India Monuments

India has over fifty famous monuments categorized as mausoleums, memorials, or former royal complexes. The Taj Mahal is an Indian monument listed as a World Heritage site. The oldest monument is the Pattadal, built around the 700s.

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Indian Politicians

Who was Gangadhar Nehru?

father of Moti Lal Nehru

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Qutub Minar

What is the length of Qutub Minar?

73 m

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Taj Mahal

How was the Taj Mahal built?

The Taj Mahal was built with 20,000 workers out of white marble.

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Qutub Minar

What describes the Qutub Minar?

Qutub minar is a tall tower built in 13th century by Qutub-ud-din-aibak ( see the opposite view later).

It is 73m high stone structure which is a famous visiting place for common people and the foreign tourists. It is situated in Delhi, the capital city of India.

The township adjoining the Kutub Minar is known as Mehrauli. That is a Sanskrit word Mihira-awali. It signifies the town- ship where the well known astronomer Mihira of Vikramaditya's court lived along with his helpers, mathemati- cians and technicians. They used the so-called Kutub tower as an observation post for astronomical study. Around the tower were pavilions dedicated to the 27 constel- lations of the Hindu Zodiac.

Stones dislodged from the so-called Kutub Minar have Hindu images on one side with Arabic lettering on the other. Those stones have now been removed to the Museum. They clearly show that Muslim invaders used to remove the stone- dressing of Hindu buildings, turn the stones inside out to hide the image facial and inscribe Arabic lettering on the new frontage.

The Hindu title of the tower was Vishnu Dhwaj (i.e. Vishnu's standard) alias Vishnu Stambh alias Dhruv Stambh (i.e., a polar pillar) obviously connoting an astronomical observa- tion tower.

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What are the salient features of Charminar?

See the related link below for your answer.

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Taj Mahal

How much did it cost to build the Taj Mahal?

The cost was about 32 million India rupees during the years 1632-1653.

Back then, one rupee was worth 30 Dutch stuivers. Five stuivers were worth 6 British pence. It takes 240 pence to make a British pound.

With this information you can figure that in 1640, one rupee was worth 0.15 British pounds. That means the Taj Mahal cost 4.8 million British pounds in 1640.

Using an inflation calculator for the British pound, I determined that a British pound in 1640 is worth 141 British pounds today. So that means the Taj Mahal cost 678,800,000 of today's British pounds.

Converting that to today's American dollars gives the Taj Mahal a cost in modern American dollars of:

$1,062,834,098

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Present condition of charminar and golconda fort and how can they be preserved?

the present condition of charminar is a bit good than golconn spite of it being dwarfed by present day buildings, the Charminar has not lost its erstwhile majesty and continues to attract travellers.

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History of Asia
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Mughal Empire

What are the monuments built by Humayun?

Purana quila built by Humayun and Sher Shah Suri, the only monument built by Humayun in his reign. Location is Delhi at 16th Century

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Countries, States, and Cities
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World Heritage Sites

What is the exact number of World Heritage Sites in India?

There are 23 Cultural and 5 Natural World Heritage Sites(UNESCO) in India .

Cultural

State

1

Agra Fort

Uttar Pradesh

2

Ajanta Caves

Maharashtra

3

Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi

Madhya Pradesh

4

Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park

Gujarat

5

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus

Maharashtra

6

Churches and Convents of Goa

Goa

7

Elephanta Caves

Maharashtra

8

Ellora Caves

Maharashtra

9

Fatehpur Sikri

Uttar Pradesh

10

Great Living Chola Temples

Tamil Nadu

11

Group of Monuments at Hampi

Karnataka

12

Group of Monuments at Mahabalipuram

Tamil Nadu

13

Group of Monuments at Pattadakal

Karnataka

14

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

New Delhi

15

Khajuraho Group of Monuments

Madhya Pradesh

16

Mahabodhi Temple Complex at Bodh Gaya

Bihar

17

Mountain Railways of India

H. P. , W. B. & Tamil Nadu

18

Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Delhi

New Delhi

19

Red Fort Complex

New Delhi

20

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

Madhya Pradesh

21

Sun Temple, Konârak

Orissa

22

Taj Mahal

Uttar Pradesh

23

The Jantar Mantar, Jaipur

Rajasthan

Natural

1

Kaziranga National Park

Assam

2

Keoladeo National Park

Rajasthan

3

Manas Wildlife Sanctuary

Assam

4

Nanda Devi and Valley of Flowers National Parks

Uttaranchal

5

Sundarbans National Park

West Bengal

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Taj Mahal

Why was the Taj Mahal built?

