Do you wish to experience the Indian culture and Indian traditions, then you should visit Delhi!!
Usually popular with the phrase “Dilli hai Dilwalon ki” (Meaning- people of Delhi have a good heart) is one of the most famous cities in India. This Delhi travel guide tells you exact coordinates and must know details of the locations which are worth visit in Delhi. Also, we have jotted down an exciting 3-day itinerary for you. In case you are planning a trip to Delhi,
Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, The city is bordered by Haryana on its north, west and south and Uttar Pradesh on its east and covers about an area of 1483 sq. km. Delhi became the capital of India in the year 1912. With a population of about 1.68 crores, it is world's second richest capital city.
In the Mughal area, it was called ‘Walled City.' You may find it amusing to explore five historical gates of the city, namely, Turkman Gate, Ajmeri Gate (leading to the town of Ajmer), Delhi Gate, Lahori Gate, and Kashmiri Gate (leading to Kashmir).
The old city has a huge wholesale spice market. Khari Baoli market is one of the largest wholesale markets in Asia. Besides the wholesale spice market, Delhi also has the largest fruit and vegetable market in Asia. There are almost 30,000 retail vendors in the city.
Apart from a great historical importance, Delhi takes pride in having the second most modern metro rail system in the world. If you love offbeat places, you may like a unique museum dedicated to toilets namely, “Sulabh International Museum of Toilets.” It showcases toilets from ancient time to present day.
India Gate is located on the eastern edge of New Delhi and was also called as Kingsway, 42m high India Gate is an "Arc-de-Triomphe". The place is a memorial to warriors who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. India Gate bears the names of more than 13,000 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The memorial also has an eternal flame which burns day and night under the arch of India Gate to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971. The surrounding of India gate has a large area of lush green lawns which is a favorite picnic spot. The place is a must visit place as it tries to bring the feeling of patriotism within each one of us.
The place is open from Monday - Sunday 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM and a visit to it is free of cost.
Lodhi Garden is a 90-acre city park situated in New Delhi. It is a historic garden which has houses the tombs of Sayyid and Lodhi rulers. The site contains the architectural work of the 15th century by the northern Lodhis. The garden is well kept and has some cultural and historical monuments. Lodhi garden was redesigned again in 1968. The garden comprises of a large rubber construct dome, a three domed mosque and a residence surrounding a central courtyard.
The garden is one of the most historical gardens in the city and a must visit place for tourists.
The old fort is usually known as Purana Qila. The old fort was built by Sher Shah Suri, the founder of the Sur Empire. The fort is roughly rectangular having a circuit of nearly two-three kilometers. The fort consists of three gateways the eastern gateway, the southern gateway and the northern gateway which were built by Humayun and the foundation was laid for the new capital by Dinpanah. Purana Qila is the venue for the amazing sound and light show held every evening. Purana Qila is opened on all days of the week and has an entry fee of Rs.20 for Indians and Rs.200 for foreigners.
The photography is free inside the Qila but costs Rs.25 for videography.
A tour of Delhi is incomplete without witnessing this amazing place. Jantar Mantar is one of the five observatories built by the Maharaja of Jaipur - Sawai Jai Singh II. Jantar Mantar is a place made to trace astronomical and scientific data. It is a camouflage of modern art. ‘Samrat Yantra' is the most imposing instrument in the observatory, it is 27m long placed at an angle of 27 degrees. The other instrument is ‘Misha Yantra’ which consist of two pillars that record the longest and shortest day in the year. There are many other tools which trace the astronomical calculations.
The place is free to all and is open from 10 am to 6 pm all the days of the week.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a center of pilgrimage for lakhs of people every day. The place shares the story of a Sikh Guru. It is said that in the year 1664, the eighth Sikh Guru came to visit the King and cured people who were contracted with smallpox and cholera by distributing them water from the tank. That water tank which was used by the Guru still exists today inside the gurudwara and is believed to possess medicinal properties. The gurudwara consists of the museum, a hospital, prayer hall, the water tank, a library, a school and an art gallery. People from various religions, castes, and places visit this sacred place every year.
The Gurdwara is open 24 hours all day of the week and the entry to this place is free of charge.
The Lotus temple is a splendid piece of architecture. The Lotus temple is also known as Taj Mahal of the 20th century. The temple is an iconic structure which stands the symbol of divine peace. There are nine sides to the temple formed by 27 marble petals, organized in groups of three. The temple teaches the Bahai’s faith believing in the Oneness of God, Religions, and the Mankind. The Lotus temple has a beautiful flower-like architecture and a fantastic pure ambiance that makes it a popular tourist attraction for people of all faiths. It is one of the most tourists visited place in India.
The temple is open from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (Summer), 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM (Winter) Except for Mondays.
The entry to the temple is free of charge.
