Though the foundation of contemporary Delhi city was laid by the British, the conquerors from England continued to make Delhi their administrative capital of the Indian subcontinent. Like their forerunners, the British also contributed many famous monuments in Delhi. The greatest and still functional is the evergreen architecture of Edward Lutyens. His seminal work at present is the pilot architecture of the modern city of New Delhi. The grandiose colonial buildings built by the rulers of the medieval period of history can easily be counted as a part of the famous monuments of Delhi.
Other famous monuments in Delhi of the British India are the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament House. One of the most famous monuments of Delhi is the eye catching India Gate, the memorial built to remember the Indian soldiers who died in the first World War fighting the enemies of the British Empire.
The list and stories of famous monuments in Delhi also includes the era before British rule. A number of famous monuments in Delhi are the structural testaments to the reign of the Mughals. The remains of the Qutub complex, comprising the famous Qutub Minar and Iron Pillar also lists as a member of the famous monuments at Delhi.
The famous monuments in Delhi include the tombs of the Mughal Emperors like the Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb and Lodi's Tomb. These famous monuments at Delhi are the tangible proof of rich Mughal architecture.
Monuments in Delhi
The monuments in Delhi are historical sites, which takes the visitors back to the days of Delhi Sultanate and Mughal dynasty. Some of the Delhi monuments are:
Red Fort: The Red Fort stands sin Old Delhi and speaks of Emperor Shah Jahan's initiative of constricting the Mughal power within the monument. For this he built a mini city within the fort bounded by high walls. The fort stands on a circumference of 2.2. Kilometers. The fort has a Naqqar Khana or the drum room, the Diwan-e- Am or the Hall of public. There is also the Mumtaz Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-e- Khas, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal, Hammam or the bathing area and Shah Burj.
India Gate: The India Gate stands in the memory of 90,000 soldiers, who sacrificed their life in the First World War. The names of the soldiers are inscribed on the walls of the gate and an eternal flame burns in the memory of the jawans. It also serves as a gateway to the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Purana Qila: The Purana Qila was built by Emperor Humayun and was named as Dinpanah or the Refuge of the Faithful. The inner fort of the city is known as Purana Qila and has three gates namely the Humayun Darwaza, Bara Datrwaza and the Talaqi Darwaza.
Qutab Minar: This Delhi Monument is the highest tower in India made of stone. The stone pillar was built by Qutab-ud- Din Aibak when he ascended the throne of Delhi during the era of Delhi Sultanate. He established the slave dynasty. The Minar is 72.5 meters is divided into five storeys.
Iron Pillar: The pillar stands in memory of King Chandragupta Vikramaditya and has Sanskrit inscriptions on it. The pillar also speaks of India's advancement in the field of metallurgy two thousand years ago.
Delhi monuments still smell the ancient stories seeping out from the corners of the monuments.
Last Updated on 1 March 2013