Have you ever been to the UNESCO World Heritage sites of India which are visited by almost 3.22 million people in 2017.
World Heritage sites of India are 39 in total which are the places of high importance of cultural and natural heritage. Earlier only Agra Fort and Ajanta caves were included in the list but later on the list goes with 39 in total.
Here in this post, you can find some of the most visited UNESCO World heritage sites of India.
Red Fort in Delhi
Amongst the most famous tourists attractions the first one to visit is Red fort in Delhi. Red fort was actually made up of limestone that was white in color built up by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, but due to chipping off, the Britishers afterwards, painted it with red.
And that’s what we call it Red Fort now. Red Fort is included in the UNESCO World heritage sites due to its cultural and historical importance.
Qutub Minar in Delhi
The tallest minaret is in Delhi, Qutub Minar, is the tallest brick minaret in the world at a height of 72.5m also comes under UNESCO World heritage site. For more interesting incredible-india
There are 379 stairs inside the tower of Qutub Minar that leads to the top of the minaret but visitors are not allowed to climb up due to safety issues.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway The foremost thing to do in Darjeeling is to take a ride in the Toy train, I mean Darjeeling Himalayan Railway that climbs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling which is also included in UNESCO World Heritage.
Himalayan Queen from (Kalka to Shimla)
Himalayan Queen , passing through 102 tunnels and 82 bridges and has been awarded a world record by the Guinness book of world records for the steepest rise in altitude and covering a distance of 96 km in 5 hours.
Himalayan Queen/ toy train comes under UNESCO World heritage sites offered by Indian Railways is a treat to the eyes. Though the time taken by the train is long but journey itself is more picturesque than the destination. You will surely fall in love with the pine trees, oak, valleys, Deodar and the lush green forests of Himalayas
Darjeeling (Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling )
Another toy train journey that comes under UNESCO World heritage sites is the one that runs from Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling.
If you are going to visit Agra then the major attractions includes The Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, all of which are under UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
So, here we go what makes India World famous, none other than the most beautiful monuments on the planet, The Taj Mahal.
According to the data released by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) states that Taj Mahal receives 35,000 to 40,000 visitors on a daily basis, where as on weekends and holidays the stats rise up to 60,000 to 70,000 a day. Wow! Such a huge number.
Taj Mahal is a marvelous piece of architect, built near the banks of holy river yamuna in the Agra city of India. Taj Mahal is built by the Emperor Shahjahan in the memory of his third wife.
Taj Mahal is a reflection of finesse artwork made by the combination of Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectures
You will be surprised to know that Taj Mahal is built up by more than 22,000 labourers in 17 years and the building materials are brought to the site by almost 1000 elephants at that time! Can you imagine the cost of a building with such a architect, now a days. Wow! That’s why we are talking about /Incredible India
Don’t get surprised to know that Taj Mahal has no artificial lighting in it! Any guesses why? Yes, if you pointed out the reason of white marble then you are right. I am also surprised to know this.
Taj Mahal is specifically appreciated about the white dome at the peak of the mausoleum. Many of the precious stones were ripped off from the walls of the mausoleum by the Britishers ruling at that time.
Agra Fort in Agra
Agra Fort is a massive red sandstone structure built by the first Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1565 on the banks of holy river Yamuna in the Agra city of India.
You will be surprised to know that Agra Fort was primarily a military structure but later transformed by his grandson Shahjahan in to the palace by changing most of the red Sandstone with the white marble.
Agra Fort has far more magnificent piece of architecture than Taj Mahal but somehow it was not appreciated that way. Agra Fort is built by 1,444,000 workers who took 8 Years to build up the massive architecture.
Agra Fort served as a foundation model for Red fort in Delhi.
Later on Shahjahan was imprisoined by his own son Aurangzeb, in the Agra Fort from where Shah Jahan used to watch Taj Mahal.
There was a special place for the Hindu temple in the Agra Fort as Akbar’s wife Rani Jodhabai belonged to Hindu religion. So, at that time, all the religions are treated equally.
There were lots of precious stones and gems embedded in the walls of mausoleum but later looted by the attackers. Otherwise, Agra Fort might be seen far better than the Taj Mahal today.
Fatehpur Sikri is a historical city located at a distance of 40 km away from the Agra city in Uttar Pradesh state of India. Fatehpur Sikri was initially known as Fatehabad, was built by Emperor Akbar when he moved his capital from Agra to Sikri ridge and which served as a capital from 1571 to 1585 for 15 years.
Fatehpur Sikri is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a fine art work of Mughal times. The famous Fatehpur Sikri grand architecture includes Buland Darwaza, Navratanas, Jama Masjid, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Tomb of Salim Chishti and the house of Akbar’s minister, are of high interest for the visitors.
Churches and old Goa
Churches in Goa are regarded as architectural masterpieces and remnants carrying the Portuguese legacy in India.
Mostly labeled Goa as the fun capital of India, it is also known as the ‘Rome of the East’ exclusively due to world famous churches of Goa.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Old Goa, this is one of the oldest churches in the state, visited by millions ,which is declared as a UNESCO World heritage site and exhibits Baroque architecture. Many other famous churches are in the list to visit in Goa.
Amer Fort or Amer palace in Jaipur
Amer Fort is located in the Amer town which is present about 11 km away from the Jaipur city of Rajasthan in India. Amer Fort is built by Raja Man Singh and is specifically appreciated the same for having the magnificent Indian and Mugal architecture.
Amer Fort is built with the sandstone marble with a glimpse of Maotha lake adding a special charm to the place. Amer Fort have the buildings inside with a prominence of Deewane khas, Deewane aam, Sheesh Mahal and Sukha Mahal which is like a air conditioner of that time.
Sheesh Mahal inside has made with the hundreds of mirrors inclined in such a way that if you even light a single candle the whole place gets lightened up. Wow! History has the evidence that India set the basic scientific foundation for the world to follow.
Here, is the picture of Amer fort that has massive architecture. This is one of the best tourist attraction in Jaipur. Amber palace has Sheesh Mahal inside. Intricate designing is the treat for the eyes to watch.
Earlier I saw the pictures on Google but after watching them in front of my eyes is unbelievable. India has finest of art and culture in the world.
Amer Palace and Jaigargh Fort are the included in one complex which are connected by a subterranean passage. Amer Fort is for the residential purpose and the passage is used to escape from the Amer palace to hide the Royal family in the Jaigarh Fort.
Jantar Mantar in Jaipur
The Jantar Mantar is a observatory that has the unique collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments. Don’t get surprised to know that Jantar Mantar in Jaipur has the world’s largest sundial.
The observatory includes the various astronomical units to know about our vast Universe. You can see a great number of inspiring Science students in the observatory Jantar Mantar which comes under UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Sun Temple in Konark, Orisha
Almost Two years ago, we got the chance to visit the Sun Temple in Konark, Orisha which is dedicated to The Sun, God according to our Hindu scriptures.
What remains in the temple complex now is just the 30 m high chariot with immense wheels and horses and the mystery behind the ruin of the temple is still is not diclosed properly.
You can see in the picture that Government is trying hard to conserve the Sun Temple, Konark, and hence declared as a UNESCO World heritage site.
How many of the UNESCO World heritage sites you have visited so far? Waiting for your comments!