I have always wanted to write about Delhi. There is so much to write about the place that I cannot decide what to share and what not to. Delhi is about a lot of things, be it the rich culture, the diversified population, the multi-cusine eating habits, the multi-lingual verbal chats, the late night club and party people, the early morning fitness-conscious joggers, and shopping streets full of people. While in Delhi, you will not be able to decide whether the people keep chilling all the time or they keep working all the time. This variety is the strength of Delhi. Other strengths of Delhi are its architecture, tourism, education, entertainment, fashion, research, transportation, etc. all of which enhances the powerful spirit of the place.
There is a long list of places to visit in Delhi. Also the tourist office of Delhi is very cooperative and helpful taking care of all the foreign as well as local tourists. Among the long list, I have selected the places that are most worthy of your time:
This is a must visit. The red sandstone structure with the tricolor national flag on top is the symbol of Indian democracy and is a very patriotic place for every Indian. This brilliant form was the ruling palace of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1648. Visiting the fort will give us a glimpse of the royalty of India. Visiting the historical forts and palaces make us feel a connection with the past and is an amazing experience. There is a light and sound show that enhances the beauty of the palace more giving it a glow.
Yes. It is a whole complex and not just a tower. Qutub complex’s main attraction is obviously the Qutub Minar. This tower was the tallest tower in the world at the time it was built (1193 to 1368). The Minar has Arabic inscriptions all over it and delicate carvings. Apart from the Qutub Minar, there is a mosque named Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque and is the grandest one in Delhi. There is Iron PIllar which is also tall and amazes the tourists. The Iron Pillar completely made of Iron is still standing strong and is resisting corrosion for more than a thousand years.
Swami Narayan Akshardham Temple:
This is the largest Akshardham temple in India. It is a temple of Lord Swaminarayan and covers a large mass of land. It takes 3 to 4 hours to cover the entire place. The temple is quite huge and elaborately decorated. Made of red sandstone, there are beautiful, detailed and very preciously managed carvings making it a grand piece of architecture. The beautiful temple offers peace and calmness to every visitor. There is a water and light show in the evening and makes the temple come to life.
It is a tomb built by the wife of Humanyun, a Mughal Emperor, in his memory. The tomb is built in a similar style like the Taj Mahal but the legends have been reversed. This tomb is in red sandstones and reflects Persian style of architecture mixed with local craftsmanship. There are beautifully maintained Mughal Gardens and perfectly symmetrical giving peace to your eyes.
This is a symbol of the soldiers of the Indian Army and is a must visit. India Gate was built in the memory of the brave soldiers who died during the World War I and stands as a memorial for their lives. To salute to the soldiers, there is an eternal flame that keeps glowing always. It is constructed on the Rajpath where the parade for the Republic Day commences.
Bahai Lotus Temple:
The temple is a place of worship in the Bahai religion. As the name clearly suggests, the temple is built in the shape of Lotus flower white in color and looks very beautiful with the green gardens around it. The unique thing about the temple is that there is no idol to worship inside it. It just has a prayer hall where you will find extremely silent environment and people can meditate in there.
Apart from the given list of monuments and places, there are other places that might interest you like Jama Masjid, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Jantar Mantar, and many more. But when you are done with visiting all the historical places and significant monuments, then spend your evenings in the Hauz Khas Village by visiting the restaurants, clubs and pubs there. Also, in the free time, you can shop for the local accessories and clothing in the Sarojini Market and Palika Bazar for a reasonable cost. travelling to various places by the metro is really convenient as the city has a really well established network of metro rail that enables you to reach almost anywhere easily.
Delhi is an interesting place to be and live in. For tourists, it is a city that will give you the worth of your money. it has something to offer for everyone, be it a religious lover, a historical enthusiast, a nature lover, an architecture admirer, a shopping freak, or a night owl. Don’t think much before planning to visit there, it is a hub of people defining cultural diversity at its best.