Posted by: itsme | January 8, 2011

101 Monuments of Islamic India

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Restored domes of the Kabuli Masjid by Babur. Panipat, Haryana.

Restored domes of the Kabuli Masjid by Babur. Panipat, Haryana.

Chatta chowk modelled on Persian markets. Red Fort, Delhi.

Chatta chowk modelled on Persian markets. Red Fort, Delhi.

Superb parchin kari (marble stone inlay) at the Diwan-i-Khas. Red Fort, Delhi.

Superb parchin kari (marble stone inlay) at the Diwan-i-Khas. Red Fort, Delhi.

Marble floor in the prayer hall. Juma Masjid, Delhi.

Marble floor in the prayer hall. Juma Masjid, Delhi.

The hour of prayer. Juma Masjid, Delhi.

The hour of prayer. Juma Masjid, Delhi.

The magnificent 13m high Ashokan Pillar in Tughlaqi settings. Firoz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

The magnificent 13m high Ashokan Pillar in Tughlaqi settings. Firoz Shah Kotla, Delhi.

The octogonal Sher Mandal where Humayun fell down the stairs and died. Purana Qila, Delhi.

The octogonal Sher Mandal where Humayun fell down the stairs and died. Purana Qila, Delhi.

One of many entrance gates in spectacular ruins. Purana Qila, Delhi.

One of many entrance gates in spectacular ruins. Purana Qila, Delhi.

Beautiful Qila-i-Kohna Masjid. Purana Qila, Delhi.

Beautiful Qila-i-Kohna Masjid. Purana Qila, Delhi.

Decorations in the Qila-i-Kohna Masjid. Purana Qila, Delhi.

Decorations in the Qila-i-Kohna Masjid. Purana Qila, Delhi.

Sixteenth century Sabz Burj right in the center of a roundabout. Delhi.

Sixteenth century Sabz Burj right in the center of a roundabout. Delhi.

With numerous chhatris, the Tomb of Isa Khan is in typical Afghan style. Delhi.

With numerous chhatris, the Tomb of Isa Khan is in typical Afghan style. Delhi.

Jali wraps one of many tombs at the mausoleum of Humayun. Delhi.

Jali wraps one of many tombs at the mausoleum of Humayun. Delhi.

Sweeping green lawns surround the Tomb of Humayun. Delhi.

Sweeping green lawns surround the Tomb of Humayun. Delhi.

Early 16th Jamali Kamali Masjid. Mehrauli, Delhi.

Early 16th Jamali Kamali Masjid. Mehrauli, Delhi.

Rajon-ki-Baoli from the Lodi Period - stepwell that is today completely dry. Mehrauli, Delhi.

Rajon-ki-Baoli from the Lodi Period - stepwell that is today completely dry. Mehrauli, Delhi.

The Tomb of Adham Khan is architecturally quite unique. Mehrauli, Delhi.

The Tomb of Adham Khan is architecturally quite unique. Mehrauli, Delhi.

Alai Darwaza is packed with details, the finest monument of Alauddin Khalji. Delhi.

Alai Darwaza is packed with details, the finest monument of Alauddin Khalji. Delhi.

Qutb Minar - a synthesis of Afghan design and local craftsmanship. Delhi.

Qutb Minar - a synthesis of Afghan design and local craftsmanship. Delhi.

A beautiful minaret of the mosque at Golconda Fort. Golconda, Andhra Pradesh.

A beautiful minaret of the mosque at Golconda Fort. Golconda, Andhra Pradesh.

The Tomb of Fath Khan follows vernacular do-chala hut. Gaur, West Bengal.

The Tomb of Fath Khan follows vernacular do-chala hut. Gaur, West Bengal.

Superb brick moulding on the facade of Qadam Rasul Masjid. Gaur, West Bengal.

Superb brick moulding on the facade of Qadam Rasul Masjid. Gaur, West Bengal.

Stone-brick structure built by Firoz Shah. Gaur, West Bengal.

Stone-brick structure built by Firoz Shah. Gaur, West Bengal.

