Historical Site, Monument, Tower, Architecture
Towering above the cityscape of Delhi, Qutub Minar is a beautiful brown minaret which is also the tallest tower in India, belonging to Mughal reign. The construction of the Qutub Minar began during the rule of Qutub Ud Din Aibak and was subsequently added upon by rulers like Itutulmish later on. It is one of the first constructions made by the Mughals in India
Landmark, Historical Site, Architecture , Fort
The Red Fort is a beautiful fort complex that is in many ways symbolic of the splendor of Delhi and its Moughal history. Shah Jahan the Great Moughal emperor gave the fort its present prestigious position when he shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi at the Red fort. Apart from its Mughal history for which this fort is famous for, the Red Fort is of extreme value to Independent India as it hosted the first speech of Independence by Jawahar Lal Nehru here.
The sandstone walls give it its distinctive red color and it its name; the Lal Qilah or Red Fort. But the fort isnt just one building but a complex of a various sections and palaces that render it a grandeur that isnt easily paralleled by other historical buildings in India. The buildings are quite grand and striking and the interiors feature very intricate and ornate art work that leaves tourists mesmerized
Landmark, Memorial, Monument, Architecture
India Gate is a triumphal arch in the centre of Delhi which has become a very important representative of the city thanks to its location as well as political value. The Arch was built to commemorate the contribution of the Indian soldiers who had died in World War I as well as Afgan Wars. Later on the Amar Jawan Jyoti was also added to the premises in honor of those who had laid down their lives in the Indo- Pakistan wars. Since then, it has become a site that celebrates bravery in every shape and form.
India Gate And Rajpath
Religious Site, Temple, Architecture
The Lotus Temple in New Delhi is a beautiful modern architecture that blends spirituality in its folds. The building is in the shape of an enormous lotus and belongs to the BahaI faith. The Philosophy behind this religion is very welcoming. People of all faiths sects and religions are welcome in this place. You can pray in any manner you want to as well as meditate or find a peaceful place to just sit and watch the others. The spiritual power of this place is certainly great. Do visit if you are religious and are interested in different religious practices
Religious Site, Temple, Landmark, Architecture
An architectural marvel of 21st century in India, the Akshardham Temple is a magnificent temple that has become one of the most featured tourist attractions in Delhi. The temple is dedicated to Shriswaminarayan and is a very important religious site. But it is the amazing atmosphere that the place creates that most people come to see here.
The temple exhibits architectural styles and aspects of tradition from all over the country. There is an amazing amalgamation of a diverse array of cultures and traditions from most parts of India. So the place has become very popular with Indians as well as foreign tourists wanting to learn more about the culture.
Historical Site, Architecture , Tomb, Heritage Building
Humayuns tomb is a stunning relic and is the perfect example of Mughal architecture in India. This tomb was commissioned by Humayuns wife Bega Begum in 1569 and its construction finished in 1572, making it one of the earlier Mughal structures present in India. The design of the building is credited to Mirak Mirza Ghiyas
Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Architecture
Emperor Shah Jahan built The Jama Masjid (Place of Prayer) in the Old Delhi. It was the most important mosque of Old Delhi in 1656 and it remains the most cherished and revered one even today. This makes it a very important place for Indian Muslims as well as Muslims from other countries. Jama Masjid is also home to several lyrics from the Mughal period and hence an interesting place to visit but what most people are mesmerized by is the grandiose construction.
Landmark, Architecture , Heritage Building
This building which was completed in 1929 was meant to be the seat of the Viceroy in the British period in India. After the independence however, this stately site became the seat of Indian democracy. Rashtrapati Bhavan is located on Raisina hill and is a beautiful sprawling edifice with 340 different rooms built in to meet any social or political needs. There are beautiful domes and statues and sculptures of animals adorning the building on all sides
Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Gurudwara
The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is an important Sikh gurdwara (Sikh praying place), in Delhi. It is mostly known for its affiliation with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. It was first constructed in 1783 as a miniature devotional temple by the Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh, during the rule of Shah Alam.
