India is famous for its great culture and beautiful history. But what adds more to its beauty is its ancient architecture. People from all around the Globe visit India not only to enjoy its ambience but also to record the stunning ancient sites of the country. Here, we will look at some impeccable historical sites of the nation that left a deep impact on the pages of the history and hearts of the people.
Situated in the capital of the country, this Iranian architecture is a Minaret that leaves its mark as the tallest brick Minaret. The height of Qutub Minar is 72.5 Metres. The construction started in 1199 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak. Later, Shamsuddin Iltutmish added three more storeys and Sheh Shah Suri added an entrance. Dedicated to a 13th-century saint Qutub-ul Aqtab Khwaja Sayyid Muhammad Bakhtiya, people can find famous quotations from the Holy Quran inscribed on the walls. In 1993, UNESCO added it to the list of the world heritage site. In 1981, an unfortunate accident took place here and killed many school children. After that entry of the general public inside the building got restricted. The serene ambience and the magnificent architecture make this monument a tourist attraction.
Built between 1906-1921, Victoria Memorial is a large marble monument and got constructed on the suggestions of Lord Curzon. Indian states and the British government of London raised funds to build this monument. William Emerson designed the memorial and built a figure of the angel of victory. The lights illuminate White Makarna Marble building in the evening which makes it look heavenly gorgeous. There are 25 galleries inside it in total and a garden of 64 acres. The galleries provide a piece of deep information about the history and make this place a must-visit in Kolkata. The entry fees for Indians is 20rs and for foreigners is 200rs.
Raja Man Singh built Amer fort. on a hilltop near Maota lake. It got recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in the year 2013. The monument is made up of red sandstone and marble. The Mughal influence is seen by its Architecture and presence of halls like ‘Diwan-i-Aam’ and ‘Diwan-i-Khas. There are twelve rooms and four courtyards. The width of the victory fort is 1km and the length is 3km. It’s situated on a hill of eagles. It’s one of the most visited attractions of Rajasthan.
Known as the living fort of India, the Jaisalmer Fort is the second oldest fort of Rajasthan. It was also included in the list of world heritage sites by UNESCO. It’s made of yellow sandstone. It was built by Rawal Jaisal on a hilltop. Later, he fought a battle against Sultan Allauddin Khilji. Then many women committed suicide and men died on the battlefield. From 1541-1762, the Mughals controlled the fort. It is 1500ft long and 750ft wide. The fort is fortified from all four sides. The long history and the royal architecture makes people curious and fascinated about the same.
‘Quila-i-Akbari’ is a blend of Turkish, Persian and South Asian architecture. This Mughal beauty is home to monuments like Sheesh mahal, ‘Diwan-e-Khas and ‘Diwan-e-Aam’ and ‘Jahangir Hauz. It’s built of red sandstone and was a military base during Akbar’s reign. It was the main residence of the Mughal emperors and their family till 1638. There are two notable gates in the fort known as ‘Delhi Gate’ and ‘Lahore Gate’. It’s very close to the Agra railway Cantt and hence it’s very easy for the visitors to go to this intricate beauty.