|Akshardham||Located approximately 9 kilometers from Noida|
|Sai Baba Mandir||Located in Sector 40 of Noida|
|Lotus Temple||Nested at the distance of just 12 kilometers from Noida|
|ISKCON Temple||Positioned at the Hare Krishna Hills, to the east of Kailash Area in New Delhi approximately 12 kilometers from Noida|
|The Great India Place||Located in the sector 38 A of Noida|
|Kalindi Kunj||Located close to the Okhla Barrage and the Apollo Hospital|
|Humayun’s Tomb||Located in Nizamuddin East of Delhi near the Purana Qila about 12 kilometers from Noida|
|Pragati Maidan||Located adjacent the Purana Qila in New Delhi approximately 13 kilometers from Noida|
|Noida Film City||Located in the Sector 16A of Noida close to Doordarshan|
|Millennium Indraprastha Park||Located on the Outer Ring Road in the eastern Delhi approximately 10 kilometers from Noida|
|Sector 18 Market|
|Okhla Bird Sanctuary||Situated just 8 kilometers from Noida on the banks of the river Yamuna|
|National Zoological Park||Situated in the proximity with the Old Fort|
|Worlds of Wonder||Located in the Sector 38 A of Noida|
The Akshardham of Delhi, also popularly known as ‘Swaminarayan Akshardham’ is a Hindu Temple Complex built in the line of the Akshardham of Gandhinagar. Located approximately 9 kilometers from Noida, this all encompassing temple complex exhibits the glorious legacy of past thousand years of Indian tradition, culture, spirituality and architecture. Built under the patronage and guidance of the ‘Pramukh Swami Maharaj’, the religious head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, this temple was formerly opened to general public on 6th November 2005. Positioned on the banks of the river Yamuna next to the celebrated 2010 Commonwealth Games village, this renowned temple of Delhi draws more than 70% of the tourists of Delhi and Noida.
The chief features of this temple complex include a magnificent central sanctuary flanked by two wings extended on both sides, a musical fountain and a large well landscaped garden. The imperial temple complex entirely built out of pure Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble ornamented with elaborate carvings of flora, fauna, deities, dancers and musicians yields a majestic sight to its beholders. An IMAX theatre set up in the Akshardham Temple Complex screens a documentary based on the life story of Swaminarayan while the temple museum displays the exhibits associated with Lord Swaminarayan. The sanctum of the temple enshrines an 11 foot tall idol of Lord Swaminarayan made from ‘Paanch Daatu’ (five metals). The Hall of Values (Sahajanand Pradarshan) houses life-like robotics and dioramas displaying episodes from Lord Swaminarayan’s life.
Other worth mentioning features of the Akshardham temple of Delhi include Sanskruti Vihar Boat Ride, Bharat Upavan, Yogi Hraday Kamal, Narayan Sarovar, Premati Ahargruh, AARSH Centre etc. Guinness World Records has acknowledged the Akshardham of Delhi as ‘the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple’
Sai Baba Mandir
Sai Baba Mandir, located in Sector 40 of Noida is one of the most popular religious destinations of Noida Township. Crammed by the devotees of the Sai Baba of Shirdi all round the year, this beautiful temple is structured in pure white marble that glows in the luster of dazzling sun rays during the day and soothing moonlight during the night. This Sai Baba Mandir of Noida is now under the administration of Sai Baba Mandir Samiti in association with OM Foundation. The Sai Baba Mandir Samiti provides free mid day meals to the children sheltered by the OM Foundation and also runs a charitable dispensary that offers free medical aid to hundred patients per day.
The Lotus Temple of Delhi, nested at the distance of just 12 kilometers from Noida in a suburban village named Bahapur is a prominent attraction around Noida acclaimed as the ‘Mother Temple’ of the Indian subcontinent. This ‘Bahá'í House of Worship’ emphasizes on the Bahá'í texts and it is open to all regardless of their religion, cast and creed. People can gather in this temple and independently worship their respective Gods. Built in the Expressionist style of architecture, this Bahá'í House of Worship is reckoned world wide as ‘Lotus Temple’ due to its flowerlike pattern. Completed and inaugurated in December 1986, this Lotus Temple comprises 27 marble clad ‘petals’ assembled in the groups of three to device nine sides. The central hall of the temple is about 40 meters high and has the capacity to accommodate 2500 people at a time.
