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.