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Agra Fort
Uttar Pradesh, Agra District

Agra Fort

Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques.

Ajanta Caves
Maharashtra State, Aurangabad District, Soyagon Taluka, Lenapur Village

Ajanta Caves

The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence.

Taj Mahal
Uttar Pradesh, Agra District

Taj Mahal

An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage.

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks
State of Uttaranchal

Nanda Devi

These are some of the most spectacular wilderness areas in the Himalayas. Dominated by the peak of Nanda Devi, which rises to over 7,800 m, Nanda Devi National Park has remained more or less intact because of its inaccessibility. It is the habitat of several endangered mammals, especially the snow leopard, Himalayan musk deer and bharal. The Valley of Flowers National Park is renowned for its meadows of endemic alpine flowers and outstanding natural beauty, and is also home to rare and endangered animals, including the Asiatic black bear, snow leopard, brown bear and blue sheep. Together they encompass a unique transition zone between the mountain ranges of the Zanskar and Great Himalaya, praised by mountaineers and botanists for over a century and in Hindu mythology for much longer.

Mountain Railways of India
States of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu

Mountain Railways of India

Still operational today, these hill passenger railways crossing regions of great beauty are outstanding examples of bold, ingenious engineering solutions for the problem of establishing an effective rail link through a rugged, mountainous terrain. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway opened in 1881, while the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, though proposed in 1854, was begun in 1891 and completed in 1908 due to the difficulty of the mountainous location which scales an elevation of 326m to 2,203m. It was highly significant in facilitating population movement and the social-economic development in the British colonial era.

Great Living Chola Temples

Chola Temples

Two great Chola Temples of the 11th and 12th centuries have been added to the 11th century Brihadisvara temple of Thanjavur, inscribed in 1987. The Great Living Chola Temples were built by kings of the Chola Empire, which stretched over all of South India and the neighbouring islands. The site now includes the three great 11th and 12th century Chola Temples: the Brihadisvara temple of Thanjavur, the Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram and the Airavatesvara temple at Darasuram. The Temple of Gangaikondacholisvaram, built by Rajendra I, was completed in 1035. Its 53-m vimana (sanctum tower) has recessed corners and a graceful upward curving movement, contrasting with the straight and severe tower at Thanjavur. It has six pairs of massive, monolithic dvarapalas statues guarding the entrances and bronzes of remarkable beauty inside. The Airavatesvara temple complex, built by Rajaraja II, at Darasuram features a 24-m vimana and a stone image of Shiva. The temples testify to the Cholas brilliant achievements in architecture, sculpture, painting, and bronze casting.

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
Madhya Pradesh


On a hill overlooking the plain and about 40 km from Bhopal, the site of Sanchi comprises a group of Buddhist monuments (monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries) all in different states of conservation most of which date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence and was a major Buddhist centre in India until the 12th century A.D.

Keoladeo National Park
State of Rajasthan, 50 km west of Agra

Keoladeo National Park

This former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas is one of the major wintering areas for large numbers of aquatic birds from Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, China and Siberia. Some 364 species of birds, including the rare Siberian crane, have been recorded in the park.

Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

Qutb Minar

Built in the early 13th century a few kilometres south of Delhi, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu'l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples.

Col. Lamba Indian Home Stay Agra. Grand Hotel - Agra Agra. The Orchha Resort Agra

Dharmadwar Ahmedabad

Akash Hotel and Chill Out Cafe Ajmer, The Pushkar Camp Retreat Ajmer

Pooppallys Homestay Alappuzha, Pozhiyoram Beach Resort Alappuzha, The Pamba Heritage Villa Alappuzha

Pooppallys Heritage Home and Resorts Alleppey Bangalore, Hotel Bangalore Gate Bangalore, Richmond Hotel India Bangalore, Royal Lodge Bangalore, Soms Service Homes Bangalore, Sumanjay Homestay Bangalore

Resort Mellorosa Bardez

Shri Ram Hotel Bikaner, Vinayak Guest House Bikaner, Youth Hostel Bikaner Bikaner

Breeze Hotel Chennai, Elements - Hostel Chennai, Guest Inn Chennai, Hotel Mount Heera Chennai, Hotel Pandian Chennai, Raj Residency Chennai

Cochinn Cochin, Cochinstay Cochin, Evergreen Kerala Cochin, Gramam Cochin, Greenview Inn Cochin, Haritha Farms Cochin, Hotel Cochin Tower Cochin, Rain Tree Lodge Cochin, Thomasinn Cochin, Woods Manor Cochin, Yuvarani Residency Cochin

Sabs Guest House Colva

Snowlion Homestay Darjeeling

Place to Stay Dehradun

Hotel Akashdeep Dharamsala

Kuzhupilly beach house Ernakulam

Anjunapalms Guesthouse Goa, Castello's Tourist Nest Goa, La Ben Resort Goa, Laguna Anjuna Goa, Mandrem Beach Resort Goa, Orange House Apartments Goa, Peravel Beach Holiday Home Goa, Prazeres Resorts Goa, Raj Resorts By the Sea Goa, Riva Beach Resorts Goa, Studio Calangute Goa, The Orange House Goa, Tropicano Beach Resort Goa, Village Royale Goa

Hotel Milap Mansion Hardwar, Sharmas B&B Hardwar

Silver Sand Resort Havelock

Hotel Arya Niwas Jaipur, Hotel Pearl Palace Jaipur, Karan's Guesthouse Jaipur, Residency Inn Jaipur, Sajjan Niwas Jaipur, Savoy Hotel Jaipur, Shahar Palace Jaipur, Sri Niwas Country Homes Jaipur, Umaid Bhawan Jaipur, Umaid Mahal Jaipur

