India’s vast and diverse history is dated back to 5000 years and takes pride in flaunting its unsurpassed heritage, eras over eras have influenced, mould and face the rich heritage of which we are a part of. The present day of India introduces itself as a tourist destination which is thronged by thousands of people throughout the year. It is a home of many tourist destinations that attract the travelers from all over the world.
Several spiritual leaders and founders of many popular religions of modern India have developed different heritage sites depict India’s culture, history, tradition and geographical beauty.
Here are some of the heritage sites one should visit to know more about India cultural history –
1. Ajanta Caves –
The group of 30 caves in famous for its temple architecture and delicately drawn murals. Some of the Buddhist art masterpieces dated back to 2nd century BC are preserved in these caves.
2. Eallor caves –
They exhibit the art and architecture of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism and are one of the largest rock- cut temples in the world. The Kailash temple is the largest single nolithic temple in the world.
3. Monument groups of Mahabalipuram –
These momuments are dated back to Pallava dynasty. The shore temple and Ratha cave temples are most visited.
4. Elephant caves –
It is located in elephant island , off the coast of Mumbai. These caves show the rock cut art and architecture of Medival India, perfectly.
Tourist from round the world are highly attracted to the ancient temple and palace ruins of 16th centure Vijayanagar Empire. The Virupalsha and Vittala temple are the most well known temples.
6. Buddhist monuments at Sanchi –
the Stupas of Sachi are famous all over the world for its gateways that contain ornament depiction of incidents from the life of Buddha and his previous incarnations.
7. Monument groups of Khajuraho –
These temples are known for their erotic sculptures and magnificent architecture. The 25 temples are divided into eastern, southern and western groups. The western group of temples are well known – kandariya mahadev, lakshaman and vishwanath temples.
8. Rani Ki Vav –
It is an inverted temple that is use for homage water. The well has 7 layers of stairs that are beautifully craved for more than 1500 mythological and religious sculptures.
9. Red fort complex –
It was build during the Mughal era and is a sprawling fortress in old Delhi. It was also the administrative centre of British India since India became independent.
10. Mahabodhi temple complex –
It is one of the oldest brick structures in India with great religious and spiritual significance as it is believed Buddha attained his enlightment here.