It was a great pleasure exploring seven of the top beautiful World Heritage Sites in India during my last year solo trip here. I already mentioned in my previous blog posts that the Mughal Architects fascinated me the most. Mostly, all tourists got stunned by the amazing stone craft work on monuments or architects of the old era. And these are actually the main criteria worked for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to list the places (given below) as the cultural heritage sites in India.
Now, what is World Heritage Site? If you don’t know yet, then the answer for you is, any place, whether Man-made (city, monument or architect) or Natural (forest, lake, mountain, desert, island) can be included as World Heritage Site. However, those places must meet some criteria by the UNESCO.
There are total 26 countries got this privilege. They are having many cultural and natural World Heritage Sites in their respected country. In India, until now, there are total 32 heritage sites. Each site got a fund from the UNESCO which helps to develop the respective site. It also helps to increase the development of the country’s tourism. And mostly, creates a huge popularity among tourists to visit that place.
Let’s explore more inside. The followings are the Seven Must-Visit Cultural World Heritage Sites from the state of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. And I believe, as a World Heritage Traveler, you shouldn’t miss visiting. 🙂
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Seven Must-Visit World Heritage Sites in India
Words are too less to describe the fascinating beauty of Taj Mahal, and this is my most favorite cultural heritage site among seven. Taj Mahal is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh and has been listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983. The speciality about this monument is its white marble beauty and the touchy story behind the creation. Taj Mahal is also the Seven New Wonder of the World.
Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi is one of the most beautiful creations by the Mughals. You can’t just stop looking on it. This is what I felt when I saw it for the first time. 🙂 The beauty on red sandstone is the speciality of this monument. UNESCO selected Humayun’s Tomb as World Heritage Site in 1993.
I’ve loved everything about Fatehpur Sikri in Uttar Pradesh. This red sandstone old city took me to that time when Mughal Akbar used to rule this place. There are much to explore inside the Fatehpur Sikri. The fascinating and powerful history behind this city is the speciality about this heritage site. At least, as an old history lover, you shouldn’t miss visiting. Fatehpur Sikri has been listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
A Minar (Tower) with 240 feet height during the old time in 1193 is not more than enough to stun you? If not yet, then you got to visit and see this Islamic architect in New Delhi. The speciality about this monument is its stunning calligraphy (inscribed Arabic text) artwork on Minar. Qutub Minar has been listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.
Amber Fort in Jaipur, Rajasthan is also popular as Raja Man Singh Palace. UNESCO listed this fort under Hill Forts of Rajasthan in 2013 as a World Heritage Site. The beautiful paintings and mirror artworks are the main attraction of this monument.
Agra Fort is the historic fort in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. This is the fort from where the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan used to stare at the Taj Mahal when he had been imprisoned by his son Aurangzeb for eight years. This is the speciality of the Agra Fort. However, there are much to explore inside the fort which is surrounded by 73 meters defensive walls. And the total area covered about 2.5 kilometres. Since 1983, this fort is under UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
Red Fort is well-known in Old Delhi as Lal Qila. The beauty in red is the speciality of the fort. There are many beautiful architects inside to explore. Approximately 254.67 acres covered the total area of the fort and surrounded by 1.5 miles with the defensive wall. Red Fort listed in 2007 as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
All photos here by me (©nafisa_habib) and captured with Nikon D3100, Nikon CoolPix P600 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Which one is your favorite World Heritage Site in India? Share your thoughts. 🙂