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Top 10 Places to Visit in Delhi

It is a tough job to name just 10 places of Delhi which you should visit as the Delhi has been favorite city for every kings and Sultans and they had made their places, temples, monuments as they like. Here is the list of top 10 places to visit in Delhi for your read.

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Delhi is one of the oldest cities in the world, and it’s a capital city of India. As the Delhi has been continuously inhabited since thousands of years ago, we have many myths and stories to read the proof of Delhi that it has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. From the Pandavas to Tomars and Mughals the traditional city Delhi has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times. Apart from the capital city of kingdoms and Empires, Delhi has been very important trading center and it is still serves as the city of one of the international corporate and financial network .

It is a tough job to name just 10 places of Delhi which you should visit as the Delhi has been favorite city for every kings and Sultans and they had made their places, temples, monuments as they like. Here is the list of top 10 places to visit in Delhi for your read.

Humayun’s Tomb

Are you surprised by my number one pick? Humayun’s Tomb is yet to be remained in your memory if someone talks about the Delhi. Actually it is yet to be the iconic image of Delhi but few people know the fact that Humayun’s Tomb is one of the fine architectural works of Mughal.

UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site, This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal.

Humayun’s Tomb was built in the 1560’s, with the patronage of Humayun’s son, the great Emperor Akbar. Persian and Indian craftsmen worked together to build the garden-tomb, far grander than any tomb built before in the Islamic world. Humayun’s garden-tomb is an example of the charbagh (a four quadrant garden with the four rivers of Quranic paradise represented), with pools joined by channels. The garden is entered from lofty gateways on the south and from the west with pavilions located in the centre of the eastern and northern walls.

The mausoleum itself stands on a high, wide terraced platform with two bay deep vaulted cells on all four sides. It has an irregular octagon plan with four long sides and chamfered edges. It is surmounted by a 42.5 m high double dome clad with marble flanked by pillared kiosks (chhatris) and the domes of the central chhatris are adorned with glazed ceramic tiles. The middle of each side is deeply recessed by large arched vaults with a series of smaller ones set into the facade.

Humayun’s garden-tomb is also called the ‘dormitory of the Mughals’ as in the cells are buried over 150 Mughal family members.

Red Fort     

Red Fort is one of the popular and respected names among Indian citizens as it was the place where flag of India was hoisted on independence from the British. Still Red Fort hosts the function on each anniversary of Indian Independence Day.

The Red Fort was declared a ‘UNESCO World Heritage Site’ in 2007. The Red Fort Complex was built as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan. Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it is adjacent to an older fort, the Salimgarh, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546, with which it forms the Red Fort Complex. The private apartments consist of a row of pavilions connected by a continuous water channel, known as the Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise). The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under the Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement. The planning of the palace is based on Islamic prototypes, but each pavilion reveals architectural elements typical of Mughal building, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions The Red Fort’s innovative planning and architectural style, including the garden design, strongly influenced later buildings and gardens in Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and further afield.

 

India Gate

The India Gate was part of the work of the Imperial War Graves Commission (IWGC), which came into existence in December 1917 under the British rule for building war graves and memorials to soldiers who were killed in the First World War.  India Gate is located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the "ceremonial axis" of New Delhi, formerly called Kingsway. It stands as a memorial to 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in between 1914 and 1921 in the First World War.India Gate is arguably the most iconic and enduring symbol of New Delhi.

The gate, which is illuminated every evening from 19:00 to 21:30, today serves as one of Delhi's most important tourist attractions. Cars travelled through the gate earlier, until it was closed to traffic. The Republic Day Parade starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan and passes around the India Gate.

The India gate, which has been called a "creative reworking of the Arc de Triomphe" has a span of 30 feet, and lies on the eastern axial end of Kingsway, present day Rajpath, the central vista and main ceremonial procession route in New Delhi. The 42-metre (138-foot)-tall India gate, stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone and rises in stages to a huge moulding. The shallow domed bowl at the top was intended to be filled with burning oil on anniversaries but this is rarely done. The memorial-gate hexagon complex, with a diameter of about 625 metres, covers approximately 306,000 m2 in area.

 

Rajghat (Gandhi Memorial)

Raj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi, India. Originally it was the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad). Close to it, and east of Daryaganj was Raj Ghat Gate of the walled city, opening at Raj Ghat to the west bank of the Yamuna River. Later the memorial area was also called Raj Ghat. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, Antyeshti (last rites) on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns at one end. Located on Delhi's Ring Road, officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road, a stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial.

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Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple’s full name is Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple. It is a Hindu Temple located in the bank of the Yamuna River in New Delhi, India.  The temple was officially opened on 6 November 2005. The temple, at the center of the complex, was built according to the Vastu shastra and Pancharatra shastra.

The architecture and design of this temple complex is a manifestation of the time tested ancient traditions of Hindu culture, beliefs and spirituality which has percolated down the ages. The main attraction of the Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is the Akshardham Mandir. It raises 141-foot (43 m) high, spans 316-foot (96 m) wide, and extends 356-foot (109 m) long.  It is intricately carved with flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities.

The temple has received a Guinness World record for - World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple. It measures 356 ft (109 m) long, 316 ft (96 m) wide and 141 ft (43 m) high, covering an area of 86,342 sq ft (8,021.4 m2). The grand, ancient-style, ornately hand-carved stone temple has been built without structural steel within five years by 11,000 artisans and volunteers.

 

Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple is another place to visit in Delhi. The temple is located in the village of Bahapur in New Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi. The temple actually is a BaháΚΌí House of Worship.

 The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with a height of slightly over 34 meters and a capacity of 2,500 people.

The Temple has received a wide range of attention in professional architectural, fine art, religious, governmental, and other venues.

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National Zoological Park

The National Zoological Park, also known as Delhi Zoo is another attraction for visitors in Delhi. The total area of zoo is a 176-acre. It was established in 1959 and is now shelter of about 1350 animals representing almost 130 species of animals and birds from around the world.

The zoo is part of conservation breeding programmes of the Central Zoo Authority for the royal Bengal tiger, Indian rhinoceros, swamp deer, Asiatic lion, brow antlered deer, and red jungle fow.

 

The zoo can be seen on foot or using a battery-operated vehicle which can be rented at the zoo.

 

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid also known as Masjid-i Jehan-Numa is located in the vicinity of Red Fort in Delhi, India. This mosque is one of the largest Mosques not only in India, but in the world. The mosque can accommodate about 25,000 believers at a time.

Jama Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656, and inaugurated by its first Imam, Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari. Situated in the Mughal capital of Shahjahanabad (today Old Delhi), it served as the imperial mosque of the Mughal emperors until the demise of the empire in 1857. The Jama Masjid was regarded as a symbolic node of Islamic power across India, well into the colonial era. It was also a site of political significance during several key periods of British rule. It remains in active use, and is one of Delhi's most iconic sites, closely identified with the ethos of Old Delhi.

It is also considered to be the final architectural wonder built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, a great patron of art who is also credited with building Red Fort and Taj Mahal.

 

Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is a paid-entrance open-air market also known as the food plaza and craft bazaar. Dilli Haat is located in commercial center at South Delhi, near (apposite) INA market. The Haat is run by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC). There are weekly Haat (market) in Delhi but unlike others traditional weekly market Dilli Haat is permanent. The Haat itself is permanent but many sellers are rotated, usually one stays in a shop for fifteen days. Some shops also are permanent.

The Haat complex is situated on 6 acres of land. It gives you similar shopping experience as you purchase in typical village shops. A number of shows promoting handicrafts and handlooms are held at the exhibition hall in the complex. Dilli Haat, INA Market has 62 stalls allotted on a rotational basis to craftsmen for a payment of INR 100 per day for a maximum period of 15 days.  

Apart from handicrafts, there are food stall offering savory cuisines for the platter of guests. You can enjoy the real taste of India in this Haat.  

Read More:- Dilli Haat: The Traditional Mart of India

 Khan Market

Khan Market is very popular shopping hub for travellers who visit Delhi as the market is located in the heart of the city. The market is well connected by the Delhi Metro to reach easily.

A popular shopping haunt for expats and local residents, the open-air Khan Market is full of clothing stores, bookshops, and cafés, including a pretty solid mix of Indian and international brands. Here you'll find everything from fashion items to authentic Italian pizzas, along with numerous grocers selling imported foods.

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