Delhi Forts and Monuments

Delhi is the place which has a high esteem history and culture to boast on. Historical monuments and ancient architecture makes the city a sought after destination for tourists and connoisseurs. Among the most popular monuments in Delhi are the Red Fort, Purana Quila, Qutab Minar, Iron Pillar, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Jantar Mantar and Lotus Temple.

Humayun's Tomb -
Built by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century, this red sand stone structure is considered to be the predecessor of Taj Mahal. The structure is one of the best example of Mughal Architecture. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red and white sandstone, black and yellow marble tomb. The entry in the complex is free on Fridays.

Lal Qila (Red Fort): Lal Quila also called the Red Fort is one of the most important monuments of India. It stands on the bank of river Yamuna. The whole structure is made of Red stone. The fort was built by Shahjahan - the Mughal King who also built the famous Taj Mahal - in 1648. Shahjahan called it the Uru-Mu’alla. Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi and Red Fort was the new capital..

Qutab Minar - In 1199, Qutbuddin raised the Qutab Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 14.32 mtrs. it tapers to 2.75 mtrs. at a height of 72.5 mtrs. It is still the highest stone tower in India, one of the finest stone tower in India, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised and Delhi's recognised landmark. It was completed by the Sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. The tomb of Iltutmish, which he himself built in 1235, is nearby, Its interiors are profusely decorated with calligraphy, though the dome has collapsed.

Jama Masjid:
Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. Located in Old Delhi, the mosque has thecapacity to accommodate 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid was completed in 1656 AD and it was again the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan behind this architectural masterpiece. Close to some 5000 craftsmen were involved in the construction of the msque. It is located in Old Delhi, just opposite to the famous Lal Quila or the Red Fort.



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