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Sooo… you are planning to move to Dilli. I mean New Delhi, the national capital of India. The excitement of living in Delhi is well understood .
Delhi is a historical city that depicts the perfect amalgamation of tradition and modernity. It is a cosmopolitan city in a real manner, where people from all walks and incomes enjoy great living. It is a unique city where people from across the country live and work.
Delhi offers tons of job opportunities to job seekers plus good residential areas to live in comfortably. It has developed excellent infrastructure with some of the best schools and hospitals in the country. People from all across the country come here for treatment and education.
Who will like to forgo the opportunity to live in Delhi, a city that offers tons of job opportunities and great living?
Living in Delhi will also provide you a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the best and architecturally beautiful monuments. There are so many interesting places to see in Delhi that you can explore after moving to this city.
After moving to Delhi you might be interested in exploring beautiful places of the city. So, I am here providing you the brief information about Delhi’s top 10 best interesting places to see.
List of 10 Best Places to See in Delhi, the Capital of India
1. India Gate
- Feature: A War Memorial Monument
- Address: Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
- Height: 42 meters
- Established: 10 February 1921
- Unveiled: 12 February 1931
- Designed By: Edwin Lutyens
Located astride the Rajpath on the eastern edge of the “ceremonial axis” of New Delhi, the India Gate a must-visit in the city. It is one of the most sought after tourist attractions among locals and tourists as well. The India Gate is a war memorial monument built in the memory of 70,000 soldiers who laid down their lives in the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. There is an eternal flame that is kept burning for the soldiers who died for the nation.
Attractions to See at the India Gate:
- 73 feet Canopy in the vicinity of the gate
- Amar Jawan Jyoti, or the flame of the immortal soldier
- National War Memorial
- Children’s Park
- Rashtrapati Bhavan
- Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House)
- Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium
- North and South Block secretariat buildings
- National Gallery of Modern Art
2. Qutub Minar
- Meaning: Victory Tower
- Feature: UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Address: Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
- Height: 72.5 meters (238 ft.)
- Construction: Started in 1199 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak / completed in 1220 by his son-in-law Iltutmish
- Architectural Style: Indo-Islamic architecture
The Qutub Minar is one of the most interesting tourist places to visit in Delhi. It is a historical monument surrounded by monuments & buildings from the Delhi Sultanate. It is the tallest brick minaret in the world. The surfaces of the Qutub Minar are elaborately decorated with inscriptions and geometric patterns. You can see beautiful calligraphy and motifs on the upper levels of the minaret.
Attractions at the Qutub Complex:
- Alai Darwaza
- Smith’s Cupola
- Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque
- Iron Pillar – one of the world’s foremost metallurgical curiosities
- Tomb of the Delhi Sultanate Ruler, Iltutmish – a second Sultan of Delhi
- Tomb of Imam Zamin – a 16th-century tomb
- Ala-ud-din Khilji’s Tomb and Madrasa
- Tomb of Adham Khan
- Alai Minar of Khalji
3. Humayun’s Tomb
- Feature: UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Address: Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013
- Construction started: 1565
- Architectural style: Mughal architecture
- Architect: Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, Sayyed Muhammad
The Humayun’s tomb is a historical monument and world heritage site. It is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The construction of this beautiful monument was started by Humayun’s first wife, Empress Bega Begum aka Haji Begum. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. The tomb complex houses the tombs of Empress Bega Begum, Hamida Begum, and also Dara Shikoh. Plus, it houses graves of Emperor Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar, Rafi Ul-Darjat, Rafi Ud-Daulat, Muhammad Kam Bakhsh, and Alamgir II. Exploring the tomb complex will provide you a great opportunity to see the beauty of excellent Mughal architecture.
Major Attractions at the Humayun’s Tomb Complex:
- Char Bagh, a Persian-style garden with the quadrilateral layout
- Tomb and Mosque of Isa Khan
- Bu Halima’s Tomb and Garden
- Afsarwala Tomb and Mosque
- Arab Serai, the Resthouse for the Horses
- Nila Gumbad, it stands outside the boundary of the complex
- Chillah Nizamuddin Aulia
- Barber’s Tomb (Nai-ka-Gumbad), located within the Char Bagh
Did you know?
