- Amar Jawan Jyoti
Amar Jawan Jyoti, situated on the East end of the Rajpath in New Delhi is a memorial built in 1921 as a tribute to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. After the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, a flame burns under the India Gate to honour every soldier who sacrificed his life in the war, aptly being named the Amar Jawan Jyoti which translates into the Flame of the Immortal Soldier in English.
- India Gate
Originally named the All India War Memorial, the monument is situated in the centre of New Delhi and commemorates the ninety thousand soldiers of the India Army who lost their lives during the World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The monument built with red and pale sandstone and granite in 1931 was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
- Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid stands as a reminder of the splendid Mughal architecture and is situated to the west of Lal Quila (Red Fort). Apart from having four towers and two minarets 40 meters in height, the mosque has three gates- North, South and East with thirty-nine, thirty-three and thirty-five steps, respectively. The floor of the mosque looks like a Muslim prayer mat due to the white and black marble it is built of. The courtyard of the mosque can accommodate 25,000 worshippers and is home to a collection of relics of Muhammad- the Quran written on deerskin, red beard hair of the Prophet and also his sandals and his footprints that are implanted in a marble block.
- Qutub Minar
Standing at a height of 72.5 metres, the Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and is the centerpiece of the ancient precinct located in the Qutub complex. There are 379 steps to reach the top of the tower that was built in the 12th Century by Qutb-ud-din Aibak as a Victory Tower that marks the beginning of Muslim domination in India. It was struck by lightning damaging an entire story in the 14th Century that has been repaired and replaced since. There were attempts to add to the Minar over the years that did not prove to be successful the remnants of which can be seen nearby. My favourite part of the tower is its Arabic inscriptions that demonstrate the beauty of Kufic calligraphy.
- Rashtrapati Bhavan
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India and is one of the largest residences of a head of state in the world. Located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herber Baker. The Presidential Palace which took seventeen years to be completely built includes a mansion- a 340 room main building that has the President’s official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices; and also includes a 320 acre President Estate that has huge presidential gardens, large open spaces, and residences and offices of staff and officers.