There are all 37 world heritage sites in India and these are further divided into 29 cultural sites, 7 natural sites, and 1 mixed site. India ranks sixth in the world in terms of the number of heritage sites. The world heritage sites in India have huge cultural importance in the world. Travelila brings the list of these beautiful heritage sites in India declared by UNESCO.
Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaj Mahal and that is the reason people call it the sign of true love. This white marble monument is a treat to watch and is famous worldwide as the “Jewel of Muslim Art in India”. This monument is most recognized the world over for its association with the heritage of India. It is the best place for couples.
Ajanta caves are one of the oldest World Heritage sites in India which has its existence from around the 2nd century. These caves consist of the finest masterpieces of 31 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments, paintings, and sculptures. This architecture has a drastic impact on Indian art and culture and the distinct history of India. Ajanta caves majorly have carvings and sculptures related to the life of Buddha which marks the beginning of Indian Art.
Sun Temple Konark is a 13th-century temple situated in Konark, Odisha. The temple is in the shape of a gigantic chariot with carved stone wheels, pillars, and walls and is led by 6 enormously carved horses. This temple has three images of God’s Sun in three directions and is positioned in such a way that it catches sun rays in the morning, noon and evening. This monument is a reflection of Kalinga architecture which was prevalent in ancient times.
Qutub Minar is among the most popular heritage sites in India. It was built in 1192 by the first Muslim ruler of Delhi to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi and is about 73 meters high. Apart from the tower, this place also consists of the Mosque which was the first Mosque to be built in India. This tall tower attracts many tourists throughout the year.
Churches and Convents of Goa
The Portuguese entered India in the 15th and 16th centuries and established in Goa and for the first time, India was introduced to Christianity. Due to this various Churches and convents were built in Goa. These beautiful churches are included in the World Heritage site by UNESCO looking at the distinct architecture.
As its name suggests Fateh (victory), shows the victory of Emperor Akbar over Chittor and Ranthambore. This place consists of four different monuments which include The Jama Masjid which is the mosque, The Buland Darwaza which is Asia’s greatest door made of wood that sinks in water, Panch Mahal which is the origin of Emperor’s Nav Ratna, and Diwan-i-aam and Diwan-i-Khas.
Khajuraho is a distinct heritage site that has to be undoubtedly on UNESCO’s World Heritage site list. This place is located 175 km of Jhansi and consists of Hindu and Jain temples. They are known worldwide for their erotic figures and sculptures. You can also visit weekend places in India.
There is a long long list to be included in our list of the top heritage sites in India declared by UNESCO from forests to caves and monuments to temples, when are YOU visiting India?
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