7 Must Visit Historical Places in Delhi and NCR
Delhi has been known for many of the historical places for a long time. Three of the monuments are UNESCO recognized, namely Red Fort, Hauz Khas, and Qutub Minar. During the Mughal period, Delhi got many recognized historical monuments that marked the beauty of this landscape.
1. Red fort
Red Fort, also known as Lal Qalah, is a Mughal fort in Old Delhi, India. It is also spelt Lal Kila or Lal Qila. It was erected by Shah Jahn in the mid-17th century and is now a popular tourist destination. In 2007, the fort was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The towering red sandstone walls of the fort, which rise 75 feet (23 metres) tall, encompass a complex of palaces and entertainment halls, projecting balconies, baths and indoor canals, geometrical gardens, and an exquisite mosque. The complex's most well-known structures are the Hall of Public Audience (Diwan-i-Am), which has 60 red sandstone pillars supporting a flat roof, and the Hall of Private Audience (Diwan-i-Khas), which is small and has a white marble pavilion.
Apart from seeing the interiors of the Red Fort, travellers can also visit the Chatta Chowk retail area, which can be reached by the Lahore Gate, the fort's main entrance gate. The market square is dotted with shops offering ethnic goods and clothing from all across the country. As a tourist, you can shop at this location.
2. Hauz Khas
It is located near Hauz Khas Village, was built during the reign of Allaudin Khilji, and it still bears the scars of its great history. Aside from the Hauz Khas Fort ruins, the complex also includes the royal water tank, an Islamic madrasa, and various pavilions, as well as other monuments. People come here to wonder at the place's lost beauty as well as the serenity it provides.
Hauz Khas Fort was formerly a part of the mediaeval city of Siri, and the remains today provide lots of opportunities for photographers. Locals visit the facility to relax on the lush green grounds or by the lake. Outdoor games like tennis and cricket are popular among the children, and you can join them soon you return.
Every evening, the state government organises a light and sound display in the Hauz Khas Village complex. The show tells the storey of Hauz Khas and the structures that surround it. Aside from that, the only activity offered is walking around the fort complex.
The views at sunrise and sunset are breathtaking. Then, the dark lanes and ruins scattered around provide as a backdrop for some incredible images. There are various rooms and corridors hidden among the ruins and shattered walls.
Swaminarayan Akshardham at New Delhi encapsulates 10,000 years of Indian culture in all of its stunning grandeur, beauty, knowledge, and pleasure. It perfectly captures the essence of ancient India's architecture, traditions, and eternal spiritual messages. We were taken on a tour through India's rich culture, values and contributions to the growth of humanity's happiness.
Five years after construction began, it was completed thanks to HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj and 11,000 artisans, as well as thousands of BAPS volunteers. The complex, dubbed the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple by Guinness World Records, was inaugurated on November 6, 2005.
The sound and light show that is held at Akshardham is a worth watching attraction that is held at 7:15 PM in the evening.
4. India Gate
It is officially known as the Delhi Memorial and formerly known as the All-India War Memorial, is a massive sandstone arch in New Delhi dedicated to British Indian troops who died in battles between 1914 and 1919. India Gate, located at the eastern end of the Rajpath (previously known as the Kingsway), stands approximately 138 feet (42 metres) tall.
Tourists can enjoy boating at India Gate and hang around in the green area where many vendors hang around to sell eatables and other things of attractions.
5. Jantar Mantar
It was erected in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, is one of the king's five astronomical observatories in Northern India. Its remarkable geometric shape combinations have piqued the interest of architects, painters, and art historians from all over the world. It was intended for naked-eye observation of celestial positions. It is a part of the Ptolemaic positional astronomy tradition, which was prevalent in many civilisations.
Jantar Mantar is made up of 13 astronomical devices that were used to anticipate the movements and timings of the planets, sun, and moon. To achieve an exact picture of the celestial bodies, astronomical tables and charts were constructed. Misra Yantra, Samrat Yantra, and Jayaprakash Yantra are the three main attractions at Jantar Mantar.
6. Humayun’s Tomb
The last refuge of Mughal Emperor Humayun resembles a sumptuous castle rather than a tomb.
Humayun's tomb, located in the eastern section of Dehli, is one of the best surviving Mughal structures. This enthralling mausoleum is India's first example of Mughal construction.
Humayun's mausoleum inspired the construction of the more famous Taj Mahal more than a century after it was built.
From the standpoint of architectural history, this structure is the only connecting connection between the Gur Emir, where Humayun's ancestor Tamerlane is buried, and the mausoleum of his grandson Shah Jahan, i.e. the Taj Mahal.
A great place to see the trails of Mughals.
7. Qutub Minar
The Qutab Minar is a towering, 73-meter-high victory tower constructed in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak soon following the destruction of Delhi's last Hindu state. The tower comprises five separate stories, each distinguished by a projecting balcony, and tapers from a 15-meter-diameter base to a mere 2.5-meter-diameter peak. The third, fourth, and fifth floors are made of marble and sandstone. The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, India's first mosque, is located at the base of the tower.
There is speculation that is the iron pillar which is another one of the famous attractions at Qutub Minar was originally placed somewhere else, maybe outside the Udayagiri Caves, before Anangpal Tomar transferred it to its current location in the 11th century.
Delhi is known for all these unique and historical places. Do visit and have fun!!!