India with its thousands of years of history is a must-do destination for travel-lovers across the globe. Over the years, leaders and kings of other cultures have come to conquer our country but have stayed back and have enriched our culture. India is now a melting pot of the various world cultures and that makes it an even more interesting destination to explore. For history buffs and culture lovers, the various World Heritage sites strewn across the country makes for a great trip. Here are the top World Heritage sites approved by UNESCO.
Taj Mahal, Agra
Enough has been said about this outstanding piece of architecture, that stands along the banks of river Yamuna in the city of Agra. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, this mausoleum has become a symbol of love over the years. However, it is the brilliant work on the walls of the white marble structure that attracts tourists. On a moonlit night or during the early hours of the morning, the pretty flowers on the wall of the mausoleum glow like gold. The early morning is actually a great time to visit, as the crowds are less, so this is a pro tip from us, get the tickets as soon as the counters open! Also, don’t forget to explore the buildings surrounding the Taj, they are splendid too and have generous carvings on the walls and ceilings.
When you are in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri is a must-visit. You must dedicate one whole day for this erstwhile capital city of the emperor Akbar. Unfortunately, it was later abandoned. But the brilliant red stone architecture and the various rooms and structures used for various purposes at that time takes us back in time. The Diwani-i-Aam, Diwani-i-Khas, Ibadatkhana, Panch Mahal, Birbal’s house, Buland Darwaza and the Dargah of Salim Chisti are the main draw here.
The magnificence of the Agra Fort is often overshadowed by the Taj Mahal, but make no mistake, this historical structure is even grander. This historical fort belonged to the Mughals till around the 17th century. It is a huge structure, and you must put on your walking shoes before starting the exploration. A tourist guide approved by the government and can show you around the place. Audio tours are also available for hire. There are tons of things to see inside, but what stands out is the Shish Mahal, which is the finest of its kind. The glass is said to have brought from Syria.
Qutab Minar complex
From Agra, let’s move to Old Delhi. Another historical city, that has been the capital of rulers for hundreds of years in Delhi. No wonder, this city has hidden gems in every corner and should be explored with lots of time in hand. But if you want to visit the world heritage sites, start with the Qutab Minar complex in Old Delhi. There are several historical buildings around the place and a mosque too, making this complex the oldest surviving mosque complex in the Indian subcontinent.