May 25, 2022

India's most unique man-made wonders

Precious Rongmei

Unakoti, Tripura

Unakoti is where you will find the largest bas-relief sculptures in India. Massive rock-cut sculptures adorn the Unakoti hill.


Konark Sun Temple, Odisha

Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, Konark Sun Temple is famous for its geometrical patterns and carved wheels. These stone-carved wheels are also used as sundials.


Vijaya Vittala Temple, Hampi, Karnataka

The Vijaya Vittala Temple in Hampi is one of the most creative man-made attractions in India. The temple has 56 Musical Pillars, also known as the SaReGaMa Pillars.


Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai is a fine work of craftsmanship. Built in the Victorian Gothic Revival architecture, it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Jantar Mantar, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Another man-made wonder is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur. There are 19 astronomical instruments here, of which one is the world's largest stone sundial.


Brihadeeswara Temple, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu

Built in the Hindu Dravidian style, the temple is a marvel not because of its sheer size, but also for the vimana (temple tower) that does not cast a shadow at noon.


Mysore Palace, Mysore, Karnataka

The fine grey granite and deep pink coloured marble structure is a massive beauty. Especially when it is illuminated by thousands of light bulbs on Sundays and public holidays.


Dhola Sadiya Bridge, Assam

The longest river bridge in India, Dhola Sadiya Bridge, also known as Bhupen Hazarika Setu, is an experience one must have. It connects Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, and the bridge spans over Lohit river.


Living Root Bridges, Cherrapunji, Meghalaya

The Living Root Bridges in Cherrapunji are a man-made wonder. The roots of the ficus elastica tree are wrapped over a hollowed tree trunk, and it forms a bridge over the years.


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