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Old Fort Delhi

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Said to be built on the site of Indraprastha, mentioned in the Mahabharata - the great Indian epic, Old Fort was the seat of administration for many emperors. Now in ruins, this citadel was the glory of being the home of the legendary ruler, Prithviraj Chauhan. Sher Shah Suri built after the city demolished the Humayun, Dinpanah. There are bastions at the corners of the western wall of the fortress. The walls of over 2 km of Purana Quila boasts three main doors two-storey sports 'chhatris' on top. Can be found in the north, south and west.

The north is called the "Talaqi-Darwaza (Forbidden Gate) and has a size of marble lions in combat with a man in his forehead. You can still see the remains of the color tiles used to decorate their exteriors. However, it is said that Sher Shah could not complete the construction of Old Fort and was completed by Humayun. Therefore, the south gate of the fortress known as Humayun Darwaza. There is a wide moat in the north and west sides …

Humayun's Tomb- Humayun's Tomb in Delhi

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The second Mughal Emperor Humayun died just a year after he regained Delhi. His Persian wife, Hamida Begum, supervised the construction of his tomb from 1562 to 1.572. Designed by the Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyuath. Located on the banks of Yamuna River and adjacent to the famous shrine of Sufi saint Nizam al-Din Auliya, this tomb is said to have been a precedent of later Mughal mausoleums in India. Geometric gardens intersected with numerous water channels present an idyllic setting.

The tomb took eight years to build and Char Bagh had a style of garden design, the first of its kind in the region. These were introduced later in the Red Fort in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Persian architectural features are also evident in the building and its main camera is said to be inspired by the tomb of Mongolian Persian ruler, Oljeytu in Sultaniyya. The tomb of Timur (Tamerlane) in Samarkand is also said to be the source of inspiration for the Mughal architecture in I…