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    Heard of Rani Ki Vav? Visit India's 6 unique yet little-known UNESCO heritage sites with your child

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    Let's take you on a journey to some lesser-known heritage sites that'll have you backpacking with your child through the winding lanes and dust-layered paths of our rich and relatively unknown history

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    Heard of Rani Ki Vav? Visit India's 6 unique yet little-known UNESCO heritage sites with your child

    India never fails to impress us with its rich heritage sites. Check out these amazing yet little-known UNESCO world heritage sites.

    1. Rani ki Vav (The queen's well)

    These Intricately carved walls are part of Rani Ki Vav 

    Located on the banks of the river Saraswati, Rani Ki Vav is one of the best examples of the long tradition of step wells of ancient India. (Image on top) Built over seven levels in the form of an inverted temple, the structure was not only employed to reserve water but also to underscore the sanctity of the resource. Intricately carved religious, mythological and secular sculptures adorn every surface of the well. It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 2014.

    Where: Patan, Gujarat

    Nearest airport: Ahmedabad

    Nearest railway station: Mehsana, connected to all major cities of Gujarat

    2. Group of monuments at Pattadakal

    This temple complex boasts unique architecture

    This is the oldest surviving temple group from the Chalukya kingdom. The group of temples beautifully infuses northern and southern styles of architecture, drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources. They mark the beginning of structural temples. The shrines and sanctuaries are symbolic of the Dravidian, Rekha, Prasada and Nagara styles of construction. The temples joined the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1987.

    Where: Bijapur, Karnataka

    Nearest airport: Belgaum

    Nearest railway station: Badami, connected to all major cities of Karnataka

    3. Buddhist monuments at Sanchi

    It is famous for the great Stupa

    Dated between the 2nd and 1st century BC, the group of monuments at Sanchi makes up the oldest Buddhist sanctuary in history. The Great Stupa is the oldest of the structures and is also the most well-preserved. Commissioned by Asoka the Great, the hemispherical dome was first built with bricks and then overlaid with stone during its expansion thus making it twice its original size. Symbols, motifs and ornamental depictions furnish the entire structure. The monuments were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1989.

    Where: Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh

    Nearest airport: Bhopal

    Nearest railway station: Bhopal, connected to all major cities of Madhya Pradesh

    4. Champaner-Pavagadh archaeological park

    Located in Panchmahal district in Gujarat, it is still largely unexplored 

    An assortment of forts, palaces, halls of worship, city blocks, agricultural and water reservation facilities, most of which still remain unexplored and unexcavated, make up the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park. They can be dated from the 8th to the 16th century AD. There is also evidence of occupation during the Chalcolithic (the period that gave way to bronze) period in this site. It houses a pre-Mughal Islamic city that has remained unchanged. The Kalika Mata Temple and the Jama Masjid are two of the most popular attractions of this place. This park was added to the ranks of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2004.

    Where: Champaner, Gujarat

    Nearest airport: Vadodara

    Nearest railway station: Vadodara, connected to all major cities of Gujarat

    5. Bhimbetka rock shelters

    These rock shelters show the earliest traces of human life in India

    Seven hundred rock shelters grouped in five large clusters at the southern edge of the Vindhyan Mountain Range made it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2003. The paintings found in nearly 400 of them are the reason behind it. These paintings go as far back as the Mesolithic period. The type of carvings and the tools believed to have been employed here explain the lifestyles of civilization from the Palaeolithic period, right up to the medieval period. The paintings showcase a range of animals and battle scenes in abundance.

    Where: Bhojpur, Raisen, Madhya Pradesh

    Nearest airport: Bhopal

    Nearest railway station: Bhopal, connected to all major cities of Madhya Pradesh

    6. Mahabodhi temple complex

    This temple is rebuilt and restored several times

    Commissioned by Emperor Asoka, the site of the Mahabodhi temple is believed to have been the place where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment. Built entirely using brick, this is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in India. The first temple was built in the 3rd century BC. The complex houses other temples which were added in the 5th and 6th centuries AD. The Bodhi tree (also known as the peepal tree) in the complex is believed to be a direct offspring of the one under which Buddha sat to meditate. The temple complex was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2002.

    Where: Bodhgaya, Bihar

    Nearest airport: Gaya

    Nearest railway station: Gaya, connected to all major cities of Bihar

    UNESCO world heritage cultural sites in India

    • Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh
    • Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra
    • Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus), Maharashtra
    • Churches and Convents, Goa
    • Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra
    • Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
    • Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh
    • Great Living Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu
    • Group of Monuments at Hampi, Karnataka
    • Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu
    • Hill Forts, Rajasthan
    • Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
    • Khajuraho Group of Monuments, Madhya Pradesh
    • Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi
    • Red Fort Complex, Delhi
    • Sun Temple, Konark
    • Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
    • The Jantar Mantar, Rajasthan
    • Mountain Railways of India

    What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get set on a heritage journey with your child to explore the diverse cultural history of our nation.

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