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Historical Monuments

Indian History is full of the rise and fall of many kingdoms and empires. Monuments, built the kings and they perform of every period throw light on the past history of India. These monuments exhibit the glory of India and are part of our cultural heritage. Almost all states of India boast of some or the other important historical monuments. Thousands of tourists visit India to have a glimpse of its important historical places.

Most of these Indian monuments were primarily built under the regime of Rajputana, Dravidian and Mughal emperors. The monuments of India are speaking stones of the glory of its rulers and the brilliance of artisans in ancient India. Due to the incredible beauty of India and the constant efforts of the government in maintaining the heritage sites, India tourism has flourished rapidly witnessing an increase in the number of travellers from all around the world. Some of the well-preserved monuments in the different parts of the country are Red Fort (North), Sun Temple Konark (East), Amer Fort (West) and Charminar (South).

List of Historical Monuments in India

Tajmahal

Shah Jahan
1632 - 1653
Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Taj Mahal is a one of the great Indian historical monument which attracts many people’s mind from all over the world every year. The meaning of the Tajmahal is Crown of the palace. It is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Read More

Red Fort

Shah Jahan
1639 - 1648
Delhi, India

This monument holds utmost importance in Modern Indian History. It is built of Red Sandstone alone. This Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan- the fifth emperor of Mughal dynasty. Located in central Delhi it was where the Mughal emperors lived for many decades. Read More

Qutub Minar

Qutab-ud-din
1193
Delhi, India

The Qutub Minar is the second tallest and the most attractive historical monument of India located in Delhi at Aurobindo Marg, Mehrauli. This is built in a unique architectural style the red sandstones and marble are used to build it. Read More

India Gate

Edwin Lutyens
1921
Delhi, India

The India Gate is yet another historic and majestic monument in New Delhi. It was built, as a tribute to the Indian soldiers who died in the World War I. The monument is the most respected war memorial in the country and even today, there is a flame under the arch of the monument that continues to burn each day and each night India Gate, an important monument of the city, is a memorial built in commemoration of more than 80,000 Indian soldiers who were killed during World War I. Read More

Golden Temple

Guru Ram Das
1581
Amritsar, Punjab, India

The 'Golden Temple' in Amritsar is the holiest shrine of the Sikh region. This Temple has been destroyed many times and had been rebuilt again. It was built during the reign of Akbar, who had great respect for all religions. The domes of the Temple are covered in gold. It is also known as Hari Mandir or Darbar Sahib. Read More

Mysore Palace

Maharani Pramoda, Devi Wadiyar
1897 - 1912
Mysore, India

Mysore Palace is one of the most visited monuments in India. And its one of the largest palaces in the country, also known as Amba Vilas Palace, was the residence of the Wodeyar Maharaja's of the Mysore state. Read More

Sanchi Stupa

Emperor Ashoka
3rd century BCE
Sanchi Town, Madhya Pradesh, India

The 'Sanchi Stupa' is located about 46 km away from Bhopal in a small place called Sanchi. Sanchi is a small village in Raisen District of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is a religious place with historical and archaeological significance.

It is the location of several Buddhist monuments. The place is famous for the Stupas (brick mounds) which were built on the top of a hill. Read More

Charminar

Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah
1591
Hyderabad, Telangana

Charminar is a historic monument which is constructed in 1591. Charminar is a monument and as well as it is a mosque that is located in Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

It is also known as the famous place in Hyderabad and it has become a global icon of Hyderabad. It is taken from the two words Char and Minar which means Four Towers in English. Read More

Golconda Fort

Quli Qutb-ul-Mulk
1487 - 1543
Hyderabad, Telangana

A majestic fortress on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Golconda Fort is one of the grandest forts of India. Built around 12th and 16th Century by various Qutub Shahi rulers, this fort has a rich history that is almost 400 years old. Read More

Hawa Mahal

Pratap Singh
1799
Jaipur, India

Hawa Mahal is a magnificent architectural monument in the pink city – Jaipur. It was built in 1799 by the architect Lal Chand Ustad for Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh. The inspiration for the structure comes from the Khetri Mahal in Jhunjhunu. Hawa Mahal means the palace of breeze. Read More

Ajanta Ellora Caves

Chalukya and Rashtrakuta
2nd Century BC to 6th Century AD
Aurangabad District, Maharashtra, India

The Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad are India's contribution to the world of art. Preserved as a world heritage site by the UNESCO, the shrines here are handmade wonders cut out of rock.

Ajanta and Ellora are rock cut caves located close to Aurangabad, Maharashtra. While Ajanta primarily has sculptures and painting of ancient Buddhist religious art, the Ellora caves have remnants of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu architecture.
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Khajuraho Monuments

Chandella
10th to the 13th Century CE
Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

The name Khajuraho is derived from its Sanskrit nomenclature ‘Kharjuravahaka’ which is the confluence of two Sanskrit words ‘Kharjur’ meaning date palm and ‘Vahaka’ meaning bearer. There are about 25 temples spread over an area of approximately 6 square Km. Read More

Konark Sun Temple

Narasimhadeva
1238-1250 CE
Konark, Odisha, India

The Konark Temple is the most exciting tourist attraction in Orissa. The term ‘Konark’ has been derived from ‘Kona’ and ‘Arka’ that mean ‘corner’ and ‘sun’. 'Konark Sun Temple' is a 13th century Sun Temple at Konark, in Orissa. Read More

Victoria Memorial

William Emerson, Vincent Esch
Between 1906 and 1921
Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Victoria Memorial is one of the most elegant and grand monuments in the heart of Kolkata. A vast white structure made of marble is a cynosure of all eyes and a respite for the tired feet. Read More

Bahai Temple

Fariborz Sahba
1986
Delhi, India

The Lotus Temple is one of the most fabulous structures you have ever seen. It has an exquisite design that looks like a lotus flower. It is situated in Delhi, India and it is a Bahai House of Worship. Read More

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Rana Kumbha
15th century
Rajsamand district, Rajasthan, India

The fort that has made its mark in history as the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China – it is none but the Kumbhalgarh fort in Rajasthan. The mighty fort is 3600 ft tall and 38 km long that surrounds the area of Udaipur. It was considered to have been built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. Read More

Basilica of Bom Jesus

Juliao Simao, Domingos Fernandes
1594 - 1605
Goa, India

The Basilica of Bom Jesus, located in Goa, is among the oldest and most prominent churches in India.This is the only church in Old Goa not plastered on the outside, the lime plaster having been stripped off by a zealous Portuguese conservationist in 1950. Read More

Meenakshi Amman Temple

Viswanatha Nayak
14th Century
Madurai Main, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Meenakshi Amman Temple, also known as Minakshi-Sundareshwara Temple, is one of the oldest and most important temples in India. Located in the city of Madurai, the temple has a great mythological and historical significance.
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