Domes dominate this Indo-Sarcenic building of the High Court. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Domes dominate this Indo-Sarcenic building of the High Court. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

The Char Minar built by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

The Char Minar built by Sultan Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Chandeliers hang covered in the Mecca Masjid. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Chandeliers hang covered in the Mecca Masjid. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Glazed bricks on Gumti Gate at the eastern entrance to the citadel. Gaur, West Bengal.

Glazed bricks on Gumti Gate at the eastern entrance to the citadel. Gaur, West Bengal.

Chamkan Masjid from the 15th century. Gaur, West Bengal.

Chamkan Masjid from the 15th century. Gaur, West Bengal.

Stunning jalis at the Tomb of Mohammed Ghaus. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Stunning jalis at the Tomb of Mohammed Ghaus. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Mughal architecture at its best at the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Mughal architecture at its best at the tomb of Mohammed Ghaus. Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.

Domes and finials catch the afternoon sun at the Jama Masjid. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

Domes and finials catch the afternoon sun at the Jama Masjid. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

Badal Mahal Gate - one of the finest medieval gateways. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

Badal Mahal Gate - one of the finest medieval gateways. Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh.

Carvings at the base of a pillar at the Taj-ul-Masjid. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Carvings at the base of a pillar at the Taj-ul-Masjid. Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

The simple yet majestic 15th century Jama Masjid. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

The simple yet majestic 15th century Jama Masjid. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

White marble mausoleum of Hoshang Shah predates the Taj Mahal by 200 years. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

White marble mausoleum of Hoshang Shah predates the Taj Mahal by 200 years. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

Stunning and lofty design at the Ashrafi Mahal. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

Stunning and lofty design at the Ashrafi Mahal. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

A framed view among the ruins. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

A framed view among the ruins. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

The eccentric but lovely Jahaz Mahal. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

The eccentric but lovely Jahaz Mahal. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

Decorative water channels draining into a pool at the Jahaz Mahal. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

Decorative water channels draining into a pool at the Jahaz Mahal. Mandu, Madhya Pradesh.

Shahr-ki-Masjid displays its domes and minarets. Champaner, Gujarat.

Shahr-ki-Masjid displays its domes and minarets. Champaner, Gujarat.

The drum of a missing dome and its wealth of rich carvings at Jama Masjid. Champaner, Gujarat.

The drum of a missing dome and its wealth of rich carvings at Jama Masjid. Champaner, Gujarat.

The cenotaph facing the Kevda Masjid. Champaner, Gujarat.

The cenotaph facing the Kevda Masjid. Champaner, Gujarat.

A mihrab at the mosque next to Dada Harir Vav. Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

A mihrab at the mosque next to Dada Harir Vav. Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

The influence of local architecture on the Khizar Juma Masjid. Kasargod, Kerala.

The influence of local architecture on the Khizar Juma Masjid. Kasargod, Kerala.

Timber and tiled construction of the Juma Masjid. Kuttichira, Kerala.

Timber and tiled construction of the Juma Masjid. Kuttichira, Kerala.

The famous dargah in the morning sun. Kera, Gujarat.

The famous dargah in the morning sun. Kera, Gujarat.

Muslim tombs at the dargah. Kera, Gujarat.

Muslim tombs at the dargah. Kera, Gujarat.

A tower rises up in style. Junagadh, Gujarat.

A tower rises up in style. Junagadh, Gujarat.

A skyline of finials, domes and turrets from the Mahabat Maqbara. Junagadh, Gujarat.

A skyline of finials, domes and turrets from the Mahabat Maqbara. Junagadh, Gujarat.

Mughal architecture in its final decline at the Bibi-ka-Maqbara. Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Mughal architecture in its final decline at the Bibi-ka-Maqbara. Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Metal craftsmanship on a door at the Bibi-ka-Maqbara. Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Metal craftsmanship on a door at the Bibi-ka-Maqbara. Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

The simple Jama Masjid at Sakchi. Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

The simple Jama Masjid at Sakchi. Jamshedpur, Jharkhand.

Interplay of light and shade at Bari Dargah. Bihar-Sharif, Bihar.

Interplay of light and shade at Bari Dargah. Bihar-Sharif, Bihar.

