Places, People and Visual Stories

Masterpieces – Manmade !

With a recorded history of over 30000 years, and first urban settlements recorded over 4500years ago, India has been and will continue to be a marvel to humanity.

I have just collated a few of the masterpieces that have been created in the last 3000 years, that I have clicked during my extensive travels across the length and breadth of the country.

If you are keen on seeing more captures of any of these masterpieces and the city of this masterpiece, kindly Right-click on the photograph and open in a new window. The FLICKR stream with many of my captures of that city will open.

Humayun's Tomb

Magnificent Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi, precursor to the TAJ Mahal which was modeled after it. 1559-70AD

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Magnificent Humayun’s Tomb, New Delhi, precursor to the TAJ Mahal which was modeled after it. 1559-70AD

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One of the masterpieces at Ranakpur Jain Temple, Rajasthan, India, built in circa 1439AD

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The resplendent interiors of City Palace, UDAIPUR, built in circa 1559AD

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The resplendent interiors of City Palace, UDAIPUR, built in circa 1559AD

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Magnificent Khajuraho group of temples built in 900AD was discovered in 19th century under heaps of muddy mounds hidden deep in the forests!

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Adalaj ni Vav – The stepwells built in Gujarat in 1400ADs were a blessing for travelers

Incredible India! Fatehpur Sikri

Only an outstanding architect could have created the masterpiece Dewan-i-khas, at Fatehpur-Sikri, 1569AD

Incredible India! Fatehpur Sikri

The whole complex of Fatehpur Sikri is resplendently ornate, built in 1569AD

Incredible India - Marvelous Madurai

The Marvelous 1000 pillar temple in the 3000 year old Madurai Meenakshi temple complex!

Incredible India! - Royale Rajasthan : Joyful Jaisalmer

Havelis of Jaisalmer, 1800-1900 AD are spectacular to say the least!

Incredible India! Royal Rajasthan - Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort, AD1459, is one of the largest forts of INDIA. I often wonder how did they build these!

Incredible India! - Odisha : Konark

The world heritage site of Konark Sun temple was built in 13th century

Incredible India - world heritage site Ellora and Ajanta

Well known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 “caves” – actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills, from top working downwards. These are built between Circa 300-700AD.

One of the seven wonders, Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, built in 1562 AD, is regarded by many as the finest example of Mughal architecture, a style that combines elements from Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural styles. In 1983, the Taj Mahal became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Amritsar - Golden Temple

The Harmandir Sahib also Darbar Sahib and informally referred to as the “Golden Temple” is a prominent Sikh Gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. It was built by the fifth Sikh guru, Guru Arjan, in the 16th Century. In 1604, Guru Arjan completed the Adi Granth, the holy scripture of Sikhism, and installed it in the Gurdwara.


Lord Maitreya Buddha at Tiksey Monastry, Ladakh.

Thikse Gompa or Thikse Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery of the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect, located on top of a hill, approximately 19 kilometres east of Leh in Ladakh, India. It is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet and is the largest gompa in central Ladakh. The monastery is located at an altitude of 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) in the Indus valley. It is a 12-storey complex and houses many items of Buddhist art such as stupas, statues, thangkas, wall paintings and swords. One of the main points of interest is the Maitreya (future Buddha) Temple which is installed to commemorate the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama to this monastery in 1970. A 15 metres (49 ft) high statue of Maitreya, the largest such statue in Ladakh, covering two storeys of the building is deified in the monastery. A nunnery is also part of the complex.

Masterpieces, a set on Flickr.

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13 responses

  1. These are very beautiful, vibrant pictures, Sreeni! Love your use of symmetry! I hope to someday visit this beautiful country 🙂

    July 28, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    • Thanks Sheryl for leaving your footprints and feedback.

      July 29, 2013 at 2:26 am

  2. Stunning!

    July 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

  3. too beautiful and India is one of the places where we can such soul-stirring places:)

    July 29, 2013 at 3:47 am

  4. A resplendent collection, Sreeni, with some totally wow captures – though my personal favourite is the 1,000 pillar hall in the Meenakshi temple in Madurai. So that’s how it looked/was going to look! When I was there, around September/October 1995, it seemed almost all of the temple was wrapped in plastic and cajan, undergoing extensive (and very dusty!) renovations.

    Masterpieces all 🙂

    July 29, 2013 at 6:06 am

    • Thanks TWLG. Indeed it was the third renovation in the history of Meenakshi temple… Unfortunately, it has lost the originality, especially the 1000 pillar temple with all the shine and glitter of the tiles!

      July 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

  5. I was wondering why the Meenakshi temple looks a bit too glitzy! A fantastic gallery as always Sreeni. I hope to finally visit the Taj this year!!! 🙂

    July 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    • Thanks Madhu. Madhu, not visited Taj! That is a wonder! hhahahaha

      July 31, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      • Really. Even taxi drivers abroad are shocked when I shamefacedly admit it 😉

        July 31, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  6. B K Singh

    Great pictures Sreeni and more than that there history is more amazing! Have visited few of them wish to visit others soon.

    August 1, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    • Thanks BK. Yes indeed, each of this has stories and stories behind, full of intrigue and marvel!

      August 2, 2013 at 1:03 am

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