7 Offbeat Spots in Delhi You Must Visit to Experience The Rich Heritage of The City


Dilli is a mix of new and old, and the city never disappoints! There’s no doubt about the fact that we have come a long way and Delhi is one of the hippest metros of the country. But let’s not forget that our city is full of history and heritage. So, check out these 7 offbeat heritage spots in town which you must definitely visit!

1. Tughlaqabad Fort

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Have you been to Tughlaqabad fort? No, then you should because of the amazing architecture the fort has! It was built-in 1321 by Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq, who was the first ruler of Delhi’s Tughlaq Dynasty. Just near the fort, there’s a Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq’s tomb, an elegant bulding in white marble and red sandstone. All the nature lovers, you should not give a miss to the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary which lies close by. Come along and don’t forget to get your DSLRs along for the perfect shots.

Where: Tughlaqabad Fort, Tughlakabad, New Delhi

2. Azim Khan Tomb

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Situated at the top of a hillock which is visible from miles away, Azim Khan tomb was from the Mughal era (17th century). You can also go inside the tomb and climb the narrow staircase to reach the top half. And yes from there you can witness a clear view of the Mehrauli area. Since, we can’t climb up the Qutub Minar any long, for the best view of it you can head to the tomb and check the view of both the heritage spots.

Where: Sri Aurobindo Marg, Butterfly Park, Qila Rai Pithora, Sainik Farm, New Delhi

3. Bijay Mandal

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Do you guys want to gaze upon a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Delhi? Yes, then you should defo head to Bijay Mandal. It is located between an urban village and residential colonies, this architectural gem is one of the longest standing monuments. The two-story octagonal tower gives us a brilliant view of the surrounding monuments and buildings. With numerous domes, it even houses a prayer hall. You can climb up to the top for a panoramic view of Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple! Besides that, you can also witness the Begumpur Masjid that is next to the monument.

Where: E-12, Block 4, Kalu Sarai, New Delhi

4. Jahaz Mahal

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Jahaz Mahal also termed as ‘ship palace’ has an amazing story attached to it? Do you guys know? The name is derived from the reflection of the palace on the reservoir, which seems like the appearance of a ship. The architecture of the site will make you mesmerized with rectangular courtyard in the center and domed chambers on the sides. Also, every year after monsoons, Phoolwalon ki Sair (the flower sellers pray for a better flower season by offering flower pankha, to both temple and mosque) is organized here.

Where: Talaab lane, Aam Bagh, Khandsa Colony, Mehrauli, New Delhi

5. Safdarjung Tomb

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If you have a thing for art, architecture and history, then you can’t miss the prominent heritage spot, Safdarjung Tomb. It was built in 1754 for Safdarjung, the Governor of Awad and houses two graves- Safdarjung & the other one is believed to be his wife’s. The beauty lies in the architecture of the tomb but the four narrow canals with fountains running from the central building looks goregous. One really attractive thing about the place is the vast expanse of greenery across the complex.

Where: Air Force Golf Course, Delhi Race Club, New Delhi

6. Isa Khan’s Tomb

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Did you guys know that Isa Khan’s Tomb is tucked inside the gorgeous Humayun’s Tomb? Built during Isa Khan’s lifetime i.e. 1547-48 AD is in an octagon-shaped tomb just like most Mughal monuments. But giving it a magical touch, it is covered with canopies (overhead roof) that are glazed with colourful pattern tiles. It also has a huge verandah that is supported by carved pillars. The architecture of this tomb make this place definitely worth a visit at least once!

Where: Mathura Road, Humayun’s Tomb Complex, New Delhi

7. Feroz Shah Kotla

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We have often heard of Feroz Shah Kotla ground but have you heard about the fort? Yes, there’s a fort also in our very own Delhi which is just 15 minutes away from the ground. It’s a 14th-century construction built by Feroz Shah Tughlaq. You should pay extra attention to the architecture of the structure which comprises of Jami Masjid, Pyramidal and baoli. If you want to witness the best view you need to stand right at the top so that you can get the glimpse of the complete circular structure. Just start walking around all the structures and you can easily locate the Baoli.

Where: Balmiki Basti, Vikram Nagar, New Delhi

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