India is a land of diversity. Thanks to its rich history and heritage there are quite a few sites in India identified by UNESCO as world heritage site. Let us take a look at some of them.

1. Kaziranga Park in Assam:67932_7885

The first image that floats into our mind is that of the one horned rhinoceros this national park is famous for. You should appreciate the efforts put in by the state government to restore and maintain the area in order to preserve the wildlife here. Thanks to the efforts, it is now one of the world heritage sites as pronounced by UNESCO. You should visit the part between the months of November and April for a good time.

2. Ajanta and Ellora caves:54_238

The Ajanta caves date back to nearly the 2nd century, older than the Ellora caves and some of the massive and exquisite sculptures cut from rock (31 in total). It is said to have been built over the rule of two different dynasties. Ellora is a collection of caves, 34 of them, which dates back between 7th and 11th Located around 29 km from the city of Aurangabad, these caves are testimonies to our rich sculptural heritage. The caves have sculptures from different religions – Hinduism, Jain, and Buddhism, coexisting within it. This along with the Ajanta caves was among the first of the monuments in India to be pronounced as World heritage sites by UNESCO.

3. Khajuraho:khajuraho_1

The Khajuraho is a collection of 85 temples in Madhya Pradesh depicting erotic sculptures in sensual poses cutout of stone and is said to be built during the 10th and 11th All the architecture in these temples follows the style of Chandella and is a standing testimony to our cultural heritage.

4. Pattadakkal:mallikarjuna_and_kashivishwanatha_temples_at_pattadakal

This place in Karnataka was the site where many Chalukyan rulers were coronated and features sculptures that are a blend of the Nagara, Dravidian and Chalukyan styles. The site has 8 temples belonging to Shaivite and Jains and has been named as a world heritage site for its incredible architecture.

5. Red Fort:red-fort-preset3

A standing testimony to the diverse cultural influences this land has undergone, Red Fort built in red sandstone features Timuri, Indian and Persian style construction. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan when he moved the royal court from Agra to Delhi and is a UNESCO world heritage site among the many places in the capital.

6. Mountain Railways:66969

The three famous mountain railways Nilgiri railways in Tamil Nadu, Kalka Shimla railways in Himachal and the Darjeeling-Himalayan railways in West Bengal are exemplary evidence of the outstanding engineering intelligence of our ancestors and deserve the place to be in the list of renowned heritage sites in the world.

Of course, there are the famous Taj Mahal (one of the wonders of the world), the Qutub Minar, and many more places of historical importance which are honored by UNESCO with the privilege of a heritage site. These places testify on the diverse nature of the Indian culture and the rich history of our ancestors.

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