A kaleidoscope of traditions, culture and vibrant geographies, India speaks for itself as a soul-stirring journey. From its dusty snow trenches, frolic coasts, gripping natural green to the mystic ravines of spirituality and clusters of cultural shades defining the raw beauty, India captures the heart of every tourist. There are 32 World Heritage Sites in India that are recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as on 2014. These are places of importance of cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.

An Overview To Some Top Attractions In India

The Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being & quoted the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world. It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The tomb is the centrepiece of a 42-acre complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenelated wall. Construction of the mausoleum was essentially completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The Taj Mahal complex is believed to have been completed in its entirety in 1653 at a cost estimated at the time to be around 32 million rupees, which in 2015 would be approximately 52.8 billion rupees (US$827 million).

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar at 120 meters is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutub Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. The Minaret of Jam a UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Afghanistan is thought to have been a direct inspiration for the Qutub Minar in Delhi, which was also built by the Ghurid Dynasty. Made of red sandstone and marble, Qutub Minar is a 73-meter (240 feet) tall tapering tower with a diameter measuring 14.32 meters (47 feet) at the base and 2.75 meters (9 feet) at the peak.

Fatehpur Sikri

A city predominantly in red sand-stone, situated at a distance of 37 kms from Agra, was built by the Mughal Emperor Jalal-ud- din Mohammad Akbar, in honour of the great Sufi saint Salim Chisti; its magnificence and uniqueness offers a fine example of the emperor’s architectural finesse.

Gateway of India

The Gateway of India is a monument built during the 20th century in Mumbai City of Maharashtra state in Western India. It is located on the waterfront in the Apollo Bunder area in South Mumbai and overlooks the Arabian Sea. The structure was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder, when they visited India in 1911. Built in Indo-Saracenic style, the foundation stone for the Gateway of India was laid on 31 March 1911. The final design of George Wittet was sanctioned in 1914 and the construction of the monument was completed in 1924. The Gateway was later the ceremonial entrance to India for Viceroys and the new Governors of Bombay.  It served to allow entry and access to India.

Mahabodhi Temple

Temple is a 2000-year- old temple dedicated to Gautam Buddha in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Temple complex, one can also visit the other seven places where the Buddha spent in meditation after the attainment of Enlightenment. All these places are situated inside the Temple complex.

Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus

The Chatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) in Mumbai is a train station built in Gothic architecture in honour of Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. The building, designed by the British Architect F. W. Stevens, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. The terminal was built over 10 years, starting in 1878, according to a High Victorian Gothic.

Kashmir

The Paradise on Earth, Kashmir & major attraction lies in its scenic beauty, snow clad peaks, lush green valleys, Alpine villages, cascading waterfalls, flower gardens etc. Kashmir is a destination worth visiting, during winter season where you can enjoy the boat ride on picturesque Dal Lake. The other major attractions are Gulmarg, Srinagar, Sonmarg, Nagin Lake, Pari Mahal, Shankracharya shrine and Pehalgam.

Beaches in India

Goa

Goa’s 103 km coastline is blessed with the most enchanting beaches.  The former Portuguese colony boasts of some incredibly scenic beaches that offer everything from parties to adventure, solitude to sunbathing. Goa is home to both commercial and quiet beaches. The beaches in North are the commercialized ones which are known specially for their nightlife. The South Goa beaches are ideal for relaxing and just lazing around on the sun kissed shores.

Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari which is also known as Cape Comorin is the place where the three humungous water bodies namely, Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal meet up. People cannot stop gazing at the darkening horizon and enjoy the moments of solitude. Sunset is more spectacular than a sunrise here and witnessing the setting of the sun makes up for a serene holiday. Lakhs of tourist, round the year are lured by the serene beauty of this place and the spectacles of sunrise and sunset.

Pondicherry

Pondicherry beaches are ideal for sunbathing, swimming or simply strolling on the golden sands. The beaches of Pondicherry have turquoise blue waters that are cool, refreshing and soothing. It’s an ideal place to spend time in seclusion far from the hustle bustle of city life. Most of the beaches in Pondicherry have cafes, resorts, cottages, and bars, which add to the charm of the place. The beaches with the splashing waves are the perfect places to relax in Pondicherry.

Hill Stations

The hills have been successful in holding up the century-old traditions and cultures that have prospered the lives of the people in Incredible India. India is dotted with the awe- inspiring hills all over the country starting right up from Jammu and Kashmir to Tamil Nadu, encapsulating over 20 mountain ranges. With beautiful landscapes and stunning picturesque, India has made a mark in becoming one of the loved tourist destinations. Darjeeling, Mussorrie, Nanital, Pahalgam, Shimla, Manali, Gulmarg, Shillong are some of the top beautiful hill stations of India.

Wildlife in India

National parks in India are IUCN category II protected areas. India’s first national park (reference needed as kaziranga is established in 1905) was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park, now known as Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand. By 1970, India only had five national parks. In 1972, India enacted the Wildlife Protection Act and Project Tiger to safeguard the habitats of conservation reliant species.

  • Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand
  • Kaziranga National Park, Assam
  • Bandipur National Park, Karnataka
  • Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh
  • Kanha National Park, Madhya Pradesh
  • Gir National Park and Sasan Gir Sanctuary, Gujarat

Best Time to Visit India

The best time to visit India, is during the cool, dry season, between November and March. Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh are ideal at this time, and temperatures in Goa and central India remain comfortable. The heat of the south is never less than intense but it becomes stifling in May and June, so aim to be in Tamil Nadu and Kerala between January and March. From this time onwards, the Himalayas grow more accessible, and the trekking season reaches its peak in August and September while the rest of the subcontinent is being soaked by the rains. Things to remember when you are in India. The traffic is insane. Do not have the street food or water. If you’re a woman, be very careful when traveling alone. Be an expert at bargaining. Be aware of the pollution. Do not pet stray dogs. Dress to respect. There are different dialects and very distinct cultures throughout India. The public transportation is like no other. There’s a tremendous respect for elders. Always take care of your personal belongings during travel and street shopping.

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