The Seven Wonders of India
India which can be compared to a glittering crown studded with precious stones has so much to offer in terms of its rich history, heritage and culture. People from across the world have made a beeline to this country from maybe the beginning of time itself. The melting pot of cultures that India was and is has ensured that the country is home to the most incredible wonders of the World. The wonders are innumerable and one cannot be chosen over the other as each has something unique about it. However, if one needed to select the 7 wonders of India, it would be a daunting task. Of course, the list would depend on the perspective of the individual drawing up the list.
Over time many polls have been conducted to determine the seven wonders of India and most opinions converge on the following list of the seven wonders of India including the polls conducted by Times of India and NDTV. The list includes the seven best wonders of India – these are only man made wonders and excludes natural wonders. These 7 architectural wonders of India are in random order as it would border on the blasphemous even to think of ranking these marvels of Incredible India.
Seven Wonders of India That You Must See in Your Lifetime
The Taj Mahal
The monument which is a lover’s cry for his beloved, frozen in marble, needs no introduction as it is also one of the seven wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been described by the famous Indian poet and litterateur Rabindranath Tagore, as, “a teardrop on the cheek of time”. The flawless architecture of the Taj Mahal is sure to stun anyone as they set eyes for the first time on the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal undoubtedly will occupy a pride of place in any list of the 7 wonders of India or the world.
- The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, a city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India
- Agra is situated about 250 kilometers from the Indian capital of Delhi and well connected by road, rail, and air
- If you want to plan a visit to the Taj Mahal, you will find all the information that you need on their official website
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ruins of Hampi are intriguing and enthralling at the same time. The stones tell stories of a glorious past and the ruins of an entire city stand as a silent testimony to the grandeur of an era that is now a part of the annals of history. The various religious, civil, and military buildings, the palaces and the markets, stand today as the remains of a once bustling city. Hampi, a home to a group of historical ruins is considered as one of the seven wonders of India.
- Hampi is located in the southern Indian state of Karnataka
- Hampi is about 343 kilometers from Bangalore
- Visit the Karnataka Tourism site for more information on Hampi
The Golden Temple
The tranquility of this place soothes your soul as soon as you enter its precincts. The Golden temple which is the holiest of Sikh temples and is open to people of all regions receives millions of visitors every year. The golden structure assumes an ethereal form as the first rays of the sun bounce back from its gilded facade. The Harmandir Sahib also known as the Sri Darbar Sahib informally referred to as the Golden Temple is one of the 7 wonders of India according to the Times of India voters.
- The Golden Temple is located in Amritsar, a city in the northern Indian state of Punjab
- Amritsar is about 450 kilometers from the Indian capital of Delhi and is well connected by road, rail, and air
- Refer to the official site of the Golden temple for details if you are planning a visit
Konark Sun Temple
A temple dedicated to the Sun in the form of a massive stone chariot, the Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A marvel of art, architecture, and sculptures that mesmerize with their elegance and perfection, the temple that was built in the 13th century continues to amaze each and every visitor. The temple speaks volumes of the artistic, architectural and astronomical skills of the people who built the temple. No wonder it is one of the 7 wonders of India.
- The Sun Temple is located in Konark in the Eastern Indian state of Odisha
- Konark is at a distance of about 71 kilometers from Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Odisha
- Bhubaneshwar is well connected by rail, road, and air
- If you are planning to visit Konark you will find relevant information on the official web site of Odisha Tourism
A 57 feet tall statue of a Jain saint, supposed to be the tallest standing monolithic statue in the World, gazes down benevolently from atop a hill. The statue dates back to the year 981 AD and attracts millions during a festival that happens once in 12 years when the giant statue is ritualistically bathed with water, milk, turmeric, and vermilion. Gomateshwara in Shravanabelagola which is the World’s Largest Monolithic Statue aptly features as one of the seven wonders of India.
- The Gomateshwara statue is located in a place called Shravanabelagola in the southern state of Karnataka
- Shravanabelagola is about 143 kilometers from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka
- If you are planning a visit to Shravanbelagola you can find details on the official website of Karnataka Tourism
The Khajuraho group of monuments which are a collection of Hindu and Jain temples are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples are famous for their erotic sculptures and unique architectural style. The temples were built between the years 950 and 1050 and totaled about 85. Today 25 of them survive and draw visitors in hordes. Khajuraho is one among the list of seven wonders of India.
- The Khajuraho temples are located in a town of the same name in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh
- Khajuraho is situated about 370 kilometers from Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh
- Khajuraho has an airport and is connected to Delhi, Varanasi and other major Indian cities
- For planning a visit to the Khajuraho temples check out more details on the official website of Madhya Pradesh tourism
The remains of a learning center or a University as we call it today, existed in ancient India, in the 7th century BC. Nalanda houses the remains of what was once a glorious center of learning. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, today the remains of the Nalanda university that can be seen include temples and monasteries arranged in a symmetrical pattern and passages that link them. No doubt, Nalanda deserves a place amongst the seven wonders of India.
- Nalanda is located in the Indian state of Bihar near a town called Bihar Sharif
- Nalanda is approximately 95 kilometers from Patna, the capital of Bihar
- Patna is well connected to major Indian cities by road, rail, and air
- If you want to plan a visit to Nalanda, do check out the official website of Bihar Tourism
India is a country where wonders never cease, there is something wonderful waiting to be discovered in every nook and corner of the country. The rich heritage of Incredible India is best revealed in these seven wonders of India. What are your thoughts on these 7 wonders of architecture in India? Have you seen all these Wonders of India? Which place according to you should be listed as one of the seven wonders of India or the world?
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