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Famous Monuments of India
Being an ancient country, India is a country of monuments. Just like the number, the variety is also varied in every sense. All in all these monuments spell the true colours of India and carry its very essence. But some incomparable monuments that form an integral part India's historical heritage are, the epitome of endless love - Taj Mahal, the Axis of Islam - Qutub Minar, the pride of free India - Red Fort, the Chariot temple of the Sun God - Konark, the mighty Mughal citadel - Agra Fort, the glorious island caveland of Lord Shiva - Elephanta; the cave site of numerous Chaityas and Viharas - Ajanta, the grand memorial of an Emperor - Humayun's tomb and last but not the least, the forgotten walled city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Whether you are a first time visitor to India or a frequent traveler, these famous monuments always merit a visit, because they are the speaking stones of India's authentic architectural and historical details. So visit these cultural sites of India, considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.
Famous Monuments in India
Taj Mahal is not just a fine specimen of beautiful art and excellent architecture, but a memorial of love and faith. It is a sublime experience of the greatest love story ever told.
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One of the biggest examples of the Delhi Sultanate monumental legacy is the Qutub Temple Complex. Although modeled as a classical Minar or tower from which the Muzzin calls the faithful prayers, the Qutub Minar was a symbolic rather than a functional structure.
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The red sandstone edifice is not just a major attraction of India's Independence Day celebrations, but is one of the major Mughal structures built by Emperor Shah Jahan within the walled city of Old Delhi.
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Once a great capital of Chandela Kings, the temple town of Khajuraho has become one of the most visited temple site in India. Out of the once existing eighty-five temples, only twenty-five, strewn amidst the lakes and fields have survived.
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These caves are the most magnificent examples of rock cut architecture and cave paintings. The Ellora caves are over 10 centuries old and represent elaborate sculptures of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths. While the caves at Ajanta dates back to the 5th century and contain paintings and sculptures of major events in the life of Lord Buddha.
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The green island of Elephanta is famous for world's wonder rock-cut cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The most remarkable feature of these caves is the mammoth representation in stone of the various heads of Shiva, depicting his several moods.
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The most popular landmark of the city of Hyderabad is the Charminar, a historic monument with four graceful minarets. Built two years after the founding of the Hyderabad to mark the end of an epidemic in the city, it is often referred as the Arc of Triumph of the East
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May be the fort has taken a backseat in front of the glory of the Taj, But its still a delight for those who are curious to see the majestic architectural grandeur that the Mughals were so famously known for.
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Famously known as the erstwhile capital built by Akbar the Great; forgotten by time this magnificent city is still among one of the most visited monuments in India as well as a prime excursion from Agra.
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Humayun's widowed Queen Haji Begum built the Tomb, in the 16th century AD. Architecturally the forerunner of the Taj Mahal, it stands in Nizamuddin, which shows the Mughal architecture at its best.
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