India has been blessed with rich cultural heritage. In fact, our country was the important place of learning for many people from other countries in the Asian continent, especially the Buddhists. Many items used to be exported to other parts of the globe from our harbors in the medieval times.
Our cultures were also diverse, and hence we have totally different architectural approaches. So, a visit to different regions will throw some light on different architectural designs.
That is the reason the visitors to our country say our country is a truly vibrant democracy where people from different cultural backgrounds co-exist peacefully. In this article, we will be looking at the ten most wonderful sites that showcase different cultures.
1. Nalanda University:
This was the most ancient university in the country. It is located about 55 miles south-east of the present day Patna. Established in the 5th century, this centre of higher learning flourished under different rulers. A visit to his place make the people pleasantly surprised at the architectural heritage left out by the remnants of ancient structures.
2. Taj Mahal:
This is the most wonderful structure in the country. This tomb was erected on the banks of river Yamuna. This structure was built by the Mughal Emperor Shajahan in remembrance of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. The structure has a mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal.
3. Golden Temple:
As the name signifies, the whole structure is gold plated. This structure is the holy abode of Sikhism in India. It has a place in the Sikh culture and history. At this holy abode, the holy book of Sikhism is kept and worshiped by the members of the community.
4. India Gate:
This archeological structure is present in the national capital region of the country. This structure is considered as the embodiment of sacrifice and martyrdom. Hence, this structure is maintained by the three defense wings of the country. During national days like Republic Day and Independence Day, the President, the Speaker and the Prime Minister of the country come and offer floral tributes to the departed soldiers at this site.
This is located in the district of Chhatarpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh. There are many temples around the place called Kajuraho. These temples are either the holy abodes of Hinduism or Jainism.
6. Tawang Monestry:
This famous Monestry is located at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. It was founded by Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso during the period 1680-81. The literal meaning of Tawang is the Chosen Horse.
7. Sun Temple:
This glorious temple is also known as Konark, Arkakshetra, and Konaditya. This is the only sun temple in the country. It is located in a place called Konark in the state of Odisha. This beautiful monument was built by the King Narasimhadeva in the thirteenth century. It is one of the grandest temples of India.
8. Jaisalmer Fort – Rajasthan:
This is one of the well known places where one can experience the aesthetic beauty of ancient India. The literal meaning of Jaisalmer fort is “The Golden Fort”. It was built by a Rajput Raja Rawal Jaisal in Jaisalmer city of medieval Rajasthan in 1156 AD.
9. Red Fort:
This fort was laid on the banks of the Yamuna River in the 17th century. The Red Fort also known as Lal Qil’ah or Lal Qila. It was the made by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan during his reign. Since then, all the important functions relating to the State happened from its premises.
10. Madurai Meenakshi Temple:
This temple is nearly 2000 years old, and it is situated in the city of Madurai in Southern Tamil Nadu. It is a splendid example of Dravidian style of temple architecture. The vast premises of the temple showcase the art and culture that was present during the Sangham period.