Times of India's list of seven wonders of India
The Times of India newspaper carried out a SMS poll, from 21 July to 31 July 2007, to vote for the seven greatest wonders of India, out of a list of 20 identified ancient or medieval sites for the purpose. The Seven Wonders of India (four of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites) have now been chosen by the readers of Times of India. The winners ranged from a majestic monolith to places of worship, a mausoleum and a university.
Except for the Harmandir Sahib and the Taj Mahal, the Seven Wonders are all located in small towns or in the countryside. However, four of the twenty monuments listed for voting are located in three metropolitan area, such as Delhi's Lotus Temple and Qutub Minar, the Victoria Terminus at Mumbai and the Howrah Bridge at Kolkata.
The seven wonders of India, in the order of their voting were as follows:
|Gomateshwara||Shravanabelagola, Karnataka||AD 981||57-foot (17 m) statue of Bahubali, a Jain Arihant.|
Darbar Sahib / Golden Temple
|Amritsar, Punjab||1585–1604||Sikh Gurdwara|
|Taj Mahal||Agra, Uttar Pradesh||1632–53||White marble mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal|
Pampa-kshetra / Kishkinda-kshetra / Bhaskara-kshetra
|Vijayanagara, Karnataka||Earliest parts c. AD 1||Village housing Virupaksha Temple|
|Konark Sun Temple
|Konark, Odisha||Mid-13th century AD||Kalinga architecture temple of the sun god Surya|
|Nalanda||Near Patna, Bihar||5th century AD||Ancient centre of higher learning|
|Chhatarpur District, Madhya Pradesh||Earliest parts c. 9th century AD||Complex of medieval Hindu and Jain temples|