Hotel Golden City Jaisalmer, Hotel Suraj Jaisalmer, Rawla Camp Retreat Jaisalmer, The Camel Safari Camp Retreat Jaisalmer

The Maya Hotel Jalandhar

Cosy Guest House Jodhpur, Durag Niwas Guest House Jodhpur, Haveli Inn Pal Jodhpur, Krishna Prakash Heritage Haveli Jodhpur, Mandore Guesthouse Jodhpur, Meghniwas Guesthouse Jodhpur, Saji Sanwri Jodhpur, The Blue House Jodhpur, Yogi Guesthouse Jodhpur

Native Place Kamshet

GRT Regency Kanchipuram

Mogli Youth Hostel Kanha

The Krishna Jungle Resort Kanha National Park

Hotel Mandakini Kanpur

Backwater Retreat - The Theme House Kerala, Bakers Resort Kovalam Kerala, Hiliya Resort Home Stay Kerala, Illikkalam Lake Resort Kerala, Kannur Beach House Kerala, Pranavam Holidays Ltd Kerala, Taamara Guesthouse Kerala

Green Acres Resort Kodaikanal, JC Woodville Manor Kodaikanal

Hotel Himalay Kolkata

G.K's River View Homestay Kottayam

Whitehouse Ayurvedic Beach Resort Kovalam

Tharavadu Heritage Home Resort Kumarakom, Tharavadu Houseboats Kumarakom

Samrat Lonavala

Elements Hostel-Madurai Madurai, Hotel Supreme Madurai, Royal Court Hotel Madurai

Hotel Mamalla Heritage Mahabalipuram

Camp Sarchu Heights Manali, Johnsons Lodge Manali, Sarthak Resorts Hostel Manali, Solang Valley Camp Retreat Manali

Toor Resort Mandrem

Hotel Sheetal Regency Mathura

Chateau Windsor Hotel Mumbai, Hotel Anukool Mumbai, Hotel Airlines International Mumbai, Hotel Classic Mumbai, Hotel Highway Inn Mumbai, Hotel Highway Residency Mumbai, Hotel Metro International Mumbai, Hotel Metro Palace Mumbai, Hotel Midland Mumbai, Hotel Samrat Mumbai, Hotel Singhs International Mumbai, Pals Hotel Mumbai, West End Hotel Mumbai

Mussorrie Camp Retreat Mussoorie

Paradise Hotel Mysore

Hotel New Bharat Nainital

Tourist Pension Nawalgarh

At Vasant Kunj, Home stay New Delhi, Blue Sapphire Hostel I New Delhi, Hostel Indian Blues New Delhi, Hotel Ajanta New Delhi, Hotel Bala Ji Deluxe New Delhi, Hotel Chanchal Continental New Delhi, Hotel Chanchal Deluxe New Delhi, Hotel Chand Palace New Delhi, Hotel City Castle New Delhi, Hotel Clark International New Delhi, Hotel Classic New Delhi New Delhi, Hotel Cosmo New Delhi, Hotel Elegant International New Delhi, Hotel Grand Godwin New Delhi, Hotel Mohan International New Delhi, Hotel Pallvi Palace New Delhi, Hotel Pauls New Delhi, Hotel Rahul Palace New Delhi, Hotel Red Castle New Delhi, Hotel Shree Ram Deluxe New Delhi, Hotel Southern New Delhi, Hotel Sri Nanak Continental New Delhi, Hotel Sun City New Delhi, Hotel Sunstar New Delhi, Hotel Swati New Delhi, Hotel Vishal Residency New Delhi, Hotel Welcome Palace New Delhi, Hotel Yuvraj New Delhi, J's Inn New Delhi, La Sagrita Tourist Home New Delhi, New Haven Hostel New Delhi, Pablas International New Delhi, Smyle Inn New Delhi, The Grand Inn New Delhi, The Legend Inn New Delhi, The Suncourt Hotel Yatri New Delhi, Upvan Guest House New Delhi

Villa Rivercat North Goa

Lotus Hermitage Panjim, Vinayak's Guesthouse Panjim

Hotel Sentinel Port Blair, Hotel Shompen Port Blair, Silver Sand Beach Resort Port Blair

Darbargadh Poshina Poshina

Hotel Raviraj Pune Pune

Chacha's Garden Pushkar, Pushkar Fort Pushkar

Singhasan Haveli Rajasthan

The Tiger Villa Ranthambhore

Ogs Tourist Home Rishikesh

Devagiri Retreat Sakleshpur

Hotel Polo Towers Shillong

Hotel Quality Inn Himdev Shimla

Shimla Youth Hostel Shimla

Sidharth Resort Shri Mahavir Ji

Chandratal Lake Camp Retreat Spiti Valley, Spiti Valley Camp Retreat Spiti Valley

Hotel Sangam Thanjavur Thanjavur

Hotel Sangam Tiruchirapalli, Jenneys Residency Tiruchirapalli

Hotel Regency Trivandrum, Jas Hotel Trivandrum, Koch Kovalam Holiday Home Trivandrum, Paradise Gardens Beach Resort Trivandrum

Anjani Hotel Udaipur, Hotel Sarovar Udaipur, Mewar Inn Udaipur, Mountain Ridge Udaipur

Ajay Guest House Varanasi, Hotel Elena Varanasi, Hotel Surya Varanasi, Pallavi International Hotel Varanasi, Radiant YMCA Tourist Hostel Varanasi, Rashmi Guest House Varanasi

Aavanaa Inn Vellore


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