The tomb reflected in the quiet morning waters of a lake. Maner-Sharif, Bihar.

The tomb reflected in the quiet morning waters of a lake. Maner-Sharif, Bihar.

The grand and fitting tomb of Sheh Shah Suri. Sasaram, Bihar.

The grand and fitting tomb of Sheh Shah Suri. Sasaram, Bihar.

Sixteenth century stone bridge across the river Gomti. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Sixteenth century stone bridge across the river Gomti. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Double-arched massive gateway leading into the Jama Masjid built by the Sharqi Dynasty. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Double-arched massive gateway leading into the Jama Masjid built by the Sharqi Dynasty. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Turkish baths set within the Shahi Qila. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Turkish baths set within the Shahi Qila. Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Tomb of Haji Iqbal with its nine decorated domes. Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Tomb of Haji Iqbal with its nine decorated domes. Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Tomb of Shuja-ud-Daula seen at the golden hour of sunset. Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh.

Tomb of Shuja-ud-Daula seen at the golden hour of sunset. Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh.

The Mausoleum of Mushirzadi. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

The Mausoleum of Mushirzadi. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Bara Imambara at its monumental best. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Bara Imambara at its monumental best. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Jama Masjid at the Bara Imambara. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Jama Masjid at the Bara Imambara. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Monumental Rumi Darwaza from the 18th century. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Monumental Rumi Darwaza from the 18th century. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

The beauty of arches near the Chotti Imambara. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

The beauty of arches near the Chotti Imambara. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Details on the facade of Chotti Imambara. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Details on the facade of Chotti Imambara. Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh.

Corbelled support in the squinches in the Tomb of Makhdum Jahania. Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh.

Corbelled support in the squinches in the Tomb of Makhdum Jahania. Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh.

Beautiful stone inlays and marble jalis at Mausoleum of Itimad-ud-Daula. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Beautiful stone inlays and marble jalis at Mausoleum of Itimad-ud-Daula. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Colourful glazed tiles decorate the facade of Chini-ka-Rauza. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Colourful glazed tiles decorate the facade of Chini-ka-Rauza. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The long ramp into the fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The long ramp into the fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The black throne of Jehangir at the Diwan-i-Khas of Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The black throne of Jehangir at the Diwan-i-Khas of Agra Fort. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Akbari architecture at Agra Fort is Indo-Islamic in style. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Akbari architecture at Agra Fort is Indo-Islamic in style. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The south gateway of the Taj Mahal seen on a bright Sunday afternoon. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The south gateway of the Taj Mahal seen on a bright Sunday afternoon. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The Taj Mahal seen from an arch. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The Taj Mahal seen from an arch. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

One of four minarets of the Taj casts its shadow over the beautiful mosque. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

One of four minarets of the Taj casts its shadow over the beautiful mosque. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Reliefs in red sandstone on a dado in the Taj Mahal complex. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Reliefs in red sandstone on a dado in the Taj Mahal complex. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The unique gateway leading to the Tomb of Akbar. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

The unique gateway leading to the Tomb of Akbar. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

The Mausoleum of Akbar is a rare one without a dome. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

The Mausoleum of Akbar is a rare one without a dome. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

Rich decorations on the way to the Tomb of Akbar. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

Rich decorations on the way to the Tomb of Akbar. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

Chini khana decorations at the Mausoleum of Akbar. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

Chini khana decorations at the Mausoleum of Akbar. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

A typical takhtgah tomb seen in the Tomb of Marian. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

A typical takhtgah tomb seen in the Tomb of Marian. Sikandara, Uttar Pradesh.

Chhatris line the parapets on the Jama Masjid. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Chhatris line the parapets on the Jama Masjid. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Military architecture from the Mughal Period. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

Military architecture from the Mughal Period. Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

The famous Panch Mahal is a building without walls. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh.

The famous Panch Mahal is a building without walls. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh.

These harem buildings of Akbar are wrongly named as the Palace of Jodha Bai. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh.

These harem buildings of Akbar are wrongly named as the Palace of Jodha Bai. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh.

The majestic Buland Darwaza with its turrets and chhatris. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh.

