The 12 most awe-inspiring temples to see in India

Golden temple illuminated, amritsar, india

With its myriad sights and sounds, India is an attack on the senses as soon as you set eyes upon it.

It’s a truly magical country, home to some of the world’s most beautiful temples.

With around one billion Hindus living in the country, plus a load of other religions being worshipped, India needs a lot of temples to meet demand – and it delivers.

From shines dripping in gold to one or two that are a little naughty, here are our top 12 temples to see in India.

Brihadeeswara Temple, Tamil Nadu


Known locally as ‘Big Temple’, this Hindu temple is dedicated to Shiva.

At over a 1,000 years old, Brihadeeswara Temple is one of the oldest temples in all of India, and it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site too.

Kedarnath Temple, Uttarakhand

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Located in the little town of Kedanath in the foothills of the Himalayas, this temple can only be reached via a 14-kilometre trek from a neighbouring village making it one of the holiest pilgrimages in India.

With views like this the trek is seriously worth it.

Konark Sun Temple, Orissa

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Built in the 13th century, the Konark Sun Temple is in the shape of a giant chariot with elaborate carved stone wheels.

As an added bonus (or architectural genius), the spokes of these wheels also act as an accurate sundial. Clever, eh?

Golden Temple, Amritsar

“Dithe Sabhe Than Nahin Tudh Jeha” (Of all places that I have seen, none compare with you), wrote Guru Arjan Dev, the Fifth Sikh Guru, on the completion of Harmandar Sahib — the abode of God. These words of the Guru reverberate in the ears when one bows one’s head at Harmandar Sahib (Amritsar). Founded in 1588 A.D., Harmandar Sahib acquired the name of Golden Temple when its upper portion was covered with gold-plated copper sheets during the reign of Maharaja Ranjit Singh (in the 1830s) Captured by – @22gstudios _________ #wonderful_places #colors #incredibleindiaofficial #vsco #worldbestgram #indiaig #NGTDailyshot #Instagram #indiapictures #picoftheday #indiaclicks #traveladdict #IndianShutterBugs #indiaig #_soi #india_clicks#instadaily #Igramming_india #_coi #_indiasb #photographers_of_india #instagood #photooftheday #indianshutterbugs #instadaily #photooftheday #picoftheday #color #photography #vscocam #beautifuldestinations #storiesofindia #_indiasb #India_undiscovered #indianphotography _______ Hashtag – #indianphotography Follow – I.P © 2017

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The legendary Golden Temple is famous for its huge golden shrine in the centre of the temple complex.

Ringed by a marble walkway, the Golden Temple is said to have healing powers, and over 750kg of gold covers its surface.

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

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The whole town of Hampi feels like one giant temple with different monuments dotted all around the rocky landscape.

This temple dates back to the 7th century and is thought to be one of the oldest functioning temples in India.

It’s also home to Lakshmi the temple elephant.

Ramanathaswamy Temple, Tamil Nadu

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Ramanathaswamy Temple is famous for having the longest corridor among all Hindu temples in India.

This corridor stretches for over a kilometre and is winged by 1,212 pillars.

It’s considered lucky to walk the entire length of it.

Gomateshwara Statue, Shravanbelagola

Forget David, Gomateshwara is a 17-metre high monolithic statue dedicated to the Jain god Bahubali.

Built in 983 AD, it is one of the largest free standing statues in the world, and in 2007 it was voted as the first of the Seven Wonders of India.

Laxminarayan Temple, New Delhi

One of the first sites people visit when they arrive in Delhi is Laxminarayan Temple.

Devoted to the Goddess of Prosperity, tourists think it brings good fortune coming here at the start of their trip.

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

There are over 33,000 sculptures at Meenakshi Amman Temple, and an annual 10-day festival in April and May attracts well over a million people.

Otherwise it’s just a paltry 15,000 people per day.

Mind boggling.

Vaishno Devi Temple, Jammu and Kashmir

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Perched on the slopes of the Trikuta Mountains, this is another popular temple for pilgrims looking to go hiking and in winter it’s usually covered in snow.

Being in Kashmir it can be pretty difficult to get to though.

Akshardham Temple, New Delhi

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One of the newer temples in India (it opened in 2005), 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi make it to Akshardham Temple – and it’s easy to see why.

This temple puts on a pretty mean light/water show in the evening.

