The diverse culture of India has a treasure of its past architectures and traditional design. These Monuments are display the real ancient India at the respective regions such as Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi,Gaya and Sarnath, Great Living Chola Temples and Terracotta Temples of Bishupuar.
Hampi,a small village in Vijaya Nagara, known for an important religious center due to the temple of Virupaksha and several other monuments. The Group of Monuments at Hampi includes various notable Hindu temples constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture such as Virupaksha Temple,Vittala Temple Complex,Krishna Temple and Hazara Rama Temple Complex. Other Important sites near Hampi are Anjeyanadri Hill,Tiruvengalanatha Temple,Sri Lakshmi Narasimha and Zanana Enclosure.
The Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram includes Ratha Temples,Mandapas,Rock relief and the world famous Shore Temple dedicated the glory of Lord Siva. Monuments of Mahabalipuram are mostly rock-cut and monolithic architecture, who display the dynasty of the Pallavas. Mahabalipuram located near the Coromandel coast and also have cave temples, sculptures and structural temples.
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments located in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh and most popular for its erotic sculptures. Khajuraho has largest collection of Middle Ages Jain and Hindu temples with erotic sculptures such as Kandariya Mahadeva,Lakshman temple and Chausath Yogini temple.
The Group of Monuments at Pattadakal contains the style of Hindu temple architectures and listed as one of World Heritage sites in India. Pattadakal is located between two most popular place Badami and Aihole, on the banks of the Malaprabha River at Bagalkot in Karnataka. Temple of Pattadakal are also built in Chalukya Dravidian style,four in Nagara style and others are in mixed style.
The Qutb Minar complex is also known as Group of Monuments at Delhi, located at Mehrauli in Delhi. Qutb Minar is one of the seven wonders of Delhi and a major tourist destination in India, The complex also includes Alauddin Khilji’s Madrasa,Tomb of Imam Zamin,Alai Darwaza and Tomb of Alauddin Khilji.
The world famous Terracotta Temples of Bishnupur is located in Bankura District of West Bengal and also known for its bizarre festival of Snake and balucheri sarees. Bishnupur Terracotta Temples are the best specimen of Bengal architecture and great rulers of this place. Bishnupur has a group of Terracotta style Temples depicting scenes from the epic Mahabharata.
The Great Living Chola Temples are the group of 3 major Hindu Kovils located in south India and together designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The three major temples are the Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur also known as the Big Temple,Temple at Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Airavatesvara Temple of Darasuram. Brihadeeswarar Temple display the greatest glory,Power and reflection of Raja Raja Chola along with its unique Chola architecture Hindu temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The Fatehpur Sikri is located near Agra district in Uttar Pradesh and known as one of the best preserved collection of Mughal architecture in India. Fatehpur Sikri complex has Buland Darwaza,Jama Masjid,Tomb of Salim Chishti,Panch Mahal and Diwan-i-khas.
Sanchi is a small village in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh and known as one of the important tourist attraction for its world famous Buddhist Stupas. The world heritage site has India’s oldest stone structure known as Great Stupa commissioned by Ashoka the Great. Mandu is another place in Madhya Pradesh knwon for its famous Monuments.
The Sun Temple of Konark was constructed by King Narasimhadeva and the great example of Orissan architecture of Ganga dynasty. Konark Sun Temple is one of the most renowned temple in India and considered as one of the Seven Wonders of India as well. Sun Temple is located near the sea coast of Bay of Bengal near the Puri district, It is home to the annual Konark Dance Festival devoted to Odissi,one of the major traditional classical dance of India.
The world famous Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves are located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra at a distance of 100 kilometers from each other. Ajanta caves are the 30 masterpieces of rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments and the Ellora Caves contain Hindu and Jain temples along with Buddhist caves. Kailashnath Temple is the most famous among the 34 monasteries and temples of Ellora Caves. Elephanta caves near Mumbai Harbour is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Maharashtra.
The oldest Nalanda University is a religious center of learning, located in the Bihar. University of Nalanda was the world’s first residential universities and considered as the most famous universities. The masterpiece architectural of Nalanda also includes Libraries. Other world Heritage sites of India includes Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka,Humayun’s Tomb Delhi,Red Fort Complex,Ghats of Varansi,The Jantar Mantar of Jaipur, The Taj Mahal,Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi and Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya.