historical places in delhi

8 Historical Places In And Around Delhi


Delhi, the national capital of India, is a place that is filled with beautiful monuments that have been standing tall for many centuries now. Here is a sneak-peek into 8 such structures:

1. Red Fort -

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Built during 1648, the Red Fort was the place where historic Mughal Emperors ruled India for over two centuries. It was constructed during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan.This red-sandstone structure is a beauty that you cannot afford to miss. • Timings – 7AM to 5.30PM • Entry fee – 15INR per person (Indians) and 250INR per person (foreigners) • Website - http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_tktd_delhi_redfort.asp

2. Qutub Minar -

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Built using a perfect mix of Indo Islamic architectural patterns, this is the 2nd tallest minar in India at 74m of height. It was constructed during 1199AD but was closed for public during 1981, following a stamped that killed 45 people. • Timings – 6.30AM to 6.30PM • Entry fee – 10INR per person (Indians) and 250INR per person (foreigners) • Website - http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/tourist_place/qutab_minar.jsp

3. India Gate -

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This 42m tall archway is a war memorial dedicated to the 82000 undivided British Army soldiers who laid down their lives during the First World War. Designed by the eminent architect from Britain, Edward Lutyens, India Gate, is an iconic symbol of Delhi today. • Timings – 5AM to 12AM • Entry fee – Free • Website - http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/tourist_place/india_gate.jsp

4. Sis Ganj Gurudwara -

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A part of the nine most famous Gurudwaras for the Sikhs, Sis Ganj Gurudwara was constructed during 1783 at the place where the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, because of his refusal to become a Muslim, was beheaded by Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb. • Timings – Open all through the day • Entry fee – Free • Website - http://www.sikhiwiki.org/index.php/Gurdwara_Sis_Ganj_Sahib

5. Humayun’s Tomb -

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This was probably one of the first opulent Moghul monuments that were constructed in Delhi. Built out of authentic Persian style of architecture during 1572, this monument was the first of its kind to have sprawling gardens within the palace premises. It is often considered as the “predecessor of Taj Mahal”. • Timings – Sunrise to sunset • Entry fee – 10INR per person (Indians) and 300INR per person (foreigners) • Website - http://www.humayunstomb.com/

6. Jama Masjid -

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This was the last architectural masterpiece constructed by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. Constructed during 1644, this mosque is the biggest in India, as it can accommodate 25000 people at a time. The two minarets here are 40m tall each and are adorned with white marble and red sandstone. The mosque, in itself, is a highly elegant structure with four towers and 3 gates. • Timings – 7AM to 12noon • Entry fee – Free • Website - http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/tourist_place/jama_masjid.jsp

7. Jantar Mantar -

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This is a must visit place for astronomy lovers. Constructed during 1724, this is one of the five observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh. Here you will find ancient instruments and tools to measure the movement of stars and planets. You cannot help but wonder about the arithmetical precision of these instruments in spite of they being close to 200 years old now. • Timings – Sunrise to sunset • Entry fee – 5INR per person (Indians) and 100INR per person (foreigners) • Website - http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/tourist_place/jantar_mantar.jsp

8. Chandni Chowk -

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One of the busiest, biggest and ancient wholesale street markets in the country today, this area was set up during the 17th century by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in Old Delhi. Most of the shops and buildings around this market still bear glimpses of the bygone Mughal era. If you want to get a feel of the rich history of Delhi, you have to visit this market. The design of Chandni Chowk was conceptualised by Shah Jahan’s daughter, Princess Jahanara during 1650CE. • Timings – 9.30AM to 8PM (all through the week except Sundays) • Entry fee – Free • Website - http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/shopping/chandni_chowk.jsp

Further Read - Top 5 Weekend Getaways From Delhi With in 200 Km

I am Shahil Shah, a traveler and blogger! I bring stories from the places for you to cherish the experiences of my travel. Stay tuned!"

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