The serene beauty of Delhi is enhanced by the heritage sites all around.
Red Fort built by Shahjahan, stands in all its glory, representing the grandeur of Mughal empire. Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khas have been the topic astonished commendation since their construction.Pietra dura in Diwan-i-Aam was even stolen from the fort and then reestablished afterwards.
Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. Humayun died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture.
Agrasen ki Baoli which attracted attention after PK movie is one of the oldest monuments in Central Delhi. It was built by Maharaja Agrasen who is considered to be a contemporary of the hindu god, Lord Krishna.
The soaring Qutab Minar is a 73 m-high tower, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak after his victory over Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. The tower is one of the finest monuments in India. During the preliminary construction only the basement could be completed,rest of the storeys were added later on. The mosque in Qutab complex is decorated with shafts, most of which are from Hindu Temples which were plundered to construct the mosque. The Iron pillar, a curious antique, is situated nearby.
The Kashmere Gate, built by Shah Jahan was so named because it used to start a road which led upto Kashmir. It was the site of bloodshed during the mutiny of 1857. The rebel sepoys captured the gate and were overthrown by British through heavy bombardment on the gate and walls, on 14 september,1857.
Constructed using red sandstone, Mughal bricks and Jhajjar stone, the Sheesh Mahal is a beautiful architectural wonder used as a resting place by Mughals on tour of their Northern Empire.
Wading through all these heritage sites and many more,one senses a strong sentiment of nostalgia, the richness of Indian Culture that is still concealed and waitin