India was considered as one of the most advanced country in the world . The country has marvelous constructions, monuments and best example of advanced technology in the past. India has also preserved these monuments very well. UNESCO has also described and declared these monuments / historical places as “World Heritage Sites”.

There are currently 30 world heritage sites in India declared and identified by UNESCO. Government of India recently submitted other heritage sites to get identified by UNESCO. We have compiled here list of Top 10 World Heritage Sites in India with their images. Complete listing at UNESCO official website can be found here.

Top 10 World Heritage Sites in India

1. Taj Mahal, Agra (Uttar Pradesh)

I think Taj Mahal didn’t requires introduction to anyone. Taj Mahal is the most popular tourist destination in India. It is located in the city of Agra in Uttar Pradesh. It draws millions of visitors every year. It is the masterpiece built by Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz. Its design is based on Mughal Architecture. Taj Mahal construction was started in 1632 and completed around 1653. Experts have said it could be in danger of collapsing within five years.

Taj Mahal, Agra

2. Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb is one of the oldest tomb of any imperial in India. It is situated in Delhi state, the heart of India. The construction was started in 1565 and completed in 1572. Its design is also based on Mughal style. Main architect of the building was Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. Humayun’s Tomb was declared as World Heritage Site in 1993.

Humayuns Tomb, Delhi

3. Qutub Minar/Monuments, Delhi

Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret in India. It was declared as World heritage site of India in 1993. Qutub Minar was constructed using marble and sandstone. There are also so many other monuments near Qutub Minar which compiles  as Qutub Complex.

Qutub Minar, Delhi

4. Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort is one of the oldest fort in India. It is also known as Lal Qila / Lal Qil’ah. Red Fort was built up by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Ustad Ahmad, the architect of Red Fort constructed it with mughal style. It was declared as world heritage site monument in 2007.

Red Fort, Delhi

5. Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra

The Ajanta Caves is one of the oldest caves in India. It is located in the district of Aurangabad of Maharashtra state. It was announced as world heritage site by UNESCO in 1983. It is also one of the best ancient place in Maharashtra state for tourist to be visited.

Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra

6. Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

Ellora Caves is one of the oldest caves in India. It is situated near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra state. It was declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. There are three religious caves are there i.e. Buddhist – 12 caves, Hindu – 17 caves and Jain – 5 caves.

Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

7. Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra

Elephanta Caves is also one of the most popular heritage site in India. It is located in the Mumbai harbour’s elephanta Island. UNESCO has identified this caves as World Heritage Site in 1987. It is weekend getaway for local people.

Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

8. Sun Temple, Konarak, Puri, Odisha (Orissa)

Konark Sun Temple is the most popular tourist destination in Odisha. It has been featured in Seven Wonders of India by the Times of India and NDTV. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. Sun Temple is one of the most visited place in Odisha in numbers of tourists.

Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

9. Mahabodhi Temple, Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Mahabodhi Temple is one of the most popular tourist destination in Bihar. It is also one of the oldest religious place in Bihar. It is located in Bodh Gaya in Bihar state. It has been declared as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar

10. Hampi Monuments, Bellary (Karnataka)

Hampi is one of the most important tourist place in India which is located in the state of Karnataka. There are lots of monuments within the village of Hampi.

Hampi Monuments, Karnataka

Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and other responsible authority is not promoting these world heritage properties in India. They can develop these properties by raising funds. Opening tickets counters, charging fees from tourists and other options are best to raise funds. ASI should also try to make people aware about historical sites. They should prepare PPT and give presentations at educational institutes.

Update: In Union Budget 2015-16, the Finance Minister, Government of India promised to develop world heritage sites to boost tourism.

Have you visited any of the Top 10 World Heritage Sites in India during your visit to the place?

Article last re-published on March 1, 2015.

One thought on “Top 10 World Heritage Sites in India to make your historical vacation”

  1. Edakkal Caves in Wayanad, Kerala, is a must-visit place. It is not only a historical site, but also suitable for adventure lovers because you have to climb up the steep cave to see paintings inside.

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