The Taj Mahal in India is the most popular monument in the world, listed by Unesco


The Taj Mahal in India is the most popular Unesco World Heritage Site.

Agra’s famous marble mausoleum takes the top spot in a new study listing the World Heritage sites people around the world most want to visit.

Zitango Travel, travel agents and destination specialists, studied online search data to find out which Unesco sites were the most searched.

The Taj Mahal was the most coveted, with an average of 1.4 million searches per month.

Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful buildings ever created, the State Mausoleum of Uttar Pradesh was constructed nearly 400 years ago and is a must-see destination for many tourists from around the world.

Travelers to the United Arab Emirates were particularly interested in this landmark, with the Indian Mausoleum complex being the most searched, averaging 8,300 searches per month. Travelers from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain have also sought out the Indian attraction, more than any other in the world.

The Indian dedication to Mumtaz Mahal ranked first in Asia, being the most sought after heritage site in nearly half of the countries on the continent.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, Petra in Jordan ranked first for search traffic in Palestine, Qatar and Israel. The ancient capital of the Nabataean Empire was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 1985, and listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.

The Lebanese and Jordanians preferred to turn to Turkey, Cappadocia being famous for its hot air balloons and the most sought-after cave dwellings in both countries.

The 10 Most Popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites

  1. Taj Mahal, India
  2. Machu Picchu, Peru
  3. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  4. Yellowstone National Park, USA
  5. Stonehenge, United Kingdom
  6. Statue of Liberty, USA
  7. Petra, Jordan
  8. Cinque Terre, Italy
  9. Palace of Versailles, France
  10. Chichen Itza, Mexico

Globally, South America’s most famous ruins were the second most sought-after Unesco heritage site, with 1,100,000 global search volumes for Machu Picchu in Peru, according to Zitango.

The historic Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, which was added to the Unesco list in 2017, ranks third for search traffic. Travelers flock to the beach town for its annual Carnival celebrations, Copacabana Beach and the 98-foot Christ the Redeemer statue atop. Corcovado Mountain.

Updated: 04 May 2022, 14:02

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