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India Gate : Delhi
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The marvellous Capital
This video shows the beauty of the bustling administrative city of Delhi.
(Courtesy: First picture taken from GOOGLE. Rest are original snaps taken by me).
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The Fort Palace complex: Red fort
The Red Fort is situated in Shajahanabad, today's old Delhi. It is one of the most marvellous examples architecture in the whole india. The red fort was earlier known as the "Qila-i-Mubarak" which means the blessed fort because it was the residence of the royal family.
The Red Fort is mainly made of red sand stone but many structures like the Moti Masjid situated inside the fort is made of splendid white marbles. It lies along the bank of Yamuna River, which fed the moats that surround most of the wall.
History tells that the significance of the fort as the administrative centre fell with the decline of the mughal rulars. The last mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Jaffar was exiled and the whole control over the country shifted to the hand to the british government.
even after so many years the Red Fort has a great significance in the heart of the Indians as it reminds us about the glorious era of the Mughals.
The fourdation of this world famous tower known as the Qutubminar was laid down by Qutubuddin Aibak of the Mumluk dynasty towards the end of 12th century. The construction was inturrupted at the first storey by his death and the remaining three storey was completed in the matching material and style by his successer Iltutmish in A.D.1230.
The tower has a diameter of 14.32 m at the base and of about 2.75m at the top with a height of 72.5m and ascended by 379 steps, it is the highest stone tower in India and a perfect Minar known to exist anywhere.
The magnificent Taj Mahal
Just a few kilometres form delhi, in the royal city of Agra, the magnificent Taj Mahal is situated in the bank of river Yamuna. The Taj Mahal is one of the seven wonders of the world. Build completely with white marbles, the Taj Mahal was constructed by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan during 1632 and was completed around 1653.The Persian architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri is generally considered to be the principal designer of the Taj Mahal. The Taj is considered the symbol of love as the emperor had built it in the memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaj Mahal.
The Mysterious tomb: Iron Pillar
The Iron Pillar stands in the campus of the grand Qutub Minar which is about 7m high. It is the great mystery that even after so many years the famous tomb has not rusted.
The Iron Pillar was built in the reign of Chandragupta II better known as Vikramaditya during 912 BCE. It is the only remaining piece of a Hindu and Jain temple. The temple was destroyed by Qutbudddin Aybak who built the Qutub Minar and Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque around it.