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Despite having a majority Hindu population, many of the ancient structures in and around Delhi were built by the early Moslem rulers, of which 3 of the most notables are the Jami Masjid, the Qutb Minar and Humayun's Tomb.

The Jami Masjid is the country's biggest mosque, with a courtyard that can fit in 20,000 devotees. Good thing we visited on a Saturday, as it would surely be a tight fit had we came a day earlier.

The other Moslem-built structure is India's highest single tower, the Qutb Minar (Arabic for pole). This is where the first Moslem kingdom was established in 1193. A feat of engineering given their skills and technology back then, it is listed as a World Heritage site.

If you wish to know from where the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan got the idea for building the Taj Mahal then look at Humayun's Tomb , another World Heritage lister . Just as the Taj was a mausoleum erected to the memory of a lost wife, so was this tomb built by the widow of Emperor Humayun. Notice the similarities in design, including the landscaping? The most notable difference is that Humayun's was made from red sandstone while the Taj was built of white marble.

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  • Pros:Terrific sights!
  • Cons:Terrible streets!
  • Last visit to New Delhi: Feb 2012
  • Intro Updated Mar 9, 2012
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