It’s no surprise that India was quite rich and prosperous land, and it used to be even more so. And there there’s wealth, there are treasures, hidden or otherwise. After hundreds and thousands of years there are only a few lost treasures left to be found all over India, but if you do unearth them, you’d be able to retire on the same day!
Here are hidden treasures of India that would make you rich in seconds.
1. Alwar Fort (Bala Quila), Rajasthan
Emperors always have a stash of their most valuable items, and when Emperor Jahangir was being exiled, he spent some time in Alwar Fort in Rajasthan and, allegedly, hid most of his treasures somewhere in the area. Many of the items have been recovered, but hundreds are still missing.
2. Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
More forts to explore! Man Singh I was extremely loaded, and he used to have a huge chest with all sorts of jewels, coins and other items with him after he conquered the Afghans. History only tells us about a few in the artifacts being given away to the king, so where did the rest of it go? The answer is – Jaigarh Fort.
3. Sri Mookambika Temple, Kollur, Karnataka
If you’re ever around the Western Ghats in the Kollur district of Karnataka, you may want to explore the temple of the Goddess Mookambika. Over 1200 years ago this temple was built by the wealthy Vijayanagara Empire and everything was encrusted with a lot of jewellery and gold. Aside from that, there’s a legend of a hidden chamber filled with unimaginable treasures somewhere in the temple, guarded by serpents. Or something like that.
4. Charminar Tunnel, Hyderabad
There’s this tunnel that connects Charminar and Golconda Fort, in which the king hid all of his trinkets. To this day nobody has found that stash in the tunnel. Also, what’s with all the treasure being hidden in or around the forts in India?
5. Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
A few years ago thanks to a court order a secret underground chamber in the Padmanabhaswamy Temple was opened. Inside there were relics of immeasurable value as well as gold and silver items, diamonds, gems and a variety of precious stones with an estimated total value of $22 billion. Crazy thing is that there is a second vault in the temple! I wonder what’s inside.
6. Krishna River, Andhra Pradesh
Did you know that 7/10 world’s fanciest diamonds came from the mines of Andhra Padesh? The waters of Krishna river carry all sorts of things with them, some of them being rough uncut diamonds. So if you’re lucky, hang out there more often. Who knows, maybe you’ll find a new Koh-i-Noor diamond!
7. Son Bhandar Caves (also Sonebhandar), Rajgir, Bihar
With a name that means “a repository of gold” Son Bhandar kinda hints that ‘there be gold in them thar hills’! Well, caves, actually, not hills, but you get it. There are caves in Bihar that according to legends hold a golden treasure chest somewhere inside, camouflaged for safety. The legend also says that the secret door will magically open if you decipher the writings found inside the cave. Open, Sesame!