Do you need another reason to travel around the world? Do history and archaeological wonders fascinate you? For epochs, some of the most astonishing sites of ancient times were lost or veiled from the world, buried under wildernesses, marshes, or planters’ fields around the world. Rumours of cities that vanished, some that people discovered have led to unbelievable historical finds that attract thousands every day the world over.
Some fantastic sites have been around for millennia, enticing tourists for hundreds of years. They are as captivating today as they were centuries ago and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The World Heritage Day is held to encourage cultural heritage around the world on April 18, each year. It’s an oft-repeated phrase but still applicable today -there is no better time to travel the world and explore some of the most fascinating sites.
With so many sites to see Kesari Tours curated a UNESCO World Heritage list just for you
Top 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Peru -Machu Pichu
- Myanmar -Bagan
- Egypt -Pyramids
- China -Great Wall
- Cambodia -Angkor Wat
- Greece -Acropolis
- Italy -Colosseum of Rome
- Indonesia -Borobudur
- India -Taj Mahal
- England -Stonehenge
- Jordan -Petra
- The USA -Mesa Verde
- Mexico -Chichen Itza
- France -Lascaux and Lascaux II
- Guatemala -Mayan Ruins of Tikal
Travelling around the world may not always be possible; however, visiting UNESCO heritage sites in India is easy and won’t stress your travel budget as much. Check out the most well-known ancient historical sites and shrines in India that you must visit at least once in your life.
Agra -Taj Mahal: This symbol of love doesn’t need an introduction. Shah Jahan had this white marble Mughal architectural marvel -Taj Mahal built to honour the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Built-in 1653 at a cost of INR 32 million, this monument lies on the banks of the river Yamuna. One of the Seven Wonders of the World both old and new, the Taj Mahal is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture in India. If you haven’t visited yet, do so this year.
Karnataka -Hampi: Planning to visit Karnataka? Then don’t forget, a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Hampi is necessary. It lies in northern Karnataka in the ancient ruins of the once prosperous kingdom of Vijayanagar. A collection of heritage sites that depict the Art and architectural styles of the Dravidians make up Hampi. The Virupaksha Temple is one of the most important religious monuments for Hindus. Other sites you can see are the Narasimha, Ganesha, Hemakuta temples, Krishna temple complex, Achyutaraya temple complex, Vitthala temple complex, Pattabhirama temple complex, Lotus Mahal complex and of course, the bazaars and puras surrounding these complexes.
Madhya Pradesh -Khajuraho: One of the most well-known Hindu and Jain temples that you will find in India lies 175 km from Jhansi, is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Khajuraho. Known the world over for their Nagar style of sculpting, its aesthetically carved erotic figures of both animal and the human form are a testimony to India’s rich cultural heritage centuries ago. Built between 950 -1050 CE, there are 85 temples within 20 sq.km. Don’t forget the Kandariya Temple in the Khajuraho complex.
Gujarat -Ahmedabad: United Nations formally conferred the status of World Heritage City in India to the commercial capital of Gujarat, Ahmedabad in 2017. The ruler of Gujarat Ahmad Shah built this walled city in the 15th-century on the eastern bank of the River Sabarmati. Offering a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of the Sultanate, the city is home to the famous Bhadra fortress, the Fort city, its mosques, shrines, important Hindu, and Jain temples from other historical periods. There are 28 sites that the Archeological Survey of India protects within the 5.5 km walled city. Most houses inside this city are ancient wooden structures that are worth a look.
There are 37 World Heritage Sites in India, so we are sure you will not see them all at once. Not to worry, Kesari Tours can help you see them when you want to. Just call one of the Kesari ravels centre close to you or visit our website for more details.