Over the years, this unparalleled masterpiece of architecture has been cited and denoted in innumerable articles, books, newspapers, stamps, music, and websites and so on. The Bahá'í House of Worship has been receiving a number of awards of national and international repute for its excellence in religious ‘Art and Architecture’ since 1987. The Institution of Structural Engineers UK describes the Lotus Temple of Delhi in the words “so emulating the beauty of a flower and so striking in its visual impact”. The architect of the Lotus Temple Fariborz Sahba was bestowed upon the ‘GlobArt Academy 2000 Award’ by the GlobArt Academy of Austria for building this Taj Mahal of 20th century.
The ISKCON Temple of Delhi, positioned at the Hare Krishna Hills, to the east of Kailash Area in New Delhi approximately 12 kilometers from Noida is an esteemed Vaishnav Temple dedicated to Radha Parthasarathi, i.e. Lord Krishna and Radharani. Established in the year 1998, the ISKCON Temple of Delhi; one of the largest temple complexes of the country is designed and engineered by Achyut Kanvinde considering the followers of ‘Srila Prabhupada’. This temple complex divided into four main sections comprises of a number of halls and rooms used for various purposes. Every day the patron deity of the temple ‘Radha Parthasarathi’ is offered six Aartis and six Bhogas, and the ‘vastram’ i.e. clothes of the deities are changed twice a day. Apart from the Radha Krishna, other Hindu Gods such as Ram Sita, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu are also worshipped in this Vaishnavite temple. The most noteworthy attraction of the ISKCON Temple is the ‘Preaching Robot’ that teaches the doctrines of Bhagavad Gita. The temple museum organizes audio visual shows to dictate the teachings of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The timings of this temple are from 4:30 am to 12:00 noon and from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This grand and sumptuous temple of Delhi is one of the must visit destinations in the itinerary of a visitor of Noida.
The Great India Place
The Great India Palace located in the sector 38 A of Noida is a gargantuan shopping mall, reckoned as one of the largest operational malls in India. Covering the total area of 1,500,000 square foot, the Great India Palace, developed by International Recreation Parks Pvt Ltd (IRPPL) is a part of Worlds of Wonder. Most of the premium retail outlets of India such as Globus, Shopper's Stop, Pantaloons, Home Town, Big Bazaar, Lifestyle etc and a number of international brands viz. Adidas, Marks & Spencer, Nike, etc are located within the Great India Palace. The mall is divided into several sections such as home and grocery, women's apparel, men's outfits, Food and Entertainment, Multiplex, Wedding Bazaar, etc.
Named after the River ‘Kalindi’ i.e. River Yamuna on whose bank it is situated, ‘Kalindi Kunj’ is a public garden of Delhi located close to the Okhla Barrage and the Apollo Hospital. Positioned between Delhi and Noida near the Uttar Pradesh (Noida) border, Kalindi Kunj is easily accessible from Noida as well as from Faridabad in Haryana. Designed and engineered by S. S. Agarwal and group, Kalindi Kunj greatly adorned with its far-reaching and well manicured lawns and resplendent fountains is one of the most visited picnic spots of Delhi. The fountains are generally turned on in the evenings and the dazzling and colorful lights that illuminate and ornament them create a staggering spectacle. Myriads of tourists turn up at the Kalindi Kunj in the evening to relax in the proximity of nature and enjoy the breathtaking views of the glimmering fountains. In the month of September the garden is cram packed with hordes of migratory birds such as pintail, shovellers, common teal, blue winged teal, gadwall and many more, some of them even arrived from high altitude regions. Kalindi Kunj is a perfect place for spending leisure time with your near and dear ones and a heaven for nature lovers and bird watchers.
Humayun’s Tomb, located in Nizamuddin East of Delhi near the Purana Qila about 12 kilometers from Noida is a mausoleum dedicated to the great Mughal Emperor Humayun. Built under the patronage of his wife Hamida Banu Begum in the year 1562, this grave was designed by a Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. Acknowledged as the earliest garden-tomb of the Indian subcontinent, Humayun’s Tomb was also the very first edifice built in red sandstone at such an extensive scale. Apart from the main tomb of emperor Humayun, this Tomb Complex also houses other catacombs devoted to several dignitaries such as Isa Khan Niyazi, Hamida Begum, Dara Shikoh, Emperor Jahandar Shah, Rafi Ud-Daulat, Rafi Ul-Darjat, Farrukhsiyar, Alamgir II, etc. The Charbagh Garden fashioned after the Persian garden style adds to the glamour and charisma of ‘Humayun’s Tomb’; the epitome of Mughal architecture in India. Fabricated in red sandstone, rubble masonry and white marble, this square ninefold tomb is featured with high arches, chhatris, small minarets, domes, lattice screens, door frames, eaves, mihrabs, inlay ornamentation and ‘pietra dura’ craftsmanship. In the main chamber, the cenotaph of Humayun stands alone at the ground level where as the actual grave lies at the lower level in the basement. The entrance to this crypt is through towering double storied gateways one on the west and the other on the south. A pavilion (baradari) is positioned towards the eastern wall while a bath chamber (hammam) is placed in the center of northern wall. In the year 1993, the Humayun’s Tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and between 1999 and 2003 it underwent a large scale restoration.
