The monuments of India are some of the greatest monuments ever erected in the world including the eighth wonder of the world Taj Mahal made in Agra. Most of the monuments of India mark the presence of Mughal dynasty, Rajputana Empire and the Dravidian influence in the country. The famous historic buildings and monuments of India took shape mostly during the regime of these three powerful kingdoms.
The renowned one is the Monument of Love - The Taj Mahal - constructed in white marble that symbolizes the eternal love between emperor Shahjahan and his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Forts and Palaces of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan; the monuments like Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandi Chowk etc. in Delhi; the Meenakshi temple in Madurai, Rameshwaram temple, Tirupati temple etc. in South India and the modern French Gothic structures in Goa are the evidences of various reigns in India with unbeatable command on symmetry and architecture. The large variety in the monuments of India reveals the ancient, medieval, colonial and contemporary architecture prevalent in India during that time.
A visit to Taj Mahal is leaves you spellbound when you view its majestic structure and hugeness from proximity. The beauty and grandeur of Taj Mahal make it the most frequently and often visited, photogenic and spectacular monument of India. The art and culture tour of India is incomplete without a tour to the Taj Mahal in Agra. The study of Mughal architecture, the blend of many geometrical principles and the excellent carving done on marble make it ideal for an art and culture tour of India.
Humayun's tomb stands in testimony to the early Mughal architecture, considered to be the predecessor of the magnificent Taj Mahal. This splendid edifice was the last haven of the Mughal emperor Humayun, who strived all his life to be in Delhi.
Often nick named as "The Arc de triomphe of the East", Charminar in Lucknow is a monument with a difference. Built by Mohammad Quli Qutub Shah, the erstwhile Qutub Shahi Sultan of Golconda, in 1591 Charminar has been the centre of attraction since then.
The Konark Sun Temple, one of the great temples made in India, is not merely a temple dedicated to the Sun God but also one of the finest structures with superb art. It also joins the list of World Heritage Sites in India. The temple acts as a backdrop for the Konark Dance Festival every year that embraces each and every dance from various parts of India.
The south India tourist circuit covering the monuments of India are Chennai, Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram. The medieval heritage of India and the central Indian architecture can be seen in the temples of Khajuraho. Even though these temples portray the erotic carvings, they reflect the traditional way of life of the Hindu society in the medieval period.
The art and culture tour of India through the tour of monuments of India is the most fascinating one for the tourists visiting India. Built over a period of 3000 years, these monuments of India are hallmarks in Indian history that boast of the architectural excellence and the Indian heritage. Also they acquaint the tourists with the Indian heritage and legacy especially the youngsters of India.