Various lists of the World Wonders have been made over the ages to catalogue the most spectacular man made constructions and natural creations in the world. India is a land of incredible beauty and rich history so it desert the own list of Seven Wonders.
From 21. to 31. July 2007 the Times of India carried out a SMS poll to vote for the 7 Wonders of India. The 7 Wonders of India (4 of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites) have been chosen by the readers of Times of India only.
The Seven Wonders of India are: Gomateshwara, Harmandir Sahib – Golden Temple, Taj Mahal, Hampi, Konark Sun Temple, Nalanda, Khajuraho.
Except for the Golden Temple and the famous Taj Mahal, the rest of Wonders are all located in small towns or in the countryside, some of them are practically unknown for the rest of the world.
7 Gomateshwara in Shravanabelagola, Karnataka
This 60 feat / 18 m monolithic statue of Buhubali (Gomateshwara) was built in the 10th century AD by the Ganga dynasty minister and commander Chamundaraya. During the event known as Mahamastakabhisheka thousands of devotees, pilgrims and tourists from all corners of the world flock to the statue.
6 Harmandir Sahib – Golden Temple in Punjab
Harmandir Sahib is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara in the city of Amritsar, Punjab in India. It was built by the Guru Arjan in the 16th Century AD. There are 4 doors to get into the Harmandir Sahib, the doors symbolize the openness of the Sikhs towards all people and all religions.
In the nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh protected the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the Harmandir Sahib with pure gold, which gives it its unique and distinctive appearance and its English name.
2 Taj Mahal(read more)
4 Hampi – Vijayanagara in Karnataka
Village Hampi is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara (capital of the Vijayanagara Empire). There are many ruins that are known as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. The place is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
3 Konark Sun Temple in Orissa
Konark Sun Temple or Black Pagoda was built by the king Narasimhadeva I around 1250 AD.
A major part of the temple structure is now unfortunately in ruins. The Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2 Nalanda in Bihar
Nanda complex was a religious center of learning from the 5th century AD to 12th century AD.
The complex was built on the area of 14 hectares, and at its peak, the university attracted scholars and students all away from Tibet, China, Persia and even Greece. Nalanda complex was ransacked and totally destroyed by a Turkish Muslim army in 12th century AD.
1 Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is without doubts one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. The place is unique because of the Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The place was built beween 950 – 1150 AD.