History can teach us amazing lessons through its different pages. If we stop for a moment and listen, buildings and ruins from the past whisper their secrets to us in the most subtle of ways. India has a glorious and dramatic past, and no matter how many historical buildings we recognize, there are so many more we wish we knew about.
Check out these 7 lesser known monuments and upgrade your trivia grade!
1. Salim Singh ki Haveli, Rajasthan
This beautiful haveli is made of yellow sandstone and is located in Jaisalmer. It was made in the 17th century. Like any other haveli, tuskers guard its gateways; the roof is constructed in the form of a peacock and is absolutely picture-perfect.
2. Sarkhej Roza, Gujarat
This peaceful mosque and tomb complex is located in Makarba, Gujarat. It was an important center for Sufi culture, as well as the former dwelling place of the Saint Shaikh Ahmed Ganj Baksh.
3. The Bidar Fort, Karnataka
Bidar is known as the ‘City of Whispering Monuments’. The Bidar Fort was built when Sultan Ala-ud-Din Bahman of the Bahmani dynasty, moved his capital from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1427. The Bidar fort encloses over 30 monuments within its complex.
4. Chini ka Rauza, Agra
This monument contains the tomb of Allama Afzal Khan Mullah, the prime minister of Shah Jahan. An accomplished man of letters, he was a poet and a renowned scholar. Built in 1635, this monument is famous for its glazed tile work, called chini. Khan Mullah died in Lahore and was buried here in Agra. The tomb faces Mecca.
5. Maner Sharif, Bihar
This contains the tombs of Sufi saints Makhdoom Yahya Maneri and Makhdoom Shah Daulat. Called the Badi Dargah and Chhoti Dargah, the walls of this mausoleum are beautifully decorated with subtle designs, and passages from the Quran adorn the ceiling.
6. Basgo Monastery, Leh
Bazgo Gompha is a Buddhist monastery almost 40 kms from Leh. It was built for the Mangyal rulers in 1680. It sits on top of a hill, and the ruins of the town are visible from the height. Temples within the complex are dedicated to the Maitreya Buddha.
7. Sangchen Dorjee Monastery, Pedong
This monastery was built around 300 years ago and is a colorful 2-hour ride away from Kalimpong. Fresco paintings representing Tantric Buddhism on the walls of this monastery are worth seeing. The Cham dance (a masked dance) held here every year during April is a lovely added attraction.
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