Take a tour of Old Delhi to discover historical monuments and seats of culture that are little known in the lanes of Chandni Chowk, largest and oldest market of Asia. These include Haveli of Mirza Ghalib, traditional specialty shops and eateries that have been here for more than two centuries. Lal Qila or the Red Fort at Delhi overshadows Chandni Chowk with its magnificent presence. Standing on the bank of River Yamuna, this huge red sandstone for was built by Shah Jahan as the new Capital for Mughals, when they shifted from Agra to Delhi. Close to the fort, he also built the largest mosque one pearl bank condo in India – Jama Masjid – that can hold up to 25000 devotees at once.
New Delhi holds the first reminiscent of Islamic victory in India known as Qutub Minar, which is among the highest stone towers in the world, Humayun’s Tomb, Old Fort, India Gate, Raj Ghat, and President’s House with its beautiful Mughal Gardens thrown open to public in the Spring Season are other relics that Delhi is proud of. New-age history has seen the construction of Lotus Temple and Akshardham Temple in Delhi that exude extreme beauty.
Shah Jahan loved architecture in marble about as much passionately as he loved his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal and Agra was his birthplace, where he was born to a Mughal Emperor Jehangir. So, it was quite natural that when Mumtaz asked him to build a tomb that surpasses the entire world in beauty and grace to immortalize their love, Shah Jahan chose a site in Agra on the banks of River Yamuna for such a romantic and glorious structure. He invited best architects from all over the world and the design that he chose bore Persian and indigenous influences. Being an emperor, he imported marble from Makrana and used semi-precious and precious stones to add color to the lacework motifs. The Taj is one of the Seven Wonders of the World today.
Agra is also home to the former residence complex of Mughal Emperors – Agra Fort, Akbar’s vision city – Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb – Sikandra, and Itmad-ud-Daullah’s Tomb known as the ‘Jewel Box’ that was built by Noor Jehan for her father. The creative tomb is said to have been an inspiration for Taj. Jaipur, an introduction to Royal Rajasthan Tours, too is a sea of royal heritage monuments that are architectural marvels that amply use sophisticated artistry and craftsmanship. Opulence at Jaipur is all about stone art with lavish interiors. Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort as well as Royal Cenotaphs at Gaitore on the outskirts of the city and the Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the City Palace within the Pink City are witnesses of centuries of Rajput hierarchy in the region.