India is well known for its warmth and spirituality. People from all over the world are welcome here. According to the study, in 2017, over 10 billion foreigners visited India because of the love, respect and hospitality they have received from the people of India.
From South to North and West to East, there are thousands of various cultures, languages, religions, dance, music and customs followed. Out of all one of the reasons which allure foreigners as well as the Indian people are the fascinating ancient architecture and sacred, cultural and historical monuments which are part of our cultural heritage.
According to the Indian Ministry of Culture, the Taj Mahal is the most visited monument followed by Red Fort and then so on. Here is the list of seven most visited monuments in India which forces people to stare in awe the beauty and glory of these stunning monuments.
1. TAJ MAHAL
Why won’t Taj Mahal attract people? This monument is the ultimate epitome of love. It is seen as the face of India. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built it in remembrance of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It took almost 21 years and thousands of craftsmen, artisans and masons to complete it by then end of 1653. In 1983, the UNESCO stated Taj Mahal as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being the best example of Mughal architecture and “jewel of Muslim art and a symbol of India’s rich history”.
2. RED FORT, DELHI
Red Fort depicts its vibrant history through its walls being ruined by the Britishers. It was previously white in colour, was made up of limestone but due to its corrosion it was later then painted red by the British Empire. It is one of the monuments which has been granted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Fort was built by Shah Jahan and is of Mughal era where Mughal Emperors use to reside. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions.
3. QUTUB MINAR, DELHI
Qutub Minar will take you back to the profound history of India. It is made up of buff and red sandstone and is built in Indo-Islamic architecture style. It is the tallest brick tower among other pillars across the world and the iron used to build this fort still holds mysteries. Verses from the Quran are also carved into it. It’s a must visit place in Delhi if you are going to Red Fort as it shows is uniqueness in it’s own ways.
4. SUN TEMPLE, ODISHA
It is also known as Konark Temple situated in Odisha. Previously it was near to beach but as the water dried near the shore, beach is now quite away from the temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Surya and any religion or community are allowed inside. There is a science behind its construction as its wheels serve as accurate sun dials and are inspiration for the modern day watches.
5. GOLDEN TEMPLE, AMRITSAR
The Golden temple is also known as Darbar Sahib and famously known as Sri Harmandir Sahib. It is situated in Amritsar and is an important pilgrimage site for Sikhism. It is surrounded by sacred pool which is believed to wash away all sins and heal pain. It has four open doors which signifies that people from all religion are welcome inside. In 1589, its first stone was laid by Guru Arjun Dev – the 5th Sikh Guru.