Top 10 Must See Attractions in Delhi
The national capital of India, Delhi plays a pivotal role in the building up of the history and heritage of our country. Without undermining the essence and importance of Delhi’s medieval heritage, the city is rapidly growing as an extensive urban area brimming with world class malls, restaurants and five star New Delhi hotels. For overseas travelers, Delhi is a spectacular city, although still juggling with the social and infrastructural problems, with a wide variety of must see attractions.
Red Fort Complex
Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, Red Fort Complex is one of the most famous monuments that stands as a testimony to the beginning of Mughal rule in India. Built in 1648, the fort complex is massive and was home to around 3,000 people at one point of time. Stretched for over 2 kilometers, the defensive walls are complemented by two main gates and several ward towers.
Commenced by Hamida Bano Begum, the widow of Mughal emperor ‘Humayun’, Humayun Tomb is a red sandstone mausoleum and the foremost example of Mughal archetype designs. It was designed by the Persian Architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas.
Also known as Masjid-I-Jahan Numa, Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India, located in Old Delhi. Built under the patronage of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid was completed in the year 1656.
Nestled on the banks of Yamuna River, Raj Ghat is the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. The perpetually burning eternal flame is a tribute to the major figures in the Indian history.
Qutub Minar Complex
One of the three prominent World Heritage Sites in Delhi, Qutub Minar Complex is a group of monuments, dating back to the 12 century, including the 72.5 meters high ‘Qutub Minar’. A perfect example of Indo-Islamic architecture, the tower is inscribed with verses from the holy Quran.
Located at the center of New Delhi, India Gate is a towering archway, built as a war memorial to commemorate the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the first World War. The green lawns surrounding the huge monument are a popular picnic spot and evening getaway.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
A prominent Sikh house of worship, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most remarkable attractions in New Delhi. The most attractive feature in this Gurudwara is the large square pond, whose holy water is said to have healing properties.
National Zoological Park
For wildlife enthusiasts in Delhi, the National Zoological Park is a sheer heaven with over 1000 animals from all around the world. It is spread over 176 acres of area and is largely visited by kids and adults. Some impressive animals residing in this park include Royal Bengal tigers, Lions, leopard, jaguar and Persian lion.
Situated close to Jama Masjid and Red Fort, Chandani Chowk is one of the main markets of Old Delhi. Chaotic, congested and crumbling, the market abounds with the shops of inexpensive jewelry, fabrics and electronic goods. The famous Karim hotel is also located here.
Also known as Bahai temple, the Lotus temple is the name given to this monument owing to its shape of a lotus flower. Made up of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai faith and has won many architectural awards.
February 5, 2013 Tuesday at 7:47 am