World Heritage Day special: Five must visit heritage sites in India

| Last Updated: April 18, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Taj Mahal is among the prominent heritage sites in India

April 18 is celebrated as the World Heritage Day across the world. The commemorative day is aimed at creating awareness about heritage sites and highlighting the need to protect and conserve them.

UNESCO lists 29 monuments and sites from India in its heritage list which are considered as having outstanding universal value. The sites include monuments and biodiversity hotspots and are spread all over India.

Travel.india.com lists five of world heritage sites which should be visited atleast once in a lifetime.

 

Taj Mahal, UP: An ode to love immortalized in stone, the marble mausoleum built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan also figures among the Seven Wonders of the World. One of the most iconic buildings, the mausoleum attracts a large number of visitors.

Read more about Taj Mahal and Agra here…

Places to stay: Grand Hotel Agra or Hotel Marina

 

Kaziranga National Park

Kaziranga National Park, Assam: It was started in 1905 at the orders of British Viceroy Lord Curzon following a request from his wife. A prominent biodiversity hotspot, the wildlife park is famous for its one-horned rhino population.

Read more about Kaziranga National Park here…

Places to stay: Piyush Regency Hotel or Bansbari Lodge

 

Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar: The temple marks the spot where Lord Buddha got enlightenment. It is at this sacred place where monks take their pledge and wear their ceremonial robes for the first time. The temple is built in Dravidian architecture style around the original Bodhi tree which sheltered Lord Buddha.

Read more about Mahabodhi Temple and Bodh Gaya here…

Places to stay: Hotel Rajasthan or Hotel Jyoti

 

Bodh Gaya

Fatehpur Sikri, UP: Founded in 1569, the city served as the Mughal capital. The city is the manifestation of Mughal Emperor Akbar’s dream to build a grand capital for his empire. The Great Mughal’s grand city was abandoned just 16 years after it was built due to the acute shortage of water. Today, the city is mostly a ghost town.

Read more about Fatehpur Sikri here…

Places to stay: Grand Hotel Agra or Hotel Marina

 

Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra: One of the finest examples of rock-cut cave temples of India, the caves have been carved out of single solid basalt rock. The caves are filled with beautiful stone carvings of Hindu gods and goddess. The sculpture of Mount Kailash, Parvati, Ravana and especially of Lord Shiva, which shows his three moods as the creator, the destroyer and the preserver, are masterpieces.

Read more about Elephanta Caves here…

Places to stay: Ambassador Hotel or Fariyas Hotel

Fatehpur Sikri

First Published: April 17, 2013 at 5:49 PM

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