Delhi, the city of kind hearted people is known for its historical monuments, political abode and many other contemporary attractions for Delhiites and outsiders. Starting from modish malls to intoxicating lifestyle and lip-smacking platters, the capital of India is laid out with numerous tourist attractions for the people of all ages.
If you plan to make a heritage tour across the city, you will come across plenty of popular heritage and imperial sites like Purana Qila, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Safdarjung’s Tomb, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Jantar Mantar, Lodhi Garden, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Tughlaqabad Fort, Lotus Temple and many more. This post is going to take you for a ride to three most popular and famous UNESCO World Heritage sites in Delhi. I’m sure most of you have enjoyed being there and would love to flock these World Heritage sites time and again.
1. Qutub Minar
Location: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Qutub Minar needs no specific introduction to establish its historic continuation. This 240 feet high minar was constructed centuries back in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. Made of marble and red sandstone, this tallest Indian minaret has five distinct storeys. After Qutab-ud-din Aibak, his successor Iltutmush built three more storeys to this construction in 1368. Later, Firoz Shah Tughlak added the fifth and the last storey here. At the base of the tower there stands a mosque called Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, which is said to be the first built mosque in the country. Various Nagari and Parso-Arabic characters carved in the minaret leaves you absolute spellbound.
Apart from witnessing the tallest tower, one of the major attraction here is the 7.2 m wrought Ashokan pillar. It is said that this is nearly 1600 years old pillar and believed to be a wish fulfilling totem. People flock here sprawling their arms against the pillar and try to touch their arms from the back. People believe that if you are able to touch both your hands rolling back the pillar and make a wish, it comes true.
Visiting Hours and Entry Fee: The best time to enter this UNESCO Word Heritage site is between sunrise and sunset. For Indian visitors the entry fee here is INR 30 and for foreigners the fee is INR 500. However, no fee is incurred for children up to 15 years of age. Use of video camera will cost you INR 25 at Qutub Minar. Exploring this popular heritage site in Delhi will consume 2 hours time of yours. Near the entrance there are various food stalls and juice corners where you can try something to meet up your gastronomic needs.
How to reach: By metro the nearest station is Qutb Minar Metro station (Yellow Line), which is located nearly 3Kms away from the historic site, and the driving time is around 5 minutes. Additionally, several DTC buses also travel that route to reach Qutb Minar. Some of the important buses on this route are 543 (from Anand Vihar), 426, 417 (from Red Fort), 413, 427 (from Nizamuddin Railway Station) and 503 (from Mori Gate Terminal). Besides, one can also hire a cab or auto-rickshaw to get there. From New Delhi Airport the distance is around 13 Kms, while from New Delhi Railway Station the distance is nearly 18Kms to reach Qutb Minar.
2. Red Fort
Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
One of the much waited attraction and famous UNESCO heritage site for tourists in Delhi is Red Fort, which is evenly popular as Lal Qila. Built way back in the 17th century, the construction of Red Fort represents the spectacular foundation of Shah Jahan after the wondrous Taj Mahal in Agra. The majestic construction of Red Fort showcases an excellent blend of European, Persian and Indian art. This popular World Heritage site in Delhi has two gates namely; Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate. On entering the Red Fort, you will come across several attractions like Diwan-i-Khas, Zenana, Rang Mahal, Chatta Chowk and Moti Masjid, which will make your presence here completely blissful. People come from all over the places to witness this greatest heritage site of India.
Despite being a popular heritage site in Delhi, Red Fort is also known as the fortifications of national-broadcast speech by the Indian Prime Minister. This has been a prestigious practice since 1947 when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru delivered the first freedom speech here on 15th August. Since then every year the Prime Minister of the country visits this place and hoists the national tricolour flag at the main gate of the fort and delivers the speech.
Visiting Hours and Entry Fee: Red Fort can best be visited from 9.30AM to 4.30PM every day except Monday. The entry fee here is INR 30 for Indian visitors and INR 500 for foreign nationals. Video filming will charge you an additional amount of INR 25. If you want to experience the amazing light show at Red Fort, be there at 6PM. This show features the Mughal History, which is presented in both Hindi and English language. Visitors can enjoy this show paying an additional amount of INR 80, while for children the ticket price is INR 30. Overall spend time here at Red Fort is 2-3 hours. After exploring the Red Fort, you can further visit the Chandni Chowk market area for bag full of goodies. In addition, nearby Paranthe Wali Gali is a must visit for hard core Paranthe lovers.
How to reach: For Metro commuter the nearest Metro Station is Chandni Chowk (Yellow Line), which is located nearly 2kms from the venue. The nearest railway station is Old Delhi railway station, which is situated around 3.2Kms away from the Red Fort. From railway station you may hire auto-rickshaws or get into DTC bus that runs through the Red Fort. Some of the buses on this route are Bus number 101 (from Nizamuddin Railway Station), 172 (from New Delhi Railway Station), 118EXT (from Mori Gate), 405 (from Mori Gate) and 44 (from ISBT). From Airport, Red Fort is merely 20Kms away, which can easily be reached by bus or cab.
3. Humayun’s Tomb
Location: Opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110013
If you want to witness an amazing Persian architectural brilliance in Delhi, look no further than Humayun’s Tomb. People who have visited the Taj Mahal in Agral can relate some structural connectivity between these two imperial monuments. The reason being, Humayun’s Tomb was a true inspiration from the formation of Taj Mahal. This is the first ever built Mughal architecture in India. The crypt was constructed in 1565 A.D after the death of Humayun. This tomb was built in the memory of Humayun by his widow Hamida Banu Begum. Considering the historic significance and architectural brilliance, Humayun’s Tomb was declared as the world heritage site in 1993 by UNESCO. Today, plenty of visitors rush this heritage site to witness its picturesque vista. Walking around the Char Bagh (Four Gardens) is an absolute pleasure for nature enthusiasts. While entering the site, there is a small museum that exhibits an array of old clicks with the tomb. In addition, some other key attractions that one must explore here are mosque of Isa Khan, Bu Halima’s Tomb, Nai-ka-Gumbad, Arab Sarai and Nila Gumbad.
Visiting Hours and Entry Fee: Humayun’s Tomb is open all round the week from 6AM to 5.30PM. However, avoid visiting here during the mid summer when the temperature is quite scorching. For Indian visitors the entry fee here is INR 30 and for foreign tourists the fee is INR 500. Children below the age group of 15 years and senior citizens are exempted from any entry charges. Photography is allowed, but filming here will cost you INR 25. It takes 1-2 hour time to explore the entire Humayun’s Tomb. Some of the nearby attractions that you may also visit after Humayun’s Tomb are Ashokan Rock Edict, Kairul Manzil Masjid and Nizam-ud-din’s Shrine.
How to reach: If you are travelling by Metro, the nearest Metro Stations are Jawahar Lala Nehru Metro Station (Purple Line) and Jor Bagh Metro (Yellow Line), which are located nearly 1.5Kms and 3.5Kms away from Humayun’s Tomb respectively. The nearest railway station is Nizamuddin Railway Station, which is located nearly 2Kms away from the destination. On the other hand, from Delhi airport the distance to reach Humayun’s tomb is around 18Kms. This historic place can be reached easily from different parts of the city by cab and auto-rickshaw. In addition, you will also get frequent buses for Humayun’s Tomb from ISBT, Nizamuddin bus stop and Connaught Place.
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