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21 Remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

Which of these heritage sites have you visited?
Manali Oak Sep 9, 2019

Qutub Minar, Delhi

At 72.5 m, this is the tallest minaret in India.

Red Fort, Delhi

Every year on the Independence Day (15th August), the Prime Minister hoists the Tricolor at the fort's gate.

Hill Forts of Rajasthan

These include Chittor Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambore Fort, Gagron Fort, Amer Fort and Jaisalmer Fort.
A collection of astronomical instruments built by Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II.

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Built by Emperor Akbar, this city houses the very famous Jama Masjid.

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Taj Mahal, Agra

Built by Emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is also enlisted in the New7Wonders of the World.

Agra Fort, Agra

Described as a walled city, most emperors of the Mughal Dynasty have resided in this fort.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

2/3rd of the world's population of great one-horned rhinoceroses reside in this sanctuary.

Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Madhya Pradesh

Hindu and Jain temples built between 950 to 1050, famous for their Nagara architecture and erotic sculptures.

Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar

The site where Buddha is believed to have attained enlightenment.

Rani Ki Vav, Gujarat

A 7-story stepwell located on the banks of river Saraswati. Regarded as one of the finest structures of its kind.

Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh

A symbol of Indian architecture and among the oldest stone structures in India. At the center of this stupa is a brick structure built over the relics of Buddha.

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Sundarbans, West Bengal

Known for the mangrove forest cover, the Sundarbans contain one of the largest reserves of the Bengal Tiger.

CST, Mumbai

The headquarters of India's Central Railway. The terminus was built from 1878 to 1887 in the Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival style architecture.

Ajanta Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

Ajanta Caves are rock-cut cave monuments symbolic of Buddhist religious art. Ellora Caves are known for Kailasha Temple, the world's largest monolithic rock-cut temple.

Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

A 13th century Hindu temple dedicated to God Surya known for huge stone carvings, mainly a 100-foot chariot with horses and wheels.

Western Ghats, Kerala

Older than the Himalayas, this mountain range spans an area of 140,000 sq km and is identified as one of the richest biodiversity regions in the world.

Pattadakal, Karnataka

A group of Hindu and Jain temples that are a blend of north and south Indian architecture and an example of eclectic art.

Churches and Convents of Goa

Religious monuments in Old Goa that represent the work of evangelization and the spread of Catholic religion in Asia.

Hampi, Karnataka

Has ruins that belonged to the former medieval Hindu Vijayanagara Empire. The monuments represent the culture of this empire.

Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu

A group of 400 ancient monuments and temples of the 7th and 8th century, this site also has archaeological excavations from 6th century.
On the list of countries with the highest number of World Heritage Sites, India ranks 6th.