Khajuraho Temple, Madhya Pradesh

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This is actually a group of temples.

Originally 85 temples, only about 20 still stand today.

The temples that have survived show intricate details of an ancient Indian art (and one that’s still practiced today) – the Karma Sutra.



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Tourism and Sports Minister to organize roadshow events in 4 countries

The Minister of Tourism and Sports has planned on organizing road show events in four countries, expecting revenue from tourism to reach 2.7 trillion baht in 2017.

Tourism and Sports Minister Korpkarn Watthanawarangkura disclosed that the Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to organize roadshow events in foreign countries to promote Thailand’s quality tourist attractions.

The roadshow events will be organized in China, America, England, France and Iran, she said.

She adds that the number of tourists has only continued to increase steadily, especially from China. It is expected that the revenue from tourism in 2017 could be as high as 2.7 trillion baht.

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Nong Khai Skywalk offers a view of Thai-Laos borders of the Mekhong River

The Nong Khai Skywalk at Wat Pha Tak Suea has become a popular tourist destination, where visitors can see the Thai and Lao sides of the Mekong River and experience cool temperatures of early winter.

The destination has grown in popularity, as the province approaches its tourism high season. For public safety and crowd management purposes, Wat Pha Tak Suea has allowed only 20 people to be on the skywalk at any one time.

The skywalk is part of the province’s tourism development program of turning Nong Khai’s Pha Tak Suea area into a tourist destination, connecting Nong Khai with the provinces of Loei and Bueng Kan. The project cost 17 million baht to construct a U-shaped skywalk that extends out from the cliff. The project has been open to the public since April 6th this year.


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Domestic tourism grows 12% in Q3

The tourism industry expanded by 12% in the 3rd quarter as Thailand remains a hotspot for Chinese tourists.

Minister for Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said today the country’s tourism revenue in the 3rd quarter of 2016 totaled 620 billion baht, representing a 12.22 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

Out of total tourism income, 410.7 billion baht came from foreign visitors. The number accounted for an increase of 14.77% year on year.

During the period, 2.42 million Chinese tourists visited Thailand, generating 123.6 billion baht.

In the meantime, the number of domestic tourists grew 5.55% as they generated 216.2 billion baht in total.

The minister remains optimistic about the rest of 2016, saying tourism growth in the 4th quarter during which Thailand is expected to see nearly 610,000 tourists will drive this year’s tourism revenue to 2.4 trillion baht.


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Govt preparing guidelines for tourists when paying respect to His Majesty the late King

The government is preparing for tourists a booklet on ceremonial guidelines when paying respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, while this year’s Loi Krathong festival will take place without celebratory activities.

Deputy Prime Minister Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn spoke after his meeting with the board on national tourism policy, saying that the board has agreed that all celebratory activities and concerts will be postponed for the time being, while businesses are allowed to continue operations in a toned down manner.

He also revealed that the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will prepare a booklet to inform tourists of ceremonial guidelines when paying respect to to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Authorities will be stationed along the Grand Palace to provide service to foreigners.

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TAT offers the public opportunities to pay their respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

The Bureau of the Royal Household has announced that during the 100 days of the Royal Funeral Rites, members of the general public are allowed to pay their respects and write messages of condolence on the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, at the Grand Palace as follows:

• Every day 08.30-16.00 Hrs.: Sala Sahathai Samakom Pavilion. People may pay their respects to His Majesty the late King’s royal remains at Dusit Maha Prasat Hall.

• 28th October 2016, 13.00-16.00 Hrs. & 29th October onwards, between 09.00-16.00 Hrs.

To assist members of the public who need to travel to pay their respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports in collaboration with the public and private tourism sector is providing transportation and making special arrangements, which began on 17th October, 2016, as follows:

1. For members of the public wishing to travel to the Sala Sahathai Samakhom Pavilion at the Grand Palace, in the Sanam Luang area, the Thai Transportation Operators Association, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Royal Thai Police are providing free bus services from 17-24 October, 2016, at 08:30 – 15.00 Hrs. The hourly bus services cover four routes, starting from the National Stadium, Victory Monument, Wongwian Yai BTS Station, and the Bangkok Bus Terminal in Talingchan, and going to Sanam Luang.

