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Ever Visited Them? 10 Lesser-Known World Heritage Sites In India

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HolidayIQ Travellers share compelling reasons why you must visit these UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India.

Ever Visited Them? 10 Lesser-Known World Heritage Sites In India:

  1. Airavateswara Temple, Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu)
  2. Champaner Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Pavagadh (Gujarat)
  3. Hampi (Karnataka)
  4. Humayun's Tomb, New Delhi (Delhi)
  5. Keoladeo National Park, Bharatpur (Rajasthan)
  6. Pattadakal (Karnataka)
  7. Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)
  8. Konark Sun Temple, Konark (Odisha)
  9. Darjeeling (West Bengal)
  10. Valley of flowers (Uttarakhand)

1. Airavateswara Temple, Thanjavur


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It is also a stone temple with wonderful sculptures. However, avoid visiting the place during the rainy season. Any bus to Kumbakonam, just around 5 km away, via Tanjore leads you to the temple.

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2 Ratings | 2 Reviews | 38 Sightseeings | 4 Photos

2. Archaeological Park of Champaner, Pavagadh


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The Champaner - Pavagadh Archaeological Park is renowned for its Hindu and Jain temples with architecture representing a blend of Hindu and Islamic styles. The park has received the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The place houses an unexcavated city of the 15th and the early 16th centuries. The site comprises of fortifications, palaces, water installations and religious places dating from the 8th to the 14th centuries, which are about 100 in total.

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10 Sightseeings | 1 Photos

3. Hampi


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The place is a significant religious centre of the Vijayanagara Empire due to the presence of the historic Virupaksha Temple along with many other monuments of the old city. UNESCO has listed the Vittala Temple and other ruins of the town of Hampi as a World Heritage Site.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sumiya Ebrahim from Bengaluru shares, “Either you can soak yourself in the majestic ruins of hampi or you can sit back and relax in the numerous Bohemian Cafes near River Tungabhadra. Either way it is a treat. Hampi relaxes you and calms you down. Dont miss the beautiful Sunrise from Hanuman Temple in Matanga Hill overlooking the beautiful serpent-like flowing Tungabhadra through the big boulders of Hampi.”

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1237 Ratings | 896 Reviews | 34 Sightseeings | 490 Photos

4. Humayun's Tomb, Delhi


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There is a huge garden in the complex, which has fountains, pools, trees and benches to sit. Tourists can also see the Char Bagh inside the complex which have quadrilateral Persian style layout. Babar's Tomb is also situated near the main tomb of Humayun inside the complex. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Rahul Sharma from Chandigarh shares, “This magnificent tomb was built in 1565 A.D nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begum. Its a beautiful palace surrounded by greenery and old fort walls and gates. At the entrance of this fort you will find details of its history and small terracotta idols and FAQ related to construction.”

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53 Ratings | 24 Reviews | 1412 Sightseeings | 18 Photos

5. Keoladeo National Park, Rajasthan


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HolidayIQ Traveller Akhilesh Keshap from New Delhi shares, “I recently went to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary along with my family and found this was a haven for birdwatchers. We hired a rickshaw, that is available at the sanctuary gate and it took us around 6 hours to tour the whole sanctuary. We some some amazing birds which we had only seen in magazines or on the National geographic channel.

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18 Ratings | 13 Reviews | 9 Sightseeings | 47 Photos

6. Pattadakal, Karnataka


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The village is well renowned for its range of temples that belong to the group of 8th century monuments. 

HolidayIQ Taveller Indrajeet Mohite from Kolhapur shares, “Pattadakal is a place nearby Badami. It is a place known for the remains of various temples. Visitors must visit the museum in Pattadakal so as to understand how the temples are rebuild. The temples are made with big stones. There are big and deep tanks for storing water. I like the fine art of the temples.”

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2 Ratings | 2 Reviews | 13 Sightseeings | 43 Photos

7. Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh


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The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site of the Paleolithic, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent. It is located in Raisen District in Madhya Pradesh near Obedullaganj, inside the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary. At least some of the shelters were inhabited by Homo erectus more than 100,000 years ago. Some of the tone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30,000 years old!

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5333 Ratings | 2653 Reviews | 118 Sightseeings | 135 Photos

8. Sun Temple, Konark


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HolidayIQ Traveller Santhosh Wilson from Thiruvananthapuram shares, “The thirteenth century temple, presently preserved by the Archeological Survey of India is a visual treat for history buffs. The temple is located at about 1. 5 km from Konark town. The place was calm as we reached there in the morning itself. The shops on either side of the road were yet to open. Rejuvenated from the tender coconut we got from a shop, we strolled along the way leading to the Black Pagoda (the sobriquet used to refer to Konark temple).”

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51 Ratings | 25 Reviews | 19 Sightseeings | 23 Photos

9. Darjeeling Toy Train


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HolidayIQ Traveller Satyendra Dwivedi from Bangalore shares, “People have perception that it is a toy train. Yes, it is small but 4 people can sit in a row. It travels more than 20 km and carries passengers to and from Darjeeling to Kurseong. One of the oldest train tracks on mountains, is UNESCO Heritage site. Tourist train is damn expensive. You can get similar experience by travelling on normal train from Darjeeling to Ghoom or KURSEONG. You can return by local taxi. Experience will cost you around one tenth.”

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11917 Ratings | 7368 Reviews | 75 Sightseeings | 1216 Photos

10. The Valley Of Flowers, Uttarakhand


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HolidayIQ Traveller Jitaditya Narzary from Mumbai shares, “Challenging, enticing and bewitching, the Valley of Flowers trip in Uttarakhand has been my most memorable holiday trip so far.But the weather cleared soon and I set out for a hectic but fruitful day. My soul feasted on the lush green surroundings splattered with multi colored wild blossoms, much as the oversized rodents feasted on the moss gathered on non-rolling stones. By the way these rodents were the only mammals I witnessed. Although the Valley of Flowers is a National Park and an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is not because of its fauna but due to its flora only. Ephemeral flowers start appearing in the valley from nowhere with the advent of summer. They last for a few months from May to September but the entire valley keeps changing color every week like a chameleon. The day I reached it, the predominant color was purple with a generous tinge of yellow and white."

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6 Ratings | 21 Reviews | 4 Sightseeings | 34 Photos

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