Explore the heritage of Delhi
Delhi, the city of old and new charms
Delhi is the most vibrant capital city of India. Very well known for its rich history and diverse culture. Delhi is steeped in history, and there are many historical landmarks to visit. Delhi is the amalgamation of a mixture of historical and modernist eras. Delhi is a prominent destination for changing genres, trend be it art or culture. The wave of modernization has captivated the mind to explore and learn more. Here are some of the significant heritage sites.
Red Fort, the pride of Delhi
The first heritage site you must visit in Delhi is Red Fort. it was constructed in 1638 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Also, the Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Delhi. The fort served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors for almost 200 years.
And there are multiple facts associated with it too. Timings of the red fort are 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, with 35 INR entry fees for Indians and 500 INR for foreign nationals. Timings for the light and sound show are 7 pm to 8 pm in Hindi language and 9 to 10 pm in the English language with 60 INR fees.
- Qila-e-Mubarak was the real name of the fort.
- Visit the Palace of Colors in Red Fort.
- You must shop for souvenirs.
- Abode of endless Mughal emperors.
Qutab Minar, the victory tower
The second heritage site you must visit in Delhi is Qutub Minar. Qutub Minar is a 73-meter tall, tallest brick minaret in the world. Also, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The minaret is surrounded by numerous other historic structures such as the Iron Pillar, Alai Darwaza, and the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque.
You must visit the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, known to be the first mosque in India. Opening hours are 7 am to 5 pm every day. Basic entry fee of 35 INR and 550 INR for foreign nationals.
- Explore Qutab Minar’s complex.
- Records the history of victory.
- Witness the historic architectural carvings.
- Oldest fortified city.
Humayun’s tomb, the Garden tomb
The third is Delhi’s proud heritage site you must visit Humayun's Tomb. it was Built in 1572, and this Tomb is a mausoleum that houses the remains of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was the first garden tomb in India and is considered to be the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. The tomb is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It accommodates 100 tombs inside the complex. Humayun’s tomb has a touch of Persian beauty. Opening hours are from sunrise to sunset. Entry fees for Indians are 35 INR and for foreign nationals, it is 550 INR.
- A living testimony of the Humayun Wife’s love for her husband as a tomb.
- The architectural excellence is breathtaking.
- Humayun’s tomb was an inspiration for Taj.
- A must-visit cultural heritage site.
Jama Masjid, most remarkable significance
The fourth Delhi heritage site is Jama Masjid. Jama masjid is known for its religious significance. Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India and was built in 1656 by Shah Jahan. The architecture of the masjid is a mixture of Jain Hindu inspirations. The mosque is made of red sandstone and white marble and can accommodate up to 25,000 worshippers at once.
It's a sight to watch especially during Eid. The opening hours are 7 am to 12 pm and 1:30 to 6:3pm every day. There are no entry fees but for photography, there is a fee of 300 INR.
- History of surviving the bomb attacks.
- Gives a bird's eye view of the city.
- The best time to visit is early morning.
- Explore ornamental minarets.
India Gate, an architectural marvel
The fifth and most significant heritage site you must visit is India Gate. India Gate is India's largest war cemetery located in the heart of Delhi. It was built in 1931 to commemorate the Indian soldiers who died in World War I. The gate is 42 meters high and it has the names of over 13,000 soldiers engraved on its walls. You must witness Amar jawan jyoti which is lit day and night to commemorate the Indian troops. The timings are from sunrise till evening, with no fees.
- Witness the flags of three armed forces.
- A perfect spot for a picnic.
- A must-visit place to encounter great history.
- Similar design to the “Arc de Triomphe” of Paris.
Lotus Temple, Bahá'í House of Worship
The sixth and last must-visit heritage site is Lotus Temple. The Lotus Temple is a Bahá'í House of Worship located in the Southern part of Delhi. The temple is shaped like a lotus flower and is made of white marble. Also, the design lotus is made as it is not associated with any particular religion or community.
Undoubtedly, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Delhi. Especially, it is known for its beautiful architecture and peaceful surroundings. The timings are 9 am to 5 pm, are closed and free entry.
- Most frequented locations.
- Known for Peace.
- Winter months are preferable to explore.