New Delhi has amplified its culture, heritage, and tourism in India. With a deep historical past, Delhi has emerged as a city with technical advancement and in its ambit contains several locations famous for tourism. Delhi is a congregation of ancient culture and modern lifestyle. The ages-old Chandni Chowk with its thickly populated roads and shops reflect the ancient culture of Delhi whereas the posh areas like south extension and Connaught Place represent the modernized and stylish Delhi. It is also a synonym to the exquisite and appetizing food. The eateries in every part of Delhi provides palatable and heavenly food like South Indian, Bengalis, North Indian cuisines, and seafood taste from coastal areas. International cuisines like Chinese, Italian, Thai, European, and Japanese are available throughout the Delhi. Apart from such savory fast food, coffee shops, pastry and sweet shops are common and can be found easily at metro stations. In a nutshell, RailRestro suggests few spots of Delhi which will enliven memories of the past and echoes the amelioration of the present era.
India Gate – The Glory of India
India gate is a historical monument which describes the political past of the nation. It is a memorial to the British Indian army soldiers who died in the first world war. It’s a giant structure with a high level of architectural skills and tact, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Visit this glorified construction for free. It has no opening or closing hours. Anyone can visit the area at anytime of the day. Anyone commuting through DMRC metro train must drop at Central Secretariat station and exit the station premises which directly lands you to the India Gate. One can also drop at BaraKhamba Road metro station and walk about 2 kilometers. One can enjoy a range of street food like Golgappa, Chats and snacks like sweet corns, Jhaal mudhi and batata puri. Foreigners can be seen purchasing toys from the vendors nearby and enjoying their sunny afternoon by having cool drinks and snacks.
Qutub Minar- Mystery of the Past!
It is the second tallest minaret in the world. It is present in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. This Brick minaret is 73 meters long and contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. It’s a renowned tourist destination built by Qutub-Ud-din-Aibak- the founder of Delhi Sultanate. Earlier, the tourists could use the stairs to climb but after a huge accident in 1981, the tower has been closed for the public. The local and tourists are seen sitting with their families and friends enjoying groundnuts and ice creams in the premises. The administration charges Rs. 15 for Indians and Rs. 250 for foreign citizens to visit this mammoth structure. The monument is closed on Mondays. Another architecture to visit beside Qutub Minar is the Chhatarpur Temple. People traveling to Qutub Minar can take yellow line metro and board the train running to Huda City Center (towards Gurugram). The Yellow Line runs from Jahangir Puri to Huda City center. One can board at any station and drop either at Mehrauli or Qutub Minar station to view this gigantic beauty.
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Lotus Temple – Symbolizing Religions!
The prominent shape of Lotus flower is its symbolic architecture. It is the only temple in India which represents the values of all the four religions namely Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam. The followers and worshipers of all the religions are welcomed to offer their prayer to their Bhagwaan, Allah or Waheguru. The entry to Lotus temple is free and the temple premises are closed by 9 PM in the sunset.
Jama Masjid- The Largest Mosque in India
This marvelous architecture was built by Shah Jahan which is famous with the title of “Largest Mosque in India”. It’s a tourist attraction which has four long towers giving a panoramic view of the city. It can accommodate 25,000 devotees at a time. One must follow a dress code to enter the mosque. Entry to the mosque is free, but videography costs INR 300. Opening hours are 7 AM-12 PM and 1:30 pm-6:30 pm. Rent a dress provided by the mosque authorities
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara-Defines Sikhism
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is the holy place for Sikhism. It was first built by Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783. The gurudwara premises has a holy Sarovar to take a dip in the holy water, a school, a hospital, a library and a large space to serve Langar meal to the devotees. The devotes can provide charity to the Gurudwara administration by purchasing cereals like rice or pulses. The shops are present in the Gurudwara premises from where tourists can purchase the charity items. There is no entry fee to this holy place and it is open for 24*7. One must drop at Central Secretariat metro station to reach the location easily.
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Red Fort- The Architectural Grandeur
The Red Fort was built in 1638 and it defines the magnanimous Mughal architectural beauty having a historical value. The chhata bazaar and a sound and light show are the special attractions. It is one of the famous places of Delhi where tourists gather in large number. The entry for children is free and for the adults are INR 10 for Indians, and INR 250 for foreigners. Don’t forget to visit the Paranthe Wali Gali near to the Red fort. The shops serve best stuffed parathas in India.
Rashtrapati Bhawan–The Political Architecture
It’s the residence of the President of India. With four floors and 340 rooms in a floor area of 200,000 square feet, it is counted among the finest architectures. This huge building is not a tourist spot, but one can wander around the premises to view the building. Just a stroll around the monument will give you the idea of how grand the monument is. Drop at central secretariat station to view this panoramic building.
Jantar Mantar- Where Astronomy and Architecture Meet
The monument was constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur.The basic motive to construct this magical building was to accumulate astronomical tables which in turn would help to know or predict the movement of celestial bodies in the universe. The various types of instruments seen in the Jantar-Mantar are Samrat Yantra, Jayaprakash Yantra and the Misra Yantra and others. It remains to be a popular tourist destination and an acclaimed place for the astrologers. A nominal entry fee of Rs. 5 is charged as the entry fee and Rs. 250 for the foreigners.
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Akshardham Temple- The Religious Dham for Tourists
Delhi tourism is incomplete without a visit to the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple. It is one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. The stunning architectural work of the temple with pink stones and white marbles makes it distinct from all the holy places of Delhi. The entry to the temple is free but visiting the exhibition inside the temple is chargeable. The temple is open from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm and closed on Mondays for maintenance. Choose the blue line metro running towards the Noida to visit Akshardham temple.
Raj Ghat- Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi
Raj Ghat was the place where the Father of Nation was assassinated by Nathuram Godse. The room and the prayer ground of Gandhi Ji are open for public displaying the paintings and sculptures. If you want to pay a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi for his role in making India free from the bondage of Britishers, then, Raj Ghat is a must place to visit at the New Delhi. The entry to this historic place is free with timings of 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Well, that’s not an end. The topography and the tourism of New Delhi can’t be covered in a day. Agra- the Indo Gangetic Wonder of India is next to New Delhi which has the world’s best construction named “Taj Mahal”. RailRestro, in the next post will highlight some of the special places of Delhi famous for shopping and appetizing food you can’t resist to visit.