Delhi City World Heritage Sites Tour
By: Urmila Travels
In 1638, When Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi; he laid the foundation of the seventh city of Delhi, Shahjahanabad. This city had total 14 gates, some have of them are Mori Gate, Lahori gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate and Kashmiri Gate. He built this red fort on the bank of Yamuna in 1639 and it took nine years to finish the construction of the red Fort. It is said that the red fort in Delhi was planned after the experience gained by Shahjahan in Agra. This red fort has Diwan-E-Khas and Diwan-E-Aam and Tasbih Khana. Moti Masjid was added to this fort by Aurangzeb. This red Fort tells a lot about the glorious past of Mughal dynasty.
This tomb was commissioned by the first wife of Humayun after his death, Bega Begum. It is located in Nizamuddin East. Mirza Ghayas, a Persian architect was selected to design the first garden tomb on the face of the Indian subcontinent. It is said that Mirza Ghayas took the inspiration from the Mausoleum of Timur in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. It was completed in seven years with a cost of Rs. 1.5 million, which were paid entirely by Bega Begum. William Finch was an English merchant who visited this tomb in 161; he wrote a lot about the expensive and the magnificent interior furnishing of this tomb. Recently this tomb was adopted by the Aga Khan Trust and they have taken care of every little thing and completed the conservation task in an impressive manner. As a result of which you can see Humayun’ Tomb in it’s full glory.
This is also known as the victory Tower built by Qutub- ud- din Aibak after defeating a Hindu ruler. This tower has five stories and each story has a balcony. There is also Quwatul-Islam mosque, which is known as the first mosque built in India. Historians have two versions about the construction of this magnificent tower, some say that it was constructed to mark the victory, whereas others say that it was built for Muezzin’s to make a call for prayers.
Urmila Travels - Delhi City Tour