Akshardham temple is one of the most visited places in Delhi. The word “Akshardham” means the divine abode of God. The place showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture and cultural traditions. The temple is made of pink and white marbles and is decorated with domes, carved pillars, and m, re than 20,000 statues. Akshardham temple comprises of the main mandir, Hall of values, giant screen, musical fountains, etc. The temple is dedicated to devotion, learning, and harmony.
The temple is open at 9.30 am to 6.30 pm except on mondays and the entry to the temple is free of charge.
Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque. It is the last architectural monument built by Shah Jahan in 1956. The place holds up to twenty-five thousand worshippers and houses. The entrance of the masjid consist of high rising arches, and the main prayer hall consists of three beautiful white domes. Jama Masjid is a beautiful peaceful, and a must visit place for tourists.
The masjid is open at 7 am to an hour before sunset (summer), 8 am to an hour before sunset (winter). It is closed for half an hour in the afternoon for prayers.
The entry charge to the masjid is free but Rs.200 is charged for cameras.
Qutub Minar is the highest tower in India and was built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi. The Minar is constructed of five storeys, three storeys of the Qutub Minar are made of red sandstone, and the last two are made of marble and sandstone. Besides, The Qutub Minar comprises of Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque which is the first mosque built in India. The mosque is a meter pillar, the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar. The mosque is open from Sunrise to sunset every day.
The entry charge for the mosque is Rs.10 for Indians and Rs.250 for foreigners.
Humayun's tomb is the magnificent example of Persian architecture. The tomb was built during Mughal rule and was commissioned in 1526, nine years after the death of Humayun. The tomb is the first garden style tomb constructed in India. The tomb has a component of Mughal architectural structure such as its octagonal shape and its high central arch. Besides, the tomb is also the final resting place of Humayun's wife Hamida Bahu Begum, Shah Jahan’s son Dara Shikoh and other few mughalMughal'shumayuHumayun'sis open from Sunrise to sunset.
The entry of the tomb is Rs.10 for Indians and Rs.250 for foreigners.
Red Fort, in Chandni Chowk is known as Delhi's most iconic monument. It is a massive proof of glory of Mughal Empire in Delhi.The Red Fort is spread over 254.67 acres, and the walls are around 2 kilometers long. The main gate to the Red Fort is the Lahore Gate and is also the site for the Prime Minister's speech every year on Independence Day. The fort is decorated with beautiful flowers and with amazing calligraphy on the walls. The Red Fort is a famous landmark and a must visit tourist destination. The Red Fort is open from Sunrise to Sunset all days except for Monday.
Delhi overall has a pleasant atmosphere but the best time you can visit Delhi is from October to March as it is the start of autumn and the city looks beautiful during that time with a fantastic, pleasant weather.
Delhi is connected to almost all the cities across India and all over the world. Delhi has its airport called Indira Gandhi International airport. The airport has three terminals. Two terminals for the domestic airlines and the other terminal for international carriers. The airport is 22 kilometers away from the central city. You can easily get taxi or auto outside the airport.
Delhi has five major railway stations namely The New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla. You can easily arrive or depart from any railway station and visit the main City. You can easily book or pre-book taxis or buses outside the station to travel to the main city.
Delhi has connected to many cities through roadways also. You can travel by bus to Delhi from major cities. There are many bus stands in Delhi. You can also book a taxi to visit Delhi, but it could be expensive.
10.00 am - Check in to the hotel.
10.30 am - Breakfast at the hotel.
11.30 am - Visit to the India Gate.
1.30 pm - Lunch at nearby restaurant.
3.30 pm - Visit to Humayun's tomb.
6.00 pm - Visit to the Lodhi Garden.
8.30 pm - Back to the hotel.
9.30 pm - Dinner at the hotel.
10.30 am - Breakfast at the hotel.
11.30 am - Visit to the Jama Masjid.
2.00 pm - Lunch at any nearby restaurant.
3.30 pm - Visit to the Red Fort.
5.00 pm - Have a look at nearby markets.
8.00 pm - Back to the hotel.
9.00 pm - Dinner at the hotel.
10.00 am - Breakfast at the hotel.
11.30 am - Visit to the Lotus Temple.
2.30 pm - Lunch at the nearby restaurant.
3.30 pm - Visit to the Iconic Qutub Minar.
5.00 pm - Visit to the Akshardham temple.
7.30 pm - Back to the hotel.
9.30 pm - Dinner at the hotel.
10.00 am - Breakfast at the hotel.
10.30 am - Check out from the hotel.
You should be aware of the temperature of Delhi and dress according to the weather.
Be careful on the streets of Delhi and be aware of routes you are traveling through.
You should make sure of the tickets and bookings of the hotels, museums and other cultural heritage.
You should even note the exact timings of the opening and closing of the historical monuments.
You should enquire for the guides at the entrance of any place visiting in Delhi.
Don't drink regular water. Try drinking only bottled water in Delhi.
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