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Independence Day 2022 | Five places to visit during the I-Day long weekend

Indian celebrates its Independence Day every year on August 15. Also known as ‘I-Day’, this public holiday marks the date when India became an independent country in 1947. This year the day falls on a Monday, serving as an ultimate long-weekend. While India is celebrated for its breath-taking architecture and diverse landscapes, not many are aware of the fact that the country is home to 40 spectacular World Heritage Sites! Agoda, a leading international digital travel platform, has listed out a few ideas for you to plan your three-day vacay to embark upon a historical journey. (Source: Agoda)

August 11, 2022 / 04:43 PM IST
Agra, Uttar Pradesh | Agra is world-famous for its iconic Taj Mahal, however, the Red Fort of Agra or Lal Qila is another treasure connected to the monument via a parkland. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 1983, this glorious fort was commissioned by emperor Akbar, and is an emblem of India’s powerful history. Surrounded by brilliant Mughal architecture, hosting a complex of buildings inside its boundaries - ranging from grand palaces, audience halls to beautiful mosques - this walled city appeals to travelers looking for a real sense of history. (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Agra, Uttar Pradesh | Agra is world-famous for its iconic Taj Mahal, however, the Red Fort of Agra or Lal Qila is another treasure connected to the monument via a parkland. Listed as a World Heritage Site in 1983, this glorious fort was commissioned by emperor Akbar, and is an emblem of India’s powerful history. Surrounded by brilliant Mughal architecture, hosting a complex of buildings inside its boundaries - ranging from grand palaces, audience halls to beautiful mosques - this walled city appeals to travelers looking for a real sense of history. (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Hampi, Karnataka | Hampi is also regarded as the ‘World’s Largest Open-Air Museum’ for it has much to offer travelers to visually grasp and highlight its victorious past. Also known as the City of Ruins, the city showcases the grand past of the Vijayanagara Empire, through humble foundational structures of temples, forts, royal and sacred complexes, shrines, pillared halls that once stood proudly. Agoda GoLocal offers ensure great value deals in Hampi, check out the centrally located Royal Orchid or the royal infrastructure and hospitality at Evolve Back. (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Hampi, Karnataka | Hampi is also regarded as the ‘World’s Largest Open-Air Museum’ for it offers travelers a lot to visually grasp and highlight its victorious past. Also known as the City of Ruins, the city showcases the grand past of the Vijayanagara Empire, through humble foundational structures of temples, forts, royal and sacred complexes, shrines, pillared halls that once stood proudly. Offers from Agoda GoLocal ensure great value deals in Hampi, check out the centrally located Royal Orchid or the royal infrastructure and hospitality at Evolve Back. (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Darjeeling, West Bengal | Moving through Ghoom at a dizzying altitude of 2258 meters, nestled amidst the scenic hills of Darjeeling, is the world’s oldest mountain steam railway. Founded in 1881, the railway snakes its way through the scenic Himalayan Mountains, exposing travellers to timeless vistas as they enjoy a ride from a bygone era. Spend a few days exploring the fantastic city of Darjeeling, check out Agoda Special Offers that add value to any trip with a range of extra value add privileges. (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Darjeeling, West Bengal | Moving through Ghoom at a dizzying altitude of 2258 meters, nestled amidst the scenic hills of Darjeeling, is the world’s oldest mountain steam railway. Founded in 1881, the railway snakes its way through the scenic Himalayan Mountains, exposing travellers to timeless vistas as they enjoy a ride from a bygone era. Spend a few days exploring the fantastic city of Darjeeling, check out Agoda Special Offers that add value to any trip with a range of extra value add privileges. (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Rani-ki-Vav, Gujarat | Located on the banks of river Saraswati, Rani-ki-Vav (or The Queen’s Stepwell), is an inverted temple which highlights the sanctity of water in a state mostly known for one of the world’s largest salt deserts. Commissioned by queen Udayamati in memory of her beloved husband in 1603, and completed after 20 years, the stepwell is an engineering feat, designed originally with seven steps, although today only five remain. Each panel consisted of unique carvings, sculptures and distinct geometric patterns. The architecture of the monument is incomparable to anything from its time as it consists of more than 500 principal sculptures and a 1000 minor ones! (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Rani-ki-Vav, Gujarat | Located on the banks of river Saraswati, Rani-ki-Vav (or The Queen’s Stepwell), is an inverted temple which highlights the sanctity of water in a state mostly known for one of the world’s largest salt deserts. Commissioned by queen Udayamati in memory of her beloved husband in 1603, and completed after 20 years, the stepwell is an engineering feat, designed originally with seven steps, although today only five remain. Each panel consisted of unique carvings, sculptures and distinct geometric patterns. The architecture of the monument is incomparable to anything from its time as it consists of more than 500 principal sculptures and a 1000 minor ones! (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Jantar Mantar, Rajasthan | The Jantar Mantar is an open-air astronomical observatory created to view the world above, and it comprises 20 instruments including one regarded as the ‘World’s Largest Sundial’. It was built by the then king, Maharajah Sawaii Jai Singh II, to meet his fascination with celestial objects and their movement to predict the time of day. Each instrument was scientifically designed with complex features and shapes that depict innovation and advanced thinking - way ahead of its time! Jaipur has much to offer travelers, so stay a while and explore the other sites of the Pink City. There are hundreds of places to choose from to suit every budget. (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
Jantar Mantar, Rajasthan | The Jantar Mantar is an open-air astronomical observatory created to view the world above, and it comprises 20 instruments including one regarded as the ‘World’s Largest Sundial’. It was built by the then king, Maharajah Sawaii Jai Singh II, to meet his fascination with celestial objects and their movement to predict the time of day. Each instrument was scientifically designed with complex features and shapes that depict innovation and advanced thinking - way ahead of its time! Jaipur has much to offer travelers, so stay a while and explore the other sites of the Pink City. There are hundreds of places to choose from to suit every budget. (Source/Image: Agoda/ Unsplash)
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