Home to some of the most magnificent monuments such as the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, Delhi’s Red Fort and the spectacular Charminar in Hyderabad, India is one of the best places to visit in the world. Marvelous architectural splendor combined with scenic natural landscape make these places incredible to explore. But apart from these, India is home to certain unusual monuments which are absolutely worth a visit as well. Read on to know about some of these interesting albeit eccentric places you can explore in India.
1. Jal Mahal
With about 4 floors submerged underwater leaving only the top floor visible, this incredible monument has been floating for about 300 odd years now. Placed smack in the middle of Lake Man Sagar, the Jal Mahal or ‘floating Palace’ looks spectacular against the backdrop of the Aravalli Ranges. Its origins are still unclear but the credit for its beautiful restoration is given to Raja Jai Singh II. It is said that there used to be a stunning garden on the terrace with arched passages. You can enjoy the beauty of this peculiar monument on a boat trip which will take you over for a closer look.
2. Prabalgad Fort
Located in Maharashtra near Matheran, this unique fort is built at an altitude of about 2300 feet atop a rocky statue. This fortress was reportedly built to oversee the Kalyan and Panvel Fort and is considered one of the best places to visit during the monsoon season. The Fort offers scenic views of the surrounding areas, giving you plenty of amazing photo ops. The trek uphill can be very taxing physically but if you can manage it, you will be rewarded with truly heavenly sights and fresh breeze.
3. Jantar Mantar
A collection of 19 astronomical instruments which measure the space, time and the orbital paths of the planets, this is one of the strangest yet interesting monuments in India. Said to have been the ingenious idea of Raja Jai Singh II, it is the final of five Jantar Mantars and reportedly the most accurate as well. Virat Samrat Yantra, the observatory’s biggest sundial, can note the time at the unbelievable extraordinary accuracy of about 2 seconds!
4. Bibi Ka Maqbara
Often dubbed as a replica of the Taj Mahal, Bibi Ka Maqbara has located in Aurangabad about 1500 km from the Taj Mahal. Dedicated to Dilras Bano Begum, the wife of Aurangzeb, the structure was completed in 1660 and is the largest one under his name. What makes this monument so unique is that architectural limitations of such precision were a rare thing in medieval India. The replica is exact to the extent that the monument has been placed atop a square elevated platform just like the Taj Mahal.
5. Kumbhalgarh Fort
Rajasthan’s second largest fort is also the second largest wall in the world. Situated near the Aravalli Ranges, Rana Kumbha completed the fort sometime around the 15th century. The incredible wall of the fort truly makes it seem like the Indian counterpart of China’s great wall. A Hindu and a Jain temple are located within the premises of the impregnable fort. There are several other religious elements incorporated within the fort. Explore the raw beauty of this architecturally brilliant masterpiece of a monument.