The Best UNESCO Heritage Sites To Visit Around India
India isn’t called incredible without a valid reason. Travel north, south, east, or west, and you will get enthralled by stunning visuals and motivating stories. Everything linked with heritage and history needn’t be outdated or boring. India is unique when compared to other countries in terms of history, cultural diversity, spirituality, and rich socio-cultural ethics. That is the reason India has been bestowed with sites that are a treat visual treat to our eyes.
Here are some of the best UNESCO Heritage Sites across India, which every millennial should visit
1. Taj Mahal
Built by the King Shah Jahan in remembrance of his favorite wife, Taj Mahal is a remarkable white marble tomb. It is also regarded as an epitome of love across the globe. The Taj Mahal depicts Muslim art in India and is one of the universally acclaimed monuments under the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Taj Mahal means the crown of palaces in the Persian language and is one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is the exquisite example of the Persian and Mughal architecture. The Taj Mahal has extremely awe-inspiring exteriors and has dazzling artwork done on the inside.
Best Time to Explore: October to December & February to March
2. Kaziranga National Park
Famous for its unique one-horned rhinoceros and its lush biodiversity spots, Kaziranga National Park is indeed the place for wildlife lovers in the country. The park also houses large herds of elephants, swamp deer, and wild water buffalo. It is one of the best places in India under the UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to the arduous efforts of the Assam Government to conserve the exotic flora and fauna in this park. The fresh aura and picturesque landscape is a treat for your sore eyes and is definitely worth the time spent.
Best Time to Explore: November to April
3. Ruins of Hampi
Nestled on the banks of river Tungabhadra, the town of Hampi is flecked with many beautiful monuments and landmarks that are famous for its outstanding architecture. Featuring in every traveler’s wanderlust whilst in South India especially in the state of Karnataka, the ruins of Hampi are one of the splendid remains of the Indian medieval period. From the smoothly sculptured Dravidian architecture to temples such as Vitthala, Achyutaraya, Narasimha, the Hampi monuments are truly a sight to cherish. These monuments date back as far as 1343. The soothing backdrop in Hampi will definitely caress your exhausted soul.
Best Time to Explore: April to September & October to March
4. Churches & Convents of Goa
Goa has witnessed the construction of numerous churches and convents in an effort to convert the locals into Christianity during the rule of Portuguese between the 15th and 16th centuries. The Goan churches depict Baroque, Mannerist, and art forms and are truly a vista to see. These Churches and Convents showcase distinct architecture and are also one of the reasons for alluring tourists all around the year. The Church of Bom Jesus, which holds the tomb of St. Francis Xavier is the most famous spot in Goa. Take a break from boring regular routine to experience the artistic and peaceful face of Goa.
Best Time to Explore: October to January & June to September
5. Brihadeeswarar Temple
Also known as Peruvudaiyar Kovil, Brihadeeswarar Temple in Tamil Nadu is a thousand-year-old temple built by the King Raja Raja Chola I. It is regarded one amongst the numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and is also a part of The Great Living Chola shrines. Lord Shiva is the main deity and the idol of Nandi Bull at the doorway is an eye-catcher. This idol is nearly thirteen feet height, sculptured on a single piece of the boulder. The walls enclosing the temple were included in the 16th century. The temple tower (Vimanam) is amongst the tallest of its type, with a height of 216 feet.
Best Time to Explore: October to March
6. Monuments at Mahabalipuram
The place of famed carvings and spectacular paintings, the monuments in Mahabalipuram is the perfect place for all history aficionados. It is another renowned UNESCO heritage site in India and is well known for the complex carved temples and its charming atmosphere. The monuments at Mahabalipuram were built during the Pallava dynasty and Shore temple is an exceptional example of that period. Constructed with granite hunks, the Shore temple faces the Bay of Bengal in the hamlet of Mahabalipuram which was a port during the rule of King Narsimhavarman II of Pallava dynasty.
Best Time to Explore: November to February
7. Ajanta Caves
The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are among the first Indian monuments to be included under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It belongs to the 2ndcentury BC and holds some of the most magnificent wonders of 31 rock-cut idols, paintings, and Buddhist temples. Constructed over two periods under the Vakataka and Satavahana dynasties, the Ajanta Caves symbolizes the starting of Indian Classical Art and still has a huge impact on Indian art forms.
Best Time to Explore: November to March
8. Mahabodhi Temple
The Mahabodhi Temple Complex is a distinct landmark of archaeological and cultural importance. It is one of the most respected sites of Buddhism across the globe. The complex houses seven distinct Buddhist sacred sites, including the world-famous Bodhi Tree, which is the place where Buddha attained enlightenment. The temple stands majestic at a height of 50 meters. It was constructed during the Gupta period also known as the Golden Age. It is surely one of the amazing UNESCO Heritage sites in India, which is worth exploring.
Best Time to Explore: November to February
9. Red Fort
Popular for its fusion of Indian, Timuri, and Persian architectural influences, the Red Fort (unique for its red sandstone) was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to celebrate the shift of the royal court from Agra to Delhi, and his establishment of the city of Shahjahanabad. Known as the highlight of famed Old Delhi, Red Fort is also situated near to the famous Jama Masjid complex. With its ideal red-sandstone walls studded with expensive stones and complex floral patterns, Red Fort is a main landmark and tourist spot in New Delhi.
Best Time to Visit: October to March