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Delhi SightSeeings Attractions

Delhi offers myriad opportunities in terms of travel. It is indeed rich in projecting wonderful destinations to the travelers coming from around the world. In fact, Delhi is the hub where all tourists gather or begin their journey to the rest of India. That is what makes it more fascinating and worthwhile. Apart from that, it is worth traveling and experiencing.

Prominent places in Delhi are many. To name a few :

  • Well, if you are on Delhi Sightseeing Tour, you are bound to experience the rich variety of sightseeing in its vicinities. In fact, if there’s one place on earth where you could get everything, it’s Delhi. 

  • For example, if there is Dilli Haat, where you can enjoy loads of traditional and cultural variety, there’s rich architectural monumental variety waiting for you on the other hand. Humayun’s Tomb, Akshardham Temple, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, are to name a few. 

  • The fun is not over yet, as you can stroll in one of the magnificent gardens of Delhi, Lodhi Garden along with the mesmerizing India Gate. Then there are several Emporiums in Cannaught Place, which enthrall you with their magnificent  ethnic collection. 

  • What’s more, you could always take a walk through Metro Walk Rail, which gives you a world class travel with unbridled comfort and security. Not to omit, there’s an Adventure Island that is just beautiful.  

  • Apart from that, Delhi is rich in spiritual terms. With glorious Birla Mandir, there are other magnificent temples in Delhi, which are simply superb. 

  • As far as shopping in Delhi is concerned, there is always more to it. Walk through the GK M Block Market, National Museum, or other fascinating shopping arcades and enjoy loads of fun and frolic in the vicinities. 

  • You can always go to India International Centre and India Habitat Centre to get the feel of Indian culture and tradition along with intellectual debates. 

  • What’s more, there is Jama Masjid on the contrary with Hazrat Nizzamuddin Dargha with an eclectic touch of Sufism in Delhi. 

  • The story of fascination does not end here as you could always go to Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort, where ancient healing methods are practiced. Then there’s Crafts Museum waiting for you with places such as Vijay Chowk, National Rail Museum, Jantar Mantar, Golf Course etc. 

  • There is no dearth of museums in Delhi as you could always stroll towards Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum and last but not the least; there is an Art of Living Centre, which elevates your spirit beyond imagination. 

  • Chandni Chowk is yet another fascinating place which you cannot afford to miss. Recognized for inhabiting best known wholesale markets for various bare essentials, it is indeed much famous when it comes to Delhi sightseeing.

  • The other part of the fascinating story is the Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, one of the stunning structures in Delhi.Rashtrapati Bhawan also graces the vicinities of Delhi further. 

  • As we know that Delhi is immensely rich, Lotus Temple is largely recognized as contemporary of Taj Mahal. Shaped as if it’s a real blossoming lotus, it is made of marble that makes it beautiful and worth experiencing.

Red Fort, Delhi

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Built by the Mughal Emperor, Red Fort was built by Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648. Undoubtedly, the place is an exorbitant piece of Mughal architecture. The entry to this magnificent piece of land is Lahori Gate running through Purana Qila. 'Meena Bazaar' market in the Purana Qila graces it. Excellent assemblage of antiques, miniature paintings and skillfully crafted fake ivory jewelery is what graces this plae further.

Red Fort is laid outalong the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon , surrounded by a wall of about 2.4 km in circumference and is built of red sandstone. The Mughal king Shah Jahan transfered the capital from Agra to Delhi and the Fort was completed in 1648. The fort has two main entrances , the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate which faces the famed Chandni Chowk market.The Fort has Diwan-e-am, and Diwan-e-Khas where the king would grant audience to the public and would grant audience to important people respectively .

Besides this is the Rang Mahal, the water cooled Apartment for the royal ladies. In the basement of the fort is a market where traditional Indian goods can be purchased at nominal rates . Another attraction is Light and Sound show held in the evenings.

Qutub Minar

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This magnificent structure in the southern part of the captal was built by a Muslim King , Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1199 A.D.

A part of it which he could not finish was completed by another Muslim King Iltutmish. Minar is 72.5 m high and has as its base a mosque.

In front of the imposing structer is an Iron Pillar believed to have been built in the 5th century A.D. which has not caught rust ever since it was built.

Old Fort

The ruins of this fort are located on a small hill which once stood on the bank of the river Yamuna.Legend has it that the fort marked the site of Indraprastha ,themagnificent capital of the Pandavas, though the construction was carried out by Sher Shah Suri any time between 1538 to 1545 A. D. The structure houses a mosque which has a double storeyed octagonal tower. It is said that the Mughal King Humayun fell from the tower accidently and died. At the foot of the hill is the lake where the Delhi Tourism has arrangements for boating and also organises a Sound and Light Show.

