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Indian Monuments Heritage

India is among one of the rare and unique countries in the world which stands for its ancient cultures and traditions, which range through a span of centuries. It is clearly evident from the remains of the ancient monuments and traces in the different parts of India. The Indian monuments are the livig examples which takes us back to thousands of years and helps in exploring the history of India. These monuments in India offers a great help to study and know more about the ancient civilizations of India. These monuments also attracts a large number of tourist from all over the world. The famous monuments of India can be classified into the monuments of South, North, West and East of India. The ancient Indian monuments have a rare and unique architecture, which tells about the story of ancient India. These monuments across India is considered to be the real treasure of India, which is being preserved with great importance. Among the Indian monuments, Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world.

Monumental Heritage Has Its Roots In Mohenjodaro and Harappa Civilization
The famous monumental heritage of India--the forts, palaces, temples, mosques, churches etc. is an evidence proving that architecture in India had been a form expression.
The era of architecture in India began with the settlement of the cities of Mohenjodaro and Harappa. The Great Bath, the Assembly Hall and the Drainage System are a few examples of the earlier architectural forms. Architecture in India evolved over a period of time, incorporating definitive influences from its various rulers, be it Hindus, Muslims or British.
Religious and Spiritual Monuments.
Hindu architecture concentrates immensely on the religious and spiritual. The construction of Temple was what architecture was all about. The famous Khajuraho Temples, Jain shrines at Dilwara, Jagannath Temple at Puri, Konark Sun Temple and Kailashnath Temple at Ellora are some of the finest medieval specimens of famous Hindu Architecture.
The Muslim invasions brought about a tremendous change in the forms of architecture, with the features like arches, tombs, mosques, minarets etc. Qutub Minar, Taj Mahal, Jama Masjid (Delhi) remain unexcelled even today.
British Style of Architecture
Leaving more than a lasting impact on India's architecture, the British followed various architectural styles - Gothic, Imperial, Christian, English Renaissance and Victorian being the essentials. The Rajabai Tower at Mumbai (Bombay), Victoria Memorial at Calcutta, Law Courts at Chennai (Madras) and the layout of the cities of New Delhi and Chandigarh are few of the examples symbolizing the British colonial architecture in India.
UNESCO World Heritage Monuments
The UNESCO has declared certain monuments in India as world heritage monuments in India. This is due to their value in upholding a rich cultural heritage as well as their traditional and environmental importance. Most noted among them is the Taj Mahal, one of the greatest tourist attractions in India. Others include Agra fort, Fatehpur Sikri, group of monuments at Hampi, Humayun's tomb, Khajuraho group of monuments, Bascilica of Bom Jesus etc.
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