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Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb

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Humayun’s Tomb is the Tomb of Humayun, Mughal Emperor. This was designed by a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. It was commissioned by Bega Begum,     Humayun’s first wife.  It is located in Delhi, India. Red sandstone used in the construction of this structure. This was the first structure to build with Red Sandstone and white marble. In the Indian subcontinent this was the first garden tomb. This tomb is known for its architectural style. Cost of this construction is Rs.15 lakhs in those days.   What to see in Humayun’s Tomb: Char Bagh Garden: It is based on the Islamic concept of Paradise. Garden is divided into four squares. It is having two water channels. Garden has covered 30 acres. Tomb of Isa Khan: Isa Khan is Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri’s court. This was constructed in 1547 CE. Chillah Nizamuddian Aulia: It is believed to the residence of Saint Nizamuddian. Nila Gumbad: This was built for the servant of Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana who was the courtier in Akbar’s Court. It is having blue gazed tiles. Unique architecture attracts most. Arab Sarai: Around 1560- 61 CE this was built by Hamida Banu Begum. It is adjacent to the Afsarwala Mosque. This was built for the craftsmen who came for the construction work. This is also known as rest house for the Arabs. Afsarwala Tomb: This tomb is dates back to 1566 – 67 CE. It belongs to nobleman in Akbar’s court. Barber’s Tomb: This belongs to Royal Barber which was days back to 1590-91 CE.   What to see around Humayun’s tomb: Qutub Minar: It is the tallest minar in India. Brahmi inscriptions can be seen on the iron pillars. Marble and red sand stone was used in the construction of this minar. Several ancient structures can be seen around the minar. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 12kms away from the tomb. India Gate: It was constructed by Edwin Lutyens in the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in First World War. It is located 4kms away from this tomb. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the...

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Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

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Qutub Minar is the tallest Minar in India. Other names of this minar are Qutab Minar and Qutb Minar. It is located in Delhi, India. This Minar is surrounded by several medieval structures and ruins and other ancient ruins. Construction of this minar started by Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1192. Height of this tower is 14.3 meters. Marble and Red Sandstone are used in the construction of this minar. From the construction of this minar Muslim era started in India. This structure is the best example for Indo Islamic architecture. Delhi tourism organises Qutub festival every year between October to November.   What to see in Qutub Minar: Alai Minar: This minar was built with the order of Ala-ud-din Khilji. Height of this minar is 24.5meters. According to the actual plan this height should be double to the height of Qutub Minar. But this has not happened due it the death of Ala-ud-din Khilji. Tombs: Tomb of Ala-ud-din Khilji, Imam Muhammad Ali, Iltutmish who belongs to slave dynasty. Iron Pillar: Earlier this was infront of Udayagiri Vishnu Temple complex. But in 10th century this was shifted to this place by Anangpal. This pillar was erected between 375 AD to 414 AD. Height of this pillar is 7.21meters and weight of this pillar is 6 tonnes. Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque: In 1193 AD this was built by Qutb-ud-din-Aibak, founder of Slave dynasty. It is one of the oldest mosques in India. On the eastern gateway of this mosque, Persian inscriptions can be seen. Alai Darwaza: From the southern side of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque this is the main gateway. White stone and red sandstones are used in the construction of this Darwaza. In India this is the first structure in Islamic Style which was built in 1311 AD.   What to see around Qutub Minar: India Gate: It was constructed by Edwin Lutyens in the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in First World War. It is located 11Kms away from Minar. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. This place is 13kms away from Minar. Rashtrapati Bhawan:...

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Delhi Jama Masjid

Delhi Jama Masjid

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Jama Masjid of Delhi is the principle mosque of Old Delhi in India. Official name of this masjid is Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa. It is the largest mosque in India. This was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It has taken 6 years to complete this construction. Construction of this mosque started in 1650 ended in 1656. 6000 workers worked hard to construct this mosque. In those days construction cost of this masjid is 10 lakhs. Now it is equal to 1 million.   What to see in Jama Masjid:  This is the hard work result of thousands of workers. On both sides of this masjid visitors can see beautiful minarets. White marble and Red Sand stone are used in the construction of these minarets. Height of these minarets is 40meters. At one time nearly 25000 people can pray at this place.  Courtyard is accessible from the east central. Western chamber stands on 260 pillars. All these Pillars are carved with Jain and Hindu traditions.  Courtyard of this mosque is in rectangle shape. Floor plan of this masjid is looks like Fatehpur Sikri Jama Masjid. But Jama Masjid of Delhi is bigger than Jama Masjid of Fatehpur Sikri. White and black marbles are used for the flooring of this masjid.   Three projected galleries can be seen on the minarets of this mosque. Eastern side of the mosque is the rural entrance. Courtyard of the mosque can be reached from south, north and east by 3 flights of steps. Red Sandstone is used to build these steps. Masjid has 3 gateways, two minarets and 4 towers. Main entrance is towards east which faces to Red Fort. Under the dome of the mosque a hall is located. It has 7 arched entrances facing towards Mecca. Terrorism incidents also happen at this place in 2006.   What to see around Jama Masjid: Red Fort: On the Independence Day Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from this fort. In the history this place is having prominent place i.e.  At the end of first war of independence Bhadur Shah Zafar was arrested at this place.  This place is 2Kms away from Masjid. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to...

