India has a reputation for being a vibrant, mysterious country and its stone industry is no different. The start of the industry dates back to 3200 BC.
Innumerable temples, forts, and palaces of Ancient Indian Civilization have been carved out of locally available stones, including the most famous Taj Mahal. Many major archeological excavations have revealed exquisitely carved statuettes and carvings in this stone. Ancient Buddhist monuments, like the Sanchi Stupa of 3rd century BC, have also been carved out of natural stone.
India’s stone varieties can be counted in the upwards of several hundred. They are most well known for their granite and marble but do have a wide selection of quartzite, sandstone, slate, and limestone.