Delhi is the capital city of India. This city has been a central part of all major historic developments of the country. It has a vast and rich history and the entire city is replete with monuments, mosques, temples and forts from the time it was ruled by the Mughal emperors. It is also home to modern architecture and technology like the Delhi metro. There are numerous cultural huts like exhibitions and international fairs taking place all over the year. Delhi is also the political base of India, being the capital city. Here is a list of the top 10 must visit places in Delhi:
10. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjib is located near the Red fort and is the largest Mosque in Asia. The mosque was built by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj mahal and the Red Fort, which are considered some of the greatest monuments of Indian history.
9. Humayun’s Tomb
The Humayun Tomb is a spectacular work of Mughal architecture and a recognized UNESCO world heritage site. It was commissioned in the year 1562 and designed by a Persian architect. It is a place worth visiting for its history of the culture of Mughal empire.
8. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is located in the center of Delhi, near Connaught place and is one of the five astronomical observatories in India. The Jantar Mantar was designed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1724 and showcases monumental structures which act as instruments for tracking the movement of celestial bodies and measuring time of the day. They were also used to measure the position of the stars, altitude and calculation of eclipses. It is amazing to see how the emperors used resources available to explore science and astronomy.
7. Rajpath and Rashtrapati Bhawan
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the official residence of the President of India and is situated towards the end of Rajpath. Rajpath was constructed by the same architect who designed the India Gate, Sir Edwin Lutyens. The stretch of road which is called Rajpath is a beautifully ornamented road and is surrounded by parks, gardens and water pools on both sides. The annual Republic day parade is conducted on the Rajpath. The road Rajpath to Vijay Chowk is a symbol of royalty for the nation. The Rashtrapati Bhawan is also worth a visit as it is a combination of European and Mughal architecture.
6. Dilli Haat
The Dilli Haat is an open air shopping and food plaza which is run by the Delhi Tourism Corporation. The concept of Dilli Haat is to promote the crafts, handlooms and food of every state of India. If you are a shopping pro, you must visit Dilli haat to experience every part of India in one place. It is also one of the best places to buy handicrafts from across the nation. It is a must visit place for people visiting Delhi, and you can surely enjoy a whole day at Dilli haat with sumptuous Indian traditional food of your choice.
5. Red Fort:
The Red Fort was built by Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan and is popularly known as Lal Quila in India. The Red Fort was once the residence of the Mughal family as well as thier capital till 1857. The Red Fort, situated in old Delhi has been designated as a UNESCO World heritage Site and is a place worth a visit in your lifetime.
4. Qutub Minar
The Qutub Minar is situated in mehrauli region of Delhi and was built in the year 1199. It is 234 ft in height and is considered as one of the tallest individual towers in the world. The Qutub Minar is a symbol of Indo-Islamic architecture and the blend of these styles comes out beautifully in the formidable tower.
3. Teen Murti Bhavan
Teen Murti Bhavan is situated near Rashtrapati Bhavan and is also known as Nehru Planetarium. The Teen Murti Bhavan was the official residence of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, who was our first Prime Minister. The House has a museum, a planetarium, a library and Kushak mahal inside its premises. The Nehru Planetarium is famous for is daily shows on astronomy and space programs. The library is also unique with a collection of rare journals and periodicals. The structure and surroundings of the Teen Murti Bhavan make it a perfect place for a day out. The colonial structure has teak panels, high ceilings and lush green gardens that was designed by Robert Tor Russell.
2. Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple, located in delhi is also known as the Bahai Mandir. The name of the temple is stems from the lotus like shape and is a place of worship for the Bahai community. It is open to all visitors of all religions and people mostly visit this temple to admire the beauty and design of the unique architectural splendor.
1. India Gate
The India Gate is the national monument of India and the pride of the nation. It was built in the year 1931 by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The India Gate commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for their nation. A flame to pay respect to the soldiers, called the Amar Jawan Jyoti is continually burning under the arch of India Gate since 1971. Every Indian who visits Delhi must make it a point to pay respect to the saviors of their nation.