Top 15 Stunning Architectural Wonders in India

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Top 15 Stunning Architectural Wonders in India

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India is the country of exquisite wonders. The ancient technology is just unmatchable and eye-catching. There is no shortage of architectural wonders and historical monuments in India. In this article, we will talk about the most advanced architectural wonders.

Top 15 Stunning Architectural Wonders in India:

1.      Taj Mahal, Agra

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The monument Taj Mahal is the sheer example of marvellous engineering, love, and compassion. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, Taj Mahal holds a significant place in our hearts. The grand white marble structure with a round tomb and minarets is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. When you visit this place, you truly appreciate it as one of the stunning architectural wonders.

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2.      Iron pillar, Delhi

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There is a grand iron pillar in old Delhi, which was constructed long back about 1600 years ago, the magnificent property is that the pillar is corrosion resistive. The iron pillar is standing still and there is no trace of corrosion on such a highly reactive element like iron. Scientists have constantly researched about the same.

3.      Nalanda University, Nalanda, Bihar

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The Nalanda University is one of the oldest universities in the world. This center of learning dates back to Sixth century B.C., Nalanda was a major source of divine knowledge, and sciences back then. Even today, you can see the remains of the ancient Nalanda. The Govt. of India is continuously working to restore it.

4.      Sun Temple, Odisha

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The Konark temple is the grandest ancient temple in India, which has a rich and profound history and theory. The temple is the synonym for marvellous engineering with breath-taking sculpture work. The temple has 24 grand wheels; the wheels are 5 feet in radius with elongated stripes. It deserves to be one of the stunning architectural wonders in the world.

5.      Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra

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Ajanta caves are in the Aurangabad city of India. The caves were made around 2nd century B.C., there are around 30 caves near the region. The caves hold a major impact on Buddhists culture. Several wall paintings, rock cuttings, and sculptures can be found here which symbolize human presence. UNESCO also accredits these caves as a world heritage site.

6.      Bahubali

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There is a grand statue of Gomateshwar, the statue is the product of the architectural wonder as it is standing without any support and it is the highest uniform statue in the whole world. The statue is visible from as far as 30 kilometers in distance. The height of the Bahubali statue is staggering 176 meters.

7.      India Gate, Delhi

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India gate is the symbol of unity and diversity in India. The monument holds a great place in our hearts as the Amar Jawan Jyoti is also amidst the pillars of the India Gate. The names of the soldiers who died in the wars are engraved here. The flame gives us the picture of true martyrs of the country.

8.      Sanchi Stupa, Madhya Pradesh

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Sanchi Stupa is the archetype of the Buddhists culture in India. The monuments showcases engraved historical figures with a tiny harmika at the tomb. The Sanchi Stupa was a challenge to build back then, the monument is one of the most preserved by the government.

9.      Charminar, Hyderabad

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Built by the royal Nawab Mohammad Quli Shah, the Charminar highlights its encapsulating and exquisite beauty. Hyderabad is incomplete without the eccentric presence of Charminar. The monument was built in 1591, and is the main attraction is the four minarets, which symbolise the 4 caliphs of Islam.

10.  Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi


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Built in 1911 by the British architect Edwin Lutyens, the Rashtrapati Bhawan is the most important Government building in the whole India today. The engineering behind this place is staggering. The Mughal gardens of this place have experienced various grand visitors. In addition, it is the home to the President of India. This makes it one of the most important architectural wonders.

11.  Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

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India has the biggest sundial in the whole world – fascinating, right? The monument has a collection of constructions, which tells the time with a minor lag of 2 seconds. The Jantar Mantar was built under the wish of Maharaja Jai Singh.

12.  Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

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Made with pink sandstone and granite, Hawa Mahal was constructed so that wives of maharajas can see outside without being seen. Marvelous engineering, right? The monument is a major attraction for visitors throughout the globe.

13.  Buland Darwaza

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It is located in Fatehpur Sikri, and the monument was built by the Akbar when he won the state of Gujarat, the monument is 40 meters in height making it the world’s biggest doorway.


14.  Cellular Jail, Andaman Island

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The Jail was built by the British engineers in the middle of the sea. The jail was used to keep the freedom fighters during the independence movement in India. Even today, it remains one of the architectural wonders in India.


15.  Red Fort, Delhi

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Red Fort was home to Mughal leader Akbar, the red sandstone building gives breathing fascinating views, Jawaharlal Nehru also hoisted India’s flag for the first time here in 1947.

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