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New Delhi Sightseeing

Attraction Area/Distance
Qutub MinarMehrauli,South Delhi, 16km from the connaught place
India GateRajpath,at the very heart of the city.
Jantar MantarSansad Marg between Connaught Place and Rashtrapati Bhavan
Humayun’s TombAt the crossing of Mathura road and Lodhi road.
Purana Qila( Old Fort)Adjacent to the Delhi zoo,next to the Pragati Maidan.
Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan) North of Rajpath or Endpoint of Sansad marg in New Delhi
Red Fort (Lal Qila)Eastern edge of Shahjahanabad
Rashtrapati Bhavan Raisina hill, Western end of the Rajpath.
Akshardham Temple Near Noida Mor
Lotus TempleKalkaji
Bangla Sahib GurudwaraBaba Kharak sinh marg
Digambar Jain TemplesEastern side of Chandni chowk
Hanuman MandirNear Connaught Place
Hazrat Nizamuddin AuliaNizamuddin west
Jama MasjidAt the heart of old Delhi.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir)Mandir marg, west of Connaught Place
National MuseumJanpath
Nehru memorial Museum Teen Murti Bhavan
National Gallery of Modern ArtPragati maidan
Buddha Jayanti ParkRidge road,Dhaula Khan
National Zoological ParkClose to the Purana Qila
Raj Ghat4 km away from Janpath
Shanti VanaClose to Raj Ghat
Vijay GhatMahatmaGandhi marg,near Raj Ghat

Places of historical significance in Delhi

Qutub Minar

Location: Mehrauli,South Delhi, 16km from the connaught place
The Qutub Minar has been voted as the most visited tourist attraction of 2006 and has even surpassed the Taj Mahal by a few thousands. Proudly standing as the tallest brick structure in Delhi with a staggering height of 72.5 meters, this magnificent piece of architecture was built between 1193A.D. and 1369A.D. to commemorate the victory of Qutub-ud-din Aibak over the last kingdom of Delhi.
The tapering shape of the Qutub also gives a false illusion of height and evokes the feelings of sheer awe and wonder in the hearts of the masses who cannot help but feel spellbound by the Qutub. At the foot of Qutub is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, said to be the oldest Mosque in India. At the corner of this Mosque appears an iron pillar that is inscribed with ancient Sanskrit verses. According to the popular belief, anyone who is able to encircle the pillar with both hands while facing in the opposite direction will surely have all his desires fulfilled.

Qutub has also been declared as one of the World Heritage sites by the UNESCO.

India Gate

Location: Rajpath,at the very heart of the city.

The India Gate was originally known as the All India War Memorial. Located on the Raj Path of New Delhi, this monumental gate was built in the memory of the 90,000 Indian Soldiers who had lost their lives in the First World War as well as the Afghan War. This 4 meter high entrance has the name of all these martyr soldiers inscribed on it. An eternal flame, “Amar Jawan Jyoti” was lit in 1971 to honor the selfless service of these soldiers. Embellished with lush green gardens and beautiful fountains around it, the India Gate is a must see for the visitors in Delhi.

Jantar Mantar

Location: Sansad Marg between Connaught Place and Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Jantar Mantar is a relic from the scientific past of India that throws light on the astounding extent of development that the forefathers of this country had achieved in the field of astronomical science and understanding. Located in the Connaught place of the city, Jantar Mantar can easily be accesed due to its proximity to the major industrial hub of the city.
Jantar Mantar is a major Astronomical observatory that was situated by Mirza Raja Jai Singh II in1719. apart from a lush green garden, this sprawling structure also has a number of masonary instruments that were used to study the constellations and the movement of the celestial bodies. The Samrat Yantra is a huge sun-dial shaped instrument that resembles the shape of a right- angled triangle. This comprises of the most spectacular instrument in the pavilion.

Humayun’s Tomb

Location: At the crossing of Mathura road and Lodhi road.

