1 Money-minting monuments of India
India has more than 100 monuments that charge entry ticket from visitors. As a fact, the money collected as entry charge gets a huge amount of revenue for the government. Out of these 100, can you guess the names of monuments that bring the most money? Well, here are the favourites.
2 Taj Mahal
One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, is an epitome of Shah Jahan’s love for his deceased wife Mumtaz. It was built with much thought and effort to serve as the tomb of Mumtaz. In fact, Shah Jahan strategically chose the location of the monument on the banks of River Yamuna to render the scenery enthralling to the beholder. The monument took 22 years for completion and is probably the most visited monument in India.
3 Red Fort
The Red Fort was made in 1638 by the then Mughal ruler of India, Shah Jahan, to keep away from adverse forces. Its dimensions extend for two km, which makes it the largest heritage structure in the capital. The fort remained invincible for many years until the British and Sikh forces captured it. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and welcomes visitors, who are interested in delving into the history of Delhi. It is located in Chandni Chowk.
4 Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar, a monument built in early Indo-Islamic architecture style, is the tallest brick minaret across the world. It is believed that Qutab-Ud-Din-Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, had commissioned its construction in the 13th century. However, going by the evidence, a few historians suspect that it could have been a Hindu monument. The minaret is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, which is one of the oldest and poshest locations in the city.
5 Humayun’s Tomb
This tomb was made in 1570 for safekeeping the dead body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. In fact, this monument became an inspiration to make Taj Mahal later on. It has an impressive building and extensive gardens, where visitors laze around on a winter day or engage in photo shoots.
Agra Fort may not be as popular as the Taj Mahal, nonetheless, it is a must-visit site for whoever comes for an Agra tour. It was a brick fort owned by a dynasty of Rajput kings, but later, the Mughals seized it from their control. The fort was later renovated on the lines of the Mughal architecture. Soon after, Emperor Akbar shifted his capital to Agra and began using the Agra Fort as his residence. It is a very impressive monument; however, a section of it has been closed for public view.
7 Fatehpur Sikri
Fatehpur Sikri is not an inhabited town anymore owing to a lack of enough water for consumption; nonetheless, it was a prominent city in the times of Mughal Emperor Akbar. However, it is still visited by curious tourists during their trip to Agra. It is located 40 KM or so from Agra.
Khajuraho is mainly known for the erotic sculptures carved on the walls of its temples. This city is located in northern Madhya Pradesh and has got its name from the word khajura or the date palm tree. The temple of Khajuraho remained neglected for centuries until the 1850s. Khajuraho is also visited for its annual dance festival, the Matangeshwar Shiva Festival and Panna National Park.
9 Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Most of these caves were built by generous and noble kings between the 2nd and 11th century AD. At Ellora, there are a group of 34 caves or viharas dating back to 6th and 11th century AD. At Ajanta, there are 29 caves, located around 99 KM north of Aurangabad, which were meant to be used by Buddhist monks as their residence. Ellora is located 15 km west of Aurangabad, but it not only has Buddhist sites but Hindu and Jain ones as well. The Kailash Temple located in the Ellora caves is very famous for being the largest monolithic structure in the world. Aurangabad is 400 KM from Mumbai.
10 Sun Temple, Konark
The Sun Temple in Konark is the best sun temple in India and the most-visited one as well; it is designed in the 13th century on the style of Kalingan architecture. The temple has a special chariot-shaped building to depict the celestial chariot driven by the seven horses on which is mounted Arun, the son of sage Kashyap and Lord Surya or the Sun. This shrine is located 35 km from Puri in Odisha, and forms a part of the golden triangle featuring Konark-Bhubaneshwar-Puri.
The seafront Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram, featuring three ornate granite shrines is also visited by a large number of tourists. The city has been named after the great demon-king Bali, who was commanded by Lord Vamana (an incarnation of Mahavishnu) to rule the netherworld leaving behind his dominion-ship of the earth. It is located 95 KM from north of Pondicherry.