5 Famous Historic Buildings of India

May 6, 2017 | By

We take you through top 5 historic buildings of India that will leave you speechless.

India is a country with a rich history. India has a number of palaces, forts, temples, churches and temples. All of them narrating the events of Indian history. India has been ruled by Mughals, Rajputs, British and many more. These rulers constructed splendid monuments in India. Here are the top 5 historic buildings of India that will leave you speechless.

Taj Mahal

 

Taj Mahal (Pic: Pixabay)

Taj Mahal, situated in Agra is a perfect blend of Indian, Mughal and Persian architecture. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. He started work on Taj Mahal in 1632 and completed it in 1643. Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The centre of attractions in Agra is the tomb of Taj Mahal. Built with white marble, Taj Mahal holds the grave of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal is a symbol of eternal love. The walls of Taj Mahal have beautiful carvings and inscriptions from Quran. The inner chamber is decorated with gemstones. Taj Mahal is surrounded by Charbagh. River Yamuna flows near Taj Mahal.

At night, this place is a sight to behold with the moon shining over Taj Mahal increasing its beauty tremendously. This historical building attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. Taj Mahal has also won a place in the list of seven wonders of the modern world. So, visit this place and get immersed in the beauty of love.

Red Fort

 

Red Fort in Delhi (By Alex Furr via Wikimedia Commons)

Red Fort was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. Red Fort is made of red sandstones. Shah Jahan wanted to make Red Fort the palace of his city Shahjahanabad. Red Fort is an ideal blend of Mughal, Persian and Timurid architecture. Many artworks and jewels were stolen by Nadir Shah and British.

Major attractions in Delhi are Chawri bazaar, Lahori Gate, Delhi Gate, Naubat Khana, Rang Mahal, Mumtaz Mahal, Moti Masjid, Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Aam. Most of these structures are made of white marble and decorated with stones. There is also a beautifully designed baoli in the fort. Moti masjid was built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb with white marble. Every year, on 15th August Red Fort gets immersed in the celebration of Independence Day. Our prime minister hoists the national flag and address the audience from this fort. Visit this fort to understand the richness of Mughal architecture.

Hawa Mahal

 

Hawa Mahal in the pink city Jaipur (Pic: Pixabay)

Hawa Mahal was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh in 1799. It was built for the royal women so that they can enjoy street festivals. Hawa Mahal is made of red and pink sandstones near the city palace. It was built as a crown of Lord Krishna. There are around 900 windows in this structure that are carved with intricate designs.

Hawa Mahal has proper ventilation. The five-storeyed palace was designed as a honeycomb of bees. This historical building has Islamic Mughal as well as Rajput architecture. It is maintained by Government of Rajasthan. The palace looks beautiful in mornings and evenings.

Palace of Mysore

 

Palace of Mysore

Palace of Mysore

The Palace of Mysore was constructed by Maharaja Rajarshi Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV. The palace was the residence of rulers of Mysore. The architecture of Mysore Palace was inspired by Hindu, Muslim and Rajput styles. Most of the material used in construction, furniture and accessories have been sourced from outside India.

The three storey structure is surrounded by beautiful gardens. This palace also has secret tunnels leading to confidential areas. Most of the palace is built by granite. The palace is filled with sculptures and paintings. The Dusshera festival is celebrated with great pomp and show in this palace. Rajmata Pramoda Devi Wadiyar is the owner of Mysore Palace. Visit Mysore during the month of Dusshera to experience the royal lifestyle.

Charminar

 

Charminar (By Hari Om Prakash via Wikimedia Commons)

The Charminar was constructed in 1591 on the banks of the river Musi by Sultan Mohhamad Quli Qutb Shah. The Charminar is a square structure consisting of four towers and grand arches. Charminar is made of limestone, mortar and granite. The mosque is on the top floor. There are four clocks in this structure.

Charminar is surrounded by Laad Bazaar famous for jewels. There is a beautiful view of the city of Hyderabad from the top floor. Charminar has Islamic architecture with a hint of Persian style.

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Rohit Agarwal is a blogger and a travel enthusiast. His blog at Trans India Travels provides information about various tourist spots in India.
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