The lake in the premises, better known as the Sarovar is very important to the religious faith of Sikh community. Its water is considered to be Amrit or the elixir of life. As a result the Sarovar is a point of interest for Sikhs from all over the world, who consider it to be holy. A visit to the Gurudwara will acquaint you with many of the customs and beliefs of the Sikh religion. It is a peaceful and serene place of worship.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Art And Culture, Garden, Walking Area, Historical Site
The Lodi Gardens is a famous recreational park in Delhi, India. It is spread in an area of 90 sections of land measuring to 360,000 square metres. The heritage Garden premises houses the tombs of Mohammed Shah, Sikander Lodi, along with the Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad. The architectural premises are adorned with the design works of the fifteenth century Sayyid and Lodis, who belonged to the Pashtun line which controlled much of Northern India throughout the era of the sixteenth century. As there had been minimal structural planning from these two periods in India, Lodi Gardens was regarded a critical place for safeguarding. The site is presently secured and preserved by the Archeological Survey of India. The garden premises had been arranged between the extents of the Khan Market and the Safdarjung’s Tomb situated on the Lodi Road. The garden is viewed as a wonderful and characteristic recreational reflection of the Mughals. It is also used as a much favoured venue for the morning strolls of the Delhiites.
Art And Culture, Observatory, Historical Site, Architecture
The Jantar Mantar is an interesting historical complex to visit which introduces us to the earlier forms of astronomical studies in India. There are 13star gazing instruments present at this place. Built during the reign of Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1724 onwards, the monument is a reminder of ancient astronomy and engineering. There was some confusion and controversy about the exact period when the Jantar Mantar was built but it was resolved by historians recently.
The rajah had set up 5 such observatories all over India. The role of the observatory was to order cosmic tables, and to foresee the times and developments of the sun, moon and planets. Unfortunately, the observatory can no longer be used due to the tall buildings that surround it. This amazing structure is as rare as it is beautiful and there are plans to try and restore it to its original functioning self. It is an intriguing tourist site. Just image how people in the 1700s were capable of setting up such instruments and actually used them for navigation!
Historical Site, Memorial, Architecture
Raj Ghat is the name given to the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, the great leader who is known as the father of the Nation in India. However, there are several memorials dedicated to other leaders also present in the same complex called as Raj Ghat.
Memorials of Rajiv Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi as well as others can be found here. The memorial to Rajiv Gandhi is perhaps the most interesting construction. The memorial of Mahatma Gandhi also marks the spot where he was cremated. Each of these people and the memorials are important to the political background of India and hence it is a site of tremendous solemnity. Right across the road from Gandhis memorial you will also find the Gandhi museum if you wish to know more about this great leader of India
Walking Area, Market, Street Market, Shopping Center
Chandni Chowk is undoubtedly the heart and soul of Delhi. This area is a part of Old Delhi and the old walled city that existed in the past. The cultural milieu of Delhi is beautifully exhibited by Chandni Chowk thanks to the fact that several religions co-exist here in astonishing harmony. A number of places of worship of different religions can be found here side by side. It is a great idea to walk around and take in the sights and sounds of old Delhi in this place
Art And Culture, Library, Historical Site, Architecture
The Purana Quila or the Old Fort is a beautiful relic of the Mughal past in India. It lives up to its name and it has been recently discovered that the area on which it has been built has been inhabited since as early as 1000 BC. It is certainly the oldest of the Mughal forts. It might be that it was built nearly 5000 years ago long before the Mughals. It was Babur and Sher Shah Suri who started to renovate it
Religious Site, Temple
Commonly known as the Birla Temple, the Laxminarayan temple was built by G.D Birla and is one of the most revered temples in Delhi. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Laxmi and her consort Vishnu who, when together are called Laxminarayan. An interesting story about this shrine is that it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the strict condition that people of all castes and religions would always be allowed entry into the temple. This definitely makes it a temple that is worth a mention and worth a visit