Delhi, the capital of India is a giant city and it contains an overwhelming amount of history, culture, life, food, everything else you could possibly imagine. Colloquially Delhi and New Delhi are used interchangeably to refer to the national capital. New Delhi is actually a small and newer part of greater Delhi. Delhi has a rich history and most of the historical places especially forts, monuments and mosques are found in older part of Delhi. Here is a list of top attraction and places to visit in Delhi – do not forget to include these places in your schedule.
Red Fort is one of the most famous monuments of Delhi. The red sandstone walls and the massive structure of red Fort is a reminder of magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. To take your imagination back to the ancient era must present in a one hour light and sound show which is held in each evening.
The next important site is Qutab Minar. It is a minaret and a part of the whole Qutab complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli areas of Delhi, India. Qutab Ud-Din-Aibak founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of this Minar.
In the heart of the old Delhi Jama masjid , the largest mosque not only in the city but also in the whole India is situated. It is one of the architectural extravagances of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The highly decorative mosque has three gates, four towers and two minarets made of sandstone and white marble.
Humayun’s tomb is the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It is named after Mughal Emperor Humayun and commissioned by his first wife Empress Bega Begum. The tomb was declared a UNESCO world Heritage Site in 1993.
Another tomb that you will like to visit is Safdarjung’s tomb. It is a sandstone and marble mausoleum. It is also a garden tomb and it is a very peaceful and serene place.
Lodi Garden is another place to visit when you are in Delhi. It is a public park that’s scattered with ancient Mughal tombs and structures. This is the place to spend some quality time with your friends and relatives, soaking in the fresh air of Delhi. The park is quite large. Enjoy walking here in fresh air and enjoy the natural beauty of this park that is the abode of hundreds of different trees, herbs and creepers.
If you are in Delhi, you must visit India Gate. These 42 meters tall monument was built in 1931 as a war memorial. This gate was made in memory of 70.000 soldiers of British Indian Army who sacrificed their life in the first world War. Under the gate you will find a continuously lit flame in honor of those soldiers who have given their lives.
Transportation Is Easy – Yes, the capital city is a crowded place but that doesnt mean transportation will be a problem for you. Delhi Metro (underground Railway) is the best mode of transport to visit all those historical places and other places you want to visit smoothly. In this way you can also avoid traffic Jam which is a daily and chronic headache of this city. Metro is truly called as lifeline of Delhi. After getting off the metro either walk or take auto rickshaw to rich the ultimate destination. You can also take the HOHO bus or may catch a taxi.
There are many more things to see in Delhi like Lotus temple, Kalibari, Jantar Mantar, National Museum, Raj Ghat Railway museum and hundred other things. Do not miss the famous food streets of Delhi, best known for their amazing dishes which include some of the best Mughal dishes, Indian street food and a mix of international cuisines. Do not miss out the shopping zones where you will find some of the best of Indian handicrafts in display. If you wish to witness the real cultural heritage of India, Delhi is the place to visit.