Delhi is a union territory within India and a city with two very different worlds: Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi is the symbolic heart of the greater metropolitan area where NEW Delhi, the capital of India, is contained in a relatively small part of the megacity of Delhi.
One of the most mass-populated regions in the world – Delhi is a mix of tradition and modernity. It is vital as a religious centre, and due importance lies in it as “India’s busiest international gateway”.
You will find so many things to see and do in Delhi and New Delhi, including its magnificent monuments, diverse arts and crafts industry, and numerous performing arts venues.
As a vacationer, you can enjoy excellent cuisine with delicacies from every corner of India. It is also known as a “shopper’s paradise” with numerous markets and bazaars like Chandni Chowk, the country’s most famous commercial area.
Both Delhi and New Delhi own live and vibrant places enough to make every vacationer happy and content. It will be a historical-spiritual voyage with some glances at the beautiful nature / gardens. Get ready to explore India.
Shah Jahan built the most significant historical monument, Red Fort (Lal Qila), in 1648, representing the seat of Mughal power until 1857. This spectacular structure, with its tall, red sandstone walls, crescent shape and moat, covers an area of more than two square kilometres.
The magnificent main entrance, the Lahore Gate, is so named as it faces Lahore in Pakistan. At the same time, you will get a glance at the even grander Delhi Gate. The emperor used this gate for ceremonial processions.
You can reach Chhatta Chowk through the Lahore Gate. In the Mughal period, this place was used to sell silks, jewellery, gems, silverware, food items, and souvenirs.
The vaulted arcade of the Chhatta Chowk ends in the centre of the outer courts of Naubat Khana. The drum house once housed the musicians playing for the emperor. It is located at the entrance between the inner and outer court at the Red Fort.
The fine galleries contain many interesting musical instruments, such as gongs, cymbals and kettledrums.
Diwan-i-Am, the Hall of Public Audiences, is also worth seeing. Made out of stunning white marble, here is where the emperor used to receive his subjects.
Qutub Minar is a victory tower or minaret and the second-tallest monument in Delhi. It is located in the Qutub complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a height of 72.5 metres (238 ft). Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, his son-in-law and successor, Iltutmish, and Firoz Shah Tuglak contributed to the construction of this beautiful tower. The intricate carvings featuring Qutub’s history and inscriptions from the Koran are worth seeing.
It attracts many national and international visitors to get a breathtaking view of the surrounding area from the top.
The complex also includes:
The Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid ( a mosque at the base of the tower)
The tombs of Altamish, Imam Zamin, and Alauddin Khalji.
Visit the 2,000-year-old Iron Pillar, the Alai Minar.
Located near the Safdarjung tomb and Khan Market of Delhi, the Lodhi Garden is a luscious garden that houses the tombs of Lodhi king Sikandar Lodhi and Sayyid ruler Mohammed Shah. It’s also home to the country’s National Bonsai Park. This garden is an excellent work of architecture and an epitome of magnificent engineering that echoes the illustrious history of Delhi. It was known as ‘Lady Willingdon Park’ when the Britishers ruled over India.
The view of the lush greenery of the gardens against a sombre mausoleum will make an outstanding impression on tourists and locals alike. It is a hub for morning and evening exercise for the people nearby.
You should include a visit to this most popular 90-acre New Delhi park in your Delhi itinerary. In addition, you can find important person’s tombs, some historic ruins, a triple-domed mosque, and the Glazed Dome, known for its blue tiles.
Be sure to also look for the Athpula, an eight-pier bridge with attractive columns and arches that span the park’s lake.
Remember to take a five-minute walk to the Khan market, which ranks among the world’s most prestigious shopping districts, with luxury brands rubbing shoulders with street vendors selling local delicacies.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a magnificent shrine, a Sikh temple, as well as one of the most visited tourist places in Delhi. It is a 24/7 operating shrine known for the large-hearted nature of Sikhs because this place of comfort is flocked by thousands of people daily.
The complex contains a main prayer hall, a holy Sarovar or lake, a hospital, a higher secondary school, a library, and Baba Baghel Singh Museum and within its premises. You will be served ‘Kada Prasad’ and ‘community meals’ freely.
