Delhi, the National Capital, brings to you a mix of cultures, history, heritage and religion. This is one city where history rubs shoulders with modernism. The city turns some of the most crucial pages of India’s past as it was the center of many legendary dynasties and has witnessed numerous battles. The city has unusual warmth that makes you feel like a local. Travel around, do some shopping, taste some lip smacking food items and enjoy a heart pumping nightlife here.
Major Attractions in Delhi:
Humayun’s Tomb is the first garden-tomb of the Indian subcontinent. This burial place of Emperor Humayun has an unmatched Persian architecture. Enjoy walks here to explore the surrounding gardens followed by stairs leading to the main deck. Here you can see many marble tombstones apart from some old photographs from history.
The Red Fort is a marvelous gift from the Mughal era. Built in 1639, this fort has an outstanding Mughal architecture with fortified walls of red sandstone. It covers an area of 254.67 acres and features Lahori Gate (the main gate), Delhi Gate (the southern public entrance), Chhatta Chowk, Naubat Khana, Diwan-i-Aam, Nahr-i-Bihisht, Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Hammam, Baoli, Moti Masjid, Hira Mahal, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh and Princes' quarter.
The only sight of India Gate makes you feel that you are really in Delhi. It was built in 1931 as a memorial for martyrs of World War I and war in Afghanistan. It was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The memorial rises to a height of 42-metre. Names of over 13,300 servicemen have been inscribed on the walls of India Gate.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the residence of the President of India having 340 rooms in an area of 200,000 square feet. Here you will see large presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens) apart from grand open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, etc. The architectural design of Rashtrapati Bhawan is based on the design of the Edwardian Baroque. Take a walk around this mansion to feel seamless luxury and grandeur sprawling here.
Qutub Minar is a 73 meter tall brick minaret raised by Qutub-ud-din Aibak. It has five stories adorned with chiseled carvings and scriptures. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a rich part of the heritage of India and is a beautiful example of Iranian architecture along with Parso-Arabic and Nagari details. The Minar has a spiral staircase of 379 steps.
Spiritual souls must visit the Akshardham Temple in Delhi, one of the largest Hindu temples on the planet. The temple is known for its unmatched architecture. It is made of pink stone and white marble and edges the banks of the Yamuna River. Some of the best attractions of the temple are Abhishekh Mandap, Sanskruti Darshan (Hall of Values), Sahaj Anand Water Show and Neelkanth Darshan (Theatre).
Also known with the name of Bahai Temple, this ancient temple represents four religions - Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam. This temple is dedicated to the Bahai faith and welcomes streams of worshippers and serenity seekers. Here you will find nine doors from which over 2500 visitors can enter at the same time. Its design is inspired from the Lotus flower where you can see 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged beautifully. This is a great place for peace seekers and meditation lovers.
This is the largest mosque in India which can hold 25000 devotees at a time. Jama Masjid was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. It houses four towers and the southern tower here offers a spectacular view of the city. The mosque has three grand gates, four towers and two 40 meters tall minarets. This masterpiece stands on a red sandstone porch. One needs to dress modestly to enter into the mosque premises.
A holiday to Delhi can never end without enjoying a shopping spree here. The city has some of the most happening street markets where you can bag everything at knock down prices. The Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk is a heaven for shopping lovers as well as foodies. One can also visit Sarojini Market or Janpath to bag clothing, ornaments, footwear, bags, etc.
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