The Taj Mahal was built by an Emperor called Shah Jahan to remember his wife Mumtaz Mahal. She was his third wife, and as she neared death, the story goes that she asked her husband to build the most beautiful mausoleum in the world in memory of her. Shah Jahan was grief-stricken at his wife's death, so he honored her request.

The Taj Mahal's construction commenced a year after her death, in 1632, and the main building was finished in 1648.

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Taj Mahal

When was the Taj Mahal built?

Taj Mahal is a part of the pre-Muslim fort built by the Rajput Kings; it was not built by any Muslim but a Muslim king called Shah Jehan took it from a Rajput king Jagat Singh and remodelled it by putting two red mosques on two sides of a white temple of Siva. The whitle marble building faces East, according to Hindu religion. There are motifs of flowers, plants which are prohibited in Islamic building. On the top dome there is lotus, cocoanut, trident, all Hindu symbol. Like most buildings Muslims who came to India as barbarian Arab, Mongol, Turks could only convert the buildings into Mosques as they did also in Istanbul.

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Taj Mahal

How long did it take to build the Taj Mahal?

22

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Pollution
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Taj Mahal

Effect of pollution on historical monuments?

For many historians the effect of pollution on historical sites is a daily battle. Acid rain and smog eat into marble causing small holes in the stone. The Acropolis in Greece is one of main sites that is having this problem. All over the world buildings and historical sites are having problems with pollution and the growth of cities near the site. The Spinx is crumbling and through the centuries various repairs have been done to it, but that has only aided the damage from smog and traffic. The Roman Colosseum sits in the middle of a traffic circle in Rome. Repairs have been ongoing on the Colosseum and several sections have been rebuilt. In the United States civil war battle sites fight the growth of cities and malls. In some sites a malls form a boundary to the battle site. Natural forces also take their toll on historical sites. Mt. Rushmore is worked on because the granite cracks due to the snow, heat, rain, and pollution. Our national parks are dying because the trees are dying from drought, pollution, and insects. Once all of these things are gone they can not be replaced and hundreds if not thousands are in trouble because of pollution.

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Mughal Empire

Why was the Red Fort built?

The Red Fort was build as a capital for the great Mughal Empire

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Taj Mahal

Who designed the Taj Mahal?

Isa Khan was an architect from Shiraz in Iran. He designed the Taj Mahal and then, the Emperor, Shah Jahan had the architect's hands cut off so that he'd never be able to design a unique building like it again.

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Taj Mahal

How many times was the Taj Mahal built?

It was only ever built once.

Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1632 the central building was completed in 1648 and the surrounding buildings and garden were finished five years later.

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What is red fort made up of?

Red Fort is made up of Red Sandstone
Red Sandstone...
red sandstone
sandstone

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Qutub Minar

Which rock is the qutub minar made up of?

The Qutb Minar is a tower in Delhi, India which stands at 72.5 meters (237.8 ft). The lower three storeys of the minaret are made mainly of a buff colored quartzite, a type of red sandstone and the top two stories are constructed using white marble.

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Taj Mahal

Was the taj mahal architect blinded?

yes

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Taj Mahal

Symbol of love is Taj Mahal then what's the symbol for friendship?

Then the symbol of love Taj Mahal is a symbol of Friendship

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Taj Mahal

What is the Taj Mahal used for?

It was built around 1631 as a mausoleum (a tomb) for the wife of Emperor Shah jahan for his wife Mumtaz Mahal by the emperor himself. When the Shah died he was also buried alongside his beloved wife.

Although the Taj Mahal is now a beautiful tourist attraction and one of the most beautiful structures in the world, it is still essentially a tomb, and continues to be so to this day, as both the Shah and his wife are still buried at the centre of the building.

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Mughal Empire

What are the monuments built by Shah Jahan?

Taj Mahal (Agra)

Peacock Throne

Red Fort or Lal Quila (Delhi)

Agra Fort (Partly)

Jama Masjid (Delhi)

Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque (Lahore)

Shalimar Gardens (Lahore)

Sections of the Lahore Fort (Lahore)

Jahangir Mausoleum

Takht-e-Taus

Shahjahan Mosque (Thatta)

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Was ustad ahmad lahori the chief architecture of the taj mahal?

yes

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Taj Mahal

How many visitors visit the Taj Mahal each year?

Some 2 to 3 million visitors come to the Taj Mahal annually, and nearly a quarter million arrive from overseas.

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Taj Mahal

Why the marble structure of taj mahal affected by acid rain?

Because Taj Mahal is made up of Marble and Marble is made up of Calcium Carbonate.

When Calcium Carbonate reacts with Acid it corrodes.

Means the Marble corrodes and turns pale due to losing its white lustre.

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