The Archaeological Survey of India has listed 138 monuments in India as ‘must-see’. Travellers take note! By Shrimayee Thakur
In a recent Parliament session, held earlier this week, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Patel made the announcement that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has made a list of 138 ‘must-see’ monuments in India. The list created by ASI features outstanding entries, including a number of archaeological sites, along with some UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well.
In the Parliament session, Mr Prahlad Patel also said that India has 38 World Heritage Sites, out of which 22 are under the protection of the ASI. Responding to a query, Minister Patel also said that the information has been made available online. Anyone wishing to see the complete list of 138 ‘must-see’ monuments can head to the ASI ‘must-see’ website to find the complete list of monuments. The website has a Google Map embedded, with all the monuments marked on it, along with an option to see a state-wise list of ‘must-see’ monuments. Since the monuments are spread all over the country, it is easy to check a few off your own bucket list whenever you travel.
Some of the wonderful monuments included in the list are the Tabo Monastery, Hidimba Temple and the rock-cut temples of Masrur in Himachal Pradesh; the Charminar, Golconda Fort, Nagarjunakonda, and Warangal Fort, among others, in Andhra Pradesh; Bishnupur Group of Temples and the Koch Bihar Palace in West Bengal; Baijnath and Jogeshwar temples in Uttarakhand; Churches in Goa; Rani ki Vav and the Modhera Sun Temple in Gujarat; Ajanta, Elephanta and Ellora caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, and Bibi ka Maqbara in Maharashtra; Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Qutab Minar, and Tughlaqabad in Delhi, and many more spectacular monuments and sites.
These monuments are an ode to India’s past, and display exceptional style and engineering skills, and are ideal examples of art and architecture in India.