This vacation, travel to the Top 10 Monuments of India that are ideally the most famous Historical Monuments of the nation. The country has always been popular for its architectural grandeur, and thus, it attracts a number of tourists from around the world. These monuments speak a lot about the dynasties and emperors, who ruled the country for several years. Hence, if you visit these places/ monuments, you will feel as if you have stepped into those golden days that have an impressionable magnificence till today.
So, here’s a complete list of the best and top memorials –
1. Taj Mahal
Known as a symbol of love, this monument is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Its design, history and symbolism of love have always been successful in captivating people from different cultures and regions around the world. It is located in Agra and is easily accessible by road. If you are looking for a one day trip from Delhi, this can be the ideal destination to hit to.
2. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is a historic and the busiest railway station and is located in Mumbai. It is said to be an architectural blend of Mughal style and Victorian Italianate Gothic Revival style. Further, the terminus serves as a terminal for a number of commuter trains, besides the long distance trains. The name of the station changed to VT or CSTM from March 1996.
3. Lotus Temple
This is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Delhi and is popularly known as Bahai Temple. Studies say that Lotus Temple is one of the world’s Eight Houses of Worship where people from different religious backgrounds sit together in meditation. It remains open for the general public from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm in winters and from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm in summers.
4. Mysore Palace
It signifies the Indo Saracenic style of architecture and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mysore. Designed by British architect, this palace is considered to the biggest in the country. At present, the palace is a museum which showcases the architecture and art of the Wodeyar dynasty. The general public can visit here in the morning (6 A.M to 9 A.M) and evening (3.30 P.M to 6.30 P.M) time.
5. Gateway of India
Located in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is marked as the most important landmark of the city. This monument was built in yellow basalt stone to celebrate the arrival of Queen Mary and King George V and was inaugurated by the Viceroy, on 4th of December, 1924. Owing to its beauty, magnificence and boating facilities, this monument attracts tourist all-round the year. It also serves as an entry gate for tourist visiting Mumbai.
6. Victoria Memorial
This is one of the ideal destinations that both Indian and foreign tourists love to visit. It is regarded as a memorial to Queen Victoria and also a monument that represents the era of British Empire in India. At present, it is a museum maintained by the Government of India, which showcases books, miniatures, statues, paintings, arms and sketches that describes Indian history.
7. Sanchi Stupa
It is a popular sightseeing destination located near Bhopal in a small village known as Sanchi. The Mauryan emperor, Ashoka commissioned the great Stupa at Sanchi, which is basically a tribute to the Lord Buddha. It is said to be carved out of semi-circular rock with male and female tree murals on it. The stupas are kept in serene calmness and signify the best architectural designs from the medieval age. This place is well connected via rail,
road and air transportation. Thus, you can easily reach to this place.
8. Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is a 5 storied tower, each of which has unique designs. Studies say that this monument has been inspired by Afghanistan’s Minaret of Jam. Thus, it represents a unique mix of architectural styles. A number of events are organized here, which attracts a huge crowd from all over India and abroad. Some of these events are painting, photography and musical exhibitions. The ideal time to visit here is November or December, where you can get to explore a 3-day long Qutub festival.
9. Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal or the palace of winds is a popular tourist destination in pink city Jaipur. It is said to be composed of 953 tiny jharokhas and represents the blend of Mughal and Rajasthan schools of architecture. The ideal time to visit between October and March, as the weather this time becomes very pleasant. In the night, the weather gets so cold that you may have to pull on the quilts. It is easily accessible via different modes of transport, viz. rail, road and air.
It is one of Hyderabad’s seven wonders and is highly visited by both national and international tourists. It is made up of mortar, granite, limestone and powdered marble. The monument was built in 1591, during the reign of Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. Further, it is said that the monument is called as charminar because it is supported by the four minarets. You will also find a mosque at the last storey of this magnificent historical place or monument.
These are top gems of India. So, if you have been planning for a tour, you must a plan a visit to these monuments that will be a historical joy ride with family.
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