Indo-Islamic architecture amalgamated with the British architecture led to a style known as Indo-Saracenic or Indo-Gothic. They are simply the result of European architecture mixed with the Indian architectures. Some buildings have Indo- Hinduism, Sikhism, and Jainism architectures mixed with British architectures. Even though Britishers ruled us for the longest period of time, the architectural style of various European countries like Spain, France, Portuguese can be seen in various parts of the country. Some were built for love while some for revenge. Some were built to show supremacy while others were for pure commercial business. So hop on for the journey of various architecture around the country.
The Gateway Of India
Located at the chief port of Mumbai in such a way that it can welcome and see-off ship and visitors all through at the year. There are steps constructed behind the arch of the monument which leads to the Arabian Sea. It adds a lot of value to the monument. At some point in history, it used to represent the splendours of the British Raj in the country. Its main purpose was to welcome King George V and Queen Mary. Now it is one of the renowned tourist places in the country which attracts vendors, photographers, locals, and foreign visitors.
The Taj Mahal Hotel
Taj Mahal Hotel is popularly known as ‘The Taj’. Located near the Gateway of India, it is a 5-star luxury hotel with 560 rooms and 44 suites. It has many stories on why it was built. Some said it was built when Whatson Hotel denied entry to “Jamsetji Tata” as it was restricted to “whites only”. Some say it was built as revenge over British adversaries. But in any which ways Tata gave a gift to the city a hotel which is “Worthy of Bombay” according to the Times of India. After the 2008 attack it all the security measures was tightened and from that day till this date, its security has never been compromised. In 2010 former US president “Barack Obama” stayed at the hotel and honoured it.
It is a historic magnificent palace located in Mysore in Karnataka. The entrance gate and arch hold the kingdom’s motto in Sanskrit: “न बिभॆति कदाचन” (never terrified). It is a 3- story building with several arches and the central arch supported by tall pillars. Above the central arch, there is a sculpture of “ Goddess Gajalakshmi” and her “Elephants”. The goddess depicts wealth, fortune, prosperity, and abundance and blesses the palace with the same. There are 3 temples inside the old fort and 18 in the heart of the Palace. It is the second most tourist attraction after the Taj Mahal.
The Chepauk Palace
Chennai got one of its iconic heritage structures when Muhammed Ali Wallajah, Nawab of Carnatic/Arcot (VIII), decided to build this palatial palace. It is a building made of red-coloured bricks comprising of 2 blocks, Northern blocks known as Kalas Mahal and southern block known as Humayun Mahal. It is built over an area of 117 acres in the neighbourhood of Chepuak, India.
Kacheguda Railway Station
The name Kacheguda was given as Kuch community large population residing there. It is located in Hyderabad, Telangana, and serves as the South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railway. A new terminus building is being constructed with a miniature Rail museum and branded outlets like Cafe Coffee Day. It has also been chosen for the development of Multi-Functional Complex adjoining of the Station Building
All these above places add great tourist, economic, heritage, historic value to the country. They not only attract tourist but also employs millions of people or add value to their everyday lives. Hoping to visit some after coronavirus situation is over.