Great and Interesting Architectural buildings
Opulent palaces, ancient forts and majestic structures greet you at every nook and corner of India. Their impressive architecture and rich histories are a tribute to India’s deep and complex heritage. We’ve rounded up few of our favourite places.
- Vittala Temple Complex, Hampi, Karnataka
At its prime, the historic temple town of Hampi was one of the richest and largest cities in the world. the Vittala Temple is particularly well known for its iconic stone chariot, famous musical pillars, and impressive sculpture work. The temple is a wonder everyone should aim to see at least once.
- Konark Sun Temple, Orissa
Konark Sun Temple is a UNESCO world heritage site in the shape of a giant ornamented chariot with twelve pairs of carved stone wheels pulled by a set of seven horses, like the one used by the Sun god, Surya. Located at Konark in Odisha, it was constructed in 1255 C.E. The temple is also structured in such a way that the first rays of sunrise strike its principal entrance.
- Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan
The great monuments of the royal Rajputs of Rajasthan, Hawa Mahal also Palace of Winds is situated in the heart of pink city and the capital of Rajasthan,Jaipur. The pyramid shape five-story palace is constructed by red and pink sandstone by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. Built for women of the royal household to observe street life and festivals without really having to go outside.
- Qutub Minar, Delhi
Qutub Minar of Delhi is one of the tallest and famous towers in the world and second tallest Minar in India. Complex of Qutub Minar is home to several historically monuments such as Tomb of Iltutmish, Iron pillar of Delhi and Alai Minar. It is an incredible example of Indo-Muslim architecture that touches the skies at an incredible height of 240ft.
- The Great Chola Temples, Tamil Nadu
This place is the epitome of artistic and architectural excellence. The three great temples are: Brihadeshwara Temple at Tanjore, Airavatesvara Temple in Darasuram, and Brihadeshwara Temple in Gangaikonda Cholapuram. These temples were built by the kings of the Chola Empire, a powerful empire which stretched all over South India and the neighboring islands. Every one of these temple reflect the outstanding achievements of the Chola Empire in sculpture, architecture, painting and bronze casting.
- Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
The sculptures and artifacts in the caves belong to three different religions: Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. There are 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves. It was in these caves, which were in fact Buddhist monasteries that the monks prayed, studied and meditated. The credit for discovering these famous caves goes to the British officer John Smith who stumbled upon these historic sites while he was out on a tiger hunt in 1819. The artifacts in the caves depict the past lives and rebirths of Gautam Buddha.