Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Top Building structures in India - Tourist Places

India is one of the country in Asia with beautiful historical structures. It has lots of monuments. Here are some of monuments in India to visit during your tour. These buildings have been maintained and some restored to keep the glory India intact as in the past. Ages have passed since these Buildings were made, still standing tall to this date revealing the engineering talents.

Udaipur Lake Palace



The luxurious lake palace that steals every ones heart is located in Udaipur. It is a five star hotel built on the still blue waters of Lake Pichola. It is one of the romantic hotels ion the world. It is 250 years old. There are 84 centrally air-conditioned rooms including 17 suites and 53 Deluxe rooms. Antique decoration is done in every room which makes it pleasant. It will take one full day or maximum two days for you to relive the royal life. The palace also comprises of a Restaurant, acoffee shop and a well appointed lobby with jewellery and souvenir shops. The royal banquet rooms are now converted into reception rooms, bars and restaurants. some other facilities that are available are book shop, shopping arcade, currency exchange, safe deposit lockers, doctor-on-call and baby sitting. Arrangements for golf, badminton, squash, billiards, tennis, and table tennis on request. You can reach the beautiful destination through land or through air.

Originally, the Palace was named as Jag Niwas after the name of the Maharana. In the present times, it is popular by the name of Lake Palace. Jag Niwas was conceived in the mind to offer a summer resort to the royalty of Udaipur. In the later years, the Palace was used as the summer resort by the descendants of Jagat Singh. The amazing exteriors would make you crave to peep once inside the beautiful Lake Palace. On entering this astonishing Palace, you would feel that you are in the seventh heaven to find everything just perfect.

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Qutub Minar

This famous historical structure is located in New Delhi, India. It was built in 1193 A.D. It is an example of Indo – Islamic Architecture. This great structure is 72.5 metres High with 399 Steps Leading to the Top. Base is 14.3 metres wide, Top Floor is 2.75 meters wide. While there dont miss to see the Hidden Pathways Used as an Escapade by the Kings, that are Believed to Lead up to the Red Fort. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins, collectively known as Qutb complex. The complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Delhi. The Iron Pillar which is near by is one of the world's foremost metallurgical curiosities, standing in the famous Qutb complex. There is a belief that anyone who can encircle the entire column with their arms, with their back towards the pillar, can have their wish granted. Because of the corrosive qualities of sweat the government has built a fence around it for safety.

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Victoria Memorial

The Victoria Memorial, located in Kolkata, India. IT was built in the memorial of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom. It currently serves as a museum and a tourist attraction. Built between 1906 and 1921, it is a majestic white marble building at the southern end of the Maidan and surrounded by a sprawling garden. A black bronze Angel of Victory, holding a bugle in her hand was placed at the apex of the dome above the Memorial. It is fixed to its pedestal with ball bearings and acts as a weathercock when the wind is strong enough. There are 25 galleries in a chamber beneath the dome.
The Queen's Hall, walls of which have been deeply graven with the text of Victoria's proclamation, draws the main attraction. There are many paintings reminiscent of various events of her life. This building, which housed around 3500 items, can also be termed as the British museum. Today it is the main attraction for the tourist in Calcutta.

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Charminar

The Charminar in Hyderabad is one of the monument of South India. Charminar is a square shaped structure with four towers in the four corners of the square, each of whose sides is 20 m in length. Every side opens into a plaza through giant arches, which overlook four major passages and dwarf other features of the building except the minarets. Each arch is 11 m wide and soars 20 m to the top from the plinth. The minarets soar skywards by 24 m from the roof of Charminar. Each minaret has 4 storeys, each appears like a delicately carved ring around the minaret. Some Anglophiles call Charminar the Arc de Triomphe of the East. From the ground to the top, the minarets cover a length of 48.7 m. The upper levels of the Charminar were used as a madrasa and mosque, from where royal proclamations were read out to the assembled public. The beautiful mosque is situated on the western section of the top floor facing the holy city of Mecca. The rear wall of the mosque is indicated by blank niches framed by petalled ornament. There are 45 open air prayer spaces without roof, to accommodate more people in Friday prayers. There is a water tank in the middle. The first floor has beautiful balconies from where one has a fantastic view of the historic city.

Lotus Temple


Baha'i Temple which is popularly known as the Lotus temple because of its structure is located in Delhi is often compared with the Sydney Opera House. The Lotus Temple is well known for its appearance and is a major feature in Delhi. The structure consists of 27 white petals made of marble. The temple has a striking though plain central hall where you can meditate. The hall is 34.27m. high. Thought-provoking quotes of the Baha'i sacred scriptures are inscribed on the petal alcoves. It was built by Fariborz Sahba, a Canadian architect of Iranian origin, it took ten years to complete. It covers an area 26 acres. The Lotus Temple is located near Kalkaji Temple, Kalkaji in South Delhi.

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