Delhi has been a seat of power for many years. Many rulers and dynasties have ruled India through centuries. During every reign the country has been bestowed with some of the most amazing monuments some of which have written the history while some others are forgotten with the time.
Delhi is one such place in India which houses thousands of tombs, havelis, darwazas and mosques. During Delhi tourism people travel to many prominent tourist spot of the city. Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Jama Masjid are just to name a few monuments for which Delhi is known for. Some of them are listed among UNESCO declared world heritage sites.
But Delhi is not only about the grand monuments and places. The city also houses with some of the most exotic heritage sites which are now not so popular with the time there status has been lost. Yet each of them still holds the same grandeur and charm altogether been fighting for their identity.
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Here are some of the best monuments we will discuss which are not mention in a tourist site but still holds a prominent position in Indian history.
- Tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan –I – Khana
- Ghiyath Al – Din Tughlaq’s Tomb
- Safdarjang’s Tomb
- Chor Minar
1. Tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan –I – Khana
The tomb of Abdul Rahim is located a few meters away from Humayun’s Tomb. Abdul Rahim was a poet in Akbar’s court. He is also posted as one of the ministers in the court of Mughal emperor Akbar. The tomb was constructed in 1598 AD for Rahim’s wife and later his body also placed next hers in 1672 AD. The tomb is beautifully architecture in square shape and is built with red sandstone. The beautifully interspersed grey marble is a perfect example of mesmerizing symmetry and craftsmanship. The tomb is massive and throws an impressive and dauntless looks. According to ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) the tomb is still one of the finest structures in Delhi. One can reach here from Sabz Burj from a couple of meters.
2. Ghiyath Al – Din Tughlaq’s Tomb
Tomb of Ghiyath Al Din Tughlaq, it is one of the forgotten monuments of India which is built for the renowned ruler and the founder of the Turkic Tughluq Dynasty of the same name. The tomb is located at the south of the Tughlaqabad Fort. To get into the fort, one has to walk through the walking path of the tomb. Very few know but Feroz Shah built this tomb for himself during his rule only. There is a causeway built in the tomb which is supported by 26 piers and arches and that crosses the artificial lake that connects the tomb and fort. This pentagon shaped tomb is supported by the huge cone shapped bastions at every intersection. The corridors are arch shaped and are stretch along the interior of the courts borderline wall. The tomb houses three graves along with the grave of Ghiyas-Ud-Din Tuhlaq. Other two graves include if his second son, Sultan Mohammad Adil Tughlaq Shah and his wife Begum Makhdima Jehan.
3. Safdarjang’s Tomb
The tomb of Safdarjang is one of the last garden tombs built in Delhi. It is built with marble and sandstone in late during 18th century. Safdarjang is a statesman during the time of Mughal reign. He used to serve as Wazir – I – Hindustan (Prime Minister of India) during the reign of Ahmad Shah Bahadur. The tomb was built in 1754 AD; the construction material which used in this tomb is from the tomb of Abdul Rahim Khan –I – Khana. The design of the tomb is matching with the design of Humayun’s tomb. This beautiful garden tomb is located at Safdarjang road junction and near Aurobindo Marg in New Delhi. The tomb remains open for the travellers on all the days from sunrise to sunset. The entry fee for the local travellers is 15 Rs/ and for the foreigners is 200 Rs. For children up-to the age of 15 years there will be no fees charged. While visiting here you can carry your still camera to take pictures for which no money will be charged and for video camera INR 25 will be charged.
4. Chor Minar
Chor Minar, the tower of Thieves is one of the unique buildings that was built during Khilji reign and which has seen severe massacre in the history of India. It was once a place where people used to mutilate hideously. The Chor Minar was built in 1290 and 1320 during the 13th century. These minaret wholes 225 holes in it which was built during the reign of Alauddin Khilji dynasty. According to the legends, it is believed that the tower was used to behead thieves and trespassers. The thieves not only beheaded over here, but their heads were also used to serve here on the display in these holes of the minaret to induce the fear in people’s mind. The place where tower is located is known as Mongolpuri, which was named after the emperor of the same name and it is the place where whole 8000 settlement of Mongols were executed.