Best places to visit in Delhi

 

1. India Gate

Constructed in the year 1931, India Gate originally named as All India War Memorial was built to pay tribute for the soldiers who were killed during the First World War and Afghan War. It is located in the eastern edge of the ceremonial axis of Delhi. It is also compared to the Alec de Trumphe of Paris and The Gateway of India of Mumbai. The India Gate is surrounded by beautiful cascade which make the area more nice and pleasant. You can see people enjoying a nice walk or having a small picnic with their friends and families, so it would be a sort of great fun if you bring cooked or packed food along with you and have those light-hearted moments. You can also go for boating at the boating club adjacent to it.

Prominent for: Architecture, War Memorial

Location: Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat (Yellow Line)

Best time to Visit: Due to extreme weather condition it is always preferable to visit these places in the month of October to March, but incase you are there in the month of January you can attend the Republic Day parade on 26th of January.

Tips: You are sure to be thrilled if you take a walk around the India Gate with a softy or sweet corn post during nightfall.

 

2. Lotus Temple

Bahai Temple commonly known as Lotus temple owing its resemblance to lotus flower is a major landmark of India that has been attracting tourist from all over the world because of its architecture and beauty. The temple is open to all regardless of any religion; where one can just sit in peace and pray to their respective gods. It is an architectural masterpiece which will make you go ‘Wow’. There are seven major Bahai temples constructed around the world, with Delhi being constructed at last. There are nine doors onto the central hall that can lodge around 2500 people at one time.

Prominent for: Architecture, Religion

Location: Lotus Temple Road, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110014

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place (Violet Line)

Entry Fee: Free

Lotus Temple Timings: Summer- 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM                                                                                                                  Winter-    09:00 AM to 05:30 PM

Tips: The Lotus temple at night or post sunset looks more beautiful. The nine pools of water around the petals is a sight to watch. So make sure you visit the place during the dusk time.

 

3. Jama Masjid

 

Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in between 1644-1656, Jama Masjid is India’s largest mosque and another fine example of Mughal Architectures golden era. It is made of high cusped arches and marble domes. The countryard boasts for its space and can accomodate 25000 people at a single time. The mesmerizing monument is the last one built under Shah Jahan reign.

Prominent for: Architecture, Mosque, History

Location: Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

Nearest Metro Station: Jama Masjid (Violet Line)                                                                                                                             Chawri Bazar (Yellow Line)

Entry Fee: Free

Jama Masjid Timings: 07:00 AM to 12:00 PM                                                                                                                                    01:30 PM to 06:30 PM                                                                                        (Tourist are not allowed during the prayer time)

Tips: Try to visit the Jama Mosque during the morning hours as the place is less crowded during that time. You can also visit the Meena Bazaar which is attached with the mosque. Try out Abdul Ghani Qureshi Kabab Corner’s varieties of kabab. It’s finger-licking delicious.

 

4. Red Fort

Red Fort also known as Lal Kila is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and was the main residence of the Mughal Emperors for more than 200 years. A brilliant architectural beauty, it was the center for the cultural and political event for the Mughals. The audience hall, the imperial apartments, the main gates are the surviving structure of the Red Fort.

Prominent for: History, Architecture

Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk (Yellow Line)                                                                                                                        Jama Masjid (Violet Line)

Entry Fee: Indian Citizen- INR 35                                                                                                                                      Foreign Citizen- INR 500

Red Fort Timings: 09:30 AM to 04:30 PM                                                                                            Closed on Monday

Tips: Don’t miss the light and sound show that generally starts around 6-7 PM.

 

5. Qutub Minar

The 2nd tallest minar in India, Qutub Minar is considered to be a highly important historical attraction of the country. It forms a part of the qutub complex which was declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Made of Red Sandstone and marble, Qutub Minar forms its height upto 73 metres and gives a tower like structure. The 73m tall tower was built by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak after defeating the last Hindu Kingdom. It is said that the design of the tower had its origin from the Minaret of Jam loacted in Western Afghanistan. It is beleived that if you encircle the minar with your hands while standing, your wishes will come true.

Prominent for: History, Photography, Architecture

Location: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar (Yellow Line)

Entry Fee: Indian Citizen- INR 30                                                                                                                                     Foreign Citizen- INR 500

Qutub Minar Timings: Open all day from sunrise to sunset.

Tips: A decorative light show is held every evening  from 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM and if possible go through the background of Qutub Minar its preety interesting.

 

6. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

Inspired by Yogiji Maharaj and created by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, Akshardham is known to be a spritual and cultural campus which showcases the Indian culture and sprituality. Sitting on the banks of the Yamuna river in Eastern Delhi, Akshardham attracts 70% of Delhi Tourism. It is a must see site and should be high on one’s priority list. The walls are explicitly sculpt with the images of flora, fauna, deities, musician etc. Its jaw dropping architecture will leave you spellbound which won’t allow you to leave the place anytime soon.

Prominent for: Garden, Architecture, Peace

Location: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092

Nearest Metro Station: Akshardham (Blue Line)                                                                                                                                 Train going towards Noida City Centre.

Entry Fee: Adults- INR 170                                                                                                                                               Senior Citizen- INR 125                                                                                                                                   From Age 4 to 11- INR 100

Akshardham Timings: 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM except Monday.

Tips: Don’t miss any of the activities and enjoy the peaceful nature by spending time in the garden.

 

7. Rashtrapati Bhawan

Officially, the home of the president of India, Rashtrapati Bhawan is located at the western end of Rajpath. It was designed by the famous British architect Edwin Lutyens and was completed in the year 1929. The house consists of four floors, 340 rooms and several hall for different function and purposes. The Mughal Gardens with two channels and energetic spurt adds beauty to the place which you wouldn’t want to miss.

Prominent for: Architecture, Gardens

Location: Rashtrapati Bhawan, President’s Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110004

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat (Yellow Line)

Entry Fee: Prior permission essential for visiting. INR 50 per person.

Rashtrapati Bhawan Timings: Manison- 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM                                                                                                                 Mughal Gardens- Opens from the month of August to March on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

8. Humayun’s Tomb

One of the major historical site, Humayun’s Tomb is built by Queen Haji Begum in the year 1570. Situated in Nizamuddin East of Delhi, the tomb is the first garden tomb and placed very closed to the Din-Panah citadel. It was declared as an World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year 1993. Beside the main tomb, there are several other smaller monuments where one of them was built even before the main tomb. The tomb stands in the middle of a square garden called ‘Charbagh’ which has water channel running through it.

Prominent for: Architecture, Garden

Location: Mathura Road, Opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium (Violet Line)

Entry Fee: Indian Citizen- INR 30                                                                                                                                     Foreign Citizen- INR 500

Humayun’s Tomb Timings: 06:00 AM to 06:00 PM

 

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2 Comments

Ashish Bhuyan · September 22, 2018 at 5:08 pm

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    travelcart · September 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you!

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