India is one of the oldest heritage sites in the world. Majority of the populace also practice the world’s oldest religion, Hinduism. India is diverse in topography, language, religion, culture, and language. A combination of these factors creates a rich history and culture that can only produce wonders never to be forgotten.
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India is regarded as a land of infinite wonders. The vast area of land boasts historical legends and tales of heroes. The jaw-dropping monuments prove to the modern world ancient men were masters of architecture.
India is a symbol of stunning magic and charm, the seven wonders of India are superb examples of ancient Indian art and architectural masterpiece. These monuments are located all over India, and you should visit at least one of them in your lifetime.
Here is the complete list of seven wonders of India with names, pictures & places.
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- Here is the complete list of seven wonders of India with names, pictures & places.
- 1. Taj Mahal
- 2. The Konark Sun Temple
- 3. The Monolithic Gomateshwara Statue
- 4. Nalanda University
- 5. Khajuraho
- 6. Hamandir Sahib / Golden Temple Punjab
- 7. Hampi Temple Complex, Kanakarta
1. Taj Mahal
The Taj Magal is a symbol of beauty, love, and architectural prowess. Built from 1632 to 1653 AD, a 22-year construction process which involved 20,000 workers and over 1000 elephants. Only a few people in the world have not heard about the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
The Taj Mahal was built by renowned Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as an expression of love and affection for his wife Mumtaz Mahal after her demise. The Taj Mahal is also the resting place of the emperor Shah Jahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal.
What’s stunning about this art and the architectural masterpiece is the marvelous architecture, great artwork, and grand entrance. This wonderful architectural masterpiece mixes a blend of the best Persian and Mughal architecture.
The tomb where Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal lay is perhaps the most stunning center of attraction on this sprawling 17 hectare of ancient Indian architectural beauty.
The temple is an ivory white marble mausoleum that changes its colors with the variation of light. The view of the Taj Mahal under moonlight is a stunning site that will leave an indelible memory on your mind.
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The taj was constructed under the supervision of the renowned ancient architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri. The Taj Mahal is one of UNESCO world heritage site, attracts over 8 million tourists every year, and is not just a wonder in India, but one of the seven wonders of the world.
There are myths about the Shah Jahan cut off the arms of every worker involved in the building of the Taj Mahal. Although this story is not a fact, it just adds to the mystique and magic of this iconic symbol of a man’s love for his wife.
This is one of the wonders of India you should probably visit in your lifetime. The best time for tourists is between October and March. The nearest airport to the site is the Indira Gandhi international airport in Delhi, and the domestic Kheria airport which is just 5 kilometers away.
2. The Konark Sun Temple
The Konark sun temple, which is located in Orissa is one of the intriguing wonders of India. It was built and dedicated to the sun god Surya. The Konark sun temple which is located in a coastal region which is Orissa. The temple built near the river Chadanbragha is a mix of ancient temples designed with amazing artwork, and stunning erotic sculptures.
This epitome of Kalinga architectural prowess was built in 1255 CE by King Narasimdeheva I of the East Ganga dynasty. The temple is also known as the black pagoda.
The main attraction of this famous tourist destination is the sun chariot styled temple. This temple was built in the shape of a gigantic chariot, designed with 12 pairs of clinically carved wheels, made of pillars, walls, and stones, and they are drawn by seven horses.
One special feature of this historic temple is the three statues of the sun god where rays of the sunshine on from sunrise to sunset and the sundial with 12 wheels pulled by 7 horses tell the time of the day with absolute accuracy.
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The engineering and architecture employed to build this ancient temple still baffles modern engineers and architects.
This temple is a UNESCO heritage site and attracts millions of visitors every year. Even though most part of the temple has been destroyed, there is still a lot of tourists to see here.
This temple is another fabulous wonder in India you need to see at least once in your lifetime. The best time to visit is within November and February. The nearest airport to this historical landmark is the Bhubaneswar airport.
3. The Monolithic Gomateshwara Statue
The Gomateshwara is a giant monolithic statue of the revered Balubali of the Jain religion. The 57-foot monolith is located on a hilltop in Shravanabelagola, Kanakarta. The statue built by the Ganga dynasty minister and commander Chavundaraya is voted one of the seven wonders of India.
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Bahubali is famed to have attained salvation (moksha) by meditating for a year while standing motionless. Climbing vines wrapped around his body and can be depicted with the artworks of plants wrapped around the statue. Bahubali is also Rishabhanata’s son; Rishabhanata is the first Jain Tirthankara.
The site of this statue is just 140 km from Bangalore, and it receives thousands of visitors from India, and around the world. This massive statue is one of the largest standing statues in the world.
The gomateshwara temple plays host to the mahamastakabhisheka celebration or anointing ceremony. This festival is held by the jain faithful every 12 years. The festivities include washing the head of the giant figurine with milk, ghee, saffron, honey, and eight unique kinds of sandal paste.
This is done to preserve the natural shine of the rock the statue is made from, and Jain devotees also do this to imbibe unlimited spiritual powers.
The last anointing ceremony took place in 2006. The next anointing ceremony is 2018.
