Delhi is not limited by its fast paced lifestyle and cosmopolitan culture. It is not limited to the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Old Delhi. Delhi has a rich history of timeless architecture that is known for its colonial grandeur and Mughal architecture. It was time for us to discover this unique destination and unravel it’s amazing history that spans decades.
Having booked our flight tickets in advance, we were happy with the discount that we received and counted the days down to our vacation. Looking for something off the beaten track, this trip was aimed to uncover Delhi’s unknown historical landmarks. The city has so much more to offer than the regular tourist spots that a list of unusual spots were warranted to be created.
Revisit Medieval History
Since Delhi is was the capital of India for several major civilisations, there is bound to be many layers of Mughal, Rajput and Pashtun architecture. You can travel to the Purana Quila which is a well-known 14th century archaeological complex or the excavations near the fort which have artifacts that date back to 1000 BC. Following the Ashokan Pillars around the city in places like Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Ridge and Greater Kailash is quite fun.
Stroll through Mehrauli
Take a walk through the urban village of Mehrauli which played host to the earliest cities of Delhi. This city was founded by the Rajput Kings and the Slave Dynasty that overthrew them. The Qutub complex and the Mehrauli Archaeological Park have together made efforts to protect the monument. It can be fun to walk through narrow alleys and locating these monuments. Some of the more popular ones include the Zafar Mahal, Jahaz Mahal, Madhi Masjid, Gandhak-ki-Baoli and Hauz-i-Shamsi.
Jahanpanah and Tughlaqabad
In the 14th century, Muhammad bin Tughlaq built Jahanpanah which is considered one of the oldest cities in Delhi. Currently, it is a residential area with several monuments scattered in locaties like Malviya Nagar, Kalu Sarai and Begumpur. Tughlaqabad is located south of Jahanpanah and is better known for its gigantic construction.
Travel back to the mutiny
Revisit a time and explore the trials of the mutiny of 1857. Most of this period resulted in bloodshed and this gory period concentrated at the Kashmiri Gate area. You can still find bullet marks on the gates and walls. The list of the soldiers that lost their lives are engraved at the Mutiny Memorial.
After the trip, we made last minute bookings for the Delhi to Mumbai flights but we still got good rates. Delhi is a gastronomical pleasure and a shopper’s paradise. It is an eternal city that has many hidden treasures and places that you will continue to discover. Our trip to Delhi was an unforgettable one – thanks to the city’s exquisite mix of cosmopolitan culture, old world Anglo Indian charms as well a vivid taste of monarchial India. Delhi is truly the heart of our country.
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