Being the national capital of one of the largest democracies around the world, Delhi enjoys the status of being one of the favourites among the tourist all over the world. It has a great historical background dated as old as in Mahabharata Period. It has a number of historical relics and modern tourist attractions for which a tourist longs for. Delhi has been capital of various kingdoms and empires ruling over India such as Pandavas, Mughals and British Empire. Not just for the monuments but it is also a love spot for foodies.
Here are the top 10 Tourist Places In Delhi
Qutab Minar – 5 Storey Victory Tower
The Qutub Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutab complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. Qutub Minar was built in the end of 11th century when Qutb al-Din Aibak, the founder of Slave Dynasty (Delhi Sultanate) started its construction after his victory over the last Hindu King in Delhi Sultanate. It’s construction was continued by his successer Ittutmish. Qutab Minar has been designated as highest brick minaret in world.
Height : 73 meters
Architecture : Indo-Islamic
Material : Red Buff Stones
Location : Mehrauli, Delhi
As per records; People typically spend up to 1.5 hours here.
Red Fort – Imperial Residence of Mughals
Red Fort is a historic fort built by Shahjahan in the city of Delhi in India as part of fortified city Shahjahanabad (1638-48). It was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years, until 1856. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums and barracks. Qila-i-Mubarak was designed by Ustad Hamid and Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, the architects of Taj Mahal. Red Fort has 18 meters high surrounding walls and took over 10 years to built.
Architecture : Indo-Islamic, Mughal
Area : 254 acres
Material : Red Sandstone
Location : Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Humayun Tomb – Palatial Tomb of Mughal Emperor
Humayun’s tomb is the palatial style tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was constructed by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad and many more Persian architects. Thousands of travelers from all over the world visit the Humayun’s Tomb every year to catch the eye catching mesmerizing views. Humayun Tomb is also the first if its kind garden tomb in India.
Architecture : Mughal
Area : 27 acres
Location : Nizammudin, Delhi
Cost of Construction : 15 Lakhs (1560s)
India Gate – War Memorial on Rajpath, Delhi
The India Gate is a war memorial located on the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the “ceremonial axis” of New Delhi, India, formerly called Kingsway. India Gate is one of the most important landmarks in Delhi. It is an Arc de Triomphe-style gate built to commemorate the 82,000 Indian soliders killed in the First World War (1914-21). It houses the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The cornices of India Gate are adorned with the inscription of sun, which symbolize the British Imperial Colony.
Construction Material : Sandstone
Construction Completed: 12 February 1931
Construction Started: 10 February 1921
Architect: Edwin Lutyens
Lotus Temple – Bahá’í house of worship in New Delhi
The Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship in New Delhi that was completed in December 1986. It is known for its flowerlike structure which makes it a prominent attraction in the city. Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. It attracts ovwr 4.5 million annual visitors.
Location: New Delhi, India
Structural engineer: Flint & Neill
Architect: Fariborz Sahba
Structural system: Concrete frame and precast concrete ribbed roof
Diameter: 70 metres (230 ft)
Height: 34 meters
Construction Period : 1978-86
Akshardham – Hindu temple in Delhi, India
Akshardham or Swaminarayan Temple is a spiritual-cultural campus in Delhi, India. It is a hindu temple dedicated to the Indian culture, architecture and sprituality. Akshardham is the third largest hindu temple by area in World. It is spread over a large floor area of 2,40,000 sq meters. This lavishly decorated hindu temple was built by over 11000 artisans.
Built by: Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Primary deity: Swaminarayan
Completed: 6 November 2005
Creator: Pramukh Swami Maharaj
Locale: New Delhi
Rashtrapati Bhavan – Official Residence of President of India
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the president located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India. The sprawling campus of President’s estate comprising buildings and gardens is spread over 320 acres. It has 340 rooms, 2.5 kms of corridors, 14 elevators and more. This palatial residence is the world’s largest residential head-of-state houses.
Floor area: 200,000 sq ft (19,000 m2)
Architectural style: Delhi Order
Location: Rajpath, New Delhi, India
Former Name: Viceroy’s House
The Mughal Gardens, situated behind Rashtrapati Bhavan, have a variety of rose, tulips and other kind of flowers.
Lodhi Garden – 90 acres British Era Graden
Lodhi Gardens is a british era public park situated in New Delhi, India opened in 1936 which houses ancient tombs, rose and herb gardens, bonsai trees and a beautiful lake. Spread over 90 acres, it contains, Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad and more architectural marvels.
Lodi Gardens Area: 90 acres (360,000 m2)
Lodi Gardens Location: On the main Lodi Road
Construction Period : 15th-16th century
Constructed by: Lodhi Dynasty
The Lodi Gardens have many species of trees, a Rose Garden with more than 200 varieties of roses, and a Green House, where plants are stored. It is located near Safdarjung Tomb and Khan Market.
Cannaught Place – Financial Hub in Delhi
Connaught Place is a business and financial hub, centered on a ring of colonnaded Georgian-style buildings with global chain stores, vintage cinemas, bars and Indian restaurants. As per CBRE reports; Cannaught Place in Delhi is the world’s 9th most expensive office location.
Architect: Robert Tor Russel
Named for: Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
District: New Delhi
Gurudwara Bangla Saheb – Sikh House of Worship in Delhi
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, in CP, Delhi, India. Earlier, it was a bungalow in Delhi owned by Raja Jai Singh of Amber (Jaipur) constructed in 1664. It is dedicated to eight Sikh Guru Har Krishan. It is constructed with magnificent white-marble topped by glinting golden onion domes.
Architectural style: Sikh architecture