If architecture is frozen music, then the Indian subcontinent is a soul-stirring melody. Experience the gorgeous regality of Rajputs vibrantly displayed in the hill forts of Amer, Chittor, Jaisalmer, Kumbhalgarh, and Mehrangarh. Bask in the magnificent Mughal architecture at Humayun’s tomb, Jama Masjid, Fatehpur Sikri, Red Fort, and the Taj Mahal crown jewel. Soak in the Eastern fringes’ spirituality in the Bodhi Stupa and Swayambhunath Stupa in Nepal, and the iconic Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan. A trip down South India will reward you with unparalleled temple architecture dating back to 300 BCE to the Mahabalipuram and Meenakshi Temples. The beauty of ruins is mesmerizing in Hampi and Badami. Experience the exemplary architecture in Ramanathaswamy Temple, Brihadeshwara Temple, and Kumbakonam. Walkthrough India’s colonial tryst from the quaint Portuguese settlements in Puducherry to the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, and the Parliament House in Delhi.
The tours will take you from the Forts of Amer in the west, The Taj Mahal, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and other Mughal architectural marvels to the Buddhist monasteries Himalayas. The kaleidoscopic view of the majestic architecture speaks of eras and diversity that will leave you awestruck. Soak in the very best of human craftsmanship etched in sandstone, marble, and rock from a bygone era.
As you criss-cross vibrant Northern India, be ready to be marveled by the architectural wonders all around you. Each palace, minar or minaret, and fort speaks volumes about the legendary Indian architects’ craftsmanship. Intricately chiseled designs on stone, precious stone studded roofs, and walls, all are a beauty to behold.
As the gopurams of Meenakshi Temple stand tall in grandeur, the ruins of Hampi weave the thread of poignant glory that only ruins can hold within. Lofty pinnacles and gigantic rocks that have been chiseled into figurines and statues with bare hands will mesmerize you. The Brihadeswara Temple, Ramanathaswamy Temple, and the temples of Badami and Pattadakal stand testimony to craftsmanship par excellence.
The Indian architectural sojourn is dotted with the Dutch, Portuguese, French and British footprints. Goa is replete with cathedrals and churches with a distinct Portuguese influence, whereas Puducherry welcomes you with a French twist. With Victoria Memorial and the Town Hall amongst others, Kolkata is truly a ‘City of Joy.’
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