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Forts and Monuments

Lal Quila

Also called the RED FORT, the fort is laid out along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon. It is surrounded by a wall of about 2.4 km circumference built of red sandstone. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi and, after nine years, the fort was completed in 1648. The fort has two main entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate. The latter faces Chandni Chowk, the city's most crowded but diverse market.

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Qutab Minar

 Of the oldest of Delhi's monuments is its proud tower, the 13th century Qutab Minar. Soaring to a height of 73 metres, the sandstone structure in the city's south was bebun by Qutb-ub-din Aibak, a slave who rose to be king and founded the first of the many Muslim dynasties that were to rule from Delhi. The inscriptions carved in lovely arabesques on its surface speak of the tower. And it is surmised that the Qutab served as a minaret of the adjoining mosque Quwwat-ul-Islam or the Might of Islam, the oldest mosque in India, built out of the ruins of 27 Hindu and Jain temples. In the centre of the courtyard of the mosque stands the unique Iron Pillor.Though exposed to the elements for 1600 years, this remains unrusted.

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 Raj Ghat

The simple square platform of black marble on the banks of the river Yamuna marks the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. His last words "HEY RAM" are inscribed on this platform which is surrounded by a serene garden. 

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Lotus Temple

The BAHAI HOUSE,called as lotus temple,of worship is a marvel of modern architecture. It is made in the shape of a lotus.it is one of the major attractions for national and international tourists.it repesents the Bahai's faith which is an independent world religion,divine in origin, all-embracing in scope,broad in its outlook,scientific in its method,humanitarian in its principles and dynamic in the influence it exerts on the hearts and minds of men.

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Jantar Mantar 

South of Connaught Circus is the Jantar Mantar Observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh of Jaipur in the early eighteenth century.The amazing collection of large masonry instruments includes the Samrat Yantra and the Jai Prakash Yantra.

 

 

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India Gate

This imposing structure located at one end of Rajpath was designed by Lutyens as a war memorial.The names of Indian soldiers who died in World War I are inscribed on the memorial.An eternal flame, a tribute to the Unknown Soldier,is located under the arch.

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BhoolBhulaiyan

This magnificent tomb,lost in the bylanes of Mehrauli,was the outcome of emperor Akbar's guilt trip. Court politics, murder and an order for Akbar's foster brother to be thrown headlong from the ramparts of a fort-- the history of this tomb has all the ingredients that made the lives of Mughals so colourful.

 

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Old Fort

It is believed that the Pandavas had built their capital, Indraprastha at the place where the old fort stands today. This fort, now in ruins, was the seat for administration for many emperors. The legendary Prithviraj Chauhan ruled from here till he was defeated by Abdali in the battle of Panipat. A new light & sound show is held by the Department of Delhi Tourism every evening. Timings and Tickets are available from the tourist office.

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