More or less we all know about the Seven Wonders of the World and some must have been fortunate enough to witness those awe inspiring sites. India as a country full of cultural diversity is blessed with some of the most interesting and stunning places of interest and no doubt this is why tourists from all corners of the world flock here to witness it up close and personal.
Here are list of 7 Wonders of India which you might have visited, now take pride because you did!
- Taj Mahal, Agra- undoubtedly this one needs to be here at the top for all obvious reasons. Taj had been claiming the top position among the Seven Wonders of the World and we are proud of that. Located in Tajgang, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, this marble wonder had never failed to amaze people from its very inception. Popular as an epitome of love, this marble mausoleum was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in fond memory of his loving wife Mumtaz Mahal and was completed in the year 1648. It took around twenty years to build this marble beauty and is one of the most beautiful monuments in the world.
- Sun Temple, Odisha- a fabulous architectural marvel, the Sun Temple at Konark, Odisha is something worth viewing. Believed to be built by king Narasimhadeva I in the year 1255 CE, the temple resembles a chariot with giant wheels, pillars and walls. There are 24 wheels in the chariot pulled by seven horses. The temple is dedicated to the Sun God. Some major part of the temple in in ruins now but the remaining part doesn’t cease to mirror the glory of the past echoing stories of this gigantic chariot. The temple is a World Heritage Site.
- Nalanda University, Bihar- located in Patna, Bihar, Nalanda was a glorious university dating from 7th century BCE to 1200 CE until it saw the aftermath of foreign invasion. The university saw its golden days under the patronage of the Gupta Empire and later king Harsha of Kannauj. The university had 300 lecture halls, libraries, laboratories and observatory. It is believed that Gautam Buddha taught his disciples in a mango grove located nearby.
- Golden Temple, Amritsar- or Sri Harmandir Sahib is the most sacred place of worship for Shikhs. Located in Amritsar in Punjab, sacred place is gold plated with real gold which forms mostly the outside of the temple. The foundation stone of the temple was laid down by a Muslim saint Hazrat Mian Mir in the year 1585. Where would you find such a beautiful example of brotherhood and harmony? The temple is surrounded by a pool of water which is believed to have special properties.
- Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh- a group of Hindu and Jain temples, this fabulous site was built during the reign of Chandel Kings somewhere between 950 AD and 1050 AD. Located in Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, this place is a fine example of rich architecture and cultural heritage in India. The place is popular for erotic sculpture which reflects nagara style of architecture. The place is a World Heritage Site.
- Hampi, Karnataka- located among the ruins of the city of Vijaynagara, Hampi is a village in Karnataka. It is believed that Lord Ram visited this place with Laxman while searching for Sita and asked help from Bali and Sugriv, the monkey brothers who happened to rule to this place back then. The place is considered as a religious site and is a World Heritage Site. The kingdom of Hampi dates back to somewhere in 1 CE.
- Dholavira, Gujarat- a glimpse of the popular Indus Valley Civilization is what Dholavira is all about. The place was a major part of the Harappan city and reflects how urban lifestyle was back then. Dating back to some 5000 years the site is one of the five largest Harappan sites. The site was inhabited from c.2650 BCE and anyone interested in history should visit it once.
These was the list of seven amazing wonders of India which one must visit once in a lifetime to witness the glory shared by these sites untouched by time.