New Delhi, the capital of India, is one of the oldest cities in the world. It bridges two totally different worlds and has a rich history. The contrast between well planned New Delhi and rambling Old Delhi is immense, and it’s fascinating to pay time exploring both. Old Delhi, earlier the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with formidable mosques and crumbling havelis. In contrast, the imperial town of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, imposing government buildings and tree-lined avenues.
The city’s importance lies not simply in its past glory but also in the diverse and wealthy cultures. In Delhi, you’ll discover that the town is sprinkled with dazzling gems: charming ancient monuments, attractive mosques, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vibrant performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and markets.
Red Fort symbolizes the age of Mughal rule in India.The Red Fort built in 1638, is a brilliant monument was made as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan.The personal apartments consist of a row of pavilions connected by an eternal water channel, known as the Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise). The Red Fort is known to represent the zenith of Mughal ability and exhibits the architectural splendor of Mughals that, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement. The design of the palace is based on Islamic prototypes, but every pavilion reveals architectural components typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Hindu and Timurid traditions. A one hour sound and light show of the fort’s history is held each evening to take your imagination back to the ancient era.
- Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Foreigners Rs 250,Indians Rs10 . Free for children under 15 years.
- Opening Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays closed.
Qutab-Minar is the world’s tallest red sandstone tower and UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Mehrauli. The tower is one of the earliest monumental structures of Delhi. Qutbu’d-Din Aibak laid the foundation of Minar in AD 1199, however he only constructed the basement. The construction of the tower was later taken by his successor Iltutmish who constructed 3 more stories. The last 2 storeys were completed Firoz Shah Tuglak. It has a diameter of 14.32 m at the bottom and about 2.75 m on the top with a height of 72.5 m. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat last Hindu ruler of Delhi. Divided into 5 storeys, Qutub Minar has five projecting circular balconies with fluting on the first 3 storeys. The balconies act as decorative bands, adorned with delicate and intricate carvings and inscriptions. Red sandstone has been used in the building of the first 3 storeys, and both red sandstone and white marble in the last two. Apart from the tower, the Qutub Minar complex comprises of the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque, a seven metre high iron pillar, the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar.
- Location: Mehrauli, south Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Foreigners Rs250, Indians Rs10. Free for children under 15 years.
- Opening Hours: Daily Sunrise until sunset.
The world’s largest Hindu Temple, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is 42 meter tall construction, built by the Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization and opened in 2005. This large temple complex cover 30 acres on the banks of the Yamuna river close to Noida Mor in East Delhi. The temple is a reflection of ancient Indian culture with all its breathtaking beauty and grandeur. Apart from using concrete for the foundation, the construction was created using granites and marbles from all parts of the world. The structure is a proof of architectural excellence. You will find the temple, museum, many parks and a large cultural centre that throws light on the traditions and customs followed in India. The complex includes sprawling garden, sculptures, boat ride, musical fountain show and big screen film in the IMAX theatre inside the temple complex. Allow lot of time to explore it thoroughly — at least half a day. Cameras and cell phones are not permitted inside.
- Location: N. H. 24, near Noida Mor, New Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Free, tickets are required to view the exhibitions.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (last entry). Closed Mondays.
Lodhi garden is beside India International Centre that is simply 3 kilometers away from Humayun’s Tomb. It is one of the historical gardens in Delhi. The 90-acre Garden is a superb place to relax, walk, jog and enjoy in the wonder of nature. The garden is extremly well maintained and have some historical monuments which are an added attraction for the tourists. Lodhi garden houses the tombs of Sayyid and Lodhi rulers which embody tombs mosques, and bridges. You get to feel the history in its air only once you enter the Lodhi Garden. Today it serves as one of the best jogger’s park in Delhi. You can find lots of people early in the morning at Lodhi garden- some joggers and some fitness freaks practicing yoga or meditation amidst the plush green surroundings.
- Location: Lodi Road, near Humayun’s Tomb.
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise until 8 p.m.
India gate was designed to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in the First World War and those soldiers who lost their lives in the Northwest Frontier, the Afghan war of 1919 and the Indo-Pak war in 1971.The eternal flame known as Amar Jawan Jyoti burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. The India Gate is 42 m tall and the entire arch stands on a low base of red stone and rises in stages to a large molding. From the bottom of the arch of India Gate one will have an impressive view of the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President’s house). At the top of India Gate, on each side is inscribed INDIA. There is an enormous expanse of lush green lawns encompassing the India Gate. It is certainly one of the most visited spots of Delhi. The lawns of India Gate house the popular boat club and a children’s park and are bustle with people throughout summer evenings.. It lends more beauty to India Gate.
