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There is a lot to see and do in India, both contemporary and historical, and that is the focus of topics listed in this category. Indian art galleries, libraries, theaters, museums, historical places, parks, zoos, and entertainment venues are appropriate, as are festivals and events, concerts, and sports programs or facilities.

Of course, things to do and places to go are not just for tourists. Places and things of interest to Indian citizens and residents are on-topic here as well, since India also has much to offer to its own people.

For tourists, we can't forget the Taj Mahal, which is perhaps the most elaborate mausoleum in the world. Built on orders of the Emperor Shah Jahan for his third wife, the monument is inlaid with calligraphy, precious stones, and intricate floral designs. There is also the Jal Mahal, a palace in the center of Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur. The five-story sandstone building is mostly submerged, with only the top floor visible when the lake is full.

Once the capital of a powerful Hindu empire, Hampi is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Situated in east-central India, Hampi has several temples, shrines, forts, and other royal structures of historical significance.

The Caves of Ajanta are Buddhist cave monuments in Maharashtra. Built in two stages, from the 2nd century BC to about 480 AD, the caves once served as a monsoon retreat for Buddhist monks, and are now also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nearby, the Ellora Caves feature Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monuments, dating back to 600-1000 AD.

Situated in Jaisalmer, in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer Fort may be the only remaining fort in the world that still houses a quarter of the population of the city. Until the 1600s, the entire city was contained within the fort. Jaisalmer Fort was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2013, joining five other forts in Rajasthan.

Sri Harmandir Sahib, more commonly known as the Golden Temple of Amritsar, in northwestern India. An important pilgrimage site for the Sikhs, it was originally built in 1577. The Golden Temple has been rebuilt several times after being destroyed by Muslims. In 1809, it was rebuilt with marble and copper, and overlaid with gold foil in 1830.

India has several museums, including the Marine Museum of Zoological Survey of India on Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Bhagwan Mahavir Government Museum, Jawaharlal Nehru Museum, Assam State Museum, the Goa Chitra Museum, Goa State Museum, Gujarat Science City, the Kutch Museum, the Watson Museum, the Dogra Art Museum, Shivalik Fossil Park, Teak Museum, Cavalry Tank Museum, Nehru Science Centre, the National Institute of Sports, Sanghoi Museum, and several others, particularly Bihar, the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh.

Indian safaris are popular with tourists, and there is always a chance of spotting a tiger or a leopard in the country's forest reserves. Although finding these big cats is a matter of luck and timing, the reserves are dotted with ruins of ancient temples and ruins, and there are other wildlife, such as peacocks, langur monkeys, and colorful birds and butterflies.

Indian elephants can be found in the Corbett Tiger Reserve and Nagarhole National Park. Although one-horned rhinos are rare, about two-thirds of the world's population inhabit Kaziranga National Park.

Sports are popular among Indians. Football (soccer) is popular in some parts of India, as is field hockey, but cricket is the most popular sport in India. Introduced during the British era, cricket is played at the local, national, and international levels, and is supported by fans throughout the country. India has co-hosted several international cricket tournaments.

Other sports, familiar to most people, include archery, badminton, basketball, boxing, golf, gymnastics, handball, kayaking, rugby, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. Others, that may not be familiar outside of Asia, are kabaddi and throwball. American football, baseball, and softball are gaining popularity in India, and ice hockey is played in the colder parts of the country.

Although several types of music are enjoyed in India, its music includes varieties of Indian classical music, folk music, Indian pop, and filmi, which consists of soundtracks produced for India's movie industry. Local and international concerts are often hosted in India, as well.

India is known for its Hindi-language film industry, generally known as Bollywood. Based in Mumbai, Bollywood is part of India's larger movie industry, known as Indywood, which produces films in other languages spoken in India. Together, the India film industry is the world's largest. Additionally, India has a long history of theater, currently including improvisation groups and several notable theaters.



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