India is a country of diversity in various aspects – weather, culture, language, cuisine, landscapes, architecture and a lot more. We have already spoken a lot about the amazing experience that you can enjoy by visiting India in previous posts.
However, did you also know that India is home to 27 World Heritage Sites recognized by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)? These places are of national and cultural importance and contribute to the history of the world. We have listed four of them below, which are an absolute delight to visit:
- Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, a National Park, a tiger and elephant reserve and Biosphere Reserve, this wildlife sanctuary located in Assam is known for its rare and endangered wildlife. Located in the Himalayan foothills, it is in close proximity with the Royal Manas National Park in Bhutan. Apart from tigers, elephants and deer, you can also see the endangered Assam Roofed Turtle, Hispid Hare, Pygmy Hog and more.
- Humayun Tomb, Delhi
Many tourists know of and have visited the Qutab Minar and its monuments in Delhi. However, the lesser known and frequently Humayun Tomb, the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, is also a UNESCO protected and maintained site. It was commissioned in 1569 and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a renowned Persian architect chosen by Humanyun first wife. It was the first structure to use sandstone at such a large scale and is magnificent in every part of the architecture. Besides the main tomb, you can also see several smaller monuments, including one which dates back to the days of before the tomb itself was constructed.
- Churches and Convents, Goa
The tiny and welcoming state of Goa is dotted with churches and convents (mostly in the South) which were built by Portuguese rulers between the 16th and 18th centuries. They were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1986. The most significant of these monuments are Basilica of Born Jesus, which also contains the remains of St. Francis Xavier and the Saint Catherine’s Chapel where one of the first Latin rite masses in Asia was held. These monuments of Goa were also known as the “Rome of the Orient” and make for wonderful and serene sites to visit and explore.
- Buddhist Monuments, Madhya Pradesh
Located in the Raisen district in Madhya Pradesh, the Sanchi Stupa, also known as the Great Stupa, is the oldest stone structure in India. It was originally commissioned by Emperor Ashoka and dates back to the 3rd Century BC. At the heart, it is a simple semi circular brick structure which enshrine the relics of Buddha. It was crowned with a chatra, a hemispheric structure to symbolize the utmost respect bestowed upon it. In the 1st century BC, four beautifully carved ornamental designs (toranas) were added to the magnificent structure.
Traveling to India essentially means that it is an international trip. Hence, you will need calling cards or the likes to keep in touch with family and friends back home. These calling cards let you make cheap international calls to almost any destination globally. Plus, they offer plans where users can enjoy unlimited India calling. So, if you and your family use these options, you not only can make cheap international calls to them but they can also enjoy unlimited India calling to keep in touch with you for as long as they want.
As mentioned at the beginning, there are 27 World Heritage Sites in India. This article is not to indicate that the above listed four are better than the remaining 23 in any way. So you must travel to India to explore these iconic architectural marvels to take back memories of them.