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Historic Delhi, and all its attractions

Mystery, magic and mayhem define India’s capital, home to 16.7 million people, the relics of bygone civilisations and beautifully preserved Mughal forts and medieval bazaars.

Sights

1 RED FORT

This massive fortress conjures a picture of the splendour of Mughal Delhi. Protected by a dramatic 18m-high wall, the marble and sandstone monuments were constructed at the peak of the dynasty’s power. Every evening, except Monday, the fort is the setting for a bombastic sound and light show (asi.nic.in; open daily 7am–5.30pm; £2.50, light show from 60p).

2 JAMA MASJID

A respite from the surrounding mayhem, one of India’s largest mosques can hold 25,000 people. Towering over Old Delhi, the‘Friday Mosque’ was Shah Jahan’s fnal architectural opus, built between 1644–1658. It has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40m-high minarets, and is constructed of vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble ((delhitourism.gov.in; 7am–noon & 1.30pm–6.30pm; free).

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