India, thanks to the numerous invasions since early ages, has witnessed some of the most brilliant and sprawling empires in the history of the world. All these may be a thing of the past, but the architectural splendor, which all these empires relished during their heydays have stayed on with us. In this list, we shall dig out some of the monuments which are known for their architectural splendor and grandeur! So, read on the article to know about those majestic monuments that you must never dare to miss out on—
10. Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh
This golden shrine of Arunachal Pradesh is considered as the fountainhead of spiritual life. The entire structure of the monastery is stylized in traditional Buddhist architecture and is exquisitely decorated with some of the finest paintings, frescos, carvings, murals and statues. It is indeed a delightful and one should never miss!
9. Ruins of Vijaynagarh Empire, Hampi
Only a few hours of drive from Bangalore, you shall reach one of the brilliant store house of South Indian history and architecture. Ruins of Vijaynagarh Empire, Hampi embrace the wonderful effort of Hindu architectural delight.
8. Nalanda, Bihar
These huge ruins of Nalanda are considered as an epicenter of civilization and recorded as the world’s earliest university. The architectural brilliance of ancient times is beautifully depicted in every part of these excavated ruins.
7. Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh
This grandest monumental delight is an epitome of eternal love and beauty. The exquisite work of Islamic architecture has mesmerized billions of hearts and is considered as one of the world’s finest architectural treasure. This alluring structure shines magnificently like dream in the backdrop of the serene Yamuna.
6. Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan
Rana Kumbha’s best architectural wonder is the largest and grandest of all forts. It has the finest taste of Rajput architecture, encrusted by a number of magnificent palaces, monuments and temples all over the kingdom. One should never miss this architectural essence of Mewar dynasty.
5. Humayun’s Tomb
Located in New Delhi, Humayun’s Tomb was built under the inspection and commission provided by Humayun’s first wife, Baga Begum (Also known as Haji Begum). Inspired by Persian style of architecture, this beautiful monument was made of sandstones and marble, and in its grandeur, it can well be compared to Taj Mahal. One of our favorites in this list, Humayun’s Tomb has been listed by UNESCO as one of the World’s Heritage Sites.
4. Ajanta and Ellora Caves, Maharashtra
India’s resplendent rock cut art and architectures are the wonders of these ancient caves. These caves not only have the richest essence of Hindu architecture, but also have some splendid art of India’s other indigenous religions. The beautiful paintings and architecture on these volcanic carved rocks define the true meaning of devotion.
3. Sun temple Konark, Odisha
This incomplete work of Konark, tells the saga of India’s rich heritage, devotion and extreme architectural marvel. The uniqueness’s of this architectural treasure are the beautiful and ornamental inscriptions covering the entire temple, build on the lines of a chariot with 7 horses and 24 chariot wheels along with a 52 ton magnet placed to create the peak of the main temple will leave you wondering how they ever built it!
2. Temples of Bishnupur, West Bengal
These beautiful Malla dynasty temples are engraved by the exquisite art of Terracotta. The architectural styles have the magnificent assimilation of both Hindu and Islamic tradition along with some finest work of Hindu mythological tales inscribed on the walls of these shines.
1. Fort of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan
There might be innumerable great monuments in Rajasthan awaiting appreciation, but when it comes to Jaisalmer’s “Sonar Quila” or the golden fortress, we are all left awestruck! The magnificent fort made of yellow sandstone is perhaps the only fort in India inhabited by people. The fort was built in 1156 AD and proudly overlooks the golden stretch of the Thar Desert!