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Most visited monuments in India: Here's what Indians prefer

Updated : 2019-07-18 19:01:34

The Ministry of Tourism has released numbers on the most visited ticketed monuments in India and at least the top 1 position comes as no surprise. The Taj Mahal was the most visited monument in India with 5.7 million domestic guests paying to stare at the marble wonder. The Red Fort in Delhi was another option popular among both groups and drew around 3 million domestic. Many also dropped by Delhi’s Qutab Minar (2.6 million domestic) and Agra Fort (2 million domestic) while they were at it. Domestic visitors also flocked to the Sun Temple in Konark, Maharashtra and Hyderabad.

Source: Statista/Archaeological Survey Of India/UNESCO

1. Taj Mahal: Domestic visitors: 5.66 million. Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh: An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. (Image: Reuters)
1. Taj Mahal: Domestic visitors: 5.66 million. Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh: An immense mausoleum of white marble, built in Agra between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife, the Taj Mahal is the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage. (Image: Reuters)
Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha: Domestic Visitor: 3.22 million. On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple at Konarak is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India's most famous Brahman sanctuaries. (Image: WikiCommons)
Sun Temple, Konark, Odisha: Domestic Visitor: 3.22 million. On the shores of the Bay of Bengal, bathed in the rays of the rising sun, the temple at Konarak is a monumental representation of the sun god Surya's chariot; its 24 wheels are decorated with symbolic designs and it is led by a team of six horses. Built in the 13th century, it is one of India's most famous Brahman sanctuaries. (Image: WikiCommons)
Red Fort Complex, New Delhi: Domestic Visitor: 3.04 million. The Red Fort Complex was built as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The private apartments consist of a row of pavilions connected by a continuous water channel, known as the Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise). The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement. (Image: Reuters)
Red Fort Complex, New Delhi: Domestic Visitor: 3.04 million. The Red Fort Complex was built as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The private apartments consist of a row of pavilions connected by a continuous water channel, known as the Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise). The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement. (Image: Reuters)
Qutub Minar and its Monuments, New Delhi: Domestic Visitor: 2.62 million. Built in the early 13th century a few kilometers south of Delhi, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu'l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples. (Image: Reuters)
Qutub Minar and its Monuments, New Delhi: Domestic Visitor: 2.62 million. Built in the early 13th century a few kilometers south of Delhi, the red sandstone tower of Qutb Minar is 72.5 m high, tapering from 2.75 m in diameter at its peak to 14.32 m at its base, and alternating angular and rounded flutings. The surrounding archaeological area contains funerary buildings, notably the magnificent Alai-Darwaza Gate, the masterpiece of Indo-Muslim art (built in 1311), and two mosques, including the Quwwatu'l-Islam, the oldest in northern India, built of materials reused from some 20 Brahman temples. (Image: Reuters)
Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh: Domestic Visitor: 2.01 million. Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. (Image: Reuters)
Agra Fort, Uttar Pradesh: Domestic Visitor: 2.01 million. Near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses, within its 2.5-km-long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. It comprises many fairy-tale palaces, such as the Jahangir Palace and the Khas Mahal, built by Shah Jahan; audience halls, such as the Diwan-i-Khas; and two very beautiful mosques. (Image: Reuters)
Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad, Maharashtra: Domestic Visitors: 1.77 million. The Bibi-ka- Maqbara is located on the right bank of Kham River. The beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Dauranialias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb (1658-1707 A.D.) is locally called as Bibi-Ka-Maqbara. This mausoleum is believed to be constructed by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother during 1651 to 1661 A.D. (Image: WikiCommons)
Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad, Maharashtra: Domestic Visitors: 1.77 million. The Bibi-ka- Maqbara is located on the right bank of Kham River. The beautiful mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Dauranialias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb (1658-1707 A.D.) is locally called as Bibi-Ka-Maqbara. This mausoleum is believed to be constructed by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother during 1651 to 1661 A.D. (Image: WikiCommons)
Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana: Domestic Vistors: 1.76 million. The Charminar (four minarets), constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The landmark has become known globally as a symbol of Hyderabad and is listed among the most recognized structures in India. The Charminar's long history includes the existence of a mosque on its top floor for more than 400 years. While both historically and religiously significant, it is also known for the popular and busy local markets surrounding the structure and has become one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Hyderabad. (Image: WikiCommons)
Charminar, Hyderabad, Telangana: Domestic Vistors: 1.76 million. The Charminar (four minarets), constructed in 1591, is a monument and mosque located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. The landmark has become known globally as a symbol of Hyderabad and is listed among the most recognized structures in India. The Charminar's long history includes the existence of a mosque on its top floor for more than 400 years. While both historically and religiously significant, it is also known for the popular and busy local markets surrounding the structure and has become one of the most frequented tourist attractions in Hyderabad. (Image: WikiCommons)
Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad, Telangana: Domestic Visitors: 1.72 million. Golkonda, also known as
Golkonda Fort, Hyderabad, Telangana: Domestic Visitors: 1.72 million. Golkonda, also known as "Round shaped hill" is a citadel and fort in Southern India and was the capital of the medieval sultanate of the Qutb Shahi dynasty (c.1512–1687), is situated 11 km (6.8 mi) west of Hyderabad. The region is known for the diamond trade that has produced some of the world's most famous gems, including the Koh-i-Noor, the Hope Diamond, Nassak Diamond, and the Noor-ul-Ain. The fort finally fell into ruin in 1687, after an eight-month-long siege led to its fall at the hands of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. (Image: WikiCommons)
Ellora Caves, Maharashtra: Domestic Visitor: 1.65 million. These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not far from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India. (Image: Maharashtra Tourism)
Ellora Caves, Maharashtra: Domestic Visitor: 1.65 million. These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff, not far from Aurangabad, in Maharashtra. Ellora, with its uninterrupted sequence of monuments dating from A.D. 600 to 1000, brings the civilization of ancient India to life. Not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India. (Image: Maharashtra Tourism)
Shaniwarwada, Pune, Maharashtra: Domestic Visitors: 1.41 million. Shaniwarwada is a historical fortification in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. Built in 1732, it was the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818, when the Peshwas lost control to the British East India Company after the Third Anglo-Maratha War. Following the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the center of Indian politics in the 18th century. The fort itself was largely destroyed in 1828 by an unexplained fire, but the surviving structures are now maintained as a tourist site. (Image: WikiCommons)
Shaniwarwada, Pune, Maharashtra: Domestic Visitors: 1.41 million. Shaniwarwada is a historical fortification in the city of Pune in Maharashtra, India. Built in 1732, it was the seat of the Peshwas of the Maratha Empire until 1818, when the Peshwas lost control to the British East India Company after the Third Anglo-Maratha War. Following the rise of the Maratha Empire, the palace became the center of Indian politics in the 18th century. The fort itself was largely destroyed in 1828 by an unexplained fire, but the surviving structures are now maintained as a tourist site. (Image: WikiCommons)
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