I wanted to start this challenge with something positive and amazing about Delhi! A city with so much of history to tell has an architecture which says wow!


Delhi is the proof of rich cultural heritage of India with a myriad of styles of architecture which it has seen through the ages. Even the contemporary styles and forms have made it to the list of architectural landmarks of the world!

British buildings are a treat to the eyes - with their huge courtyards and steep stairs. Similarly, the majestic Mughal monuments with their intricate marble and red sandstone works are just amazing!  The banks of the river Yamuna witness a massive and splendid structure - a new temple that was built in just years with the help of 11000 craftsmen called the Akshardham Temple which is a great example of Indian style of architecture!

A glimpse of the architectural history

The city of Shahjahanabad, the walled city of Delhi, is a perfect example of the Mughal style - ruled by Shah Jahan in the 16th century. 

The best examples are the beautiful fort called the Red Fort and the prayer place for the Muslims called the Jama Masjid.

The Mughal architecture actually dates further back to the 13th century when Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque was constructed by the then ruler Qutub-ud-din-Aibak. Similarly, the tombs of Alai Darwaza and Iltutmish showcase excellent patterns of authentic Islamic architectural styles. Qutub Minar is the perfect example of the Indo-Islamic architecture.

I love the grandeur of Mughal Architecture. It's my personal favourite!


Then came the Lutyen’s New Delhi. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is a great example of the British style of architecture which also reflect the Mughal style in certain aspects like the domes and the red sandstone!

British Architecture Edwin Lutyen’s plan that was laid out for construction of New Delhi between 1912 and 1931 was heavily inspired by the Versailles and L’Enfant’s Washington. The plan that Lutyens laid out for Delhi contained two important corridors that intersected at the Capitol Complex. One was of Jama Masjid belonging to Shahjahanabad and other was of the Old Fort or Purana Qila, a part of Old Delhi.

The Capitol Complex is an absolutely beautiful landscape with water used extensively in gardens around Vice Regal Palace and Raisina Hill’s Office Court. Just beneath the official blocks, there are fountains arranged in a symmetrical pattern. These are the sources of water that are found on both sides of the Rajpath. These water bodies, which are just about less than a metre deep, meet at the India Gate, where there are two more fountains arranged symmetrically. 

Post Independence, the monuments and buildings being constructed in Delhi are also surprisingly beautiful. Connaught Place with its sprawling office buildings is a great place to be. I have spent my graduation days, sitting in CP and literally doing nothing!  Jeevan Bharati building, created from glass, metal and stone is quite a novel creation. During the year 2005, Delhi got a new structure of its own, one that went on to become its landmark destination, the famous Akshardham Temple, dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan.

Today, the structures of Delhi have become the perfect examples of the ancient day history, mythological heritage and modern day techniques. Today, the Delhi city that we see has undergone lots of transformations, developments, upgradations, unfortunate incidents and many more. In a nutshell, Delhi is undoubdetly regarded as the architectural hub of the country.

6 comments:

  1. I have never been to Delhi though the number one reason I desire to visit is the amazing historic, and artistic architecture! Excited to hear through the month even more reasons to add it to my must visit list next year! <3

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    1. I realllllllly hope that my posts push you to come to Delhi as soon as you can! Thanks for the love :)

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  2. I'm so exited to read this guide to Delhi. But may I make a request? More photos please!!! I love the one you posted her eand I really wish I could see more of the building you're describing :-)

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    1. Sarah!

      I really wanted to put in more pictures but I am saving them up for the following posts! I won't disappoint you in this regard! :)

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