Top heritage sites you should visit in India

Top heritage sites you should visit in India 

India is a country rich with heritage sites, practices and a set of beliefs that make it one of the most diverse and unique countries in the world. With its history tracing back to thousands of years ago, India features some of the oldest cultural heritage sites that are revered across the globe. 

From the Mughals to British India, there are places in the country worth visiting. So, if you’re planning to visit India soon, we’ve rounded up the best places in the country worth seeing.

Taj Mahal 

Entry fee: 

  • Indians – INR 40
  • Foreigners – INR 1000
  • No entry for children below 15 years of age

The grandeur and beauty of the Taj Mahal remain unmatched among the historical places you can visit in India. With soaring infrastructure, unique detail work and rich history, this place is one of the most visited places in the country. It took 22 years before this site was finished. 

Built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, the marble landmark houses the crypt of Mumtaz. Legends about this structure pique the interest of many travellers and locals. According to stories, the Shah had all the workers hands’ cut off in order to prevent a similar building from being built. 

If you’re gonna visit the Taj, the best time to do this is before sunrise so you can see the structure illuminated by the first break of light.  

Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh 

Entry fee: 

  • Indians – INR 40
  • Foreigners – INR 550

Another heritage site built during the Mughal Era is the Agra Fort. Made of red sandstone, this place was built by the famous Akbar. When you visit this fort, you’ll notice it intricately adorned with designs at the gate. 

When you pass through the Amar Singh Gate, you’ll see a hidden city with numerous gateways, courts, passages, palaces and mosques. Inside the Agra Fort, you’ll see beautiful landmarks such as the Jahangir Palace, Nagina Masjid, Moti Masjid, Mina Masjid and the Zenana Meena Bazaar. 

Humanyun’s Tomb, Delhi 

Entry fee: 

  • Indians – INR 40 
  • Foreigners – INR 510

Open from: 7 am to 7 pm (Closed on Fridays)

The Humanyun’s Tomb is living proof of the magnificent merging of Indian and Persian culture. Commissioned by Humanyun’s wife, Hamida Banu, this place consists of domes, arches, elaborate corridors and kiosks where you can find ornate designs and patterns. 

Upon entering this tomb, you can also enjoy a beautiful view of the fountain and sunset. You can also take a peek at the famous ‘Dormitory of the Mughals’, which is a crypt that contains over 100 tombs of previous Mughal emperors. 

Fatehpuri Sikri, Uttar Pradesh 

Entry fee: 

  • Indians – INR 40
  • Foreigners – INR 510

Open from: 6 am to 6 pm (Closed on Fridays)

The city of Fatehpur Sikri used to be the city capital during the time of the Mughals. Inside this city, you will find beautiful palaces, public buildings, mosques and chambers for royalties and members of the army. The pillars inside this city are a sight to behold because they feature beautiful patterns from 1517-1513 AD.