The Humayun’s tomb was commissioned by Haji Begum, the widow of Emperor Humayun and designed by a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. Completed eight yeats after the death of the king, the Humayun’s tomb is one of the oldest testimonies of Mughal Tombs. A closer look at the building also reveals that it was the inspirational model of the world famous Taj Mahal. A number of tombs dedicated to the Royal dignitaries can also be found here.

Purana Qila( Old Fort)

Location: Adjacent to the Delhi zoo,next to the Pragati Maidan.

The Purana Qila or the grand old fort was built by the Afghan ruler, Sher Shah Suri. The fort is also equipped with some other veritable attractions like Sher MAnzil, or the octagonal red sandstone tower, the Qila-i-Kunha mosque and a Field Museum exhibiting the artifacts discovered in the area.

Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan)

Location: North of Rajpath or Endpoint of Sansad marg in New Delhi

The Parliament House is located at the end of the Sansad Marg. It is fitted with 247 mammoth looking pillars that reflect the Mughal style of architecture. Known earlier as the Circular House, the Parliament House also hosts one of the most impressive libraries of the Asia. Special permits are required from the office at Raisina Road to visit the library and the Lok Sabha(House of People) and Rajya Sabha(Council of States). For the foreign tourists, permission is only granted if it is requested by their respective embassies.

Red Fort (Lal Qila)

Location: Eastern edge of Shahjahanabad.

The famous Red Fort can also be referred to as the historian of Delhi, Built in the 17th century, by Shah Jahan, when the Mughal Capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi, this has been the witness of the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire, the British rule and the dawn of Indian Independence. The dimension of the fort can be guessed from the fact that it is about 2km in circumference. The three gates having impressive names like Elephant, Lahore and Delhi are heavily ornamented and bear the distinct marks of architectural splendor.
The buildings in the Red Fort that are worth visiting are the the Moti Masjid, a splendid marble architecture two Museums, the Archaeological and War Museum, Naubat Khana, Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Rang Mahal and Khas Mahal. A Light and Sound Show is also organized within the pavilion of the Red Fort that magically recreates the history of Delhi and this Fort. Therefore, this roughly octagonal shaped fort is a heritage site and is a recommended visit for all the tourists to Delhi.

Rashtrapati Bhavan

Location: Raisina hill, Western end of the Rajpath.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the president of India. Situated over a sprawling area of about 330 acres, it constitutes one of the largest residential complex in the world. The large court in front and the huge Mughal Style garden at the back are opened up for public viewing in February. The Durbar Hall is the most magnificent part of the Rashtrapati Bhvan and it lies directly below the main dome.

The Sacred sites in Delhi

Akshardham Temple

Location: Near Noida Mor

The Akshardham temple is a massive building that is built on a sprawling campus of about 100 acres. The temple has been built by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha on the banks of the River Yamuna. It has been available for public viewing from November 7, 2005 after being inaugurated by the president and the Prime Minister of India.
Akshardham is not just a temple. Apart from the main shrine, it is also equipped with an exhibition hall fitted with IMAX Theatres, light and sound shows, models of Ajanta and Ellora Caves and several thematic depictions of our culture through dummy depictions.

Lotus Temple

Location: In the South Delhi near the Famous ISKCON Temple

The Lotus temple is so named because it exhibits a lotus shaped shrine of the Bahai sact that invites followers of all religion to meditate and pray in silence. The nine pools of water surrounding the grand lotus shimmer in the sunlight. The lotus temple appears at its stunning best at dusk when the dying rays of the sun scatter a golden hue on the nine pools creating a magical effect.

Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

Location: Baba Kharak sinh marg.

This sacred Sikh shrine is located at Baba Kharak Singh Marg and celebrates the visit of Guru Harkrishan Sahibji.

Digambar Jain Temples

Location: Eastern side of Chandni chowk.

Situated on the eastern end of Chandni Chowk, this important Jain temple is dedicated to Lord Adinath. Earlier it was part of the city of Shahjahanabad and also has a well known bird hospital.

