- Delhi was the heart of the erstwhile Mughal Empire, and the many historical monuments here stand as testaments of the city’s glorious past. A quintessential example of Mughal architecture, the structure was founded and initially established by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his son-in-law, Iltutmish. The Minar is known not only for its historical significance, but also its architectural resplendence and it is one of the best offbeat places in Delhi. The walls and pillars of the Minar are lined with inscriptions in Parso-Nagari and Arabic script.
Location: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Timings: 07.00 AM to 05.00 PM on all days of the week.
- Another monument glorifying Delhi’s past is the historic Red Fort, which served as the main residence for the Mughal Emperors. Also known by its colloquial title, Lal Quila, the Fort was constructed in the year 1639 by the emperor Shah Jahan. The Fort complex houses a number of smaller structures, like the public hall known as the Diwan-i-Aam, or the treasury known as Chatta Chowk.
Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Timings: The Red Fort remains closed on Mondays. It remains open from 09.30 PM to 04.30 PM on all other days of the week.
- Humayun’s Tomb, or the Maqbar-i- Humayun was the first garden-tomb to be built in India in tribute of the Mughal Emperor. The tomb is known for its brilliant architecture, done in the Indo-Islamic Style. The tomb itself took over 8 years to build, and is placed inside a sprawling 30 acre garden, known as the Char Bagh. The Tomb premises itself houses a number of other tombs, such as those dedicated to Empress Bega Begum, Hamida Begum,Dara Shikoh and several other Mughal Emperors.
Location: Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013
Timings: 08.00 AM to 06.00 PM on all days of the week.