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Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India. This awe-inspiring complex, was designed by Lutyens in the early 1900s. The palace-like building is a blend of Western and Mughal architectural styles; the most obvious Indian feature being the huge copper dome. It is believed to be inspired by the Buddhist stupa at Sanchi. There is a huge courtyard in the front and a lush garden towards the back. The garden is spread over a 130 acre (52.6 hectare) area and is very popular with the tourists. It is open to the public only in February.
World Bank works in association with the local and central governments on a number of development projects in India. The office in Delhi is situated in the Lodi Estate. The building made of beige and pink sandstone is a spectacular sight to watch. The architecture is reminiscent of the Mughal past and still keeps its contemporary appeal intact. The place is worth a visit for sheer architectural brilliance.
Purana Qila or Old Fort, on the banks of the river Yamuna, is one of the most gorgeous exponents of Mughal architecture. This imposing structure was built by Emperor Humayun in 1533 on the site of Indraprastha (capital of the Pandavas in Mahabharata) and was named "Dina-panah". The structure was later renovated by Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri and renamed "Shergarh" in 1545. The fort, built of red sandstone has two towering gates, "Talaqi Darwaza" on the northern side and "Humayun Darwaza" on the southern side that are intricately carved. The Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid and the Sher Mandal are important monuments inside the fort. Old Fort truly adds to the vintage charm of Delhi! A Sound and Light show every evening brings the Old Fort to life. An interactive, engaging way to experience history. The admission fees for locals and foreigners are different, check the website for more information.
Built as a memorial for emperor Humayun by his wife in the 16th century, this structure, resplendent in red sandstone is considered to be the next best thing after the Taj Mahal in Agra. The tomb is awe-inspiring, nestled by lush green lawns on three sides and a river on the fourth. There are other tombs within the premises as well, of Humanyun Babar's and Isa Khan's. This place is not only frequented by the tourists but also has its loyal local admirers who throng here in hordes. The admission prices are different for the locals and foreigners, so it is best to check the website before planning your visit here.
This madarsa (school) is located beyond the walls of the ancient city of Shahjahanabad and is near Ajmere Gate. Ghaziuddin's madarsa (also called the Anglo-Arabic School after English classes were added in 1824) was built in 1692. The two-storey building is one of the few surviving examples of the madarsa architecture in Delhi. Nearby is a beautiful mosque and a tomb of Ghaziuddin, who was a minister in the court of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb.
Razia Sultan's Tomb was built in memory of the first Muslim woman ruler of the Turkish dynasty. Razia Sultan was an able administrator, who had the courage and the determination to rule over the Indian capital of Delhi during the medieval times. In spite of strong opposition from the Muslim nobility, this princess was a daughter of destiny and controlled the regal throne for a really long time. However, while subduing a rebellion against the kingdom, Razia Sultan lost her life. Today, her tomb is open for tourists to witness the power and courage that the lady possessed. Although, the grave has suffered the ravages of time, it is an important tourist attraction.
Chor Minar or Tower of Thieves was built under the rule of a king of the Khilji dynasty in the thirteenth century. This is a tapering tower, made out of rubble and set on a platform with a staircase inside. There are holes sunk in the walls where, allegedly, severed heads of criminals were displayed as a deterrent, a technique also practiced in medieval Europe.
The Arab traveler, Ibn Batuta, minister at the king's court, described the series of gates within the Bijai Mandal at great length. Standing on top of the ruins of this palace, one can almost sense its ruined splendor. One of the best things to do is to stand at the highest point and get a kaleidoscopic view of many parts of the capital. You will be able to see the Begumpuri Masjid, the historic and magnificent Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, and Humayun's Tomb.