Best Places to See in Delhi
The capital of India Delhi holds historical and modern age importance as well. It is an excellent tourist destination for Tourists of all over India as well as from foreign countries to spend their holidays. There are many attractions in Delhi that are a must watch. So on a visit to Delhi make sure to not leave out the important places to see in Delhi and it will surely make you fall in love with the place. Here the article lists the important historical monuments to gardens to museums to religious places which area treat for you.
Monuments and Forts
Red Fortor Lal Quila
This colossus citadel made by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan is pride of Delhi. The mighty fort spreading in 2.4 km is built with red stone and thus got the name Red Fort or Lal Quila. A wide moat surrounds the octagonal fort. The fort has two entrances- Delhi Gate and Lahori Gate but second one is the main entrance of the Quila. The fort is divided into various premises like Diwan-i-Am is the hall for public, Diwan-i-Khas is the hall for special audience, Rang Mahal is the water cooled place for the royal ladies, Hamam, Moti Masjid, Mumtaz Mahal and Naubat Khana i.e. the music house.
The Prime Minister unfurls Indian Tricolor every year on anniversary of Indian Independence from the British rule on 15th of August. The glorious past and magnificence attracts tourists. A Light and Sound show is held every evening.
The tomb of Humayun was built with red sandstone by Hamida Banu Begum. The tomb is festooned with white and black marble borders. Well developed gardens surround this tomb which has crisscross of numerous water channels. It is the best maintained example of Mughal architecture, characterized with high arches and double dome.
Qutub Minaris the world heritage site located in Mehrauli. This tall brick tower of red sand stone built in 1193 AD, was erected by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak and completed by Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tughlak. The conical tower is 72.5 meters high and has 399 steps; its base is 14.3 meters broad whereas the top floor is 2.75 meters wide.
Iron pillaror Ashoka Pillaradjacent to this Minar is also not to be missed. It is believed that if make a wish and stand with your back to the pillar, and if you can hold your hands around it, then your wish will surely be fulfilled.
India Gateis the famous landmark of New Delhi. It is the war memorial that remembers the martyrs of British Indian Army who sacrificed their lives for the Indian Empire in World War I and the Afghan Wars. India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. After India getting independence, it became tomb of Indian Army’s unknown soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The archway is 42 meter high and is made of red stone with “INDIA” written on both sides. Thousands of soldier’s names are inscribed on the arch. The nearby lawns, children’s park and a boat club gives time to relax in hustles of routine life.
This sacred Hindu temple sprawl in 100 acres has a 11-feet high statute of Bhagwan Swaminarayan under the central dome. Statues of gurus of other sects are also installed around. This is a very popular tourist spot and is visited by thousands of devotees everyday. The temple has an IMAX theater and musical fountain in this complex.
Birla or Laxmi Narain Temple
This beautiful temple dedicated to Goddess Laxmi is built by the industrialist G. D. Birla in 1938.
Lotus Temple or Bahai Temple
People of every religion and faith visit Bahai temple. The ambience is great. The complex has pools and gardens. The devotees pray and meditate silently in the calm and serene huge hall. The temple is shaped like lotus so it is popular as the lotus temple.
Jama Masjidis the largest mosque in India. This five-storied mosque was built by Shah Jahanin 1658. The first three storeys of the Jama Masjid is made of red sandstone, the fourth is made of marble, while the fifth is made of sandstone. The entire mosque has intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran are inscribed on the walls.
ISKCON Templeis built by the followers of Hare Rama Hare Krishna cult on a hillock. Thus the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The gracious complex is one of the largest temple complexes in India.
Memorials in Delhi
The memorials of dynamic leaders that played an important role in development of India are erected in Delhi to keep their memories alive. These memorials are made along the river Yamuna. The verdant lawns and serene ambience of the memorials provide a contemplative space to visitors to reflect upon the life and work of the leaders of modern India.
Rajghatis formed where the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The Samadhi is a simple square stone platform of black marble approached by a stone footpath through the beautiful gardens. The last words of Mahatma Gandhi ‘Hey Ram’ are inscribed on the memorial platform.
Shanti Vanis the memorial of India’s first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. The memorial of Sanjay Gandhi is located next to Shanti Van.
The memorial of India’s first and only lady Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi is named Shakti Sthal which symbolizes the determination and vigor of Indira Gandhi. The Samadhi is in the form of grey-red massive stone.
Vir Bhumiis the memorial of the youngest Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi.
Vijay Ghatnear the small artificial lake is a memorial of India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.
Besides above, Delhi has numerous other attractions like Parliament House, Jantar Mantar, Old Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Nizam-ud-Din Shrine, Garden of Five Senses or Said-ul-Ajaib garden, LodhiGarden, Mughal Gardens, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, National Museum, and many more gardens, museums and monuments.