HISTORICAL PLACES IN DELHI
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun’s Tomb is a stunning piece of Persian architecture built in the Mughal era. It was commissioned in 1526, nine years after Humayun’s death, by his widow Hamida Banu Begum. This beautiful monument is made of red sandstone.
- Entry Fee: Rs. 10 (Indians) Rs. 250 (foreigners)
- Location: Mathura Road, opposite the Nizamuddin Dargah
This 73-meter high tower was built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in the year 1193. Built after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler, the Qutub Minar was constructed to celebrate the Muslim supremacy in Delhi. It is the highest tower in India, with five levels and projecting balconies. The first three levels are made up of red sandstone and the last two of marble and sandstone.
- Entry Fee: Rs. 10 (Indians), Rs. 250 (foreigners)
- Location: Mehrauli
If you are curious to know how the rulers of former times created their calendar each year, all you need to do is head straight to Jantar Mantar, It houses 13 astronomy instruments that were built to predict the distance and speed of heavenly bodies, their location, and the movement of the sun and other celestial bodies. Top three instruments built here include Samrat, Jayaprakash and Mishra Yantra that were often used for predicting the position of the sun and also figure out the longest and shortest days of the year.
- Location: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, Delhi
- Timings: Sunrise to Sunset; every day
- Entry fee:
- Indian Citizens – ₹ 5 per person
- Foreign Nationals – ₹ 100 per person
4.Purana Qila, Delhi
This fort is famous for two things. First, it is one of the oldest forts ever built in Delhi (5000 years old) and second, it is the spot of the death of Mughal emperor Humayun who slipped from the stairs of his library and succumbed to the injuries. Purana Qila, which literally means Old Fort, is more of a boundary wall around which the city was built and has fortifications that are as tall as 20 meters with a thickness of four meters – indeed an impenetrable wall. The light and sound show conducted here walks you through the history of this lesser known fort that traces its origins to the 16th Century.
- Location: Mathura Road, Delhi
- Timings: 7:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day
- Indian Citizens – ₹ 20 per personEntry fee:
- Foreign Nationals – ₹ 200 per person
5.Agrasen Ki Baoli, Delhi
If you have never visited a stepwell, a common sight in many Indian forts, you will surely be awestruck by Agrasen Ki Baoli, a historical step well with a length and width of 60 meters and 15 meters, respectively. Historical records regarding its origins are scanty, but it is believed that the well was built by Maharaja Agrasen and rebuilt in the 14th century. This ancient water reservoir protected by the Archeological Survey of India has 108 steps, and as you step down deeper into the well, the dank smell of moisture and the solid structures carved out of rocks will transport you to the historic era. Do not venture too deep as you might have to fight hundreds of bats before you find your way back to the top. This one-of-its-kind historical site in Delhi has been featured in many films, including PK and Sultan.
- Location: Hailey road, Delhi
- Timings: 09:00 am to 05:30 pm; every day
- Entry fee: No fee
6.India Gate, Delhi
The India Gate is one of the best places to visit in Delhi with friends to not only admire the splendid architecture of the imposing structure but also to walk on the lush green pavements and enjoy ice creams on a breezy evening. In the evening, this 138-feet tall tower with a triumphal arch is lit in brilliant lights, and in this light glows the names of all the soldiers that are inscribed on it.
- Location: Rajpath, Delhi
- Time: 24×7
- Entry fee: No fee
7.Safdarjung Tomb, Delhi
This garden tomb made of marble and sandstone for the Wazir or the Prime Minister of the Mughal dynasty, Safdarjung, is touted to be the last such mausoleum, depicting the Mughal architectural style. The tomb, which was built in 1754, was also featured in the American biographical drama Jobs. The sprawling charbagh or the gardens with the water canals running adjacent to it makes the mausoleum look nothing less than an artistic wonder.
- Location: Delhi Race Club, Delhi
- Time: 07:00 am to 05:00 pm; every day
- Entry fee:
Indian Citizens – ₹ 15 per person
Foreign Nationals – ₹ 200 per person
Video Filming: ₹ 25
8.Lotus Temple, Bahapur
Also known as Kamal Mandir or Baha’i Lotus Temple, this magnificent structure is one of the most frequented places in Delhi. The temple, which is built in the form of a stunning white lotus, is one of the seven major Baha’i temples around the world. And like the other Baha’i temples, the one in Delhi is also open to all worshippers, irrespective of their nationality, religion, colour, or ethnicity.
- location: Bahapur, Kalkaji, Delhi
Winters: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Summers: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Closed on Mondays
- Entry Fee: No fee
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