Hanuman Mandir

Location: Near Connaught Place

This small shrine near Connaught Place was built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in 1724. The temple is extremely popular among the devotees of Lord Hanuman and observes surging crowds on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia

Location: Nizamuddin west

This sacred shrine of the Muslims is dedicated to Sheikh Nizamuddin Chisti, the fourth in the line of Chisti Saints. The famous poet Amir Khusro was a religious disciple of this renowned religious leader. Every Thursday, after sunset qawwals sing the melodious lyrics of Amir Khusro.

Jama Masjid

Location: At the heart of old Delhi.

This internationally acclaimed Mosque was built by Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1650. the most impressive part of the Mosque is the rectangular prayer hall that is fitted with arches decorated with marble frames and panels inscribed with verses from the Holy Koran. The imposing minarets of the mosque adorn the cityscape of Delhi and lend an inherent charm to the skyline.

Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir)

Location: Mandir marg, west of Connaught Place

Situated in 1938, by an illustrious industrialist Raja Baldev Birla and inaugurated by Gandhiji, the temple has Lord Narayana(the preserver) and Goddess Lakshmi( the giver of wealth) as its principle deity. This is the most popular Hindu temple in the city. It also houses a large number of representatives of various Hindu deities.

Museums and Art Galleries in Delhi

National Museum

Location: Janpath

The National Museum of Delhi comprises of one of the most enriched collections of antiquities in the country. Ranging from the artifacts of the pre-historic period and sculptures from the Maurya, Gandhara, Gupta and other periods the National Museum represents an enviable cache of invaluable pieces of antiques.

Nehru memorial Museum

Location: Teen Murti Bhavan .

This Museum was originally the residence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of the country. Also known as ‘Trimurti House’, it now plays host to a Museum and research library dedicated to him. A famous Light and Sound Show called ‘Tryst with Destiny’ is staged here everyday thereby showcasing the life, philosophy and famous achievements of Nehru.
Location: Pragati maidan

A fine collection of art from the 19th and 20th centuries along with 2000 paintings, sculptures and miniatures find a place in this Museum. An added attraction is the presence of the craftmen,who are brought together from all over the India to demonstrate their skills. Ritual objects,Ornaments,Shawls,Rugs abd bookscab be bought from here at a reasonable price.

Gardens and Parks in Delhi

Buddha Jayanti Park

Location: Ridge road,Dhaula Khan

This park was situated on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of Lord Buddha’s parinirvana . it flaunts a beautiful sculpture of Buddha along with a blooming Bodhi tree that has grown from a sapling of the original tree of enlightenment. Buddha Jayanti Park has been established in the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the lord Buddh attainment of parinirvana. The sprawling green lawns, sloping terrain, mammoth trees and tranquility the Buddha Jayanti Park is often the venue of talks and discussion organised by the various Buddhist sects and organisations. This place has tremendous append, irrespective of age, ethnicity and religion.

National Zoological Park

Location: Close to the Purana Qila

This is one of the biggest zoos in Asia. The bounty of the zoo is further enhanced in autumn when hundreds of migratory birds flock down here from far away places. Here, the animal and birds live in an environment that simulates their natural habitat not only offers home to the endangered speices, but also helps them to multiply in captivity

Shrines in Delhi

Raj Ghat

Location: 4 km away from Janpath

Raj Ghat marks the place where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. His last words, ‘Hey Ram’ are inscribed at the base of an enormous rectangle that is made of black marble. The lush green lawns surrounding the platform create a magically pristine and tranquil atmosphere.

Shanti Vana

Location: Close to Raj Ghat

Shanti Vana, or the forest of peace is the place where Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India is cremated. The area is beaitifully maintained with a perk adorned by trees which were planted by the visiting of the state.

Vijay Ghat

Location: Mahatma Gandhi marg,near Raj Ghat

The second prime Minister of India, Lal Bahadur Shastri was cremated at this place.