Top 10 UNESCO Sites of India

Every part of India has amazing ancient architectural structures consisting of forts, temples, churches, monuments, caves, and many more beautiful creations.

UNESCO sites are the sites that have an extraordinary cultural physical and architectural significance. Here are some of the mesmerizing UNESCO sites of India.

Red Fort, Delhi

Red Fort
Red Fort, Delhi

The Red Fort has seen many political turnovers and today it is regarded as a symbol of Power. The fort’s majestic structure is due to the fine Mughal architecture style.

The fort is made up of red sandstone which mill make your eyes splendid. The first Indian Independence was celebrated in Red fort by raising the Tiranga above its Lahori Gate by the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Hampi Monuments, Karnataka

Hampi Monuments
Hampi Monuments, Karnataka

The outstanding Hampi Monuments were built by the kings of the great Vijayanagar Empire. It was built in the 14th century and represents the lifestyle of ancient Indians.

The Hampi  Monuments have beautiful carvings and its major attraction consists of King’s Balance, Lotus Mahal, Mahanavami Dibba, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple Complex, House of Victory, Noblemen’s Palace and Mustard Ganesh.

Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal, Agra

Taj Mahal has taken place in the 7 wonders of the world and the materials used for constructing this masterpiece consisted of marble from Rajasthan, lapis from Afghanistan, crystal and jade from China, turquoise from Tibet, and sapphire from Arabia and Sri Lanka.

It is said that the Mughal architecture style of taj mahal was such that it appeared pinkish in the early mornings, milky white at noon, golden at sunset and silver in the moonlight.

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Jantar Mantar, Jaipur
Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 18th century built the astronomical monument to estimate time by finding the movements of the sun, the moon, and the planets. All the instruments were made up of sandstone and plaster of Paris.

Jantar Mantar consists of the huge sundials, equatorial system calculator, and many other astronomical calculators. Samrat Yantra astronomical sculpture is a calculator that can calculate the time within two seconds.

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar, Delhi

Qutub Minar is a fusion of marble and sandstone that shows an epic Indo-Islamic architecture style. If you want to see the tallest minaret in India then Qutub Minar is your answer.

Qutub Minar was considered as a victory tower during its time and has beautiful looped bells, lotus borders and garlands into its carvings. Chand Minar and Mini Qutub Minar was an inspiration derived from the Qutub Minar.

Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha

Sun temple consists of marvelous inscriptions which depict ancient tales and the architecture style was such that as if seven horses were drawing the huge magnificent chariot having 12 pairs of wheels.

One of the mesmerizing attraction of the temple is the glowing images of elephants, giraffes, snake and other mythological creatures on the main entrance due to the sun rays touching it.

Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra

Ajanta caves were carved in the 2nd century BC and consist of finely crafted 30 caves. All the caves have wonderful paintings, sculptures, mural, temples, and ceilings.

The caves are dedicated to Lord Buddha. The colors which were used to draw the paintings were made from plants and minerals. 

Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

It was the period between the 6th-11th centuries were the Ellora caves were carved. There are 34 caves having temples and artwork of Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

The Caves were built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty and show the unity and harmony of the three religion. All the caves have wonderful sculptures and ceilings where you will feel calm and relaxed.

Sundarbans National Park, West Bengal

It is an amazing national park to explore the wildlife and be mesmerized with its stunning beauty.

The 10,000 sq km of land consist of 78 types of splendid mangrove trees and the fauna that dwells in the Sunderbans national park include tigers, waterfowls, primitive horseshoe crabs, king cobras, marine turtles, and rare river terrapin.

Churches and Convents of Goa

Old Goa has beautiful churches and cathedrals built in 16th to 17th century AD during the Portuguese era. The churches have a wonderful architectural style of  Baroque, Manueline and Mannerist art.

The churches which will mesmerize you and make you feel peaceful include Basilica of Bom Jesus, Saint Catherine’s Chapel, Church and Convent of Saint Francis of Assisi, Church of Saint Augustine, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, and Church of Saint Cajetan and its seminary.