The gigantic, yet peaceful and serene gomateshwara statue is one beautiful wonder of india you should see one in your lifetime. The nearest airport to this landmark is the Mangalore airport which is just 29km away. The best time for tourists to visit this historic site is between October and March.
4. Nalanda University
Nalanda university is an ancient center of learning and a massive Buddhist monastery built in the 7th century BC. It is also considered one of the oldest universities in the world, with students from ancient Greece, Tibet, China, and even Persia traveling to this renowned center of learning for more knowledge.
Nalanda is located near Patna, the capital city of Bihar. The location was once a prosperous village, with major trade routes. The trade routes ran through the city of Rajgir which was the capital city of Magadha.
Nalanda was the most popular ancient center for advanced learning and based its learning process on the neatly organized method of Vedic learning.
The university attained its highest prominence during the reign of the Gupta empire, and also during the rule of Harshavadhana the emperor of Kannauj.
It is said Mahavira the Jain Thirthankara was in the university for 14 seasons, and Gautama Buddha delivered teachings in a mango grove called pavarika.
The university was later ransacked by a Turkish Muslim army in the 12th century AD. After the destruction, the university was abandoned and forgotten for a long time, till the government of India revived the site, and now it is a popular tourist destination, attracting thousands of visitors yearly.
Nalanda University was voted one of the seven wonders of India, and it is also a UNESCO heritage site. Built on a massive 14 hectares of land, the university was a big in knowledge as it is in land size.
The special features of this historic landmark are the pavarika mango grove where Gautama Buddha taught. The Nalanda archaeological museum, Hiuen Tsang memorial hall, and the great stupa.
The Nalanda University is one of the great wonders of India you should probably visit once in your lifetime. The nearest airport to this city is the Lok Nayak Jayaprakash international airport, which is just 97km away from the site. Official Website of Nalanda University.
The Khajuraho group of monuments is a cluster of Jain and Hindu temples located in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh. This cluster of temples was selected as one of the seven wonders of the Indian nation and is also a UNESCO heritage site.
The temple is mostly known for its amazing artwork and breathtaking erotic statuettes. The artwork, nagara style architecture, and sculptures on this historic site depicts mostly romance and love, and the temple is popular all over the world.
The special features of this breathtaking cluster of temples are the Kandariya Mahadev temple, Chitragupta temple, Nandi temple, Varaha temple, and the sound and lights depicting the magnificent reign of the Chandela dynasty.
The temples and every other jaw dropping monuments on this site was built between the 9th and 10th century AD by the kings of the Chandela dynasty. The site had over 85 temples at the peak of its splendor, but only 20 of them are still standing.
This historical monument is a great place for tourist, and it attracts thousands of visitors every month from India, and other parts of the world.
This is a must-visit site, at least once in your lifetime. The nearest international airport to this location is the Lucknow international airport, while the domestic airport is the Chaudhary Charan Singh.
6. Hamandir Sahib / Golden Temple Punjab
Popularly known as the Darbar Sahib. It is a Sikh gurdwara or should I say the center of worship, located in Punjab. This temple was designed in the 15th century by the 5th Sikh guru, known as Guru Arjan.
The golden temple is the holiest pilgrimage for Sikhs around the world, and the holy Sikh book known as the Adi Granth is inside the golden temple. The darbar sahib also houses the throne of the one who is timeless (Akal Takht), which the Sikh regards as the physical attribute of God.
The temple is a gold plated architectural beauty, hence the name the golden temple. The structure boasts of copper domes, white marble walls, and beautiful floral designs. The upper floors of this temple are laid with pure gold, and the majestic abode of God has a four-door entrance into it.
The location of this temple is peaceful, serene, with a quiet ambiance, and a spiritual touch. This is one of the holiest sites in India and a place of spiritual solace for the Sikhs.
One unique culture of this temple is that people of all religion can visit the temple, making it more appealing, and attracting millions of visitors yearly. It is reported that over a hundred thousand people visit this site daily.
The special features of this beautiful landmark include the Guru ka Langar, Amrit Sarovar, central Sikh museum, and the Hari Mandir.
These beautiful features made the golden temple a peoples favorite and were selected as one of the seven wonders of India.
You mist visit this golden temple at least once in your lifetime. For international tourists, the nearest international airport is the Raja Sansi international airport.
7. Hampi Temple Complex, Kanakarta
The Hampi temple complex is a cluster of ancient magnificent Hindu temple buildings in Kanakarta. Hampi is known as one of the wealthiest cities in the world at the height of its prominence.
The historical ruins of the vijaynagar kingdom have made it one of the seven wonders of India, and also a UNESCO heritage site. The ruins of the Hampi temple are known as the group of monuments. It was at its most popular status from the 13th to 15th century CE, and the region was the wealthiest in the vijaynagar kingdom.
Hampi also has other historic Hindu temples, and the beauty of this site makes it a landmark worth visiting.
The most notable temples among this ruin are the Queen’s bath, the virupaksha temple, and the vittala temple complex.
Although most of the structure is in ruins, this landmark still possesses a jaw-dropping charm about it. It is one of the seven wonders of India you should visit at least once in your lifetime.
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