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The Red Fort is a historical fortification in the old Delhi area. Shah Jahan constructed it in the year 1639 as a result of a capital shift from Agra to Delhi. Used as the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty, this imposing piece of architecture derives its name from its impregnable red sandstone walls. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political centre of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region. Today, this monument is home to several museums that have an assortment of precious artefacts on display. Every year, the Indian Prime Minister unfurls the national flag here on the Independence Day.
2 out of 12 places to visit in Old Delhi
Look no further than Natraj Dahi Bhalla Corner for the best dahi bhalla if you happen to be in Chandi Chowk. Service is quick, and you can be assured that it will be crowded at most times. Both their dahi bhalla and crispy aloo tikki at INR 50 apiece are well worth a quick snack while braving the long queues.
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The 'Masjid-I Jahan-Numa' or Jama Masjid in Delhi is the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The mosque hosts thousands of pilgrims each year on the holy occasion of Eid to offer special Namaz in the morning. With a capacity of twenty-five thousand people in the courtyard, Jama Masjid extends for about 1200 square meters in area with three gateways, four towers and two minarets which are forty meters high. Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari, an Imam from Uzbekistan, inaugurated the mosque. Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Masjid during Namaz offerings.
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One of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is Old Delhi's main thoroughfare which is a chaotic wholesale market lined by hawkers and porters offering full medieval bazaar experience. It is an important historical site renowned for the availability of every kind of goods as well as food. It was constructed in the 17th-century b the Mughal ruler of India Shah Jahan. It is situated opposite the Red Fort and provides a view of the Fatehpuri Mosque.
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5 out of 12 places to visit in Old Delhi
Rajghat is a memorial in Delhi where Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, was cremated followed by his assassination in the year 1948. The cenotaph commemorating his memory is a simple black marble structure that sits amid a beautiful garden. The place is visited by locals as well as foreigners and various delegates to pay their homage to the Father of the Nation. A prayer is held every Friday, the day he died at Rajghat.
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Situated at the western end of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, Fatehpuri Masjid is a 17th century mosque named after the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan?s wife- Fatehpuri Begum. Built in 1650, the mosque is constructed entirely of red stone and boasts of a fluted dome and towering minarets. A masterpiece of Mughal architecture, the mosque has a vast central prayer hall designed with seven enormous arches. The monument is famous as it was used to station the Indian troops during the war of 1857. Later, it was also auctioned by the British to a local merchant.
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Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the best-known and the most ancient Jain temple in Delhi. Located in the Chandni Chowk area, in the vicinity of Red Fort, the striking building is made entirely out of red sandstone. Originally built in 1658, the temple underwent major modifications and alterations in the later years. Popularly known as Lal Mandir aka ?Red Temple?, the temple is dedicated to 23rd Jain Tirthankara- Parshvanath. Besides the huge statue of Parshvanath, the temple also houses idols of Rishabhdev, Lord Mahavir and several other deities; the main devotional area is however present on the first floor.
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Situated in the heart of the city in Kashmere Gate area of New Delhi and formerly known as Old Delhi Military Cemetery or the Kashmere Gate Cemetery, Nicholson Cemetery (also known as Lothian Cemetery) is an ancient Christian cemetery named after the Brigadier-General John Nicholson, a Victorian-era military officer who played a crucial role during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and succumbed to injuries during the revolt. Lately emerging among the Delhites as the ?most peaceful place in Delhi?; the cemetery is a burial ground of both the English and Indian Christians during the British Raj in India.
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Situated in the Chandi Chowk area of Old Delhi, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is one among the nine historical gurudwaras in Delhi. Built in 1783 by Baghel Singh (military general in the Punjab cantonment), the gurdwara is the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru-Guru Tegh Bahadur.
10 out of 12 places to visit in Old Delhi
Located in the Naubat Khana within the premises of the historic Red Fort in Delhi, Indian War Memorial Museum was built with an objection to pay tribute and respect to the Indian soldiers who fought in the war on behalf of the country. Spread over two floors, the galleries are accessorized to depict the military history of India with arms, weapons, variety of daggers, chest armours and other objects of war. The first gallery has a brilliant miniature model of the war scene between Babur and Ibrahim Lodi. The other entities of this section include swords, daggers, helmets, armours, gilded weapons, battle axes etc. The next two galleries are replete with replicas of slightly evolved weapons of war which comprise of bombshells, pistols, machine guns, gunpowder and other objects which were mostly used during World War I.
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Located adjacent to the Meena Bazaar near Jama Masjid in New Delhi, Urdu Park is an enormous park constructed in the heart of the very crowded Chandni Chowk. The lush green park has people of various local professions practicing their art in the park including champi walas, body masseuses, ear cleaners etc. The highlight of the park is the cricket match held there every Sunday.
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Built by Roshanara Begum, Shah Jahan's second daughter, the verdant green Roshanara Bagh is situated in the Kamla Nagar area of North Campus in New Delhi. Replete with numerous varieties of trees, plants and medicinal herbs (some of which have been imported from Japan), the park also has a lake which hosts migratory birds in winters.