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world heritage sites in india

Sites of outstanding universal natural or cultural significance are included on the World Heritage List.

List of Word Heritage Sites in India
Ritco Tours » Agra Fort (1983) : Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra.

» Ajanta Caves (1983) : The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group.

» Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi (1989) : About 40 km from Bhopal, the site of Sanchi comprises a group of Buddhist monuments (monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries) all in different states of conservation most of which date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C.

» Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park (2004) : A hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th century capital of the state of Gujarat.

» Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) (2004) : The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus in Mumbai. The terminal was built over ten years starting in 1878 according to a High Victorian Gothic design based on late medieval Italian models.

» Churches and Convents of Goa (1986) :The churches and convents of Goa, the former capital of the Portuguese. These monuments were influential in spreading forms of Manueline, Mannerist and Baroque art in all the countries of Asia where missions were established

» Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) (1999) : The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway opened in 1881, it applied bold, ingenious engineering solutions to the problem of establishing an effective rail link across a mountainous terrain of great beauty.

» Elephanta Caves (1987) : The 'City of Caves', on an island in the Sea of Oman close to Bombay, contains a collection of rock art linked to the cult of Shiva. Ritco Tours

» Ellora Caves (1983) : These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, are not far from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life.

» Fatehpur Sikri (1986) : The "City of Victory" was Akbar's capital for approximately 12 years. The finest monuments within this area are the Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Panch House, Panch Mahal, Buland Darwaza and the tomb of Saint Shaikh Salim Chisti, and the Jama Masjid (one of the largest mosques in India).

» Great Living Chola Temples (1987) : The Great Living Chola Temples were built by kings of the Chola Empire. The site now includes the three great 11th and 12th century Chola Temples: the Brihadisvara temple of Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara temple at Darasuram.

» Group of Monuments at Hampi (1986) : Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar's fabulously rich princes built Dravidian temples and palaces which won the admiration of travellers between the 14th and 16th centuries.

» Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram (1984) : This group of sanctuaries, founded by the Pallava kings, was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries. I

» Group of Monuments at Pattadakal (1987) : Pattadakal, in Karnataka, has nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary built in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty.

» Humayun's Tomb, Delhi (1993) :This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Ritco Tours » Khajuraho Group of Monuments (1986) : The temples at Khajuraho were built during the Chandella dynasty, which reached its apogee between 950 and 1050.

» Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya (2002) : The Mahabodhi Temple Complex was built by Emperor Asoka in the 3rd century B.C., and the present temple dates from the 5th or 6th centuries.

» Qutab Minar and its Monuments, Delhi (1993) : Built in the early 13th century a few kilometers south of Delhi, stands the red sandstone tower of Qutab Minar.

» Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka (2003) : The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are in the foothills of the Vindhya Mountains on the southern edge of the central Indian plateau, known for rock painting.

» Sun Temple, Konark (1984) : Built in the 13th century, on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, the temple at Konark is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot.

» Taj Mahal (1983) : An epitome of beauty, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

» Kaziranga National Park (1985): In the heart of Assam, this park is inhabited by the world's largest population of one-horned rhinoceroses, as well as many mammals, including tigers, elephants, panthers and bears, and thousands of birds.

» Keoladeo National Park (1985) : This former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is home to some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian crane and a large number of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia.

Ritco Tours » Manas Wildlife Sanctuary (1985) : Manas sanctuary, situated in the foothills of Himalayas, is home to a great variety of wildlife, including many endangered species, such as the tiger, pygmy hog, Indian rhinoceros and Indian elephant.

» Nanda Devi National Park (1988) : The Nanda Devi National Park, situated in the Himalayas, is the habitat of several endangered mammals, especially the snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and Bharal.

» Sundarbans National Park (1987) : The Sundarbans, located in West Bengal, India, contains the world's largest area of mangrove forests. A number of rare or endangered species live in the park, including tigers, aquatic mammals, birds and reptiles.

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