The capital city of India, Delhi is a cultural blend of deep rooted Old Delhi and scintillating New Delhi. Amidst this, stands some historically rich monuments constructed by different dynasties in different times speaking in volumes about the past glory of the capital city.
Let us have a look at some of these monuments which we will be visiting in the coming weeks:
1. India Gate
Built in 1931, India Gate reminds us of all the Indian bravehearts who sacrificed their lives during the World War I, quite a few names of whom are engraved on its wall. The Amar JawanJyoti under the arc of India Gate, which is lit up all day and night as a tribute to these Indian soldiers is a must visit. Located near CP at Rajpath, it can be conveniently reached by any of the public transport.
With the height of 73 m, QutubMinar is the tallest tower in Delhi. While the Mughal ruler Qutub-ud-din-Aibak commenced its construction, it was completed during the reign of Iltutmish. Later, Firoz Shah Tuglak also made some amends in the minaret. Crafted with beautiful red sandstone, the tower is known for the imprints of the holy Quran verses on the minarets. Located at Mehrauli, Delhi, it remains open from sunrise to sunset on all days.
3. Red Fort
A legendary reminder of Mughal Rulers, Red Fort was built around 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Indian Prime Minister addresses the country on every Independence Day from here. Located opposite Chandni Chowk, you can conveniently reach here via DTC bus or Delhi Metro. It remains open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m on all days except Mondays.
4. Raj Ghat
Memorial of father of nation, Raj Ghat is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Built using a black marble, the flame above the memorial remains lit continuously. Located on Mahatma Gandhi Marg, the nearest metro station is PragatiMaidan. The premises remain open through dusk to dawn every day.
5. Humayun’s Tomb
Inspired from the beautiful Taj-Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb is yet another incredible Mughal architecture built in the year 1570. It is the burial chamber of the Mughal Ruler, Humayun. With lush green gardens around, Humayun’s Tomb is one of the most visited tourist places of Delhi.Jawaharlal Nehru Metro station is the closest to reach.
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