The capital city of India, Delhi, has several tombs, forts and other monuments that are a fusion of artistic masterpieces from different dynasties. There's an intriguing story and a fascinating history behind every monument. Be it, the mighty Red Fort or the magnificent Humayun’s Tomb, every structure has an ageless appeal. If you wish to visit all the historical monuments, the list might be too long to cover, especially when you are on a short trip. We bring you the list of five popular monuments that you are not supposed to miss during your stay. So, rent a car in Delhi and travel back in time.

1.Humayun’s Tomb

Commissioned by Humayun's son Akbar in 1569-70, the tomb is a tribute that depicts an excellent inspiration of Persian culture. Humayun’s Tomb is considered as one of the most magnificent tombs built in Delhi during the Mughal rule. The architectural features of Humayun's tomb such as high central arch and octagonal shape, later became the integral component of Mughal architecture.

2. Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar was built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak to celebrate the dominance of Muslim rule in Delhi. The architecture, is the reminiscent of distinct styles of Aibak and Tughlaq's dynasties. Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and second highest in India with a diameter of 14.32m at the base and 2.75m on the top with height of 72.5m.

3. Jama Masjid

Shah Jahan’s last architectural extravagance, Jama Masjid is India’s largest mosque. Located in Old Delhi, this mosque boats red sandstone stripes and incredibly beautiful, eye-catching exteriors. Jama Masjid has two 40 meter high minarets made of white marble and red stone. There are three entry gates and four towers in the complex.

4. The Red Fort

The Red Fort, a massive red sandstone fort was home to the Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years. The historical marvel symbolizes the rule of Mughal dynasty in Delhi. The 33m high walls of Red Fort were built to safeguard the structure from invasion. The sound and light show held in the evening is a beautiful recreation of  historical events, something to look forward to on your visit to the Red Fort

5. India Gate

India Gate was constructed in the year 1931 as a war memorial for 70, 000 soldiers killed in the First World War. The names of the soldiers are inscribed on the walls of the war memorial. India Gate is located astride the Rajpath, and its distinctive architecture looks stunning in the evening light. This is another historical monument that you must visit, when in Delhi

Wrapping Up

Delhi has a lot to offer, but the above-mentioned historical monuments are worth special mention. Though Delhi has a good public transport network, if you want to explore the city, driving around on your own, rent a self drive car in Delhi. It will save you the hassle of standing in the queue for long or relying on autorickshaws to take you around the city. Another benefit of renting a self drive car is that you don’t have to bother about the availability of public transport at night.

Sareeka Dhawan