Some of the Oldest Monasteries in India


India is as ancient as the word “ancient” itself. There are an ample of monasteries, temples, buildings and monuments in India which are as old as the land they are built on. From the temples built by Mauryas and Guptas to the finest monuments constructed by Mughals, India is one of the finest places to offer some oldest buildings to keep us connected with our culture and heritage.

Chogskhor Monastery, Tabo

Also known as Old Tabu Monastery, was established in 996 AD. The entire complex is regularly maintained by the monks. The monastery has a best collection of Buddhist paintings that are equally old in age.

Vittalla Temple Complex, Hampi

This temple is located in the ruins of Vijayanagara, which was the capital of the historic Vijayanagara Empire (1336-1646 CE). The temple is a wonder in itself that features stone chariot, famous musical pillars, and breath-taking sculpture works.

Konark Sun Temple, Orissa

The Sun Temple was built in 1255 CE. The temple is built in a way depicting a giant ornamented chariot with twelve pairs of carved stone wheels pulled by a set of seven horses. The temple is built in such a way that the first rays of sun strikes its main entrance.

Makkah Masjid, Hyderabad

It is one of the oldest mosques in the country. The mosque was built by the 16th century ruler Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah. The central arch of the mosque was constructed using bricks made from soil brought from Mecca, hence the mosque got its name.

Rani ki Vav, Gujarat

It was built as a memorial to an 11th century king by his widowed queen. It is an elaborately detailed stepwell in Patan. The sidewalls are covered with elaborated sculptures and designs. The stairwell is constructed in such a way that it resembles an inverted temple.


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