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Delhi
Capital:     New Delhi Area:     491 km² Population:     11.954.217 (2008) Altitude:     216 m Language:     Hindi, English, Panjabi india’s capital city, Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country. The remai [...]

Jamali Kamali Tomb

Jamali Kamali Tomb
The Jamali Kamali tomb and mosque is situated in the Archaeological Survey of India Park, Mehrauli,about 300 meters south of Balban’s tomb. Jamali was the nom de plume of a saint and poet, Shaikh Fazlullah who was also known as Jalal Khan. He lived from the reign of Sultan Sikander Lodi till that of Mughal Emperor Humayun and was a favo [...]

Sultan Ghari’s Tomb

Sultan Ghari’s Tomb
Located on the Andheria More Road to Delhi Airport, about eight kilometers southwest of Qutab Minar in pocket 9, opposite sector C, Vasant Kunj, lies the tomb of Sultan Ghari, the first monumental Islamic tomb in northern India. The tomb was built by Iltutmish (1211-36) in 1231 for his eldest son. The prince Nasiru’d-Din Mahmud who wage [...]

Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun’s tomb is a complex of buildings built as the Mughal emperor Humayun’s tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562 and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It was also the first structure to use red sandstone at such a large [...]

Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort
Though it is widely believed that the fort city named Tughlaqabad was constructed in six years, from 1321 to 1327, anyone who has visited the 7 sq.km wide-magnificent ruins would think twice before buying this argument as it is evident from the huge size of the citadel, that it would have taken many more years to build it. Constructed in the [...]

Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid

Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid
The mosque was begun in 1192, immediately after the capture of Delhi by Qutbu’d-Din, and completed in 1198. Later, a massive stone screen was erected in front of the prayer-hall, consisting of a central arch, 6.7 m wide and 16m high, with two similar but smaller arches on either side, all ogee-shaped. Except for the apex, where the few [...]

Fatehpuri Masjid

Fatehpuri Masjid
Fatehpuri Masjid located at the western end of the oldest street of Delhi, Chandni Chowk, Fatehpuri Masjid was built in 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Shah Jahan’s wives. The mosque is built with red sandstone on a large scale and is surmounted by a single dome. Flanked by towering minarets, the Fatehpuri mosque has a traditional desig [...]

Khirkee Masjid

Khirkee Masjid
The Khirkee mosque was built by Khan-i-jahan Junan Shah the prime minister of Feroze Shah Tughlaq in 1380. The mosque gets its name from its exquisite windows or khirkees. Gordon Risley Hearn in his The Seven Cities of Delhi (1906) after describing the mosque as ‘a very fine one’ says:In plan it is square and within the encircling [...]

Gumbad Masjid

Gumbad Masjid
Bara Gumbad Masjid was Built in 1494. IT was Built During the Mujhal Period.This is a square tomb with an all-surrounding with massive dome, which leaves hardly any space for a roof. It is decorated with stuccowork and painting from inside, while the outside is a mix of grey, red and black. The Bara Gumbad or “Big Dome” also stan [...]

Kalkaji Temple

Kalkaji Temple
Situated beyond the commercial complex of Nehru Place lies this temple dedicated to the goddess Kalka Devi. Its oldest section dates back to 1764 and additions were made in the mid-19 th century.Kalkaji Temple is situated beyond the commercial complex of Nehru Place in South Delhi. This domed twelve-sided temple is devoted to Goddess Kalka De [...]

Purana Qila

Purana Qila
Purana Qila is the inner citadel of the city of Dina-panah, founded by the second Mughal Emperor, Humayun in 1533 and completed five years later. Purana Qila and its environs flourished as the sixth city of Delhi. Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in 1540, and renamed the fort as Shergarh, and also added several more structures in the complex, [...]

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is very popular among tourists and the people of Delhi. The structure is another great masterpiece of Indian architecture which shows the scientific acumen of ancient India. Jantar Manter is situated at Parliament Street, very close to Connaught Place. Jantar Mantar is also called Delhi Observatory. It is maintained by the Jaipu [...]

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid
The internationally acclaimed, magnificent, Jama Masjid Delhi originally named Masjid Jahan Numa, was built by Shahjahan (Mercy be upon him), the Fifth Mughal Emperor of India. Shahjahan himself laid its foundation stone on the strong basements of a hillock on Friday the 6th of October 1650 AD corresponding to 10th of Shawwal 1060 AH. Top exp [...]

Lotus Temple Delhi

Lotus Temple Delhi
Located in Kalkaji in the south of Delhi, it is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. It is a very recent architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. The Baha’l Faith is the younges [...]

India Gate

India Gate
India Gate is constructed as a memorial and was built in the memory of 90,00 soldiers who laid down their lives during world war I. Located at Rajpath, India Gate Delhi is 42 m high and is a popular relaxation area during the summer evenings. India Gate also act as popular pinic spot during winter. Also known as the All India War Memorial or [...]

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is the pride of Delhi. The tall minaret was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Qutub Minar is a World Heritage Site and has survived the ravages of time impressively. The Minar of Delhi is [...]

Red Fort (Lal Quila)

Red Fort (Lal Quila)
The Red Fort or the Lal Quila as it is traditionally called is situated in old Delhi, the capital of India. The Red Fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century that took around 9 years to complete this magnificent structure and around 10 million rupees to build the fort. The Red Fort is a masterpiece of architecture an [...]

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