Pragati Maidan, located adjacent the Purana Qila in New Delhi approximately 13 kilometers from Noida is the largest exhibition centre of the national capital Delhi. Having the 72,000 square meters of exhibition space, the Pragati Maidan serves as the venue of large-scale exhibitions and conventions in the state capital of India; New Delhi. Constructed in the year 1982 and spread over an all encompassing area of 150 acres, this Maidan is under the ownership and administration of ‘Indian Trade Promotion Organization’. The Pragati Maidan harbors 18 exhibition halls, a number of buildings, performance spaces, eateries and the headquarters of ITPO. Every year Pragati Maidan hosts more than 70 national and international exhibitions from all the major industries such as lifestyle products and services, leather, toys, medical equipment, sports equipments, export import, job fair, World Book Fair, the Auto Expo and so on, out of which the ‘India International Trade Fair’ held in the month of November is the largest. The Pragati Maidan Complex houses a number of permanent pavilions namely Nehru Pavilion, Defense Pavilion, Indira Pavilion, and the Son of India Pavilion and so on. Other than that, an auditorium is also set up at the Maidan where various plays and Rock shows are organized every ones in a while. The theatre named ‘Shakuntalam’ located within the limits of the Pragati Maidan is a favorite destination amongst the college students.
Noida Film City
Located in the Sector 16A of Noida close to Doordarshan and sprawling over the capacious area of 100 acres, Noida Film City is the voluminous and comprehensive studio that provides the setting and the backdrop to a number of mainstream Hindi as well as regional India cinemas. A domicile to the Marwah Films & Video Studios and the Asian Academy of Film & Television, the Noida Film City has today become a favorite destination for shooting various television serials, news and other entertainment-cum-education programs for different channels. Established in the year 1987, the Noida Film City encompasses 25 acres of indoor soundstages. As it is a venue of shooting prime news, current affair programs and discussion panels, the Film City beckons most of the politicians, bureaucrats and celebrities from essentially every possible field. VIPs of India as well as foreign delegations and filmmakers are particularly attracted towards the Noida Film City, many of them because of their interest in the success story of the Film City. In 2007 the Film City of Noida was chosen as the venue for the 5th biggest film festival of India. Due to the accelerating prosperity and rapid progress of Noida Film City, both Noida and its twin city Greater Noida have made a mark on the world platform in filmmaking.
Millennium Indraprastha Park
Millennium Indraprastha Park, located on the Outer Ring Road in the eastern Delhi approximately 10 kilometers from Noida is a popular hangout spot for the people of Delhi as well as Noida. Spanning over the total area of 3,40,000 square meters and extending across the length of 2.7 kilometers, the Millennium Indraprastha Park happens to be one of the longest parks of Delhi Metropolitan. Established by the Delhi Development Authority in the year 2004, this park features exquisitely landscaped gardens, beautiful flower beds, fountains, water pool, 13 swings, slides, pathways, benches and thatched roof cottages for sitting and relaxing, etc. Also widely reckoned for its World Peace Stupa, this park, most loved by family persons and couples is considered to be the supreme destination for outing and picnic. The World Peace Stupa inaugurated on 14th November 2007 by the hands of Dalai Lama, the Monks and Nuns of Nipponzan Myohoji order and the Lt. Governor of Delhi is fundamentally a Buddhist Stupa, constructed with an aim of uniting people from all races, casts and creeds in the search of World Peace. Other additional attractions of the Indraprastha Park are an amphitheatre, a children’s park and a food court. This recreational park entirely set up from a landfill site is thoroughly crowded in the evenings and on the weekends. The brilliantly illuminated park creates a stupefying vista particularly in the evening. The Millennium Indraprastha Park can be accessed by the Delhi Metro from Noida. It is sited at the walking distance from the Indraprastha Metro Station on the Blue Line.
