Hotel Le ROI - Places to Visit in Delhi
Though there are a number of places to see in Delhi. Here is a list of the most popular tourist spots in Delhi. If you are planning to visit the Indian capital, make sure you visit atleast these historical sites:
Red Fort: Also known as Lal Quila, the Red Fort was built in 1639 A.D. by the Mughals. Situated in the old Delhi, it used to oversee the Yamuna river but during the centuries after it was built the river changed its course and now cannot be seen anymore from the fort. The Red Fort offers diversity to its visitors. One can also visit the light and sound show in the evening and you get to know about the history of the fort in an intriguing manner. You can also indulge in some jewellery shopping on the bazaar street called Chatta Chowk.
Jama Masjid: One of the biggest mosques in India, Jama Masjid was built during the times of the Mughals. Jama Masjid is just in walking distance from the Red Fort. Due to its position on top of a hill, Jama Masjid overlooks Old Delhi. It is open everyday for tourists apart from prayer times. The courtyard could fit as many as 25000 people.
Lotus Temple: Lotus Temple was completed in 1986 and since then has won numerous architectural awards and recognitions for its innovative design. Its lotus-shaped exterior stand out and for sure appeal you. The Lotus Temple serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and is open to all regardless of religion, or any other distinction, as emphasized in Bahai texts.
ISKCON Temple: Situated near the Lotus Temple, ISKCON Temple is among the most beautiful temples with a nice garden and art gallery to boost. Similar to the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, ISKCON Temple is very traditional in design and full of color. The fine art paintings by Russian artists here depict lives and events related to Hindu mythological characters, like Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Qutub Minar: Qutab Minar, famed as the highest brick minaret of the world, is located amidst the lush greens of south Delhi and famous for its architecture, history and design. The Qutb Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. Another piece of interest is the Iron Pillar, which was believed to make true the wish of anyone that can embrace it with their back towards it. However, it is fenced now due to the fact that the intensive ‘hugging’ accelerates its corrosion.
Humayun’s Tomb: Humayun’s Tomb was also built in 1570 by the Mughal rulers of India. It is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It inspired several major architectural innovations, culminating in the construction of the Taj Mahal. It is like a smaller version of the Taj Mahal, except the marble.
India Gate: Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and built in memory of the victims of the British Indian Army. The monument is surrounded by lawns, children's park & a boat club. The nice park that leads to the Parliament building, looks pretty impressive. It is the one place in Delhi which give you a break from the noisy streets and hectic traffic.
Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar is a complex of astronomical instruments built around 3 centuries ago and is situated in the heart of Delhi. Built in 1710, during the period generally known as the dark age of Indian history, this awe-inspiring melting pot of astronomy and related architecture is a must see for every tourist to Delhi.
Connaught Place: Connaught Place, built in 1931, is one of Delhi's most popular shopping centres. There is nothing that one cannot buy here. Several popular eating joints can be found here. The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist. No visitor can think of leaving Delhi without visiting the Connaught Place.
Akshardham Temple: Akshardham Temple was only built in 2006 but it is the one breathtaking place that can compete with the Taj Mahal. It is a masterpiece of great Indian culture and architecture. It is built along the river Yamuna and lies over an area of around 100 acres with beautiful gardens, water fountains and carved pavilions. This amazing structure comprises of 20,000 statues, floral motifs and exquisite carved pillars made of stones.