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A Complete Guide for Heritage Sites in Delhi

Posted by Avis on January 2, 2020 | people viewed

The 5000-year-old Delhi is a city with great history, empires, religions, and heritage. Even amidst the bustling sounds of city life, you may easily spot reminders of its rich past in nearly every part of this city. 

 

In Delhi, there are remnants of at least eight historic cities that you can find in both history and the pages of the Mahabharata. This city has an abundance of ancient sites & monuments from many powerful empires that are a treat to visit. However, there are 3 heritage sites in Delhi which can take you on a journey back in time.

 

To truly explore the heritage of Delhi and understand its history would be a dream of a lifetime for any history buff. To help you out, we have compiled a list of World Heritage sites in Delhi that will take you back in time and help you trace the history of this beautiful and magnificent city.

1. Humayun’s Tomb

Humayuns-Tomb

From historical significance to architectural beauty, everything about this place makes it one of the most visited world heritage sites in Delhi. The first wife of Mughal Emporer Humayun- Haji Begum commissioned this tomb to honor her late husband. 

Built-in the 16th century, it was the first tomb on the Indian continent with symmetrical gardens. Famous Persian architects Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid h Muhammad designed this monument to make it look like its floating above the gardens.

With such historic significance, Humayun’s Tomb aka Maqbaera e Humayun is one of the heritage sites in Delhi that transcends time.

How to reach

The nearest metro station to the Humayun Tomb is JLN Metro Station. From there, you can easily reach this historic place. You can also opt for a car hire service in Delhi to avoid the hassle of changing metros & hailing cabs. With Avis India, you can hire a car in Delhi with driver or without a driver at reasonable prices. 

Entry Fees 

For Indians: INR 40.

For foreign nationals: INR 600. 

Timings: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Other destinations near Humayun Tomb:

  • Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
  • Isa Khan’s Tomb
  • Lodhi Garden
  • Khan-i-Khanan Tomb

2. Qutub Minar

qutub minar

 

Qutub Minar is some of the few historic marvels in Delhi that display heritage at its best. This monument is a relic of the Delhi history, completed by many kings over the years. Qutb-Ud-din-Aibak began building this gigantic structure in 1192, but it was Firoz Shah Tughlaq who then completed the remaining stories in 1368. 

With five stories and a staircase of 379 steps, this towering brick minaret is 73-meter (293.5 feet) high. This attraction is an architectural wonder with looped bells, garlands, and lotus borders carvings. You can still see the Parso-Arabic and Nagari inscriptions on its walls, which reflect the evidence of its reconstruction by Lodi and the Tuglaq dynasty.

How to reach

Qutub Minar is conveniently located at the heart of Delhi city so it’s very easy to reach the monument by metro & road. The nearest metro is Qutub Minar Metro Station which is on the Yellow Metro Line. Autos and car hire in Delhi are easily available from every part of the city if you are looking to take the road route.

Entry Fees

For Indians: INR 40.

For foreign nationals: INR 600. 

Timings: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other destinations near Qutub Minar:

  • Mehrauli Archaeological Park
  • Alai Minar
  • Tomb of Imam Zamin
  • Firoz Shah Tughlaq Tomb

3. The Red Fort

red fort in delhi

The Red Fort or Lal Qila is one of the most iconic structures in India. The main gate, Lahore Gate, is one of the symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation from where the prime minister of India delivers their Independence Day speech. 

Constructed in 1639 under Mughal Emporer Shah Jahan’s rule, the monument still stands tall on the banks of the river Yamuna. Made by the best architectures in the Mughal era, the structure stands in all its glory and majestic vibes. This fort is a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors.

The fort made up of red sandstone, and the pavilions inside this historic monument depict a subtle blend of Persian, Hindu, and Timurid traditions. There’s also an evening sound and light show which narrates the tale of fort’s history voiced by the legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bacchan.

How to reach

The nearest metro station to Red Fort is Lal Qila on Violet Line. You can also hire a car in Delhi with a driver from Avis Chauffeur-drive car rental so you won’t have to worry about parking space & traffic congestions in Delhi.

Entry fees: 

For Indians: INR 90.

For foreign nationals: INR 950.

Timings: Tuesdays to Sundays, 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Other destinations near the Red Fort:

 

  • Chandni Chowk
  • Jama Masjid
  • Fatehpuri Masjid
  • Rajghat

 

Now that you have all the information about world heritage sites in Delhi, its time to start planning your trip with AVIS and head down to this city and start exploring the goldmine of historic spots. If you have any follow up questions & queries regarding this blog or about AVIS Car Rental, do tell us in the comment section below.

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