Top 10 Places in Delhi
Delhi, the National capital of India situated on the banks of River Yamuna is also the 8th largest metropolis in the world by population with more than 12.25 million people residing in the this union territory.
The city has hosted many civilizations from Pandavas (of Mahabharat times) to Mughals to British East India Company. The invasions of various dynasties and migration of people from different parts of the country in different times has led to setting up of multicultural Delhi.
The months favourable for visiting, having pleasant climate (temperature 20-30°C range) are Feb-Mar and Oct-Nov.
Delhi lanes are rich magnificent architecture exhibiting landmarks built by its historical Kings.
Below are the top 10 sites that a tourist must visit if in Delhi:
- Red Fort (Lal Qila): It is red sandstone fort built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The various major building included here are: Chatta Chowk (Covered Bazaar), Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Hayat Baksh Bagh (Life-Bestowing Gardens), Diwan-i-Khas, Khas Mahal (Private Palace), Rang Mahal (Colour Palace), Mumtaz Mahal (Jewel Palace), Daawat Khana, Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya (Museum of the Independence Movement)
- Humayun's Tomb: It is one of Delhi's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, situated in south Delhi, near Hazrat Nizamuddin station.It is first major Mughal structure in the city and has been described as a prototype of Agra's Taj Mahal.
- Qutub Complex: It is also designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This 72.5m famous minaret built on the orders of Qutb-ud-din Aybak was the tallest "skyscraper" in the world when built (1193-1368). The other major buildings in its campus are Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Iron Pillar, Ala-i-Minar and many more.
- Bahai Temple: The temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is located in the east of Nehru place. It is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world.
- Jantar Mantar: This observatory was constrcted in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur for measuring the movement of celestial bodies.
- Jama Masjid: Located in the old Delhi it is the largest mosque in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It is constructed with strips of red sandstone and white marble.
- India Gate: This monument is a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died during World War I.
- Swaminarayan Akshardham: It is an example of India's ancient architecture blended with vastu shastra, traditions and timeless spirituality.
- Purana Qila: It is located near Delhi Zoo, Mathura Road. Purana Qila what you see is ruins of Shergarh,a city established by Sher Shah Suri.
- Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir): This beautiful temple dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (The preserver) is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi with a condition that all castes of people will be allowed to enter the temple.
There are many other tourist spots in Delhi that includes Azad Hind Gram, Lodi Tomb, Safdarjang Tomb, Rajpath, Nehru Park, Chhattarpur Mandir, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and many more which make Delhi rich with Heritage.