Top 5 Destinations for Heritage Tourism in India
India is a land steeped in culture and heritage, with a legacy that spans thousands of years. Here are 5 of our most popular recommendations for your next team getaway, if you're looking to experience India's heritage in its full glory.
Delhi: The capital and the former seat of power for erstwhile dynasties, Delhi has endless tourist attractions to offer. Head out for guided walking tours with your team across Qutub Minar, Old Fort, Red Fort, India Gate, Hazrat Nizammudin, Safdarjung's Tomb, Jantar Mantar, Jama Masjid, and more. Explore the narrow streets of Chandni Chowk and sample local delicacies as fresh as can be.
Mahabalipuram: A UNESCO World Heritage site, the monuments in this town not too far from Chennai offer fine examples of architectural brilliance, dating back to prehistoric times. The former capital of the Pallava rulers, explore the Shore Temple's fine works, rock carved caves, and other temples that have the shape of chariots - Panch Rathas.
Jaipur: The capital of the regal state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is home to several architectural marvels, including the Amer Fort, City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, and more. The Pink City, as it is fondly called, has a lot to offer in terms of souvenirs, handicrafts and even mouthwatering cuisine.
Hampi: The last capital of the kingdom of Vijaynagar, the city contains remnant monuments of the former grand empire sprawled across thousands of hectares. The river Tungabhadra flows to one side, hills line another side of the town, and what remains in between are remains of forts, royal and sacred complexes, several temples, and more.
Agra: The city famed for housing one of the seven wonders of the world, the famed Taj Mahal, has so much more to offer to visitors. The Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri also feature in UNESCO's list of world heritage sites, and then of course, there's Akbar's tomb. The city is also a shopping haven, known for marble handicrafts, leatherwear, brassware and fine carpets to pick up.