In a country like India, where one of the oldest civilisations once flourished, apparently history seems to be everywhere. And to preserve that living heritage is the responsibility of one and all. Although people largely agree that culture and preservation of history is important to help build a better tomorrow, efforts to that effect are insufficient.

And so on the occasion of World Heritage Day, we bring to you a few images to show how India’s landmark monuments have undergone tremendous change over all these years.

Taj Mahal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Bara Imambara, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Rumi Darwaza, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Red Fort, Delhi

Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Tomb of Akbar, Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Annamalaiyar,Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu

Golden Temple, Amritsar, Punjab

Prinseps Ghat, Kolkata, West Bengal

Dilkhusha Palace, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

High Court, Kolkata, West Bengal

Kashmiri Gate, Delhi

Lall Dighi, Kolkata, West Bengal

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus​, Mumbai, Maharashtra

(Design credits: Aroop Mishra)