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  • October 5, 2015

Maharajas’ Express Treasures of India: A Journey Trailing the UNESCO World Heritage Sites

There are certain sites in India that UNESCO has regarded as World Heritage Sites owing to their archaeological significance and unparalleled natural beauty. Here we discuss about some of these fascinating monuments that exhibit unique architectural and artistic brilliance. Maharajas Express– Treasures of India’ itinerary trails the eternal charm of these historical places.

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The cultural heritage of a country is a reminder of its glorious past. This is a precious inheritance that needs to be preserved and passed on to the next generation. India encompasses number of architectural prodigies and out of them some hold universal importance. These cultural sites are so exceptional that their protection has become a concern for the entire mankind. Such manifestations of history have been termed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

The preservation of these sites is considered highly important by these international bodies. 137 nations are taking part in this resolution and India is one of them. There are 32 properties in India that have been touted as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Among them 25 are cultural heritages and 7 are natural ones.

One of the best ways of visiting these sites is through luxury train travel in India. The Maharaja Express luxury train takes its guests on a heritage tour to some of the most popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites, on one of its exclusive package known as the ‘Treasures of India Journey‘. Starting from Delhi, this 3-night / 4-day tour covers the spirit of rich cultural destinations like Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur. The itinerary precisely runs through Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Delhi.

Along with other incredible experiences, this trip includes visits to 5 World Heritage Sites of India.
Here we mention four of these World Heritage Sites, on the basis of their popularity and historical importance.

The Agra Fort, Agra

The Red Fort of Agra is a powerful fortress built near the gardens of Taj Mahal. It is a 16th – century Mughal monument made out of red sandstone. This fortress, within its 2.5 km long enclosure walls, held the imperial city of the Mughals. Heritage tours to Agra usually include a trip to this beautiful monument.

The Taj Mahal, Agra

This is a beautiful mausoleum of white marble, built by the famous Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It was built in Agra between 1631 and 1648. This building is a jewel of architectural heritage in India and is one of the most universally admired masterpieces in the world.

The JantarMantar, Jaipur

This astronomical observation site was built in Jaipur in the early 18th century. It includes a set of 20 main fixed instruments. They are great examples in masonry of known instruments that have special characteristics of their own. They were designed for observation of astronomical positions with naked eyes. The building houses many architectural and instrumental innovations. A luxury train tour to Jaipur, can take you to this architectural wonder.

Amer Fort and Palace, Jaipur

The Amer Fort is one of the most popular tourist site, situated 11 km from Jaipur. The fort is best known for the elements of Hindu artistic representation. It is built of red sandstone and marble, and consists of different halls named as the Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. It served as the royal residence of Rajput Maharajas and their families.

Rest assured, the above cited heritage sites will indeed enthral your senses and enlighten you about the rich history, culture and heritage of these cities. There’s a universal appeal in each of these sites that mesmerises people globally. So, embark on a journey now to explore the historical and stately charm of these world heritage sites in India.

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