Tourist sites steeped in history

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SIX must-see attractions in India:

Jatayu Earth Center

Located in Kerala, the centerpiece of the Jatayu Earth Center is the world’s largest bird statue – a 1,400 square meter sculpture of Jatayu, a vulture demigod from Hindu mythology.

Jatayu was featured in the Hindu epic Ramayana and is said to have taken refuge in a cave after his battle with Ravana.

The statue is said to symbolize the protection of women, their honor and their safety, having been designed by Rajiv Anchal.

There is also an adventure park in the rocky estate.

Jantar Mantar

Located in Jaipur, Rajasthan, this 18th century observatory consists of 19 architectural astronomy instruments, predicting eclipses, tracking the location of major stars as the Earth orbits the sun, checking planetary declinations and determining altitudes heavenly.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the largest sundial in the world, called the Vrihat Samrat Yantra, which means the “great king of instruments”.

Mahabodhi Temple

Located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, this temple complex is the most important of the four main pilgrimage sites for Buddhists linked to the life of Gautama Buddha.

The Unesco World Heritage Site marks the spot where Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment under what has become known as the Bodhi Tree. The site also includes a 25-meter tall Big Buddha statue with the largest reclining Buddha statue in India currently under construction.

jama masjid

Located in Delhi, this 17th century mosque is one of the largest mosques in India and was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, who was also known for building the iconic Taj Mahal.

The mosque is located in the historic city of Shahjahanabad, now known as Old Delhi.

Opposite the mosque are the Red Fort and Sunehri Masjid. It is also surrounded by various shopping malls, such as the historic Chandni Chowk.

The Golden Temple

Located in Amritsar, the Golden Temple, also called Harimandir Sahib, is the spiritual site par excellence of Skihism.

The Golden Temple is a house of worship open to all, from all walks of life and of all faiths. More than 100,000 people visit the holy shrine daily for worship.

Construction was completed in 1604, although the temple has been renovated and rebuilt several times over the years.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Located in Goa, this Roman Catholic basilica is both a center of pilgrimage and the most iconic monument of all churches and convents in Goa, recognized by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.

It houses the mortal remains of Saint Francis Xavier. It is India’s first minor basilica and is considered one of the best examples of Baroque architecture and Portuguese colonial architecture in India.

It is over 408 years old and is open to the public daily.

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