Delhi has seen a number of dynasties to take birth and die in its soil for many centuries. The monuments, cenotaphs and mausoleums of kings and queens fringed in the city still narrate the bloody heritage of the city. You will also be amazed to see the sky high forts and palaces depicting the grandeur of yore as you take tour in Delhi. Some famous destinations which you should visit once you come in Delhi are - Red Fort
Red Fort, New Delhi
Built in the red sandstone, the magnificent Red Fort or Lal Lila is yet another creation by the Emperor Shah Johan after Tajo Mahan which will be remembered by the people eternally. It is a part of the walled city of Shahjahanabad in Old Delhi. Within its fortifications are exquisite palaces, a finely proportioned mosque, the Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque, the Diwan-i-Am or hall of public audience and the finely ornamented Diwan-i-Khas or hall of private audience, where the Mughal emperors held court seated on the bejewelled golden Peacock Throne. The small holes on the walls of Diwan-i-Khas and Diwan-i-Am narrate the vacancy of the jewels and stones that were used to decorate the facade. Recently, Red Fort has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Not only has this increased the number of tourists visiting the magnificent fort, it has also made the authority and travelers more conscious in preserving this unique treasure of histoy. The Red Fort Archaeological Museum
The Red Fort Archaeological Museum is situated in the Mumtaz Mahan of the Red Fort. It flaunts a rare collection of Mughal artifacts. One part of the museum is dedicated to Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and exhibits the personal belongings of the Emperor. The silk robes embroidered with pearls and the silver hookah used by the emperor himself are the major attractions of the museum. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm and remains closed on Fridays. Purana Lila - Reminiscence of Yore
Purana Qila, New Delhi
The old fort with its massive walls and imposing gateways overlooks the modern city of New Delhi. It is located on what is possibly the site of the ancient settlement of Indraprastha - the city founded by the Pandavas during the epic times of the Mahabharata.
It was the second Mughal emperor Humayun who embarked in 1538 on the construction of the fort and the city he named Din Panah. Sher Shah Suri who took control of the empire shortly afterwards completed the fort and built many of its fine structures including the octagonal sandstone tower and the Sher Manzil. An interesting hour long light and music programme takes the visitor through the history of the fort. Qutab Minar Complex
Qutab Minar, Delhi
Dominating the ruins of the earliest existing settlement of Delhi is the city's famous landmark- the Qutab Minar. The imposing victory tower 73 metre high was built by Qutbuddin Aibak (1192-98) the founder of the Slave Dynasty. The tapering, fluted structure has five storeys, each marked by intricately carved projections or balconies.
Elaborately carved pillars-which come from Hindu temples of the earlier setdement of Lila Rai Pithora embellish the courtyard of a nearby mosque. At the centre of the courtyard is the amazing Iron Pillar-the dhvaja stambha (flag pole) of a Vishnu Temple (4th-5th century AD). Cast in a process that is lost to the present world, the 7.2 metre pillar has not rusted through the centuries. Other interesting structures in die vicinity include die base of another unfinished tower - the Alai Minar The National Gallery of Modern Art
Located in the stately Jaipur House the museum has a splendid collection of contemporary art. The gallery is open from 10 am-5 pm and remains closed on Mondays. The National Museum
The National Museum, Delhi
This prestigious institution houses artifacts from the time of the Indus Valley Civilization (2500 BC) to the present times. Bronzes from South The National Gallery of Modern Art India, an impressive collection of stone...