India is a country of diverse traditions, cultures and religions, which is also reflected in various historical places and monuments in the country.
India had been ruled by different rulers and empires, all of them have left their mark on the country in form of various monuments.
Many historical places and monuments of India have found place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This post describes about the Top 20 Historical Places / Monuments in India on the basis of popularity:
1. Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is the most famous historical monument in India, which is visited by millions of tourists every year. Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful masterpieces in the world is situated in Agra.
Constructed in: 1653
Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
2. Golden Temple
Golden Temple also known as Harmandir Sahib is a Gurudwara and one of the most visited historical monuments in India. The construction of Golden Temple was started in the year 1585 and completed in the year 1604.
Constructed in: 1604
Location: Amritsar, Punjab
3. India Gate
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India Gate stands at 3rd in the list of top 20 historical places / monuments in India. India Gate is a tourist attraction in India and visited by a large number of people.
Constructed in: 1931
Location: Rajpath, New Delhi
4. Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is next on this list, which is another popular tourist destination in Delhi and visited by a large numeber of tourists every year. Qutub Minar is one of the largest minar in India with a height of more than 70 metres. Qutub Minar was added into the list of World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1993.
Constructed in: 1193
Location: Mehrauli, New Delhi
5. Red Fort
This photo of Red Fort (Lal Quila) is courtesy of TripAdvisor
One of the most popular historical places in Delhi, Red Fort is next on this list, which was constructed by Shah Jahan in the year 1648. Red Fort is known for its exemplary art and craftsmanship which is depicted in the entire building.
Constructed in: 1648
Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
6. Gateway of India
Gateway of India, a popular tourist attraction in Mumbai is next on this list, which was constructed in the year 1924. Located at Apollo Bandar, Gateway of India is visited by numerous people from different parts of the country every year.
Constructed in: 1924
Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra
7. Mysore Palace
This photo of Mysore Maharajah’s Palace (Amba Vilas) is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Mysore is known as the City of Palaces due to the presence of many historical palaces and monuments in the city. Mysore Palace is known for its achitecture and design and its construction began in the year 1897 and completed in 1912.
Constructed in: 1912
Location: Sayyaji Rao Road, Mysore, Karnataka
This photo of Charminar is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Charminar is ranked 8th in the list of top 20 historical places / monuments in India. Charminar is a historical place in Hyderabad, which was constructed in the year 1591.
Constructed in: 1591
Location: Hyderabad, Telangana
9. Hawa Mahal
This photo of Hawa Mahal – Palace of Wind is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Hawa Mahal also known as “Palace of Winds” is an important landmark of the city, which was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799.
Constructed in: 1799
Location: Badi Chopar, Jaipur, Rajasthan
This photo of Hampi is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Hampi is an important historical site located in Central Karnataka, which was the capital of Vijaynagara Empire. Hampi has various temples, civil buildings and military buildings, which are of historical importance. Hampi due to its historical and architectural importance has found a place in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Constructed in: 1336-1570