A place known for its ancient archaeological structures and monuments, historical forts, the dynamic and diversified bazaars (a market place) that are a continuum of the medieval era, Delhi, sure should be one of the places you ought to visit if you haven’t yet! Commonly known as the capital of India, New Delhi is a beautiful city situated in the northern part of India. The city is known to be the grave for many kingdoms and has a significant amount of history attached to it. It was well known among the rulers mostly because of the kind of commercial value it holds. Three months ago, I went to Delhi for a cousin’s wedding and I was there for a brief period, four days to be precise. Delhi is filled with places of historical significance and in this article, I will inscribe information relating to the places I visited in the limited time I spent in the city. These structures are truly impeccable and words won’t do justice to the beauty of these establishments.
A must visit place in Delhi, the Qutub Minar stands tall despite being a victim of several natural catastrophes. This tower has never failed to attract tourists for the reason that the carvings are so detailed and spotless. Known to be the tallest individual towers in the world, this magnificent structure was built in the year 1193 and has 379 steps in total. There are some good restaurants around this place and some also offer a view of the Qutub Minar. Located around 150-200 meters away from the historical site is a restaurant, The Grammar Room, that serves great continental cuisines.
With the joint efforts of both the Indian and the Persian craftsmen, this grand tomb was built in the 1500s. It was the first garden-tomb of the Indian subcontinent which is one of its kind. This tomb is a perfect example of the Charbagh (as described in the Quran), a four-quadrant garden with four rivers of water, wine, milk, and honey. This magnificent design featured in UNESCO’s World Heritage List had me admiring the unique architectural design as it is square from within and octagonal externally.
Giving you the medieval bazaar feels, Chandni Chowk is the oldest markets in Delhi, a place which one should visit for it has amazing food outlets and impressive goods. Known to be existing for more than three centuries, the place was famous for its silver merchants. These streets are now inundated with a range of shops that offer diverse collections of clothes, jewelry, electronics, goods related to lifestyle and many more. Having been here, I must say that you won’t get out of this place empty-handed!
Located in the center of the city, Lal Quila (the Red Fort) was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. History suggests that the Red Fort was one of the administrative capital of the empire during the reign of the Mughals. The architectural style of the monument is Indo-Islamic and the structure was made of red stone and marble.
The India Gate was built to pay tribute to all the Indian and British soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the First World War. The walls of this historic structure have the names of the warriors carved on it. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens a famous architect from London, who also played a major role in the planning of Delhi. Next time you are planning a trip to Delhi, make sure you visit these sites rich in history and aesthetics.