Five hidden treasures of India

Get, set, find!

Freestyle

March 18, 2017

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As kids, we came across plenty of treasure hunt stories like ‘Aladdin’, ‘Sinbad the sailor’, ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Over Sea’ to name a few, and wondered how good it would be if all of it came true. Well, what if treasures are not restricted to just story books?

With a rich history and wealthy kings of the olden times, who left their possessions in the country, India is indeed full of hidden treasures, literally. As monarchy in the country melted away with time, their valuables are still left behind, waiting to be discovered.

 

Sonbhandar Caves, Bihar

Who haven’t read or watched ‘Arabian Nights’? What if a door that magically opens after narrating an ancient script actually exists? Made of a single giant rock, the Sonbhandar (treasury of gold) Caves date back to 3rd or 4th century AD and is believed to be the doorway to the treasury of the Magadhan King Bimbisarsa. Inscriptions in the Sankhlipi script are found inscribed on the wall of the cave, which are clues to open the doorway to the treasury. However, no one has yet succeeded in decoding the script. The British once tried, but, just managed to leave a mark that’s still visible. According to the legends, if anyone manages to decrypt the scripts, the door will magically open.

 

Charminar Tunnel, Hyderabad

Believed to be constructed by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutub Shah, fifth king of the Qutb Shahi dynasty, the Charminar Tunnel in Hyderabad connects the place with Golconda Fort in the same state. The tunnel was made with the purpose of serving as a safe passage in emergencies. However, it is said that a hidden treasure is lying inside a chamber inside the tunnel, which is still undiscovered.

 

Padmanabhaswamy Temple , Kerala

In June 2001, the court ordered to dig into an underground vault in Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram where jewellery, crowns, statues and household articles made of gold worth USD 22 billion were found. People believe that another vault exists is the complex that bears an amount of wealth surpassing the first vault.

 

Krishna river treasure, Andhra Pradesh

The Krishna and Guntur districts were once part of the Golconda Kingdom and some of the world’s finest diamonds were mined from the banks of the Krishna river. It is said that some diamond reserves still remain on the river bed.

 

Alwar, Rajasthan

According to legends, Mughal Emperor Jahangir, while in exile, took refuge in the Alwar fort, which is about 150 km from Delhi. It’s believed that during the time, he hid treasure here, most of which is still not salvaged. While some of it was found, there is still a massive amount of of it that remains undiscovered.

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