A Panoramic Tour of Delhi

A Panoramic Tour of Delhi

Compilation of Panoramic photos from Delhi

Also see: My collection of Panorama Compilation

Panoramic photography is a technique of photography, using specialized equipment or software, that captures images with elongated fields of view. It is sometimes known as wide format photography. Panorama photos are normally shot by stitching  series of photos with sightly overlapping fields to create a panoramic image.

Feroz Shah Kotla was the fourth fortified citadel of Delhi and was built by the Feroz Shah Tughlaq (reign 1351 – 1388). Kotla literally means citadel. Feroz Shah Kotla was constructed in 1354 as the new capital of Delhi Sultanate. In 1398 the citadel was plundered by the Turco-Mongol conqueror Taimur.

Panoramic view of Feroz Shah Kotla. Left: Pyramidal Structure with Ashokan Pillar and Right: Jami Masjid

Panoramic view of Feroz Shah Kotla. Left: Pyramidal Structure with Ashokan Pillar and Right: Jami Masjid

Today the ruins of the ancient citaadel lies next to the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium, with the Jami Masjid as the prime attraction. Every Thursday there is a huge crowd at the fort. It is popularly believed that Jinn(s) descend down at the Fort from the Heavens and accept requests and wishes from people. A lot of wishes, penned down on paper, can be seen on the walls within the premises.

Just north of the Jami Masjid is a pyramidal structure crowned with the Ashokan Pillar. The pillar was removed from  Topra Kalan, Yamunanagar district, Haryana, during the reign of Feroz Shah Tughlaq.

Panoramic view of the scattered ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Panoramic view of the scattered ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

Freoz Shah Kotla lacks the massive fortification of its erstwhile citadel of Tughlaqabad and is devoid of all ornamentation, but scattered ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla still portrays a shadow of its former glory and splendor.

Although located inside the Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Isa Khan’s Tomb predates the Humayun’s Tomb by almost two decades. The octagonal tomb of Isa Khan is located at the centre of a octagonal complex and is surrounded by a sunken garden, the first of its kind in the whole of India. The recently discovered sunken garden, surrounding the Isa Khan’s Tomb, predates the famed gardens that Mughals built and popularised.

Panoramic view of Isa Khan’s Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi

Panoramic view of Isa Khan’s Tomb, Humayun’s Tomb Complex, Delhi

Today the beautifully restored Isa Khan’s tomb lies in a octagonal enclosure and is approached through an arched gateway. The complex also houses a mosque dating back to the same period. On the western end of the Isa Khan’s Tomb complex is a small mosque. The mosque is as old as the tomb and is approached through three arched entrances.

Built in 1724 the Jantar Mantar in Delhi is one of the five observatories built by Maharaaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The Delhi Jantar Mantar consists of three instruments namely Samrat Yantra, Jaiprakash Yantra and Mishra Yantra.

Panoramic view of Jantar Mantar Complex, Delhi

Panoramic view of Jantar Mantar Complex, Delhi

Jantar Mantar is located in the heart of Delhi and very close to the Parliament House and Central Secretariat. Because of its strategic location, in recent years, the grounds of Jantar Mantar has become a popular site for holding protests.

Covering an area of 90 sq. m. the Lodi Garden is an urban park with an interesting mix of nature and history. The Lodi Garden is located on the Lodi Road and is in between the Safdarjung’s Tomb and Khan Market. The Lodi Gardens is one of the most sought after morning walk spots in Delhi.

Panoramic view of Bara Gambud and Mosque, Lodi Garden, Delhi

Panoramic view of Bara Gambud and Mosque, Lodi Garden, Delhi

The Lodi Garden contains several Lodi era (15th century AD) tombs, mosques and other structures complete with a natural surrounding of well manicured lawns, complete with tree lined walking and jogging tracks.

Panoramic view of Bara Gambud and Mosque, Lodi Garden, Delhi

Panoramic view of Bara Gambud and Mosque, Lodi Garden, Delhi

The most prominent structures of Lodi Garden are Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad. A short distance south west of the Lodi Garden is the Safdarjung Tomb with it massive gateway.

Gateway of the Safdarjung's Tomb, Delhi

Gateway of the Safdarjung’s Tomb, Delhi

The Safdarjung’s Tomb is the last of the Mughal styled mausoleum, complete with the Mughal style charbagh garden. The garden surrounding the mausoleum is one of the most preserved Mughal gardens of Delhi.

Located deep inside Mehrauli is the Dargah of Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki and next to it is the Zafar Mahal, approached by the gigantic gate way called the Hati Darwaza (Elephant Gate).

Courtyard of Zafar Mahal, with Moti Masjid on right, Mehrauli, Delhi

Courtyard of Zafar Mahal, with Moti Masjid on right, Mehrauli, Delhi

Zafar Mahal, named after the last Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah II and constructed by the second last Mughal ruler Akbar II happens to be the last major structure to be constructed by the Mughals in India.

The place is deserted and a lone security guard stands as a custodian of the century old palace. Passages through the giant archways leads to a open courtyard. At the far corner of the courtyard stands the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), with its three domes and marble exterior.

The bastions of Tuglaqabad, overlooking the city of Delhi

The bastions of Tuglaqabad, overlooking the city of Delhi

“Tughlaqabad is the most uncompromisingly militaristic ruin in Delhi, perhaps in all India. Ring after ring of rough – hewn stone walls thunder their way across the open plain on the deserted south – eastern edge of the city”

Willaiam Dalrymple, City of Djinns

A elevated passageway leading to the bastions of Tuglaqabad, Delhi

A elevated passageway leading to the bastions of Tuglaqabad, Delhi

Tughlaqabad, the third city of Delhi, was built by Ghiyath al-Din Tughlaq, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty in 1321. Although in ruins, Tughluqabad Fort still consists of remarkable, massive stone fortifications that surround the irregular ground plan of the city.

Located just south east of the Tughluqabad Fort and on the other side of the Mehrauli – Badarpur Road lies the small but elegant Adilabad Fort.  It is built by Muhammad bin Tughlaq (reign 1321–51).

A panoramic view of the exterior of Adilabad Fort, Delhi

A panoramic view of the exterior of Adilabad Fort, Delhi

Although much smaller in size than Tughluqabad, Adilabad Fort does have a formidable appearance complete with towering walls and massive bastions. In 2014 the fort Adilabad Fort has been restored by the ASI and today its interior contains beautiful landscaped gardens.

Note: This is a compilation entry and contains a small fraction of the innumerable monuments of Delhi. The post will be updated from time to time.

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  1. poojamahimkar
    May 28, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Stunning pictures

  2. June 1, 2017 at 4:33 PM

    Hay Rangan Datta,

    You are describe historical place of ancient Delhi. I read this Blogs. It’s really knowledgeable for me.

  3. June 9, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Nice Post Rangan Datta, In this time, many of us busy in our daily life. No one is care what is our history. Thanks for this post, related Information and Images. This post is really brings me to come closer to the great ruins of Indian History. Thanks once again.

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