Delhi: A city full of beautiful heritage monuments

The emergence and collapse of several kingdoms and empires can be seen throughout Indian history. If we’re talking about monuments from the Mughal era, Delhi is the place to go. Many people come to India to see Delhi, not because it is the capital, but because of its historical significance. Whereas, even after living in Delhi for our whole lives, we, the people of Delhi, have only read about these events in our history textbooks? Ironic? So, here’s a list of some of Delhi’s most famous and iconic monuments that you must see before you die!

Humayun’s Tomb: This is the burial place of Humayun and one of the most important structures built during the Mughal rule. It is located on Mathura Road. It was the first monument of this magnitude to be built using red sandstone, which has always held a unique position in Mughal design. It was commissioned by the king’s first wife, Empress Bega Begum. It is also included on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

India Gate: The All India War Memorial was built by the British to honor the sacrifices of Indian soldiers during World War I. It is a national landmark since the Republic Day procession marches to India Gate, which is located on Rajpath. Don’t miss the Amar Jawan Jyoti, an ever-burning flame that honors the troops who gave their lives defending India’s honor!

Jama Masjid: Jama Masjid is one of India’s largest mosques and one of Delhi’s most tranquil destinations. The Muslim community holds it in high regard as a place of prayer. The temple’s magnificence is such that its courtyard can hold over 25,000 people worshipping at the same time!

Lodhi Gardens: One of Delhi’s most well-known tourist attractions is the Lodhi Gardens. The Lodhi Gardens are home to the tombs of Sikander Lodhi and Muhammad Shah, as well as monuments and tombs from the Lodhi and Sayyed dynasties. These blooming gardens are the pride of Delhi residents and are ideal for a morning stroll, jogging, and fitness, as well as a sought-after picnic location!

Lotus Temple: The gorgeous architecture and serene air are two characteristics that the customers of this location adore, making this lotus-shaped temple a tourist favorite. It is the seventh and last of seven Major Bahai temples that have been erected across the world. The lotus was chosen as the emblem by the architect Furiburz Sabha because it is associated with Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam. Around the flowering petals, there are nine pools of water that light up in natural light and look very stunning. Come over and take in the breathtaking scenery!

Purana Qila: The Purana Qila is one of India’s oldest forts, with construction begun by Humayun and completed by Sher Shah Suri. The Bada Darwaza, Humayun Gate, and Talaqi Gate are the three entrances. All of the gates are made of sandstone and are double-story buildings. Beautiful pavilions, balconies, and umbrellas line the north and south entrances, adding to the fort’s splendor and majesty!

Qutub Minar: Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret in the world. It was built as a mark of victory by Qutab-Ud-Din-Aibak to commemorate his triumph over the Hindu dynasty. It was also given the title of a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to the beautiful Arabic inscriptions on it. Such is the fame of this monument that its picture appears on the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation’s travel cards!

Red Fort: The massive fortification known as the Red Fort is Delhi’s crowning beauty. This monument was originally constructed of white stone, but it was subsequently painted red. It is the largest of all monuments in the city, holding museums and a wealth of unending stories of martyrs and conflicts. It is located in Old Delhi. The light and sound show that is put on here every evening will regale you with tales of the greatness of the Mughal era, with features such as Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khas, various gardens, and many other things in its complex!

Tomb of Safdarjung: This mausoleum is a photographer’s favorite since it lights up like a gem at sunset, and it is also one of the heritage sites in Delhi that should not be missed! The mausoleum of Safdarjung is the last enclosed garden tomb in Delhi, and it is composed of marble and sandstone. Despite its smaller stature, it is nonetheless an important part of Delhi’s beautiful heritage and something that everyone should see, especially on a late summer evening!