Delhi is India's capital city and the home of executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India. Delhi is known as the microcosm of India and is leading world’s top global cities with strengths in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism and transport all contributing to its prominence.
Tourist Attractions in Delhi:
Red Fort: The Red Fort (Lal Qila) is one of Delhi's top tourist sights. A brilliant red sandstone fort built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as his ruling palace. Completed in 1648, the years since have not treated the buildings kindly: the rooms have long since been stripped of all objects, the marble inlays are long gone and quite a few buildings are off limits. Still, the scale remains imposing and the gardens are kept lush and green even in midwinter. The fort is octagonal in shape, like most Islamic buildings in India. The red fort has walls extending up to 2.5 km in length with a height that varies between 16 meter on the river side and 3 meters on the city side. Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate are the two main entrances for red fort of Delhi and The Lahori Gate faces Chandni Chowk, one of the most crowded markets. Red fort must be visited by all the tourists visiting Delhi. The Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from Red Fort on Independence Day.
Humayun's Tomb: The tomb is in large, immaculately maintained gardens in the Persian Char Bagh (four corners) style that were thoroughly renovated in 2003 with the Aga Khan's help and are consequently probably the best in Delhi. As you enter the complex, the first major structure on your right is the bulbous, octagonal tomb , a court noble who built it in his own lifetime, some 20 years before Humayun's tomb. As you pass through the first gate, you will glimpse the dome of the tomb and enter a floral path leading to the second (West) gate, which now acts as the entrance to the giant central garden.Humayun's Tomb is one of the best tourist attractions of Delhi which attracts tourists from far and wide. It was built by Humayun's wife in the middle of the 16th century. It is a sensational example of early Mughal style and architecture and a perfect synthesis of Persian and Indian styles. Humayun's Tomb was the first monument which was constructed under Akbar's reign. The Humayun's Tomb rests on the banks of River Yamuna.
Pragati Maidan: Pragati Maidan was established in 1982 during the Asian Games and it is spread over 72000 sq meters. India International Trade Fair, World Book fair and the Auto Expo are some of the events which are held at Pragati Maidan and managed by Indian Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO). Many international sellers organize their shows at the time of India International Trade Fair held at Pragati Maidan. Delhi book fair is the most-popular one. Pragati Maidan is one of the most important places in Central Delhi.
India Gate: India Gate is the pride of India. It is situated at Raj path in Delhi. It bears vast historical significance. It was built in memory of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I. The height of India Gate is 42 meters. It was built with red stone and granite. India Gate was designed and constructed by Lutyens. He was considered the chief, proclaimed in designing the New Delhi plans. India Gate is a famous place for the local people of Delhi, in summer evenings and a popular picnic spot during winters.
Qutub Minar: Qutub Minar is one of the most famous tourist spots in Delhi and one of the finest monuments in the world. The Qutub Minar is located at Mehrauli in South Delhi. Qutub Minar is evidently the largest tower in the world built in 1192 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and later completed by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish. The base of the Qutub Minar measures 14.30 meters and the top of the structure measures 2.70 meters. The first 3 stories of the Qutub Minar have different designs. Connaught Place Metro Station is the nearest best public transport available to reach this place.
Iskcon Temple: The Iskcon Temple is situated at Raja Dhirsain Marg, Sant Nagar near to east of Kailash. It is also known as Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple. There are as many as 40 temples under the Iskcon clan; the one in Delhi is one of them. The prayer hall in the center of the temple is the center of attraction of the ISKCON temple. One can see many images on the walls that depict the different stages of lives of Sita, Rama, Krishna, and Radha etc.
Jama Masjid: The largest mosque in India and a must-see while in Delhi. Jama masjid is about 500m away from the Red Fort and known as one of the largest mosques in India. This monument was built between 1644 and 1658 by 5000 craftsmen. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The entry to the mosque is free and you can visit it anytime it is convenient for you.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple: Lakshmi Narayan Temple or popularly known as Birla Mandir this temple is located next to Connaught Place. It is a big impressive Hindu temple complex. Closest Metro - Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line). It will take you 45 min to visit, and you will not be able to take pictures from inside the Temple. With a great park behind it, it is an oasis of calm from Delhi. Its multiple shrines and paintings (often) have English explanations. Take your shoes off at the entrance.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple: off National Highway 24 (Metro Akshardham), East Delhi, Completed in 2005 by the socio-spiritual organization BAPS, no expense has been spared in decorating this large and elaborate temple carved of red sandstone. The central monument, built without any steel, houses an 11-ft golden statue of the founder of the Swaminarayan faith, Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The Premvati food court on the grounds serve up fast, cheap, huge but mediocre portions of vegetarian food, Rs 75 for a thali. There is a strict ban on all electronic items, cameras, tobacco and pretty much everything except the clothes on your back. You can leave your worldly belongings in the cloakroom outside. Free entry, guide booklet is 5 rupees, access to multimedia exhibitions Rs 125. Allow at least three-four hours to explore it all. Open Tu-Su 9AM-7PM.
Sai Baba Temple: Although there are many Shirdi Sai Baba Temples in and around Delhi, the one located at Lodhi Road is the oldest. Temple Opens at 5AM. Kakad Aarti 5.15AM. Mangal SNAN 6AM. Noon Aarti at 12 noon. Dhoop Aarti evening prayer 6.30PM. Shej Aarti at 9.30PM.