India is rich in culture, traditions, heritage buildings, temples, forts and palaces. Famous Indian monuments include old churches of Goa, the Taj Mahal, the Qutub Minar, the Charminar, the Red fort and the mantar, that are few of the most visited heritage sites in India. These historical monuments are the wealth of Indian tourism along with other heritage sites of the world and nature tourism places like wild parks and ancient temples of south India. Let's explore 5 most famous monuments of India.
The Taj Mahal - Agra
The Taj Mahal is more than just a mausoleum - it is has been described by the poet Rabindranath Tagore as a "teardrop on the cheek of eternity". As an expression of the height of the Mughal dynasty's architectural genius in the Indian subcontinent, as the symbol of a bereaved emperor's love for his empress, and as an inspiration to countless photographers and artists who have tried to capture its many subtle nuances of light and shade, the Taj Mahal continues to captivate people worldwide with its history, its design, and its symbolism of eternal love.
The Qutub Minar - Delhi
The Qutub Minar in Delhi is apparently the largest tower in the world built by one of the Mughals. Qutub Minar was constructed in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, by the founder of Slave Dynasty and later completed by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish. The Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Built exclusively in red brick and sandstone this minaret in Delhi is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture.
The Gateway of India - Mumbai
The Gateway of India is one of the architectural marvels of our country. Located on the southern part of Mumbai on the shores of the Arabian Sea, the Gateway of India is an important landmark of the city. It is virtually the starting point for any tourist who wants to get acquainted with the exuberant and exciting life of Mumbai. The huge monument speaks at length about the history of our country. The beautifully engraved designs and the well built pillars remind us of the colonial rule and the sacrifices of our fellow country men.
The India Gate - New Delhi
The All India War Memorial, popularly known as the India Gate, is a war memorial located in New Delhi. It is dedicated to the 82,000 soldiers, both Indian and British, who died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The Amar Jawan Jyoti is the burning structure, right underneath the archway, which symbolizes the eternal, immortal soldiers of India.
The Hawa Mahal - Jaipur, Rajasthan
The regal Hawa Mahal is perhaps one of the most often visited tourist destinations of the lovely Pink City of Jaipur. Instituted by the famed maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh, the 'palace of the winds' is the repository of the Rajputana history and tradition of the colorful state. A portion of the magnificent City Palace, the Hawa Mahal is a stupendous blend of Rajasthan and Mughal schools of architecture. Etched in punk hued sandstone, it soars up to a height of about five stories and is one of the most remarkable monuments of Rajasthan.
India’s iconic architectural splendor is a fine example of its golden past. The emperors of history left an imprint of their reign in the form of these spectacular vestiges which speak greatly about their creators.