Unesco World Heritage sites are always been a big attraction for travelers from all over the world and people like to visit these places very much. Especially travelers who love history and architecture love to visit world heritage sites all over the world. Delhi also has three Unesco World Heritage Sites in Delhi and these are must visit when you are in Delhi. Check it out…
Unesco World Heritage Sites in Delhi
Red Fort: One of the three world heritage monuments in Delhi situated in front of Chandni chowk and bank of the river Yamuna. construction was started in 1639 and completed in 1648. inside the Red Fort, you will find places like Naubat khana, Diwan-i-Aam(Hall of Public), Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Hammam(Royal Bathroom), Moti Masjid Nahr-i-Bihisht(Stream of Paradise) Hayat Baksh Garden.
Every year on 15th August at Independence day Prime Minister of India hoist the national flag and delivers a speech from its rampart since first time Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru gave a speech here when India became independent. you can also enjoy a light and sound show in the evening about Mughal History. One of the most popular in Unesco World Heritage Sites in Delhi. Light and Sound Show.
Humayun’s Tomb: One of the world heritage monuments in Delhi and one of the most beautiful examples of Mughal architecture. Most of the world does not know that the Taj Mahal is a copy of Humayun’s Tomb because its oldest than the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal was completed in the year of 1648 and Humayun’s Tomb was completed in 1572 so its 76 years old than the Taj Mahal.
We can say the Taj Mahal’s design was inspired by Humayun’s Tomb but some differences are there like Humayun’s Tomb was made by Red sandstone and white marble and Taj Mahal is purely made by white marble. Humayun’s Tomb does not have minarets Taj Mahal has 04 minarets. Humayun’s Tomb was made by a wife (Hamida Bano Begum) in memory of her husband and the Taj Mahal was made by a husband in memory of his wife. This is one of the most visiting in Unesco World Heritage Sites in Delhi.
Humayun’s Tomb is one of the most beautiful places in Delhi. 42.5 meter high inspired by Persian architecture with a bit of Indian architecture. Surrounded by lush green char bagh garden from four sides and has the same design for all four sides. Nowadays it is one of the most visiting monuments by foreign as well as Indian tourists.
Qutub Minar: Tallest Minaret of the world which has been made by bricks only. Qutub Minar is part of the Qutub complex which is a world heritage site in Mehrauli. Made by red sandstone and marble. The height of Qutub Minar is 73 meters and the diameter is 14.3 meters. Construction was started by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak but he was not able to complete later Iltutmish completed the Minar with five stories than the top floor was rebuilt by Firoz Shah Tuglaq which still remains.
It has been made by three different people that is why you will find quite a difference on the first two floors and the top three floors. You will also find Quran Verses on Qutub Minar crafted on stones.
In the Qutub complex, you will also find the remaining Quwat-ul-Islam Mosque which is one of the earliest mosques in India. One more uncompleted minar is here in Qutub complex named Alai Minar construction was started by Alauddin Khilji and he wanted to build it double of Qutub Minar but he was not succeeded now unfinished Minar is 24.5 meters high. The tomb of Iltutmish and Alauddin Khilji is also here in the Qutub complex. In the Courtyard of the complex you will find an iron pillar of 7.21 meter high.
So when you come to Delhi do not forget to add these places in your bucket.
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I’ve visited 2 of these 3 sites. I hope to return to India to see Qutub Minar in person 🙂
Qutub Minar is one of my favorite place in Delhi. Great history and amazing architecture. You should come and see…
Delhi has been on my bucket list for some time! This article is perfect for me, because I want to try to get to EVERY UNESCO World Heritage Site! How many have you been to?
Hey Colleen, I stay in Delhi and i have been to all of them so many times even more than 100 times…
Have never been to Delhi but these places are enticing me to add it to my list! So many places in the world yet to visit….
ya should come and see…
The architecture here is simply stunning, not to mention the amazing history behind each of these sites. I was particularly intrigued by the details behind Humayun’s Tomb. I hope to be able to visit someday!
Hey Kally, Right only architecture is enough to visit these sites but history make them more interesting.
thats interesting! Thanks for sharing it! I did not know that there are 3 of them in Delhi, actually I might generally not know enough about Delhi; need to do some research! 🙂
You can check out my blog there are some more posts about Delhi. I hope they will really help you…
Though being in Delhi a lot still some info was quite new for me…..great to know the history
I am so desperate to visit India – it looks amazing! Thanks for giving me some tips for when I get there.
I spent a few months living in Pune, India but unfortunately never made it to Delhi. These sites sound incredible and I do hope to be able to go back to India soon and visit these as well!
Wow, these sites look and sound incredible! Thank you for the review – I love the concept of UNESCO World Heritage sites, I visited several while in Europe a month ago. I wish the United States had something similar to this to protect the heritage of our culture.
India is on my bucket list since…. forever! It has a lot of place to discover, and Delhi looks amazing. It’s interesting the resemblance between Humayun Tomb and Taj Mahal, I did not know that the Taj Mahal is sort of a copy of Humayun Tomb!
Thank you for sharing your knowledge about this beautiful city!
These sites are amazing. Thanks for sharing
I’ve never been to India. Definitely planning to visit Delhi one day.
Very informative. I’ve been to delhi but didn’t venture into any of the places you noted. It’s a tough place to navigate. The best approach is to do research and learn more about the sites. Thanks to you for the tips.