Delhi Sightseeings

Dream big when you think of Delhi! The city of utter contrast is one of the finest metros India has. As variegated as it could be, Delhi is jubliant, charming, and magnanimous. Meander through the winding lanes of this abode and discover a new world out here!

Chamber of politics, Delhi serves as a receptive host to globe trotters. Expressive in nature the age old city still seems to be as juvenile as ever. Paying a visit to this abode would not be a loss!.

Red Fort

Red Fort is laid outalong the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon , surrounded by a wall of about 2.4 km in circumference and is built of red sandstone. The Mughal king Shah Jahan transfered the capital from Agra to Delhi and the Fort was completed in 1648. The fort has two main entrances , the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate which faces the famed Chandni Chowk market.The Fort has Diwan-e-am, and Diwan-e-Khas where the king would grant audience to the public and would grant audience to important people respectively . Besides this is the Rang Mahal, the water cooled Apartment for the royal ladies. In the basement of the fort is a market where traditional Indian goods can be purchased at nominal rates . Another attraction is Light and Sound show held in the evenings.

Qutub Minar

This magnificent structure in the southern part of the captal was built by a Muslim King , Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1199 A.D. A part of it which he could not finish was completed by another Muslim King Iltutmish. Minar is 72.5 m high and has as its base a mosque. In front of the imposing structer is an Iron Pillar believed to have been built in the 5th century A.D. which has not caught rust ever since it was built.

Old Fort

The ruins of this fort are located on a small hill which once stood on the bank of the river Yamuna.Legend has it that the fort marked the site of Indraprastha ,themagnificent capital of the Pandavas, though the construction was carried out by Sher Shah Suri any time between 1538 to 1545 A. D. The structure houses a mosque which has a double storeyed octagonal tower. It is said that the Mughal King Humayun fell from the tower accidently and died. At the foot of the hill is the lake where the Delhi Tourism has arrangements for boating and also organises a Sound and Light Show.

Bahai Temple

Is a very recent architectural marval of the Bahai faith and is visible from several spots in south delhi. Located in Kalkaji in the south of Delhi. It is Lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name.It is made up of marble,cement dolomite, and sand. TIMINGS: Summer- 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Winter- 9:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m. Monday closed

Humayun's Tomb

This tomb, which as built by emperor Humanyun's wife, took eight years to complete. The emperor's wife Begai Begum was buried in the tomb and the structure is first of its kind built in the center of a well - planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sand stone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra.

Jantar Mantar

Within the Connaught Place are is the Jantar Mantar observatory built by the Rajput King of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh in 1724. It was believed to have been built with masonary instruments for observing the movements of the stars and the planets.

Safdarjung Tomb

The garden tomb was built in 1753-54 soon after Safdarjung died. It is a red and a brown sandstone with double storeyed towers in the corners and is one of the last example of Mughal architecture.

India Gate

Straight down the road from Rashtrapati Bhavan is India Gate which is primarily a memorial to unknown soldier. Designed by Lutyens , the 42 meter high structure is a war memorial in honour of soldiers who died during the second World War. The structure has an eternal flame (Amar Jawan Jyoti) to honour the memory of the unknown soldiers.

Birla Mandir

Close to Connaught Place, it was built by the industrialist Raja Baldev Birla in 1938. The temple is an important prayer site and contains idols of several deities . Interestingly Mahatama Gandhi who inaugurated the temple was also a regular visitor to it and would often pray there.

Rashtrapati Bhavan

A stone throw away from Parliament House is the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the official residence of the President of the country. Designed by the Lutyens , it was the official residence of the Viceroy when the British ruled India. With 340 rooms and an area of about 350 acres . The pillars and the porticos are an architect's marvel. Although special permission has to be obtained to visit the complex, the Mughal Gardens within the complex are atreat for the eyes and are open to the public during certain periods of year.

National Zoological Park

The Delhi Zoo, close to Purana Qila , near ITO , was established in 1959 and is spread over an area of 214 acres. It is regarded as one of the finest zoo in Asia and efforts have been made to provide an almost natural habitat to the animals and birds. There are more than 2,000 animals and birds species from places like Africa, America, Australia and even Asia. There is a lot of greenery around the zoo and it is an ideal picnic spot especially in winters. TIMINGS: Summer 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Winter 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday closed.

Lodi's Tomb

The tombs are in the midst of the famed Lodi's Gardens and is believed to have been built by rulers of two Dynasties, the Sayyaids and the Lodhi's . History has it that the tombs are remainants of another city that was sought to be built in Delhi.

Dilli Haat

The Dilli Haat, located opposite the INA Market , is a project jointly set up by the New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Tourism. All kind of goods made by artisans are displayed at regular intervals during the year. There are also permanent shops reflecting the kind of goods made in various states of the country. Those interested in folk art could find this spot a real entertainer.

Memorials Of National Leaders

The Dilli Haat, located opposite the INA Market , is a project jointly set up by the New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Tourism. All kind of goods made by artisans are displayed at regular intervals during the year. There are also permanent shops reflecting the kind of goods made in various states of the country. Those interested in folk art could find this spot a real entertainer.

Chandni Chowk

It was the eyes and the ears of the Mughal's commercial instincts and is today one of the country's best known wholesale markets for textiles , electronic goods and watches. The entire arc was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan's favourite daughter and was the inhabited by the well to do famlies of the time.

Jama Masjid

Shah Jahan, as his final architectural extravagance, built one of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid. It is situated in Old Delhi area of the capital. Also known as Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, it was the principal mosque of the Emperor. Owing to its huge size, it took six years to be fully complete. Situated on a high platform, the austere, yet beautiful, building was built in red sandstone, with extensive use of white marble. The pulpit of Jama Masjid has been beautifully carved out of a single block of marble. It has three gateways, four soaring towers and two minarets. The 130-ft high slender minarets of the mosque grace its impressive façade.

The eastern gate was once reserved for the Emperor. Wide staircases and arched gateways greet the visitors of the mosque. The relics of the Prophet and the Holy Koran are enshrined here and its courtyard can hold up to 25,000 worshippers at one go. Designed by Ustad Khalil, the great sculptor of his time, it was built at an astounding cost. However, the greatest treasure of the Jama Masjid is, undoubtedly, the hair of the beard of Hazrat Mohammed, kept in the northeast corner of the white shrine. It also preserves his used chappal (slippers), a chapter of Koran taken from its original holy book, the canopy of his tombstone and the foot print of Muhammad on the stone.

The main Imam in this mosque is the direct descendent of the original and first Imam appointed by Emperor Shah Jahan. One can enter inside the mosque bare-footed only, with the head covered and wearing 'lungi' (a traditional wear of Muslims, worn during offering prayers to the Lord). During his reign, Emperor Shah Jahan built many other important mosques in Agra, Ajmer and Lahore. The grand building of Jama Masjid has stood the test of time and stands undeterred, reminding about the glory of the bygone era. Most of the tourists coming top Delhi make it a point to visit this magnificent edifice.

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