India, known for its rich and profound heritage is a host to a plethora of structural marvels, which we took the liberty to entitle ‘Beautiful Monuments of the country’. From awstrucking architecture to the pure combination of nature and skill, the country has much more to offer other than the pristine white Taj Mahal. We have come up with a list of beautiful monuments in India that will leave you stunned!
1. Akshardham Temple, Delhi
A monument that spells magic by its sheer beauty and magnificence; the Akshardham Temple stands tall in all its glory. Defining India’s ancient architecture and timeless culture, this unparalleled stunner is built by the banks of the Yamuna river- the perfect epitome to India’s treasures in culture and tradition.
2. Lotus Temple, Delhi
The Lotus Temple is not only known for its marvelous architecture, but also for its immense historical importance. This temple is one of the most visited monuments in India and signifies the emotions of love and purity. Owing to its artistic allure, Lotus Temple makes for the ideal competitor in this ‘beautiful monuments in India’ list.
3. Shore Temple, Mahabalipuram
Acclaimed as one of the earliest significant structural temples in Southern India, the Shore Temple is a prominent structure that is known as the crowning glory of Tamil Nadu. The architecture of this temple is carved by large sculptures of Nandi rooting its strength in Indian rituals.
An Architecture Marvel of India’s heritage, Konark Sun Temple, situated in Odisha is one of the very few sun temples in India. The temple is designed to look like an enormous chariot of Surya with ornately carved 12 wheels that are made of stone and are dragged by seven gigantic horses. Each wheel along with the entire premises of the stone temple is adorned with intricate cravings.
Not only that the temple is located in such a manner that the first ray of sunrise will fall on the statue of sun god, which used to float in the air owing to the magnetic pressure created by 4 magnets fixed on 4 walls of the temple. The temple showcases the grandeur of Indian architecture, sculpture, art and building techniques at its best.
Known as the World Heritage Caves, Ajanta and Ellora are rock-cut caves that are finest examples of Indians paintings and sculpture owing to the magnificent paintings of Ajanta and well-carved sculptures of Ellora. Located at a distance of 250 miles from Mumbai, the Ajanta and Ellora caves give you a glimpse of life in ancient India. This visit will induce a sense of discovery, a discovery of the self, and of the divine.
6. Lingaraj Temple, Bhubaneswar
A temple that is conceived to be the oldest and largest temple of Bhubaneswar is known for its remarkable structure. The shaded red sandstone the temple is built with creates a unique feature that makes this prehistoric temple stand out from the clutter.