Delhi the capital of India is a modern city with a historic past. A tour of Delhi will provide the visitor with much to see and admire from Mughal monuments to modern malls, from traditional arts and crafts to trendy fashion shows, from skyscrapers to parks and gardens - Delhi is a city that combines the historic and the modern in its own unique way.
Rashtrapati Bhawan: The president's mansion is situated on Raisina Hill in the center of Delhi, overlooking the green lawns around India Gate. This elegant building, is truly worth seeing, for its architectural beauty and historic significance. The beautiful Mughal Gardens Delhi of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which are open to the public in spring, are an added attraction.:: View Rashtrapati Bhawan Photo Gallery
India Gate: Situated on Rajpath, in the center of Delhi, this 42-meter high arch, was designed by Edwin Lutyens, in memory of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the first World War. Their names can be seen inscribed on the arch. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, burns in memory of the unknown soldier, beneath the shelter of the arch, which is surrounded by green lawns, fountains and water bodies - an evergreen picnic zone in the heart of central Delhi.:: View India Gate Photo Gallery
Red Fort: This grand fort built during the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's reign, this majestic building made of red sandstone is the location from where the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation every Independence Day. The Diwan-e-khas, and Diwan-e-am, the weaponry museum and the sound and light show are all worth seeing at the Red Fort.:: View Red Fort Photo Gallery
Qutab Minar: Built during the reign of Sultan Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1199 A.D., this 72.5 m high pillar is a symbol of the Delhi Sultanate. Near it can be seen the ruins of Kila Ri Pithora, the fort of Prithviraj Chauhan, and an amazing iron pillar from Gupta times which has not yet rusted.:: View Qutab Minar Photo Gallery
Humayun's Tomb: Built by Humayun's wife, Hamida Begum, in 1556, after Humayun's death, this elegantly proportioned tomb, set on a platform amidst a garden, is believed to have influenced the design of the Taj Mahal.:: View Humayun's Tomb Photo Gallery
Bahai Temple: This aesthetically designed monument, commonly known as the Lotus Temple, because the white marble structure is built to in the shape of a lotus, set amidst, lakes and green lawns. It is a serene house of meditation, within which there are no idols and total silence prevails, so all can meditate in complete peace.:: View Bahai Temple Photo Gallery
Jama Masjid: Built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid's large courtyard, onion domes and central tank are built of red sandstone and white marble in the Indo-Islamic style.:: View Jama Masjid Photo Gallery
Parliament House: Located in Central Delhi, this elegant building with its wide pillared walkways and large halls, is worth a visit, to see the corridors of power where India's lawmakers and statesmen decide the future of India.
Chandni chowk: Chandni chowk is always buzzing with life. The environment here is electric. Waves of people can sweep you away if you remain static for a moment on the street. It is one of the busiest hubs in the entire country and in the world too. Good food and great temples make Chandni Chowk a popular place for both Delhites and tourists. Papri Chaat on the opposite side of Gurudwara, Jilibis at illibi Wallas, Parantha at the parantha gully and roadside kababs near Jama Masjid defines Chandni Chowk. It is the living museum of the Old India. :: View Chandni chowk Photo Gallery
Purana Qila: In this ancient kingdom which was deemed as 'unlucky' for those who operate from here, some monuments have withstood the test of time. Gandak Baoli is a well with steps ascending down to great depths. It is dug with the precision of modern science. Sher Mandal, the lone, two storied building was once a pleasure resort of its ruler Sher Shah. And who would have thought that Steam bathrooms were an integral culture of the Mughals. Visit the dilapidated Hamman to believe.
Delhi Haat: It is a small ethnic India in the midst of greater India. India is such a diverse country in terms of culture, race and crafts. The real India is never available in a platter, at one place. Delhi Haat is an attempt to showcase India at one stage. And it did quite well. Known for good, affordable food, there are food stores representing almost every states of India. Apart from that- Indian textiles, hand looms, knick-knacks, handicraft works etc are displayed in all its glory. :: View Delhi Haat Photo Gallery
Rajghat: Rajghat is the cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi. Located by the banks of river Yamuna a black marble slab now marks his cremation spot. Rightly the New York Times describes it as, 'a requisite stop for visiting foreign leaders regardless of political ideology'. Hundreds of Foreigners thronged this place each day to pay tribute to the great man. It is customary to remove sandals before going into the memorial ground. :: View Rajghat Photo Gallery
Chhatarpur Mandir Chhatarpur Mandir is the second largest temple complex in India, next to Akshardham which only came up in 2005. The Mandir complex spreads over 60 acres, dotted by more than 20 temples of different sizes. Apart from the main temple dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, this complex has temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman. This place is most crowded during the Navratri seasons but many pilgrims and tourist frequent this place daily. :: View Chhatarpur Mandir Photo Gallery
National Zoological Park Delhi: National Zoological Park, Delhi fondly called Delhi Zoo is greenery covering an area of 176 acre. This huge green patch in the middle of the city is a delightful freshener and a treat of nature. This place is home to approximately 1350 animals of around 130 species. If you care for a healthy walk, you can cover the whole zoo within 2-3 hours. Everybody needs the healing touch of nature sometime in life. It is a good place for families with kids.:: View National Zoological Park Photo Gallery
Deer Park and Hauz Khas Lake: A Visit to this cerulean lake at Hauz Khas and Deer Park will tempt you to think of a reclusive place untouched by human encroaching. Such display of nature in the midst of the mega metropolitan city makes this park a nice escape place for many Delhites. It is a favorite place for many morning and evening walkers. This lake was built in the 13th century as a 'Royal reservoir' for the residents of that time. Deer population at Deer Park is strangely large. :: View Deer Park Photo Gallery
Lodhi garden: Lodi garden is nicely tucked away amidst the chaos of the city. Flanked on one side by khan market and Safdurjung Tomb on another side, it is one of the oldest gardens in Delhi. And unlike many, this garden is daubed with old monuments and huge trees. It is an enigmatic place. It is like opening a door to a 16th century world. One can't help but think of how this might have been at its prime. Could people have come here just to take a nap on a hot day? It seems more probable because those days there were no AC's or coolers but only shades and trees to cool them off. And a walk to this garden is like a dose of medicine to renew your mind.:: View Lodhi garden Photo Gallery
Jantar Mantar: This centuries old monument built for astronomic purpose is still looked upon with awe. It tells the tale of Indian civilization and their advancement in the field of astrology. Now it stands juxtaposed to new rise buildings of Connaught Place.:: View Jantar Mantar Photo Gallery
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