Sector 18 Market
Lately, Noida has been witnessing a sudden transformation from a developing province to a thriving industrial hub and a foremost cosmopolitan region in the line of Delhi and Gurgaon. Sector 18 of Noida, one of the most happening places in this blooming township is characterized with classy malls, swanky hangouts, sophisticated food joints and glamorous multiplexes. Besides having revamped the facet of Noida, the Sector 18 Market has achieved name and fame in this consumer driven society capitalized owing to the demands of the consumers and has arched itself into a triumphant commercial paradise where prominent leisure and entertainment companies make booming business. Acclaimed as a popular retail destination of Noida, the Sector 18 Market is a home to roughly every well-known national and multinational brand such as Adidas, Bentley, Blackberry, City Look, Color Plus, Hallmark, Gautier, Indigo Nation, Levi’s, Li’l Tomato’s, Van Heusen, Reebok, Louis Philippe, and virtually all the popular food joints including Aroma, Barista, Domino’s, Bamboo Shoots, Kebab Factory, McDonalds, Bon Bon, Pizza Hut, Nirula’s, Fortune Cookie, Punjabi by Nature, and so on. For the residents of Noida, the Sector 18 Market is a great hangout to spend time, shop and socialize. The ritzy ambience of the market and a wide range of shopping articles to choose from renders this place one of the ragingly sought after destination for the fashionable and ethnic crowd of Noida.
Okhla Bird Sanctuary
Okhla Bird Sanctuary situated just 8 kilometers from Noida on the banks of the river Yamuna is a barrage bird sanctuary spread over the total area of 3.5 square kilometers. Declared a Bird Sanctuary by the Government of Uttar Pradesh in the year 1990 under the Wildlife Protection Act of India this reservoir provides shelter to more than 302 species of birds. The large lake of Okhla Bird Sanctuary formed by damming the River Yamuna and lying in the midst of Okhla Village and Gautam Budh Nagar comprises the central attraction of this conservation area. Two perilously endangered Indian bird species Indian Vulture and White-Rumped Vulture can be spotted in the Okhla Bird Sanctuary. Apart from that, other birds sited here include wild species like Baer’s Pochard, Finn’s Weaver, Lesser Adjutant, Baikal Teal, Sarus Crane, Pallas’s Fish Eagle, Sociable Lapwing, Indian Skimmer, Bristled Grass bird etc. Okhla Bird Sanctuary is also a protected home to some of the near threatened bird species such as Ferruginous Pochard, Grey-headed Fish Eagle and Black-bellied Tern. This bird sanctuary of Okhla is a favorite destination for bird watchers as well as nature lovers visiting Noida.
National Zoological Park
National Zoological Park of Delhi, situated in the proximity with the Old Fort is a wildlife park spread over an all embracing area of 176 acres. Formerly known by the name ‘Delhi Zoo’, this Zoological Park provides a protected shelter to more than 1350 birds and animals of about 130 species gathered from different parts of the world. Planned by Carl Hagenbeck from the Zoological Garden of Hamburg in the year 1956, this zoo was partially completed in the year 1959 and the animals were shifted from their temporary harborage to this zoo. On 1st November 1959 the ‘Delhi Zoo’ was formerly inaugurated, where as in the year 1982 it was officially renamed as the National Zoological Park. Various animals such as spider monkey, chimpanzee, African wild buffalo, hippopotamus, Zebras, Gir lion, etc and several migratory birds like peafowl, hyenas, jaguars, macaques, and also distinct reptiles are kept here in separate enclosures. An additional attraction of this zoological park is its conservation breeding program undertaken under the Central Zoo Authority for the Royal Bengal Tiger, Asiatic Lion, Indian Rhinoceros, Red Jungle Fowl, Brow Antlered Deer and Swamp Deer.
Worlds of Wonder
‘Worlds of Wonder’ commonly known as WOW and located in the Sector 38 A of Noida is a theme park celebrated as one of the largest amusement parks of Asia. Thronged by the tourists all round the year, especially on the weekends and public holidays, the Worlds of Wonder spread over the total area of 16187 square kilometers is divided into two main sections ‘La Fiesta’ and ‘Road Show’. Some of the most popular rides of the Road Show zone widely enjoyed in this park include Big Beat, Fast Forward, Hip Hopper, Shangai Swinger, Download Ride, FeedBack, Rockin Roller, Chart Smashers, Mega Disco, etc. La Fiesta section is particularly meant for family persons and kids. This zone comprises about eleven rides namely Space Shot, Mini Jet, Mini Train, Samba Rhumba, Rocking Joker, Swan Boats, Bird’s Nest, Hipti Hop, and others. This amusement park is opened from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm on weekdays and from 1:00 pm to 9:30 pm on weekends. An entry fee of about 450 INR per person is charged here for unlimited rides.