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Hazrat Nizamuddian Dargah

Hazrat Nizamuddian Dargah

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Hazrat Nizamuddian Dargah is located in Nizamuddin area of Delhi. Hazrat Nizamuddian was a famous saint of the Sufi Chishti Order. In the Indian subcontinent he is having large following. Other honoured titles of him are Mehboob-e-IIahi, Sultan-ul-Mashaikh. Among the big five of the Chisti Order he is considered as fifth Chisti order in India. He was born in 1238 and died on 1325.   What to see in Hazrat Nizamuddian Dargah:  Jama’at –Khana Masjid: In the complex it is the oldest structure. It consists of 3 bays and low domes. This Masjid is located to the west side of Hazrat Nizamuddian’s tomb. This was built by Khizr Khan who was the son of Ala-ud-Din Khalji. Construction of this masjid made in 1325. Kali / Kalan Masjid: Rubble stones are used to build this masjid. Courtyard of this majid is partly covered and partly uncovered. As per the inscriptions on the eastern doorway it was known that this was built in 772AH by Kimam Shah Maqbul. Amir Khusro’s Tomb: He was one of the Chief disciples of Hazrat Nizamuddian. It is located just adjacent to the tomb of Hazrat Nizamuddian. Tomb of Jahan Ara: It is a simple structure covered by earth without any roof as per the wish of Princess Wish. It is situated on the south side of Hazrat Nizamuddian tomb. Chini Ka Burj: Chine Ka Burj Means tower of tiles. During the era of the Lodis this was built.   What to see around Hazrat Nizamuddian Dargah: India Gate: It was constructed by Edwin Lutyens in the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in First World War. It is located 3Kms away from Dargah. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. This place is 6kms away from Dargah. Rashtrapati Bhawan:  Earlier this was used as Viceregal Lodge. In this palace there are 340 rooms. Expenditure for the construction of this palace is 12, 53,000 pound sterling’s. It is located 7Kms away from Dargah. Red Fort: On the Independence Day Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from this fort. In...

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Safdarjug’s Tomb

Safdarjug’s Tomb

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Safdarjug’s Tomb is the 2nd garden Tomb in New Delhi, India. This is one of the best examples for Mughal architectural style. This is the tomb of Prime Minister of Mughal Empire when Mohammed Shah Ahmed Shah ascended the throne of the Mughal Empire in Delhi in 1748. At the time of this construction this was named as Wazir-ul—Mamalk-i-Hindustan.   What to see at Safdarjug’s Tomb: It is one of the most historical memorials in Delhi. This was built by Nawab Shuja-ud-Daulah. Safdarjug’s Tomb has an ambiance of spaciousness and an imposing presence with its domed and arched red brown and whit colored structures. Style of this tomb resembles like Humayun’s tomb but is costs less than the Humayun’s tomb.  This tomb is surrounded by a beautiful garden. Area covered by this garden is 300sq.meters. Charbagh is the garden in front of the tomb.   At the entrance of main mausoleum, visitors can see beautiful and most memorable carvings and designs. Main entrance of tomb welcomes the visitors with fine ornamental Paintings. On the east side of this tomb has a gate and Pavilions can be seen on the other sides.  This place consists of two graves. One grave belongs to Safdarjug and other belongs to his wife. Inside the Mausoleum, visitors can find a courtyard and Mosque. 8 rooms surrounds the Central chamber of the tomb. All the room are in rectangle shape. Only corner room is in octagonal shape.   Four main features of the tomb are large podium with hidden stairways, five part facade, a nine fold floor plan and Mausoleum with a garden. Garden is in Mughal Charbagh style. Tomb was constructed in Mughal Empire style.   What to see around Safdarjug’s Tomb: Qutub Minar: It is the tallest minar in India. Brahmi inscriptions can be seen on the iron pillars. Marble and red sand stone was used in the construction of this minar. Several ancient structures can be seen around the minar. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 7kms away from the fort. Humayun’s Tomb: This is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was commissioned by this Bega Begum, first wife of Humayun in 1569-70. In Indian subcontinent this is...

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Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple

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Lotus Temple is Bahai House of Worship. Its construction completed in 1986.  Regardless of Religion any one can visit this house. With the inspiration of lotus flower this temple was designed. This is located at New Delhi. Other name of Lotus Temple is Bahai Temple.   Fariborz Sahba was an architect of this temple. He was an Iranian. Donations were collected to construct this temple. To buy this land major donation was given by Ardishir Rustampur who belongs to Hyderabad. In 1953 he donated this amount. Savings of his entire life donated to this temple. It entered into Guinness book of World Records in 2001. $ 6.5 Postage stamp released featuring Bahai House of Worship.   What to see in Lotus Temple: Lotus Temple consists of 27 marble petals. Height of the centre hall is 40 meters tall. There are 9 doors to the temple. Surface of the House made up of white marble. These white marbles imported from Greece belongs to Penteli Mountains. Hall capacity is 2500 people. It was constructed in 26 acres .One of the interesting things here is, this temple is surrounded by 9 ponds and lush green gardens.   What to see around Bahai Temple: Humayun Tomb:  After the death of Humanyun his wife Hamida Begum commissioned the construction of his tomb. It was constructed between 1562 to 1572. It is located 6 Kms away from Bahai Temple. Akshardham Temple: Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi.  This was developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. 7000 artisans along with 3000 volunteers worked hard to construct this temple. It is located near the banks of river Yamuna. This is dedicated to lord Swaminarayana. It is located 12 kms away from Bahai temple. Red Fort: On the Independence Day Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from this fort. In the history this place is having prominent place i.e.  At the end of first war of independence Bhadur Shah Zafar was arrested at this place.  This place is 16 Kms away from Bahai. Jantar Mantar: This was constructed by Sawai Jai Singh II between 1699 to 1743. This look like gallery of modern art on the first seeing but it is just an observatory. This place...

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