The Most Stunning Architectural Wonders in India
From the minute you step off the plane you will find India is a country of contradictions and opposites. From cities to slums, modernity and tradition to the very rich and very poor; every view and vista of street life and rural life, gives food for thought.
India’s architecture gives us a glance at the country’s past, from the glory days of Persian conquest to the days of the Empire. Book flights to India online and get ready to see some real architectural wonders…
The Taj Mahal
Yes, it’s obvious and yes, it’s a very busy tourist spot, but a visit to India really wouldn’t be complete without seeing this fairy-tale like Indian palace that glistens on the banks of the Yamuna River. It’s actually a tomb that contains the body of Mumtaz Mahal (the wife of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan). He had it built as a memorial to his love for her. Dating back to 1630 AD, the Taj Mahal is made out of marble and took 20,000 workers 22 years to complete. One of the most captivating things about it is the way its colour appears to gradually alter in the changing light of the day.
The Golden Temple
One of the holiest Sikh shrines, the temple is located in the city of Amritsar in Punjab and surrounded by a large lake. You can get in through all four sides which symbolises the openness and inclusiveness of the temple. People of all religions and gender may enter, the only prohibition being that you don’t bring any alcohol, cigarettes, or meat.
Udaipur Lake Palace
On the still blue waters of Lake Pichola, lies the beautiful Udaipur Lake Palace. This 250 year old structures is now one of the most romantic hotels in the world. An unforgettable experience awaits guests as they arrive at the hotel by boat, while rooms overlook the glassy blue lake. This is the place to feel spiritual.
If you want proof that the Kama Sutra originated in India then a stop in Khajuraho would be a good idea. Erotica abounds here with over 20 temples devoted to sexuality and sex. The temples are best known for their erotic sculptures; however, they are also a celebration of love, life and worship. They give an uninhibited peek into ancient Hindu faith and Tantric practices and no other temple in India has such gorgeous meticulously detailed carvings.
The Red Fort
Moghul magnificence can be seen in this stunning fort. This famous citadel is made up of marble palaces and vast halls, studded with precious stones. There is a water-cooled apartment especially for any passing royalty while in the basement of the fort there is a bustling market where traditional goods are bought and sold.
Once the home of the Maharaja of Mysore, this is without doubt one of the most beautiful buildings for miles around. Designed by the famous British architect, Henry Irwin, the palace heaves under the weight of ancient carvings and works or art from all over the world. The best time to see the palace is on a Sunday or a festival holiday when the whole building is illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights. The sight is quite breath-taking.
It goes without saying that above is just the tip of the iceberg
happy traveling to India!