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From Ajanta Caves to Mahabodhi Temple, Check Out These 5 Heritage Sites to Visit in India

New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Every year, April 18 is celebrated as World Heritage Day around the world to raise awareness of the cultural heritage around us and promote their perseverance. The day is also known as International Day for Monuments and Sites. On this day, people do various kinds of activities like visiting monuments, giving lectures and writing newspaper articles. India has many magnificent heritage sites that define our culture and diversity. Here is the list of 5 heritage sites in India that you absolutely must visit.

Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb is the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. Built in 1565-1572 by Begum Bega, the first wife of Humayan, this tomb is one of the rare monuments to have undergone several restoration works. The tomb is located near the center of Delhi, a short taxi ride from Indira Gandhi International Airport and New Delhi Airport.

Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Kaziranga National Park is home to two-thirds of the world’s largest one-horned rhinos. The best time to visit this national park is between November and April. The one-horned rhinoceros, royal Bengal tiger, Asian elephant, wild water buffalo and swamp deer are collectively known as the “Big Five” of Kaziranga. It is a vast expanse of tall elephant grass, swamps and dense tropical rainforests, criss-crossed by four major rivers, including the Brahmaputra, and the park includes many small bodies of water.

Mahabodhi Temple Complex, Bihar

The Mahabodhi temple complex is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya in Bihar and it is said that Buddha attained his enlightenment here. The site has a descendant of the Bodhi tree under which Buddha gained enlightenment, and it has been a destination of pilgrimage for Hindus and Buddhists for over two thousand years.

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Gujarat

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park is located around Champaner, a city founded by Vanraj Chavda, the most prominent king of the Chavda dynasty, in the 8th century. The best time to visit this park is between October and February. There are eleven different building types in Champaner-Pavagadh including mosques, temples, granaries, tombs, wells, walls and terraces.

Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra

The Ajanta Caves are universally regarded as masterpieces of Buddhist religious art and are approximately 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments dating from the 2nd century BCE to approximately 480 CE in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The caves are also mentioned in the memoirs of several medieval Chinese Buddhist travelers to India and by a Mughal-era official from the Akbar era in the early 17th century. The best time to visit this place is from November to March.

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