By Amit M Sengupta
If you are on a quick business trip to Delhi; and you have got few extra hours to spare, you can hop over some of this ancient city’s charming historical ruins and architectural marvel in a short span of five to six hours.
Get yourself a comfortable cab from any of the city’s private cab providers, or tell your hotel to arrange one for yourself. That’s it.
You are ready to roll!
The charming Qutub Minar. Photo credit: Amit Sengupta
Start with one of the most marvelous and charming ancient ruins of the country – Qutub Minar. You just need 10 INR to get yourself an entry ticket to this world heritage site. You would have to jostle a while if it’s a weekend – remember, this is a popular tourist hotspot. Spend about an hour to soak in the ancient ruins, enthralling tomb, madrasa, Altamish and the iron pillar built by the sultans of Mehrauli.
Bahai Temple popularly known as Lotus Temple is swarmed with tourists. Photo credit: Amit Sengupta
Move next to the Bahai temple. You would need about an hour to spend here. Popularly known as the Lotus Temple, this monument is built in a shape of a lotus. Crafted beautifully in white marble, the surroundings of perfectly manicured gardens and flowers are equally soothing. This is a perfect place to give your 24×7 lifestyle a break. Get inside the temple and sit quietly and meditate. Get in touch with your inner self and feel rejuvenated.
Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi is an architectural marvel. It’s popular with national and global tourists. Photo credit: Amit Sengupta
Humayun’s Tomb is your final stopover. This charming piece of Mughal architecture, in white marble and red sandstone is innocuously similar to Taj Mahal. Built at a cost of 1.5 million INR, this Mughal marvel stands tall amidst surroundings of lush green garden. Once inside, do visit Isa Khan’s tomb and Haji Begum’s tomb.