28 Jul

Seven Wonders of India


When it comes to our country, there is no dearth of historical, cultural and archeological wonders.

Our history and background is so rich with so many twists and turns that one can get completely immersed in it. The proof of how diverse the days gone past where we have monuments and structures that stand as proof of it.

Like the seven wonders of the world that are awed and admired by tourists all over the world, we in India have our own seven wonders. Infact some of them have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites too.

Here are the Seven Wonders of India:

1.The Golden Temple at Amritsar

Known also as the Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, this place of worship for the Sikh community was built between 1585 – 1604 by the fifth Nanak Shri Guru Arian. Maharaja Ranjit Singh in the 19th century covered the temple outer with pure gold and therefore the name the Golden Temple. More than a lakh of devotees throng every day to this temple.


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2. Gomateshwara in Karnataka

The statue of Gomateshwara is also known as Bahubali. It is a monolithic statue of a Jain Arihant. It spans 60 feet / 18 m  and is located at Shravanabelagola, in Karnataka. This statue was built by the minister of Ganga dynasty and commander Chamundaraya in AD 981. Thousands and thousands of devotees from all over the world visit this shrine during the Mahamastaka Abhisheka ceremony which takes places every 12 to 14 years.


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3. The Taj Mahal at Agra

The jewel in the crown of India. Not only a wonder of India but it features in the Seven Wonders of the World. The iconic symbol of love, that is the Taj was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1632 as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. It is made completely of white marble and is a great blend of Mughal and Persian architecture. It is one of India’s prime tourist spots.


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4. The Konark Sun Temple in Orissa

It is also known as the Black Pagoda. Built by King Narsimhadeva I in the mid 13th Century as a shrine for the Sun God. The Temple has been built in the shape of a large chariot and is adorned with 12 pairs of carved wheels made of stone, pulled by the seven horses of the sun. The temple is now in ruins but is still considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple rests by the side of the river Chandrabhaga.


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5. Nalanda University in Bihar

One of Indias ancient education centres and one of the oldest universities in India, Nalanda is located near Patna. Students from all over the world including China, Tibet, Persia, and Greece came here to attain education and enhance learning skills. It is said that the Jain Tirthankara – Mahavira attended Nalanda and that Gautam Buddha delivered discourses in the premises.  The large campus is now is ruins and shambles having been destroyed by a Turkish Muslim Army in the 12th Century A.D.

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6. Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh

 located in the Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh, it is a complex of Jain and Hindu temples built in the 9th Century. It is known for its Nagara Style architecture and erotic sculptures all over the complex. These temples were built by the Chandela dynasty.

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7. Hampi in Karnataka

Located in Vijayanagara in Karnataka,  It is a village located in the midst of ruins of Vijayanagara, Karnataka. It is an open complex of monuments, now in ruins though. They came into being between 1342 – 1565. They have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.The hilly terrain makes a very beautiful and picturesque setting for the ruins. A must visit.


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