Delhi is a metropolitan city with beautiful amalgamation of the old city and the new city. The old city showcases the labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques as it was once the capital of Islamic India. The new city created by the British Raj on the contrast is the city with spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings.
The city has been seat of power for various rulers and many empires for about a million. Delhi is the second most populous city in the world and attracts tourist from all over the world who come here to enjoy the modern city lifestyle and also indulge in the fascinating history of the city. Delhi tourism is worth planning as the city offers everything from ample sightseeing places to entertainment options, religious places and much more.
Tourist Places in Delhi:
- Laxmi Narayan Temple: Popularly known as Birla Mandir, this temple was built by the renowned Birla family in 1938. The temple is built in Orissa style and is a popular tourist attraction.
- Qutab Minar: A marvelous monument reflecting Afghan architecture, Qutab Minar is 72.5mts high victory tower. The construction of Qutab Minar began in the final year of twelfth century by Qutubuddin Aibak and was later completed buy his successor. The building is one in the list of World heritage sites.
- Bahai Temple: Best known as “The Lotus Temple” the temple is located on the Kalkaji hills. The temple is famous for its lotus shaped building made entirely in marbel. It was built in 1987 by the followers of Bahai faith. The temple signifies the purity and equality of all religions. One must visit this temple during their Delhi Tourism to witness its beauty and experience peace. The temple remains closed on Monday.
- Gandhi Smriti: An important landmark of Delhi, this is the Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. The memorial consist of (a) Visual Aspects to perpetuate the memory of Mahatma Gandhi and the noble ideals he represented, (b) Educative Aspects to focus concentrated attention on certain values of life that made Gandhi a Mahatma, and (c) Service Aspects to introduce activities in order to sub serve certain felt needs.
- Red Fort: Built by the famous ruler Shahjahan who is also the builder of beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra, the fort was built as the emperor wanted to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. The fort was Delhi’s first fort. On every Independence Day the prime minister of India hoist flag of India here.
- Akshardham temple: Akshardham Temple it is the largest Hindu temple in the world. It was built in 2005. In the sprawling 100-acre (0.40 km2) land rests an intricately carved monument, high-technology exhibitions, an IMAX theatre, a musical fountain, a food court and gardens. It is a one of the most entertaining places to visit in Delhi.
- Gurdwara Bangla Sahib: One of the most prominent and largest Gurudwaras in Delhi, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is the most exclusively place under Delhi tourism. Millions visit this Gurdwara from all over the world and of all religions to offer their prayers at this elegant yet historical Gurdwara in Delhi. The Gurdwara marks the place where the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Harkrishan lived his last breath serving the helpless population ravaged by smallpox and cholera epidemic. The Gurdwara offers free food (langar) to all visitors and devotees throughout the day.
- Jama Masjid: The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, commonly known as Jama Masjid, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi. Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and completed in the year 1656, it is one of the largest and best known mosques in India.
The list of places to visit in Delhi does not end here; this city has ample tourism attractions that can make your trip to Incredible India, the most memorable experience. The other places one must visit include:
- National Museum
- National rail Museum
- Jantar Mantar
- Raj Ghat
- National Zoological Park
- Shanti Vana
- Purana Quila
- Salimgarh Fort
- Connout Place
- Lodhi Garden
Note: It is advised to carry a map of Delhi, so that you can easily reach any destination and do not get baffled on the busy streets of the city.