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Best Heritage Sites to Visit in India

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Best Heritage Sites to Visit in India

HERITAGE Right?. Does the first thought come to your mind after hearing this word? Maybe you will say old buildings, unique sites, culture, etc. yeah! That’s right Heritage simply means the tradition, monuments, objects, culture, and qualities of a country that existed for a long time and that have great importance for the country.

Hey! Do you know how many UNESCO World Heritage Sites are available in India? The answer is 40. Here we are to help you to reach the best heritage sites in India. Have a look at these places, which are listed below:

List of best heritage sites in india

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

The Khajuraho temple’s erotic sculptures will leave you in wonder by its rich historical charm. Khajuraho temples were built by the Chandela dynasty between 885 AD and 1050 AD. As per records in beginning, there are 85 temples but only 20 survived. This site is also famous for its Nagara-style architecture and sculptures of deities and Nayikas. Additionally, It comes in the seven wonders of India.

Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Tourist Attractions

Jain Museum, Archaeological Museum Khajuraho, Beni Sagar Dam, Ajaigarh Fort, Ken Gharial Sanctuary, Raneh Falls, Panna National Park, Javari Temple, Adinath Temple, Matangeshwer Temple, Lakshman Temple, Kandariya Mahadev Temple.

Things to do

Explore the old town of Khajuraho, Attend the Sound and Light show in Khajuraho, visit Khajuraho’s Textile and looms, Enjoy Dance Festival, Enjoy the mouth-watering street Food, and Day trip to Orchha.

How to reach

Khajuraho temples are situated in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is about 175 KM southeast of Jhansi.

By Air:- Domestic Airport is available in Khajuraho and it is well connected with most of the major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bhopal.
By Train:- Khajuraho-Hazrat Nizamuddin Express has service to Khajuraho railway station. The second option is 75 Km away from Khajuraho called Mahoba Junction.
By Road:- A well-managed bus service is available here with private and state buses.

The city of ruins and a beautiful historic village

If you are an art and history lover then you must visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves. As we all know that India is famous for its architectural beauty and you can explore this beauty in Ajanta (29 caves) and Ellora (34 caves). These are also called the Magical caves of India. Ajanta caves are famous for their temple architecture and mostly for the beautiful paintings made on walls of caves with a Buddhism theme. Ellora caves are famous for the sculpture of the three different religions Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

Ajanta caves
Ajanta caves

Tourist Attractions:-

Ajanta caves, Kailasanatha Temple, Ellora Caves, Omkareshwar Temple, Patna Devi Mandir, Parola Fort, Aurangabad Caves, Bibi ka Maqbara, Grishneshwar Temple along with Balaji Mandir.
Things to do

Explore Buddhist Culture, Trekking to the Daultabad Fort, Ajanta and Ellora Festival (November), Shop at an open-air market near caves.

How to reach:-

Ajanta and Ellora caves are situated in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad region. Ajanta is approx 101 Km and Ellora caves are 32 Km from Aurangabad.

Through Air:– Aurangabad Airport is the nearest Airport and well connected with the other cities.

Train:– The two major railway junctions are Jalgaon and Aurangabad which are connected to all major cities of the country.

Road Source:- All type of bus services is available from major cities like Jalgaon, Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Pune, etc.

Taj Mahal, Agra

The Epitome of love. Taj Mahal is counted in the Seven Wonders of the World. You must visit here while you are a big fan of Mughal architecture style. Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan between 1631 and 1648 in memory of his wife, Mumtaj. It is the jewel of Muslim art in India. This place is now considered one of the most beautiful buildings ever created.

Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal

Tourist Attractions:-

Agra Fort, Itimad-ud-dauka’s Tomb, Fatehpur Sikri, Jama Masjid, Akbar’s Tomb, Mehtab Bagh, Soami Bagh.

Things to do:-

Watch Light and sound show at Agra Fort, Explore Kinari Bazaar, Raja ki Mandi, Kalakriti Dance Drama show, and Chill out at Dolphin-The Water world.

How to reach:-

Taj Mehal is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Airways:- Agra Kheria Airport (military base) is the nearest airport connected by the Air India flight from New Delhi (seasonal commercial airport).

Train:- Among 5 railway stations, Agra Cantt Station is the best option where we can take a taxi, rickshaw, etc to Taj Mahal.

Road:- well managed and well-connected bus services available from all major cities of India. Two major interstate bus terminals named Idgah Bus stand and ISBT are available.

Hampi, Karnataka

The city of ruins and a beautiful historic village. Are you interested to learn about this heritage site and ancient architecture? If yes, then Hampi is a paradise. Around 1500 AD Hampi was the capital of the Vijaynagar Empire. It is surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, temples, bastions, museums,s and many more. Do you know Hampi used to be the second-largest city in the world?

hampi
Hampi Karnataka

Tourist Attractions:-

Virupaksha Temple, Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple, Vithala Temple, Lotus Palace, Matanga Hill, Elephant Stables, Monolith Bull, Zenana Enclosure, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.

Things to do:-

Enjoy Purandara Festival (January-February), a Bicycle ride to explore Hampi, Rock climbing, Coracle Ride, Boat Ride, Cliff Jumping, Hut stay in Hippie Island, Shopping in the local market.

How to reach:-

Hampi is located in the central part of Karnataka (Vijaynagara district) in the southern part of India.

By Air:- The nearest domestic airport is Hubli airport. This is 166 Km away and has regular flights from Bangalore.

