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It is widely known that India is a nation with vivid geographic landscapes, diverse demographics and lip smacking cuisines. Over the years the country has been fascinating the travellers from within and abroad. You will slowly discover this diversified nation as you start exploring from the heavenly mountains of North to pacifying rivers of South and bold deserts from West to the dense forests of East. In short, India is a destination for lifetime travel.
The top 10 interesting places of India cited below are actually recognised by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention .
1. Taj Mahal - Uttar Pradesh
Built during the period 1628 -1658 in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, the ivory white marble mausoleum is one of the top wonders of the world. The tomb was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. It stands as a classic example of Mughal architecture and a symbol of India's rich history. Spread across an area of 17 hectares, the spectacular art attracts millions of visitors every year.
2. Ajanta-Ellora Caves - Maharashtra
The Ajanta caves were constructed in the period 5th & 6th centuries AD during the reign of the great Emperors Ashoka and Gupta. You will find 30 rock cut Buddhist cave monuments that showcase paintings and rock-cut sculptures as finest symbols of Indian ancient art. You will also discover more than 100 caves at the site of Ellora featuring Hindu, Buddhist and Jain monuments with Cave 16 featuring largest monolithic rock excavation on earth.
3. Kaziranga National Park - Assam
Kaziranga is a vast and dense tropical moist forest immensely popular for amazing wildlife of India. The sanctuary hosts two thirds of the world's great one-horned rhinoceros and has a large breeding population of elephants, wild water buffalo and swamp deer. It is also home to highest density of tigers.
4. Konark Sun Temple - Odissa
An architectural marvel of India, the Konark Sun Temple is one of the most prominent holiday destinations of India. Built in the 13th century, Konark Sun Temple is all carved out of stone and is famous among domestic and international tourists.
5. Sanchi Stupa - Madhya Pradesh
Sanchi Stupa is one of the oldest and significant architecture of India that was built in the 3rd century BCE by the great Emperor Ashoka. Moreover you will find a series of Buddhist monuments which are well preserved and great sites of attraction. One can also find various ancient Indian architecture and ancient Buddhist architecture that were built during the early stages of Buddhism.
6. The Sundarbans - West Bengal
The largest mangrove forest in the world, Sundarbans covers an area of more than 10,000 sqkms and hosts several hundreds of aquatic, terrestrial and amphibian species. Royal Bengal Tiger is the most prominent among them. Others are Ganges and Irawadi Dolphins, Estuarine Crocodiles and the critically endangered endemic river Terrapin.
7. Humayun's Tomb - New Delhi
The tomb was constructed in 1570 in the memory of second Mughal Emperor Humayun by his widow Bija Begum a century earlier than Taj Mahal. Interestingly, the mausoleum rests on a high platform with two bay deep vaulted cells on the four sides. You will be surprised to know that it is also called the "Dormitory of the Mughals" as many of the family members were buried there.
8. Great Living Chola Temples - Tamil Nadu
Chola temples are magnificent works of art and great examples of Chola architecture. Brihadisvara Temple in Thanjavur is built of granite and is one of the tallest in south India. The other one in Gangaikonda Cholapuram is famous for its bronze sculptures and artwork on its walls. And Airavatesvara Temple is a grand temple architecture of the Cholan Empire.
9. Churches & Convents - Goa
In the beautiful city of Goa you will explore seven monuments that are built between the period of 16th and 18th centuries. These are instances of brilliant architecture, sculpture, and paintings of Manueline, Mannerist, and Baroque art and architecture throughout Asian countries.
10. Group Monuments of Hampi - Karnataka
Hampi, once the capital of the great Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century was an immensely wealthy city near Tungabhadra river. Do you know that during that period it was the second largest city after Bejing in the world ? As a mater of fact it is spread over a huge area of 4100 hectares with more than 1600 remains of the last great Hindu kingdom.
Q1.Is India safe to travel?
India is one of the safest country to travel where guests are considered as Gods. It refers to the popular phrase - "Atithi Devo Bhava" meaning "be one for whom the Mother is God, be one for whom the Father is God, be one for whom the Teacher is God, be one for whom the guest is God".
Q2.How to get Visa to visit India?
It is not a difficult task to get visa for India specially when the restrictions have lot more eased. You can connect with the Indian Consulate or a reputed Visa agency in your country.
Q3.Is there any Travel restrictions in India?
You can click his link - www.lcc-travelsandrentals.com and in the middle part of the page you will find the section of "International Arrival Guidelines in India".
Q4.When is the right time to visit India?
You will discover a different India in different seasons. Unlike other international destinations India has six seasons where the climate, nature and colour change with time. In short, you can visit anytime in India.
Q5.Which are the best places to visit India?
You can refer to the top of this page where the Top 10 destinations of India are listed. However India is far beyond any list as you start exploring this amazing country.
Q6.Will there be a culture shock as a traveller to India?
You do not need to worry about that. India is a diversified country with many languages, communities, religions, castes, culture, dresses, foods and many more with one thing in common. They embrace guests with open arms.