Iconic Tourist Sites Project: Important Sites (Important) (Download PDF)


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Following are major Tourist Sites selected by Tourism Minister for Iconic Tourist Sites Project. Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri (UP) - One of the most beautiful monuments built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal.

Map of Iconic Tourist Sites Project

Map of Iconic Tourist Sites Project

Map of Iconic Tourist Sites Project

  • “Taj Mahal” was comes out from name of Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, means “Crown Palace”.

  • Located on right bank of Yamuna River in vast Mughal garden in Agra in UP.

Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra)

  • Caves are located at Northern Maharashtra, 400 km from Mumbai.

  • It is ancient caves in Aurangabad.

  • Both are important UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • 34 caves at Ellora are mixture of Buddhist, Hindu & Jain artforms.

  • 29 caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist.

  • The incredible Kailash Temple is most famous attraction.

  • Ajanta & Ellora caves are crafted by hand, with only hammer & chisel.

Humayun Tomb, Qutub Minar and Red Fort (Delhi)

Humayun Tomb

  • Tomb is the 1st substantial example of Mughal architecture in India.

  • Located near crossing of Mathura & Lodhi road.

  • Built after death of Humayun by his senior widow Bega Begam.

  • Most notable features are Chaharbagh with pathways water channels, mausoleum topped, several graves of Mughal rulers.

  • Here, Lieutenant Hudson had captured last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II.

Qutub Minar

  • 73 m-high tower of victory, built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak after defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu Kingdom, could only finish the basement.

  • Iltutmush added three storeys & Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed 5th & last storey.

  • 1st three storeys made of red sandstone; 4th & 5th storeys made of marble & sandstone.

  • At the foot of Tower is Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque 1st built in India.

  • Was built with material obtained from demolishing ’27 Hindu temples’.

Red Fort

  • Built in 1638.

  • Red sandstone walls of massive Red Fort rise 33-m above clamour of Old Delhi.

  • Lahore Gate is one of emotional & symbolic focal points of modern Indian nation.

Colva Beach (Goa)

  • Beautiful beach located at Salcete in South Goa.

  • Known for its beaches, food, pubs & bars, also known for its Portugal significance with number of buildings.

  • Well known for white-washed Our Lady of Mercy Church & religious event caleed “Fama of Menino Jesuse”.

Amer Fort (Rajasthan)

  • Built with red sandstone & white sandstone.

  • Fort still stands as grand example of ancient Indian architecture.

  • Known for its blend of Rajput & Hindu style of architecture & mixture of Hindu & Muslim style of ornamentation.

  • Places are famous to visit:

    • Diwan-e-Aam

    • Sukh Mandir

    • Sheesh Mahal

    • Kesar Kyaari

    • Light Show

Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat)


  • Located in Prabhas Patan near Veraval in Saurashtra.

  • 1st among 12 jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva.

  • Known as ‘Shrine Eternal’

  • Present temple is built in Chaulukya style.


  • Dholavira is larger of 2 most remarkable excavations of Indus Valley Civilization or Harappan Culture.

Image of Indus Valley of Dholavira

Image of Indus Valley of Dholavira

Image of Indus Valley of Dholavira

  • Known as Kotada, spreads at NW corner of island of Khadir in Great Rann of Kutch.

  • 2 seasonal nallahs or streams: Mansar in North & Manhar in South.

Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)

  • Famous for its ancient temples, depict some finest art.

  • Built by Chandela Dynasty.

  • Common date palm – Khajura – has given Khajurao its name

  • Temples belong to Hindu & Jain Religion

  • Depict various forms like meditation, spiritual teachings, kinship, wrestling, erotic art.

Hampi (Karnataka)

  • Hampi became centre of Hindu Vijayanagara Empire.

  • World’s 2nd largest city after Beijing.

  • Situated on banks of Tungabhadra River.

  • In Hampi there are Hindu temples, 6 Jain temples & a Muslim mosque & tomb.

Mahablipuram (Tamil Nadu)

  • Also called Mamallapuram & Seven Pagodas

  • Lies along Coromandel Coast of Bay of Bengal 37 miles south of Chennai.

  • Town was named of Hindu Pallava king-Narasimhavarman known as Mamalla.

  • Town’s five rathas, or monolithic temples are remnants of 7 temples with this town was known as Seven Pagodas.

Kaziranga (Assam)

  • Situated in north eastern part in Golaghat & Nagoan in Assam.

  • Known for one-horned rhinoceros & also declared as tiger reserve in 2006.

  • Was declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique natural environment.

  • Adopts its name to Karbi, name of woman who ruled in ancient time.

Kumarakom (Kerala)

  • Famous for its backwater tourism.

  • Has been declared Special tourism.

  • This village is home to Flora & Fauna

  • Fishing, agriculture & tourism are major economic activities in this village.

Image of Kumarakom (Kerala)

Image of Kumarakom (Kerala)

Image of Kumarakom (Kerala)

Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar)

  • Temple is located at Bodhgaya, Bihar.

  • Temple have been constructed by Emperor Ashoka.

  • In this temple, there is 52 m tall spire that houses colossal gilded image of Lord Buddha.

  • All these destinations will be implemented under Swadesh Darshan Scheme of Ministry of Tourism.

  • Swadesh Darshan Scheme has been launched to attract more tourists in the country.

- Published/Last Modified on: June 4, 2018


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