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India Tourism: Famous Monuments

By Manoj

Let us explore some of the majestic, beautiful and rustic monuments that represent the country globally. Each monument has its own story and history behind it.

These monuments that have stood the test of time is all that remains with us of our wonderful past. Some of them have been honoured, others protected and yet there are those which still lay forgotten by most.

We take a look at ten of the famous monuments that stand in India and look deep into the history that makes them what they are today.

Charminar

Charminar

The Charminar located in Hyderabad was built by Muhammad Quli Qutb Shahi and was dedicated to the lord. This structure radiates the architectural grandeur of the bygone era and is now a major tourist attraction in the city. People came from far and wide to marvel at the structure and compliment the artistic beauty of its architecture.

Photo Courtesy: Habeeb

Gateway of India

Gateway of India

The Gateway of India is another famous monument in India that was built during the British rule in order to celebrate the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary. The eight storey high structure is located close to the harbour overlooking the Arabian Sea. Tourists come here to marvel at this gigantic structure and to click photos of themselves with it.

Photo Courtesy: Leonora Enking

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal

The Hawa Mahal or 'Palace of Winds' was built by the poet king Maharaj Sawai Pratap Singh. The five storey building has been entirely constructed from red and pink sandstones and has over 950 windows to its name. Tourists can explore this palace and also visit the archaeological museum located within the palace.

Photo Courtesy: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

India Gate

India Gate

A famous monument in India is the war memorial located at the heart of Delhi, the India Gate. Previously known as the All India War Memorial, this structure is dedicated to the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. There is an eternal flame lit here called 'Amar Jawan Jyothi' in honour of the soldiers who died in the Indo-Pak War of 1971. Tourists came here to pay respect to these brave soldiers who died defending and protecting our country.

Photo Courtesy: Bijoy Mohan

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace also known as the Amba Vilas Palace was the residence of the Wodeyar Kings of Mysore. Today this magnificent palace portrays the beauty and excellence of the bygone era. It is believed that the Mysore Palace is the second-most visited tourist spot in India with the first one being the Taj Mahal. Tourists can visit this palace any day between 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and explore its vast grounds.

Photo Courtesy: Ramnath Bhat

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar, built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, is the tallest minar in India. The structure was constructed using red stone and marble and has a height of 72 mt. It is believed that the structure was built to signify the beginning of Mughal rule in India. However, now it serves as a spiritual centre to call the faithful for prayers.

Photo Courtesy: Swaminathan

Red Fort

Red Fort

The Red Fort also known as the Lal Qila, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has many marvellous structures within it namely; the Diwan-i-Aam, used by the Emperors to address their subjects and the Diwan-i-Khas that was used for private meetings. Today the fort holds more importance as every year on the 15th of August, the Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag here at the Red Fort.

Photo Courtesy: Arian Zwegers

Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi Stupa

The Sanchi Stupa which is located in Madhya Pradesh is believed to have been built by Emperor Ashoka post the war of Kalinga when he turned to Buddhism. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tourists can explore the Stupa and many other Buddhist temples and pillars here.

Photo Courtesy: Nagarjun Kandukuru

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is one of the famous monuments in India and is a symbol of undying love. It is made with pure white marble and has stood the test of time to show many a generation what the power of love can do. This palatial building was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World due to the grandeur it emotes and also because the number of tourists this place attracts from the world over.

Photo Courtesy: Dennis Jarvis

Victoria Memorial

Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial, which is located in Kolkata, resembles that of the Taj Mahal but the architectural design of this building is completely different. It was built in memory of Queen Victoria but is now a museum and a major tourist attraction in the city.

Photo Courtesy: shankar s.

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