A Visit to Lesser Known Monuments of India
India is a kaleidoscope of variety of historic monuments and charming places. These stunning monuments allure a huge of travelers in this country from across the globe. In some case, few people love to travel in different countries and explore them and then, India becomes a great exploration for them. Right from north to south, there are many common & popular attractions such as India Gate, Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Amer Fort, Mahabalipuram, etc. but when it comes to exploring some offbeat destination or attractions, this country is not behind. Some of these lesser known destinations / attractions will leave you awe-struck and mesmerized with their unique beauty. In the following write-up, we have listed some of them.
- Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
Located in Jaisalmer, the Salim Singh Ki Haveli was constructed on the foundations of an existing haveli during the year 1815. Built in a unique style, this edifice sports many fascinating features like, the gateways guarded by realistic sculptures of elephants and the peacock inspired roof. Another remarkable feature of this building is its 38 balconies, with each having its own individual design.
- Bada Bagh, Jaisalmer (Rajasthan)
Bada Bagh is located in Jaisalmer in the state of Rajasthan is actually the resting place of various members of the royal family who once used to rule this region. The most attractive attribute of this place is the cenotaphs (Chhatris) constructed in the honor of the royals. Made with yellow sandstone, they are stunning impressions of artistic workmanship. The intricate work makes the structures mesmerizing during the day and is also a great place from where you can view stunning views of the sunset in the evening.
- Chini Ka Rauza, Agra (UP)
Situated in Agra – the city of Taj Mahal, Chini ka Rauza is actually a tomb of famous poet and scholar ‘Allama Afzal Khan Mullah’. This famous scholar was also the Prime Minister of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. This monument is a masterpiece combining the unique Indo-Persian architecture. The glazed tile work is very finely and artistically done. It gets its name from the colourful tiles which are also referred to as ‘chini‘. The inscriptions on the walls of the tiles add rareness to this less explored monument.
- Kanch Mahal, Agra (UP)
Located close to Akbar’s Tomb, Kanch Mahal is another very unique less explored monument. This square shaped Kanch Mahal is a testimony to the finest features of domestic Mughal architecture. This monument is called as Kanch Mahal because of the plentiful use of tile work in its construction. The exterior is covered with plaster inlaid with creatively carved red stone and is decorated with sunk circular niches that has flowery creepers, wine-vases and various geometrical designs. The palace was initially constructed as a residence for the royal ladies and later was used as ‘Shikargah’, a hunting lodge of Emperor Jahangir. This structure is bounded by a magnificent garden with water channels, causeways etc. Tourists coming here are left mesmerized by the beauty of the structure.
5. Itmad-ud-Daulah Tomb
The Mughal Emperor Jahangir had conferred the title of Itimad-ud-Daulah on Mirza Ghiyas Beg, the father of his beloved wife Noor Jahan. The tomb of Itmad-ud-Daulah in Agra is the resting place of Noor Jahan and her father. The grandeur and magnificence of the mausoleum are admired so much that it is considered a precursor of the Taj Mahal. It is built over a red stone plinth that stands amidst the famous Persian Gardens called Char Bagh. Tourists coming here can explore the tomb and also take in the beauty of the place.
6. Marble Palace
The Marble Palace in Kolkata was built by Raja Rajendra Mullick, and is a structure that showcases Bengali architecture. The palace is built entirely from white marbles and has a beautiful garden up front. Tourists coming here are taken on a tour by the heirs of the royal family who still continue to reside in the palace.
7. Bolgatty Palace
The Bolgatty Palace in Kerala is the only place of its kind that was not built by an Indian ruler. It is said to have been constructed by the Dutch in the year 1974 and is believed to have housed a rich landlord. Today, this palace has a garden, swimming pool and Ayurveda Centre surrounding it. It is a perfect place to head to with your loved one for some pampering.
8. Tomb of Makhdoom Yaya Maneri
The Makhdoom Yahya Maneri Tomb in Jaisalmer was built to honor a Sufi saint, after whom the monument is now named. It was built by the ruler of the region in the 13th century. It is believed that the saint had special powers by which he could fulfill any wishes. The tomb is located near a mosque and travelers coming here can explore the tomb and listen to the many stories that the place holds.