Descent of the Ganges at Mahabalipuram, in the Tamil Nadu state India, is one of a group of monuments that were designated as a World Heritage Site since 1984. Measuring 96 feet (29 m) long by 43 feet (13 m) high, it is a giant open-air relief carved of the a monolithic rock. The monuments and sanctuaries were built by the Pallava kings in the 7th and 8th centuries.
Ajanta Caves - a collection of about 300 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments dating from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE - in the Aurangabad District of Maharashtra, India. Ajanta Caves is a World Heritage Site.
A gateway to the Red Fort in Delhi. Parts of Old Delhi date back more than 2,000 years, when the city was known as Shahjahanabad. The fort was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Image copyright RGS-IBG.
Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret in India, originally an ancient Hindu monument, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in Delhi, the Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and marble. by Lemmo2009
This awe-inspiring rock wave in shades of ochre and crimson unfolds through the Paria Canyon–Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness on the border of Utah and Arizona. First water, then wind eroded the Navajo sandstone, revealing layers of sand that blew through the area during the Jurassic period. Access to “the wave” is heavily restricted; the Bureau of Land Management hands out only 20 permits to the Coyote Buttes region a day. —Jonathan Shannon