By Train:- Hospet junction is the nearest Railway station (13 Km) and it is well connected. From here you can hire a taxi or cab to reach Hampi.

By Road:- Bus services are well connected with major cities. KSRTC, private and tourist buses are available.

Konark Sun Temple, Orissa

Konark is the city of Sun Temple. It is one of the most beautiful monuments and heritage sites in India. This temple is dedicated to the Sun god, Surya. The first ray of the sun falls on the entrance of the temple. Konark is also known as “Arka kshetra”. There are three images of the Sun. God at three different sides of the temple, to catch the rays of the sun in the morning, noon, and evening.

Sun temple
Sun temple

Tourist Attractions:-

Konark Sun Temple, Chandrabhaga Beach, ASI Museum, Vishnu temple, Sun Temple Museum, Archaeological Museum, Ramachandi Temple.

Things to do:-

Walk on Chandrabhaga Beach and enjoy sunrise and sunset, Konark dance festival, Enjoy sunset at Astaranga Beach.

How to reach:-

Konark Sun Temple is located in the Puri district of Orissa.

By Air:- Nearest airport is Biju Patnaik International Airport which is 49Km away from Konark.

Through Train:- Puri railway station is the nearest railway station (35 KM).

By Road:- Bus services are well connected with major cities like Bhubaneswar, Puri. Taxies and cabs are also available.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National park is one of the most famous parks in India. It is famous for the Great Indian One-horned rhinoceros. You love to do wildlife photography then you must consider visiting here. There are many points of attraction like Elephants, Panthers, Bears, tigers, birds, etc.

Kaziranga National Park
Kaziranga National Park

Tourist Attractions:-

Orang National Park (Mini Kaziranga), Tea Gardens, Kakichang Waterfall, Manas National park, Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary.

Things to do:-

Jeep Safari and Elephant Safari, Bird watching, spend a Night in the Wilderness.
How to reach:-

It is located in Golaghat and Nagaon, Karbi angling district of Assam in Northeast India.

Through Air:- Two airports are available Guwahati International Airport (217 KM) and Jorhat Airport (97 KM).

Train:- Nearest Railway station is Furkating (75 Km).

Road:- Well connected road services are available like buses, taxis, cabs and tourist buses, etc.

Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

Sanchi is a Buddhist complex, famous for its Great Stupa, it is one of the oldest stone structures and Buddhist monuments in the country. This stupa is located on a hill (height 91m). The Sanchi stupa was constructed in the honor of Lord Buddha in the third century by Ashoka the great.
Do you know? The National emblem of India was derived from the Ashoka Pillar of Sanchi stupa. If you want to see Mauryan Architecture, you must visit here.

Sanchi, Madhya
Sanchi, Madhya

Tourist Attractions:-

Sanchi Stupas, Ashoka Pillar, Gupta Temple, Western Gate, Northern Gate, Southern Gate, Great Bowl, Sanchi Museum, Eastern Gateway, and Udaygiri Caves.

Things to do:-

Explore stunning architecture of Ancient India and explore knowledge about Mauryan Emperors.
How to reach:-
It is situated at Sanchi in the Raisan district of Madhya Pradesh.

By Air:- Nearest airport is Raja Bhoj Airport (47 KM) from Sanchi.

By Train:- A small station is present which is connected with a few trains. Major Railway station is Bhopal junction (50KM)

By Road:- Regular bus service is available which will take you to and fro the city of Sanchi. It is well connected with Bhopal, Indore, etc.

Mountain Railways of India

While you are reading this article for sure you love to visit the Mountain Railways of India. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, The Kalka Shimla Railway, and The Nilgiri Mountain Railway these three collectively called the mountains railways of India. You will enjoy traditions and toy train journeys their historic significance and iconic infrastructure. Mountains sharp curves and steep elevation, nature and exotic sceneries will take your enthusiasm to the seventh heaven.

Mountain Railway
Mountain Railway

Things to do:-

Explore nature in the lap of mountains, Snow adventure in winter, Toy train journey.

The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway:- West Bengal.

Darjeeling Mountain Railway
Darjeeling Mountain Railway

How to reach:-

By Air:- Bagdogra Airport is the only airport that connects Darjeeling by air.
Through Train: – The closest broad gauge railway station from Darjeeling Jalpaiguri Railway station.

By Road:- By Road regular bus service is there, you can take a bus from Siliguri, Gangtok, Kurseong, and Kalimpong.
The Kalka Shimla Railway:- Himachal Pradesh.

The Kalka Shimla Railway:- Himachal Pradesh

There are 107 tunnels and 864 bridges on the way to Shimla from Kalka. A journey from Kalka to Shimla by toy train is going to be very adventurous. When the train passed through dense green mountains and jungle it will be full of wonderful moments.

Kalka Shimla Railway
Kalka Shimla Railway

Way to reach here

By Air:- Bagdogra Nearest Airport is Juberhati (23KM) you can take a flight from Delhi to Juberhati. Chandigarh is the major nearest airport it is only 113KM from Shimla.

By Train:– Nearest railway station is Kalka (87KM) from where we can take the toy train to Shimla.

By Road:- you can take a Bus or a taxi as Shimla is easily accessible via road.

The Nilgiri Mountain Railway:- Tamil Nadu.

By Air:- Chennai International airport, Cochin international airport, and Bangalore airport are the main airport.

Through Train:- Coimbatore and Chennai are the main railway stations.

By Road:- Well connected by roads with all major cities like Coimbatore, Chennai, Madurai, and Hyderabad.

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