Delhi has been home to numerous ruling empires including the mughals, marathas and the British. Due to this reason there are a lot of historical places in Delhi. While most of these architectural wonders are still in excellent condition, others have been severely damaged.
If you love all things history, you will love visiting the capital of India. It has a diverse culture and boasts of being one of the top tourist attractions in India. There are numerous monuments in Delhi to visit and capture in your camera.
Here are some historical places in Delhi that you must definitely visit:
- Red Fort
- Qutub Minar
- Humayun Tomb
- Jama Masjid
- India Gate
- Jantar Mantar
- Purana Qila
Also known as Lal Qila, Red Fort was constructed by Shahjahan in 1639, because he wanted to move the Mughal Capital from Agra to Delhi. The redstone used in the construction of the fort was the reason behind its name. It served as the official residence of various Mughal emperors who had a lavish lifestyle. It is among the most visited historical places and houses some museums that have various antiques on display. The Indian flag is hoisted at this very fort on every Independence Day.
Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk.
Entry Fee: Indian Nationals: Rs. 35, Foreign Nationals: Rs. 500
Timings: 09.30 AM – 04.30 PM
How to Reach: The closest metro station to the red fort is Chandni Chowk. You can also book a cab or hire an auto to reach Red Fort.
Qutub Minar is one of the famous landmarks in Delhi. It took several years to get completed. Commissioned by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak in 1192, the victory tower is located in the Mehrauli area of South Delhi The five stories of the tower were finally completed in 1220 but it was struck with lightning during the 1300s. The tower even had to suffer from an earthquake in 1803, more than 300 years after completion. This tallest minaret in the world was awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Address: Mehrauli, New Delhi
Entry Fee: Indian Nationals: Rs. 35, Foreign Nationals: Rs. 550
Timings: 07:00 AM – 05:00 PM
How to Reach: Take a ride to the Qutub Minar Metro Station, book a cab or hire an auto.
If you are looking for old edifices with the striking architecture of Central Asia and Persia, Humayun’s Tomb is a great option to visit in Delhi. One of the must-visit historical places of Delhi, the tomb is also known as Maqbara-e-Humayun. The mausoleum was built by Bega Begum, Humayun’s first wife, in her husband’s memory and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghia, a Persian architect. The garden around the tomb (Charbagh) is a quadrilateral layout built in Persian style, consisting of several water channels, walkaways, a pavilion, etc. The tomb complex was given the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Address: Madhura Road, Opp. Dargah Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi.
Entry Fee: Indian Nationals: Rs. 30, Foreign Nationals: Rs. 500
Timings: 06:00 AM – 06:00 PM
How to Reach: Take a ride to the JLN Stadium Metro Station. Delhi Public Transport buses are also available from the metro station to Humayun Tomb. You can also opt to book a cab or hire an auto.
One of the biggest mosques of India, Jama Masjid was built in 1656 by Shahjahan, the fourth Mughal Emperor. Made of red sandstone and marble in Indo-Islamic architecture, it is a must-visit tourist site in Delhi. The masjid can accommodate up to 25,000 people at a time. During Eid thousands of devotees gather in the compound of this historic mosque for prayers.
Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Entry Fee: Free
Timings: 07:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 01.30 PM – 06.30 PM
How to Reach: Take a ride to the Jama Masjid Metro Station, book a cab or hire an auto. .
India Gate was built in the memory of the soldiers who were a part of the British Indian Army and had lost their lives during the First World War. You can see the reversed rifle with a helmet-capped on the marble foundation. Many natives and travelers visit the war memorial to pay their tributes to the warriors. This should definitely be on the top of your list of historical sites to visit in Delhi.
Address: Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi.
Entry Fee: Free
How to Reach: Take a ride to the Central Secretariat Metro Station, book a cab or hire an auto.
One of the best historical monuments in Delhi to visit, Jantar Mantar is a large observatory that was built by Maharaja Jai Singh. It helped to observe the distance, time and speed of space bodies. Home to various astronomy instruments like Samrat, Mishra Yantra and Jayaprakash, Jantar Mantar was used to predict the location of the Sun as well as the longest and shortest days of a year accurately.
Address: Parliament Street, Connaught Place, Delhi
Entry Fee: Indian Nationals: Rs. 25, Foreign Nationals: Rs. 300
Timings: You can visit Jantar Mantar from sunrise to sunset.
How to Reach: Take a ride to the Patel Chowk Metro Station, book a cab or hire an auto.
Purana Qila, popularly known as Old Fort is a five-thousand-year-old monument hence one of the oldest forts in Delhi. The indomitable fort is located in the heart of the city, on the banks of the Yamuna River. Believed to be built on Indraprastha, the ancient city of Pandavas, the huge fortification includes three big entrances and ramparts surrounded by a moat. Visitors can be seen boating here joyfully.
Address: Madhura Road, Near Delhi Zoo, New Delhi.
Entry Fee: Indian Nationals: Rs. 20, Foreign Nationals: Rs. 200
Timings: 07:00 AM – 06:00 PM
How to Reach: Take a ride to the Patel Chowk Metro Station, you can also book a cab or hire an auto.