Bamboozling, exasperating, beautiful, overwhelming, daunting… these are just some of the words to describe India. The list goes on.
This southeast Asian country is rich in so many things. It has everything an intrepid traveler would want: stunning landscapes, delicate architecture, festivals, traditions, spiritual beliefs, ancient monuments, legends, and many more!
There’s so much to do in India; a lot of places to go. So we’ve narrowed down 10 of the best and astounding India landmarks that you must visit. Prepare to get blown away by the stunning spots of India!
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1. Taj Mahal
The beauty and splendor of Taj Mahal will surely leave you stunned. This immense white marble mausoleum was built between 1631 and 1648 by order of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It is for the memory of his favorite wife.
The massive Taj Mahal is one of the greatest architectural achievements in the entire Indo-Islamic architecture. It is located on the right bank of the Yamuna River, which turns hazy in cold weather.
The Taj Mahal was given a UNESCO World Heritage status in 1983. Next to the Taj Mahal complex is the main gate that stands proudly and majestically in the center of the southern wall of the forecourt.
Thousands of tourists from different parts of the world visit this spectacular complex. If you’re traveling alone and wish to have photos taken afar, you can hire locals to take snaps and clear out people behind you so you’ll have a clean, solo shot.
2. Lake Palace
Also known as water palace, the once winter palace of a king is now a famous India landmark that people visit. Lake Palace was built in the 18th century. Now, it is the most beautiful building in India. The enchanting palace is now turned into a luxury hotel, which keeps tourists well-accommodated.
The Lake Palace sits perfectly on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola in Udaipur. It’s a charming and romantic place to explore. Across the lake is the majestic Taj Palace.
3. Amer Fort
There’s nothing in Amer Fort you would hate. Everything is just lovely.
This beautiful Hindu Fort overlooks the charming Maota Lake. Part of the attraction is the elephant rides (only if you’re into that sort of thing).
The massive palace is made of limestone and red sandstone. This 16th-century complex combines the beauty of Rajput ad Hindu architectural styles, featuring massive gates, intricately designed columns, ceilings, walls, and windows.
4. Qutub Minar
Built in the early 13th century, Qutb Minar (also Qutab Minar or Qutb Minar) is a red sandstone tower measuring 72.5 meters high. This imposing minaret is now one of the most famous landmarks in India.
Qutb Minar is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The surroundings of this famous complex are funerary buildings — the grand Alai-Darwaza Gate and two famous mosques, including the Quwwatu’l-Islam (the oldest in northern India, built of materials from 20 Brahman temples).
Make sure to stopover Qutb Minar and take snaps of this historical complex with elaborate architectural design.
5. Fatehpur Sikri
Some think that the influence of Persians in India is pretty farfetched, but that isn’t what you will see when you visit Fatehpur Sikri. In fact, the name of this India landmark already exposes the Persian influence. “Fatah” in Arabic means “victorious.” The complex was built by King Akbar in the 15th century following a victory over other Indian forces.
The plan was to fill the city with royal palaces, mosque, harem quarters, and courts. Now, the complex is considered to be a well-preserved Mughal structure.
6. Ellora Caves
The Ellora Caves is an all-embracing religious site bringing Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism together for over a thousand years. The 106 caves of the site are dedicated to one of the faiths. Of the 106 caves, only 34 are open to the public.
Ellora Caves is considered to be the largest temple cave complex in the globe. It is also one of the most visited India landmarks and is a top tourist destination. It has also been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you’re a fan of architectural wonders, Ellora Caves is undoubtedly a place you’ll fall in love with!
7. Golden Temple
In the center of ivory- and brick-made buildings in Amritsar is the iconic Golden Temple. Your visit to India won’t be complete if you will not visit this charming golden structure.
The Golden Temple is also called Darbar Sahib, which means Exalted Holy Court, Abode of God. The golden complex is a prominent pilgrimage site of Sikhism.
The best time to visit this golden-plated building is in the morning before 7 am. Witness the rising sun hit its ray to the Golden Temple. It’s a magnificent view that shouldn’t be missed!
8. Kerala Backwaters
Relax and unwind by taking a boathouse ride in Kerala Backwaters. Located on the Arabian Sea, Kerala Backwaters are a network of lakes, rivers, and canals formed when ocean currents created small islands.
A boat ride lets you see houseboats, abundant vegetation, and fish farms in their absolute bliss and peace.
9. Gateway of India
In the heart of Mumbai in India is the imposing Gateway of India, an arch-monument built in the 20th century. It was built to commemorate the landing of the first British monarch in India.
You will fall in love with the diverse life around the area. The monument is overwhelming, fascinating, and stunning. The architectural beauty of the complex makes tourist drop their jaw. It is indeed one of the iconic landmarks of India.
10. Mehrangarh Fort
Get to know more about India by visiting Mehrangarh Fort. This fort is filled with history and fine arts that to fill you up with knowledge about the country.
There is so much to see and experience here at Mehrangarh Fort. There you can read magical stories, legends, living for centuries.
You can purchase books, jewelry, scarves, and spices at the fort. It’s a family-friendly spot that you shouldn’t miss!