Towering high over an assortment of Afghan architectural marvels is the iconic Qutub Minar. Built by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak in 1199, with three more storeys added later by his son-in-law, as a monument to give calls for prayer, the Qutub Minar is a 72.
A fortress, whose crumbling ruins still exist today, dominated the center of the sixth city, Dinpanah. Purana Qila's main highlights are two buildings within its massive walls: Qila-I-Kuhna Masjid and the Sher Mandal.
Nizamuddin is situated in a busy area and the change from the modern frenzy of the outside to when you enter this village from the Middle Ages, with its winding alleys and old buildings, is distinct. Dominating this area is Hazrat Nizamuddin Darga, one of the greatest Sufi shrines.
The beautiful red and white sandstone building was built in 1570 by Haji Begum, Emperor Humayun's senior wife, and has the distinction of being the first garden tomb in the subcontinent. Built in the Persian charbagh, quartered garden, style, the central tomb is surrounded by four squares separated by water pathways forming this typical Mughal garden.
Humayun's tomb was the first Mughal garden tomb in the country and Safdarjung's was the last. The history surrounding its construction is one of dying glory when Nadir Shah looted the city and the Mughal Empire's might and power had dwindled to almost nothing.
Hauz Khas is a fashionable area with some of the most chic boutiques and restaurants in the city. It is also one of the most historic areas, deriving its name from the Royal Reservoir that was excavated in 1300 A.
Built by the Tughlaqs in a short span from AD 1321-25, this imposing fort may be crumbling, but its soaring walls, massive bastions and huge towers are absolutely magnificent. It's lovely at night when it's lit up and the soft glow gives it a haunting beauty.
Built between 1921 and 1929, this palatial structure, designed as the official residence of the Viceroy, but now home to the Indian President, incorporates within its distinctly British style, Indo-Islamic and Buddhist design elements. The most visible feature is the drum-mounted Buddhist style dome.
Built in the shape of a lotus - a symbol of beauty and purity, and made of white marble, the Bahá'í Temple has left an indelible mark on the city's landscape. The Lotus Temple was completed in 1986, constructed by the followers of the Bahá'í faith.
This grand avenue runs between Rashtrapati Bhavan in the west and India Gate and the National Stadium in the east. Flanked by manicured lawns and fountains, this is where the annual Republic Day Parade is held every year on January 26.
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