Top 10 Marvellous Places With Kashmiri Architecture
The cities of Kashmir which had extreme archaic importance, had got a glorious classical architectural traditional touch and a myriad of breath taking monuments and shrines stood tall, courtesy all of it. Some of the most amazing apogees which make you want to visit them right away and soak in the Kashmiri essence are elucidated below. Have listed Top 10 Marvellous Places With Kashmiri Architecture.
Shalimar Bagh, Srinagar
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Linked through a channel to the North-East of Dal lake, Shalimar Bagh is a Mughal Garden that received the most attention from rulers. The architectural details of the three terraces of the garden are elaborate. The first is a public garden, the second has Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam, while the third terrace has the Black Pavilion. The unique features of chini khanas (arched niches), unusual doors of the Baradari, and the enticing Mughal demeanor all make Shalimar Bagh popular.
Amb Temple, Punjab
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Over the village of Amb Sharif, about five miles south of Sakasar there lie two temples that exalt some features of the Kashmiri architecture. Although they display the less conical Shikara design instead of the pyramidal top. The archaic significance is reflected by the structures here and one can feel going back to the 8th century just by looking at it.
Martand Sun Temple
As of today, this structure is dilapidated yet it is one of the most beautiful structures of Kashmiri Architecture and it is the most visited tourist place in Pahalgam. Built by King of Karkota Dynasty in around 7th century. It was built on the top of a plateau from where the whole of Kashmir could be viewed. It has a colonnaded courtyard with 84 shrines surrounding it.
An erstwhile royal palace, the nine storeyed Leh Palace at Ladakh stands tall with its architectural beauty and attracts tourists from all over, who believe a trip to Ladakh would be incomplete without spending time here at this 17th century marvel. Also referred to as ‘Lhachen Palkhar’ the construction of this building was initiated by Tsewang Namgyal and finished by Sengge Namgyal. The ruins are being restored by the Archaeological Survey of India, but the view from the terrace here at nights wouldn’t be easily forgotten.
Pari Mahal, Srinagar
Layered with seven terraces, this Angel’s Abode sits atop the Zabarwan Mountain range gazing over the city of Srinagar, Golf Course and the South-west of Dal lake. The ruins do not hold much except millions of stories echoing from the walls, which make a visit to the Pari Mahal an extremely exhilarating heirloom of history that stands stoic.
Cemetery of Baha-Ud-Din
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This beguiling peace of architecture which contains numerous Hindu remains along with the graves of some of the most prominent persons of Muslim Kashmir is sure to send shudders down your spine and at the same time have you mesmerized at the detailing on the tombstones.
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Situated on the Takht-i-Sulaiman hill, to the South East of Srinagar the very auspicious Shankaracharya Temple is the occupant of the top most hills. The piousness of this place stems from the belief that his is the very place where the saint Shankaracharya rested while he was visiting Kashmir at around 250BC to rejuvenate the Sanatan Dharma. Structured on an altitude with octagonal plinths leading from a flight of steps, the sidewalls of the temple are supposed to have born the inscriptions and a circular cell in the main surviving shrine. The temple’s date of construction is a huge controversy among archaeologists, but one thing is undebatable that Shankaracharya Temple provides the most splendid view of Kashmir and is also the most amazing sight in itself.
Khanqah Of Shah Hamadan
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Between the third and the fourth bridges on the right bank of the River Jhelum, stands stoic the Khanqah of Shah Hamadan or to go with his proper name, Mir Sayyis Ali Hamadani. Although difficult to determine the foundation of this structure is presently of immense significance to the Kashmiri architectures and to the spread of Islam in Kashmir. The interiors consist of a single large hall, 63’ by 43’. The interiors of this structure are richly carved and painted and the archaic wall hanging decors give it a splendor very unique.
This temple is the oldest temple in Pahalgam. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the best place to visit in Pahalgam, it is located 1Km away from this village.
One of the most visited historical site in India is the Avantishwar temple in the Pulwama district. This is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Shiva. This place is perfect example of Kashmiri Architecture. It is bult and designed in a great way and its design made it most visited spot in Pulwama.
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