Restoration work at Humayun’s tomb required the removal of 3000 truckloads (12,000 cubic meters) of earth, and a special chute installed at the back, from the roof (2008)
4. Swaminarayan Akshardham
- Also Referred to As: Akshardham Temple, Delhi Akshardham
- Feature: Exhibition of millennia of traditional and modern Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture
- Guinness World Record: World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple
- Address: Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092
- Constructed By: BAPS
- Officially Opened: 6 November 2005
- Architect: Vikram Lall
The Akshardham Temple in New Delhi is one of the excellent examples of architectural excellence that blends architectural styles across India. The main temple is entirely built from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble. It has no uses of ferrous metals. Plus, it has no support from steel and concrete. The beautifully chiseled stone carvings will amaze you always. Apart from the main temple, there are several other attractions at the Akshardham Temple Complex. Your eyes will never feel tiredness gazing at the excellent beauty and landscapes around.
Attractions to See at the Akshardham Temple Complex:
- Akshardham Mandir
- Musical Fountain, Yagnapurush Kund, is India’s largest step well
- Garden of India, the Bharat Upavan
- Sahajanand Darshan [Hall of Values]
- Nilkanth Darshan [Theatre]
- Sanskruti Vihar [Boat Ride]
5. Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple
- Also Known As: Birla Temple
- Address: Mandir Marg, Near Gole Market, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
- Built By: Jugal Kishore Birla
- Completed: 1939
- Inaugurated By: Rashtrapita Mahatma Gandhi
- Architectural Style: Hindu temple architecture
The Laxminarayan Temple, also known as the Birla Mandir, is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Laxminarayan. The Laxminarayan usually refers to the Supreme God Vishnu (Narayan) when he is with his consort Maa Laxmi. The temple complex is beautified with many shrines, fountains, and a large garden. You will also see here Nationalistic sculptures. The temple complex also houses Geeta Bhawan for discourses. Thousands of devotees from all across Delhi and India come here to see this beautiful temple. The charm of the temple complex at its zenith on the festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali.
6. Lotus Temple
- Feature: A Bahai’s House of Worship
- Type: House of Worship
- Address: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019
- Height: 34 meters
- Diameter: 70 meters (230 ft.)
- Completed: 13 November 1986
- Opened: 24 December 1986
- Architectural Style: Expressionist architecture
- Architect: Fariborz Sahba
- Structural Engineer: Flint & Neill
- Seating Capacity: 2500
- CNN report (2001): The most visited building in the world
- Guinness World Records, 2001: The most visited religious building in the world
The Lotus Temple is an architecturally beautiful structure and a house of worship. Outstandingly noted for its flowerlike shape, it is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. There are nine doors that open on to a central hall of the house of worship. The height of the hall is slightly over 34.27 meters. Sitting inside the hall will give you the ultimate peace of mind. Apart from the main house, you will also see a beautiful lush green garden and water pools. Due to its beautiful and stunning architecture, the Lotus Temple has won many architectural awards. Plus, it has been featured in several renowned newspaper and magazine articles.
7. Red Fort
- Also Known As: Lal Qila
- Feature: UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
- Constructed By: Shah Jahan
- Construction Commissioned: 12 May 1638
- Construction: Between May 1639 and April 1648
- Height: 18–33 m (59–108 ft.)
- Architectural Style(s): Mughal, Indo-Islamic
- Architect: Ustad Ahmad Lahouri
Exploring Delhi’s interesting places and tourist attractions is incomplete without visiting the Red Fort and its nearby attractions like Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk Bazaar, and Shri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir.
The Red Fort, also known as Lal Qila, is a historic fort, the largest monument, and one of the prime tourist attractions of Delhi. It attracts thousands of visitors every year from all across the world.
It was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he decided to move his capital from Agra to Delhi. Built in red sandstone, the fortress depicts the wonderful example of Mughal and Indo-Islamic architectural styles.
Every year on India’s Independence Day (15th August), the prime minister of India hoists the national flag at the Lahori Gate, the main gate of the fort. Then he delivers a nationally broadcast speech from its ramparts.
Attractions within the Red Fort Complex:
- Lahori Gate & Delhi Gate
- Chhatta Chowk, adjacent to the Lahori Gate
- Naubat Khana – the Waiting Hall
- Diwan-i-Aam – the Public Audience Hall
- Diwan-i-Khas – the Official Hall or the Hall of Private Audience, built for the official affairs and requests of the novelty and royal family
- Nahr-i-Bihisht – the imperial apartments
- Mumtaz Mahal – built for Arjumand Banu Begum (Mumtaz Mahal) chief consort of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (Today, the Mumtaz Mahal houses the Red Fort Archaeological Museum
- Rang Mahal – a resort for royal women
- Khas Mahal – the emperor’s apartment
- Moti Masjid (the Pearl Mosque), a private mosque build for Aurangzeb
- Hira Mahal (Diamond Palace), a pavilion on the southern edge of the fort
- Hammam – the imperial baths, consisting of three domed rooms with white marble patterned floors
- Princes’ quarter
- Hayat Bakhsh Bagh
- A sound and light show describing Mughal history in the evenings
8. Jama Masjid
- Originally Called: ‘Masjid e Jahan Numa
- Address: Jama Masjid Rd, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
- Constructed By: Shah Jahan
- Establishment: 1656
- Architectural Styles: Islamic architecture, Mughal architecture, Indo-Islamic architecture
- Capacity: 25,000+
- Length: 130 feet (40 m)
- Width: 89 feet (27 m)
- Domes: 3
- Minarets: 2
- Minaret Height: 135 feet (41 m)
- Gates: 3
- Northern Gate: 39 Steps
- Southern Gate: 33 Steps
- Eastern Gate: 35 Steps
About 1.9 km from Lahori Gate of the Red Fort, there is the Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the mosque is one of the very popular tourist places in Delhi. Built in red sandstone and marble, it has 3 domes, 2 minarets, and 3 entrance gates. The courtyard of the mosque can accommodate more than worshippers at a time. The inlay detail of interior arches is simply superb. You can see the panoramic view of the Jama Masjid during Eid.
- Chandni Chowk
- Chawri Bazaar
- Kebab Lane
- Red Fort
9. Raj Ghat
- Meaning: Royal Platform
- Feature: Blue marble platform
- Address: Behind Red Fort, Ring Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
- Dedicated to: Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation
- Timings: 6:30 am to 6:00 pm; every day
The Raj Ghat is the final resting place of Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. An eternal flame burns at one end of the platform. Lush green beautiful park in the vicinity adds more charm to this place. There are several other memorials in the vicinity that you can see.
Associated Memorials at the Raj Ghat Area:
- Shantivan: Memorial dedicated to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru –
- Vijay Ghat: Memorial dedicated to Lal Bahadur Shastri
- Shakti Sthal: Memorial dedicated to Indira Gandhi
- Samta Sthal: Memorial dedicated to Jagjivan Ram
- Kisan Ghat: Memorial dedicated to Chaudhary Charan Singh
- Veer Bhumi: Memorial dedicated to Rajiv Gandhi
- Ekta Sthal: Memorial dedicated to Giazni Zail Singh
- Karma Bhumi: Memorial dedicated to Shankar Dayal Sharma
- Sadaiv Atal: Memorial dedicated to Atal Bihari Vajpayee
10. Old Fort (Purana Qila)
- Formerly Known As: Shergarh & Sher Fort
- Address: Mathura Road, Near Delhi Zoo, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
- Built: 16th century CE
- Opened: 1538
The Old Fort, also known as Purana Qila is one of the most prime attractions of Delhi. It houses several architectural structures of ancient times. The site is very popular among locals and tourists as well. If you are planning to get settled in Delhi then you must not forgo the opportunity to see the Old Fort. One of the prime attractions inside the fort is the Qila-i-Kuna Mosque. The design of the mosque is an excellent example of a pre-Mughal design. Plus, it is an early example of the extensive use of the pointed arch in the region. The mosque was built by Sher Shah in 1541. There are several other attractions that you will see here.
What you will see here:
- Archaeological Museum
- Qila-i-Kuna Mosque, built by Sher Shah in 1541
- Sher Mandal
- Sher Shah Suri Gate or Lal Darwaza
- National Zoological Park (Delhi Zoo)
- Kairul Manzil, a mosque built by Maham Anga, Akbar’s foster-mother
- National Science Centre
- Lodhi Gardens
There are several other interesting places to see and explore in Delhi that you can explore once after you will be living here. So, welcome to Delhi.
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