Architectural exploration of New Delhi with India Tourism
If architecture is your real calling, no matter how many European streets you manoeuvre around, India travel will always seem irresistible for you. After all, where else do you find exquisite forts, grand palaces, enamouring garden tombs, artistic cenotaphs and brick minarets—all in one go?
Polished with years of history, the Islamic, Gothic, Indo-Saracenic, Hindu or Dravidian architecture still prevalent today, through archaic remnants or ruins: adds an unsaid beauty to India Tourism.
My journey of understanding architecture and the love for it, started with Ayn Rand’s massive best-seller—The Fountainhead. I still remember how the main protagonist Howard Roark mentioned, ‘A building has integrity just like a man, And just as seldom.’ After all, creating brick after brick, a monument might serve the purpose of a shelter or even a prized possession; it needs to reveal a story.
All of these abstract ideas along with the undying yearning to discover other facets of India, I started looking out for a credible Indian travel agency to meet my travel needs. The rich diversity and innumerable holidaying options available at Easy Hols caught my attention. For example, there were certain domestic packages in India available such as ‘Manali by Volvo’, ‘Enchanting Kerala’, ‘Himalayan Golden Triangle’, ‘North East Triangle’ and ‘Paradise on Earth.’ Several weekend destination options were also available, leading to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.
Out of all of these, I primarily chose to explore New Delhi, the capital. My journey started with the Humayun’s Tomb, a symbol of love. We all know about Taj Mahal and how Mughal emperor Shah Jahan had built to show his love and admiration for his wife Mumtaz Mahal. But very few of us know that this tradition of commemorating love through architecture was started by Bega Begam, the wife of Humayun. In fact, irrespective of so many years passing by, it still remains as one of the enthralling garden tombs in the country.
For the next day, my itinerary included the ‘Purana Qila’ known as one of the oldest forts in the capital. I had watched several Bollywood movies that were shot within its vicinity. It was constructed by the Afghan King Sher Shah Suri and is still embroidered by River Yamuna. Even when Edward Lutyens charted out the plan for establishing South Delhi, he made sure that the Rajpath was in coordination with the Purana Quila. It’s also interesting to know that the rampart of Purana Quila had served as the backdrop of various theatres.
Later, I went ahead to explore Qutub Minar, the second-tallest brick minaret in India. Embracing the warm ambience of the winter sun, the Qutub Minar is made of marble and red sandstone. Its construction had started way back by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak in 1193. Spotting mosques and the iron pillar as well as medieval ruins in the Qutub complex makes it even more special.
Finally, towards the end of my travelogue, I visited Red fort, the massive residence of the Mughal dynasty for more than 200 years. Quite similar in terms of its architectural pattern with the Agra Fort, it also is known for vast courtyards, pavilions and well manicured gardens and halls. The fusion of Timurid, Hindu and Persian traditions can be spotted along with the Islamic architecture. The glittering and bustling streets of Meena Bazaar are definitely one of the best shopping destinations for anyone indulging in India Tours.