Long before modern science helped countries around the world come up with amazing architectural wonders; India had come up with some structures that could blow one’s mind away. The architectural wonders of India include temples, mosques, monolith statues, forts, palaces, universities, and tombs. Tourists have marveled at the beauty of wonders like the Qutub Minar, Howrah Bridge, Victora Terminus, Charminar, Sanchi Stupa, The Golden Temple and much more architectural astonishment in India. It is very difficult to pick just 6 architectural wonders from the list of 100s equally magnanimous creations, but here is a feeble effort to do so. The list shows the diversity and wide range of architectural wonders that are pride of India.
Today, the ruins of Hampi can captivate you to no end. You can only imagine what an amazing sight the city would have been in its heydays. The UNESCO world heritage site was the former capital of Vijayanagar Empire. No words can describe or explain the spectacular Vittala Temple and its remarkable architecture. Among the wonders are the musical pillars carved out of stone which emit musical notes when tapped. The British in their curiosity opened two pillars only to find them hollow from inside. The Stone Chariot is another wonder of Hampi which charms visitors even when it lies in ruins.
5. Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Nestled in the bosom of Sahayadri Mountain Range at the distance of 250 miles from Mumbai, in northern Maharastra, the Ajanta and Ellora caves are magnificently carved into the hillside rocks. The sculptures and paintings in these Caves are breathtaking not only for their sheer beauty, but also due to the aura exuded by them. They hold mirror to the skill in architecture and artistry that Indian craftsmen had mastered some 2500 years ago.
4. Konark Sun Temple
The Konark sun temple is built like an enormous chariot of Surya, the Sun God, with ornately carved 12 stone wheels dragged by seven rearing gigantic horses. Built in 13th Century by Narasimhadeva of Ganga Dynatry, the ruins of the temple have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple showcases the grandeur of Indian architecture, building techniques, sculpture, art and elegance at its best.
3. Iron Pillar of Delhi
The rust resistant Iron Pillar of Delhi appears to mock at the scientific advancement of modern world. Though a lot of research has gone into finding out how the iron pillar has withstood corrosion for nearly 1600 years; no one has been able to come up with a satisfying explanation to this wonder. There is no doubt that the iron-smiths of India were way ahead of their counterparts. Besides the iron pillar of Delhi, the iron beams of Konark Temple and a similar iron pillar in the Mookambika temple in a small of Kollur in Karnataka have withstood the onslaught of time and weather.
2. Statue of Gomateshwara (Bahubali)
The unique statue of Gomateshwara is the world’s highest monolithic statue which stands without any external support. The statue which is an aesthetic and artistic wonder, is visible from a distance of nearly 30 km. Standing at the height of 17.6 meters, in the town of Shravanabelagola in Karnataka, the amazing architectural feat was carved out of a single granite stone in 983 C.E. The inscriptions found in three languages at the base of the statue are considered to be of high historical importance.
1. Taj Mahal
There is no rival to Taj Mahal when it comes to architectural excellence, not only in India but also in the world. The Mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world and UNESCO world heritage site. The mesmerizing building, identified as a symbol of love among romantics, is marvel in white marble. The dome, minarets and exterior decorations hold viewers spell bound even to this day. More than 22,000 workers sweated out for 22 years to create this epitome of Mughal architecture which enthralls thousands of visitors every day.