Bahai Temple ( Lotus Temple )

The ruins of this fort are located on a small hill which once stood on the bank of the river Yamuna.Legend has it that the fort marked the site of Indraprastha ,themagnificent capital of the Pandavas, though the construction was carried out by Sher Shah Suri any time between 1538 to 1545 A. D. The structure houses a mosque which has a double storeyed octagonal tower. It is said that the Mughal King Humayun fell from the tower accidently and died. At the foot of the hill is the lake where the Delhi Tourism has arrangements for boating and also organises a Sound and Light Show.

Humayun Tomb

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Humanyun Tomb was built in the 16th century. As the tomb represents a typical example of Mughal architecture, it is one of the most beautiful and stunning structures of the world. The exotic tomb is ornamented with geometrical patterns, which makes it highly respectable and irresistible. High arches also make it more worthwhile and significant.

This tomb, which as built by emperor Humanyun's wife, took eight years to complete. The emperor's wife Begai Begum was buried in the tomb and the structure is first of its kind built in the center of a well - planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sand stone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra.

Jantar Mantar

Within the Connaught Place are is the Jantar Mantar observatory built by the Rajput King of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh in 1724. It was believed to have been built with masonary instruments for observing the movements of the stars and the planets.

Safdarjung Tomb

The garden tomb was built in 1753-54 soon after Safdarjung died. It is a red and a brown sandstone with double storeyed towers in the corners and is one of the last example of Mughal architecture.

India Gate Delhi

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India Gate is a majestic structure with 42 m height standing proudly at Rajpath. What makes it more fascinating is its location against the backdrop of plush green lawns. The monument, which is in the shape of a gate was designed and built by Lutyens in the memory of 90,000 Indian soldiers, who sacrificed their lives in World War I. The main attraction of this wonderful place is the Amar Jawan Jyoti, lit in 1971 to honor the martyrs.

Straight down the road from Rashtrapati Bhavan is India Gate which is primarily a memorial to unknown soldier. Designed by Lutyens , the 42 meter high structure is a war memorial in honour of soldiers who died during the second World War. The structure has an eternal flame (Amar Jawan Jyoti) to honour the memory of the unknown soldiers.

Birla Mandir

Close to Connaught Place, it was built by the industrialist Raja Baldev Birla in 1938. The temple is an important prayer site and contains idols of several deities . Interestingly Mahatama Gandhi who inaugurated the temple was also a regular visitor to it and would often pray there.

Rashtrapati Bhavan

A stone throw away from Parliament House is the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the official residence of the President of the country. Designed by the Lutyens , it was the official residence of the Viceroy when the British ruled India. With 340 rooms and an area of about 350 acres . The pillars and the porticos are an architect's marvel. Although special permission has to be obtained to visit the complex, the Mughal Gardens within the complex are atreat for the eyes and are open to the public during certain periods of year.

National Zoological Park

The Delhi Zoo, close to Purana Qila , near ITO , was established in 1959 and is spread over an area of 214 acres. It is regarded as one of the finest zoo in Asia and efforts have been made to provide an almost natural habitat to the animals and birds. There are more than 2,000 animals and birds species from places like Africa, America, Australia and even Asia. There is a lot of greenery around the zoo and it is an ideal picnic spot especially in winters.

TIMINGS:

Summer 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Winter 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Monday closed.

Lodi's Tomb

The tombs are in the midst of the famed Lodi's Gardens and is believed to have been built by rulers of two Dynasties, the Sayyaids and the Lodhi's . History has it that the tombs are remainants of another city that was sought to be built in Delhi.

Dilli Haat

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The Dilli Haat, located opposite the INA Market , is a project jointly set up by the New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Tourism. All kind of goods made by artisans are displayed at regular intervals during the year. There are also permanent shops reflecting the kind of goods made in various states of the country. Those interested in folk art could find this spot a real entertainer.

Memorials Of National Leaders

On the banks of the river Yamuna are the National Shrines . Raj Ghat (Mahatma Gandhi) , Shanti Vana (Jawaharlal Nehru), Vijay Ghat(Lal Bhadur Shastri), Shakti Sthal (Indira Gandhi), Vir Bhumi (Rajiv Gandhi).

Chandni Chowk

It was the eyes and the ears of the Mughal's commercial instincts and is today one of the country's best known wholesale markets for textiles , electronic goods and watches. The entire arc was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan's favourite daughter and was the inhabited by the well to do famlies of the time.

Jama Masjid

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Shah Jahan, as his final architectural extravagance, built one of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid. It is situated in Old Delhi area of the capital. Also known as Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, it was the principal mosque of the Emperor. Owing to its huge size, it took six years to be fully complete. Situated on a high platform, the austere, yet beautiful, building was built in red sandstone, with extensive use of white marble. The pulpit of Jama Masjid has been beautifully carved out of a single block of marble. It has three gateways, four soaring towers and two minarets. The 130-ft high slender minarets of the mosque grace its impressive façade.

