1 GAURI SHANKAR TEM­PLE

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Start aus­pi­ciously in the Hindu tra­di­tion by vis­it­ing the Gauri Shankar Tem­ple, lo­cated by Chandi Chowk, the leg­endary Mughal-dy­nasty bazaar across from the Red Fort’s La­hori Gate.

This im­por­tant 12th-cen­tury tem­ple (re­built in 1959), ded­i­cated to the god Shiva and his con­sort Gauri, is a non­touristy place where lo­cals have come for gen­er­a­tions.

The evening aarti (7:30 PM) is a par­tic­u­larly at­mo­spheric time to visit – wor­ship­pers wave in­cense, chant, ring bells and of­fer marigold gar­lands to the be­jew­eled images of the deities lo­cated be­side the tem­ple’s sa­cred 800-year-old lingam (the Hindu phal­lic im­age of Shiva).

Open daily 4:30 AM – 10:00 AM, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM; ad­mis­sion is free; no pho­tog­ra­phy inside, avoid wear­ing shorts and ex­pect to re­move shoes. hottest cafés, be­fore tak­ing a short stroll to Hu­mayun’s Tomb.

Com­mis­sioned in 1570 by his wife, this Mughal em­peror’s fi­nal rest­ing place is a World Her­itage site and justly cel­e­brated as a bril­liant mas­ter­piece of early Mughal ar­chi­tec­ture. The two-story ed­i­fice is fash­ioned of dis­tinc­tive red sand­stone and in­laid with white mar­ble and in­tri­cate jali win­dow screens.

The tomb is set in a charbagh gar­den, with flow­ing quadri­lat­eral water­ways that in­spired the Taj Ma­hal a cen­tury later. The last Mughal em­peror, Ba­hadur Shah Za­far, was cap­tured by Bri­tish forces here dur­ing the 1857 mutiny, end­ing one of the world’s great­est dy­nas­ties.

Open daily sun­rise to sun­set; ad­mis­sion R250 ($3.75).

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