6 Monuments of Delhi That Deserve To Be Visited At Least Once In Your Lifetime

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Step off the beaten track in the City of Djinns and you will discover that Delhi is much more than what you see on postcards and in books. Because tucked away in various corners of the city are monuments that seem to have been forgotten by both man and time. As you discover more of the city, you will realize that Delhi which is a miscellany of seven cities is dotted with amazing fables, secrets and sites that truly make it one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Presenting some monuments in the Capital, that will help you understand the city in a much more intimate manner.

Khan-e-Khana’s Tomb

Everybody who has gone to school has in most probability studied Rahim ke Dohe. Rahim’s full name was Abdul Rahim Khan-e-Khana. Hopefully that will ring a bell. Rahim was the son of Bairam Khan, who was beheaded by Akbar because he resented his growing influence in the sultanate matters. Later Akbar bestowed the title of ‘Mirza Khan’ on Rahim, who wrote numerous dohas, two books on astrology and translated Babar’s memoirs. After his death, Rahim was immortalized in a grand red sandstone tomb that was decorated with jewels, which later were stripped off by thieves.

Where: Near Nizammudin East, near Humayun’s Tomb
Nearest Metro Station: Jawaharlal Nehru stadium
Timings: Everyday, Sunrise to Sunset

Agrasen Ki Baoli

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Anyone who has seen or heard of Connaught Place would never ever think that this busy commercial area is also home to a stepwell that is close to 600 years. Although history does not provide us any evidence about who built the baoli, many believe that this structure was built by the Agrasen, the legendary king who ruled during the Mahabharata period. A local word for stepwell, baoli is believed to be the home of mythical djinns. These djinns are said to grant wishes of people who toss a coin into the water. There is no way to test this theory because as of now this baoli does not have any water. But nonetheless, just walking down the 103 stairs and soaking in the aura of this place, is sure to make your day memorable. Also, this baoli is among a few of its kind in the city, another reason why you should stop by this one, whenever you are around Connaught Place.
Where: Hailey Road, Connaught Place
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Timings: All days of the week, 9 AM and 5 PM

Humayun’s Tomb

Very similar to the Taj Mahal, the Humayan’s tomb was built in the mid 16th century by Haji Begum. The senior wife of the Mughal emperor Humayun, this monument is a marriage between Persian and Mughal architecture. One of the most perfectly proportioned and captivating mausoleums not just in Delhi, but throughout India, this monument is also one of the best preserved UNESCO World Heritage site in the city.
The surrounding gardens are alive with various birds and also contain the tombs of Haji Begum and the favourite barber of the emperor. Further, Humayun Tomb is also where Bahadur Shah Zafar {the last Mughal emperor} took refuge before the British captured and exiled him. Very close to the monument, the tomb of Isa Khan is also located which is a great example of the architecture of the the Lodhi dynasty. If you stop by here on a Thursday evening, make sure to catch the qawwali that is held at Nizamuddin Dargah which is very close to the monument. That is another experience that you will not forget in a very long time.
Where: Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, Opp. Dargah,
Nearest Metro Station: Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium, Pragati Maidan
Timings: All days of the week, 9 AM and 5 PM

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Chor Minar

During the reign of Alauddin Khillji (1290-1320 AD), burglary was considered a serious business, especially in Capital. Because getting caught had serious consequences especially when you got sent off to Chor Minar also known as the Tower of Thieves. This small monument does not have dungeons or gallows, but is even more horrifying. This is because here was where the emperor would have the thieves beheaded. These heads were then put up for a public display through one of many holes that were present on the monument. It was indeed a deadly silent ‘do not steal’ warning by the authorities!
Today this monument stands peacefully, with its horrifying past which is slowly fading away from memories. Take a walk inside the tower with your camera and be careful not to steal anything.
Where: Near the Qutub Minar
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar Timings: Everyday, Sunrise to Sunset

Hauz Khaz Village

A part of many Bollywood movies, includingRustom, Happy Bhaag Jayegi and my favouriteRockstar, the Hauz Khas village is a place where time literally stands still, despite being a very urban zone. While you will find many people {especially the youth} drinking and partying in the restaurants and pubs nearly, the village nearby houses a water tank, an Islamic seminary, a mosque and tomb. These structures can trace their origin right back to the Delhi sultanate reign that was in power during the 13th century. With numerous art galleries, upscale boutiques and restaurant on one hand and a dose of history on the other hand, the Hauz Khaz village is perfect for the urban explorer.
Where: Hauz Khaz
Nearest Metro Station: Green Park

 

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These are just a few monuments. Delhi is home to many more and if you really look, you will find many more stories and legacies in the bylanes of this city. There are many places in the this beautiful city that are waiting to be explored by people, whether you are a local or tourist. With a population of close to 9 million, New Delhi is a city like no other in the world, that is defined by chaos, colour and beauty at almost every stage.  Further, Delhi has some great monuments that are spread across the length and breadth of the city, that for a history lover this city is literally a living paradise. In end, all we can say is that Delhi is an oasis of art and culture, where almost every era of history seems to have left its mark in the culture and monuments that are scattered  throughout this fabled city.

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