court and chambers.
A picture from a Wikipedia page.

Raigad fort is nestled on the hilltop of Mahad and is also known as the ‘Gibraltar of the East across the world.


This fort is the capital of the Maratha empire with the imprints of Shivaji Maharaj and his followers.


One can take the ropeway to reach the fort top in 4 minutes or can try an Airtramp to reach the top.


Best Time to Visit: September- February.

Things to Do: Trekking, and Ziplining.

Timings: 8 am to 6:00 pm

Entry Fees:

25 Rs per person (Indians)

300 Rs per person (foreigners)

25 Rs per camera video photography

Note: Guide services at the ticket counter



Martand, sun temple, Jammu and Kashmir:


An old shrine of Sun God.
A picture from a Wikipedia page.

The sun temple is the offering made by Lalit Aditya to the ancestors of the Sun Dynasty

The ruins of the huge temple stand in a square field with snow-capped mountains as its backdrop.


The architecture of this sun temple has been built with the integration of Kashmir and Greek skills.


Best Time to Visit: September- February.

Things to Do: Trekking, and Camping.

Timings: 11 am to 7:30 pm

Entry Fees: Free


Maluti temple, Jharkhand:


A temple with sustainable construction.
A picture from a Wikipedia page.

The Maluti temple complex is in the tiny Maluti village of Jharkhand. This temple in Dumka is made of terracotta works with great designs and clay works for sculptures.


This temple stands out among many ancient structures for its sustainable designs, cultural mix, and Prevailing conservation.


The premises has 72 temples of varied deities like Vishnu, Khali, and Shiva. The temple has historical importance among the locals as the primary shrine is dedicated to Goddess Mauliksha.


Best Time to Visit: November- March.

Things to Do: Temples tour and Explore Village.

Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fees: Free

Explore the Pristine villages of the Northeast.

Hampi, Karnataka:


The inscriptions on pillars.
A picture from un splash- Sandip

A temple was constructed in14-16 AD and is most renowned by the locals. The12 feet height of Mandapas portrays and resonates with the eternal wisdom of Ancient Indians.


Beautiful sounds can be made by our hands, and vibrations are used to represent notes for musical Instruments. Harmonically communicate with God by creating frequencies.


Best Time to Visit: September- February.

Things to Do: Trekking, and Ziplining.

Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fees:

10 Rs per person (Indians)

250 Rs per person (foreigners)

25 Rs per camera video photography

Note: Guide services at the ticket counter



Dhanush Kodi, Rameswaram:


Detox at the corner of Indian lands.
A picture from the Wikipedia website.

The temple stands as a shred of historical evidence for Ramayana stories. Dhanush Kodi means ‘end of the bow’, is a temple ruin of Rama devasted during a cyclone.


Dhanush Kodi is on the confluence of the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean bridging India and Sri Lanka.


Best Time to Visit: October- February.

Things to Do: Boating and long drive.

Timings: 6:00 am to 6:30 pm

Entry Fees: Free


Chapora Fort, Goa:

Chapora fort is visited by many tourists en route to Baga Beach. This fort is modified by the Portuguese residing in Goa for trading to protect themselves against Maratha attacks.

The fort in North Goa is known as Dil Chahta Hai” Fort after its cult status in the movie and attracted all the friend groups to expedite on such trips.

Best Time to Visit: July - March.

Things to Do: Trekking and Sunrise viewpoint.

Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fees: Free


Bhagat Fort, Alwar, Rajasthan:


Haunted house for the locals
A picture from the India.com website.

The Bhagat Fort is a ruin with many haunted stories and cliche incidents tagged to it, hence it is unknown by many. Tourists must visit the Fort during allowed timings, entry is strictly prohibited after dusk to avoid the unforeseen.


Best Time to Visit: July- Mid-March.

Things to Do: Trekking.

Timings: 8 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fees: No fee

Get to know the rulers of Rajasthan and their sovereignty.


Rosary Church, Hassan, Karnataka:


Isolate at these old church premises.
A picture from un splash - Amit

The Shettihalli Church in Hassan entices tourists to revisit the structure as it showcases varied frames in different seasons.


It is known as a Floating Church as in Monsoons only the spires and top arches are visible above the backwaters. Visitors can take a coracle ride to the area during this season.

In summer and winter, the church turns out to be an island covered with backwaters and hosts tourists for picnics.


Best Time to Visit: July – October.

Things to Do: Boating.

Timings: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm

Entry Fees: No Fees


Vasai Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra:

Getaway from the hustle and bustle at Vasai fort.
A picture from the Wikipedia page.

The Vasai fort in suburbs is at the confluence of the Ulhas River and most visited getaway for Mumbaikars.


Like many ruins in India, this fort is also an ancient Portuguese trade hub later captured by Britishers and now abandoned.


This fort is featured in many shows and is known as a favorite shooting sport for Bollywood. It is not recommended for solo trips and weekday visits due to security reasons.


Best Time to Visit: October- February.

Things to Do: Picnic, Boat Ride, and Photography.

Timings: 10 am to 5:00 pm

Entry Fees: No Fees


Ellora Caves, Maharashtra:


Ariel view of the Ellora Caves.
A picture from a guide tour. in website.

Ellora Caves is a monolithic rock excavation with modern intricacies. The 100 caves of Ellora are made from rock-cut techniques including the shrines of Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains. Among these caves, only 1/3 of them are visible to the public in proper forms and are reinstated by archeologists for future generations.


Best Time to Visit: September- February.

Things to Do: Trekking, and Caving

Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm

Entry Fees:

10 Rs per person (Indians)

250 Rs per person (foreigners)

25 Rs per camera video photography

Note: Guide services at the ticket counter



Final Words:

All these primeval structures are now the crumbling ruins of our country reeling off the stories of invaders, warriors, and Kings ruling the land.



FAQs

1. What is the best time to visit India?

Spring and winters are the best time to visit India.

2. Any specific dress codes to visit the temples?

It would be recommended to follow Indian attire while visiting temples, but there is no specific attire for all the temples.

3. Does they have any special permits for shooting?

Most of the locations have a separate fee for photography and shooting. Do seek permission beforehand to avoid inconvenience.

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