The magic and mysterious Delhi of some delights from the first moment, and others about his beautifully convinced only after passing the first shock. Delhi is a city full of life, colors and dust rising almost in every corner. It is also a place full of unique tourist attractions.
One of the first, still well-preserved, examples of Mogul architecture is Humayun’s Tomb. The monument impresses with geometric precision of execution and majesty. It was built of materials characteristic for this period – white marble and red sandstone.
This is one of the most beautiful tomb complexes in the world, and its erection, in the mid-sixteenth century, was commissioned by the widow of Humajno, the Indian ruler – Haji Begum.
A characteristic feature of the place are the green, evenly trimmed gardens, water canals, numerous tombs and decorative sculptures. Admission for tourists costs 250 INR (indian rupees), and the gates to the complex are open from dawn to dusk.
What to see in Delhi in the evening? One of the largest symbols of the city – India Gate. The monument was built in the center of New Delhi to commemorate the Indians who lost their lives during World War I, fighting for the British army. There is another memorial site nearby, Amar Jawan Jyoti, with an eternal flame in honor of soldiers killed in the Indo-Pakistani war in 1971.
Around the 42-meter Gate there are green gardens and a promenade, which is why the surroundings are ideal for walks. Due to the large green areas, it is one of the favorite spots of residents for an afternoon picnic. The gates of the Gate are specially illuminated after dark, so many tourists can be found here in the evenings.
A defensive structure stretching for almost 2 km is the city’s greatest attraction. It was built in the mid-seventeenth century under the rule of Shah Jahan, and gained its name due to the distinctive color of the walls rising from 18 to 33 meters high, made of red sandstone. The object of the fortress functioned successfully until the mid-nineteenth century, when the dynasty of the Great Mogul did not cope with the British invasion.
The entire complex consists of beautifully decorated palaces, a mosque, galleries and gardens. The individual royal rooms are decorated with unique wall paintings. Despite the passage of time, you can still admire the architectural style of the building, as well as feel the power of the rule of the Great Mughals.
The Red Fort is located in Old Delhi, and tourists can visit it from Tuesday to Sunday between 9:30 and 16:30. In the evenings, between 20:00 and 21:30, special shows are held that combine music and light. For admission, tourists have to pay INR 250 – PLN 13 (children under 15 years old visit for free).
In the “what to see in Delhi” list, there was also a unique monument – Qutab Minar. It is the world’s highest brick minaret, which was built at the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries! What was the purpose of the construction? This puzzle is not one hundred percent solution, and there are two possibilities among the legends – the object was supposed to be a symbol of the beginning of Muslim rule in India, or it was erected in order to call believers to prayer.
73-meter Qutab Minar has five floors and each of them is finished with a decorative balcony. The first three are made of red sandstone, while the next two are a combination of marble and sandstone. On the tower there are bas-reliefs and gouges, as well as inscriptions from the Koran.
The minaret is the biggest attraction of the entire complex with the same name. At the foot of the tower are the ruins of the Quwwat Ui Islam mosque with the beautiful gate of Alai Darwaz, tombs, and the fenced Iron Tower, which despite the over 1600 years, to the surprise of scientists, still resists corrosion. Entry to the complex costs INR 250 (children under 15 years old for free). Open daily from dawn to dusk.
Another masterpiece built during the reign of Shah Jahana is Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. There can be as many as 25,000 believers in the huge square! The beautifully decorated mosque has three entrance gates, over which there are over 100 steps, four towers and two 40-meter minarets with a phenomenal view of the city.
In Jama Masjid, you must follow the rules on dress – cover your head, shoulders and legs, and special garments can be borrowed at one of the gates. That is why, behind the entrance of the mosque, tourists do not stand out much from the local crowd.
Admission is free, but you have to pay INR 200 for making a camera. The mosque for tourists is open every day of the week from 7:00 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 18:30. In the meantime, there is a mass during which tourists can not visit the place.
Delhi – a city full of attractions
Listing the five most important monuments of Delhi is undoubtedly a difficult task. The second largest city in India is an attractive center with many faces. In addition to the aforementioned facilities, it is worth seeing the characteristic Lotus temple, the large park Lodi Gardens or Chandi Chowk – one of the most crowded fairs in the world. All the places you are visit through the Palace on Wheels train.
Best Time to Visit Delhi
It is best to visit Delhi between October and March, when the temperature is not so high and does not interfere with the admiration of subsequent monuments. In addition, there are many cultural events during the winter months. In the summer, thermometers can even indicate above 40 degrees Celsius, and in addition, the highest rainfall in the city is recorded.