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Monuments in Delhi

Delhi has a vast history which dates back to the first millennium BC, when it was known as Indraprastha. Delhi was bruised ravaged, invaded and ruled by dynasties over centuries. 

However, the rulers and invaders built some wonderful monuments in Delhi that illustrate the history of the city in vivid detail.

So if Delhi is in your itinerary, the famous historical monuments in Delhi should be in your must visit list. Delhi has innumerable monuments, each one having a story of its own

 Delhionline has listed all the monuments that make the city a historian's paradise!

Rajghat

The Light has gone out of our lives", sighed Jawaharlal Nehru on the demise of the Father of the Nation. Even after more than 65 years of his death, Gandhism/ Gandhigiri is still fresh in the minds of people.
On 31st January 1948, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s last rites were performed here. It is square in shape and made of black marble stone. His last words 'Hey Ram' are inscribed in golden letters on it.

Humayun's Tomb

The Humayun’s Tomb houses the graves of many famous Mughals. The Tomb is an amazing combo of flamboyance and mysticism. Built in 1565 A.D, this UNESCO Heritage site displays one of the finest Indo-Islamic architectural designs.

Tughlaqabad Fort

The Fort is iconic in its own way and provides a glimpse of the Tughlaq dynasty. The fort and the city were built by Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq. He got into an altercation with a Sufi who cursed that the fort and the city shall remain abandoned forever.

Present day, the Fort is damaged but still hosts grand stone, rock structures, walls and ruined defensive constructions. It is divided into 3 main sections; a citadel, a palace area and remains of houses. Originally there were more than 50 gates, now only 13 of them exist.

Shanti Van

To the north of Rajghat is Shanti Van. India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's last rites were performed here on 27th May 1964. A tombstone has been erected on his funeral place.

Next to Nehru's memorial lies the tomb of his grandson Sanjay Gandhi, who died in a plane crash in 1980.

Every year school children perform prayer sessions for their beloved “Chacha Nehru” on his Birth and Death Anniversary. (14th November and 27th May) .

Shakti SthalMemorial of Indira Gandhi

This memorial is situated between Rajghat and Shanti Van, commemorating the death of Indira Gandhi on 31st October 1984 and her last rites were performed here on 3rd November 1984. 

The tomb on her funeral spot is made of grey-red monolithic stone which is a replica of her strong determination and courage.

Quick Facts/ Guide-

Location: Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Near Rajghat, New Delhi
How to Reach: Take an auto rickshaw from Pragati Maidan Metro station (Blue Line).
Open: All days
Timings: 5.00 Am- 7.30 Pm
Entry Fee: None
Photography Charges: None
Approx. distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport: 22 kms
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan Metro station

Vijay Ghat

The last rites of India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri were performed here and a memorial was created.

This place rightfully exudes his modesty and honesty. A loyal follower of Mahatma Gandhi, Shastriji always supported socialist policies. The famous slogan of this unsung hero “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”, stimulated the entire country.

The place derives its name from his competence in dealing leadership skills during the Indo-Pak war of 1965. After which, Shastriji went to Tashkent in Russia on a peace mission and died of a heart attack. 

Quick Facts/ Guide-

Location: Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Near Rajghat, New Delhi
How to Reach: Take an auto rickshaw from Pragati Maidan Metro station (Blue Line).
Open: All days
Timings: 5.00 Am- 7.30 Pm
Entry Fee: None
Photography Charges: None
Approx. distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport: 20 kms
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan Metro station

Safdarjung TombSafdarjung Tomb Architecture

The memorial was built by Nawab Shuja-ud-Daulah who was the son of Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan popularly known as Safdarjung (1739-54). 

The governor of the province of Awadh under Muhammad Shah (1719-48) and later became his prime minister.

It is set in the middle of an extensive garden, which spreads over an area of over 300-sq-metres. 

Quick Facts/ Guide-

Location: Lodi Road, at the intersection of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.
How to reach: Nearest metro station is Jor Bagh (Yellow Line), The tomb is at a distance of around 1km. One can walk towards the Lodi Road red light or can take an auto rickshaw.

Open: Daily
Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee: Rs. 5 per head (for Indian citizens and members of SAARC and BIMESTIC Countries like Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Mauritius, etc.)
Rs. 100 (per head for others)
Free for children up to 15 years of age.
Photography Charges: Free (still camera), Rs.25 (video camera)
Approx. distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport: 14 kms
Nearest Metro Station: AIIMS

Coronation MemorialCoronation Memorial in Delhi

The Royal Durbar, held in 1911 to announce the accession of George V as the king emperor of India, was held at this place. 

The red sand stone obelisk reminds the coronation. More than one lakh people had participated in the coronation ceremony. 

Today it is surrounded by statues of former viceroys, including Lord Hardings and Lord Wellington. The place is used for municipal events nowadays.

Quick Facts/ Guide-

Location: Bhai Parmanand Marg (Burari road) near Kingsway Camp, New Delhi.
How to Reach: Take an auto rickshaw/ Local bus from G.T.B Nagar Metro Station (Yellow Line). The distance is around 3 kms. One can also take a local bus from Jahangir Puri Metro Station (Yellow Line) to reach here in around in 35-40 minutes.
Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Approx. distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport: 25 kms
Nearest Metro Station: GTB Nagar.


Architecture of Neela GumbadSabz Burj / Neela Gumbad


Bringing the essence of Central Asia and Iran, this is one of the rare domes consisting of a high drum. 

Usage of curves creates a sort of dynamism as the dome elegantly crowns the roof of this octagonal building.

Hugely inspired by Persian architecture and built in 16th century, originally this dome was greenish and yellowish in color.

The Archeological Survey of India in a bid to preserve this marvel, replaced the dome with Blue colored tiles. 

Quick Facts/ Guide-

Location: At the intersection of Lodi Road and Mathura Road, Nizamuddin
New Delhi -110013
How to Reach: The nearest metro station is Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. One can walk to the JLN stadium and take local buses like no. 794, 727 A or 181. One can also cover the distance by walking for about 1.3 km. Alternatively, as this tomb is near the Humayun’s tomb, one can reach here by walking for 5 minutes.

Open: All days
Timings: The structure can be seen anytime.
Entry Fee: Free
Photography Charges: None
Approx. distance from Indira Gandhi International Airport: 16 kms
Nearest Metro Station: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

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