Delhi: A City with many tales to tell
The national capital Delhi is a glorious city that has been the capital of many kingdoms and dynasties from time immemorial. These royal families have left behind a legacy that consists of numerous forts, palaces, tombs and a lot of historical landmarks. Delhi is also home to monuments from the colonial era, gardens and lively markets that are a shopper’s paradise. Exploring these locales, centuries old forts and architectural marvels have always attracted travelers from across the globe who feel the need to take a walk down the lanes of these historical masterpieces. History is witness to many great wars that were fought between mighty houses who knew the importance of Delhi being their capital city.
Here is a list of few things that you could do and destinations that you must visit during your trip to Delhi.
A history buffs delight
Delhi is a historic city with historical monuments scattered all over the city, hence it is a dream destination for anyone who likes to peek into the golden era of the country. These fine examples of architecture mesmerize anyone who pays them a visit and keeps them awestruck with their beauty and pure admiration.
The Purana Quila or the Old Fort is a very grand example of Mughal military architecture as this fort was built centuries ago and was a stronghold during times of sieges and war.
Tomb of Safdarjung
The Safdarjung’s Tomb was built in 1754 and is a beautiful sandstone and marble mausoleum of the Mughal Prime Minister, Safdarjung. This tranquil mausoleum exhibits some classy architectural work.
Visiting the Red Fort is a must whenever you are in Delhi as it is one of the grandest forts built during the Mughal reign. It was the official residence of the Mughal family for nearly 200 years, until 1857.
Standing tall at a height of 73 meters Qutab Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Along with the ancient and medieval monuments that surround it, the Qutab Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lodhi Gardens Spread over a sprawling area of 90 acres, the Lodhi Gardens is a park containing tombs and architectural works from the 15th century by the Lodhi dynasty who ruled the region during the 15th and 16th century.
The Humayun’s tomb is the mausoleum of the Mughal Emperor Humayun and its construction was commissioned by Humayun’s son Akbar in 1569-70. Built using red sandstone, it is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apart from this Delhi is a paradise for any shopaholic as one can find local street markets to upscale boutiques all over the city. Sarojini Nagar Market is famous for its fashionable clothes that are available at unbelievable prices. Chandni Chowk is the most popular and oldest market in Delhi and is known for its fabrics such as silks, satin, crepe, cotton and muslin. One can find Asia’s largest electrical goods market in this Mughal era market which is also known for its spices and tangy Indian street food. Some other notable market places are Janpath for jewelry and handicrafts, Palika Bazaar, Dilli Haat and South Extension. So, when are you packing your bags to explore this beguiling and vibrant city?