India Gate constructed as a memorial and was built in the memory of 90,00 soldiers who laid down their lives during world war I. Located at Rajpath, India Gate is 42 m high and is popular relaxation area during the summer evenings. India Gate also act as popular pinic spot during winter. Also known as the All India War Memorial, India Gate was designed and constructed by Lutyens. He was the who is considered the chief proclaimer in designing the New Delhi plans.
Lotus Temple -
A modern of Delhi is one such temple that facilitates the Bhai's Faith of Worship. The Baha’i House of Worship is dedicated to the oneness of all religions and mankind. Subsidiary buildings that afford relief to the suffering, sustenance to the poor, shelter to the wayfarer, solace to the bereaved and education to the ignorant will abound around the House of Worship.
There is no clergy in the Baha’i Faith and its service consists of prayers and readings of selections from Baha’i scriptures, and religious texts of the other faiths of the world.
Birla Mandir - Shri Lakshmi Narayan Temple : Strictly speaking, this structure is not part of the New Delhi Lutyens designed. Famous Birla Mandir in Delhi is essentially a Hindu temple which came up alongside with New Delhi and has therefore been pegged with it. Popularly known as the Birla Mandir, it is the first of the temples built across the country by the industrial family of Birla. Located just off Connaught Place on Mandir Marg, it is dedicated to Vishnu, the second of the Hindu Trinity of creator-preserver-destroyer, and his consort Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth.
Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, Rajghat is the place where the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi, (Father of the Indian nation) lies. It was at this spot that the last rights of Gandhi were performed on the evening of 31st January 1948. Gandhi's last words 'Hey Ram' (Oh, God) is inscribed on the platform on which his mortal remains lay.
People from all walks of life come here to pay homage to the Mahatma. Every Friday (the day of his death), a special prayer is being held.
A film projecting his life and philosophy is shown every day (except Mondays) in the adjoining Gandhi Memorial Museum. The timings of the show are as follows:
4:00PM - Hindi and 5:00 PM - English.
Entry Fee: Free
Open for public on all days except Monday.
Note: Please remove your footwear before entering the premises.
Old Fort: Also called as Purana Quila: It is believed that Emperor Humayun laid its foundation stone in 1530. It is an incomplete structure as Afghan hero Sher Shah Suri defeated him in 1541. Located originally on the banks of river Yamuna, the fort walls spans a perimeter of 2 kilometers.
Close to the Old Fort is a lake with boating facility for the visitors. Adding to the beauty of the fort are the green plush lawns. It is another ideal location in the city to spend an evening in the peaceful nature. The zoological park of Delhi is adjacent to the Old Fort.
Another major attraction in the Old Fort is the Sound and Light show telling the history of Delhi.
Entry Fee: Rs.5/-
Chandni Chowk (Moonlit Square) is one of the best-known and busiest market places in India. Congested yet colourful, this market is located in the Old Delhi overlooking the Red Fort.
This has been a trading center right from the Mughal era. This market was built in 1650AD when the famous Mughal emperor Shah Jahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. This is believed to have been designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan's daughter.
A thrilling ride on a cycle rickshaw (a three-wheeled peddled-cycle) is a must while visiting this market.
Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1724. This structure is located in the heart of the city very close to Connaught Place, a commercial hub of New Delhi.
This observatory was used by the Mughals to observe the movement of sun, moon and planets, to calculate the solar and lunar calendars with an astonishing degree of accuracy. This also showcases the astronomical advancement of ancient India.
Open for public daily from 9.00am - 7.00pm.
Jama Masjid is considered as the largest and most beautiful mosque in India. Built by Shah Jahan in the year 1656 AD, the mosque is located close to the Red Fort.
Jama Masjid is also known by the name Masjid-I-Jahanuma (Mosque commanding view of the world). It can accommodate 25,000 devotees.
Rashtrapati Bhawan was formerly known as 'Viceroy's House' and was occupied by the Governor-General of India, until independence. Also known as President's House, the building holds a prominent position in New Delhi.
Humayun's Tomb was built nine years after Humayun's death by his wife Haji Begum. Designed by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, and completed in 1565, the edifice was a trendsetter of the time. It is said that all later Mughal monuments, including the Taj Mahal, followed its design.
The Qutab Minar is located at a small village called Mehrauli in South Delhi. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of Delhi in 1206. It is a fluted red sandstone tower, which tapers up to a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Qur'an. Qutub-ud-din Aibak began constructing this victory tower as a sign of Muslim domination of Delhi and as a minaret for the Muslim priest, the muezzin, to call the faithful to prayer. However, only the first storey was completed by Qutb-ud-din. The other storeys were built by his successor Iltutmish. The two circular storeys in white marble were built by Ferozshah Tughlaq in 1368, replacing the original fourth storey.
The projected balconies in the tower are supported by exquisite stalactite designs. The tapering tower has pointed and circular flutings on the first storey and star-shaped on the second and third storeys. The bands of calligraphic inscriptions are amazing in perfection with the exquisite stalactite designs seen on the exterior of this tower.
The Qutab Minar, apart from being a marvel in itself, is also significant for what it represents in the history of Indian culture. In many ways, the Qutab Minar, the first monument of Muslim rule in India, heralded the beginning of a new style of art and architecture that came to be known as the Indo-Islamic style.
When Ghazi Malik founded the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321, he built the strongest fort in Delhi at Tughlaqabad, completed with great speed within four years of his rule. It is said that Ghazi Malik, when only a slave to Mubarak Khilji, had suggested this rocky prominence as an ideal site for a fort. The Khilji Sultan laughed and suggested that the slave build a fort there when he became a Sultan. Ghazi Malik as Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq did just that-Tughlaqabad is Delhi's most colossal and awesome fort, even in its ruined state. Within its sky-touching walls, double-storied bastions, and gigantic towers were housed grand palaces, splendid mosques, and audience halls.
Akshardham Temple :
The megha Akshardham temple complex is finally opened to the public on 8 November 2005. The temple which depicts the Hindu mythology and Indian culture promises to attract lakhs of tourists’ every year with its religious tourism. Build over an area of 100 acres on the banks of the Yamuna River, it took more than 2 years for construction and costed around Rs.2 billion, funded by millions of Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) followers worldwide. The temple has 234 ornate pillars, 20,000 statues and many arches. Besides the Swaminarayan temple the complex consists of the main monument, exhibition halls, an IMAX theatre and a musical fountain, surrounded by a garden. It also got a restaurant modeled on the Ajanta and Ellora caves and an Ayurvedic bazaar.