We’ve collected the top 15 monuments to visit in India.
Qutab Minar, Delhi
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was started in 1192, and has survived lightning strikes, restoration failures, and tragedy. While visitors can no longer climb the spiral staircase inside the tower, a visit to this monument is still worth your while.
Jama Masjid, Delhi
One of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid was built between 1644 and 1656. The mosque is truly a sight to see: the courtyard can accommodate 25,000 worshippers!
Sarnath has been developed as a place of pilgrimage, both for Buddhists from India and abroad.
Raj Ghat, Delhi
A monument celebrating Mahatma Gandhi, Raj Ghat marks the site of Gandhi’s cremation on January 30th, 1948. Take a moment to learn about Gandhi as you observe the various memorials, and observe the eternal flame that marks his life.
Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi Town
Construction of Sanchi Stupa began all the way back in the 3rd century BCE, so it’s no surprise that this ancient marvel continues to draw a crowd!
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
This historic railway station and UNESCO World Heritage SIte serves as the headquarters for India’s Central Railways. If you visit the station to marvel at the architecture (and you should!) be prepared for crowds: this is one of the busiest rail stations in all of India.
Gateway of India, Mumbai
Built to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary on their visit to India in 1911, the Gateway of India is an arch monument that sits on the waterfront at Apollo Bunder in South Mumbai. The Gateway of India is Mumbai’s top tourist attraction, and is sometimes referred to as “The Taj Mahal of Mumbai.”
Listed as one of India’s most recognizable structures, the Charminar (which translates to “Four Minarets”) was constructed in 1591. World-famous festivals, such as Eid-ul-adha and Eid-ul-fitr, are celebrated at the Charminar.
Lotus Temple, New Delhi
One of the more modern monuments on our list, the Lotus Temple in New Delhi was dedicated in 1986. This Baha’i House of Worship is open to the public, regardless of religion, and has won several architectural awards for its beautiful, unique design.
Agra Fort, Agra
As the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638, the Agra Fort doesn’t lack in opulence. In fact, it’s the sister monument to the iconic Taj Mahal!
Khajuraho Temple, Chhatarpur
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; a group of monuments famous for their stunning architecture.
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Built out of red and pink sandstone, this palace was constructed to look like the honeycomb of a beehive.
Golden Temple, Amritsar
The Golden Temple is the holiest Gurdwara (a Sikh place of worship), and most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. The temple site has survived historical persecution and now sits amongst buildings including an open-air boat of worship for people of all religions.
Mysore Palace, Mysore
Mysore is known as the City of Palaces, but this one, within the city’s Old Fort, is it’s grandest and most popular.
Taj Mahal, Agra
You didn’t think we’d forget India’s most popular – and most iconic – monument, did you? This grand white marble structure is the final resting place of Mumtaz Mahal, the favourite wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (who reigned from 1628 to 1658). The Taj Mahal sits on 17 hectares of property, and welcomes more than 8 million visitors a year.
You could visit India a million times and experience something new with every visit! If you want to check one (or two, or three…) of these monuments off your list, head over to TourRadar and start planning your perfect trip today!
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