5 Ancient Architectures of India
Right from the Kashmir to Kanyakumari or from Arunachal to Gujarat, there are so many places that are rooted in India’s glorious and rich past. When we speak of architectures of India, the list is endless.
From forts to palaces, temples and stunning structures, there are plenty of grand and historic monuments in India, making it to various international travel guides, TV shows, and books. We’ve rounded up the architectural gems of our history which every Indian tourist should visit.
Constructed by Shah Jahan as a symbol of love, he built the Taj Mahal for his late wife Mumtaz. This iconic structure is the crown jewel of India. Built using the finest marble from Makarana, the Taj Mahal has interesting architecture stories to tell.
To get to the fort, you have to either travel by jeep or on an elephant. The fort was built by Raja Man Singh based on the mixture of Indian and Mughal architectures. The materials used for building is mainly redstone and marble with marvelous design, intricate carvings and stunning designs on the walls. The Palace is divided into six separate but main sections each with its own entry gate and courtyard.
Although the Agra Fort was built under the watchful eyes of King Akbar, its final architecture and design is the result of construction by many different empires. Made of red sandstone and marble, the fort possesses an appealing aura and pleasant charm.
The Qutb Minar
The monuments inside the Qutb Minar Complex are historic and stunning. The first structures at the complex were built by the Sultans of Mehrauli and later by the Mughals. The highlight at the Qutb Minar Complex is the Qutb Minar. It is a tall tower built in Afghan architectural styles and it has verses from the Quran written on it.
The Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in the shape of a crown because he was a strong devotee of Lord Krishna. Also called the Palace of Winds, this towering building features many intricately designed windows. The design was inspired by the unique structure of Khetri Mahal. Hawa Mahal was designed by Lal Chand Ustad. Its unique five-story exterior is similar to the honeycomb of a beehive with its 953 small windows called jharokhas decorated with intricate patterns.