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New Year Celebrations in New Delhi

New Year Eve in Delhi

If you are contemplating to visit  New Delhi around New Year’s time, the city will bring to fore the joy of celebration and enthusiasm of welcoming the year 2013. The city abounds with a number of historical monuments that have been silent witnesses to power shift from the hands of one ruler to another. Besides monuments, there are several modern buildings such as malls, pubs, five star hotels and fine dining restaurants in Lutyen’s Delhi, each of which is fully booked on the New Year’s Eve. In this blog, I have mentioned four monuments which form an integral part of Delhi’s sightseeing.

Red Fort

One of the most largest monuments and a popular tourist attraction in New Delhi, Red fort is one of the spectacular masterpieces of Mughal architecture. It was constructed by the 5th Mughal ruler ‘Shah Jahan’ who also built the famous Taj Mahal. Owing to its artistic brilliance, Red Fort was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Till today, Red Fort stands as a testimony to the grandeur and strength of India. The Prime Minister of India  does flag hoisting here on 15th August.

Red Fort Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb

Built in the memory of Mughal emperor Humayun by his widow Hamida Bano Begum, Humayun’s Tomb was  designed by the Persian architect ‘Mirak Mirza Ghiyath’. It was the  first Mughal monument to be built in sandstone  and took nine years to complete. Humayun’s Tomb was included in the catalog of UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1993. The tomb marked the beginning of some custom designs that were incorporated into several other Mughal structures.

Humayun’s Tomb

Qutub Minar

Built in the 13thcentury, of red & buff sandstone, Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret in the world. It has a height of 72.5 meters and require 379 steps from the base towards the top. The construction of this minaret was commenced by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in 1192 and was completed by his successor Iltutmish. However, Qutub Minar  was completed in its present state by Firoz Shah Tuglaq, who added the top three storeys. A three day Qutub festival of Dance & Music was organized  by Delhi Tourism & the Transport Development Corporation marked by classical music performances.

Qutub Minar

Purana Qila

Located in the southeastern parts of New Delhi, Purana Qila is a historical fort that exhibit Mughal and Lodhi architecture. The history of this fort dates back to the Mahabharata age which says the location of the fort happens to be the site of Indraprastha city, the capital of Pandavas. The fort was the new capital of Mughal Emperor Humayun called “Dinapanah”. Later, Sher Shah Suri built his capital ‘Shergarh’ in this fort which was drowned to dust by Humayun after he recaptured the fort in 1555.

Purana Qila

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