The Seven Wonders of India That You Must See

Seven Wonders of India

Seven Wonders of India

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

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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


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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

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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

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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


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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


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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 


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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?

Do let us know your opinion through the comments section.


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88 thoughts on “The Seven Wonders of India That You Must See

  1. Alli Smith Reply

    I’ve never been to India, so I really enjoy learning more about the seven wonders of India. I would love to visit the Taj Mahal. It is such a beautiful place and the architecture is stunning!

  2. candy Reply

    What an amazing site to see with all the history behind the country of India. The Taj Mahal and other places would be wonderful to visit.

  3. Tomi C Reply

    I have several friends from India and I love the pictures they share of their homeland. India is on my list of places to visit.

  4. Christy Maurer Reply

    The amount of talent that went into making these things so long ago amazes me. They are beautiful. I’d love to visit India one day.

  5. Trang Khánh Reply

    So many ancient place to visit! The Nalanda interests me the most. Its design looks completely different from what we call University today.

  6. Trang Khánh Reply

    Ideal places to visit. Nalanda interests me the most. It’s very different from what we call University today.

  7. Sarah Bailey Reply

    What some absolutely amazing things to do! I would obviously love to see the Taj Mahal, but Nalanda looks absolutely beautiful.

  8. Marcie W. Reply

    Absolutely stunning! I would love to visit India someday and find the culture extremely appealing. Of course, the Taj Mahal would be a must, as well as numerous temples.

  9. Melanie Smith Reply

    The Taj Mahal is on my list because it is one of the 7 wonders of the world and I want to visit all of them. But now, I want to go to India and visit all of those places, so many history in them and I love it!!

  10. Claudia Krusch Reply

    I have always wanted to go to India. It would be amazing to go see all of these places. I would want to start with The Golden temple.

  11. Pam Reply

    Wow, such cool sights to see in India. I would love to see the Golden Temple, and definitely the Taj Mahal.

  12. Amit Sengupta Reply

    I would rather say that the post is all about heritage temples in India – and in fact the fact about the heritage temple in Karnataka was an eye opener to me. India is a treasure house of so many such stories.

  13. Cindy Collins Reply

    That’s a great list, thanks for sharing. We haven’t made it to India yet although it’s on the list but I definitely want to see the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple in Amritsar. But I had not heard of a few of those places and the Khajuraho and Konark Sun temples although sound great. Will add them to the list. Thanks.

  14. Rishabh & Nirali Reply

    There so few lists that we come across where we’ve covered all the places written about. We’re glad to say this is one of them! From our experience they all deserve a list, but there are so many more worthwhile entries, we can never come around to choosing the top 10!

  15. Faith Coates Reply

    A great list to keep on hand if I ever visit India. So much history and heritage and the stunning beauty of these sites will feed the imagination for years to come.

  16. Nathan Reply

    I’ve been to India but I didn’t see all of these. I would love to go back and see the rest! They all look so amazing.

  17. Anosa Reply

    I would so love to visit India and see these places for myself as they are all equally amazing made made or not

  18. Anne Reply

    I want to visit them all. I definitely plan to make my next trip to India a much longer one so I can travel around more as there’s so many amazing things to see

  19. neha Reply

    These are really wonderful places. And they are spread all across India. I have been to two. And the others are definitely on my bucket list. Glad you brought all their information in a single article here.

  20. Fiona Maclean Reply

    There seem to be so many wonderful places to visit in India. I have only been to Chennai and Tamil Nadu – where there are a wealth of heritage sites and temples too. Now I want to see more!

  21. Natasha Reply

    I didn’t realise how many incredible sights there was to be seen in India! The Taj Mahal is high on my to see list and after reading this the Golden Temple is as well now. This is a very good article with great description of each sight! Nicely written!

  22. Danik Reply

    India, India, India….I will get there. This is one country I really want to discover and it has so much to offer and reading this post is wetting my lips again!

  23. Emely Roman Reply

    India is one of the top places I would love to visit. The culture, the history, the food, everything is so rich! I really would love to visit one day.

  24. Wiebke Reply

    My knowledge about India’s sights basically includes only the Taj Mahal.
    Nice to see that there are so many other monuments and temples worth visiting, they look amazing and well-preserved too.

  25. Juander Woman Reply

    I must admit, I’m only familiar with Taj Mahal, but after seeing your list, I’m amazed at how much India has to offer. India has so many UNESCO heritage sites which are quite interesting, most especially Hampi.

  26. Kate Reply

    So beautiful! I adore the architecture. I can’t wait to get to India one day, but I freak out a bit in crowds and become overstimulated, so I really worry that will be a difficulty for me. I imagine it gets easier over time though?

  27. Marcelle Reply

    India is incredible rich on culture and ancient history which must be most interesting to see. We haven’t visited India because we tend to choose less populated places of the world. But we certainly miss out on not seeing the seven wonders of India.

