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Humayun's Tomb

Humayun-Tomb Humayun Tomb, the red sand stone structure and the predecessor of Taj Mahal is built by the wife of Humayun, Haji Begum in the mid 16th century. The tomb one of the best examples of Mughal’s Architecture is open to all. On Fridays entry to the Tomb is free. Humayun's wife is also buried in the red and white sandstone, black and yellow marble tomb.

Old Fort

Old Fort Old Fort is supposed to be the place where the Pandavas had built their capital, Indraprastha. During Mahabhrata period the place where Old Fort exists today was actually Pandavas capital Indraprastha. At present the fort is in ruins but as per history it was the seat for administration for many emperors. Old Fort is the place from where the legendary Prithviraj Chauhan ruled the country untill he was defeated by Abdali in the battle of Panipat. Every evening as per your wish you can enjoy the new light & sound show which is held by the Department of Delhi Tourism. You can get the tickets and Timing details from the tourist office.

Safdarjung Tomb

Safdarjung Tomb Besides the Safdarjang airport is the Safdarjang tomb which was built by the Nawab of Avadh for his father. The construction and the building of Tomb which is one of the finest examples of architecture of its time, tells a story of the last leftovers of a dying empire.

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar Situated in the west of Connaught Place the beautiful Laxmi Narayan temple was built by G. D. Birla in 1938. Also famous as Birla Mandir the temple is devoted to the goddess of wealth and good luck. The temple has well implanted gardens.

Red fort

Red fort Red Fort is a fort with a perimeter of 3 kms and is built in Red Sand stone with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters. Once upon a time when the Red fort was being built at that time river Yamuna was flowing on its one side and there were deep moats on the other side. But today the scenario has completely changed, river Yamuna is flowing almost a kilometer away from the fort and the moats have dried up. Every evening as per your wish you can enjoy the light & sound show which is held by the Department of Delhi Tourism in which the history of Delhi is narrated in context of the Red Fort. It is at and from Red Fort only on 15th August i;e India’s Independence Day, the Indian Prime Minister addresses the nation.

The main entrance of the Red Fort which is famous as The Lahore gate is sentimentally and emotionally involved with the Indian independence as the Tricolor flutters on the top of this gate. As you enter the Lahore gate you will find a small Bazaar, where all kinds of items are available. During the Mughal era this shopping covered passage famous as Mina Bazaar was open only to women and that to on Thursdays’ only.

The arcade show the ways to the Naubat Khana or the drum house where the Musicians used to play drums on the arrival of Emperors or princes. Just above the Naubat Khana is the Indian war memorial museum which has a rich collection of armours, guns, swords, and other items related to war.

There is a place of public hearing popularly known as The Dewan-i-Am had a wall paneled with marble inlaid with precious stone which were removed during the mutiny of 1857. The place for special hearing called as The Dewan-i-Khas was the area where the emperor used to hold meetings with his ministers. Next to Dewan-i-Khas are the royal baths or the Hammams and Shahi Burj which are closed for public viewing. The white marbled Moti Masjid or the pearl mosque was the private mosque for Aurangzeb.

Qutab Minar

Qutab Minar Qutab Minar was built by Qutbuddin in 1199, either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjoining mosque. Qutab Minar is a monument with a base of 14.32 mtrs and is narrowed to 2.75 mtrs and has a height of 72.5 mtrs. Qutab Minar the highest stone tower in India, is famous because of its finest stone work, is the finest Islamic structures ever raised and Delhi's recognized landmark. Though the Minar was started by Qutbuddin but was completed by the Sultan's successor and son-in-law, Iltutmish. Very near to Qutab Minar is the tomb of Iltutmish, which he himself built in 1235; its interiors are generously decorated with inscription, though the dome has collapsed.

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