10 Architectural Landmarks You Cannot Miss In 2017
India is a land of rich culture and heritage. Indian history and present have a lot to offer for its present and future generations, something to cherish for ages to come. Art and architecture in India have never failed to amuse all of us. The unique, distinct feature if the sculptors or the monuments have always mesmerized not only the thinkers and the scholars but the “aam admi” too. Since Indian history is influenced by a large number of rulers like: the Mughals, the Sultans, the Peshwas, the Cholas, the Tughlaqs, the INC, the BJP, etc. the art and architecture here is a mélange of cross culture. The contemporary India is sure: “Unity in diversity” which was earlier too.
1. Akshardham, Delhi: Akshardham means “abode of God”. It is an edifice that displays the millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality and architecture. The main attraction of the Swami Narayan Akshardham is the Akshardham Mandir. It is intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers and deities. The “hall of values”, the “Theatre”, the “boat ride” show to their audience the message of: non-violence, perseverance, vegetarianism, prayers, morality and family harmony.
2. Ajanta and Ellora caves, Aurangabad: The magnificent paintings of the Ajanta and the well-carved sculptures of Ellora are sure to amuse the traveler within you and quench your thirst. Located in Aurangabad district in Maharashtra, these caves are the finest example of Indian paintings and sculptures. These are an assortment of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain temples. A visit to this place will surely make you feel blessed and proud to be an Indian.
3. Khajuraho temple, Madhya Pradesh: This is a group of Jain and Hindu temples in Madhya Pradesh. They are one of the UNESCO world heritage sites. In India Historical records note that there were 85 temples by 12th century of which only 20 are surviving today. Of these 20, the Kandariya Mahadeva temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism, and expressiveness of ancient Indian art.
4. Taj Mahal, Agra: This white beauty needs no reasoning as to why it stands tall and wide and ranks top in the list of architectural landmarks one must not miss. Every inch of the marvelous white reflects the hard work each worker put in to make it one of the wonders of the world. This mausoleum was commissioned by Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favorite wife Mumtaz Mahal. It stands on the south bank of the Yamuna River. The moonlight brings out its eternal beauty.
5. Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai: Just as the terminal celebrates a new global high-tech identity for Mumbai, the structure is imbued with responses to the local setting, culture, and history. This terminal demonstrates the potential for the modern airport to vie tradition a new.
6. Infosys, Pune: The Infosys campus is one of its kinds. It has a unique building design: the egg-shaped design. This is a beautiful high-tech building which actually looks like a descending spacecraft.
7. Mysore Palace, Mysore: Royalty, nobility, power and supremacy nudges every wall of this palace. Located in the heart of the city, Mysore; this palatial structure attracts a large number of tourists. It is an official residence and seat of the Wodeyars- the rulers of Mysore. Every autumn the palace is a venue for the famous Mysore Dasara festival. Light and sound shows are arranged every day except Sundays and public holidays. The stunningly luxurious palace will leave you to spell bound.
8. Virupaksha Temple, Hampi: This is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. This is located on the south bank of Tungabhadra. This temple stands as a testimony that Hampi is a sacred place. It is believed that the temple has been functioning since its inception in the 7th century. The rituals and the ceremonies take place in the temple every day. The annual festivals here attract a large number of tourists and pilgrims alike.
9. Worli Sea link, Mumbai: The Bandra- Worli sea link is a civil engineering marvel spanning the arc of the Mumbai coastline. With its cable-stayed towers soaring gracefully skywards, the sea link is a reflection of modern infrastructure that Mumbai is adding in its progress towards becoming a world-class city.
10. Lotus temple, New Delhi: This temple gives the impression of a half-open lotus flower, afloat surrounded by its leaves. Each component is repeated nine times. The temple is open to people of all faiths, languages, and cultures. It is a symbol of United India.
India is truly an amalgam of vivid culture and its vast and varied heritage and royalty is augmented by these architectural landmarks one mustn’t miss in 2017.