Top 10 iconic places to see in India

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Top 10 iconic places to see in India

India is a unique country of remarkable diversity, vibrant colours, artistic heritage, breath-taking landscapes, rich history and more. India is home to the world’s most astounding architecture. India is incredible. India welcomes and treats their tourists (guests) as God with an ancient maxim called 'Atithi Devo Bhava', which means that a guest is akin to a god. Immerse yourself in the beauty of India with its top 10 iconic places to see when you are in this beautiful country, India.

Here is the list of the Top 10 iconic places to see in India:

1. The Taj Mahal, Agra

Cover Photo: The Taj Mahal, Agra
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The Taj Mahal, a symbol of love, is one of the most beautiful and famous monuments in the world. This epitome of love and romance is a monument of immeasurable beauty. The Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan as a memorial to his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, built the Taj Mahal. It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Taj Mahal, entitled as one of Seven Wonders of the World, is a must visit to witness the masterpieces of Indian architecture.

Days Open: Every Day (except Friday)
Timings: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, Sunrise to Sunset
                8:30 pm to 12:30 am (On Full moon night, two days before and two days after.
                Night viewing closed in the month of Ramzan.)
Entry Fee: Day Fee: ₹40 per head (Indian)
                   ₹1000 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   ₹530 per head (Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries)
                   Free for children below 15 years of age
                   Night Fee: ₹510 per head (Indian)
                   ₹750 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   ₹500 per head (Child 3-15 years, Indian & Foreign)
                   Free for child below 3 years of age
Address: Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001

2. Qutub Minar, Delhi

Cover Photo: Qutub Minar, Delhi
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The Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is the tallest brick minaret in India. Qutub-ud-din Aibak built it in 1193 to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The height of the Qutub Minar is 73 meters (239.5 feet). Hence known as the high tower of victory. It contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. One can reach the top of the tower by climbing these stairs.

Qutub Minar is one of the most amazing attractions of India, a site you shouldn't miss when you visit Delhi, India.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee: ₹30 per head (Indian)
                   ₹500 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   Free for children up to 15 years of age
Address: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

3. Amer Fort, Jaipur

Cover Photo: Amer Fort, Jaipur
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The Amer Fort also referred to, as the Amber Palace is one of the most beautiful and famous forts of Rajasthan. Situated on a hill in Amber, just 11 kilometres from the Jaipur city, the fort is a scenic marvel. Raja Man Singh built it in 1592.

Also spelt, known and pronounced as Amber Fort, the Amer Fort is remarkable for its majestic grandeur, surroundings, battles and beautiful palaces and halls. Considered as the pride of Jaipur, the fort is one of the major tourist attractions. The fort’s majestic appearance and its geographical advantages make it a special place to visit.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Light Show Timings: English: 7:30 pm, Hindi: 8:00 pm
Elephant Ride Timings: 7:30 am to 12:30 pm
Entry Fee: ₹25 per head (Indian)
                   ₹10 per head (Indian Students)
                   ₹550 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   ₹100 per head (Foreign Students)
Light Show Ticket: ₹200 per head in English, ₹100 per head in Hindi
Elephant Ride: ₹1100 per couple
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001

4. The Golden Temple, Amritsar

Cover Photo: The Golden Temple, Amritsar
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The Golden Temple is also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib and the Darbar Sahib. It is the holiest Gurudwara (place of worship) and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism located in the city of Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, India.

The Golden Temple made of gold is a place of great beauty and sublime peacefulness. It is not only a central religious place of the Sikhs but also a symbol of human brotherhood and equality. Everybody, irrespective of caste, creed or race can seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. The four entrances of this holy shrine from all four directions signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 24 hours
Entry Fee: Free
Address: Golden Temple Rd, Atta Mandi, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab 143006

5. The Red Fort, New Delhi

Cover Photo: The Red Fort, New Delhi
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The Red Fort also called 'Lal Qila' is a historic fort in the city of Delhi in India. Fifth Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan built it in the 17th century. The fort’s massive enclosing walls of red sandstone gave the Red Fort its name.

Today, it is at the ramparts of the Red Fort that the Indian Prime Minister hoists the national tricolour (Tiranga) flag during the Independence Day celebrations each year. The Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the major tourist attraction.

Days Open: Every Day (except Monday)
Timings: 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, Sunrise to Sunset
Light Show Timings: 6:00 pm onwards in English and Hindi
Entry Fee: ₹35 per head (Indian)
                   ₹500 per head (Foreign Tourists)
Light Show Ticket: ₹80 per head (Adult), ₹30 per head (Children)
Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

6. India Gate, New Delhi

Cover Photo: India Gate, New Delhi
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The India Gate, originally named the All India War Memorial, is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath in New Delhi, India. Formerly called as Kingsway, it was built to pay homage to the 82,000 soldiers of the Undivided Indian Army who lost their lives fighting for the British Empire in World War I (1914-1918) and the Third Anglo-Afghan War (1919).

