The 10 Wonders of India boasts of a huge diversity in heritage, culture, languages and topography. You grow up only to understand that India has a rich history full of magic and charm and that it is truly a treasure trove of wonders! Be it forts, temples, palaces or monuments, the sheer architecture brilliance makes every tourist plunge into an absolute euphoria. Every monument in India has its own inspiring historical tale to tell with a set of heroes.
Picking out only 10 of the numerous wonders of India is a difficult task, but here are the 10 wonders of India you must visit in 2019, if not visited yet.
1. Taj Mahal, Agra
One of the Seven Wonders of the World and of India, the Taj Mahal is the emblem of eternal love. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in white marble in 1653 and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site today. Every part of the mausoleum narrates a tale of romance and tragedy and leaves every visitor awestruck with its architectural magnificence.
2. Harmandir Sahib Golden Temple, Amritsar
Harmandir Sahib, most popularly known as the Golden Temple is the holiest shrine of the Sikhs. It is one of the holiest places in India and is adorned with sections of the Holy Granth, inside-out. The structure is made of gold with copper domes and sparkling white marble. The serenity and charm of this place together with clean and hygienic ambience make it a perfect place to gain spiritual solace. The langar (Prasadam) one gets there is an absolute specialty of this place.
3. Konark Sun Temple, Odisha
The Konark Sun Temple also known as the Black Pagoda is a cluster of ancient temples with stunning artwork and sculptures. It reveres the sun god and is modelled to look like a chariot. A structure plonked on 24 wheels gives the illusion of it being pulled by 7 horses and 2 lions that guard it. The most amazing fact about this temple is that the wheels act as sundials that can accurately calculate the time.
4. Hampi, Karnataka
Located by the banks of Tungabhadra river, Hampi is one of the famous historical places in India. Known for its historical ruins and relics of the grand Vijaynagar Kingdom, it offers an unmatched travel experience to travelers, history freaks and photographers alike. The stunning ruins of Hampi and its monuments have made Hampi a UNESCO World Heritage Site and of course, one of the several wonders of India.
5. Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh
Built by the Chandela Dynasty, these monuments include an amalgamation of the Hindu and Jain temples representing peaceful co-existence of different religions during that time. Famed for its erotic sculptures, the walls of the temples are embellished with representations of apsaras and demi-gods. Some say the scenes were chiselled to educate the people while some suggest they depict love and marriage of Shiva-Parvati. The beauty of the Hindu architecture and cosmic geometry truly make in one of the ten wonders of India.
6. Nalanda, Bihar
Nalanda, located near Patna is one of the ancient education centers and oldest universities of India. It attracted pupils and scholars from all over the world including China, Tibet, Greece, Korea, Japan etc to attain education. It is even believed that Lord Buddha visited this university during his visit to Magadh. The excavated ruins of Nalanda played a significant role in the intellectual, scientific, cultural and religious development of India.
7. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Golconda Fort, located in the western periphery of Hyderabad city stands tall from the reign of Muhammed Quli Qutub Shah. Built in 1525, this fort showcases the rich cultural heritage of ancient India. The Golconda Fort was famous for its diamond trade and it is believed that the famous ‘Kohinoor’ diamond originated here. The fine architecture and finesse of the fort fascinate people from all over the globe.
8. Ajanta Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
Listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ajanta Ellora caves are a set of 34 caves, located near Aurangabad and are considered to be one of the finest examples of ancient rock cut caves. Adorned with paintings, sculptures and frescoes, these caves are an amalgamation of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments. One of the most famous sites in these caves is the Kailash Temple, which is also the single largest monolithic structure in the world.
9. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai
Meenakshi Temple, also known as Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple is one of the oldest temples of India and has great mythological and historical significance. It is believed that Lord Shiva assumed the form of Sundareswarar (the handsome one) and married Parvati (Meenakshi) at this temple. The intricate carving of statues, marvel of architecture and splendor of colours is awe-inspiring. Thousands of devotees from all over the world throng this temple everyday. In spite of such an influx of people, this temple was awarded the cleanest iconic place in India.
10. Gomateshwara, Karnataka
Gomateshwara is a monolithic statue, dedicated to God Baahubali of Jainism. Located in Shravanabelagola in Karnataka, this grand structure is one of the largest free-standing statues of the world and looks immensely peaceful & serene.