India has a rich and diverse history as it is a melting pot of different religions and cultures. The different shades, rituals and traditions contribute to the vast Indian culture. Travelers from across the globe visit the country to check out its spectacular heritage.
Here are some stunning heritage sites of India that you can add to your bucket list.
Delhi: The Potpourri of Different Cultures
Delhi is a cosmopolitan city and an array of dynasties and religions influence it. Be it the Mughals, Khiljis, Rajputs, Sultans and even the British, they have all left a part of their cultural heritage in the form of artifacts, paintings, monuments, literary works etc.
Places You Can Visit: Red Fort, Old Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar and a lot more.
Rann of Kutch: The White Desert
Rann of Kutch is popular among tourists, especially during the Rann Utsav. It is a time when people from India and various other countries visit the place to enjoy the carnival that lasts nearly 100 days. It has now become an important part of cultural tourism in the country.
Places You Can Visit: The visitors can check out the Rann of Kutch, Madan Singhji Museum, Aina Mahal, Kutch Museum, Diyot Caves, Dholavira Excavation site etc.
Khajuraho: The Land of Spectacular Temples
If you are a true lover of all things history, then you must definitely visit Khajuraho. With numerous sculptures of demi-gods, cult icons and apsaras that depict beauty, grace, delicacy and love, this town in Madhya Pradesh is a perfect amalgamation of Jain and Hindu culture. Hence, it is counted among the top bucket list destinations.
Places You Can Visit: The various temples of Parsvanath, Devi Jagadamba, Kandariya Mahadev, Visvanath, Chitragupta, Vamana etc. are worth your visit. You can also attend the Light & Sound show in the city that portrays the tale of Chandela Dynasty.
Mysore: The Palace City of India
Mysore is sometimes called ‘the cultural capital of Karnataka’ or ‘the palace city of India’. It is home to an array of stunning royal palaces and museums such as Folklore Museum, Jayalakshmi Vilas Complex Museum, Vishwam Museum etc. It is one of the most popular heritage cities of India. The different art galleries here display traditional art paintings, which are influenced by the Vijayanagar kingdom and Mughal empire. The Udupi cuisine, Mysore silk sarees, dasara festival etc. form an integral part of the cultural heritage here.
Places You Can Visit: Lalitha Mahal, Amba Vilas Palace, Chamundi Hilltop Temple, Jaganmohan Palace, Mahabaleshwar Temple etc. are some popular tourist attractions in Mysore.
Hampi: The Ancient Kingdom of Vijaynagar
An iconic world heritage site, Hampi is located in the northern region of Karnataka. It is an amazing place for anybody who wants to explore the ruins of the Vijaynagar kingdom. This place reflects the unique Dravidian style of architecture.
Places You Can Visit: Hemakuta group of temples, Krishna Temple complex, Lotus Mahal complex, Pattabhirama temple complex etc. are some of the places that are popular among tourists visiting Hampi other than the famous Virupaksha Temple and Vijaya Vittala Temple.
There are many other cities and monuments that depict that distinct heritage of various regions of India. The various heritage sites in the country speak stories of its rich and glorious past. You can visit these places and take pride in the true essence of our incredible country.