Best Heritage Sites in India

India’s languages, religions, dance, music, architecture, food, and customs differ from place to place within the country and so by these reasons we have some very old monuments which have now become Heritage sites in India. When we search the Internet for information regarding these Indian heritage sites or old architecture and monuments, it doesn’t really┬áprovide us with the┬áexact results we would expect to find, except going to the wikipedia pages or official sites. There are multiple renowned┬áheritage sites in India, but I decided to shortlist the ones I personally like and also showcase this particular blog post with more diverse options for heritage sites that India has to offer to the world.

Here is┬áthe list┬áof the Best Indian Heritage Sites in India┬áwith no specific order what so ever, or maybe my personal choice of order you could say 😛 hehe. Enjoy.

 

1. Kaziranga National Park

  • State – Assam
  • WebsiteKaziranga.assam.gov.in
  • Famous for the “one horn rhinoceros” and there are also many animals and birds in this national park
  • It was first established as a reserved forest in 1908 to protect the dwindling species of Rhinoceros

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2. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

  • State – Assam
  • WebsiteManasnationalpark.co.in
  • Visitors can see wildlife riding on an elephant ÔÇô that is the most suitable transport for viewing the rhinos, safe and secure and at a close range.
  • You can ride the boat on the Manas river to view the birds and animals.

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3. Mahabodhi Temple

  • State – Bihar
  • WebsiteMahabodhimahavihara.org
  • It is Buddhist temple, marking the location where Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment.

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4. Humayun’s Tomb

  • City – New Delhi
  • WebsiteHumayun’s Tomb
  • It is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and it was built in 1570.
  • It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect.

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5. Qutub Minar

  • City – New Delhi.
  • WebsiteQutubminar.org
  • Qutub Minar was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish.
  • It is a red sandstone tower of 72.5 metres (238 ft) height.

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6. Red Fort

  • City – New Delhi.
  • WebsiteRed Fort
  • It is also known as Lal Qila is a palace fort built in the 17th century by Shahjahan in 1628.
  • The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperors of India for nearly 200 years.

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7. Churches and Convents of Goa

  • State – Goa.
  • WebsiteChurches of Goa
  • They were built by the Portuguese colonial rulers of Goa between 16th and 18th centuries.
  • It was declayered as world heritage sites in the year 1986.

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8. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

  • State – Gujarat
  • WebsiteChampaner-Pavagadh
  • In 1484, Sultan Mahmud Begarah took possession of the fort and renamed it Muhammadabad.

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9. Taj Mahal

  • State – Uttar Pradesh
  • WebsiteTajmahal.gov.in
  • Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • It was built by Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his third wife Begum Mumtaz Mahal who had died in 1631
  • It is also called as a symbol of love.
  • The Taj Mahal took 16 years to built and it is made by white marble.

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10. Khajuraho Group of Monuments

  • State – Madhya Pradesh
  • WebsiteKhajuraho Monuments
  • The Khajuraho Group of Monuments are a group of Hindu and Jain temples
  • These temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its height between 950 and 1050 (A.D) .
  • Now only 20 temples are left which are divided into three didtinct groups and which are belongs to two different religions which are Hinduism and Jainism.

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11. Ajanta Caves

  • State – Maharashtra
  • WebsiteAjanta Caves
  • These are the Buddhist caves which are divided into two phases, the first phase was from 2nd century BC. In the second phase, further additions were made during the 5th and 6th centuries AD of the Gupta period.

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12. Ellora Caves

  • State – Maharashtra
  • WebsiteEllora Caves
  • The Ellora caves, locally known as ÔÇÿVerul LeniÔÇÖ.
  • These caves shows a mix of religious arts of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.

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13. Jantar Mantar

  • State – Rajhasthan
  • WebsiteMuseumsrajasthan.gov.in
  • Jantar Mantar is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Maharaja (King) Jai Singh II at his then new capital of Jaipur between 1727 and 1734

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14. Fatehpur Sikri

  • State – Uttar Pradesh
  • WebsiteFatehpursikri.gov.in
  • Fatehpur Sikri, “the City of Victory,” was built during the second half of the 16th century by the Mughal Emperor Akbar (1556ÔÇô1605)
  • It was the capital of the Empire and seat of the grand Mughal court, but only for 14 years

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15. Agra Fort

  • State – Uttar Pradesh
  • WebsiteAgrafort.gov.in
  • Agra Fort, also known as the Red Fort of Agra, which represented Mughal opulence and power as the centre piece of their empire was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1982

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I know there a lot many I haven’t mentioned here on purpose … but if you still think there should have been some names in the list of the best Indian heritage sites, please don’t forget to comment and share the links below. Thank you.