Ajanta Ellora Caves

Ajanta Ellora Caves About Ajanta Ellora Caves Beginning with the 2nd century B.C., and continuing into the 6th century A.D., the paintings and sculptures in the caves of Ajanta and Ellora, inspired by Buddhism and its compassionate ethos, unleashed a surge of artistic excellence unmatched in human history. These Buddhist and Jain caves are ornately carved, yet seem quiet and meditative and exude a divine energy and power. Ajanta and Ellora are the pride of Maharashtra. The rock-cut caves of both these sites are world famous and illustrate the degree of skill and artistry that Indian craftsmen had achieved several […]

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India

Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan India The Jaisalmer fort is one of the marvels of Rajasthani architecture, particularly of the stone – carver`s art. It is the second oldest of Rajasthan`s major forts after Chittorgarh, but is located in quite a bizarre location, right in the middle of the Thar Desert, with its huge turrets pointing skywards. As one of the last princely bastions in the region, this fort was famous for the bravery of its rulers and for the aesthetic sense represented by their palaces and havelis. The Jaisalmer Fort appears like a yellow sandstone fabric that seems to issue skywards […]

Qutub Minar New Delhi

Qutub Minar New Delhi Qutab Minar is the tallest brick Minaret in the world, and an important example of Indo – Islamic Architecture. The tower is in the Qutab complex in South Delhi, India. The Qutab Minar and its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Qutab Minar is 72.5 metres high and requires 399 steps to get to the top, although it has not been possible for visitors to ascend the tower for some years, due to safety reasons. The diameter of the base is 14.3 metres wide while the top floor measures 2.75 metres in […]

Taj Mahal Agra Madhya Pradesh

Taj Mahal Agra Madhya Pradesh In a world that is fast losing humaneness Taj Mahal stands tall proclaiming the most humane quality, LOVE! It would be apt to quote Rabindranath Tagore here : “You knew Shah Jahan, life and youth, wealth and glory, they all drift away in the current of time. You strove, therefore, to perpetuate only the sorrows of your heart. Kingly power, stern as thunder, way sink into sleep like the glowing embers of the setting sun…. Let the splendour of diamond, pearl and ruby vanish like the magic shimmer of the rainbow. Only – let this […]

Sanchi Stupa Madhya Pradesh India

Sanchi Stupa Madhya Pradesh India Sanchi is unique in having the most perfect and well – preserved stupas anywhere in India. These monuments record the genesis, efflorescence and decay of Buddhist art and architecture from the third century BC to the twelfth century AD, almost covering the whole range of Indian Buddhism. It is located near Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The Stupa is a wonderful testimony to the artistic skill of Buddhist monks. The foundation of the great religious establishment at Sanchi, destined to become an important centre of Buddhism for many centuries, was probably laid by […]

Gateway of India Mumbai Maharashtra India

Gateway of India Mumbai Maharashtra India The Gateway of India is the most famous monument of Mumbai and is the starting point for most tourists who want to explore the city. It is a great historical monument built during the British rule in the country. Located on the waterfront in South Mumbai, the Gateway is a basalt arch 26 metres high. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay, prior to the Darbar in Delhi in December 1911. The British architect George Wittet, built the Gateway of India […]

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan

City Palace Udaipur Rajasthan India Built on the banks of Lake Pichola, the foundations of the City Palace Complex, Udaipur was laid by Maharana Udai Singhji when he decided to build a new capital for the Sisodia rulers of Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. Subsequent Maharanas later extended it to its present form, by adding several palaces and structures to the complex and yet retaining a surprising uniformity to the design. The palace is made of granite and marble and is built on a raised height and surrounded by crenellated fort walls. This palace is now a heritage building, showcasing the elements of […]