T.G.E explore some historical monuments in Delhi that will take you back in ancient time and help you trace the history of this fascinating and mesmerizing city.
1. QUTAB MINAR
Qutab Minar is one of the best historical monuments in Delhi. The Qutb-ud-din was the first Muslim ruler of north India who has given the name Qutab Minar. It was built in the year 1192. Qutab Minar is the tallest brick Minar in the world. The Minar is a must visit for tourist which can ensure that you get the best experience of the city. Qutab Minar is one of the best historical monument in Delhi. It is an incredible example of early Indo Islamic architecture. There are several historical monuments like Qutab Complex with Quwwat ul Isla Mosque and the Iron pillar near the tower. The Qutab Minar complex has an iron pillar that has not rusted even after 2000 years. It is constructed in the year 1206, and the reason for its construction remains unknown. The Decorative Light Show held every evening from 6.30 to 8:00 pm.
Entry Fee – Entry fee for Indians rps 10 and for Foreigners rps 250
Timings – 7 am – 5 pm
2. JANTAR MANTAR
The Jantar Mantar is located on Parliament Street in the modern city of New Delhi. Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur is the one who had build this observatory. He had found the existing astronomical instruments too small to take a correct measurement and so he builds these larger and more accurate instruments. The observatory is open from sunrise to sunset. It is near to Patel Chowk metro station and nearby attractions include Gole Market and Central Park in Connaught Place. The primary purpose of this place was to predict the time and movement of the sun, moon, and planet. There is a small entrance fee that is different for Indians and Foreigners. This is also one of the best historical monuments in Delhi. You can spend a couple of hours looking at the extraordinary site and then enjoy a picnic in the garden.
Nearest Metro Station – Patel Chowk and Rajiv Chowk Metro Station
Address – Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001
Entry Fee – Entry fee for Indians 5 rps and for foreigners 100 rps
Timings – 9.30 am to 4.30 pm
3. INDIA GATE
India Gate is one of the most important historical monument in Delhi. It was designed by the famous British architect, Edward Lutyens. It was built 1931 in the memory of the Indian Soldiers who lost their lives fighting for British Army in World War I. All the names of the soldiers are inscribed on the arc of the Gate. India Gate is one of the favorite picnic spot for Delhiites. Children Park is near India Gate. It will be fun if you bring cooked packaged food with you and have a picnic. You can also go for boating at the Boating Club near to India Gate ground. India Gate is also one of the best historical monuments in Delhi. Right across India Gate is the National Gallery of Modern Art, where you can go to check out some of the most beautiful paintings.
Entry Fee – No Entry Fee
Location- Rajpath Marg, India Gate, New Delhi 110001
Timings – Anyone can visit India Gate at any time as it is open on all days.
4. HUMAYUN’S TOMB
Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi was built by Humayun’s First wife Bega Begum. It is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India. It was the first place to use red sandstone. The various water channels for the fountains make this Tomb more beautiful. This is also one of the best historical monuments in Delhi. There is a Charbagh Garden also that surrounds the Tomb and its a very nice place to relax. The Tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Interesting Fact – Humayun’s Tomb was one of the inspirations for the Taj Mahal.
Entry Fee- Entry Fee for Indians INR 40 and for foreigners INR 510
Timings – 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
* Closed on Friday’s
5. RED FORT
Red Fort is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Delhi. The Red Fort was build by Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1638. The Red sandstone fortifications of the enormous Red Fort which rises 33-m above the shouts and screams of Old Delhi acts as a reminder of the glorious power and spectacle of the Mughal emperors, and thus it attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world, every year. It is also the largest monument in Old Delhi that why this place is also one of the best historical monuments in Delhi. The Fort was previously known as ‘Qila-e- Mubarak’. Red Fort is one of the shining examples of Mughal architecture.
Entry Fee – Entry Fee for Indians is rps 10 and for foreigners rps 250
Timings – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
* Closed on Mondays
Sound and Light Shows – 6:00 pm onwards