Category Archives: Forts & Monuments

Red Fort

Shah Jahan transferred his capital to Agra Shahjahanabad and laid the groundwork for Red Fort or Lal Quila, April 16, 1639. It took nine years to build this powerful citadel and it ended on April 16, 1648. It is said that on one crore rupees, an astronomical sum in those days were spent on its

Qutub Minar

Qutubuddin Aibak laid the groundwork for Qutab Minar, a tower of victory in 1199 AD. The origins, he rose to a height of 72.5 m. It is without doubt one of the most beautiful stone towers in India and one of the most important monuments of Delhi. Iltutmish, step-son and successor of Qutubuddin, has completed

Safdarjung Tomb

Located beside the Safdarjung airport in New Delhi, Safdarjung tomb was built by the Nawab of Awadh of his father. It is one of the finest examples of architecture in India. The second Nawab of Awadh dynasty is popularly known as Safdarjung. He was born as Muhammad Muqim Khurasan in the province of Persia and

Old Fort – Purana Qila

Built on the site of Indraprastha, mentioned in Mahabharata – the great Indian epic, Old Fort was the seat of the hotel for many emperors. Now in ruins, the citadel was the glory of being the seat of the legendary ruler, Prithviraj Chauhan. Sher Shah Suri built after demolishing the Humayun ‘s city Dinpanah. There

observatory Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar : Astronomical Observatory

Located in Connaught Place area of New Delhi, Jantar Mantar is one of five observatories built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the leader and founder of Jaipur, India. Smaller than Jaipur, it is still surprising because of its ability to make precise calculations of many astronomical movements. Built in 1724, the giant abstract masonry

Isa Khan’s Tomb

Isa Khan ‘s Tomb is located just outside of Humayun ‘s tomb chamber in New Delhi. It was built in honor of Isa Khan, a courageous and brave noble under Sher Shah, the Afghan leader who had overthrown Humayun. It was built in 1547, in an octagonal structure. It is an architectural gem in Islamic

Humayun’s Tomb

The second Mughal emperor Humayun had died just a year after he retrieved Delhi. His wife Persian, Hamida Begum, oversaw the construction of his tomb of 1562-1572. It was designed by architect Persian, Mirza Ghiyuath Mirak. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River and adjacent to the famous shrine of Sufi saint Nizam al-Din