Delhi is also the political hub of the country and the roots of political influence are not just as if now but its importance dates back to the time period of Mahabharata when the pandvas had their capital at Indraprastha.Â The popular tourist places in Delhi are the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Old Fort, Lodhi Gardens, Tughlaqabad Fort and Shalimar Fort. New Delhi Tour Packages also includes the light and sound show of the Akshardham Temple, the hymn of ISCKON Temple and the New Delhi Travel Guide also drives you through the capturing Golden Triangle Package. The Golden Triangle Package includes the royal image of the pink city, Jaipur and the medieval hues of Agra. Some other popular nearby attractions are Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, Ranthanmbore National Park and Gwalior.
HOW TO REACH
Delhi is well connected with domestic and international flights, to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi. Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.
The railway network connects Delhi to the all major and, nearly, all the minor destinations in India. The three important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
Delhi is well connected, by a network of roads and national highways, with all the major cities in India. The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus. Both the government and private transport providers provide frequent bus services. One can also get government as well as private taxis here.
WHAT TO SEE
The Rashtrapati Bhawan is an eminent monument of British Empire which is said to be the palace of the Viceroy of India. Rashtrapati Bhawan of Delhi is considered to be the best known monument of India next to glorious Taj Mahal and Qutb Minar.
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the house of the President of India. It is a real masterpiece that was built in the British period. It is the focal point of New Delhi and situated in the Raisina Hills. The total cost of constructing the Rashtrapati Bhawan crossed Â£1,253,000 in British India.
The Red Fort or the Lal Quila as it is traditionally called is situated in old Delhi, the capital of India. The Red Fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century that took around 9 years to complete this magnificent structure and around 10 million rupees to build the fort. The Red Fort is a masterpiece of architecture and is one of the most visited spot in old Delhi. Tourists from India and abroad never miss the opportunity to visit this huge structure.
Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. The Jama or Jami Masjid was constructed between 1644 and 1658 during the rule of Shah Jahan. Initially Jama Masjid was known as the Masjid-i-Jahanuma, meaning World Reflecting Mosque in Persian.
Situated in Chandni Chowk this mosque is spread over acres of lands. It can easily accommodate about 25,000 worshippers. Commissioned by Shah Jahan the brain behind the Taj Mahal the Jama Masjid also holds immense architectural significance. Constructed by 5000 workers over a period of six years this mosque is a major attraction in the city. Jama Masjid is built out of sandstone and white marble. The Masjid possesses 3 gateways, two 40m high minarets and 4 towers.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib:-
Bangla Sahib Gurdwara is located near the main Connaught Place in Delhi. It has developed into a center of pilgrimage for thousands of people everyday. People from various religions, castes and places visit this holy place .
Jantar mantar :-
Jantar Mantar was built in 1724 by Raja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in Delhi. Jantar Mantar of Delhi, is an astronomical observatory with masonry instruments. Jantar Mantar in Delhi is a remarkable and curious creation of Raja Jai Singh II, the mathematician and astronomer king. Jantar Mantar has instruments that can graph the path of the astronomical universe.
One of the most important tourist centers in India Delhi is home to some of the finest monuments in the world. Mostly built during the Mughal reign in India the monuments in Delhi represent a rich and rich style of architecture. The Qutub Minar in Delhi is apparently the largest tower in the world built by one of the Mughals.
Qutub Minar was constructed in 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, by the founder of Slave Dynasty and later completed by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish. The Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Built exclusively in red brick and sandstone this minaret in Delhi is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture.
Designed by Fariborz Sahba the Lotus Temple is one of the greatest pieces of architecture in New Delhi. Located at Mandir Marg of South Delhi the Lotus Temple is one of the major tourist attractions of New Delhi. Built in the shape of a half opened lotus flower the temple serves as a Mother Temple in India. This temple is also popularly known as Bahai Temple as it is a place of worship meant for the Bahai’s.
Lotus Temple can be easily reached by metro. Riding on a Nehru Place- Kalkaji Mandir metro it is visible as a white oval structure. Than, from Kalkaji Mandir it is just a 5 minutes walking distance. This white marble structure has altogether 27 lotus petals arranged in a symmetrical pattern. View of Lotus Temple from the air looks astounding. It was made to look like a lotus floating on blue water. Nine small pools surround the building. To make it a perfect structure there are nine inner petals and nine doors open in different directions.
Raj Ghat in Delhi is the sacred sight where the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi on 30th of January, 1948, his body was cremated in Raj Ghat the next day. Raj Ghat is located on the western bank of River Yamuna, and therefore was considered to be the best place for the creation of the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.
Old Fort of Delhi is a fascinating building that survived the ravages of time. The Old Fort or the Purana Qila is also known as the ‘Qila-i-kuhna masjid’ built by Sher Shah Suri in 1541. Old Fort at Delhi is a perfect example of Lodi style of architecture in Delhi. The architecture of the Old Fort of Delhi is a fine blend of the Hindu elements together with the Muslim style of arches and domes. In short the style of architecture of the Old Fort can be considered as a secular architectural style.
Lodhi garden was set up in between the 15th and 16th centuries by the Sayyid and Lodhi rulers. The garden is very well kept and still have some historical monuments which are an added attraction for the tourists.
Lodhi garden in Delhi has been re-deigned by JA Stein and Garrett Eckbo in the year 1968 and that’s how it got the present shape. At Lodhi garden you must visit the tombs of Muhammad Shah, the 3rd leader of Sayyid dynasty and Sikandar Lodhi.
The Safdarjang’s Tomb is in Delhi, the capital of India which is also a notable historical city. It is a cosmopolitan place generously scattered with monumental constructions that goes on constantly reminding of Delhi’s rich historical and cultural heritage. Safdarjang’s Tomb is one such monument that recollects the esteemed memory of Mirza Mukin Mansur Khan, popularly known as ‘Safdarjung’.
Shopping is always on top of the itinerary chart for any tourist visiting Delhi. There are whole shebang of items of tourist choice, such as jewelry, carpets, handicrafts, precious stones, silks and silver ware – all synonymous with India. Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Sarojini Market and Chandni Chowk are the principle shopping areas. Baba Kharak Singh Marg, near Parliament Street is dotted with multiple emporiums, offering the famous handicraft artifacts of different states of India under one roof at government-controlled prices.Â
Delhi offers a whole gamut of eating joints in the form of low budget restaurants, elite restaurants and road side Dhabas that satiate your taste buds with authentic Dilli cuisine. The one exclusive feature however about Delhi eating joints is that the capital city has a few streets and lanes that are totally dedicated to food. Some of the popular road side eateries in Delhi include places like Paranthe wali gali, Annapoorna, Ghantewala, Bengali Market, Greater Kailash and Sunder Nagar are famous for entertaining their gastronomes with kababs, rotis chaat, bhelpuri, sweetmeats and biryani.