India Architectural Tour

The Taj Mahal tends to be the first thing that comes to mind when most people think about Indian architecture. Who can blame ‘em? It’s a UNESCO World Heritage site for a reason. But the Taj Mahal is just the tip of the architectural iceberg – India is non-stop colour, drama, and beauty, and it’s applied to just about everything…including architecture. Learn a little about this country’s history and culture by taking an India architectural tour.

Delhi is a great place to start your India architectural tour. Stop at the Laxminarayan Temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and built between 1933 and 1939. It was built to honour Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, and so the temple walls are decorated in extreme opulence, with Hindu symbols and quotes from the Gita and Unpanishads. If those words all sound terribly complicated to you, don’t worry – your experienced local guide will let you know!

In Delhi you’ll also find India’s largest mosque, the Jama Masjid, built in the 17th century. It’s located in Old Delhi by the 5th Mughal Emperor. Its minarets and domes are particularly stunning. Move on to the Red Fort, a landmark known locally as Lal Qila. This was the capital of the Mughals until 1857, and still stands as a prominent fortress. Next up, check out India Gate, the national monument of India situated in New Delhi.

If you want to be truly impressed, check out the President’s House sitting on 320-acres. You can also see Humayun’s Tomb, built between 1562 and 1571. Finally, there’s Qutub Minar, with the tallest minaret in India. This whole area is surrounded by stunning government buildings as well, including the Parliament House. It’s impossible to not feel the sense of exoticism when you’re sightseeing India’s architecture!

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Outside the city you’ll find other attractions, such as Akbar the Great’s tomb. Your guide will teach you all about the ornamental arch and the pillars, as well as the intricate carvings on the marble interior. Agra Fort is another must-visit. It’s listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and displays many Hindu and Islam design influences. The Pearl Fort and the Mirror Palace are must-visits.

But of course, no trip to India is complete without a visit to the iconic Taj Mahal. Its massive dome was created by Shah Jahan as a mausoleum to his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. You can spend a great deal of time here, exploring the delicate work of the architecture both inside and out. There’s a breathtaking garden outside, and red sandstone buildings scattered around the complex. Those who visit Taj Mahal rarely leave disappointed.

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