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Mughals were more known as the conquerors than rulers in India. Yet, their rule was the longest! The plunders were endless but one can also say the same about their creations. Quite fond of building tombs, mosques, and forts, it was in the Mughal Era only that India got its Epitome of Love, Taj Mahal, which later on became a part of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Beside the Taj, there are other Mughal monuments too that deserve a mention including Jama Masjid and Red Fort in Delhi, which are two other most magnificent examples of Mughal architecture. Other prominent Mughal monuments include Humayun's Tomb and Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi, Fatehpur Sikri and Agra Fort in Uttar Pradesh, and Charminar and Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad.
Monuments of Mughal Architecture
Fateh Pur Sikri, U.P.
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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Taj Mahal, Agra, U.P.
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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Jama Masjid, Delhi
Known as one of the largest mosque in Delhi, Jama Masjid was the last architectural edifice that was constructed by emperor Shah Jahan. It's also known as 'Masjid-i-Jahan Numa', 'Jahan' means 'World' and Numa means 'Visible'.
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Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
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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Red Fort, Delhi
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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Charminar, Andhra Pradesh
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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The Agra Fort, U.P.
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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Old Fort, Delhi
Old Fort or Purana Qila is believed to be the ancient site of Indraprastha, from the legendry epic story of Mahabharata. Sher Shah Suri demolished the city of Dinpanah built by Humayun and on the same site raised this citadel
Safdarjung's Tomb, Delhi
With the collapse of the Mughal Dynasty after the death of Aurangzeb, the only architectural structure built was the Tomb of Safdarjung, who was the Prime Minister Delhi under Muhammad Shah.
Standing on a rocky hill, just near to the Complex of Qutub Minar, Tughlaquabad Fort was built by Ghiyath-ud-Din Tughluq and constitutes the third city of Delhi.
Qutub Minar, Delhi
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.
Bada Imambara, U.P
Also called the Asafai Imambara this huge and elegant building is almost built like a fort. Nawab Asaf-ud-Daulla built this building in a famine relief program in 1784.
Chota Imambara, U.P.
The third Nawab of Avadh, Muhammad Ali Shah built this imposing structure of Chota Imambara in 1840. The real name of this structure is Husainabad Imambada.
A famous excursion of Agra city, is a glorious introduction to the city of Mughal wonders, Sikandra, the site of Akbar's Musoleum. Started by Akbar and completed by his son Jehangir in 1613 AD, Sikandra is an expression of a man's desire for serenity and dignity.
Qutub Shahi Tombs, A.P.
Qutub Shahi Tombs are magnificent monuments of architectural excellence, standing as solemn reminders of the grandeur and glory of Golconda and the great kings who are buried here.
Falaknuma Palace, A.P.
A magnificent palace built by Nawab Vikar-ul-Ulmara, the then Prime Minister of Hyderabad, which was later gifted to Mehboob Ali Khan, the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Falaknuma means 'Star of Heaven.