The national capital of India, Delhi isn’t merely what we visualize on postcards and in the books. National capital has been an epicenter of distinctive political powers since many generations. It has witnesses the rise and fall of multifarious rulers and hence the history of Delhi has been so diverse. There are distinctive versions of fables and facts regarding history of Delhi, but one thing is sure that this place has stood intact by the test of time. Now it is considered among st the top developed cities of India. Also, Delhi is suffused with monuments from past telling us fables of its turbulent past! While most people have visited the most touristy ones, there is still a treasure trove of the monuments out here waiting to get explored. Book your cheap flights to Delhi and here we present few of hidden,less-known and lost monuments of this capital city which certainly deserve more visitors.
Firoz Shah Kotla
Yet another beautiful ruin which has survived the course of time is Firoz Shah Kotla monument. Though Firoz Shah Kotla stadium is known among people but only a few and scattered people have heard about this monument. The Fort at Firoz Shah Kotla was constructed by Firoz Shah Tuglaq in 1300 s. Like few many other ruins of Delhi, this is lying there unnoticed. Exhibiting a large enclosure of high walls, Firoz Shah Kotla was grand and an opulent royal citadel of this city. However, unfortunately today majority of its beauty is vanished. It houses Pillared halls, Palaces, a Pigeon tower and a stepped well; few of which are still in good condition. The interesting thing about this monument is that few people still light up incense sticks and candles here and consider it as the abode of spirits.
Tomb Of Adham Khan
Adham Khan was the son of Akbar’s foster mother. While he was dear to the emperor, he had his wrath on murdering of Akbar’s Prime Minister. He was buried in his own Adham Khan Tomb which was constructed by emperor Akbar in 1561. Another reminder of Mughal’s gallantry and barbarism, Tomb of Adham Khan stands tall in Mehrauli. It has a tomb on its upper corridor and you can get lost easily here and that is why it is called ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’ in Hindi. Some historians are also of the view that there is some secret tunnel inside it which runs straight till Agra.
Lying in the state of being isolated, Tughlaqabad Fort is in now in a deplorable condition. This Fort was built by the founder of Tughlaq dynasty. It is spread over a vast area and is certainly a piece of architectural geniuses! Also, its architectural beauty is well defined in William Dalrymple’s(a famous travel writer) book.
Safdarjung Fort’s architecture is somewhat similar to the Humayun’s Tomb! Known to be the ‘ Last flicker in lamp of Mughal architecture’, this monuments is not frequented by significant number of tourists as most of them don’t even know about it. Completed in 1754, this magnificent monument is a memorial of Mirza Safdarjung. Situated in the Western end of Lodhi Road, this fort is certainly lying unnoticed there.
Khirki Masjid, Saket
Khirki Masjid is a hidden gem situated in the Khirki village opp the renowned Saket Mall in Delhi . It is a beautiful mosque accredited to Junan Shah. It comprises 180 columns, 81 domes and 15 prayer arches. This mosque is mostly covered making it one of its kind in the country. To compensate this, Junan Shah constructed red sand-stone windows in place of walls giving this mosque its unique name. Sadly, it is also amongst the forgotten monuments of the region but definitely is a must-see while in Delhi.
While reading this list, we are sure you’ll be motivated to traverse these priceless yet forgotten gems from our past! Think no further, get your cheap flights to Delhi from Toronto and relive into some intriguing fables of the city.