2. Members of the public in the Ramkhamhaeng area and within the vicinity of the Sports Authority of Thailand who are unable to visit the Sanam Luang area, will be able to pay their respects and write messages of condolence in front of the late monarch’s portrait at the Sports Authority of Thailand’s Commemorating His Majesty’s 7th Cycle Birthday Anniversary Building. In addition, the national broadcast of the 100-day prayers during the Royal Funeral Rites is being made available on two large LED screens in front of the Anniversary Building. These broadcasts began on Monday, 17th October, at 09.00 hrs. and will continue during the period of mourning.

3. For members of the public in the city center, including Siam Square, MBK Complex and within the vicinity of the National Stadium who are unable to visit Sanam Luang, the Department of Physical Education, Ministry of Tourism and Sports has prepared a book of condolence for the general public in which to pay their respects and write messages of condolence in front of the late monarch’s portrait at the National Stadium. In addition, the national broadcast of the 100-day prayers during the Royal Funeral Rites will be made available at the Nimibutr Building. Members of the public are advised to travel to the National Stadium by the BTS Skytrain, getting off at the National Stadium Station.

In addition, the number of trains coming to Bangkok has been increased to 150 from 132. The State Railway of Thailand has been adding extra carriages and extra trains for free travel to Bangkok since Friday, 14th October, 2016. An additional 64 carriages a day are now available on trains operating between Bangkok and the surrounding provinces. For more information, please contact the State Railway of Thailand Call Center at 1690.

During the period of national mourning, TAT would like to advise that some festivals and activities in the kingdom may be cancelled or postponed. Other events will go ahead as planned, but may be more subdued than usual as a mark of respect. We would like to recommend that any visitors with travel or tourism plans reconfirm with agents and check local media regularly as well as follow the advice of the local authorities in announcements and updates. Also, please check directly with the respective organizers on the status of individual events.

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Bangkok Airways announces B890 flights for people to pay their last respects to the late king


Bangkok Airways is the first airline to announce action to help people who want to pay their last respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The airline currently offers special B890 return flights between Bangkok and dozens of destinations around Thailand and the region.
Destinations in Thailand include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Sukhothai, Trad, Samui, Phuket and Krabi. International flights include Cambodia’s Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, Myanmar’s Mandalay, Naypyidaw and Yangon, Lao’s Luang Prabang and Vientiane, Bangladesh’s Dhaka, India’s Mumbai, Vietnam’s Danang and the Maldives.
Ticket prices affect inbound flights only, and do not include taxes. You can book until Nov 26 for travel dates through till Dec 2.
Various free transport routes being offered for mourners


Transport Company Ltd has organized free shuttle buses for citizens traveling to pay their respects to the late His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Routes to the ceremony include from Victory Monument to Sanam Luang from 6AM to 4PM daily, from Phya Thai intersection and from Rajavithi Road. Citizens are encouraged to find details on the service by calling the 24 hour hotline 1197.

Similarly, the Royal Thai Army Command Headquarters has organized shuttles from Don Muang to Sanam Luang from 8AM to 4PM daily. One of the shuttles will run along Vipavadee Road towards Victory Monument while the other will run along Prachachuen Road to Rama 5. Information on these shuttles can be found by calling 025750839 and 025721379.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports in collaboration with private agencies is operating free shuttles on 4 routes; Supachalasai Football Stadium, Victory Monument, Wong Wiang Yai BTS Station and the Taling Chan Bus Terminal, all to Sanam Luang from today to October 24 from 8AM to 3PM.

Ministry of Tourism and Sports announces free bus services to assist general public’s travels during HM’s funeral

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, in collaboration with the private and public sectors, has announced four shuttle bus service routes to service the general public’s travels, to pay their respects to His Majesty the King during 17-24 October.

Minister of Tourism and Sports Mrs. Korbkarn Wattanawarankul has announced free bus services to aid the public’s travels during 17-24 October.

The Thai Transportation Operators Association, The Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Police will be overseeing the free bus services.

All four routes, starting from the National Stadium, Victory Monument (Rajavithi Hospital), Wongwian Yai BTS Station, and the Bangkok Bus Terminal in Talingchan, will allow passengers to disembark at Sanam Luang.

Bus services during 17-24 October will be operating during 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with new buses servicing the public every hour.

Authorities have prepared the area in front of the National Stadium to broadcast His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s funeral procession for the general public residing in the central parts of Bangkok or those who cannot travel to pay their respects at the Grand Palace.

For convenience, the general can use the BTS train services and disembark at the Nation Stadium BTS station.


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