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Petrified with renowned UNESCO historical centres, buildings like forts, temples, palaces, havelis, mosques, museums , India is a must visit destination in Asia
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Qutab MinarQutab Minar
Built in 1199 AD, the sky scraping Qutub Minar symbolizes the military power of Turo-Afghan Slave Dynasty. The heritage site is a brilliant example of Indo-Islamic architectural style and is said to have been inspired by the minaret of Jam in Afghanistan. The must-see attractions of Qutub Minar are Iron Pillar, Alai Minar, Tomb of Iitutmish and Tomb of Iman Zamin.

Agra Fort
It is said that Agra Fort is the inspiration for all forts and palaces built during the bygone Mughal dynasty. The majestic citadel highlights the achievement of Mughal King Akbar. And, with the establishment of fort, Agra received a new name Akbarabad. The red sandstone structure has some notable corners to visit. Jahangiri Mahal, Khas Mahal, Anguri Bagh, Mussaman Burj, Diwan-i-Khas, Machhi Bhavan, Diwan-i-Am, Nagina Masjid, Nina Masjid and Moti Masjid are a few to name.

Fatehpur Sikri
Built by Mughal Emperor Akbar, the magnificent city is situated 37 kms from Agra in the state of Uttar Pradesh. There are two distinct complexes in Fatehpur Sikri; the first beholds the beauty of royal palaces, the harem and the official and the second part is remarkable for the dargah of a Sufi saint, Sheikh Salim Chishti, a mosque and a giant gateway. Diwani-i-Khas, Hawa Mahal, Bamusa Mahal, Jami Masjid, Panch Mahal, Khwabgah, Diwan-i-Am, Buland Darwaza etc are major attractions of Fatehpur Sikri.

The temple town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh highlights human passion in the form of stone-cut architecture. Built in Nagara style of temple architecture, the chain of temples are the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain Temples, best known for their erotic sculptures. The shrines were built under the Chandela Kings, between AD 950 and AD 1050.

Ellora Caves
Ellora Cave is one of the explored monumental caves in the whole world. The archaeological site is situated 30 km from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Altogether 34 caves has been brought into notice, of which 12 are Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain. The caves are brilliant example of Indian rock-cut architecture.

Churches of Goa
The smallest state of India, Goa lure tourist from different parts of the world. The lime-washed churches in old Goa, reflects the impact of Portuguese, who ruled over the state for about 450 years. Church and Convent of St. Cajetan, Church of St. Monica, Church of St. Francis of Assisi, Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Church and Monastery of St. Augustine, Basilica of Bom Jesus etc are historic places of worship.

Humayun's Tomb
Also known as Humayun ka Maqbara, the tomb is the first full dome in Mughal architectural record. It was commissioned Mughal Emperor Humayun's wife, Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 CE. The complex building stands on a eight-meter high platform. Its high rubble walls encloses a square garden divided into four large squares, each separated by causeways and water channels.

Taj Mahal
Taj MahalSince 17th century, Taj Mahal has been attracting travelers, visiting India from different parts of the world. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1633 began constructing this memorial to his beloved Queen Mumtaz Mahal. It is said that about 20,000 workers put their toilsome effort and completed it around 1653. The most amazing attraction of the epitome are ornate pietra dura, floral carvings and the calligraphy of Koranic verses, inscribed on the arches to entrance.

Sanchi Stupas
The Great Stupa at Sanchi reflects the rise and spread of Buddhism in India. This giant red dome is situated in the district of Raisen in Madhya Pradesh, 46 kms away from Bhopal. Stupas were originally built over the relics of the Buddha and later, Emperor Ashoka, is said to have constructed 84, 000 stupas of which the Sanchi Stupas are popular world wide.

Ajanta Caves
Dating back to 2nd century BCE, the rock-cut Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra has sculptures and paintings that depicts the life of Lord Gautam Buddha and all allegorical Jataka tales, related to Buddha. Hinayana caves numbered 9, 10, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19 and 26, while Mahayana monasteries labeled 1, 2, 16 and 17 are prominent areas to get around.

A dark cave on a tiny Elephanta Island in the Arabian Sea near Mumbai(Maharashtra) home to rock-cut sculptures, built sometime, in the 8th century. Elaphanta cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva and images carved out inside it shows His myriad moods. One of the eight panels depicts the Lord of Universe with his consort, Parvati. The temple is situated 75 meters above jetty level and is said to have followed the pattern of the Dumar Lena cave in Ellora.

Once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, Hampi is sprinkled with the glorious past of India. This village of bare rock is situated beside the swift of Tungabhadra river in Northern Karnataka. Important places like Nageshwara Temple, Madhavan Palace, supported with more than 1, 000,000 pillars, Elephant stables, Lotus Temple, Zenana enclosure, Archaeological Museum at Kamalapura, Bhima's Gate, Lotus Mahal and lot more highlights the life and power of erstwhile rulers.

Sun Temple Konark
The 13th century Sun Temple at Konark in Orissa is a chariot for the Sun God. The temple is a masterpiece of Orissan style of architecture. Walking around it offer the closest glimpse of seven horses, that symbolizes the days of the week and the twelve wheels, that talks about the month of a year. Stone-cut images of musicians, dancers, mythical beasts, kings, queens, nymphs, deities and a few erotic sculptures are created in different corners of the temple.

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
The tiny smoke -spewing locomotive Engine heaves the zig-zag mountains of Darjeeling and offers dream-like rail journey to its passengers. The narrow gauge of the track is 2 feet and offer service from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West Bengal. Also, known as the “Toy Train”, it was constructed between 1879 and 1881. Later, in 1999, the train(DHR) has been enlisted by UNESCO in the World Heritage Site.

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