India is a land of great culture and epic monuments. The architecture style of Indian antiquities is influenced by the Hindu Temple Architecture like the Dravidian and Nagara style, Indo-Islamic architecture like the Mughal style and the European architecture like the neoclassical, gothic revival, and baroque.
Here are the top 10 monuments of India that will fascinate you:
Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal is a white marble monument on which the sun shines in the morning and moon smiles at night.
Taj Mahal of Agra is a marvelous example of Mughal architecture and when you will enter the royal garden, your eyes will be mesmerized by the landscaping work of the garden as the trees are planted in such a way as if they are greeting the Taj Mahal by doing a salaam!
Chittorgarh Fort, Chittor
Chittorgarh is a fort symbolizing valor, pride, dignity, and nationalism of the brave Rajputs.
The Fort is one of the largest forts of India located on a hill and has 7 gates representing the strength of the fort. The fort consists of Vijay Stambh which was built to celebrate victory over its enemy. Then there is Kumbha Palace where Rani Padmini choose to die with head high by doing Jauhar (Self-Immolation) rather than surrendering to the enemy.
There are many other historical creations to see that will tell legends of the fort.
Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest forts of India which is also known as “Sonar Killa” (Golden Fort) as the fort is made up of splendid yellow sandstone.
Located on a Trihuta hill, The fort has 4 magnificent gates and a majestic Raj Mahal along with Jain temple and Laximinath temple. Jaisalmer has witnessed many battles and has lots of brave stories to tell. The sunset from Jaisalmer fort will make you feel relax and fresh.
Harminder Sahib, Amritsar
Harminder Sahib of Amritsar is a sacred temple that will make you feel refresh, relax and closer to God.
The temple is also known as the Golden Temple because of its large marvelous dome that is made up of pure gold. When you will enter the Gurdwara, you will feel a positive vibe that will make you feel happy and serene.
Mysore Palace, Mysore
Mysore palace is one of a splendid example of Indo Saracenic style of architecture that has perplexing chandeliers, stained glasses, iron pillars, and glazed tiles.
The main entrance of the palace is known as the royal elephant gate that is crafted with eye-popping motifs. Mysore palace is one of the biggest palaces in the country and has artifacts of the Wadiyar dynasty.
The New Palace, Kolhapur
The New Palace is not just a palace but a treasure of great history of the chivalrous Marathas.
The palace is made up of black polished stones and has a garden, fountain, and a wrestling ground. The palace has glasses depicting the brave life of the great Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The palace has a museum where you will get to see many marvelous artifacts. Outside the palace, there is also a section where you will get to see peacocks, emus, spotted deer, and the geese.
Sanchi Stupa, Sanchi
Sanchi Stupa is a sacred hub of Buddhism and is a temple that teaches peace and harmony. It was built by Emperor Ashoka and is surrounded by four carved gateways.
On the gateways You will see carvings of male and female tree murals that are considered as a good omen to have at the front. The Sanchi Stupa is an immense semi-circular, domed shaped rock chamber that will make you feel calm.
Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
Basilica of Bom Jesus has beautiful triangular roofing on which holy ‘IHS’ initials have been engraved. IHS is an abbreviation meaning ‘Jesus, Saviour of Men’.
The church is different than the other churches of Old Goa as it’s exterior doesn’t consist of plaster. It is a great example of Baroque architecture where the floor is crafted with beautiful marble mosaic with precious stones and there is a huge screen having the image of St.
Ignatius Loyola protecting an infant Jesus. The church is over 408 years old and its image of the Holy Trinity will make you feel loved.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Kumbhalgarh fort stands proudly like a knight protecting its area of Udaipur by its largest and strongest wall in the world after the great wall of China.
The wall is known as the Great wall of India and the fort was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century which has seven fortified gateways and is encircled by thirteen elevated mountain peaks.
It is also the birthplace of great Maharana Pratap. Badal Mahal is one the major attraction of the fort.
Lotus Temple, Delhi
Lotus temple is also known as Bahai temple and has a beautiful lotus-like structure which will mesmerize your soul. It is a place of tranquillity and peace.
Lotus temple is a great architectural example as it is made in such a way as if it is floating on water. The nine marble petals of the temple will take you in tranquillity and the nine small pools surrounding the temple will surely make you feel refresh.