The imposing structure of India Gate is an awe-inspiring sight and often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. India Gate is also famous for hosting the Republic Day Parade every year. Owing to its rich historical background and astonishing architecture, India Gate has become one of the most popular tourist attractions.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 24 hours
Entry Fee: Free
Address: Rajpath Marg, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

7. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

Cover Photo: Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
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The Ajanta and Ellora caves are specimens of the rich cultural heritage of ancient India, situated in Aurangabad district in the state of Maharashtra, India. Listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ajanta and Ellora caves are considered to be one of the most important tourist destinations in the world owing to the magnificent paintings of Ajanta and well-carved sculptures of Ellora. The rock-cut caves containing carvings are the finest example of Indian paintings and sculpture.

Cover Photo: Ajanta CavesCover Photo: Inside the Ajanta Caves

For those who love to travel the past to get a panorama of life in ancient India, Ajanta and Ellora caves by the river Waghora, are the best sites to visit. Hundreds of tourists from various parts of India and abroad come to the caves to experience the awe-inspiring structures and carvings.

Ajanta Caves -
Days Open: Every Day (except Monday)
Timings: 9 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fee: ₹10 per head (Indians and Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries)
                   ₹250 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   Free for children below 15 years old
Address: Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001

Ellora Caves -
Days Open: Every Day (except Tuesday)
Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee: ₹30 per head (Indians and Citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries)
                   ₹500 per head (Foreign Tourists)
Address: Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005

8. Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

Cover Photo: Konark Sun Temple, Odisha
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Konark Sun Temple, commonly known, as Konark is a 13th-century CE sun temple at Konark in Odisha (earlier known as Orissa), India. Listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is an architectural marvel of eastern India and a symbol of India's heritage. It has 24 wheels and pulled by seven horses.

Cover Photo: The Konark Wheel
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Konark Sun Temple, dedicated to the Sun God, is the most popular and major tourist attractions of Odisha. It is a massive temple of artistic magnificence and engineering dexterity! The word 'Konark' is a combination of two words 'Kona' and 'Arka'. 'Kona' means 'Corner' and 'Arka' means 'Sun', so when combines it becomes 'Sun of the Corner'. Konark is also known as Arka Khetra. There are three images of the Sun God on three different sides of the temple, positioned in the proper direction to catch the rays of the sun at morning, afternoon and evening.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee: ₹30 per head (Indians and visitors of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries)
                   ₹250 per head (Foreign Tourists)
                   Free for children up to 15 years of age
Address: Konark, Odisha 752111

9. Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan

Cover Photo: Jaisalmer Fort, Rajasthan
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Jaisalmer Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the largest forts in the world. Built by Rawal Jaisal in 1156 AD, the fort is situated in the city of Jaisalmer, in the state of Rajasthan, India. It is one of the very few “living forts” in the world, as nearly one-fourth of the old city's population still resides within the fort. Due to its yellow colour which glows like gold in the morning and evening, the fort is also known as the Golden Fort or Sonar Qila.

The fort derives its name from two words, Jaisal and Meru. Jaisal came from the king himself and Meru is the name of an unassailable mythical mountain of the Gods in the Himalayas. Unlike other forts in the country, Jaisalmer Fort is a massive fort with a museum, shops, hotels, houses and eateries housed within. One of the biggest tourist attractions and the most famous landmark of the city, Jaisalmer Fort is also a delight for photographers.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: ₹50 per head (Indians)
                   ₹250 per head (Foreign Tourists)
Address: Fort Road, Near Gopa Chowk, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001

10. Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

Cover Photo: Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
(Image Courtesy: Retina Charmer Photography)

Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife and chief consort, Empress Hamida Banu Begum, also known as Haji Begum, in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, a Persian architect chosen by her.

Constructed out of red sandstone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Humayun's Tomb was the first ever garden style tomb constructed in India. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Apart from Humayun, the tomb is also the final resting place of his wife Hamida Banu Begum, Shah Jahan’s son Dara Shikoh and other prominent Mughals from the royal family. The Humayun’s tomb is best visited in the late afternoon if you wish to get some beautiful pictures of the monument.

Days Open: Daily
Timings: 6:00 am to 5:30 pm
Entry Fee: ₹30 per head (Indians)
                   ₹500 per head (Foreign Tourists)

So these are the top 10 iconic places to see in India, listed by Travelxo.

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