Delhi is a Union Territory with a rich and remarkable history. It had been ruled by many rulers like Mughals and Britishers in the past therefore the city comprises many historical monuments. Be it Purana Qila (Old Fort), Qutab Minar or Tughlaqabad fort, each one has its own importance due to its rich historical backdrop. There are many monuments in New Delhi that built during the time of British rule such as- Parliament House, President's House and India Gate. There is no doubt in saying that monuments in Delhi reflect a true picture of architectural excellence. It is also true that beauty of some monuments in Delhi can’t be described in words so better to visiting them and be the witness of their beauty.
Knowing their importance, the Archaeological Survey of India has preserved these ancient monuments perfectly. Many social activists and local people have raised their voice strongly for the beautification and renovation of the monuments in the city. That’s the reason; area of most of the monuments has changed a lot with passing years. Now more tranquility and greenery have been prevailed in and around the monuments providing a pleasant time to the visitors to look and praise the beauty.
Akshardham Temple: Akshardham is one of the most prominent attractions of Delhi. It is known for its marvelous structure that comprised of 20,000 statues, florescent motifs and attractive carved pillars made of stones. Located at National Highway 24 near Commonwealth Games Khel Goan in New Delhi, this magnificent temple is quite popular among the visitors.
Humayun's Tomb: Reflecting a picture of Mughal India history, Humayun tomb is the most popular placed among the foreign visitors due to its marvelous Mughal architecture. It is heralded by a tomb with blue dome that crafted with Persian tiles that have been quite famous since Mughals came to India.
Lal Qila (Red Fort): Built on the banks of River Yamuna, Red Fort is known for its unique structure and history. It was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shahjahan, who also built one of the world’s wonders called as Taj Mahal in India. Red Fort became the new capital for Shahjahan when he shifted his capital to Delhi from Agra. Shahjahan called it the Uru-Mu’alla.
Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple): Lotus Temple is a symbol of outstanding architecture that represented the faith of Bahai. Located at KalkajiMandir and close to Nehru Place, Lotus temple as its name suggest is built in a shape of lotus flower with the use of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. People of all religion, community and creed can visit this temple. Constructed in 1986, the Lotus temple offers tranquil atmosphere in and around its premises for meditation, peace and wisdom. Due its amazing architecture, it is quite popular among the visitors.
Qutub Minar: This historical monument is known for its tall building that can be seen from many parts of Delhi due to its height. It was built by Mughals to show their victory and domination over their opponents. Visitors are always fascinated by the structure and height of this monument. There is also ‘Ashoka Pillar’ in its premises. The monument has a rich history and knowing it deeply making visitors more curious about Qutab Minar.
Jama Masjid: Located in Old Delhi near Lal Qila (Red Fort), Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in the country. It was built by great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656 AD. It is said that a team of 5000 workers and craftsmen was involved in building this architectural masterpiece. The mosque has a capacity to accommodate 25000 devotees at a time.
India Gate: Built by Edwin Lutyens in 1931, India Gate is a war memorial. Its original name is All India War Memorial. It is mainly built to pay homage to the soldiers who died during World War I, the Afgan War and the North-West Frontier operations. Looking closely at the walls, one will find names of 90, 000 martyrs who lost their lives during the battle. It is located at the Rajpath of New Delhi.
Safdarjung Tomb: It is originally known as the Tomb of Mirza Muqim Abu’l Mansur Khan entitled Safdar Jung (A.D. 1739-54). The tomb is the last architectural layout of Mughal tomb. The construction of this tomb was started with Humayun’s tomb. It is also a symbol of victory of Avadh under Mohammad Shah (A.D. 1719-48). The tomb is a characteristic example of the charbagh pattern of Mughal gardens.