Have you ever given it a thought that if you remove the ‘architecture’ tag from a city, how the city would look? Well, most of the cities in India (or anywhere else in the world) have architecture as their backbones. Even the destinations known for natural beauty – Shimla, Nainital and Mussoorie have great architecture to talk about.
|A fort's wall in Jaisalmer|
Not everybody as a tourist pays much heed to a city’s architecture. Most of the people look for good restaurants, parks and shopping options. As far as architecture is concerned, people end their admiration for the same with museums and monuments. It goes without saying that most of us love natural beauty – mountains, waterfalls, rivers, beaches and snow. But have you realised the significance of architecture for a city?
|Qutub Minar in Delhi|
Would you like to visit a city with no architectural beauty? Let me put it in other words – can you imagine Shimla without the famous Christ Church and all the other British era buildings?
I would like to steer everybody’s attention towards the point that architecture gives a city its identity, name and fame. Delhi, to a great extent, has earned its stature because of its architecture. Why people love Rajasthan so much? It’s brimming with architectural treasures.
|Mysore Palace in Mysore (Left), Bada Imambada in Lucknow (Right)|
So, how does architecture makes a difference to a city?
Takes you to the bygone era
A city speaks about its history through its architecture. It’s not really necessary to sit in a library and flip through the pages of a history book to know about the ages gone by. When you go around a city and observe its old buildings, you get a picture about its history. For instance, Lucknow is a city rich with Mughal architecture. Each and every nook and corner has traces of its beguiling royal past.
Everybody finds old palaces and forts interesting. Beautiful architecture draws a regular tourist – Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple are classic examples. Such unfading architectural wonders make everlasting memories in a tourist’s mind.
|Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur|
If you look at legendry monuments and buildings, they ‘kind of’ exude a certain mystic, which adds to the thrill of visiting them. Our tourist guides narrate all sorts of stories, but nobody can really assure what exactly happened in the era gone by. Something or the other is still under wraps – hidden, secret and mysterious.
Adds beauty and class
A city looks classier and more beautiful with good architecture – railway stations, justice courts, post offices, libraries and government buildings. If a city has neatly constructed causeways and streets, it’s easier to loiter around and enjoy the surroundings. Old buildings, in particular, speak volumes about a city’s uniqueness, its journey and growth over the years.
|Christ Church in Shimla (Left), City Palace in Udaipur (Right)|
It’s a lasting heritage
Beautiful and unique architecture is a city’s lasting heritage. It’s something that can never be debated or taken away. Thus, the inhabitants are obliged to preserve the heritage and not ruin it in any manner.
There are many architectural sites ruined by garbage. It is not our government’s responsibility to keep heritage sites, roads and causeways clean. It is each and every person’s moral duty to respect one’s city and preserve its architecture.
|Gurudwara in Amritsar|
How is the ‘architecture’ of your city special?