In the metropolitan cities like Delhi, it’s quite a difficult for people to hangout or visit places after facing the torture of traffic. In that situation, we even forget to visit such places which have a crucial role in the making of the big city like Delhi. Here we bring some of the selected places, structures which lie on the metro route and plays important role in the making of Modern Delhi.
Delhi always remains the center of political power from the time of last Hindu king Prithviraj Chauhan to the Mughals, then Britishers and now is the national capital of India. Being a big city it has a lot of places and sites, which speak the story of Delhi from medieval time to modern time. Delhi also counts as one of the cities of the golden triangle of India.
From the time of the establishment of the city, it faces various problems time to time and with full efforts, it tries to overcome them. In the present scenario, the city faces a big problem of traffic. To fight the problem, the city accepted the advance transportation system i.e metro trains. Metro provides a comfortable ride and takes us to the destination on time.
Here we are going to see some of the most popular places and sites of medieval time that are connected to the metro rail network.
If you are enthusiastic for medieval era architect it is a nice place for you. Lodi garden is an example of magnificent architectural work of the 15th century of Lodi reign. Garden spreads in the area of around 90 acres. It contains Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad. Currently, the site comes under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India. The garden was known as Lady Willingdon Park, during British India. But after independence, it was renamed as Lodi Garden.
Metro Route: The easiest route to visit Lodi Garden is to take the metro for Jorbagh station. Lies on the yellow line of metro route. From there it is about 1.5 km distant.
Tomb Of Safdarjung
The tomb was constructed on 1754 for the prime minister of Mughal empire Safdarjung. It was the last Tomb of its kind constructed by Mughals and the construction was quite inspired by the Humayun Tomb. The place is calm and quite. Very few tourists visit there but is a good place for photography and to spend some time away from the crowd of Delhi.
Metro Route: The easiest route to visit the place is to take the metro for Jorbagh Station. It is at walking distance from metro station. The tomb lies on the way while traveling to Lodi Garden.
Feroz Shah Kotla Fort
The fort is located near Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. The Sultan of Delhi Feroz Shah Tuglaq decided to make his new capital as Ferozabad. For that, the fort was constructed during 1354. The place now has only ruined with some broken structures but the most attractive thing is the Ashokan Pillar. The Pillar was made during the time of Ashoka and have inscriptions, the policies of Ashokan government. The pillar was brought by the sultan here and he specially orders to construct 3 story building to hold the Ashokan Pillar.
In the pre-independence era, most of the classical programs are held here or at Qutub complex due to the lack of auditoriums in the capital.
Metro Route: The easiest way to reach here is to take the metro for ITO station. The station lies on the violet line. The fort is about 1.2 km from the ITO metro station. Autos and rickshaws are available from metro to the fort.
A 73 m high tower remain world’s largest towers for so many decades after its construction. It was constructed by Qutub-ud-din Aibak the first ruler of Sultanate system in India. Historians are still confused about the name, to whom the Minar is dedicated. Either to the king Qutub-ud-din Aibak or the Sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki.
The construction was started during the time of Qutub-ud-din Aibak but he was only able to complete the construction of basement. His successor Iltutimush increases 3 storeys in it. Finally, Feroz Shah Tughlaq completes it’s fifth and the last storey around 1368. It comes under UNESCO world heritage site in Delhi.
Metro Route: It is located at Mehrauli, the easiest route to reach there is to take the metro for Qutub Minar Station which falls on the yellow line. From there it the destination is about 500 m away.
Delhi Red Fort
Delhi Red Fort or Lal Quila comes under the UNESCO world heritage site. It was constructed by Mughal king Shah Jahan during seventeen century and named it Sahajahanabad. The fort was made of red sandstone and spread in the area of 254.67 acres. On every independence day, prime minister of India hosts the national flag from the Red Fort. The struggle of first freedom moment of 1857 was fought under the leadership of Bahadur Shah Jaffar thus Red fort has very important significance in the freedom struggle against the British empire. And is always the first choice of tourists who visit Delhi.
Metro Route: To reach the Red fort the easiest way is to take the metro to Chandni Chowk Metro Station and the fort is at walking distance from the station.
The tomb was constructed by Empress Bega Begum the first wife of Humayun. The architect was Persian Mirak Mirza chosen by her. It’s a garden tomb, and first of it’s kind in the Indian subcontinent. The tomb is declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The tomb is a unique combination of red sandstone and white marble.
Metro Route: The easiest route to reach Humayun Tomb is to take the metro to Jangpura Metro Station which is on violet line and from there the tomb is about 1000 m distant.
The fort was constructed by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq the founder of Tughlaq dynasty in 1321. It is spread up to around 6 km to 7 km. He established the third historic city of Delhi. Qutub-Badarpur road was also constructed at that time which connects the Grand Trunk road.
Metro Route: The easiest way to reach here is to take the metro to Tughlaqabad Metro Station which is on violet line and fro the station the fort is about 300 m distant.
It is the oldest fort present in Delhi. Very less is known about the history of the Purana Quila but it is believed that the Quila is present from the time of Mahabharata and is believe that it is the actual Indraprastha which was established by Pandavas. According to historians it was constructed around 1500 BC and has the influence of Mauryans to Shunga, Kushan, Gupta, Rajput, Delhi Sultanate and Mughals.
Its current form was built by Sher Shah Suri the founder of Sur dynasty. Light and sound show held here every evening about the history of Seven cities of Delhi from Indraprastha to New Delhi.
Metro Route: The easiest way to reach here is to take the metro to Pragati Maidan Station on Blue line and from the station, it is about 600 m distant.
Sacred Heart Cathedral
It is one of the oldest catholic church in Delhi. It was designed by architect Henry Medd in Roman style. Christian religious services are held throughout the year. Its architecture is very attractive and a must visit religious place present in Delhi.
Metro Route: The easiest way to reach here is to take the metro to Patel Chowk Station on the yellow line. And the church is about 500 m distant from the station.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is one of the prominent Gurudwara for Sikhs. In original, it was a Bangalow of Raja Jai Singh and was known as Jaisinghpura Palace. The eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Kishan resided here in 1664 during his visit to Delhi. It is said that during his stay in the palace he cured people from smallpox and cholera by distributing water from the tank. The tank still present in the Gurudwara and has medicinal properties.
Metro Route: The Gurudwara is present next to Sacred Heart Cathedral. The nearest metro station is Patel Chowk Station on the yellow line.
These are some of the selected places one should visit in Delhi. The places are nice and calm and make you feel relax and allow you to know more about the past of Delhi. The variation and combination of various styles of architecture can be seen at these places. Most important you get the opportunity to know how modern Delhi takes shape.