Hill forts of Rajasthan
Strategically incorporating cliffsides, rivers, and deserts as natural fortifications, Rajasthan’s six dramatic forts encompassed a courtly culture devoted to art, music, worship, and trade. Fifteenth-century Kumbhalgarh Fort, designed by architect and author Mandan, boasts the second longest wall in the world.
India’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are anything but subtle. From mosques to mausoleums to mangroves, together they form a tangible story of India—a country so extraordinary it has served as the birthplace of four major world religions and one of the oldest civilizations on the planet.
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No site tells a single story. A tour through Ellora’s cave temples reveals a layered interaction of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Architecture lessons in Ahmadabad lead to silk studio visits, kite flying, and birdwatching along the city’s numerous lakes. Hop a hundred-year-old, single-track train through the mountains or stroll the second longest wall in the world—there are enough adventures here to last a lifetime. (This temple is covered in thousands of colorful statues.)