Delhi– Historical City with modern and traditional outlook
Delhi is a happening capital of India and has a history that no other capital in the world can boast of. History of Delhi can be traced to few thousand years back to Mahabharata epic era. Thereafter, it has been a capital of more than seven dynasties like Tomars, Chauhans Mamluks, Khiljis, Tughlaks, Sayyids, Lodis, Suris, Mughals and British Raj, till democratic India got freedom in 1947. Now Delhi is a sprawling metropolitan now with lots of attractions and activities to do.
Why visit Delhi
There are great many reasons to visit Delhi like for historical places, religious places, beautiful gardens and parks, for shopping of variety of things like handicrafts, fashion items, its huge shopping hubs; ethnic as well as international food, and scores of other activities.
What not to miss
Lal Quila or Red Fort
A world heritage site, Red Fort was Mughal kings’ palatial fort. This fort was built in 17th century, by Mughal emperor Shahjahan who had great acumen for building architecture. It is built with red stones, sprawling gardens, well thought of interiors, in fact a whole city fortified.
A world heritage site, Qutub Minar was one of the tallest buildings of medieval and ancient times standing tall to 73 meters or 240 feet with 5 stories. Qutub Minar built in 13th and 14th century by Qutub ud din Aibak, Iltumish and Mohd Bin Tughlaq, the kings of Delhi.
It is a 42 meter tall war memorial built in 1931, surrounded by greenery and water bodies, in memory of Indian soldiers who fought 1st world war with England. A flame burns all the time, a sign of a tribute to those soldiers.
Religious places to visit
Jama masjid (Mosque)
Jama masjid is one of the largest mosques in India, was built by Emperor Shahjahan in 17th century. The mosque’s courtyard has capacity of 25000 people that can pray at a time. Minarets are 40 meter in height, truly a marvel from Mughal era.
Akshardham Temple was built in 2005, is a temple of SWAMYNARAYAN Lord Vishnu, Akshardham is a modern marvel of a temple, with elaborate details of carving, designs and architecture. It is a tallest Hindu temple in the world with a height of 43 meters.
Gurudwara Bangla sahib
Gurudwara Bangla sahib is located in central Delhi and is a place one must visit to see devotion of Sikh culture in its religion. This Gurudwara is well planned and built with a serene atmosphere.
Baha’i temple or lotus temple
Bahá’í temple or lotus temple is a lotus shape temple of Baha’i faith, located in Kalkaji area. Baha’I sect believes in openness towards all kind of beliefs of the people. And anyone can come and pray there. It has beautiful gardens, aesthetic huge white marbled lotus flower petals, which gives this temple an aura of beauty.
A Hare Krishna temple is a beautiful place with huge modern complex and deities’ statues. Located in East of Kailash locality is not too far from Lotus temple.
Other prominent religious places are Birla Mandir, Sacred Heart Cathedral Church, St. James Church and Nizam-ud-din shrine.
Buildings with identity of India
Rajpath means Royal path is a ceremonial road which is between Rashtrapati Bhavan to National stadium, via Vijay chowk. All national day parade like Republic day parade on 26 January is carried on this boulevard.
Parliament house is an iconic building built in early 20th century by famous architect Edwin Lutyens. Now, it’s a house of biggest democracy of the world.
which means President’s house has 340 rooms and spread in 320 acres of land. It has Mughal garden of beautifully groomed flowers garden. Rashtrapati Bhavan is the 2nd largest presidential building in the world after Turkey.
Raj Ghat is a memorial of ‘father of the nation’ Mahatma Gandhi, a revolutionary freedom fighter, who advocated the policy of ‘non violence’ and played a major role in freedom of India. This memorial has been on top list of all the visitors to pay tribute, in the greenery of the memorial.
Chandni chowk is an old market from Mughal era, which has turned into huge wholesale market of India too, besides a retail market. Here, one who loves street food will love Chandni chowk because of several spicy as well as sweet food items. Hustling bustling Chandni Chowk, though crowded all the times ,evokes mix culture feeling of past and present.
Designed like an Indian village market is a showcase of Indian handicrafts. In addition to handicrafts, the food from all states of the nation can be tasted here.
Connaught Place is an iconic market in central Delhi, designed alike Georgian era, this market is huge and sprawling and houses old business houses, restaurants and shops. Palika bazaar is an underground air conditioned market where various products attract the buyers from everywhere.
There are also many other markets like Khan Market, Paharganj market, Sarojini nagar market etc., for their sheer identity are worth making a visit.
Kid’s day out in Delhi
Delhi has ample activities for children, below few are mentioned:
Zoological Park, Mathura Road
National Rail Museum
Doll’s Museum near ITO, Big collection of dolls
Jantar Mantar 18th century observatory
Rail museum in Chanakyapuri, with history catches on a kid’s fancy.
Gandhi museum- for kids and elders
Amusement park in Rohini
National Science centre near Pragati Maidan
Sound and light show in Red Fort in evenings
This is a sprawling garden with old big trees, green lawns and flower plantation. A paradise for morning walkers this garden is historical as well as a joy for the visitors. This garden houses two tombs of Mohammad shah of Sayyid dynasty and Ibrahim Lodhi, a king of Delhi who died in early 16th century.
Mughal Gardens famous for its roses and other blooming flowers, this garden is a treat to watch.
Near Prime minister’s house there is one sprawling maintained garden which is a paradise to morning walkers and a picnic spot. Inside the garden there is an ancient temple, Bhairav Mandir.
Garden in tombs
There are well maintained gardens in Humayun Tomb and Safdarjung tomb, which are of Mughal era.
Delhi tourism offer many adventure on water like water scooters, pedal boating and motor boat rides, they also organize camping tours, trekking and rock climbing etc.
There are lots of star hotels, guest houses, and budget hotels, YMCA, YWCA available in Delhi. There are thousands of Hotels and guest houses mainly in areas nearer to Railway station like Paharganj, Connaught place, South Delhi besides practically being in all the places. Anyone who plans to stay for longer period can have well furnished flats available.
IG international Airport is a busy airport connected with most of the countries. Domestic flights are also available for all major cities in India.
For local transport Metro rail service is well connected to most places of Delhi.
Luxury buses are also available, besides HOHO ( Hop on hop out) bus service of over 2000 buses, is well developed. Also another mode of local transport, Auto Rickshaws are available to travel around. Taxis are also available at your call round the clock.
Railway system is quite efficient with trains to all cities. Some special tourist trains and luxury trains are available too for all destinations from Delhi.
Road- Road transport is well developed with buses available to all the places.
Also tourist buses available for sightseeing tours of Delhi or adjacent towns.