Having UNESCO designated sites in a country such as india is a thing of pride and joy.
The ones who get to visit it? Luckier than most!
This winter, why not plan a trip to some of those UNESCO World Heritage sites?
Everyone has heard of the Taj Mahal and the sculptures of Khajuraho.
But here’s a list of the ones that are not as well-known but are not any less magnificent!
Chandigarh Capitol Complex, Chandigarh
The resplendent Chandigarh Capitol Complex showcases some of the expertise and that the renowned architect Le Corbusier is known for.
Comprising of a tranquil lake with three monuments, and three buildings.
This beautiful building complex was added in the list of the Heritage Sites in India in 2016.
While the monuments consist of the Geometric Hill, Open Hand Monument.
The Tower of Shadows, the three buildings are the grand Palace of Assembly, the High Court, and the Secretariat.
The Complex’s very amazing and sleek design makes it hard to believe that it was built around the 1950’s.
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Madhya Pradesh
Bhimbetka is a cluster of 750 rock shelters and seven hills.
All of which hold traces of the earliest signs and of human habitation in India.
A slice of paradise for history lovers because this place is home to prehistoric cave paintings.
The paintings bear evidence of human life that existed over 100,000 years ago.
These fascinating paintings revolve around various themes and some of which show hunting and dancing while others include animals.
You can easily spend a few hours and with marvelling at these beautiful paintings.
Manas Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam
Nestled in the foothills of the mighty Himalayas, Manas Wildlife Sanctuary is a tiger and elephant.
Home to various species of endangered animals like
1)the hispid hare
2)Assam roofed turtle
4)the golden langur.
This place is the perfect destination for nature buffs and wildlife lovers.
The gurgling Manas River cuts through the heart of this park, and is home to large numbers of wild water buffaloes.
There’s even a village situated in the heart of the park and which you can visit to learn more about the Bodo community.
Keibul Lamjao National Park, Manipur
Sprawled across a whopping 40 kilometres, the Keibul Lamjao National Park is the only and one of the best floating park in the world.
It is primarily composed of plant materials, which are locally known as phumdis.
This place is the natural habitat of the endangered brow-antlered deer.
Also referred to as the Manipur Eld’s deer, and the dancing deer, known as the sangai.
Another highlight of the park is the Loktak lake and which is the largest freshwater lake in India.
Kaas Plateau, Maharashtra
Famous for huge varieties of seasonal wildflowers,
The Kaas Plateau has an ethereal charm that magnetically draws the intrepid traveller.
With endemic butterflies that flutter across the sprawling meadows carpeted with flowers in full bloom.
The plateau offers a quick escape from the humdrum of daily life.
Kaas is a place that is yet to be defiled by urbanization and commercialism.
The best time to visit this heritage site is from August to October.
When you can see the brilliantly coloured flowers spread across the entire plateau.
Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat
Dotted with ancient forts, the Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park starts from the foothills of Pavagadh and gently rolls into the city of Champaner.
Home to huge arches, intricate entrance gates, and royal palaces this place will leave you speechless.
This heritage site in india gives you an insight into the way of life back in the 14th century through its 1)extensive residential complexes 2)water installations
The prime attraction of this site is the glorious Kalika Mata Temple, perched at an altitude of 800 metres on top of the Pavagadh Hill.
Darasuram, Tamil Nadu
Situated in a cozy corner of Tamil Nadu, Darasuram is an offbeat panchayat town that lies in the lap of nature.
Renowned for the regal Airavateswara Temple
This heritage site in india is a storehouse of ancient art and architecture.
Intricate stone carvings and some beautiful architecture await you here.
The mandap in front of the temple is stunning with a colossal chariot and amazingly drawn by horses.
Dating back to the time of the Cholas, the Airavateswara Temple was built in the 13th century.
It is one of the rare places where panels of sculptures recount the history of the 63 Nayanars.
Pattadakal is a massive Jain and Hindu temple complex built by the Chalukyas in the 7th and 8th centuries.
A beautiful blend of the magnificent architectural forms of both north and south India.
Pattadakal was the site where coronations of the Chalukyan kings took place.
What makes it unique is that it has depictions of stories and not just from the Mahabharata and Ramayana.
Its also from Panchatantra, Kiratarjuniya (an epic Sanskrit poem), and the Bhagavat Purana.
Of the ten major temples located within the premises such as
1)The highly sophisticated Virupaksha Temple
2)The Papanatha Temple
which is situated about half a kilometer away.
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