Temples Hindu, Bishnupur, India

Known for its beautiful terracotta temples, Bishnupur flourished as the capital of the Malla kings from the 16th to the early 19th centuries. The architecture of these intriguing temples is a bold mix of Bengali, Islamic and Orissan styles. Intricately detailed facades of numerous temples play out scenes of the Hindu epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.

The most striking temples are the Jor Bangla, Madan Mohan, the multiarched Ras Mancha and the elaborate Shyam Rai. You need to pay for your ticket at Ras Mancha and show it at the other temples. Cycle-rickshaw-wallahs offer tours (the best way to negotiate the labyrinth of lanes) for ₹250.

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