National capital, New Delhi, has got the spell to charm locals and travelers alike. Heritage lovers have Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Complex, Old Fort, Red Fort, and other historic marvels carved by the Maharajas. Shopaholics have a real reason to loosen their pockets at Palika, Sarojini Nagar, GK, Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar, and Old Delhi. In addition, Delhi’s Akshardham, India Gate, Supreme Court, Lotus Temple, and Jama Masjid have set a new parameter in the brilliance of architecture.
This city/state is a nerve center for the nation’s legitimate political affairs. Uncountable entertainment options are offered in various malls and amusement parks in Delhi. Jama Masjid, Sri Digambar Jain Temple, Kalka Mandir, Nizamuddin Dargah, Jhandewalan Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, and Bangla Sahib Gurudwara are magnets for pilgrims worldwide.
Foodies must prepare for a real treat for their taste buds, as Delhi’s butter chicken, dal makhani, and rajma chawal are some of the food worth drooling for. Talk about any state’s specialty, and you can easily find it here. Delhi is fit for budget travelers, luxury travelers, kids, and solo backpackers; a dozen things are meant for every other person who comes over.
Here are the top places to visit in Delhi:
Heritage Monuments in Delhi
An architectural marvel that tourists and locals visit to behold. Picnic is the best way one can enjoy their time at this monument. Humayun’s Tomb is the first garden tomb in India. It is the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Its history and architecture have also earned a place on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, attracting more tourists daily. Also, Humayun’s Tomb is India’s first edifice built in the Mughal style of architecture in red sandstone.
One of the top places to visit in Delhi, India Gate needs no introduction. Resembling the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, this structure was built to honor the brave soldiers who died in the Indo-Pak war of 1971. The most important part of India Gate is the Amar Jawan Jyoti. Completed in 1931, India Gate is a popular place for Delhiites and tourists to picnic and relax. Standing at the height of 42 meters, India Gate is in the heart of Delhi and has been a symbol of the sacrifice and dedication of Indian soldiers.
Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar is among the best places in Delhi, especially for history and architecture buffs. It is known around the world and is also an integral part of a Delhi tour. It has one of the tallest minarets in the world, and the structure stands at 72.5 meters. Constructed by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, this edifice marked the arrival of Muslim rulers in India. Qutub Minar is surrounded by gardens, so tourists can relax and take photos of its stunning architecture.
Also called Lal Quila, Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Shah Jahan (who built the Seven Wonder Taj Mahal) built this fort, which is now one of the top-most visited heritage places in India. It is known for its intricate carvings, double domes, floral motifs, and strong defense wall of 2.5 km. The bazaar inside the fort is where you can buy souvenirs. Red Fort has a Light, and Sound Show conducted in English and Hindi, giving tourists a peek into the historical grandeur of ancient India.
Religious Places in Delhi
Akshardham, meaning the abode of the Lord, represents holiness where devotees worship the divine and seek blessings. This temple is one of the finest examples of traditional Hindu architecture and is built according to the Vastu shastra and Pancharatra Shastra. However, Akshardham Temple is not just a temple but a cultural and spiritual campus where activities and exhibitions are organized related to the Hindu religion. Akshardham Temple God is Bhagwan Swaminarayan and is also devoted to great saints, devas, and averts of Hindu Gods.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Located in Connaught Place, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a place of worship for Sikhs. It is one of the best places to visit in Delhi to see the majestic architecture and savor free food (langar). It was earlier known as Jaisinghpura Palace (which many people do not know) and was a bungalow owned by Raja Jai Singh, later converted to a gurdwara. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is dedicated to the right Sikh guru, Guru Harkrishan Sahib, and has great historical, social, and cultural significance.
One of the popular sightseeing places in Delhi, Jama Masjid is a place of worship for Muslims. It is one of India’s largest mosques with impressive architecture. The name Jama Masjid is said to have been derived from the word jummah, which refers to the gathering of Muslims to pray. The mosque is located in Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk area and is a must-visit if you are a shopaholic. Just like Red Fort, Jama Masjid was also built during the reign of Shah Jahan, and Saadullah Khan supervised the construction.
Dedicato Goddess Kali, a form of Maa Aadi Shakti, Kalkaji Mandir is one of the busiest temples in Delhi. People believe that Maa Kali fulfills the desires of the devotees who visit this temple and offers prayers with pure intentions. Besides, the temple has a history from Satya Yuga and is believed to be one of India’s oldest Maa Kali temples. Thus, it makes it one of the major tourist places in Delhi. Large gatherings of devotees can be seen here, especially on Saturdays. Also, during the festival of Navratri, you can see a significant footfall of devotees who visit to perform pilgrimage from far and wide.
Shopping Places in Delhi
It is one of the best shopping markets in South Delhi. It has everything from wedding clothes to casual, daily wear, jewelry, and more. You can shop for jackets, shoes, choora (bangles women wear after marriage), bags, etc., at high-end and affordable prices. There are food outlets like Dolma Aunty Momos, which you can savor in between shopping. The best way to reach here is to take the metro to Lajpat Nagar Metro Station and walk or take a cycle rickshaw to the market.
Located in the business capital of Delhi, Connaught Place or CP, Palika Bazaar is notoriously known for its bargaining. It is a paradise for every shopper as you get clothes, shoes, belts, etc., at cheap prices. It is an underground market where you choose from a variety of products, including electronic gadgets, accessories, and more. The moment you enter the market, a horde of shopkeepers will greet you, yelling about their shops and products.
Another place to visit in Delhi for shopping, located in CP, is the famous Janpath Market. It is mostly known for its silver jewelry and Gujarati Lane, but you can also find trendy clothing pieces here. Foreigners looking to buy traditional Indian clothes and artifacts often visit Janpath Market. There are many hidden markets here selling handloom items. This market is a testament to diversity in India and has a blend of traditional and modern clothing.
Last but not least, Sarojini Nagar, a renowned market visited by people of all ages. If you live outside Delhi and come on a tour, it is a not-to-miss shopping place in Delhi. It is famous for its irresistibly cheap prices on clothes and accessories. You can buy hoards of clothes for your daily usage as you have a range to choose from. The lanes of Sarojini Nagar Market are flooded with buyers, especially on weekends. You must have great bargaining still if you want great prices and quality clothing.
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