Places To Visit In Delhi
Delhi, the capital of India, lies in the North and is bordered by Haryana on three sides and Uttar Pradesh to the east. A Union Territory of India, this city has played a major role in history and is home to several famous historical monuments. Though steeped in history and culture and is the centre of Indian politics, this city also has a very urban, modern side to it and is high on the list of places to visit for most tourists.
Given below are a few of the places that a tourist must visit on their trip to Delhi.
Located along the Rajpath in New Delhi, this structure was built as a war memorial for all those Indian and British soldiers representing the British Empire during the First World War and laid down their lives while fighting for the country. Below the India Gate is a small shrine-like structure made of black marble and always has a fire burning inside it. This is called the Amar Jawan Jyoti, which means the Flame of the Immortal Soldier and the words are inscribed on all four sides of the structure. This memorial is guarded 24/7 by military soldiers of the Army, Navy and Air force. Even though this monument looks grand and lovely to view right through the day, it somehow has an even better appeal and looks beautiful after it gets dark because of the soft glow of the yellow lighting and the mesmerising fire of the Amar Jawan Jyoti, which is a constant reminder of the duty and sacrifice of our valiant martyrs. The Republic Day Parade is hosted at India Gate every 26th of January and this location has become popular for people to hang out or walk around and the surroundings to be enjoyed as a picnic spot because of its visual appeal and calm atmosphere enveloping the area.
Situated along the banks of the river Yamuna and part of Old Delhi in the centre of the city, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the residence, ceremonial and political centre of Mughal Emperors for almost 200 years. This structure obtained its name from the amazing and brilliant architecture done in red standstone. However, the surviving structure of the fort is its magnificent main gates, walls, ramparts, audience hall and imperial apartments. In recent years this monument houses a number of museums which display various precious artefacts from those times. It is also the location where the Prime Minister of India unfurls the National Flag on Independence Day and gives his ceremonial speech every year. Because of its historical importance and rich heritage, this monument has become a very popular tourist attraction. Hence, the Archaeological Survey of India has been appointed for the security and preservation of this glorious monument.
As evident from the name, this monument is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun and it’s construction was ordered by his main consort Bega Begum who was in great grief after his death. Humayun’s tomb is located in the Nizamuddin East Area of Delhi, is the only structure at that time which used red sandstone on such a large scale and is the first garden tomb in the Indian sub-continent. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, this marvellous tomb is constructed in the middle of a huge, square ornate Mughal garden called ‘Charbagh’ and has shallow water channels flowing through it. It also contains the remains of many other Mughal emperors and descendants.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
This is another attraction that is very popular with tourists. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, and located near the banks of the river Yamuna, this temple is a true work of art with it’s intricate work of only marble and sandstone and deliberate avoidance of steel and concrete. The walls are adorned with ageless Hindu teachings and various colourful, ostentatious depitctions and carvings. This temple complex contains India’s largest stepwell where a spectacular water show is held, a beautiful open garden called Bharat Upavan, Narayan Sarovar which contains the waters of 151 holy rivers and lakes , an interesting cultural boat-ride, amazing exhibits and rituals which are much sought after by those pursuing spirituality and a food court that offers sumptuous food. The Akshardham temple has managed to reserve a spot in the Guiness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.
The Bahai [LOTUS] Temple
Located near Nehru Place in South Delhi, this structure is a temple with a difference. Open to people of all faiths/ religion, gender, race or nationality, this temple is one of the seven Bahai House of Worship present around the world. Made of white marble, this architectural wonder is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is one of the most visited structures in the city. Bounded in with beautiful lush greenery, enchanting floral gardens and glittering pools, this amazing atmosphere and blissful aura compels one to maintain silence, meditate and introspect on life.
Hauz Khas Village And Deer Park
A quaint village in the South Delhi neighbourhood, this complex retains that historical old world charm with splashes of urban modernity. Hauz Khas houses a water tank, a mosque, tombs of royalty, well maintained green parks with walkways and at the same time is dotted with quirky outlets, art galleries, boutiques and is famous for its nightlife with plenty of pubs, bars and cafes. Both locals and tourists enjoy the setup here and this is a very popular place to hangout.
Hauz Khas literally means ‘Royal Lake’ in English and the existence of a lake in this set up is how this complex got its name. It also has a deer park, rabbit enclosure and duck park next to a fort which is a very frequented picnic spot for families. Early morning walkers and Joggers frequent this place which adjoins the huge green park.
Agrasen Ki Baoli
Situated in the heart of the city on Halley Road, near Connaught Place, this historical monument, which means stepwell/ reservoir was built to store/ preserve water in ancient times. This baoli is very different in structure from the normal round stepwells that were made in those times. Built atop a series of 103 steps, this square reservoir gradually descends into the ground and is segregated at three levels, which served as a resting place for women in those days who would want to escape the heat of the summers. There is also a mosque on the western side of this structure which today only has its pillars. The other thrilling aspect of this attraction are the stories of the monument being haunted after dusk.
A UNESCO Heritage site, the Qutub Minar is the second tallest tower in the country, situated at Mehrauli, in the South West district of Delhi. Though, its construction was first started by Qutub Ud-din Aibak, this tower was constructed over a period of time by several rulers. The minaret has six storeys. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone and the other 3 are made of sandstone and marble. There is a circular stairway of 379 steps within this tower that takes one to the top and witness a beautiful panoramic view of Delhi. The tower has many intricate carvings and holy verses from the Quran inscribed on it. At the bottom of this tower stands a mosque which was the first one to be constructed in India. Besides this, the Qutub complex houses a number of other interesting structures like the rust-resistant Iron Pillar, Alai Darwaza etc.
This is one of the oldest markets, leading up to the Red Fort. One can get lost in the various religious buildings, historical mansions, shops and eateries constructed here. Unlike the wide roads of New Delhi, this place has typical narrow lanes, crowded with shops, eateries, people and vehicles and yet, people enjoy coursing through this mayhem. This market is famous for fabrics, stationery, jewellery, hardware and basically all types of goods and food. It caters to every economy group and different style preferences. One may get turned off with the bling and jazz of certain items at first glance, but patience will reap good rewards. There are plenty of little outlets churning out trendy and sophisticated stuff and one just needs to browse through the market carefully. It is quite a haven for people shopping for weddings.
This venue is an open air food plaza and craft bazaar, run by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, where craftsmen from all over the country assemble here to exhibit and sell their products. This permanent market, charging an entry fee is located in the commercial centres of South Delhi, opposite INA Market. The entire outlook of this plaza is that of a village with small cottages having thatched roofs and ethnic colourful décor. The items on sale include semi-precious gems, jewellery, handloom fabrics, drapery, sandalwood and rosewood carvings, brassware, metal craft, ethnic footwear and many more products showcasing our Indian culture and heritage.
Picture Credits : India Gate: Amazing India Blog, Red Fort: Indiacelebrating.Com, Humayun’s Tomb: India Ghumoo’ Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple: Akshardham, The Bahai Temple: Flickr, Hauz Khas And Deer Park: The Divine India, Agrasen Ki Baoli: Tripadvisor, Kutub Minar: Culturalindia.Net, Chandni Chowk: Wedmegood
Dilli Haat: mapsofindia