Wash your feet in warm water before entering. The continuous sacred chanting that goes almost 24 hours will give a feeling of connectivity with the divine power.
Other noteworthy highlights are the magnificent pool at the heart of this large complex, the Sarovar, and its famous gold dome and flagpole.
You can find another large temple building with an art gallery and a small museum. An excellent meal will be served here free of cost. Visitors are always welcome here.
The Bahai Temple is popularly known as the Lotus Temple, as it resembles the lotus flower. Made out of concrete and covered in white marble, it is an architectural masterpiece with nine sides and a stunning central dome. It’s particularly delightful at night when it’s attractively lit up. Rising from the surrounding nine pools, it appears as if it may bloom at any moment. More than 70 million people have already visited and still own an attractive top must-visit place worldwide. Everybody will get a warm welcome as this temple has no idols, outward symbols of religion or religious pictures.
8 IKSON temples in Delhi are other modern-day temples worth a visit. These are the country’s biggest temple complexes.
An awe-inspiring sight, the towering archway of India Gate glows warmly under floodlights and is beautified by a beautiful garden. It is a war memorial built in the loving memory of Indian Soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.
It is a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening and ideal for children as there is also a fun children’s park. The India gate is often compared to the Arch de Triomphe in France, the Arch of Constantine in Rome, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai. Republic Day Parade is hosted every year under this 42-meter tall historical structure.
The premises house the Amar Jawan Jyoti, a kindled structure underneath the archway. Owing to its rich, astonishing architecture and historical background, it has become one of the most popular picnic spots in the city.
The Jama Masjid, another marvellous treasure of the Old City, is believed to be one of India’s largest mosques. With a large courtyard, it can hold almost 25000 devotees. Jama Masjid expands to about 1200 square meters in area with three gateways, two 40 meters high minarets and four towers.
The arduous climb to the top of its southern tower will surprise you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. A proper dress code covering your head, shoulder and legs are mandatory. Unless you aren’t allowed in, attire will be available here. Unfortunately, during Namaz offerings, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Masjid.
The huge construction cost and work, the massive central dome and the architectural features, and the vertical stripes make this place one of the best tourist attractions in India.
Please visit Chandni Chowk – Old Delhi’s massive main thoroughfare and a market area and Naya Bazaar and Gadodial, famous spice markets where you’ll see hundreds of items and do your shopping.
Humayun’s Tomb, the first garden tomb in the Indian subcontinent, is the final resting place of Humayun, a Mughal emperor.
This splendid Tomb constructed of white marble and red sandstone is a typical Mughal architecture with Persian influences. In 1993, this magnificent design was featured in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Situated on the banks of Yamuna, this magnificent Tomb is surrounded and ornated by a huge Mughal Garden. You will get a spectacular view in the flowering season.
Humayun’s Tomb is a more fabulous complex set among beautiful gardens. This Mughal architecture inspired the Taj Mahal’s Creation. Catch a glimpse during nightfall when it’s illuminated.
It is a relatively new attraction because it recently completed construction, and this massive temple complex showcases Indian culture. This fantastic architecture of the pink stone and white marble shrine has sprawling gardens and sculptures. At least half a day will take to explore this place. Keep in mind that Cameras and cell phones are not allowed here.
Explore the elaborate and intricate carvings and the majestic beauty of this magnificent building. A stunning 43-meter-high main monument with its rich carvings of gods, animals, plants, musicians, and dancers, crafted from pink sandstone and marble, 234 ornate pillars, and a stunning 3,000-ton stone-statue tribute to elephants will be startled experience for everyone.
You can watch a movie tracing the building’s construction and a fun boat ride depicting India’s diverse culture and rich history. Ultimately, a large musical fountain show will complete your Akshardham journey.
Laxminarayan Temple is a Hindu place of worship dedicated to Laxmi, the goddess of prosperity. It was opened by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939. Spread across nearly eight acres, you can explore lush tropical gardens, fountains, and sculptures, walls adorned with beautiful carvings, fresco paintings, artificial landscapes and cascading waterfalls. So, add one more temple visit to your Delhi sightseeing itinerary.
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