1. Taj Mahal, Agra

The Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna River in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658), to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.

Entry fee: Indian – INR 40, Foreigner- INR 1000

Timings: 6:30 am to 9:30 pm (closed on Fridays)

2. Qutub Minar, Delhi

One of the tallest creations in the Indian history is the Qutub Minar. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. Its design is thought to have been based on the Minaret of Jam, in western Afghanistan. Qutub Minar is a 73-metre (239.5 feet) tall tapering tower of five storeys, with a 14.3 metres (47 feet) base diameter, reducing to 2.7 metres (9 feet) at the peak.

Entry fee: for Indians- INR 10 and Foreigners- INR 250

Timings: 7 am to 5 pm

3. Amer Fort, Rajasthan

Amer Fort is a fort located in Amer, Rajasthan, India. Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake which is the main source of water for the Amer Palace. Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. A hidden tunnel in the fort takes you on a prolonged path to the Jaigarh Fort.

Entry fee: Indians- INR 25 and Foreigners- INR 200

Timings: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

4. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

Astonishingly carved into hillside rock in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India, are the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Both are an important UNESCO World Heritage site. There are 34 caves at Ellora dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, and 29 caves at Ajanta dating back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist, while the caves at Ellora are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain.

Entry fee: Indians- INR 30 and Foreigners- INR 500

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

5. Virupaksha Temple, Karnataka

Virupaksha Temple is located in Hampi 350 km from Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka in southern India. It is part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated to UNESCO World Heritage Site. Virupaksha Temple is the main centre of pilgrimage at Hampi and had been considered the most sacred sanctuary over the centuries. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Entry fee: for Indians- INR 10 and Foreigners- INR 250

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm