As per FM in her 2020 Budget, five archaeological sites of India will be developed as most iconic tourist destinations with on-site museums, history information, monuments and more. Here is the list of those five archaeological sites selected for the development of five iconic sites in India for tourism along with few more such as Lothal, Manda in Jammu,Dhauli, Lalitgiri, Ratnagiri and Udaygiri in Odisha and Daimabad Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.
Rakhigarhi in Haryana is one of the 10 most endangered heritage sites in India, located in the Ghaggar-Hakra river plain and also one of the most important archaeological sites in this area along with Kalibangan, Kunal, Haryana, Balu, Haryana, Bhirrana, and Banawali.
Hastinapur in Uttar Pradesh was the capital of Kauravas mentioned in great epic of Mahabharata, today the historic city is one of the holiest places for both Hindus and Jains, home to most ancient temples and monuments such as Kailash Parvat Rachna, lesser known Karna Temple, Shri Digamber Jain Bada Mandir and Bhai Dharam Singh Gurdwara.
Sivasagar city in Assam was the capital of the Ahom Kingdom and a lesser known but must visit place in Assam, noted for Lord Shiva Sivasagar Sivadol temple built in the Shikhara architecture, Borpukhuri tank and Mahashivaratri mela.
Dholavira village contains ruins of Indus Valley Civilization and a location on the Tropic of Cancer, Also listed as one of the five largest Harappan sites. The site of Dholavira is part of the Great Rann of Kutch and selected as one of the five archaeological sites to be developed into iconic sites for Incredible 2020 tourism.
Adichanallur archaeological site in Tamil Nadu was part of the Early Pandyan Kingdom, one of the three popular dynasty who rules the the ancient country along with Cholas and Cheras. The archaeological site of Adichanallur has the ruins of the ancient Tamil civilization and ancient Tamil country.
There are more Archaeological Sites in India should be developed as iconic places for incredible tourism in upcoming years, here is the list we have created on the basis of popularity.
Lothal of Gujarat is listed in the tentative list of UNESCO and a trade route between cities of Harappan and Saurashtra. The site has dockyard, lower town, a planned township and was part of the cities of the ancient Indus Valley Civilization.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves near temple city of Bhubaneswar are not only important archaeologically but also historically and religiously. The caves are Must See Indian Heritage in Odisha, offering ornately carved caves, ancient beautiful sculptures and artificial caves.
Bhimbetka rock shelters are located in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh that exhibits the rare glimpse and most earliest evidence of human in India. The shelters of Bhimbetka are an very important archaeological site in central India showing a large number of caves, figures and paintings.
Deopahar ruins in Golaghat district of Assam is another lesser known archaeological site and a tourist destination in Assam. The protected park has stone curving of figures, stone temple and part of the Deopani reserve forest having very big beehives and home to migratory birds.
Shivleni rock-cut monuments and caves are protected in Maharashtra and listed as finest surviving examples of Indian art by Archaeological Survey of India. The rock-cut caves and monuments are major tourist attraction in Maharashtra along with other protected caves such as Ellora Caves, Ajanta Caves, Kailasha temple and Grishneshwar Temple.
Other well known sites in India are Mehrauli Archaeological Park,Deopahar Archaeological Site, Cheraman Parambu, Amaravati Stupa, Ita Fort, Surkotada, Kalibangan in Rajasthan,Badami Cave Temples,Unakoti in Tripura, Shivleni Caves in Maharashtra and Nagarjunakonda in Andhra Pradesh.