If you want to time travel you can do so by visiting some of the best historical sites in India. The hallowed churches of Goa, the caves of Bhimbetka or the carved step well at Patan, travel to these historical treasures of India.
The UN Education, Social and Cultural Organisation marks the best of historical monuments around the world as Heritage Sites, outlining them as deserving preservation and special care. A certificate of authenticity from UN means that it is a heritage not only for India, but also a historical pride for the world. It is a mark of the journey that humans have traversed on this earth.
Here are 7 best UNESCO World Heritage sites in India.
Nalanda University, Bihar
This is the latest entrant to this prestigious list. The government has also been making efforts to revive the earliest university of the world. Buddhist monks travelled from far and wide during 3rd century B.C. to learn about ancient scriptures, religion and philosophy from India. It is a testimony to the richness and divinity of Indian philosophy. You can witness the remains of stupas, shrines and viharas if you stroll around in the campus of this manifestation of a glorious epoch.
Capitol Complex, Chandigarh
A salute to the Modern Movement of Art, this structure by the great Le Corbusier was included in this list. The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh also hosts the legislative assembly for both the states of Haryana and Punjab, High Court and the Secretariat. Located in Sector 1, Chandigarh, this capitol complex was built when Chandigarh was being developed as the capital of Punjab in 1950 after the partition of India.
Ran ki Vav, Gujarat
Built in 11th century by the Queen Udayamati of Solanki dynasty in memory of deceased King Bhim I, this step well in renowned for its intricate carving and unique architecture. Most of the carvings depict the ten different avatars of Vishnu like Krishna, Narsinha and Kalki. One preserved pillar has become world renowned. All the panels depict different stories. This step well in Patan is a must visit if you want to immerse yourself in a truly historical experience.
A standing relic of the great Vijaynagara Empire, this town is a living organism from history. Every lane, every house, every stone reminds one of its ancient existence. The great temple, the mosque, the Jain temple and the queen’s harem all remain almost intact and well preserved. The view from the Hanuman mount will remind you of a historical canvas.
Churches and Convents, Goa
The Old Goa church complex stand in stark contrast, one in whitewash, and the other in red laterite. But both the structures make a gateway to history. They are a reminder to the beginning of Christianity in India during the times of Portuguese colonial rule. On your next trip to Goa, you can take a break from the sun and sand to get a refreshing dose of history.
Kangchendzonga National Park, Sikkim
Spread over 850 sq. km and an elevation of 8,500 m above sea level, this biosphere reserve is the green roof of the world. The national park is famous for its fauna and flora, with snow leopard being occasionally sighted. There are few trekking routes in this national park as well for the trekking enthusiasts.
Chola temples, Tamil Nadu
The Brihadisvara temple was built under the reign of Rajaraja 1, and is a milestone when it comes to Chola architecture. The temple at Gangaikondacholapuram was patronized by Rajendera 1. These temples stand testimony to the architectural splendour and beauty of Chola art, architecture and sculpture. These temples are living temples, with the village folk still sustaining ancient rituals and festivities.
So, plan your next trip to one of these wonders which mark a historical milestone for India, as well as the world.
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