  28. Katherine Reply

    Great article highlighting the wonders to see. Taj Mahal would be incredible to see and easy to see why India is a hotspot with travellers with landmarks like this.

  29. Jing Reply

    I’ve only been to Mumbai for a short training and I can’t wait to go back to India to explore more. I very much appreciate your list as I’m only aware of the Taj Majal from what you’ve listed.

  30. margarette Reply

    Great! I’ve never been to India but I actually heard there are many nice places there. Seeing all these pics, seems like touring India now.

  31. Mimi & Mitch Reply

    Hampi is so high on our list. It is so incredible and in a different way from the Taj, which we’ve seen already. Konark Sun temple is also a place that looks hyper stunning! Bookmarked!

  32. Marion Halliday (Red Nomad OZ) Reply

    Of course they’re ALL amazing … and of course I’d want to see all of them if I visited India, especially the Taj Mahal! But if I could only visit one, how could I pass up the chance to see Gomateshwara – world’s largest monolithic statue – especially being bathed with water, milk, tumeric and vermilion! That’d be amazing!

  33. Punita Malhotra Reply

    Each of these architectural creations are amazing. The fine craftsmanship of the bygone era can never be replicated, no matter how technologically advanced we become. Have yet to visit some of these.

  34. Jen Joslin Reply

    This post gave me some great inspiration for where to go on our next India trip! So far from your list I have been to the Taj Mahal and Hampi. Definitely interested to check the other five out. The Golden Temple looks especially amazing!

  35. Lydia Smith Reply

    I love the thought of visiting the Golden Temple, I see temples a lot in Indian movies. I must really commend you, your blog posts give life to India’s architecture and landscape.

  36. Garth Reply

    What a great list! I would love to see them all one day 🙂 especially the Golden Temple, that really does look incredible!

  37. Angie (FeetDoTravel) Reply

    Unfortunately I have only seen 1 out of the 7, shame on me! Naturally it was the Taj Mahal, in my personal opinion, no trip to India is complete without seeing this monument of love 😀 Great list, pinned for when I return to India so I can tick more off this list next time! #feetdotravel

  38. knycx.journeying Reply

    It’s a wonderful list and indeed they are wondrous. I would love to visit The Golden Temple but it seems quite far from Delhi and I wonder what’s that like for a foreigner visiting there?
    @ knycx.journeying

  39. Erica Reply

    It must be a magnificent sight to see the sun shine upon that golden temple! In India, I feel you have a lot of golden temples? don’t you? Are they all made with real gold? I hope to visit one of them someday!

  40. Kiwi Reply

    How beautiful. I have always wanted to visit India didn’t know about many of these structures and temples thank you for sharing.

  41. Abigail Sinsona Reply

    I love visiting historical sites. This list about the Seven Wonders of India is my kind of list! Taj Mahal is of course on anyone’s bucket list. Thank you for this list, which will hopefully come in handy soon!

  42. Ambuj Saxena Reply

    I love the collection of 7 wonders of India. Though i presented my thoughts in Khajuraho on how to promote Heritage Tourism in India but I still haven’t visited Hampi. I have read so much about it but have to be there to witness the intricate details in person!

  43. Lisa N Reply

    Well since my trip to India last year I cant wait to go back. I would love to visit Khajuraho and Konark Sun Temple. India is probably one of my best travel experiences to date.

  44. Marvi of Osmiva Reply

    India has indeed so many amazing sites that has a lot of interesting history. India has been on my bucketlistfor years. I’m sure these wonders are pretty awesome when seen first-hand!

  45. Joanna Reply

    I am lucky to have seen the Taj Mahal, one of these 7 wonders of India. It was indeed a unique experience and I am glad I got to see it. I wish though that the experience would have been different. I feel that they allow too many people at once and that ruins the entire visit, you can’t enjoy the same experience as Tagore had when he wrote that the Taj Mahal is a teardrop on the cheek of time.

  46. Marge Reply

    I have always wanted to see the Taj Mahal because it is indubitably the most famous Indian heritage site. But if we’re going to based it on my curiosity, what I really want to see is the Khajuraho. I have read about this temple from different books and blogs and I find it truly fascinating. How are they able to create a temple with erotic scupltures in those time and age is simply mind blowing to me.

  47. melody pittman Reply

    Lovely! The Golden Temple and Taj Mahal are definitely on my bucket list. I love how many UNESCO World Heritage Sites there are. 😉

  48. Zoya Reply

    A few years back, we planned to do a trip to Mumbai and Agra to see the Taj, of course. But sadly we had to cancel our plans a week before our flights! I really do hope, I get to make it there one day – the Golden Palace looks stunning and reminds me so much of Kinkaku-ji in Kyoto.

  49. Katchutravels Reply

    I have not been to Khajuraho, Nalanda, Konark and Sun Temple yet, though I have been to the other 3 places. I have been fascinated by what I see and read of Khajuraho. Indians were far more true to their hearts back in the ages, and I loved that they were pretty open about documenting their sensual sides.

