With the nature heritage, historical and architectural heritage, India is considered to be the richest country that can offer so much to its visitors. Vast green relief as far as the eye can see, the colorful decorations of the temples, the mouthwatering smell of its traditional cuisine offers something for each of your senses.
India’s culture is the world’s oldest culture since civilization began about 4,500 years ago. It is often described as “Sa Prathama Sanskrati Vishvavara” — the first and the supreme culture in the world, according to the All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) organization. According to the CIA World Factbook, it is the second most populous nation after China. Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil and Urdu are some of the languages spoken in the country, though around 41% of the people speak Hindi in India.
Although there are hundreds of landmarks and places that make this country different and worth visiting, these are some most remarkable must-see of them all.
As it is on this list of the Seven Wonders of India, it is on the list of the Seven Wonders of the World as well. And with the right to be! The mausoleum was built between 1632 and 1653 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal and is one of the greatest symbols of love in India. Located in the heart of the city of Agra, it has a special characteristic that makes it even more remarkable. Namely, due to the marble material, it was build from, the visitors can witness changes of color during the different stages of the day. Pinkish in the morning, milky white in the daylight and golden when the moon shines.
The national monument located in the heart of New Delhi is dedicated to 90,000 soldiers of the Indian army who sacrificed their lives fighting for our country. In memory of these martyrs, a flame known as Amar Jawan Jyoti is kept constantly alive here. It consists of red and pale sandstone and granite, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
As the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, it was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, founder of the Delhi Sultanate, first of the five dynasties. It is the tallest minaret in India with a height of 72.5 meters and is made of red stones and marble. It is believed that the structure set the tone for Islamic architecture in India.
How do you stay indifferent to golden architecture? Popularly known as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, the Golden Temple is situated in the middle of a lake or temple tank known as ‘Sarovar’, in the heart of the city of Amritsar. The temple is open every hour of every day and is lit up at night in a breathtaking way. Religious Sikhs visit here once in their life to volunteer.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site here in India. The tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India has a magnificent structure that greatly resembles the Taj Mahal. It was the first garden-tomb, located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Dina-panah Citadel, also known as Purana Qila (Old Fort). Founded in 1569-70, it was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Hampi (Hampe) is a village and temple town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the many, and is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. The site is significant historically and architecturally. The landscape abounds with large stones which have been used to make statues of Jaina deities.
Saving the best for the last. This is one of the most visited and liked landmark of India in the world, according to the 2001 CNN report. With its breathtaking structure resembles a lotus flower, and is known as a Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986. The Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with a height of slightly over 40 meters and a capacity of 2,500 people. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper.