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Famous Golden Triangle of India Part 1 - Delhi
Delhi and it's Origins
#1 Jama Masjid
Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan Jama masjid (Mosque) is biggest mosque in India, started in 1644 the Jama Masjid has the mainly construction of 2 stones, Red Sandstone & Smooth white marble, the construction was finished in 1654 which includes 3 huge gates and four towers of 40m high each. If you want to take a good look of the Old Delhi, you can climb the tower for 100 Rupees (Indian Currency). It can hold gathering of more than 25000 of people. The entrance of Jama Masjid is free but remember to wear full clothes or else you must borrow Burkha to enter Masjid & if you are carrying mobile or camera the ticket is for 200 rupees.
Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
Rickshaw ride in old Delhi is must do activity, it is very entertaining you'll feel scared & entertain at the same time. You can see the reality of Old Delhi as well as the small congested roads, small markets of species and many more things, it would be an Adventure for you. A rickshaw rider will take 150 rupees for 1 rickshaw where 2-4 person can sit depending upon the rickshaw.
#2 Raj Ghat
Raj Ghat is a peaceful Garden dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. In the centre of the garden there is a Black marble platform that have the remains of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. The platform is decorated with an eternal flame that burns perpetually at one end. Raj ghat is an open garden which is closed on Monday with no entry fee. The road which is touching the garden named as Mahatma Gandhi Road. All guests must remove their shoes before entering the Raj Ghat. The removal of shoes is a gesture of respect.
#3 Rashtrapati Bhavan / President House.
Started on 1912 & finished on 1929 the President house is a Magnificent structure with 340 rooms that has President’s official resident, halls, guest room & offices. On the right of president house there is one more huge structure standing, the Parliament house. Officially called House of Parliament, designed by Edwin Lutyens & Herbert Baker British architect in 1912 to 1913 & construction started in 1921 & ended in 1927. You can visit the both magnificent building form outside, entrance is not allowed. The chauffeur can drop you at the gate of the entrance and park somewhere else because waiting is also not allowed. It is better to sit in car and enjoy from outside.
#4 India Gate
The India Gate (Officially called All India War Memorial) is a memorial to 70,000 soldiers who died between 1914 – 1921 in the First world war , in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. You can clearly see the name embedded on all the direction of India Gate. In the center of India Gate there is a black marble plinth, with a reversed rifle, capped by a war helmet, bounded by four eternal flames, was built beneath the soaring Memorial Archway. The eternal flames are known as Amar Jawan Joyti which means The Flame of Immortal Soldiers. The whole structure is guarded by the soldiers during the day and night. India gate is only closed near 26th January (Republic day of India ) & on 15th August (Independence day of India) & there is no fee for this Monument.
#5 Qutub Minar
After the lunch you'll be going to Qutub Minar (Tower). Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage site located in South of Delhi, 73 metres (239.5 ft) in Height with 14.3 metres (47ft) of base diameter, this structure is a popular touristic spot in Delhi. The Minar is surrounded by several historical monuments, one of them is Iron Pillar of Delhi. The Iron Pillar is constructed around 3rd to 4th CE by king Chandra but the interesting thing of the pillar is that in spite of having an ancient construction the Pillar is rust resistant, the archaeologists and scientists are amazed because of the skill achieved by the ancient Indian iron smiths in the extraction and processing of iron at that time. The corrosion resistance results from an even layer of crystalline iron hydrogen phosphate hydrate forming on the high-phosphorus-content iron, which serves to protect it from the effects of the Delhi climate. The entrance fee for foreigner guest is 250 rupees.
#6 Lotus Temple
The flower like shape of the structure has given its name Lotus Temple. You would be thinking, there are millions of temples in India so, what so different about this temple? Regardless of religion or any other qualification the Lotus temple is open to all. Anyone can enter in Lotus temple regardless of religious background, sex, or other distinctions, The Bahá'í Faith wanted the people of all religions to gather, understand & worship together.
In the end of the day
If you are going to do the city tour of Delhi, you can cover all these Monuments in one day but there are many more touristic spots in Delhi which i didn't cover in this Article. If you want that i should also cover Honorable Mentions, then drop a comment below I'll making another article for the remaining places.
1. Jantar Mantar
2. Connaught Place
3. Red Fort
4. Humanyun's Tomb
5. Akshardham Temple
6. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
7. Birla Temple
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