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India is dotted with many splendid and striking cave sites. From the aesthetically pleasing cave sites in Ajanta to the spiritually soothing caves of Tabo to the historically invigorating caves of Bhimbetka or the natural splendor of the Borra caves, the vision they provide is enticing and beguiling. The many beautiful cave sites of India bear a witness to its diversity.

Ajanta and Ellora

Kailash Temple, Ellora, Photo by Kunal Mukherjee, CC BY-SA 2.0

Around 5th century BCE Buddhism was gaining importance as a faith in the Indian subcontinent. During that period of time, many wandering monks found residence in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora. These caves bear a testimony of their teachings through the many exalted and illustrious sculptures and paintings. These caves were used as assembly or prayer halls and called ‘chaitya-griha’. Despite being famous for the Buddhist caves, this site also has Jain caves and Hindu temples like the Kailasanatha temple. The Kailasanath temple is a monolithic rock-cut temple meant to house the great lord Shiva. This marker of religious and aesthetic beauty lies in the district of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. To know more about these caves and it’s nearby attraction read this article for tourist places to visit in Aurangabad.

Elephanta Caves

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The Elephanta island is a short ferry ride away from the bustling city of Mumbai. In this serene and aloof setting, we find a network of caves dedicated to the Shiva cult. The cave showcases three aspects of Shiva that are the essence of the Hindu mythology: creator, destroyer and preserver. He is shown in his many avatars, like that of the nimble Nataraja or the ferocious Mahadeva. The island has a network of caves with the most important one being the grand cave 1. This is a site that can and should be frequented by the many residents of the city when in need of a break from the hectic city life. To know more tourist places in and around Mumbai, check this article.

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India is a country of surprises and wonders which make it famous. The beauty and uniqueness of this Hispanic nation are can’t be defined.  There is an intensive blend of customs, food, traditions and protocols, making it Incredible India. India has a rich and varied history which is the source of strong culture and roots. There are various archaeological sites in India that are world famous and the history and beauty are interesting and exuberant respectively. In this great land of Gods, the heritage and integrity of India’s archaeological sites have been preserved. In this article, I will suggest archaeological sites in India that are worth exploring.

Top 10 Archaeological Wonders in India:

Lothal, Ahmedabad

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Lothal is located in Ahmedabad city of state Gujarat. Lothal is believed to be one of the oldest planned cities in India. It is believed to be as old as 2400 BC. This city was found by ASI- Archaeological survey of India in 1957. This city was well planned with all the basic amenities like city drainage, water storage, bathroom toilet system etc. The town planning was impressive and archaeologists from around the world come here in heavy numbers and explore the history and secret behind this ancient city. If you are an explorer and you have immense love for history then this place is for you.

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Photo by Sakeeb Sabakka, CC BY 2.0

Photo by Sakeeb Sabakka, CC BY 2.0

Qutub Minar is one of the marvels of ancient engineering in India. Qutub Minar is 75.5 meters in height and it is also the India’s latest single piece minar. Qutub ud din Aibak led the foundation of Qutub Minar in the year 1192 and this minar is standing tall and solid since then. Qutub Minar was also declared as the world heritage site by UNESCO. 379 stars are there in Qutub Minar and the highest base diameter is 14.3 meter. 

Buddhist Monuments, Sanchi

Photo by PRONagarjun Kandukuru, CC BY 2.0

Photo by PRONagarjun Kandukuru, CC BY 2.0

Buddhist Monuments in Sachi are located in the grand incredible state of Madhya Pradesh. These monuments are the foundations of Buddhism in India as they depict the rich roots and history of the Buddhism. Sanchi is the most sacred place for Buddhists in India. Every year thousands of Buddhists from all over the India and the globe visit here in heavy numbers to pay their respect. World heritage site is also here; tourists may visit in Sanchi, from morning till evening. These ancient monuments are well preserved and secured by Government of India.

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