Showing posts with label beautiful places. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beautiful places. Show all posts

Delhi: India's Historical City.

New Delhi, the modern capital of India, is situated immediately south of the city of Deli, now called Old Delhi. Both cities have so much growth since achieving independence that they have melded into a greater Delhi. Old Delhi’s many monuments are excellent examples of Indo-Muslim architecture, Pashtun style architecture, which features find domes and tiles, and Mughal styles, which use elaborate surfaces and marble, as evidenced in the principal mosque. The crumbling ruins of 4000-years old forts can be seen in many places unattended and unrespected.

Old Delhi on its current site was built by Shah Jahan in 1638, who ruled from his famous peacock throne of emeralds, diamonds and rubies. Delhi was then the capital of succession of empires, including the Mui’izzi Dynasty in the thirteenth century, the Mughal Empire, under Babur, in the sixteenth century, and the Persia Empire in the eighteenth century. Persians took the empire’s prized 109 carat Koh-e-noor diamond, which was later presented to Queen Victoria by the East India Company in 1850. Of the many emperors who have ruled from Delhi, Seven have rebuilt the city on nearby sites. Historians report that Delhi’s smaller settlements number 15. New Delhi, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, was built as the capital of British India in 1912.

Once confined to the west bank of the Yamuna River, a tributary of the Ganges, Delhi has grown to 572.9 square miles (1484 square kilometers) and encompasses the city of New Delhi, the sites of former Delhi’s and the eastern bank of the river. The population had exploded to 30.29 million by 2020, up from 193,000 in 1980. The boom has led to the overcrowding and proven problems that are endemic in India’s major cities.

Most of the people consider New Delhi as the most beautifully designed and grandly conceived capital in the World, and they are correct. There are some eye-catching and beautiful sites, in Delhi, attracting the tourists.

Qutub Minar is one of the best sites for tourists. Qutab-ud-din Aibak was the first one who commenced the construction of the Qutb Minar in 1200 AD, but could only finish the basement. His successor, IItutmush, added three more storeys, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed its fifth and the last storey. The Qutub Minar, the highest tower in India, is raising up to 73 meter in the air.

Qutub Minar.
The Iron Pillar is a structure 7.2 meters high with 16 inches diameter, was constructed by King Chandra, and now stands in the Qutub complex in Delhi. The pillar weighs more than 3000 kg, an interesting fact about it is that it is highly resistant to corrosion. People think it don’t corrode because it has high phosphorous content. Although it is one of the best sites for tourists.

Iron Pillar.
Agrasen Ki Baoli is a historical monument, it is 60 meter long and 15 meter wide step wall situated near Connaught Place, in New Delhi. Although there are no known historical records to prove who actually built the Agrasen Ki Baoli, it is belived that it was built by the Indian Legendary King Agrasen.

Agrasen Ki Baoli.
Delhi has seen many up’s and down’s throughout its life. Delhi has been ruled out by many emperors since the 8th century, the first one to come here was Muhammad bin Qasim, the son of yousuf bin qasim, after his time hundreds of emperors, belonging to different religions, ruled this historical city. The line of rulers came to an end by the time of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor.


Hunza Valley: A Spectrum of beauty.

Pakistan is one of the few countries with such a dynamic landscape.

The much renowned Hunza valley is often referred to as heaven on earth, situated in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges, this place has been a great tourist attraction for many years.

For me, it all happened when I was 16 years old and left the home with father and brother, after completing a long journey of about 12-14 hours we reached Gilgit. The next day, as we proceeded according to our mission. Before that, I had only heard about Hunza valley’s beauty, so I could only paint pictures in my mind of what was coming next.
It was the mid-July, the sun was covered by the clouds and when we reached Nilt from Gilgit, I was truly mesmerized by its beauty.
The meadows, plants laden with white, pink, and orange flowers could be found all over the place. I was simply blown away by the truly mesmerizing colours.
There were so many flowers alongside the road from Hussainabad to Aliabad. Although it was not the spring season but nature was still in its bloom.
Historical Background:
Hunza is located at a distance of 100 kilometers from Gilgit. In the early 1890s, the British embarked upon a mission to annex Hunza and Nagar, which is also known as the Hunza-Nagar Campaign.
British soldiers led by Colonel Durand occupied Nilt Fort in 1890. After that, they proceeded to the Baltit Fort, but faced heavy resistance.
The British gained complete control of Hunza and Nagar with little effort. Thereafter, the Mir of Hunza, Safdar Ali Khan along with his family, fled to Kashgar in China, and his brother Mir Muhammad Nazim Khan was made the new ruler of Hunza by the British.

Hunza enchanted me so much that my heart suggested me to stay here at least for a month, but because of the school, we couldn’t stay long.
After crossing a long bridge we headed towards the Attabad Lake, the most common and accessible lake in Hunza(Gojal), as we were moving towards the lake we had to pass through several Tunnels, the combined distance of all the tunnels is round about 11km. By passing through all the tunnels, we finally saw the giant lake which was about 20.9km long. We enjoyed our lunch very much beside the lake.

Attabad Lake.
You can live a pretty comfortable life while being in your home in a large city, but as soon as you travel to the northern areas of Pakistan, you find that the real peace of mind lies within these beautiful outlooks.
A lot of foreigners come to seeing Hunza. With that, the tourism factor has increased much more than before. From winters to spring,  nature seems to be in a transition period, but this place remains remarkable with every changing season.
Whenever I am reminded of my Hunza expeditions, I have the urge to retreat to those places once again.

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