In 1638, Emperor Shah Jahan decided to make Delhi the capital.
Erected in 1570, his great-grandfather's mausoleum, Humayun's Tomb, and his Persian gardens were the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. During your visit, you will be struck by the beauty of the 17 majestic arches and the domed roof, characteristic of Mughal art. In the Old Delhi neighbourhood, visit the Red Fort, and be dazzled by its many colours: the monument transforms from pink at dawn to purple in the setting sun. Go through the door of the fort, the Lahore Gate, then stroll through the Chatta Chowk bazaar; visit the home of the drum, Naubat Tahore; explore the house of Public Grievances, Diwan-i-Am, and the house for Private Hearings, Diwan-i-Khas.
In the latter, you will read the words engraved by Shah Jahan: 'If there is a paradise on earth, it is here.' And, finally, take in the largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid, perched on a high terrace overlooking Old Delhi.
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