The majestic Buland Darwaza with its turrets and chhatris. Fatehpur Sikri, Uttar Pradesh.

Marble pavilions built by Shah Jahan face the Ana Sagar Lake. Ajmer, Rajasthan.

Marble pavilions built by Shah Jahan face the Ana Sagar Lake. Ajmer, Rajasthan.

Painted details and arch netting in the water palace. Narnaul, Haryana.

Painted details and arch netting in the water palace. Narnaul, Haryana.

The Moorish mosque, one of its kind in India. Kapurtala, Punjab.

The Moorish mosque, one of its kind in India. Kapurtala, Punjab.

One of two mausoleums in town. Nakodar, Punjab.

One of two mausoleums in town. Nakodar, Punjab.

Glazed tiles decorate this mausoleum. Nakodar, Punjab.

Glazed tiles decorate this mausoleum. Nakodar, Punjab.

The beautiful gateway at the serai. Nurmahal, Punjab.

The beautiful gateway at the serai. Nurmahal, Punjab.

Peeping into the mosque at the serai. Doraha, Punjab.

Peeping into the mosque at the serai. Doraha, Punjab.

Marble corridor at the dargah. Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.

Marble corridor at the dargah. Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab.

Lost glory and dried up channels in Aam-Khas Bagh. Sirhind, Punjab.

Lost glory and dried up channels in Aam-Khas Bagh. Sirhind, Punjab.

Floral pools in Aam-Khas Bagh for cooling off in the heat of summers. Sirhind, Punjab.

Floral pools in Aam-Khas Bagh for cooling off in the heat of summers. Sirhind, Punjab.

One of the better maintained Mughal gardens of India. Pinjore, Haryana.

One of the better maintained Mughal gardens of India. Pinjore, Haryana.

A domeless kiosk in white marble at the Baradari Garden. Sangrur, Punjab.

A domeless kiosk in white marble at the Baradari Garden. Sangrur, Punjab.

Restored rooms of the serai from the Mughal Period. Sambhu, Punjab.

Restored rooms of the serai from the Mughal Period. Sambhu, Punjab.

The beautiful Tomb of Sheikh Chaheli at Thanesar. Kurukshetra, Haryana.

The beautiful Tomb of Sheikh Chaheli at Thanesar. Kurukshetra, Haryana.

A mosque that appears grander and larger than it really is. Nainital, Uttarakhand.

A mosque that appears grander and larger than it really is. Nainital, Uttarakhand.

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Responses

  1. What a fabulous post and what a fantastic blog ! I have been following your blog for some time now, though have never commented till now. am inspired to do something like what you have done.

    May I add you to my blog roll?

    • Sure. Add my site to your blog roll. I wonder how you came across my site. Through search engines perhaps?

      I visited your site. Most impressed by your post on Kabir. Had I been in Mumbai, I would have attended. I too had read his couplets in school but lost touch for years now.

  2. I can’t really remember how I came across your site. Perhaps via Stumble Upon. Just added you to my blog roll. Thanks.

  3. amazing site. excellent info. made me think about my beautiful country

  4. Its a fantastic journey though, I think there is more to be added to this blog..eg the monuments of Bijapur in Karnataka.

  5. Indeed as Salim mentions, Bijapur has many beautiful monuments. Unfortunately in the early days of my travel I didn’t take a camera with me. But you can read about Bijapur at: https://indianjourneys.wordpress.com/2008/12/18/an-islamic-revelation-bijapur/

  6. Dear friend
    I am in search of a masjid of which I only have a pic. I fell in love the moment I saw it and have been asking people around … with no success. Would it be possible that you share your email id with me so that I can share the pic with you? If you know details, it would be brilliant!
    Thanks, Deepa.

  7. Most of the buildings you have shown in the web here look like previous Hindu/Jain/Budhist buildings, palaces or temples. Please provide their historyes along with the photos.

    • It’s possible that some monuments have been converted from temples and palaces. But I am not a historian, just a traveller. Perhaps someone who knows about these monuments can comment.

  8. Lovely compilation of fotos. Well done


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