Having visited almost 3 to 4 times, I didn’t get a chance to see the marvels Delhi offer for the people who come. But on 24th December 2016, I had a full day to explore as much as possible. Had a rough idea about the metro traveling in Delhi, so started very early from my hotel near Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station. My first visit was to the Qutb complex which is roughly 16 kms from railway station.
Qutb complex is a UNESCO World heritage site in Delhi and has lots of monuments in it and one can easily spend half day here. It’s a 73 metre top marvel which is 5 storey in its height and is the tallest brick minaret in the World. The construction of Qutb Minar started in 1192 AD, and the architecture of this monument is a mixture of Iranian and Afghan style of buildings. Qutb Minar has been said to be built in the honor of Sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtair Kaki, some proofs also says it has been built as the ‘Tower of Victory’, to celebrate the victory of Muhammad Ghori on the Rajput king.
My next monument to visit was the 6,000 kg iron pillar of Delhi which is rust resistant and is still having brahmi lipis carved on it from many decades.
The next was Quwwat ul-Islam mosque which had the cloister columns which depicted Hindu carvings. As it’s said this place had many Hindu and Jain temples built and after the Mughals acquired this place, they destroyed the temples and built the mosques, and still there are few ruins of the temple carvings seen in this complex.
Then I took a metro for an hour to reach India Gate, The All India War Memorial located alongside the Rajpath. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, this is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of India who died in the first world war in different parts of the world. The architecture is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Gateway of India located in Mumbai. There is a Flame of the Immortal soldier or the Amar JAwan Jyothi since 1971.
The cornice of the India Gate depicts the inscription of the soldiers who dies in frist World war as this ‘TO THE DEAD OF THE INDIAN ARMIES WHO FELL AND ARE HONOURED IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS MESOPOTAMIA AND PERSIA EAST AFRICA GALLIPOLI AND ELSEWHERE IN THE NEAR AND THE FAR-EAST AND IN SACRED MEMORY ALSO OF THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE HERE RECORDED AND WHO FELL IN INDIA OR THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER AND DURING THE THIRD AFGHAN WAR’.
My entire evening from was later spent roaming on the Rajpath, which stretches long from Rashtrapathi Bhavan to India Gate watching kids enjoy this traffic free area with toys and remote controlled cycles. Later flocked outside the Rashtrapathi Bhavan and saw the illuminated structure with lights. The place was so quiet as its always guarded by police in and out.
The entire day was well spent in Delhi, but still many places are to be seen here. Hope I will visit some of them during my next visit to the capital city of India.