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Famous World Heritage Sites of India


Famous World Heritage Sites of India

They indeed make us proud!

By Pratibha Yadav 02nd Dec, 2014 12:11 pm

It indeed makes us proud when we talk about the rich heritage of our country. The culture, traditions and places are just some of the aspects of the rich heritage we carry forward. Visit these famous world heritage sites of India to know more about the history of the country.


What is a world heritage site? A world heritage site is a place listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization as one of special cultural or physical significance.


1. Taj Mahal: Located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. The Taj Mahal is indeed one of the beautiful monuments of the country. It is known for its architecture. The picturesque monument attracts crowds in huge numbers every year.


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2. Qutub Minar: One of the tallest minarets in India – Qutub Minar in Delhi was declared a world heritage site in 1993. It has been built using marble and sandstone.


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3. Red Fort: Another monument which adds to the beauty of Delhi is Red Fort. The fort which is also known as Lal Qila has been built in the Mughal style. Red Fort is not only a heritage site but also an iconic symbol of India. The Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag here on Independence Day.


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4. Ajanta Caves: The Ajanta Caves was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. The caves certainly qualify as a fine example of architecture.


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5. Konark Sun Temple: Konark Sun Temple is a major tourist attraction in Odisha. The name Konark is derived from the Sanskrit words Kona(Corner) and Ark (Sun).


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6. Humayun’s Tomb: Humayun’s Tomb – the tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun is one of the oldest tombs which add to the glory of the country. Designed in the Mughal style, the tomb was declared a world heritage site in 1993. Visit the tomb to experience its architectural grandeur.


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7. Ellora Caves: Ellora holds an ancient mix of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves. And just like Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves is also known for its architecture. The caves are one of the oldest in the country.

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8. Elephanta Caves: Located near the Mumbai harbour, Elephanta Caves is a famous tourist destination in Mumbai. To get to these caves, take a ferry from the Gateway of India to the Elephanta Island.


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9. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, earlier known as Victoria Terminus, is one of the important railway stations in Mumbai. It is well known for its Gothic style architecture. Tourists often get themselves clicked outside the magnificent structure.


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10. Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar in Jaipur was built by Maharaja Jai Singh. It is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments and is one of the popular heritage sites of India.

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-Pratibha Yadav

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