India is well known, all over the world for its rich cultural heritage and ancient monuments. The country has innumerable monuments that boast of some amazing architecture from the classic times. These monuments showcase the technical advancements and the high end plans used during those times. The preservation of these monuments has been done very well and the UNESCO has also declared many monuments as the World Heritage Site.
There are so many sites in India that it would be difficult to pen them down all at once. This article has detailed information about the top five heritage sites in India.
Taj Mahal-Agra-Uttar Pradesh – This heritage site does not need any introduction. Taj Mahal is known worldwide for its one of a kind architecture; laced with beautiful writing in white marble. Situated in the Agra, this beautiful monument attracts hundreds of travelers every year from all around the world. Shahjahan had built this masterpiece in memory of Mumtaz Mahal. The building of the monument continued from 1632 to 1653 and the design of the monument is based on Mughal designs.
Qutub Minar- Delhi: Qutub Minar is regarded as the tallest minaret of the country. It’s constructed with sandstone and marble. In 1993, the monument was claimed as a heritage site of India. Qutub Minar is a marvelous monument that stands tall in Delhi inviting throngs at all time of the year. The other monuments near Qutub Minar together make Qutub Complex.
Humayun’s Tomb- Delhi: Located in Delhi, this tomb forms one of the popular and oldest tombs of India. The construction of Humayun’s Tomb took great time as it started in 1565 and completed in 1572. The tomb was acclaimed as the World Heritage Site in 1993. The main architect who was involved in the construction of the monument was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath.
Ajanta Caves- Maharashtra: The Ajanta Caves, situated in Aurangabad in the Maharashtra state, are regarded as the most beautiful and oldest caves of the country. With the rich cultural and architectural value it possesses, the place has its own beauty. A number of visitors are seen walking around the place for it forms one of the best places in Maharashtra state. The Ajanta Caves was declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 1983.
Red Fort- Delhi: Known as Lal Qil’ah, the Red Fort is one of the oldest forts in India that was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. Built in the Mughal style, the Red Fort has its own charm. The main architect was Ustad Ahmad, and it was declared as world heritage site monument in 2007.
Ladakh and Leh – In the furthest far corner of northern India, near the Indus Valley in Ladhak, lies the town of Leh. This faraway place has turned a famous tourist destination since 1974, when Ladakh was opened to foreigners. Surrounded by the two world’s largest mountain ranges and the alpine desert, the dry ,barren landscape houses great historic Buddhist monasteries; which makes it an incredible sight to visit. Although Leh accessible by flight from Jammu, Delhi and Srinagar.