Being the capital of India, New Delhi has always fascinated travellers from all corners of the world. Be it its culture, vibrant nightlife, bustling markets or tourist attractions, the city never fails to hypnotise people with its irresistible charm. Below described are the most sought-after tourist attractions in this great city.
Monuments and Memorials
Humayun's Tomb is one of the best examples of Mughal architecture that still stand tall in the city. Surrounded by manicured gardens, it is a mausoleum, which was built to house the corpse of Humayun. Red Fort is another marvellous monument accredited to the Mughals. While here, you can admire the inlaid work on the marble and pietra dura in different sections.
Another grand fortress, Purana Qila was built by Humayun and Sher Shah Suri, but claimed to be originally constructed by Yudhishthira. Sher Mandal and Qila-i-Kuhna Mosque are its two main highlights.
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come with a visit to the magnificent India Gate. This imposing 42-metre-high stone arch was built to commemorate the sacrifice of soldiers during the First World War. You can pay tribute to the soldiers at the eternal flame, Amar Jawan Jyoti.
Another site, which holds immense historical significance, is Qutb Minar. Built by Qutb ud din Aibak, this sandstone minaret is renowned for its Arabic calligraphy.
Your trip to New Delhi would be incomplete without a visit to Rajghat, a memorial, where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Close to Rajghat are the memorials of other Indian leaders like Rajiv Gandhi, Indira Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri that are worth a visit.
Amidst the cacophony of vehicles and high-rising buildings are the verdant gardens of New Delhi. These not only provide an eye-soothing, relaxing and tranquil experience to Delhiites, but also offer an ample of opportunities to unwind.
If you are one of those, who have a keen interest in history, photography, bird watching or spending some lone time, then Lodhi Gardens is a place to do it all. The park contains the tombs of Sikandar Lodhi and Mohammed Shah. The emerald-green grass, and birds chirping in the backdrop will leave you spellbound and rejuvenated from within.
Sprawling across 20 acres, Garden of Five Senses is the right place to unwind or have a picnic. This scenic spot is replete with a variety of colourful flowers and fragrant shrubs. With your India tour packages
, you can attend various events here during different times of the year.
Temples and Mosques
The revered temples and mosques of New Delhi are not merely religious sites, but also key contributors in promoting India tourism.
Dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, Akshardham Temple is among the most iconic religious sites in the metropolis. It has numerous intricately carved idols and pillars that will leave you awestruck. You can also witness the musical fountain show, where multi-coloured lights and water jets are synchronised to music to treat the senses.
The Bahá’í house of worship or Lotus Temple is one of the most visited and unique attractions in the city. A white lotus, surrounded by exuberant gardens and nine pools, makes for a truly wonderful sight.
A perfect example of Mughal architecture, Jama Masjid is claimed to be the largest mosque in India. Inside the prayer hall, you can see intricate carvings on the ceiling. The walls of the main sanctum are engraved with verses from the Qura Nizamuddin Dargah is a Sufi shrine and one of the most frequented religious places in New Delhi. You can come here on Thursdays to be the part of the popular qawwali night.
Museums are the places, where the most important chapters of the history and culture of New Delhi
are preserved. There are many of these that you can explore on your Delhi visit. The National Museum near India Gate has some artefacts, dating to the time of the great emperor, Asoka. Much to the delight of visitors, its arms and armour section has personal swords of Nana Saheb Peshwa, Tipu Sultan and Emperor Aurangzeb. One of its kind in India, Shankar's International Dolls Museum has an impressive collection of more than 6000 dolls brought from around 85 countries.
Exhibiting rare steam engines, electric locomotives, royal saloons and artefacts, the National Rail Museum is ideal for a fun-filled day. Those, who are accompanied by their children, can head to the Nehru Planetarium and make their learning an edutainment experience. The same can be done at National Science Centre near Purana Qila.
This is not all as the Indian capital has loads of more interesting attractions.