Previously known as Tanjore, Thanjavur in the state of Tamil Nadu is an ancient fortified town with a glorious history dating back more than 1500 years. Thanjavur was the ancient capital of the Chola kings whose origins date back to the beginning of Christianity. Tamil Nadu’s most awesome Chola monument is located in Thanjavur.
Built by Raja Raja in 1010, the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Brihadishwara Temple dominates Thanjavur’s skyline. The dome at the top of the apex of the approximately 63-m high temple is allegedly a single piece of granite weighing an estimated 80 tonnes, which was hauled into place along an earth ramp in a manner similar to that used for the construction of the Pyramids of Giza. A huge Nandi bull carved out of a single piece of rock guards the gateway to the inner sanctum. Set in spacious grounds, the temple itself boasts several pillared halls and shrines. There is also an Archaeological Museum, situated within the grounds.
The Nayaks of Madurai and also the Marathas constructed Thanjavur Palace and Museums, where members of the erstwhile royal family still reside, around 1550. After years of neglect, restoration is occurring. Two draw cards are the Royal Museum and the Durbar Hall. The Royal Museum offers an eclectic collection of regal memorabilia. Although unrestored, the Durbar Hall is magnificently regal.
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Tailormade Holidays to Tanjore
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The Oriental Tower is a simple, modern hotel with elegantly furnished rooms and good facilities.
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Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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