- Location: Rajpath, New Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: Always open
The Bahai Temple is often referred to as the Lotus Temple, as it’s formed like a lotus flower. Completed in1986 it is set among the plush green landscaped gardens. Created out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai religion, that proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Adherents of any religion are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.The tranquil gardens and ponds encompassing the temple are an excellent place for a soothing picnic. Round the blooming petals there are 9 pools of water, that light up, in natural light. It’s particularly pretty at night, when it’s beautifully lit up.
- Location: Near Nehru Place, south New Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: Daily, from 9.00 a.m. until sunset.
Located close to the crossing of Lodhi road and Mathura road, this brilliant tomb is the first real example in India of Mughal architecture. It was built in 1565 A.D. 9 years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. The design of the tomb is influenced by Persian architecture. Within the walled enclosure the most notable options are the garden squares with pathways water channels, centrally placed well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome created to resemble the paradise garden described in the Quran.
- Location: Nizamuddin East, New Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Foreigners Rs 250, Indians Rs 10. Free for children under 15 years.
- Opening Hours: Sunrise until sunset, daily. It’s best viewed in the golden light of the late afternoon.
Chandni Chowk, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in central north Delhi. This densely inhabited market has been around for more than 3 centuries. It is believed to be the biggest wholesale market in Asia. Chandni Chowk is divided into a number of smaller markets, each of which is known for selling a specific commodity.This market has a number of the most well-known Indian-wear outlets in the capital. Right from bridal sarees to daily-wear sarees, suits and lehengas, Chandni Chowk is actually the hub of the recent fashion at the most affordable costs. The speciality of the market lies not solely in its affordability but also the modernity of patterns, styles and designs on the dress items. There are several accessory shops in this market dealing in precious and semi-precious stones and metals. It is the right place to shop in. For the more adventurous, Chandni Chowk is a superb place to come to sample number of Delhi’s street food. The renowned Karim Hotel, a Delhi dining institution, is also located there. It’s chaotic, crumbling and congested, however fully charming as well.
- Location: Old Delhi, nearJama Masjid and Red Fort.
Adventure Island Rohini is a theme amusement park in Delhi. It is a perfect destination for family and kids to unwind and enjoy the exciting rides and a world class water park. The destination give a novel mixture of high thrill on sprawling 25 acres of amusement park space. There are approx. 30 rides and most of them are immaculately structured by specialists from abroad, like Moser, Zamperla and Intamin which are big names in this area, supplying equipment to Disney, Six Flags, Universal Studios etc. Planet Pogo housing MAD Theatre is the most special features of Adventure Island and the Pogo Plazas here are the best attractions for the youngsters.
Timing: 12pm to 11 pm
Monday to Friday: Adult Rs 220, children Rs 170
Saturday and Sunday: Adult Rs 350, children Rs 270
Delhi Haat (INA)
Situated in the heart of Delhi, the distinctive Dilli Haat is an upgraded version of the traditional weekly market, giving a pleasant amalgam of craft, food and cultural activities.The idea was to form a village fair like atmosphere with the difference that it is fixed at one place in contrast to village fairs. Spread over a spacious six acre area, imaginative landscaping, the traditional village architectural style, creative planning have joined to produce the right atmosphere for a Haat or market place.There are fixed stalls representing many states. A large variety of skilfully crafted handicrafts, intrinsic to every part of the country are accessible in this exotic bazaar. These range from intricate sandalwood and rosewood carvings, embellished footwear, to sophisticated fabric. Brassware, metal crafts, Gems, beads, silk and woollens….the range is limitless.There is an open air stage for dance, music & other such programs.
Timings : 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (all days open)
Entry : Nominal Entry Fee
Address : opposite INA Market, Sri Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi.
Delhi is one of the India’s most busiest entry points. It has a large variety of accommodation accessible from deluxe 5 star luxury hotels, with top-notch restaurants, 24-hour coffee shops, swimming pools, middle-range hotels and guest houses, travel agents and shopping arcades, offering comfortable stay and good services, down to economical tourist lodges.
Delhi is well connected with international and domestic flights, to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all airlines have their flights from Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi. The railway network connects Delhi to the all major and, nearly, all the minor destinations in India. The 3 important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. By a network of roads and national highways, Delhi is connected with all the major cities in India. Both the government and private transport suppliers provide frequent bus services. One may also get government as well as private taxis here.
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