The eastern gate was once reserved for the Emperor. Wide staircases and arched gateways greet the visitors of the mosque. The relics of the Prophet and the Holy Koran are enshrined here and its courtyard can hold up to 25,000 worshippers at one go. Designed by Ustad Khalil, the great sculptor of his time, it was built at an astounding cost. However, the greatest treasure of the Jama Masjid is, undoubtedly, the hair of the beard of Hazrat Mohammed, kept in the northeast corner of the white shrine. It also preserves his used chappal (slippers), a chapter of Koran taken from its original holy book, the canopy of his tombstone and the foot print of Muhammad on the stone.

The main Imam in this mosque is the direct descendent of the original and first Imam appointed by Emperor Shah Jahan. One can enter inside the mosque bare-footed only, with the head covered and wearing 'lungi' (a traditional wear of Muslims, worn during offering prayers to the Lord). During his reign, Emperor Shah Jahan built many other important mosques in Agra, Ajmer and Lahore. The grand building of Jama Masjid has stood the test of time and stands undeterred, reminding about the glory of the bygone era. Most of the tourists coming top Delhi make it a point to visit this magnificent edifice.

Fact Files : Kumarakom Travel

Location : Northern Part of India

Famous As : The capital of India

Major Attractions : Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Akshardham Temple

Mostly Visited For : Shopping Delight, Exotic Delicacies, Imperial Monuments

Famous Monuments : Jantar Mantar, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Akshardham Temple, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Humayun's Tomb, Lodhi Garden, India Gate – Heart of Delhi, Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhavan. 

Famous Forts : Red Fort, Old Fort, Tughlakabad Fort.

Mughal Attractions : Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb and Lodi's Tomb, Lodhi Garden.

Famous Temples : Kalkaji Temple, Hanuman Mandir, Lotus Temple, Birla Mandir, Akshardham Temple, Digambara Jain Lal Mandir Ji, Chattarpur Mandir, ISKCON Temple, Sai Baba Mandir.

Most Visited For : Mughal Heritage Sites, Shopping, Nightlife Charms

Most Celebrated Festivals : Diwali, Id, Christmas, Holi, Dussehra Republic Day, Independence day, Gandhi Jayanti.

Famous Fairs : Delhi Book Fair, International Trade Fair, Surajkund Crafts Mela, International Film Festival, Pirthvi Theatre Festival in December, Roshnara and Shalimar Bagh Festivals, Delhi Craft Bazar.

Famous Parks & Gardens : Roshanara Bagh, Rose Garden, Deer Park, Mughal Gardens, Lodhi Gardens, Talkatora Garden, Nehru Park, Buddha Jayanti Garden, Kalindi Kunj.

Must Experience : The Light and Sound Show Held in Red and Old Forts at Delhi. 

Famous Museums : Air Force Museum in Palam, Delhi Cantt., Shankar's Doll Museum on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, National Museum of Natural History on Barakhamba Road.

Must Try : Mughlai Cuisine, Mouth Watering Sweet Dishes, Spicy Charts

Where To Shop : 
Chandni Chowk - 
Spices, Silver, Trimmings and Tinsel, Bridal Trousseau, Brassware.
Meena Bazaar - Jewelery and Paintings and Furniture, Janpath - Itr (Perfumed oils), variety of Stoles and Scarves, Junk & Glass Jewellery. 
Delhi Haat - Handlooms, Handicrafts, Stalls that Sell Products From all over India. 
Baba Kharak Singh Marg - Fabrics, Household, Linen, Carpets, Jewellery, Handmade Paper, Furniture and Art Objects in Wood, Brass and Copper.
Palika Bazaar - Cheap Imported Goods, Electronic Items, Embroidered Bead Work Dresses, Handicrafts and Cheap Consumer Goods.

Where to Eat : 
Old Delhi - 
Karim's, Chor Bizarre, Moti Mahal Restaurant. 
Paharganj Area – Malhotra Restaurant, Kitchen Cafe, Metropolis Restaurant and Bars, Gem Restaurant. 
Cannaught Place - Banana Leaf, Embassy, Parikrama, Kwality Restaurant, Pizza Hut, KFC.
Khan Market and Hauz Khas Area - Chona's, Rampur Kitchen, Park Baluchi, Bistro Restaurant Complex, MC Donalds. 
Defense Colony and South Extension - Gourmet Gallery, Flavors, Dilli Haat. 
Bars : Hotel Gold Regency - Paharganj. 1911, Spirit, Pegasus - Cannaught Place. Lizard Lounge, Delhi's Devils, Geoffrey's - South Delhi. 

What to Shop : Bamboo Work, Hand Crafted Carpet, Gems and Stones, Copper and Brass Items, Perfumes and Essential Oils, Khadi, Silks and Saris, Woodcarvings, Musical Instruments, Jewelery of Kundan and Meenakari. 

Where to Stay : 
Hotel Hyatt Regency - 
Bhikaji Cama Place on Ring Road, The Oberoi Hotel - Near Lodhi Colony, Taj Palace Hotel -Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Hotel Le Meridian - Windsor Place, Central Delhi, Ashok Hotel - Diplomatic Enclave in Chanakyapuri. 

Getting There : Very Well Connected With All the Major Airports in the World.