Historical Monuments


The Red Fort
Popularly known as Laal Quila i.e. the Red Fort, this octagonal fort stands tall on the banks of the river Yamuna. It is built from red sandstone and is surrounded by a wall of 2.4 Kms in circumference. This fort was build by Shah Jahan (popular for building the Taj Mahal) and when the fort was completed in 1648, the king transferred his capital from Agra to New Delhi. The fort has two entrances, one is the Delhi Gate and the other opens up at Chandni Chowk.


Purana Quila (Old Fort)
It is believed that the Pandavas made t
heir capital in Indraprastha, where Purana Quila stands today. Now in ruins, this fort was controlled by major rulers of north India. The legendary Prithviraj Chauhan ruled from this fort till he was defeated by Abdali in the battle of Panipat. It also has a lake for boating and a zoological garden. A sound and light show is conducted every evening by Delhi Tourism Department.


Qutub Minar
The tallest tower of Delhi, The Qutub Minar was built by Qutub-ud-din in 1199 AD. However he died in between its construction and it was compeleted by his successor Iltutmish later. It is 72.5 metres tall and has a mosque at its base. In front of the Qutub Minar, there is an iron pillar which is believed to be made in the 5th century and it has not caught rust till now.


India Gate
Designed by the architect of New Delhi, Lutyens, India Gate is a memorial for unknown soldiers died during the second world war. This imposing structure in the massive green lawns has an eternal flame (Amar Jawaan Jyoti) to honor the martyrs of war. India Gate is prominently located in the most important and powerful location of India, near the President House and is a major crowd puller due to lush green lawns and fountains.


Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House)

The residence of President of India and the house that boasts of having welcomed the most powerful men in history, Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Edwin Lutyens and built in 1931, to be the central point of the British power in Delhi. Originally called the Viceroy's House, the Rashtrapati Bhavan covers an area of 4.5 acres of land. It has 340 rooms, 37 salons, 74 lobbies and loggias, 18 staircases and 37 fountains.
The most magnificent room in the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the Durbar Hall, which lies directly beneath the main dome. All important Indian State and Official ceremonies are held here. To the west, is the famous and beautifully landscaped Mughal Gardens, designed after the terraced gardens the Mughals built in Kashmir. The garden is famous as the 'Butterfly Garden' for the numerous butterflies that visit the varied flowers.The garden is open to the public in February.


Bahai Temple
Completed in 1986, the Bahai Temple is set amidst green lawns and beautiful scenery. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and meditate or pray silently. The Bahai Temple is also called Lotus Temple as its design resembles a lotus. At dusk, the exterior is flood lit and it looks very pretty.


Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid, one of the biggest mosque in India was also made by Shah Jahan. It was completed in 1658 and is located in Old Delhi. This mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40m high minarets. One can also go to the top of the minarets and have a birds' eye view of Central Delhi.


Humayun's Tomb

Built by Mughal Emperor Humayun's wife, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century this red sand stone structure is considered to be Taj Mahal's predecessor. There is also a tomb of Humayun's wife. The entry is free on Fridays.


Parliament House
A marvellous piece of architecture where the bicameral legislature of India meets for its sessions. It is comprised by the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha, the upper and lower house of the parliament repectively. Close to the President's House, it is a domed structure almost a kilo-metre in circumference was designed by the famous architect Lutyens. During the sessions of parliament,there is a lot of activity and buzz around the structure.








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