Majestic, diverse, and lively – these three words sum up everything that defines Delhi, the capital of India. It is a mishmash of medieval forts, throbbing marketplaces, colonial buildings and chic malls. The City of Djinns has a lot more to it than what meets the eye and every tourist who visits the city goes back home with a different story to tell.
Tourist attractions in Delhi
Red Fort: Built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, the Red Fort is a massive fortress made of marble and red sandstone. This beautiful architecture was once captured and turned into a barrack by the British. The massive gates of the fort are a wonder in their own right. The fort houses the Diwan-i-Am (the hall of public audience) and the Diwan-i-Khas (the hall of private audience) where the famous Peacock Throne was kept. The Khas Mahal within the Red Fort was the private residence of the emperor. In the evening, a light-and-sound show is held at the fort, which details its rich history.
Qutb Minar Complex: Also written as Qutab Minar or Qutub Minar, it is the tallest brick minaret in the world and is amongst the oldest monuments in the city. The minaret is adorned with beautiful carvings and verses from the Quran. However, it is not possible to climb to the top of the structure as it has been cordoned off. There are numerous ruins around the minaret such as the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. There is also the Iron Pillar, a metallurgical wonder as it is resistant to rusting.
Jama Masjid: The largest mosque in India is an oasis of tranquility despite being surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi. The mosque was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the mid-1600s. It has got stunning looks, thanks to the alternating strips of red sandstone and while marble that is used on its exterior. Tourists can also climb to the top of the southern minaret to get a panoramic view of the city.
Humayun’s Tomb: The tomb is a fine specimen of architectural precision of the Mughal era. It is a thoughtful mix of Persian and Mughal styles that later inspired the design of the Taj Mahal, the most famous monument in India. Char Bagh, which means four gardens, is a Persian-style garden surrounding the main structure. It’s almost as beautiful as the structure itself.
Chandni Chowk: One of the oldest and busiest markets in entire India, Chandni Chowk is a Mecca for street shoppers. The quaint and narrow streets that make up the market also offer excellent photographic opportunities including century-old buildings. Chandni Chowk is also considered one of the best places to try street food in Delhi.
Akshardham Temple: The majestic Akshardham Temple has attributes of Gujarati, Orissan, Mughal, and Rajasthani architecture. The boat ride within the complex takes tourists through an animatronic depiction of the rich history of India. There are also musical fountains, numerous statues, and carvings offering an insight into Hindu mythology.
National Museum: Indian history dates back to more than 5000 years and the National Museum is the place to learn more about it. Here, tourists will get to see some very rare artifacts such as paintings, statues, textiles, weapons, and a lot more belonging to the Harappan Civilization. Close to the museum is Rajpath where tourist can view the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Official residence of the President) and the India Gate.
Lotus Temple: It is one of the seven major Bahai temples around the world. It has been named so for its architectural semblance with lotus. Built with pure white marble, this architectural marvel attracted more than 70 million visitors within first 15 years of its establishment. It is one of the most visited buildings in the world.
Jantar Mantar: This 18th century observatory houses 13 instruments related to architectural astronomy. Jantar Mantar was built with a purpose of compiling astronomical tables, predicting the movements of the sun, moon, and planets.
Hotels in Delhi
Hotel Sunshine and Hotel Amax Inn are a comfortable and reasonable options for budget travelers. Mid-range travelers will find excellent value for money in Bloomrooms and the Prime Balaji Deluxe.. Those looking to splurge should check-in at The Leela Palace and the Taj Palace Hotel.
Where is Delhi?
Delhi is located in the Northern Plains of India. In the north, west, and south, Delhi shares its border with the state of Haryana. It has Uttar Pradesh (UP) on the east.
How to Reach
The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the only airport that serves Delhi.
Delhi is the main transport hub for India’s northern rail system. The main railway stations in the city are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and Anand Vihar Railway Station. All these stations are close to the city center.
Delhi is well connected to nearby cities by a network of highways. There are a number of buses that ply from the city to other towns and cities nearby.
Best Time to Visit Delhi
The period between October and March is considered the best time to visit the city.
Facts about Delhi
- Delhi is home to the largest spice market in Asia.
- The British shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911.
- The Delhi Transport Corporation owns the world’s largest fleet of CNG-fueled buses.
Languages are spoken in Delhi
Although several regional languages are spoken in Delhi, Hindi is most common. English is widely spoken and understood.
Climate like in Delhi
The climate of Delhi is semi-arid with a huge difference between summer and winter temperatures. During summer, the temperature usually crosses 40° C. In winter, the temperature dips below 5° C.
MS20151109Published On: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015