A series of 29 Buddhist cave temples dating from as early as the 2nd century BC, the Ajanta Caves contain some of the best masterpieces of Buddhist art in India.
The Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya is a descendant of the tree under which Siddharta Gautama attained enlightenment after 49 days of meditation and became the "Enlightened One."
Golden Temple of Amritsar
The holiest site in Sikhism, the Golden Temple seems to float on the water. It enshrines the holy book, Guru Granth Sahib, which is venerated by pilgrims throughout the day and put to bed at night.
This complex of cave temples on Elephanta Island, an hour-long ferry ride from Mumbai, were carved in honor of Shiva in the 7th century.
This sacred stupa marks the site of the Buddha's enlightenment and is the main destination for Buddhist pilgrims. The temple dates from the 2nd century AD but has been restored over the years.
Located just 12 km from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, Sarnath is the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment. It is one of four sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage.
Konark Sun Temple
This 13th-century Hindu temple dedicated to the sun god is shaped like a giant chariot. It is best known for the exquisite stone carvings that cover the entire structure.
One of the four major sites in the Chota Char Dham pilgrimage of the Northern Himalayas, Kedarnath is a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva.