Delhi is the capital of India; no matter where-ever you are going in India you would have to pass through Delhi at least once. Delhi has ancient monuments with modern building and malls which make this place unique. There are a number of alluring places to visit in Delhi, so here are the 5 must visit places.
INDIA GATE: The Pride of Delhi
The India Gate is located in the center of New Delhi, the capital of India. The India Gate was made by Edwin Lutyens in 1921 and it is 42 meters high. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. Another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti was added much later, after India got its independence. It reminds the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971. To reach this place the nearest Delhi metro station is Central secretariat (Yellow/Violet line).
In the center of Delhi, The Red Fort is a historical fort constructed by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639. The noted place in the Red Fort are Rang Mahal (Painted palace), Tasbih Khana, a sleeping chamber or Khwabgah, a robe chamber or Tosh Khana), the Hammam (the royal bathing area). It is also famous for its beautiful gardens, which is the Hayat-Baksh-Bagh (life-giving garden). To reach this place, nearest Delhi metro station is Chandni chowk(Yellow line).
QUTUB MINAR: UNESCO World Heritage site in Delhi
Qutb Minar is a 73-metre (240 feet) tallest Minar (tower) in India. Made from red sandstone and marbles tapering tower of five storeys, the minaret has 14.3 metre (47 feet) base diameter, reducing to 2.7 metres (9 feet) at the peak, located at 15 Km in south direction from New Delhi. Qutub-ud din Aibak started building it in 1193 and complete the only base storey, then his successor Iltutmish created 3 more storeys in 1220. A fierce lightening damaged the minar’s topmost storey. Firoz shah Tughlaq rebuilt it in 1368 and added another storey, thereby completing its 5th storey. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage site citing its tangible and intangible cultural heritage and its famous garden. To reach here the nearest Delhi metro station is Qutub Minar (Yellow line).
SWAMINARAYAN AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE
More than 70% of the tourists, who visit Delhi, reach Akshardham. This temple has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the largest comprehensive Hindu temple in the world. The height of this mandir is nearly 141 foot high and has an extension of 356 foot. This temple is built without structural steel within five years by 11,000 artisans. The music fountain show, lotus garden, garden of India and the lake which surrounds the whole temple are the main attraction point of this place. To reach here the nearest Delhi metro station is Akshardham (Blue line).
The Lotus Temple, completed in 1986, is a Bahai House of Worship. This structure is notable for its flower like shape. There are nine sides to the temple formed by 27 marble petals, arranged in groups of three. The nine doors lead to a central prayer hall that has a capacity of 2500 people and is about 40m high. The temple is visited by more than four million people every year with an average of more than 10,000 visitors daily. Around the blooming petals, there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks fantastic at dusk when lit at night. To reach this place, the nearest Delhi metro station is Kalkaji Mandir (Violet Line).
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Prafull Vinayak has a thing for travel! He loves sharing exciting and interesting information about the places he wanders in. He loves laying hands on interesting facts about places he visits and passionately informs people about the same. A Computer engineering graduate from Kurukshetra University, he loves writing codes in his free-time, checks out theater activities nearby. A big-time movie buff that he is, he can beat almost anyone at a Bollywood quiz!