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Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk

in Delhi, Havelis, History, Masjid, North India, Temple | 0 comments

Chandni Chowk is the oldest market in New Delhi, India. This place is not only famous for marketing but also several historical records can be seen here. It is situated between Red Fort and Fatehpuri Masjid. This is most lovable place for the shopping lovers as well as historical lovers. Chandni Chowk means Moonlit Market. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan during 17th century. His daughter Jahan Ara designed this market.   What to see at Chandni Chowk: Dariba Kalan: Earlier merchants from Holland, China and Turkey come to this place. It is well known for natural perfumes, gold & silver jewellery and Pearls. Bhagirath Palace: For electrical goods this is Asia’s largest market. This place also offers allopathic medicines and medical equipments. Katra Neel Cloth Bazaar: At this place visitors can have all kinds of fabrics such as muslin, cotton, crepe, satin, silk. Kinari Bazaar: This is the best place for zardoji and Zari trimmings and tinsel. Khari Baoli: This is the right place for spice lovers. Other market places: Other market places are Lal Kuan, Nai Sarak. Religious Buildings: At Chandni Chowk several religious building are situated. They are Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Hindu Gauri Shankar Temple, Central Baptist Church, Sikh Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Sunehri Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid. Haveli: At Chandni Chowk along with market places and religious buildings some of the Havelis can also be seen. Few Havelis are Begum Samru’s Palace, Naughara Mansion, Khazanchi Haveli, Mirza Ghalib Haveli, Chunnamal Haveli, Zeenat Mahal Haveli, Haksar Haveli ( Jawarharlal Nehru got married to Kamla Nehru), Naharwali Haveli.   What to see around Chandni Chowk: 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 9kms away from the chowk. 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. It is the Qutub complex. It is located 16kms away from the chowk 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

in Architecture, Delhi, Masjid, Minaret, North India, Slave Dynasty | 0 comments

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

in Delhi, History, Masjid, Mughal, Shah Jahan | 0 comments

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

in Chishti, Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddian, History, Masjid, Tomb | 0 comments

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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Taj-ul-Masajid

Taj-ul-Masajid

in Bhopal, History, Madhya Pradesh, Masjid, Musuem, Wildlife Sanctuary | 0 comments

Taj-ul-Masajid is a mosque situated in Bhopal, India. In Asia this is one of the largest mosques. During the day time Islamic school is running in this mosque. Smallest Mosque in Asia is Dhaadi Siddi Ki Maszid. This is located very near to Taj-ul-Masajid. Other name of this mosque is Crown of Mosques. It was constructed by Nawab Shah Jahan Begum. She was the wife of Baqi Mohammed Khan.   What to see in Taj-ul-Masajid:  Taj-ul-Masajid is so attractive with pillars and marble flooring. This masjid look like Mughal architecture Jama Masjid in Delhi and some of the features look like  Badshahi Mosque of Lahore. Eleven recessed arches can be seen in Quibla hall of Prayer hall. Mosque is so attractive with pink colour. This mosque is the dream of Sultan Shah Jahan Begum. Area covered by this mosque is 23,312 Sq.feet. Other interesting thing in this temple is this mosque is having separate chamber for the woman to offer prayers in the mosque. In General woman are not allowed to enter into the mosque. It is having two huge 18 stored minarets.  This mosque is having magnificent hallways, marble flooring, and 3 spherical domes. Prayer hall is holding 27 ceilings. Out of 27 ceiling, 16 are decorated with ornate design which looks so beautiful.   What to see around Taj-ul-Masajid: Bharat Bhawan: It is multi art complex. This is the best place for exploration and innovation of visual, Vocal and Performing arts. It is a thrieving centre for contemporary arts. It is located 3kms away from Taj-ul-Masjid. Birla Museum: It is an archaeological museum established in 1971. Artefacts belongs to prehistoric period are placed here. Tools used by Palaeolithic and Neolithic man are placed here. Terracotta belongs to 2nd and 6th century BC and stone sculpture belongs to 7th century are also placed here. It is located 4kms away from Taj-ul-masajid. Upper Lake: Other names are Big Lake and Bada Talaab. This is oldest manmade lake in India. It is believed that King Bhoj’s skin disease cured by this lake. Water sports are most famous here. It is located 8kms away from Taj-ul-Masajid. Lower Lake / Chota Talaab: It is connected with upper lake. Water sports are most...

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