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Brick Humayun Tomb
Posted by: ding dong - 02-10-2015, 03:54 PM - Forum: Heritage Places In Delhi - Replies (5)

Humayun died in 1556, and his widow Hamida Banu Begam, also known as Haji Begam, commenced the construction of his tomb in 1569, fourteen years after his death. It is the first distinct example of proper Mughal style, which was inspired by Persian architecture. It is well known that Humayun picked up the principles of Persian architecture during his exile, and he himself is likely to have planned the tomb, although there is no record to that effect. The tomb was constructed at a cost of 15 lakh rupees (1.5 million).

Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian, was the architect employed by Haji Begam for this tomb.
The tomb proper stands in the centre of a square garden, divided into four main parterres by causeways (charbagh), in the centre of which ran shallow water-channels. The high rubble built enclosure is entered through two lofty double-storeyed gateways on the west and south. A baradari (pavilion) occupies the centre of the eastern wall and a hammam (bath chamber) in the centre of northern wall.
The square red sandstone double-storeyed structure of the mausoleum with chamfered corners rises from a 7-m. high square terrace, raised over a series of cells, which are accessible through, arches on each side. The grave proper in the centre of this cell-complex is reached by a passage on the south. The octagonal central chamber contains the cenotaph, and the diagonal sides lead to corner-chambers which house the graves of other members of the royal family. Externally each side of the tomb, its elevations decorated by marble borders and panels, is dominated by three arched alcoves, the central one being the highest. Over the roof pillared kiosks are disposed around the high emphatic double dome in the centre. The central octagonal chamber contains the cenotaph, encompassed by octagonal chambers at the diagonals and arched lobbies on the sides. Their openings are closed with perforated screens. Each side is dominated by three arches, the central one being the highest. This plan is repeated on the second storey too. The roof surmounted by a double dome (42.5m) of marble has pillared kiosks (chhatris) placed around it.
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The mausoleum is a synthesis of Persian architecture and Indian traditions-the former exemplified by the arched alcoves, corridors and the high double dome, and the latter by the kiosks, which give it a pyramidal outline from distance. Although Sikandar Lodi's tomb was the first garden-tomb to be built in India, it is Humayun's tomb which set up a new vogue, the crowning achievement of which is the Taj at Agra. There is also a somewhat common human impetus behind these two edifices-one erected by a devoted wife for her husband and the other by an equally or more devoted husband for his wife.
Several rulers of the Mughal dynasty lie buried here. Bahadur Shah Zafar had taken refuge in this tomb with three princes during the first war of Independence (AD 1857).
On the southwestern side of the tomb is located barber's tomb (Nai-ka-Gumbad) which stands on a raised platform, reached by seven steps from the south. The building is square on plan and consists of a single compartment covered with a double-dome.
Open from sunrise to sunset
Entrance Fee:
Citizens of India and visitors of SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan) and BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar) - Rs. 10 per head.
Others: US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head
(children up to 15 years free)

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Thumbs Up Delhi Metro
Posted by: ding dong - 02-10-2015, 03:27 PM - Forum: Delhi Airport / Metro / BRTS / RRTS / Monorail Projects - Replies (17)

Delhi Metro currently has 190 km of operational network and is being built in a phase-wise manner with Phase-I ending in 2005-06, Phase-II ending in 2010-11, Phase-III ending in 2015-16, Phase-IV ending in 2020-21, and possibly one or more phases after this.

Phase-I consisted of 65 km of lines
Phase-II consisted of 125 km of lines.
Phase-III is proposed to add 147 km more to the network.

The sections proposed to be built under Phase-III are:

(A) Extension of existing lines

1. Yellow Line extn (Jahangirpuri - Badli) = 4.5 km (within Delhi)

2. Blue Line branch (Dwarka Mor - Najafgarh)= 5 km (within Delhi)

3. Violet Line extn (Central Secretariat - Kashmere Gate) = 9.4 km (within Delhi)

4. Violet Line extn (Badarpur - Faridabad) = 13.9 km (in Faridabad)

5. Airport line extn (Dwarka Sec 21 - HUDA City Centre) = 14 km (4 km in Delhi, rest in Gurgaon)

6. Red Line extn (Dilshad Garden - Mohan Nagar) = 7.5 km (in Ghaziabad)

(B) New lines

1. Ring Road Line / Line 7 (Mukundpur - Yamuna Vihar) = 55.7 km (within Delhi)

2. Outer Ring Road Line / Line 8 (Janakpuri West - Kalindi Kunj - Botanical Garden)= 37.3 km (within Delhi, except 2 stations in Noida)

Apart from these lines, Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (5 km) is under construction. 

Noida authority has also proposed a metro network of 86 km in Noida and Greater Noida (including the 3.76 km Kalindi Kunj - Botanical Garden section of ORR line).

