Starting from the Mahabharata era to the powerful reign of the Mughals to witnessing the Modern role of the British in ruling the country, Delhi has always been “the centre of attention” in India. The place didn’t only see the reviving powers from some fierce to very powerful rulers, but it also witnessed lots of love amongst the kins, the hatred between the opponents, the bloodsheds and the victorious celebrations! Do you know what all such negative and positive events lead to? Well, these situations actually gave Delhi some important structures to commemorate — after each victory, childbirth, happiness and war were constructed some of the finest monuments that have stood the test of time. And some of these structures were so astonishing that they were tagged as the World Heritage Monuments in Delhi by UNESCO. A road trip through the city especially dedicated to these structures is fun and exciting and intriguing – all at the same time.
Important points to remember:
- Best time to visit Delhi — June to February if you want to avoid the extreme summers.
- Number of world heritage sites in Delhi — 3
- Other important heritage sites to visit in Delhi — Lodhi Tomb, Purana Qila, India Gate, Jama Masjid, Safdarjung Tomb, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Jantar Mantar.
Visit the UNESCO Verified World Heritage Areas in Delhi
The chaotic and always buzzing Delhi has the reason to be called the heart of India. It’s all because of the below listed world heritage sites in Delhi, apart from of course the people of the land. These sites have been built mostly during the Sultanate or the Mughal periods. Though all these monuments are largely inspired by the Islamic architectural ideas and construction patterns, you’ll find exclusive and unique beauty and innovation in each of them. That’s what makes all of them special, and is the main reason behind them being chosen as the prominent world heritage sites in the country.
1. Humayun’s Tomb
Dedicated to a great leader from the Mughal dynasty who ruled the country during the 16th century, this tomb was built to pay tribute to him after his death by his wife. The most distinctive structure was constructed of red sandstone and white marbles, and thus gets its magnificent look. The Islamic pattern on the pillars and extraordinary artwork are worth a visit while you take a tour of the Humayun’s Tomb. Some even say it’s second to the Taj Mahal in artistry and architecture — which is to say a lot, since Taj Mahal is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Adding to its charm, is a lush a Persian styled garden which has been standing in this courtyard since centuries, intact and alluring.
- Time to visit the Humayun’s Tomb — 8 am to 6 pm
- Entry fees — 30 INR for Indian residents (excluding children) and SAARC citizens, and 550 INR for international visitors
- Best routes to visit the tomb — Humayun’s Tomb is located at the Southern part of Delhi near Nizamuddin, therefore can be reached easily from all over the place via cars. Even the metro station is just 2.2 Km away from here, and therefore you can reach from there easily as well.
2. Qutub Minar
Who wouldn’t have heard about the largest tower in India, the Qutub Minar? Located in the outskirts of Delhi, this minaret is 72 metres high. Built in 1192 by a famous Muslim Sultan, this extraordinary structure is an exemplary work for aficionados of architectural and of course for the art lovers. The eye catching designs, the capturing contrasts and the ultra fine way of carving everything is believed to be exceptional in world history. Apart from this tower, even the monuments it consists of are considered special by UNESCO. Some of these fabulous monuments are Quwwat- Al- Islam Mosque and Iron Pillar Of Delhi. While the mosque is considered as the first one in India, the iron pillar takes you back to the powerful Gupta Dynasty’s rule.
- Time to visit Qutub Minar – 6 am to 6 pm (open all days)
- Entry fees —30 INR for Indian citizens and 550 INR for International visitors.
- Best routes to reach Qutub Minar — Qutub Minar from New Delhi in a car is just 15 minutes away with 10.8 Km of distance, and from Old Delhi it is 17.6 Km away which would take you around half an hour in a car. Even the Qutub Minar Metro station is minutes away from the monument which can take you to your next location easily.
3. The Red Fort
Built in the year 1857 by the Mughals, the Lal Qila or the Red Fort of Delhi is a sombre structure that commands respect. Made with red coloured bricks and depicting a unique taste of décor and art, this fort speaks of the high preferences and classy choices of the Mughal rulers. Being declared as the UNESCO world heritage site in the year 2007, this fort is one of the most preferred places in the list of Delhi sightseeing Designed by Ahmed Lahori on the orders of Emperor Shahjahan, this fort is extravagant and lavish and tells a tale of the fanciful expenditures and whims of rulers. No doubt you couldn’t take your eyes off when you roam here to experience an era up, close and personal.
- Time to visit — 9:30 am – 4:30 pm (Monday closed)
- Entry fees — 35 INR for Indian citizens and 550 INR For Foreigners.
- Best routes to reach the Red Fort — The Red Fort can be reached within minutes from New Delhi in a car as it is 7.4 Km from the main junction. There are even metros and trains connecting from here that can make your travelling convenient and easy.
For a relaxed trip with the freedom of movement it will be good to hire a self drive car rental. Travelling to any place knowing that there’s a world heritage site located in the area gives you a tingle of excitement. But when you are in Delhi and visiting these powerful yet elegant gifts from the impactful rulers of the yesteryears, you actually get goosebumps. Their story, their power and authority, and choices – all are reflected in their constructions, and that’s why these world heritage sites in Delhi are sure to make a lasting impact on your minds.