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8 Indian Monuments & Palaces That Look Breathtakingly Beautiful At Night

Updated on October 7, 2019
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India has magnificent palaces and incredible monuments that simply mesmerize the visitors. While these palaces and monuments are an architectural marvel and worth a visit, there are some palaces & monuments that look all the more beautiful during nights. Here is a list of 8 amazing places that look simply incredible during night:

1. Mysore Palace (Amba Vilas Palace), Mysore

Amba Vilas Palace is located in Mysore city of Karnataka. It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, after the Taj Mahal,. More than 6 million tourists visit the palace every year. The palace is an incredibly breathtaking example of Indo - Saracenic architecture. The palace was the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore and for almost 600 years (from 1350 to 1950), it served as the residence of the royal Wadiyar family of Mysore.

The palace is a visual treat at night. Dussehra is the state festival of Karnatka and is celebrated with great pomp and show for ten days. Mysore Palace is the epicentre of all the Dussehra festivities. The palace is illuminated with over 100,000 lights on all days of the festival. Various cultural programs highlighting the dance, music and culture of Karnataka are performed in front of the illuminated Palace.

Tourists come from far off places to see the light and sound show of the palace that starts from 7:00 PM and goes on till 7:45 PM. The entry fee for this night show is Rs. 40.

2. Amber Fort, Jaipur

Amber Fort in Jaipur is located at the outskirts of the city and sits majestically on the hills of Amber. Amber Fort is the pride of Jaipur and is a magnificent manifestation of Rajputana history. The fort is famous for its architecture, museum, Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace) and rich history, which one can enjoy during the day. It also hosts a 50-minute specially curated light and sound show at night which is written by the famous Bollywood lyricist & poet Gulzar with the narrative of the fort’s glorious past voiced by Amitabh Bachchan. The striking play of lights along with the musicals highlights the rich history, folk culture and legends of Jaipur.It starts at 6:30 PM and goes till 9:15 PM. The night show costs around Rs. 295 per person.

3. Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad

Hussain Sagar Lake is a popular tourist attraction in Hyderabad. The lake looks all the more serene and beautiful during night when the colorful lights of the city are reflected in its waters. The statue of Lord Buddha situated at the centre of this lake is illuminated at night and looks so divine. It is so calm and looks splendid at night.The view of the lake during night is the one that you will remember all your life. The lake opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 10:00 PM. There is no entry fee for the lake. You can also enjoy facilities like Mechanized Boat, Jet Ski Boat or Para Sailing at the lake which will cost you some money.

4. Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur

If you are looking for an amazing and luxurious place to stay in Jodhpur, Umaid Bhawan can be an ideal choice (provided your budget allows). A part of this royal palace has been converted into a 5-star heritage hotel which is maintained by The Taj Group of Hotels. The palace has 347 rooms and also houses a small museum. A huge area of the palace is still the residence of the former royal family of Jodhpur and is one of the world's largest private residences. The palace was built to provide the local farmers with some employment during the drought crisis in the 1920s. Umaid Bhawan is a sheer demonstration of royal splendour and amazing structural planning. This stunningly beautiful place offers some amazing views under a starry sky at night.

Consider our body as a temple and our heart as a place where God or the Guru resides. If we open up our hearts like the gates of the Golden Temple, if we don’t fight with each other in the name of religion, if we treat every individual equally then the God inside us will be happy. When the God inside us becomes happy, we will become happy and when we will become happy then the temple will look all the more beautiful.

— Raj Kiran Atagaraha

5. Golden Temple, Amritsar

Golden Temple in Amritsar is the prominent pilgrimage site of Sikhism. The sacred premises seem all the more divine and heavenly when you visit the Golden Temple during the night. The reflection of the Golden Temple is the surrounding Sarovar (water body) makes for a beautiful sight.One of the best times to visit this temple is before dawn when the echoes of the holy prayers reverberate the atmosphere. Though the temple doors have different opening times according to the month, the usual opening time is between 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM.

The Taj Mahal rises above the banks of the river like a solitary tear suspended on the cheek of time.

— Rabindranath Tagore

6. The Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal needs no introduction. This eternal symbol of love is a beauty to behold during the full moon night. This archaic beauty shines as subtly as the moon. Once you witness it, you wouldn't want to have the marble tomb out of your sight. No wonder it's one of the seven wonders in the world!

Visiting Taj Mahal during the night is indeed the best way to enjoy the splendour of this magnificent tomb. Taj Mahal is open to visitors during night for five days in a month i.e. on full moon night and two nights before and two after the full moon. Only 400 people are allowed in the complex on a single night. The tourists are not allowed inside the monument and can watch it only from a little distance. Night viewing for Taj is closed during Fridays and during the month of Ramzan.

7. Ambedkar Memorial Park, Lucknow

Ambedkar Memorial Park is a public memorial and park which is spread across 107 acres in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow. This majestic park is famous for a lot of attractions including the Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sangrahalay, Ambedkar Stupa and Pratibimb Sthal among others. The park is worth a visit for its stupendous structure, architectural beauty, gigantic look and memorial attractions which can be enjoyed during the day time. But wait for the night, when the whole park is irradiated with dazzling lights and the park becomes even more serene and celestial. One can visit the park from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. The entry ticket costs only Rs.10.

8. Gajner Palace, Bikaner

Gajner Palace in Bikaner is a beautiful lakeside palace that is located right in the heart of the famous Thar Desert. The palace is built in red sandstone and is a perfect illustration of craftsmanship with its intricately carved pillars and jharokhas . It is situated amidst a thick forest and is located beside an artificial lake . An evening at this royal palace is simply amazing as the reflection of the Gajner Palace in the lake makes for a breathtaking sight. Folk programs are organized here in the evening which add to the beauty of the palace.

Mysore Dasara City Lighting

© 2019 Shaloo Walia


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