10 Popular Spots to Visit in Delhi
Many Tourists attractions at Delhi
Delhi is thronged by tourists, both domestic and international, almost throughout the year. Truly cosmopolitan in character, Delhi accommodates people from different states of India as well as diplomats of over 160 countries. Being one of the oldest cities in the world, there are many historic buildings and monuments, specially in the older part of the City. Clubbed with the modernity, fashion centres and shopping malls in the New Delhi part of this city, it becomes a perfect destination for tourists in India.
I have selected 10 spots in Delhi which are popular among tourists. These are a mix of old and traditional as well as relatively newer ones.
#1. Red Fort
Red Fort is an important destination for a tourist visiting Delhi. This renowned Fort was built on the bank of river Yamuna by Shah jahan, the Mughal King who shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. (Shah Jahan also built the world famous Taj Mahal at Agra). Even after more than three and half centuries of its existence, the Fort continues to be a source of attraction. The Prime Minister of India uses this historical monument for addressing the nation on 15th August, the Independence Day every year. One can find long queues of visitors from morning till evening.
Inside Red Fort
Decorative floral work inside the buildings constructed by the Mughal Emperors is unique. They have proved their durability over centuries and adorable even today.
Jali stone work (on the right) provided air and light to the buildings at that time.
Red Fort Complex
Main entrance as well as the boundary walls of the Fort suggests that the building is made up of red stones. However, inside story is quite different; most of the buildings are made up of white marble. The Complex has many buildings which were used as residences by the then Emperors, Pubic and Private Halls for meetings, a Mosque, women quarters, lawns, gardens, streams of water and fountains. It was a complete world in itself.
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#2. India Gate
India Gate at Night
This granite and red stone gateway was built in 1921 as a memorial for 90,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the World War I and also in the third Anglo Afghan War. The names of soldiers have been engraved on the structure. For the past half a century an eternal flame, called Amar Jawan Jyoti, is burning at this spot to remind the visitors of the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers. Many locals and tourists spend time here for relaxing, eating local delicacies and having fun with folk artists, specially during evenings. A view of the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House) can be had on the other end of the road. Similarly, a view of the India Gate from a higher level Rashtrapati Bhavan is rather fantastic.
A night view of India Gate is quite enchanting. Sprawling lawns provide ample space for children to play around and enjoy eating. People stay here till late evening. The lawns are used for public meetings and public demonstrations
#3. Qutb Minar (or Qutub Minar)
Named after Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first ruler of Delhi Sultante, this tallest minaret in India is an example of architectural wonders. The construction started in 1192 was completed by the successor of Aibak. This five storied bulding has unique designs at each level. The minaret was damaged by lightening and earthquakes a number of times but was repaired from time to time to maintain its glory. Qutb Minar, a 72.5 meters high building with 399 steps, still attracts nearly 4 million tourist every year and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
#4. National Museum
It is a great place for the students of history and tourists alike. Cultural heritage is preserved here for the next generations to know more about archaeology, earlier civilizations, musical instruments and old arms etc. It also has a reference library. There is something for every age group to observe and add to knowledge. It is located at Janpath (intersecting with Maulana Azad Road).
#5. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial & Mahatma Gandhi Museum
On the bank of Yamuna river, Raj Ghat marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Apart from tourists all the foreign dignitaries visiting Delhi come to this spot to pay homage to Gandhiji. 'Hey Ram' the last words uttered by Gandhiji are also written in the front (in Hindi).
Very near to the Memorial is the National Gandhi Museum having galleries where books, relics and photographs related to Mahatma Gandhi's life have been displayed for the public. The role of Mahatma Gandhi and his associates in freedom struggle has also been depicted in this Museum.
#6. Jantar Mantar (Observatory)
Constructed in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, this observatory is one of the series built by him. This was constructed for predicting movements of Sun, Moon and other planets as also to find out time at different places. 13 instruments built at that time can be seen at this observatory. Students and tourist often visit Jantar Mantar with interest, which is both learning and entertainment experience.
#7. Bahai House of Worship (Lotus Temple)
This Bahai House of Worship is unique and one of the most visited worship places at Delhi. Stated in December, 1986, this lotus shaped structure is to teach oneness of God, Religions and Mankind. During my last visit to this place I found pin-drop silence and a wonderful experience of its ambience
Night View of Lotus Temple
Night view of Bahai House of Worship (Lotus Temple) is gorgeous. It will certainly mesmerize you from outside. Inside silence is quite relaxing.
This magnificent building is not a temple alone. It reflect the architectural richness and traditions of India. There is a boat ride, a giant screen film and musical fountain, all depicting different aspects of Indian culture. The Garden of India is a lush green spread introducing Indian warriors and national figures which is altogether a new experience for the tourists
Akshardham at Night and other views
It is not only the magnificence of the main building which impresses the tourists but the surroundings and in fact the whole campus is magical. There is a 'lotus shaped' sunken garden called Yogi Hraday Kamal adding to the beauty of the campus.
#9. . National Zoological Park
Animals and birds lovers can have a complete package of recreation and fun at Delhi Zoo. It can be a tiring experience if covered on foot as this nearly fifty years old Zoo is spread over 176 acres of land and having very spacious abode for many species of animals. It is worth spending a major part of the day to have a glimpse of the variety of animals in this Park.
#10. Connaught Place
It is perhaps the most happening place for shopping and business in New Delhi. Colonial style buildings forming two (inner and outer) circles provide opportunities for entertainment, staying and eating. Janpath and Palika Bazar are most crowded for purchases by the local people and tourists. Shopping at Palika bazaar requires bargaining. Whole lot of handicrafts can be purchased in emporiums of different states of India.
The place has now been renamed as Rajiv Chowk after late Prime Minister.
Connaught Place - Park View
Palika Bazaar is underground but at the top of it there are lawns and fountains where people would like to spend some time after shopping and for strolling. Specially in the summer people spend sometime to experience coolness.
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About a decade back air pollution used to be a major problem at Delhi. Introduction of CNG propelled buses and Delhi Metro services have reduced the pollution level dramatically. The Metro service is not only economical and efficient but it has also added to the comfort level of the commuters and saved them a lot of travelling time. The introduction of this fully air-conditioned combination of elevated and underground transit system with world class operative mechanisms like smart card ticketing, has changed the perception about Delhi. Airport Express Line has definitely reduced discomforts of the domestic and international tourists.
The infrastructure of Delhi Metro gives you the feel of travelling in any developed western country.
Availing Hop-on/Hop-off (HOHO) bus service of Delhi Tourism can be a sight-seeing option to cover this great city.