Monuments in North India
- India Gate, Delhi
Built from sandstone, the arch also houses the Eternal Flame, a gesture in memory of the Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the 1971 war with Pakistan. India Gate, a majestic structure, 42 metres high, is set at the end of Rajpath, perhaps the most beautiful area of New Delhi with plush green lawns in the backdrop. It is a popular picnic spot during the winters and equally popular as a relaxation area during the summer evenings.
- Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal means "Crown Palace"
built for love and is in fact the most well preserved and architecturally beautiful tomb in the world. One of the wonders of
the world, It was built by the fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in
1631 in memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, a Muslim Persian
It is the brain-child of Maharaj Sawai
Jai Singh II of Jaipur. Built in 1719 on Parliament St near
Connaught Place, this manmandir or astronomical observatory ranks
second only to the one in Jaipur. Solar and lunar movements and the
movements of other stars and planets can be observed from here. It
is also a repository of time-measuring instruments. There are also
Jantar Mantars at Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. It is open from
sunrise to 22-00. Nearby is the Hanuman Temple.
The City Palace is one of the most
important tourist attractions in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. There
are several massive gates that lead to the fortified City Palace,
though the Hati Pol or the Elephant Gate is the main one. According
to a traditional custom the Maharanas of Udaipur would be weighed in
gold and silver at the entrance of the Hati Pol and the wealth would
then be distributed amongst the poor and needy.
The shimmering Lake Pichola surrounds
the Lake Palace with a unique mystique, all its own. The Lily pond
seems to carry that very mystique inside, in the centre of the
palace. Here, dining is a pleasure during the day. And magic at
night. The effect is that of time coming to a standstill. Nothing
intrudes your privacy, peace and tranquility. Leaving you to wonder
if paradise can be this serene.
Originally known as Qila-e-Mualla, Red
fort or Lal Qila was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan after he
transferred his capital to his newly planned city of Shahjahanabad
(Delhi) from Agra in 1638. The foundation stone of this massive
citadel was laid in 1639 and it was completed after nine years in
Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds was built
by the poet King Sawai Pratap Singh. Though, it is a part of the
City Palace, it is situated on the other side of the road. It is the
delicate façade that can be seen from outside of this palace,
which is the most notable. The five-storeyed building flaunts Rajput
architecture and artistry to its best including its 953 pink
sandstone windows known as 'jharokhas' that are built in such as
manner that it resembles a giant honeycomb.
The sprawling city palace of Jaipur
sits right in the centre of the old city. Once home to the erstwhile
royal family, the Chandra Mahal still retained by them. This complex
is said to cover a large area almost a seventh of the entire city of
Jaipur. The complex includes amongst many other things the Mubark
Mahal, the Diwan-I-Am or hall of public audiences, the Diwan-I-Khas
or hall of private audiences and of course the beautiful
seven-storied Chandra Mahal.
In 1199 AD, Qutb-ud-Din Aibak laid the
foundation of Qutab Minar for the use of Mu'azzin (crier) to give
calls for prayer. However, only the first story was completed by
Qutb-ud-din. The other stories were built by his successor and
son-in-law, Shamsu'd-Din IItutmish (1211-36 AD).
Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in
India. Shah Jahan built it in 1656. It is situated in Delhi. It's
also known as 'Masjid-i-Jahan Numa','Jahan' means 'World' and Numa
means 'Visible'. Its courtyard has a capacity to hold nearly 25,000
worshippers. The mosque has three huge gateways,four angle
towers,and two minarets,both,which are 40 meters high.
Built in the mid 16th century by Haji
Begum, senior wife of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, Humayun's
Tomb is an early example of Mughal architecture built in Delhi. A
rose petal sandstone mausoleum built in proper Mughal style is a
beautiful memorial to the poet king.
Agra Fort is located on the banks of the
Yamuna near the railway station. Agra is well connected by air with
Khajuraho, Varanasi, and Delhi. It has good rail and bus connections
with major Indian cities. From the city, there are taxis, tempos,
auto-rickshaws, and cycle rickshaws to carry one to the fort.
Prepaid taxis and autos from the railway station are also available.
Bicycles can also be hired on hourly basis.
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