Out of all the fascinating places in India, the one stop you do not want to miss is the mighty capital. Brimming with history, culture, and influences from all around the world, you need to be prepared in many ways to cover all the astonishing sights the city has to offer. To start with, it is enormous and would probably take you forever to get to places. So get a taxi driver whom you can trust, unless you want to try your luck with the busy, crowded Delhi metros. Once you have secured your taxi, give this list of places in Delhi to the driver and sit back while you take in the buzz of the city.
Bear in mind that for many attractions in India, the tickets are charged more for foreigners and the locals.
You might have already covered visit to the Taj Mahal in Agra and stared at the white marble beauty. So a visit to the Red Fort could surprise you, as it is much more complex and in fact, more spectacular than the former. Built by the famous Shah Jahan itself, this fort took a decade to finish. The gardens, the water bodies, and the internal buildings all adorn the many striking intricate designs of the Mughal architecture. Get an audio guide, and you will get a tour with background music that could take you back in time. This sandstone fort is indeed red and is one of the most beautiful structures you will ever see in life.
The Lotus Temple echoes its name in every sense. Shaped like an unfolding lotus flower, this white structure is a stunning white marble marvel. You can easily spot the resemblance to Sydney Opera house. It is a Bahai house of worship, and the interior is pretty simple, except the mindblowing concrete petals of lotus making you wonder how they are holding its shape. The place is always crowded, but once you get inside the temple, the ambiance is very serene.
Jantar Mantar is a historical observatory that traveled much ahead of time. Built-in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, it was used to accumulate astronomical data to help predict the movement of celestial bodies and time. Jantar Mantar has numerous instruments laid out each used for a different purpose to understand the workings of nature. It is a curious place to visit, especially during sunset to see how the shadows work with the instruments.
Another one among the inspiring Mughal architecture sites of New Delhi is the Humayun’s Tomb. It was commissioned in 1526 by his widow Hamida Banu Begum. The tomb is made of red sandstone and white marble and has hence inspired many other structures including the Taj Mahal. The surrounding gardens are equally astounding, and the building will create a memorable impression on anyone who visits.
Among the historical places, Connaught Place is the heart of Delhi. The iconic columned walkways with its white pillars lined with luxury shops on one side and street vendors on the other paints the perfect picture of Delhi. It is the best spot in Delhi for shopping, with hundreds of shops for all kinds of budget. It was built by the British and shouldn't be missed at any cost during your New Delhi travel.
Lodi Gardens, right in the middle of Delhi adorns many tombs and monuments from the Sayyid and Lodi periods. It is a popular spot to get shade in the city, for picnicking by the locals, morning joggers and gives you a reflection of the local life in one glimpse. If you go here, do not forget to visit the National Bonsai Park.
A very recent addition to the architectural wonders of Delhi, the Akshar Dham temple finished its construction only in 2005. It is the result of a collaboration of 7000 artisans and 3000 volunteers. It is stunning in every aspect, from its size of the intricate details carved out. There are a total of 234 ornated pillars, 20 towers, 9 domes and a plinth of elephants made of stone, along with the many many statues and idols of Hindu deities, all built without steel. It is an inspiring sight especially when the temple is lit up at night.
The 120 meters high Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret of the world. The complex also has many other monuments including the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the very first mosque of India and many tombs. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1193 by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, to celebrate the Muslim dominance and the first Delhi SUltanate over the Hindu rule of Delhi. The Minar is the highest tower in India and has many intricate carvings from Arabic scriptures and beautiful motifs.
Opposite to the Red Fort, the old Delhi is still holding true to its charm and vibrancy. The narrow streets are filled with the aromas of spices and delicious Indian sweets and savories. Filled with crowds, rickshaw, carts, and street vendors, walking along the streets is an experience by itself. Chandni Chowk will take you to Jama Masjid at the end, with its beautiful stairways and the tranquil energy as opposed to the chaos outside.
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India. The towering structure is located in the grounds of 320 acres along with other government buildings and beautiful Mughal gardens. The public is allowed only in a few parts of the complex, and even that glimpse is absolutely worth it.
The India Gate and the surrounding gardens are yet another spot to check out, especially towards the sunset. It is a cool place to sit, and people watch, grab some food and enjoy the atmosphere. It was built by British and held a King George the Fifth until India's independence in 1947.
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