Top 10 Monuments of India That You Must Visit
India is home to countless spectacular monuments belonging to different historical eras. It has a rich history spanning thousands of years and has witnessed the rise and fall of countless great dynasties and civilisations. As a result, India is dotted with numerous splendid monuments from different periods that wants to tell the story of their bygone glory.
Following is the list of 10 such monuments of India that are famous among travellers.
Agra, Uttar Pradesh
One of the world's new seven wonders, the Taj Mahal, was built under the Shah Jahan rule, a Mughal Emperor as the last resting place for his wife - Mumtaz Mahal. Today it is one of the most famous monuments in India, attracting 25000+ people every day. The number shoots up during the holidays.
Made of white marble from India and decorated with precious stones from Turkey and other places, the tomb is a shining example of the fine fusion of Indian and Persian architecture.
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The 238-foot tall minaret is situated in the Mehrauli area of South Delhi. The magnificent structure is made of red sandstone and marble. It is one of the tallest towers in Asia and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Another nearby attraction is the Iron Pillar located inside the Qutub complex, which hasn’t rusted in the past 2000 years despite being in the open.
One of the iconic historical monuments of India, the Red Fort, is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also known as Lal Quila, the fort is best known for its massive red sandstone walls and Mughal-style architecture. The Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on Independence Day every year from the Red Fort, making it an important landmark of modern India as well.
The Gateway of India has become an important landmark in Mumbai. The famous arch-monument was built to commemorate the landing of King George V. The location is today a thriving picnic spot frequented by locals and travellers.
Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh
Originally commissioned by Ashoka the Great in the third century BCE, Sanchi’s great Stupa is one of the oldest stone structures in India. It is depicted on the reverse side of the Indian currency note of Rs 200. You can also find other stupas at the complex.
Charminar means four pillars in Urdu. Constructed in 1591, the magnificent Charminar has become Hyderabad's symbol and Telangana's official emblem. Once you are done admiring the beauty of Charminar, go on a shopping spree in the busy local markets surrounding the monument.
Kolkata, West Bengal
Dedicated to the memory of Queen Victoria, Empress of India, from 1876 to 1901, the Victoria Memorial is one of the most famous landmarks of Kolkata. The elegant white marble building is now a museum administered by the Ministry of Culture. The monument is an ideal place to roam around in the evening, surrounded by lush green gardens with beautiful structures.
Hampi Town, Karnataka
Located in the Vijayanagara district, east-central Karnataka, the ruins of Hampi have many intricately carved ancient structures spread over 4,100 hectares. Also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, the UNESCO world heritage site is today among the most visited monuments of India and a favourite destination for travel influencers and history buffs.
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Konark, Puri District, Odisha
Located about 35 km northeast of Puri City, the Konark Sun Temple is one of the most famous historical places in India. Also called the Black Pagoda, the 13th-century temple is famous for its chariot-like exterior and intricately carved temple walls.
Also written as Gol Gumbad, meaning "Round Dome", the 17th-century mausoleum houses the remains of the Sultans of the Adil Shahi dynasty. The structure is notable for its enormous dome.
Don’t miss the whispering gallery's amazing acoustics while exploring the monument.
One life may not be enough to cover all the great historical monuments of India. However, you can give it a try and get started with the list mentioned above.