5 Historical Monuments You Must Visit in India

World Heritage Day: This year, the theme is “Heritage and Climate”.(Dossier)

World Heritage Day is celebrated on April 18 every year to raise awareness and embrace ways to preserve cultural heritage. This day is also known as the International Day for Monuments and Sites and has its origins in the 22nd General Conference of UNESCO in 1982. This year, the theme for World Heritage Day is “Heritage and Climate”.

As we celebrate World Heritage Day 2022, let’s take a look at five historic monuments you can visit in India to mark the occasion.

1.Taj Mahal

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Considered an architectural marvel around the world, the Taj Mahal is a magnificent white marble mausoleum. Located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, the monument was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

2. Khajuraho Group of Monuments

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Khajuraho, located in Chhatarpur district, Madhya Pradesh, is considered a perfect blend of architectural brilliance and superb carvings. It houses a collection of around 20 temples which depict and represent a fusion of two religions – Hinduism and Jainism.

3. Red Fort

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The Red Fort, located in Delhi, was built as a palace fort by Shah Jahan. The iconic structure is a blend of four different traditions – Islamic, Hindu, Persian and Timurid.

4. Sanchi Stupa

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Sanchi Stupa is one of the oldest examples of iconic, stand-alone architecture. The Sanchi Stupa, according to UNESCO, is considered the oldest existing Buddhist shrine. There is a range of architectural edifices ranging from stupas, viharas and stambhs (monolithic pillars).

5. Temples in Hampi

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Hampi is an ancient village in Karnataka that is home to the remnants of the Vijayanagara Empire. The site is full of temples, shrines, sacred complexes and memorial structures dated between the 14th and 16th centuries.

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