India, a five thousand year civilization, is home to the most spectacular Monuments in the world. The home of the beautiful Taj Mahal, the mighty Red Fort, the serene Sanchi Stupa and a ton of other magnanimous monuments, India is also a home to a few exceptional monuments. These are some of the really unusual and Unique Monuments in India. These monuments are both striking and unique in their own right. Let’s have a look at how this beautiful country surprises us with its architectural marvels.
The world’s largest arched monument without pillars, the Bara Imambara of Lucknow, has a surprising element hidden within it. A part of this place of worship is actually a three dimentional maze. Bhool Bhulaiya or the labyrinth lies above the main building on the eastern side of this colossal monument. The Bhool Bhulaiya is there for no particular purpose; it was made so to support the weight of the main building since it was built on marshy land and also had to be made without central pillars. One can walk through multiple curves, turns and mysterious long alleys which make it almost impossible to maneuver. A by-product of a unique architectural style, the Bhool Bhulaiya is certainly both an unusual and unique monument.
Beautifully located in the middle of Lake Man Sagar, this ‘floating’ palace looks magnanimous against the backdrop of the Aravalli Hills. The origins of this palace are uncertain, but the credit for its restoration is usually given to Raja Jai Singh II. This incredible building has been floating here since 300 years now. With 4 floors submerged in water, only the top floor in visible when the lake is full. A beautiful garden once existed on the terrace of the palace which was arched with passages. Currently undergoing restoration, one can enjoy the surroundings on a peaceful boat ride.
The Prabalgad Fort, situated near Matheran in Maharashtra, is historically one of the really unusual and unique monuments in India. Built on the peak of a rocky statue, this sight this fort offers is truly amazing. With an elevation of 2300 feet, this place is every trekking enthusiast dream. Built as a fortress to oversee the Panvel and Kalyan Fort, The Prabalgad Fort is a perfect spot to enjoy the monsoon season. The tiring trek to the fort is fruitfully rewarding with cool winds and an amazing sight to welcome you. This ancient fort is certainly one of the most unusual and unique monuments in India.
The Kumbhalgarh fort is truly a ‘Made in India’ avatar of the Great Wall of China. The second largest fort in Rajasthan is also the second largest wall in the world. Located near the Aravalli ranges, the fort was complete by the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. What makes this fort one of the most unusual and unique monuments in India is the architectural beauty and the various religious elements it incorporates. This impregnable fort also has Hindu and Jain temple inside the premises. A walk through the magnanimous lanes of the fort is surely educative and pleasurable.
Bibi ka Maqbara
About 1500 kms south from the Taj Mahal, lays a mausoleum that bears striking resemblance to the one in Agra. Located in the city of Aurangabad, Bibi ka Maqbara is a masterpiece in its own right. The ‘Taj of Deccan’ as many call it, this monument is dedicated to Aurangzeb’s wife Dilras Bano Begam. Complete by the year 1660, it is the largest structure under Aurangzeb’s name. What makes Bibi ka Maqbara one of the unusual and unique monuments in India is that such architectural imitations rarely took place in medieval India. Moreover, the monument stands tall on a square shaped elevated platform, just like that Taj Mahal. This beautiful mausoleum and its surrounding gardens are something every visitor would admire.
What may seem to be a golden globe emerging out of the Earth is nothing but a magnanimous temple in the city of Auroville. Matrimandir or ‘Temple of the mother’ is open to all faiths. Though the construction of this edifice began in the year 1971, it is open to public since the year 2008. There are 12 individual parks that go by the name “Bliss”, “Harmony”, “Perfection” and so on that surround the temple. The exterior of this edifice is full of golden disks that reflect sunlight, which gives it a radiant look. It is a place for silent concentration and meditation and is also goes by the name ‘Soul of the city’. Matrimandir is truly one of the most unusual and unique monuments in India.
AT a glance, this place looks like a collection of bizarre looking structures. But once you enter the premises and begin to understand what those structures were built for, you are completely taken aback. The Jantar Mantar of Jaipur is an observatory which is the brainchild of Raja Jai Singh II. It is the last and the most accurate of the five Jantar Mantars. One can witness the monuments sheer genius through the collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments. The instruments measure time and space along with observing orbital paths of the planets around the sun. Moreover, the biggest sundial, the Virat Samrat Yantra can note time to an extraordinary accuracy of 2 seconds. This world heritage site is without doubt, one of the most amazing, unusual and unique monuments in India.
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