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Places to Visit in India
World Heritage Sites to visit in India
Places to visit in India can categorize as historical places, forts, monuments, hill stations in India, rivers in India, sea in India, waterfalls in India, desert in India, wildlife in India and much more. Here we are listing only those places to visit in India which are listed as World Heritage Sites in India by UNESCO.
World Heritage Sites to Visit in India
Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary, Assam
Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary of Assam is very good place to visit in India for those who love to watch wild life. It is located in the flood plains of the south bank of Brahmaputra River. Though, there are many species of mammals and birds in Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary, but it is mainly known as a home to the World's largest population of the Great Indian One-Horned Rhinoceros. Kaziranga Wild Life Sanctuary was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
Manas Wild Life Sanctuary, Assam
Manas Wild Life Sanctuary of Assam is the another heaven to visit in India for wild life and nature lovers. It is located in the foot hills of the Himalayas in the plains of Manas River on the border of Bhutan. This place is wonderful to visit in India for nature lovers because you can see here the wide range of mammals, birds and plants including the endangered species of animals. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.
Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya, Bihar
If you are spiritual person, then Mahabodhi Temple Complex is very good place to visit in India. It also has archaeological and cultural importance. It is Buddhist temple complex. The first temple was built by Kind Ashoka in the 3rd century BC (260 BC) around the Bodhi Tree where Gautama Buddha was enlightened in 531 BC. Later on, some more temples have been built between 5th and 6th centuries AD. Mahabodhi Temple Complex was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2002.
Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
Humayun's Tomb was declared the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. Humayun's Tomb was built in 1570 by the second Mughal emporer Humayun's widow Hajji Begum (Biga Begum). It is one of the most visited places in India and Delhi. Its a Mughal style archaeological site with double domed elevation and Chhatris.
Qutab Minar, Delhi
Qutab Minar is always listed in top list of the places to visit in India. Qutab Minar, also spell as Qutb Minar and Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick Minaret. Qutab Minar is the very good example of Afghan architecture. It was built in 1192 AD as the victory tower, to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori over the Rajput King Prithviraj Chauhan. Qutab Minar was declared the World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.
Red Fort, Delhi
Red fort of Delhi is more famous as Lal Qila is one of the most visited places of India. It was built in 17th century by Shahjahan as part of his new capital city of Shahjahanabad. Since then, Lal Qila of Delhi plays most important role in the politics of India. Even today, the prime minister of India address the people of India on Independence day from Lal Qila. It is very good Mughal architectural place to visit in India. It is known as Red fort because it is made of red sandstone. Lal Qila or Red Fort of Delhi was inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007.
Churches and Convents of Goa
Churches and Convents of Goa were buit between 16th and 18th centuries. These monuments were built by Portuguese rulers and known as the "Rome of Orient". Churches and Convents of Goa are very good places to visit in India, and inscribed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1986.
Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat
Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park was listed in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2004 as a natural site. Unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage porperties of Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park of Gujarat have a great attraction for tourists. These heritage properties visit in India by the large number of tourists because the properties include hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, scenic landscape including prehistoric sites, palaces, agricultural structures, temples and other religious buildings, residential places and many vestiges. No doubt that Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park is one of the most visited places in India.
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh
Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka of Madhya Pradesh are also listed in World Heritage Sites by UNESCO and one of the most visited places in India. These rock shelters are famous for rock paintings that are inferred to date from the “Mesolithic period right through to the Historical period”. One of the shelters amazingly dated from 100,000 BC (Late Acheulian) to 1000 AD.
Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho Group of Monuments are mainly famous for the wonderful sculpture and architecture of 950 AD to 1050 AD. This was the golden time of Chandela dynasty in India. There were 85 temples built belong to Hindu and Jain religion. Out of those 85 temples, only 22 temples have survived. Khajuraho Group of Monuments were listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 as cultural property.
Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra
Ajanta caves are the Buddhist caves. Ajanta caves were built in two phases. The first phase was from 2nd century BC. The second phase was between 5th and 6th centuries of the Gupta period. There are 31 rock-out cave monuments richly decorated with religious paintings and fresco work. Ajanta caves were became World Heritage Site in 1983.
Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
Ellora Caves are the reflection of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism religions along with the creative art of ancient India. There are 34 monasteries and temples of the period of 600 AD to 1000 AD which are wonderfully sculpted. Ellora Caves were inscribed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983.
Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra
Elephanta Caves are named behind the Elephanta Island. This Island is located on Arabian Sea, and the Elephanta Caves are located on the Elephanta Island. These caves are famous for wonderful sculpture and architecture work. The architecture of Elephanta caves is dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries. Elephanta Caves were listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Maharashtra
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a heritage railway station in Mumbai. It was designed by Frederick William Stevens and built in 1887. The terminus was originally named as Victoria Terminus in honour of Queen Victoria. Later on, it was named as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in 1996 after the name of Chhatrapati Shivaji, the famous Maratha King of 17th century. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus became World Heritage Site in 2004.
Sun Temple, Konark
Sun temple of Konark is also world famous as Black Pagoda and one of the popular places to visit in India. It is a 13th century temple. The temple is built in the form of the chariot of Surya (Sun). It is located on the east coast of the Bay of Bengal in Mahanadi Delta. Sun temple of Konark was inscribed in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1984.
Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan
Keoladeo National Park is situated in Bharatpur distrcit of Rajasthan. It is famous for 364 species of wintering birds. Those birds arrive here from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Keoladeo National Park became World Heritage Site in 1985.
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is world famous place to visit in India. It is famous for huge astronomical instruments built in masonry by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. This astronomical observatory was built between 1724 and 1734 which is one of the wonders of astronomy, astrology, and the then architecture. Jantar Mantar became World Heritage Site in 2010.
Great Living Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu
The Great Living Chola Temples were built by the kings of Chola Empire between 11th and 12th century. The Brihadisvara Temple at Thanjavur, the Brihadisvara Temple at Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara Temple at Darasuram are the most famous temples and are very good examples of the then architecture, sculpture art, painting work and bronze casting. The Great Living Chola Temples became World Heritage Site in 2004.
Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, in Tamilnadu were built by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th centuries. The temple town has approximately forty monuments, including the largest open-air bas-relief in the world. The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram became World Heritage Site in 1984.
Agra Fort, Agra
Agra Fort was inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. Agra Fort is also known as Red Fort of Agra. It is named as Red Fort because it is built by Red Sandstone and located on the right bank of Yamuna river. The monuments are remarkable for the fusion of Persian art of the Timurid and the Indian art form. It is very close to the famous Taj Mahal with a buffer zone separating the two monuments.
Fatehpur Sikri, Agra
Fatehpur Sikri was built by the Mughal emperor Akbar during the second half of the 16th century. Fatehpur Sikri means the City of Victory. It was built in 1573. The complex of monuments and temples, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid, the Buland Darwaza, the Panch Mahal, and the Tomb of Salim Chishti are the worldwide famous places to visit in India. Fatehpur Sikri was lited in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1986.
Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal is worldwide famous as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Obviously, Taj Mahal is one of the most visited places in India. It was built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his third wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal was built over a 16 year period between 1631 and 1648. Taj Mahal was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
Mountain Railways of India
The Mountain Railways of India represents a collective listing of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway and the Kalka-Shimla Railway. The Mountain Railways of India is recognized worldwide as the amazing engineering excellence for the solutions of the problem of establishing an effective rail link through a rugged, mountainous terrain. The Mountain Railways of India got recognition of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks, Uttaranchal
Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Park are located in the Garhwal Himalaya of Chamoli District of Uttaranchal. It is famous for endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers became UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and hence become one of the most popular places to vist in India.
Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal
The Sundarbans National Park, the largest estuarine mangrove forest in the world is a National Park, Tiger Reserve and a Biosphere Reserve located in the Sundarbans Ganges river delta bordering the Bay of Bengal, in West Bengal. It is also home to a variety of bird, reptile and invertebrate species, including the salt-water crocodile. The Sundarbans National Park became World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1987.
Western Ghats, also known as the Sahyadri Mountains, a mountain range along the western side of India and one of the world’s ten "Hottest biodiversity hotspots". Western Ghats listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.
Group of Monuments at Hampi, Karnataka
The Group of Monuments at Hampi are located on the banks of the river Tungabhadra in Karnataka. Dravidian temples and palaces abound in Hampi. Group of Monuments at Hampi inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.
Group of Monuments at Pattadakal, Karnataka
The Group of monuments in Pattadakal cover a remarkable series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary in northern Karnataka. In this group of temples, the Virupaksha Temple, built in c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's (King Vikramaditya II) victory over the Pallava kings from the south, is considered the most outstanding architectural edifice. Group of Monuments at Pattadakal became World Heritage Site in 1984.
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh
Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi were declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1989. Since the time, it is one of the most visited places in India. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, are a group of Buddhist monuments dated between 200 BC and 100 BC. The principal monument is Stupa 1 dated to the 2nd century and 1st century BC. The sanctuary has a plethora of monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries in different status of preservation.
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