Every year on 18th April, World Heritage Day is celebrated with the aim to spread awareness about the various cultural heritage sites and efforts required for protection of these sites as they are an important part of our history and culture. Government of India had announced free entry for both domestic as well as Foreigner visitors at the heritage sites on world heritage day.
In 1983, UNESCO accepted of this day and since then it’s been celebrated. India has prominent heritage sites that attract thousands of tourists every year. Delhi, the national capital has 111 monuments according to the survey conducted by Archaeological Survey of India.
On the occasion of World Heritage Day we bring you the list of heritage monuments which you must visit in Delhi:
Topping the list is Qutab Minar a well know heritage monument which was built in the 13th century. The first Muslim ruler of Delhi, Qutab-
Second, in line is Red Fort popularly know as Lal Qila builds by Shah Jahan. The 33-metre tall red sandstone walls were constructed to protect from enemies and invaders. It has various structures in it like Drum House, the Hall of Public Audiences, Hall of Private Audiences build with white marble, Royal Baths and much more.
The most visited monument, Lotus Temple is popular for its distinct flower shape. The 27marble petals put together that forms the shape of a lotus. The temple teaches Baha I Faith which refers to the concept which beliefs all religions in the world as one. A person belonging to any religion, caste can visit the temple. There are nine doors that open at the central hall and have a seat for about 1300 people and a capacity for 2400 people. Only musical prayers are organised time and again in the temple. Delivering sermons, organising spiritual meeting is forbidden inside the temple. The teaching of love, humanity, truth, togetherness is given at the temple.
Build in 1565AD after the death of the prominent Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb houses the graves of Bega Begum, Hamida Begum and Humayun’s great-great-grandson Dara Shikoh and of many other Mughal emperors. In 1993, Humanyu Tomb was announced as UNESCO world heritage site. The main tomb is surrounded with many small monuments and Char-Bagh, a Persian style garden which was first of its kind. It was the first structure made with red sandstone. It has become quite a popular places for tourist.