  50. Amrita Sen Reply

    They are a wonderful collection. I think I can add a few more – Varanasi, Diamond triangle of Odisha, Ajanta-Ellora and so on. Infact, I can’t just stop!! 😉

  51. Claire Reply

    These are all incredible places! I only heard about the Golden Temple recently, others I have never heard of but they all look awesome!

  52. Tania Mukherjee Reply

    Hampi is on my radar from a long time! I had been to Konark Sun Temple when I was very small. Probably its time for return. I absolutely loved my time at the Golden’s equally spectacular during both day and night time.

  53. Ferna Reply

    I haven’t visited India Yet, and now this seven wonders just really adding more and more places for me to see in India. It’s really great to know that there are like this in India, apart from of course the famous Taj Mahal.

  54. Rhonda Albom Reply

    We have never been to India, but my daughter is dying to go. It’s one of the top countries on her wishlist. Both she and I want to see the Taj Mahal.

  55. Danni L Reply

    The Konark Sun Temple somehow reminds me of Peruvian huacas, must have an incredible history. Pleasantly surprised to read that the Golden Temple accepts visitors of other faiths, even though it is of great importance to the Sikh community- that openness is quite rare, and it’s really something I’d love to see. Ancient India must have been incredibly advanced, is all I can guess, from the ruins of its learning centre.

  56. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits Reply

    There’s really so much to see in India that most of us didn’t know about. This is truly a wonder of India that we should visit. I love the Konark Sun Temple, the history behind it and the innate beauty that it offers. I will surely include them all in my bucket list and hopefully I can visit all of them soon. Thank you so much for always feeding us about the beautiful destination India.

  57. Jennifer g Reply

    I have never been to India but one day I do want to visit. It looks like such a great place to be so many beautiful sights. I totally adding this to my bucket list of places to travel!

  58. Suruchi Reply

    This is a wonderful list and I just realized that I have only seen three of these. These are all architectural marvels in themselves. So, now need to plan a trip soon to check the others out too.

  59. Karie Reply

    I can’ believe that I’m yet to see all these places though I live in India. They are such marvels in terms of history, culture and architecture. I have the Taj Mahal, Golden Temple and Hampi on my bucket list. I will definitely add the rest and I must visit all soon!

  60. Elisa Reply

    I have seen a little bit of India but unfortunately none of the wonders you mention. My next trip to India will be to Ladakh and I hope to combine it with a Taj Mahal visit. There was no particular order on your list or Taj-Mahal is your favorite, Hampi the second one and so on?

  61. mark wyld Reply

    Some iconic attractions on this list to visit. The Taj always looks amazing in pictures but maybe seeing it with thousands of people would not be so grand. I would be happier to see some of the others that are less crowded

  62. Barb Reply

    India, wow! What an amazing country! I have seen 2 of the 7 wonders. I havent heard of the other 5, but I would love to see them.

  63. Tracy Reply

    I have not seen any of them at all. I am amazed by the details of the statue and the temples. I have no doubt why they are included in the seven wonders of India. Really beautiful.

  64. Jean Reply

    So many amazing things to see in India. I can see why you included these in the list of seven wonders. I’d love to see the Golden Temple

  65. Swati Reply

    Great compilation and I still have about 3 to go :). Of course, if you follow my blog you will see that Hampi is one of my favorite !

  66. Danielle Desir Reply

    Truly an insightful blog post Sandy! I was only previously familiar with the very popular Taj Mahal but I’ve learned of so many other man made wonders that are deeply rooted in India’s history! I’d love to visit the Konark Sun Temple to get a closer look at the ancient carvings.

  67. Harini Reply

    The golden temple and Khajuraho look beautiful with their intricate architecture.It amazes me how the people of those times never had any formal training in engineering or architecture but were able to construct marvels like these

  68. Chasing Potatoes Reply

    All of them are stunning! Wow, what a great collection you have here! I knew very little of Taj Mahal not until I saw this post. Now I learned a lot about this historical spot. Truly India has a lot of things to offer. It is a country that one must visit in his lifetime. Thanks for sharing.

  69. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow Reply

    So many heritage sites! All of these places look amazing to visit but I’m particularly interested in Hampi as I had not heard of it up until now. I think I’d be happy if I only even got to visit a couple on this list.

  70. Madhurima Maiti Reply

    These are some of the best places to explore in India. You have compiled a great list here. Have been there to all except Gomateshwara and Khajuraho.

  71. Ariane Reply

    Wow, I’ve never been to India, so when I go I’d really much like to see those 7 wonders! But then again I’ve never see the 7 wonders of the world… Too many places to see, with an ever increasing bucket list for travels :-/

  72. Ami Bhat Reply

    Yet to see a few of them but amongst the ones that I have, Hampi is my favorite. I absolutely love the place for the hidden treasures it has. Nice to see it featured here.

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