India’s World Heritage Sites

India, a place rich in culture, arts, historical impacts, etc in Asia. A bunch of places and buildings in the country had been included in the world’s heritage sites.

Taj Mahal. It was built in the 17th century, considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The ivory white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra sees millions of tourists every year. Tak Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal Emperor. And it resulted from Shah Jahan’s love for his third wife, who was known as Mumtaz Mahal meaning Jewel of the Palace.

Qutub Minar. Located in Delhi and founded by Qutb al-din Aibak in 1200 AD. It is the tallest brick minaret in the world – 72.5 meters in height. Its complex comprises of Tomb of Ala-ud-udin, Quwwat-al-Islam Mosque Khilji, Tomb of Imam Zamin, Qutb Iron Pillar, Latern Pillar, Alai Gate, Tomb of Iltutmish and the Imcomplit Alai Minar.

Humayuns Tomb, was built by the Islamic Mughal Dynasty in Delhi from 1562-71, 85 years before the Taj Mahal. It has been referred too as the model of the Taj Mahal. Because of its outstanding cultural value, it was designated as one of the world’s heritage sites. Its historical legacy of art and architectural design was the first of the grand dynastic mausoleums built by the Moguls.

Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra. The caves were carved out in two separate phases describing the rise and fall of Bhuddists art in India. The object of worship here is a stupa which is held to contain to Bhudda’s remains.

Red Fort, located in Delhi. It is a fortified palace, the capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahah. Boundary walls are asymmetrical and named for its massive enclosing walls of red sand stones.

Elephanta Caves. It is a great tourist attraction in the vicinity of the large Mumbai Metropolis. It is located around 10 kilometers from the gateway of India.