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Top 10 World Heritage sites in India

Updated on August 22, 2017
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Author, being an archeologist, loves to visit the heritage site around the world.

India is a land of diverse culture and values. This has enhanced the fathom of India even higher, as it has now the greatest amount world heritages across the globe. As a matter of fact the world heritage belongs to the citizens of this whole world no matter where the heritage is actually at.

In the year 1983, there were only two sites in India, which were recognized as the world heritages. These sites were Agra Fort and Ajanta Caves. The main aspect upon which the world heritages in India are determined is the fine stone carving and architecture. In this article we will explain about the Top 10 world heritage sites in India, the beauty of these sites cannot be described enough as they are the pride of Indian culture.

1. Nalanda Mahavihara ( Nalanda University )

It is the most acknowledged Buddhist monasteries which persisted from the 3rd century to the 13th century. Still, you can see the serene beauty of various stupas, viharas, and shrines. It remained as an epitome of prime knowledge for about 800 years. So, you can experience the greatness of the Buddhist community.

2. Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim

Khangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim was declared as a world heritage recently in the year 2016. This beautiful park is the 3rd highest mountain peak in the world. It has its natural significance as it consists of varied varieties of flora and fauna. The amazing sceneries will surely steal your heart.

3. Capitol Complex, Chandigarh

It was considered as a world heritage because of its exceptional architecture. It is among one of the great works of Le Corbusier which he did in almost 17 countries in the 20th B.C. During the partition of India when Chandigarh was considered as the capital of Punjab, it was the law assembly of the country.

4. Great Himalayan National Park, Himachal Pradesh

It is situated in the Kullu region of North India which is quite famous for its panoramic beauty. This is a beautiful park, which consists of thousands of different flora and fauna. The mountains are covered with ice and the complete area is filled with green meadows.

It is a big habitat for various Himalayan species. The mountain peaks covered with, coniferous forests, wildlife is the major attractions of this place. Though this place is a well-known wildlife national park so hunting of the wildlife creatures is strictly prohibited over here.

5. Rani Ki Vav, Patan Gujarat

This is a quite prestigious and culturally rich world heritage. It was built in the 3rd Millennium B.C. if you want to know the great work of Indian architects then this is the best place to visit. This palace was constructed in veneration of Bhimdev 1. In the year 2014, this place was included among the world heritages. This place is filled with well-formed sculpture and idols of Lord Vishnu and his different forms.

There is an inverted temple at this place and several methods for rainwater harvesting and water preservation methods which are fruitful till date. In canonical language, the intent and significance of each and every carving and sculpture are being defined.

6. Hampi- Famous for its Group of Monuments

This famous city of Karnataka is located in its Northern Region. It holds its significance because of the ancient Kingdom, Vijayanagar. If you want to explore the beauty of the Dravidian Era then you must visit this cultural heritage of India. Another major attraction of this place is in the Virupaksha Temple. There are many such temples like Lotus Mahal Complex, Vitthala Temple complex and Pattabhirama Temple Complex etc.

7. Khajuraho Temple

These caves are known worldwide for their striking sculptures and monuments. The sculptures of Human and animals have created a symbol of rich cultural heritage of India. All of these beautiful sculptures were built during the Chandell dynasty during the 950 to 1050 CE. As a whole total 85 temples in an area of 20 kilometers. The main attraction for the tourists at this place is the Kandariya Temple.

8. Palaces and Forts of Rajasthan

Rajasthan has always been addressed as the Land of Rajputanas. It has always been the center of attraction for tourists across the globe. It has several Forts which are famous worldwide for their amazing architecture and design. The cities of Rajasthan are famous for their specialties like mouth watering food which will surely pamper your taste buds. There are several forts in Rajasthan like Nahargarh Fort, Chittorgarh and Ranthambhore Fort, which speak the tale of various fights and victory stories of the emperors.

9. Chola Temples-Tamil Nadu

As these temples were built in the Chola Empire so they are named after the Chola dynasty. Although there is a chain of great temples in Chola Temples but, The Brihadisvara Temple, the Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and the Airavatesvara Temple are at this place. The rituals at these temples are followed since very long about since thousand years ago and people still pursue them.

10. Ajanta Caves-Maharashtra

It is indeed an epitome of Indian classical art; most of the monuments at the caves are fine examples of ability and decisive architecture. It shows that the architects of India had such a great vision and skillful technique. It gives a picturesque memory of 2 CE to 650 CE.

According to the recent reports of UNESCO, India has total 35 cultural heritage sites. In this article, we have compared them all and found out the best ten such sites to make your Tour to India awesome and memorable. In a nutshell, it can be stated that India is one of the most culturally rich countries as it has ancient heritages in abundance.

So, if you ever get the chance to visit the country, just do not forget to visit these heritage sites.

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