Delhi, the national capital of India, is a historically enriched
with imprints of imperialism, colonialism and democracy. Whereas
New Delhi, an urban locale within Delhi houses a number of modern
tourist sites, Delhi boasts of plenty of tourist attractions.
With the Aravalli Hills to the southwest and the Yamuna river
on east, Delhi has always surfaced as a significant cultural
and intellectual centre. Though there are a number of tourist
attractions in India, Delhi has more than 60,000 noted monuments.
While mosques, forts, and historical monuments speak of the
historically vibrant Old Delhi, New Delhi, designed by Edwin
Lutyens and Herbert Baker, is filled with buildings of the central
government, embassies and other tourist sites befitting its
new polito-socio-economic demography
Historic Attractions in Delhi
- India Gate is a 42 meter high arch, which was designed
by Edwin Luytens. It was built in 1911 as a war memorial to
commemorate the death of 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army
in World War I. While the names of the martyrs are inscribed
all along the arch's walls, an eternal flame was lit there in
- Purana Qila (Old Fort) was built by Sher Shah Suri
on a hill on the banks of the river Yamuna between 1538 A.D
and 1545 AD. There is a mosque with a double storied octagonal
tower from where the Mughal emperor, Humayun fell and died.
- Jantar Mantar Observatory was built by the Rajput
King of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh inside Connaught Place in 1724.
Its purpose was to observe the movements of the stars and planets.
- Chandni Chowk was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah
Jahan's daughter. A commercial market, this is one of best known
wholesale markets for textiles, and electronic goods in India.
- Safdarjang's Tomb was built in 1753-54 as the mausoleum
of Safdarjang, the viceroy of the Awadh under the Mughal Emperor,
Mohammed Shah. Visit the smaller pavilions in it
- Popular as Lal Quila, Red Fort was built by the Mughal
emperor, Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648. The premise contains
Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, the Moti Masjid, the Shahi Burj and
many other architectural splendors.
- Tughlaqabad fort was built by Ghazi Malik, founder
of the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321 at Tughlaqabad. Though it is
in its ruins today, but the lofty walls, double-storied bastions,
colossal towers, palaces, mosques and spacious halls speak of
- Jami Masjid or the Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, is the premier
mosque in Old Delhi. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah
Jahan , it was completed in 1656 AD
Modern Attractions in Delhi
- Parliament House is circular structure almost a kilometer
in circumference, and was designed by the famed architect Edward
Luytens to house the Indian Parliament.
- Rashtrapati Bhawan is the official residence of India's
President with 340 rooms and an area of about 330 acres.
- Birla Mandir, built by the industrialist Raja Baldev
Birla, has idols of various deities.
- Visit Shanti Vana where India's first Prime Minister
Jawaharlal Nehru was cremated.
- Akshardham Temple will attract you
with 234 pillars, 20,000 statues, a number of arches and musical
- Appu Ghar, this amusement park has roller coaster
and other amusing features
- Bahá'í House of Worship is shaped like
a lotus and built by the Bahá'í community.
Unique Attractions in Delhi
- Humayun's Tomb, built by his widow Haji Begum in 1565-66
as a memorial, is counted among one of the best heritage sites
in the world.
- Qutab Minar, a red sandstone tower was built by Qutb-ud-din
Aybak of the Slave Dynasty, to celebrate victory of Muslim empire.
It is the world's tallest brick minaret
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