In pictures: Historic wonders of India
We invited readers to send in their favourite travel pic -- that one photograph that perfectly captures the beauty of a place they visited. And we have been inundated with stunning pics of every corner of this beautiful country. We would like to thank readers for the tremendous response. Keep those pics coming!
Here we present a collection of photographs readers sent in of various monuments around India.
This pic of Kumbhalgarh Fort (Rajasthan) was taken at the evening light show back in November 2009. The show perfectly captuers the beauty and pride of the fort. It's a must-visit spot for travellers who love to enjoy nature peacefully," says Prof Parimal Trivedi of this pic.
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Gwalior Fort, Madhya Pradesh
Next Mrigank Gupta shares this pic of Gwalior Fort.
"The fort, which has a striking appearance, has been built on the long, narrow, precipitous hill called Gopachal," he says. "The fort spreads over an area of 3 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi). The fort, 35 feet (11 m) in height, is built on massive sandstone rocks."
Here Ganesh Shanbhag sends this pic taken when he and some friends visited the historic places of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakallu in Karnataka.
"This picture is of the monument in Aihole (popularly called the Parliament Temple)," he informs. "The interesting aspect about this monument is that the architect of the Parliament of India referred to this monument for the construction of the Indian Parliament."
Kangra Fort, Himachal Pradesh
This is a snap of the Kangra Fort taken from the highway on our way to Dharamshala," says Gaurav Panakel.
"The fort is situated 20 km from Dharamshala on the outskirts of Kangra town. The fort was built by the royal family of Kangra (the Katoch dynasty), which traces its origins to the ancient Trigarta Kingdom, mentioned in the Mahabharata. It is the largest fort in the Himalayas and probably the oldest dated fort in India."
Mysore Palace, Karnataka
This shot of the Mysore Palace was taken during the 2009 Dasara celebration in Mysore," says Srinivasa C P.
Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh
Tapan Palai sends this pic taken in February this year inside the Agra Fort.
Gingee Fort, Tamil Nadu
Anurag Asthana sends this pic of the Gingee Fort, near Chennai.
"It is a fort that was built on top of the hill that you see in the picture. It is a beautiful sight and once you get to the top, you realise how easy it would have been for the King at that time to look at and control his kingdom!"
Charminar, Andhra Pradesh
Anurag also sends this pic of the Charminar in Hyderabad.
"Many pictures of it have been seen before but here I have tried to capture the attitude of this neglected monument. Its defiance in the face of man's encroachment."
Siddhgadh Fort, Maharashtra
This photograph was taken in September 2009 when I visited Siddhgadh Fort, Maharashtra for a monsoon trek," says Pratik Bharti.
"The photo is taken from the base with a well in the middle of the field in the foreground and the Siddhgadh Fort in the background. The lush green paddy fields and the green cover on the fort indicate the monsoon effect in the Sahyadris in Maharashtra."
Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra
I took this snap in the Ajanta Caves when we travelled to Aurangabad in 2004," shares Gurumurthy Subaraman.
"The caves are amazing and really a place to visit at least once in one's lifetime."