Recently, a new chapter was added to the Indian travel industry, when a heritage walk at Purana Qila was organised by the tourism department of Delhi. Jitendar Singh Tomar – the Delhi Tourism Minister – flagged off the walk on April 18th, which is celebrated as World Heritage Day. The tour started from Bada Darwaza – the main entry gate into this iconic 16th century fortress – and it was led by an architect, named Navin Piplani. Various structures within the fort, including Qila-e-Quhna Masjid, the step-well, Sher Mandal and the royal bath or hammam were shown to the participants on the tour.
The latest India travel news is that in the future, such walks will be held in other attractions of Delhi as well. The four places in the city where such tours will be organised are Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Central Delhi and Qutb Minar.
Located in the older part of the city is Jama Masjid – one of the many magnificent structures built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. The mosque stands on a sandstone pedestal, measuring about 30 feet in height. The largest Islamic place of worship in India, this grand mosque can accommodate over 25000 devotees at a time. It has four high minarets, built of red sandstones; and three monumental domes of shining white marbles. People can avail a Delhi tour package to explore the gigantic courtyard and the intricate carvings in the mosque. Chawri Bazar, from where the site is less than a kilometre away, can be reached via the Yellow Line of the city metro rail system.
The Red Fort contributes a lot to the Indian travel industry by attracting a lot of overseas tourists. Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Khas, Hammam, Rang Mahal and Tasbih Khana are some of most significant sites here. Diwan-I-Aam has nine arches in its façade, and its interiors have beautiful sculpting, done by a French artist. The inner walls of Rang Mahal are adorned with colourful designs, giving the building its name. Panels, containing floral patterns, can be seen on the pillars inside Diwan-I-Khas. On the northern wall of Tasbih Khana is a representation of the scale of justice, and behind this hall is a bed chamber. The Hammam has three apartments with their interiors decorated with colourful patterns on marble panels.
Qutb Minar, located in the Mehrauli locality, is among the most iconic landmarks of Delhi. Constructed by Qutb-ud-din Aibak in 1193, it is one of the oldest historical structures in the city. This 73-metre high minaret was meant to symbolise the defeat of the last Hindu kingdom in the region. Its first three storeys have sections of sandstone bricks alternating with strips, containing intricate floral designs. The two topmost two storeys of this incredible architectural masterpiece are built of marble. If the Delhi tour package, chosen by travellers includes this attraction in its itinerary, then they may come here via the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro or with tour buses.
Central Delhi, where a future heritage walk will be organised according to India travel news, contains the Darya Ganj and Paharganj localities. Darya Ganj is a busy marketplace, known for its shops, selling musical instruments. On Sundays, when the shops are closed, people throng the locality to buy books on various subjects. The 17th century sandstone gate near the market entrance was part of the capital city of Shah Jahan. Paharganj has the 14th century Qadam Sharif Dargah, constructed by Feroz Shah Tughlaq as a future mausoleum for himself, but never used by him.
While taking heritage walks through these four places, tourists will learn a lot about local history and culture of the city.