What makes India Incredible? Is it the culture, heritage, traditions, beliefs? Yes! But what makes it even more incredible is that it is home to some spectacular monuments. The very sight of these monuments gives you Goosebumps. One thing is for sure that you will definitely be awestruck by the beauty of these architectural wonders. Let us get the feel for three of India’s magnificent monuments – The Taj Mahal, Qutb Minar and Sanchi Stupa.
The Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal – The epitome of love is by far the best monument India has got. The ivory-white marble mausoleum stands majestically on the South bank of the river Yamuna in the Agra District of Uttar Pradesh. Its sheer beauty promises to impress anyone and everyone. Taj Mahal is the memorial dedicated to Mumtaz Mahal by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
Taj Mahal represents artistic achievement through perfect harmony and excellent craftsmanship of Indo-Islamic sepulchral architecture. People from all over the world visit this magnificent monument and it definitely tops the list of places to visit in India.
Do not just see this masterpiece, feel it! Feel the beauty of the monument, feel the architectural brilliance, imagine and feel how the monument might have been built. That is when you experience the real worth of visiting this wonder of the world.
Qutb Minar, a 73-meter high tower in South West District of Delhi, is not only India’s finest monument but also in the world. This astonishing tower has five distinct storeys which are tapered from 14.3m in diameter at the base to a 2.75m diameter at its peak. The monument construction was started by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, in 1200 AD and finished only the basement. His successors Iltutmush and Firoz Shah Tughlak were responsible for completion of this architectural wonder.
The development of the style of the architecture from Aibak to Tughlak is very much evident in the Minar. If you observe the monument carefully, the first three storeys are built using Red sandstone and the fourth and fifth storey are built using marble and sandstone respectively. It is fascinating to see the bands of inscriptions on the tower and projected balconies supported by decorated brackets at every storey.
In addition to the Minar, there is a Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque at the foot of the tower and it is believed to be the first Mosque to be built in India. If these two wonders are not enough for the eyes of people to see, there is one more very curious antique close to the mosque, the Iron Pillar.
There are stories and rumours about the origins of the Qutb Minar. Some say it was erected to signify the beginning of the Muslim Era in India and others say it was used as a minaret to the muezzins to call the Muslims to prayer. We will leave it for you to closely observe and feel the beauty of these monuments and imagine what the real reason might be! Qutb Minar is definitely a must feel monument in Delhi.
Sanchi Stupa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, situated on a flat-topped hill near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, stands India’s oldest Buddhist monuments. This heritage site consists of several stupas and the king of all is the Great Stupa (Stupa No. 1). Are you in search of peace and enlightenment? Need some fresh air? This is the place to be!
Great Stupa is the most astonishing and largest stupa out of all the stupas on the heritage hill. It was commissioned by the Mauryan Great Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE. This structure has a lot of Buddhist intricate carvings on it. The hemispherical dome-like stupa typically contains relics of Lord Buddha and his followers. The stupa is surrounded by Gateways, also known as Toranas, in all four directions. Each of the Gateways has beautiful sculptures of decorative illustrations of events of the life of Lord Buddha as explained in Jataka tales. The heritage site another two Stupas namely Stupa No.2 and Stupa No.3.
One will feel this place as a Buddhist sanctuary and will definitely bring alive the awe you felt as a child as you listened to the stories of Ashoka. Ah! Are you not feeling excited to visit this place already?