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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Indian Monuments - 01

Agra Fort
Near the gardens of Taj Mahal stands the important 16th century Mugal monument known as the Red Fort of Agra. This powerful fortress of red sandstone encompasses within its 2.5 Km long enclosure walls, the imperial city of the Mugal rulers. The forbidding exteriors of this fort hide an inner paradise. There are a number of exquisite buildings like Moti Masjid - a white marble mosque akin to a perfect pearl; Diwan-E-Am, Diwan-E-Khaas, Musamman Burji - where Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan died in 1666 A.D. Jahangir's Palace, Khaas Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. Agra Fort, an excellent excample of Mugal architecture, is one of the few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The construction of the Agra Fort was started around 1565.

Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Beginning with the 2nd century B.C and continuing into the 6th century A.D. The paintings and scilptures in the caves of Ajantha and Ellora, inspired by Buddhism and its compassionate ethos, unleashed a surge of artistic excellence unmatched in human history. These Buddhist and Jain caves are ornately carved, yet seem quiet and meditative and exude a divine energy and power. A set of 29 caves, Ajantha is amoung the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures. These caves comprise Chaitya halls or shrines, dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries, used by Buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings. The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 Km north of Aurangabad, Maharashtra.  

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  1. I think Agra is the best monumental city in India. Here you can visit many historical tourist attractions and monuments. There is no doubt that every trip to Agra would be incomplete without having a visit to Taj Mahal. I have been here once and love this place. But as there are so many other historical spots also which are worth to visit. Agra fort, Itimad-ud-Daulah Tomb, Fatehpur sikri, Jama Masjid are really best of them. I have been to Agra once and I would love to be there again.