Delhi is the most preffered destination of the tourists visiting India during their vacations. There are many places to visit in Delhi which consists of magnanimous historical monuments, quaint gardens & museums and kosher religious places that will make you fall in love. Delhi is a popular place and is well connected from the all the major Indian Cities by Railways, Roadways and Airways network. The tourists can arrive New Delhi by flights at New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport or by trains at New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
Delhi is amongst one of the destinations which lie in Indian Golden Triangle, the other two cities being Agra & Jaipur famous for Taj Mahal & historical forts. Apart from holding a glorious past, Delhi is also a metropolitan city with tall skyscrapers, prosperous economy and a bustling life. Hence, presenting a unique blend of mordenity along with antiquity. During a visit to Delhi one can still feel the life lived by the royal rulers & princes who ruled this majestic capital city with bravery.
When it comes to exploring the Best Places in Delhi, its very hard to decide as the list is never ending. There are many places to see & explore to experience and thoroughly enjoy the cultural diversity and flavours of the Capital State of India. Hence, to make your search easy we have divided them into 4 categories which are :
1) Monuments & Forts
2) Religious Places
3) Parks & Gardens
4) Other Places To Visit In Delhi
Red Fort / Lal Qila
Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, laid the foundation of Red Fort in 1639 and it got completed in 1648. This colossus citadel is built with red stone and that is how the fort got its name. The total area of this fort is about 2.41 Sq. Kms. The fort is octagonal in shape. A wide moat that was originally connected with the river and was filled with water surrounds the fort. The main entrance to the Qila is through the Lahori Gate. Some of the main buildings to see within the fort are: Diwan-i-Am (hall of public audience), Diwan-i-Khas (hall of selective audience), The Hamam (the bathroom set), Moti Masjid (pearl mosque), Mumtaz Mahal (one of the main palaces) and Naubat Khana (music house). The National Flag of India is hoisted at the Red Fort every year on 15th of August, The Independence Day by The Prime Minister of India. This magnificent structure with its historical past is truly glorious and demands your visit. More on Red Fort.
The Humayun's Tomb was built by the orders of Humayun's widow, Hamida Banu Begum, starting in 1562. It took 8 years for the tomb to get completed. The structure is built with red sandstone, whereas white and black marble has been used largely in the borders. This tomb is set in a geometrically arranged garden crisscrossed by numerous water channels. It is the first example of Mughal architecture, with high arches and double dome. Humayun's Tomb is one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments and most frequently visited place in Delhi. More on Humayun's Tomb.
Your trip to Qutub Minar will surely be fascinating and memorable. This world heritage site is located in Mehrauli, South of Delhi. This tallest brick tower in the world, built in 1193 AD, is named after Qutab-Ud-Din Aibak. He ruled initially from Lahore and later moved to the capital of India; he is considered the first Muslim ruler of South Asia. This tower was started by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak but was completed by his son-in-law Iltutmish and ultimately by Firoz Shah Tughlak. This tower is 72.5 Meters tall with 399 Steps leading to the top. The base is 14.3 Meters wide and the top floor is 2.75 Meters wide. While visiting this Minar, do not miss the nearby Iron Pillar which is the favourite attraction amongst the tourists. More on Qutub Minar.
Sawai Jia Singh II, a keen astronomer of Jaipur built Jantar Mantar in 1710 A.D.. Jantar Mantar is situated at Parliament Street, close to Connaught Place. Jantar Mantar is also known as Delhi Observatory. It is made of stone and marble. This structure consists of 14 geometric devices used for measuring Time, forecasting Weather Changes, predicting behavior of Planets and finding Extraterrestrial Altitude. It has always been a favourite place to visit for Architects, Historians and Scientists from all over the world. This popular tourist site will be a great place to explore. The structure is a masterpiece of Indian Architecture which shows the scientific acumen of ancient India. More on Jantar Mantar.
Purana Qila / Old Fort
Purana Qila was constructed on the historic site of Indraprastha by Humayun and Sher Shah. The walls of the fort have 3 gates and are surrounded by a mat fed by the river Yamuna. The wall was built by Humayun while the buildings in the fort are attributed to Sher Shah. The structures that have survived in the fort are the Sher Mandal and the Qila-I-kholina Mosque. As a tourist, you will cherish to see the fort and its brilliant architecture. More on Purana Qila.
India Gate being the famous landmark of New Delhi is frequently visited by the tourists all over the world. It is one of the largest war memorials in India and commemorates the members of the former British Indian Army who laid their lives fighting for the Indian Empire in World War I and the Afghan Wars. The foundation stone for India Gate was laid in 1921 by The Duke of Connaught and was completed in 1931. This enormous structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. After India's independence, India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's tomb of the unknown soldier, known as The Amar Jawan Jyoti. The 42 Meter high archway is made of red stone and has the name "INDIA" written on both sides. More than 70,000 names of soldiers are also inscribed on the arch. The archway is located on the Rajpath in New Delhi. This monument is surrounded by Lawns, Children's Park and a Boat Club. Locals and tourists who come to see this monnument gather near India Gate and spend their evenings in leisure. More on India Gate.
One of the most important historical and sacred pilgrimage destinations of the Sikh comunity, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is the Haveli or Palace, where Guru Hari Krishan, the eighth Sikh Guru stayed during his tour to Delhi in 1664. The Guru was entertained as a royal guest by Mirza Raja Jai Singh in this bangla (palace), which was built on the model of the existing palace of Raja Jai Singh in Jaipur. More on Bangla Sahib.
This 100 acres of sprawling Hindu Temple is visited by thousands of people every day. Within Akshardham Temple, under the central dome, the statue of Bhagwan Swaminarayan is erected, which is 11 ft high. This statue is surrounded by other similar statues of the gurus of the sect. This is a very popular tourist spot. The temple was inaugurated in 2005. You can enjoy programmes in the IMAX theater as well as the musical fountain along with Swaminarayan Temple while exploring the Akshardham complex in Delhi. More on Akshardham Temple.
The Lotus Temple, also known as the Baha'i House of Worship is named so due to its shape of lotus. This beautiful structure was opened to public in December 1986. The temple is so popular that it is one of the most visited places in the world. When you enter this temple, you have to maintain a pin drop silence. The atmosphere inside the temple is calm and serene. Visiting this temple is once in a lifetime experience. More on Lotus Temple.
Last Updated On: 2011/08/29