New Delhi is the capital of India and is the first and last city we visited in our Indian adventure. And it was a real cultural shock, and for all our senses.
It is indeed a city that tests your vigilance at every step – vehicles from all sides, people who want to sell you something, cows, etc. But to the same extent an extremely beautiful city that has some hidden beauties places in the midst of chaos. If you want to know what you can visit in this city, read on.
Top 15 Tourist Destinations in Delhi
The main residence for 200 years in the Mughal Dynasty, the Red Fort is in downtown Delhi. The name of this fort is given by the material from which the walls were built, red sandstone.
Inside you will be able to admire the mughual architecture and some museums; the mosque and the public baths aren’t accessible to the public.
But if you want to visit Agra Fort, then the locals told us that we can skip this fort because they are guite the same, but we have heard divided opinions on the subject, so the decision will belong to you.
600 rupee / foreign adult
Humayun’s tomb was the first building where the red sandstone was used on such a scale and also the first grave garden in India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad.
The complex includes several smaller monuments on one side of the road leading to the main grave. At west to the main entrance there is a monument that precedes the main grave by 20 years.
This created a precedent for tombs with mughual architecture in the middle of a garden that reached its peak with the Taj Mahal in Agra.
600 rupee / foreign adult
Another less known tomb in Delhi, but equally spectacular is Safdar Jang’s Tomb. Built in 1754, the rounded structure and red and white arches make it truly impressive.
300 rupee / foreign adult
For a relaxing walk and to escape the city’s hustle, the Lodi Garden is the perfect place. Inside the park you will find people meditating or doing yoga, and you can also walk and admire some ancient buildings that are here (Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad).
Gandhi Smriti is a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. This is the location where Mahatma Gandhi lived his last 144 days in life and where he was assassinated. Being considered the “Father of the Nation” in the museum there are articles and details about his life and death.
Agrasen Ki Baoli
It is one of the ancient monuments of Delhi, but the year of construction is a controversy because it was rebuilt in the 14th century. This ancient fountain is 60 meters long and 15 meters wide. If you want to get to the bottom of it you have to descend 108 steps, but surely the most spectacular view you have right from the top of the stairs and you do not have to make any physical effort :))
Laxminarayan Birla Mandir Temple
A Hindu temple in which you can spend at least half an hour, but you are not allowed to take pictures indoors. The best part is that many altars and paintings also provide explanations in English. The shoe should be left at the entrance, there is a special guarded room for foreigners (you may be asked for tips 😉 )
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
This is the main house of prayer for the sikh religion of Delhi. The complex also includes a kitchen, a swimming pool, a school, an art gallery. You are not allowed to enter without having your hair covered and with shoes, so they provide scarves and free locker service.
What impressed us the most is that every day there are cooked huge quantities of food and whoever wants (regardless of religion) can come at lunch time for a warm meal. Also, any volunteer can help prepare food.
A truly unique temple, the Lotus Temple has, as the name suggests, the shape of a lotus flower with 27 petals. Although it looks incredible, the entire structure is made of cement. The exterior is the one that impresses, there’s not much to see inside.
The Gate of India is a war memorial located in Rajpath, at the eastern edge of the “ceremonial axis” in New Delhi, India, formerly Kingsway. India Gate is a memorial dedicated to 70000 British-Indian Army soldiers who died during the First World War. Under the gate was built in 1972, the Flame of the Unknown Soldier.
From Delhi Gate starts the King’s Road (Rajpath) at the end of which lies the Presidential Residence (Rashtrapati Bhavan). It is the largest presidential residence in the world with 340 rooms. It can not be visited inside, but buildings (ministries and museums) that are on one side and the other can be admired.
The Qutub Complex is a collection of monuments and buildings from Delhi Duluth. The most famous building of the complex is the Qutub Minar Tower. It was built in 1192 by Qutb-ud-of Aibak who became the first Sultan of Delhi.
Even today, this is the most important “Tower of Victory” in the Islamic world, at a height of 72.5 meters.
600 rupee / foreign adult
The oldest part of the city, Old Delhi is full of old streets and homes, all kinds of eye-catching shops with people walking in all directions. A walk through the chaotic Old Delhi is definitely something you have to do if you think you can handle the agitation.
Everyone says to stay away from this part of the city because it’s dangerous. Still, we did not feel like this, just take care of your personal belongings and stay on the main alleys.
Chandni Chowk is a very busy shopping area right in the middle of the old town. All the streets are filled with spices, jewellery, colorful clothing, traditional Indian restaurants and sweets.
The two white circular structures built by British in 1929 with the aim of moving the ruling seat to Delhi. Now Connaught Place is a real business and financial center full of stores, restaurants and cinemas.
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