Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal Emperor of India, in Delhi, India.

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Humayun’s first wife, Empress Bega Begum commissioned the tomb. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad.

It was the first garden tomb in Asia. Construction begun in 1566, nine years after Humayun’s death. It was completed in 1572.

There are around 150 graves in Humayun’s tomb and the surrounding gardens.

Humayun’s tomb is located at Mathura Road, opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi.

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Qutb Minar

Qutb Minar is the tallest minaret in the world located in Delhi, India

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Qutb Minar (also spelt Qutub Minar & Qutab Minar) is a five storey tower that is 73 metres (239.5 feet) tall. Its base is 14.3 metres (47 feet) in diameter. This narrows to 2.7 metres (9 feet) at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone. The fourth and fifth storeys are made of marble and sandstone.

It was built in several stages with various rulers adding to it. Quab-ud-din Aibak, the first ruler of the Delhi Sultanate, established Qutb Minar around 1192. Shams-ud-Din Iltutmish the third ruler added three more storeys. Firoz Shah Tughlaq added a fifth storey when repairing the top storey following a lightening strike.

Qutb Minar contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. It has been closed to public since 1981, when the staircase lighting failed and 47 people were killed when 300 to 400 visitors rushed to the exit.

There are also other significant monuments and buildings surrounding Qutb Minar, including Alai Minar (an unfinished tower), the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Major Smith’s Cupola (also known as Smith’s Folly), the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (the first mosque built in India), the Tomb of Iltutmish and the Tomb of Imam Zamin.

Qutb Minar is in Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi.

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Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple, is a Bahá’í House of Worship, in Delhi, India

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The Bahá’í House of Worship, which opened in Delhi in December 1986, is a place of worship where people of all religions can gather. This is one of the key concepts of the Bahá’í Faith – the Oneness of God, the Oneness of Religion and the Oneness of all People.

Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of Bahá’u’lláh founder of the Bahá’í faith, wrote that a House of Worship should be a nine-sided circular shape.

Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba was inspired by the lotus flower, a symbol in many religions. The temple, which is located on a 26 hectare property amongst landscaped gardens, features 27 marble clad petals, that are arranged in groups of three to form the nine sided shape.

Around the petals are also nine pools of water, which gives the impression of a floating lotus flower. There are nine doors that open onto a central hall that can hold 2,500 people (1,300 seated).

Bahá’í writings state that no statues or pictures be displayed within a House of Worship. Photography is not permitted inside the temple.

The Lotus Temple is opened Tuesday to Sunday from 9am. The temple closes at 5:30pm in winter and 7pm in the summer. Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing.

There is also an information centre but this was closed when I visited.

The Lotus Temple is located at Lotus Temple Road, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi.

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Maha Bodhi Society of India

Maha Bodhi Society of India temple in Kolkata is a temple of the South Asian Buddhist society.

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The Maha Bodhi Society of India was founded in 1891 by Sri Lankan Buddhist Anagarika Dharmapala and British poet and journalist Sir Edwin Arnold.

The Maha Bodhi Society of India Headquarters and temple in Kolkata are located at 4A, Bankim Chatterjee StreetCollege Square.

Next door to the headquarters is a Buddhist temple instantly recognisable from the street by its yellow exterior. Inside the walls and ceilings in the temple are painted with bright colourful murals depicting the life of Buddha.

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Flurys Kolkata

Flurys is an elegant historic tearoom and pastry shop in Kolkata, India.

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Joseph and Freida Flury, a Swiss expatriate couple, opened the tearoom and confectionary shop in Park Street in 1927. Flurys has been owned by the Apeejay Surrendra Group since 1965.

For more than 90 years Flurys has served a variety of equisite cakes, pastries, cookies, chocolates and savories.

Flurys is located at 18A Park Street, Kolkata.

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Prinsep Ghat

Prinsep Ghat is located on the banks of the Hooghly River (tributary of River Ganges) in Kolkata, India.

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It is named in the memory of scholar and antiquarian James Prinsep, who passed away in 1840 aged 41.

The Palladian porch memorial, which features Ionian columns that hold up a 40 foot white painted roof, was designed by W. Fitzgerald and constructed in 1843. It was restored in 2001 and has been well maintained since.

Prinsep Ghat is near Strand Road, alongside the banks of the Hooghly River, and is a population recreation area.

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National Library of India

The National Library of India in Kolkata is the largest library in India and is the nation’s library of public record.

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The National Library of India, which is located within the 30-acre (12 hectare) Belvedere Estate opened on 1 February 1953.

Prior to this it was known as the Imperial Library, which formed in 1891. In 1903 the Imperial Library amalgamated with the Calcutta Public Library (formed 1836) and opened at Metcalfe Hall. After the independence the Imperial Library become the National Library of India and moved to the Belvedere Estate.

Belvedere House was the former palace for the Viceroy of India, and later the Governor of Bengal.

The library has a collection containing over 2.2 million books, over 86,000 maps, and over 3,200 manuscripts. Its shelf space stretches over 45 kilometres.

The National Library is located on Belvedere Road, Block A, Alipore, Kolkata.

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