India is renowned for its incredible architecture, and Delhi offers you a beautiful selection of opulent buildings. Delhi has been the centre of India’s political power for over four centuries, and its architecture represents a rich history of supreme cultures, ranging from imperial Mughal architecture to the gothic style favoured by colonists.
Perhaps the most famous monument in Delhi is the Red Fort, which is recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The Red Fort Complex comprises the fort itself, named for its imposing red sandstone walls built in 1638, and which are 33 metres tall and over 2 km in length, and the adjacent Salimgarh, which was built in 1546. The complex represents previously unknown levels of opulence and are considered to be the pinnacle of Mughal architecture. It exudes the romantic magic of India’s heritage, which seamlessly fuses historical fact with captivating mythology. If you visit the Red Fort Complex, and don’t mind crowds, stay for the sound and light show, which lasts for an hour each evening. The light show is conducted in Hindi and English and times vary, according to the time of year, so check before you go.
Built in 1870, Humayun’s Tomb was the Indian subcontinent’s inaugural garden tomb. The building itself was the inspiration for a number of major architectural projects of the era, including (and culminating in) the Taj Mahal.
Delhi’s old and new architecture tells a story of romance, love, war and peace. From imposing minarets, such as Qutab Minar to stunning temples like Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, and modern pieces such as Bahai Temple, each piece forms part of India’s beautiful story. Whether you factor them into your trip to Delhi or not, make sure you at least take a moment now and again to stop, look around (and up) and acknowledge the immense passion, faith, skill and imagination that has gone into each and every building.