The charm of a city truly lies in knowing its cultural heritage and exploring the ancient architecture. Talk about Delhi sightseeing and you’ll come across many such spots. To kick start your city tour we have outlined five best places to see in Delhi. So punch in that energy to learn some fascinating facts about the capital city of India.
Qutub Minar, the eight-century-old wonder is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Located in the southern zone of the city, the 73-meter lofty structure is the most attractive monument in the entire Qutub complex (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Marble and red sandstone constitute the appearance of this 5-storied tower which is believed to be built in the honor of a Sufi saint. Though there is no access to the interiors but gazing the calligraphy on the exteriors will surely make your visit worthwhile.
Built in 1986, Lotus Temple (Bahá’i House of Worship) is a splendid award-winning architecture in the southern-zone, with the purpose to spread the message of love across humanity. People from all religions are warmly welcomed here to experience the soulful moments. The 34-meter high monument is illuminated by white marble and has a gathering capability of approximately 2,500 visitors. Its nine entrance doors lead to the main hall where you can sit, relax and refresh while adoring the magnificence and the serene surroundings.
Tick off another destination from your bucket list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Humanyu’s Tomb is a Persian-styled architectural gem in city’s southern-zone and a must visit spot on your sightseeing tour of Delhi. Inspired by the paradise garden as mentioned in the holy Quran, the majestic mausoleum was built in late 15th century as a tribute to the Mughal emperor Humanyu. The tomb later influenced the construction of the masterpiece Taj Mahal. At present, this garden tomb is the most well preserved embodiment of the Mughal era in Delhi.
Jama Masjid or Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa is another Mughal architectural wonder that you’ll explore while your Delhi city tour. Located in Old Delhi, the 40-meter high structure is one of the biggest mosques of India accommodating approximately 25,000 devotees. Built in the 16th century, with strategically designed chambers to perform prayers, Jama Masjid laid a phenomenal foundation to influence the constructional concept of other mosques elsewhere. The essence of visiting this place is not only the splendor of the mosque but also the scrumptious food of the ancient neighboring markets.
Tour of Delhi isn’t really complete without seeing its biggest historical monument, that is, the Red Fort (nearby Jama Masjid). The 16th century palace was built by the same Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, who built Jama Masjid and later went on creating Taj Mahal. Today, this red-colored massive structure is an epitome of pride and patriotism. The celebration spot of our nation’s Independence Day is also a cultural site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You can enjoy the evening light and sound shows that reflect the royal era of the Mughal dynasty.
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