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28 India heritage sites: How many have you seen?




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On World Heritage Day take a tour of India's 28 heritage sites. See how many you have been to. Text: UNESCO

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1. Agra Fort
Darwar-Khans in Fort Agra, with the Taj Mahal in the background, circa 1858. The fort was built between 1156 and 1605. (Photo by Felice Beato/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The 16th-century Mughal monument of the Red Fort of Agra is a fortress of red sandstone and encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. The Fort was founded in 1565 by the Emperor Akbar (1556-1605) on the right bank of the Yamuna.
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2. Ajanta caves
The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries BC During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries AD), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence.
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3. Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
On a hill overlooking the plain and about 40 km from Bhopal, the site of Sanchi comprises a group of Buddhist monuments (monolithic pillars, palaces, temples and monasteries) all in different states of conservation most of which date back to the 2nd and 1st centuries BC. It is the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in existence and was a major Buddhist centre in India until the 12th century AD.
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4. Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park
A concentration of largely unexcavated archaeological, historic and living cultural heritage properties cradled in an impressive landscape which includes prehistoric (chalcolithic) sites, a hill fortress of an early Hindu capital, and remains of the 16th-century capital of the state of Gujarat.
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