Indian architecture is an amalgamation of culture and history blossomed and destroyed in the country. To depict this magnificent blend Indian skyline is adorned by stunning buildings that display incredible architecture. To add to the list of historic and glorious structures, there are buildings adding more diversity to India. With a combination of old and new, below is the list of stunning buildings across India that stands for the unique style of architecture.
1- Lotus Temple
The temple is a Baha’i temple comprising of 27 marble petal structure arranged in the group of three to form nine different sides. For the serene environment, the place offers the perfect ambience and is open to the people of any religion.
Where: Lotus Temple Rd, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, New Delhi, Delhi
Information: Open to visitors 9 am to 7 pm, no entry fee.
2- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai
Earlier known as the Victoria Terminus, this is the architecture of central railways with impressive Victorian style building built to remember the golden jubilee of Queen Victoria. The building depicts the mixture of gothic style an traditional Indian architecture with turrets, skyline, wood carvings and appointed arches.
Where: Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Visitor Information: Open to visitors 24 hours, no entry fee.
3- The Great Stupa
Built during the 3rd BCE, the great Stupa is the oldest stone structure of India, which was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka the Great. The place surrounded by four railings intricately carved is standing tall for centuries. Visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site to experience the silent tales of history the Stupa is still unknowingly speaking and displaying to the world.
Where: Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh
Visitor Information: Open to visitors, 8 am to 5 pm, ticketed entry.
4- Chittorgarh Fort
Stretched over 700 acres of land, Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India with its historical architecture having 4 palaces, 4 memorial, 19 main temples and 20 water bodies. The place is a perfect destination, giving you the feel of a spirituality dwell in the history around the stunning sights you get to experience from the Palace.
Where: Chittorgarh, Rajasthan
Information: Open to visitors for 24 hours, ticketed entry.
5- Victoria Memorial
Built in Indo-Saracenic revivalist style, the structure if Victoria Memorial is an amalgamation of Egyptian, Venetian, Deccani and Islamic architectural persuades. The place was dedicated to the Queen Victoria which currently works as a museum where visitors from across the world come to witness the beauty of this pretty structure.
Where: 1, Queens Way, Kolkata, West Bengal
Visitor Information: Open to visitors from 5.30 am to 6.15 pm with ticketed entry.
6- Golconda Fort
The fort is one of the quirkiest architectural specimens of India offering the magnificent surroundings. The place has got temples, mosques, gardens and the decoration with the mixture of Hindu- Muslim influence adding more charm to the beautiful fort.
Where: Ibrahim Bagh, Hyderabad, Telangana
Information: Open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm, ticketed entry
7- Taj Mahal
Famous as the true epitome of love, this beautiful architecture is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The structure is the true embodiment of the Persian art, white marble and usage of precious stone which will surely make you fall in love.
Where: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Information: from Sunrise to Sunset, ticketed entry.
8- i Flex Building
Stretched over 144,000 square ft with suspended floors and accommodating 1500 employees. The place is currently being operated as an office of Oracle Financial Services. The amazing architecture of the building will surely be going to stun you with its creative infrastructure. Everyone is not allowed to visit the structure as you can only observe it from the outside.
Where: C V Raman Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Information: Can be observed from outside.
9- Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Constructed during 18th century, the five storey palace with little potholes presents its grandeur in a charming pink hue with 953 niches. The structure depicts the fusion of Rajput and Mughal Architecture. Being one of the charming sites in Jaipur, Hawa Mahal surely awe- struck you to inspire and appreciate from the beauty of India.
Where: Badi Choupad, Pink City, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Information: Open to visitors from 9 am to 5 pm, ticketed entry.
10- Matri Mandir/Auroville Dome
One stunning structure decorated with golden remnants in the shape of a large dorm like structure adorned with petals. It took around 37 years to get to its final shape and structure. The structure is supported by four pillars that indicate the four aspects of the traits of The Mother the spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo.
Where: Auroville, Bommayapalayam, Tamil Nadu
Information: Open to visitors from 9 am to 4.30 pm, free entry
11- Infosys Multiplex
One excellent example of architecture is the geodesic dome of entertainment at Infosys multiplex. The place has got one A4 screen cinema, an auditorium with the seating capacity of 1500 seats. People working in the Infosys offices have the pleasure to enjoy the movies on the weekends at this stunning structure.
Where: Infosys Ltd., Hebbal Industrial Area, Mysuru, Karnataka 570027
Information: Open only for employees of the Infosys.
12- Qutub Minar
With a history of 1200 CE old, Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Constructed over the series of rulers in Delhi, the tower of the building comprises of the cylindrical shaft separated by balconies. This UNESCO World Heritage site has displays the intricately carved verses from the Quran. Qutub Minar is the finest example of archaeological, architectural, and historical marvel one should definitely visit.
Where: Mehrauli, New Delhi
Information: Open to visitors from 7 am to 5 pm, ticketed entry.