Delhi things to see and do

Delhi as we know it today is the capital of India.  In previous centuries areas of the capital now known as the seven ancient cities are now little more than villages they still bare the relics of their past.

Humayan’s tomb – The second mogul emperor Humayan, despite fighting several battles he died due to falling down a flight of stairs.  His tomb was built by his wife in a garden complex.  Suggested to have been an inspiration for the design of the Taj Mahal.   The area which is now swallowed up by the city at that time was on the road to Agra.  The tomb also contains the remains of Dara Shikoh the favourite son of Shajahan who was beheaded by his brother.

 

Qutab Minar – Often used as the symbol of Delhi. Though part of a much larger complex the “Qutab Minar” is the worlds largest brick built minaret.  Built to commemorate the defeat of Prithviraj by the first sultan of Delhi.

 

Lotus Temple – The place of worship in India of the Bahá’í faith.  Shaped as a lotus flower the beautiful temple is a unique site of Delhi.

 

Shajahanabad – although now known as old Delhi, it is only older than New Delhi which was built after 1911 by the British.   Shajahan the builder of the Taj Mahal build this to be his own city after the death of his wife.  This area grew to be a literary and cultural centre until partition when most of the inhabitance moved to Pakistan.

Sightseeing entrance costs Delhi

 

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