Snapshot of network length after Phase-III

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1. Operational network of Delhi Metro (Phase-I and II)

2. How Delhi Metro has been built in phase-wise manner

Phase-I (Red) completed in 2005-06 (65 km)

Phase-II (Green) completed in 2010-11 (125 km)

Phase-III (Blue) to completed by 2015-16 (147 km)

Rapid Metro Rail Gurgaon (Black) to be completed by 2013 (5 km)

View this map live in Google maps here

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3. How Delhi Metro will look after Phase-III - lighter shaded lines still have to be approved.

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4. How Delhi Metro will look after Phase-III (unicolour)

Since some of the line colours such as yellow and orange are difficult to view in Google maps, another map has been created in only one colour to easily visualize the expanse of network.

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Delhi Metro Project Background

The first train rolled down the tracks of Line 1 in 2002. In 2006 when the first phase of construction ended, the Delhi metro consisted of 3 lines, 59 stations totaling 65 kms.

The Delhi Metro was expanded at a war footing pace in all directions during Phase II of the project. After construction on Phase II ended in September 2010, it was able to boast of being the fastest metro system constructed in terms of kms/year added.

It took the DMRC 8 years to complete 65 kms of the Phase I works. For Phase II of the project, it doubled that number while halving the time of completion. It added around 125 kms of track in just around 4 years. The 2nd phase included three new lines, an airport express line and extensions of the lines that were built in Phase I. So by the end of 2010, the Delhi metro system consisted of 7 lines, 142 stations and 190 kms of track.

Delhi Metro Timeline

Phase I

25 Dec 2002: Red Line - Shahdara - Tis-Hazari, 8.3 kms

03 Oct 2003: Red Line - Tis Hazari - Inder Lok, 4.1 kms

31 Mar 2004: Red Line - Inder Lok - Rithala, 8.9 kms

19 Dec 2004: Yellow Line - Vishwa Vidyalaya - Kashmere Gate, 4 kms

03 July 2005: Yellow Line - Kashmere Gate - Central Secretariat, 7 kms

31 Dec 2005: Blue Line - Dwarka - Barakhamba, 22.9 kms

01 Apr 2006: Blue Line - Dwarka - Dwarka Sector 9, 6.5 kms

11 Nov 2006: Blue Line - Barakhamba - Indraprastha, 4.0 kms

Phase II

04 Jun 2008: Red Line - Shahdara - Dilshad Garden, 3.1 kms

04 Feb 2009: Yellow Line - Vishwa Vidyalaya - Jahangirpuri, 6.4 kms

10 May 2009: Blue Line - Indraprastha - Yamuna Bank, 2.1 kms

13 Nov 2009: Blue Line - Yamuna Bank - Noida City Centre , 13.1 kms

08 Jan 2010: Blue Line - Yamuna Bank - Anand Vihar, 6.3 kms

03 Apr 2010: Green Line - Inderlok - Mundka, 15.1 kms

21 Jun 2010: Yellow Line - Qutab Minar - Huda City Centre, 14.5 kms

03 Sep 2010: Yellow Line - Central Secretariat - Qutub Minar, 12.5 kms

03 Oct 2010: Violet Line - Central Secretariat - Sarita Vihar, 15 kms

30 Oct 2010: Blue Line - Dwarka Sector 9 - Dwarka Sector 21, 2.8 kms

14 Jan 2011: Violet Line - Sarita Vihar - Badarpur, 5.1 kms

23 Feb 2011: Airport Express Line - New Delhi RS - Dwarka Sec 21, 22.5 kms

14 July 2011: Blue Line - Anand Vihar - Vaishali, 2.6 kms

27 Aug 2011: Green Line - Kirti Nagar - Ashok Park Main, 3.3 kms

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Detailed Line Information - prepared by Abhishek

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Network Route Maps - Courtesy Abhishek

Operational Network

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Phase III

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Phase I+II+III - courtesy Varunshiv - click to view large

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Phase IV

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Tongue Delhi Roads and Flyovers
Posted by: Black Dog - 02-10-2015, 03:09 PM - Forum: Delhi Airport / Metro / BRTS / RRTS / Monorail Projects - No Replies

Images And Video of Delhi Roads Cool Cool Cool

Dwarka link road

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  Dwarka Delhi
Posted by: Black Dog - 30-09-2015, 04:33 PM - Forum: West Delhi - No Replies

Dwarka Sub City

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Brick Shiv Murti Mahipalpur
Posted by: ding dong - 30-09-2015, 04:04 PM - Forum: Picnic Spots in Delhi - Replies (1)

Shiv Murti Mahipalpur

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  Delhi Haat janakpuri
Posted by: ding dong - 30-09-2015, 03:18 PM - Forum: Picnic Spots in Delhi - Replies (1)

Delhi Haat

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