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Top 7 Places To Visit In Delhi

Although planning a trip alone isn’t very interesting, it can certainly be more absorbing. It takes a lot of efforts to identify the right tourist destination that would give you all that you expect on a holiday. Once you have the destination decided, you need to further your research to find out the important tourist places in the destination. Then comes the travel plan and arrangements for accommodation. If your plan is to visit Delhi during your holidays, here are some suggestions that would help you with your plan. Given below are 7 important places to visit in Delhi which you are not supposed to miss during your stay.

1. Red Fort

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Red Fort symbolizes the era of Mughal rule in India. The Fort, built in 1638, is a magnificent monument that captivates your attention and exhibits the show of architectural splendor of Mughals. The 33m high walls of Red Fort were built with a view to prevent invaders. Sound and light show is conducted here in the evenings. The one-hour long show recreates historical events associated with Red Fort. The Fort is closed for visits on Mondays.

2. Humayun’s Tomb

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Built in the year 1570, Humayun’s Tomb is a monument built by Queen Haji Begum, widow of Humayun. The monument displays the inspiration of Persian architecture. The world famous Taj Mahal bears resemblance to this monument constructed during early Mughal rule in India. It is open on all days for visits. The best time to view Humayun’s Tomb would be in the late afternoon.

3. Qutab Minar

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The tallest tower in India, Qutab Minar, is said to be constructed to commemorate the victory and the beginning of Mughal era in India. The 73-meter tall tower was built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak after the last Hindu Kingdom was defeated. However, some say that it was built to serve as a minaret to call those faithful to prayer. Qutab Minar has five storeys and every storey is marked by a projected balcony. While red sandstone was used in the construction of first three storeys, marble and sandstone were used to construct the last two storeys. India’s first ever mosque, Quwwat-ul-Islam is at the foot of Qutab Minar.

4. Bahai (Lotus) Temple

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Bahai Temple is famously known as Lotus Temple owing to its resemblance to lotus flower. Lotus symbolizes four religions namely Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism. Out of the seven major Bahai temples constructed around the world, the one in Delhi was constructed last. The structure was completed in the year 1986 and pure white marble was used in the construction. The place is serene and is open for prayers and meditation by people who follow any religion. The nine pools of water around the petals is a sight to watch at dusk.

5. Lodi Gardens

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If you want to have a quiet day to escape the crowd and the busy life, this is where you need to be in Delhi. Lodi Gardens was built in 1936 by British around the tombs of the rulers of 15th and 16th centuries. The 90-acre Garden is an excellent place to relax, walk, jog and enjoy the beauty of nature. The National Bonsai Park situated in the Gardens is yet another attraction.

6. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

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Whatever faith you may be following, you could take your time to visit Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, the world’s largest Hindu Temple. The 42 meter tall construction was completed in the year 2005. Apart from using concrete for the foundation, the entire construction was made using granites and marbles from all parts of the world. The structure stands proof of architectural excellence. In the 12 acres of land, you will find the temple, museum, several parks and a huge cultural center that throws light on the traditions and customs followed in India. You can go boating in the water canals here.

7. India Gate

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India Gate was constructed in the year 1931 as a war memorial for over 70,000 soldiers killed during First World War and Afghan War. The names of the soldiers are inscribed in the walls of India Gate. It was earlier known as “All India War Memorial”. Situated on Rajpath, India Gate looks stunning in the evening lights. The lawn throughout Rajpath’s stretch is frequented by people as the atmosphere is pleasant.

Delhi has a lot to offer but the above-mentioned places are worth special mention. The first three in the list, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar are declared world heritage sites. Bahai Temple is unique being one among the seven major Bahai temples in the world. You will love Lodi Gardens for the serene atmosphere and lush greens while Swaminarayan Akshardham is not only a visual delight but also a clear example of architectural excellence and splendor of Modern India. India Gate not only relives memory but offers a pleasant atmosphere. Do not miss out on the special tourist places in Delhi during your visit. But if you live in Delhi and are looking for places to enjoy weekend getaways; you need not worry as there are many picnic spots and hill stations near Delhi which are perfect for that.

16 comments

  1. Hi, I believe this is a good list. However, would like to know more about the various places I can shop at in Delhi, not the malls, but the local bazaars..

    • There’s lots of different places to try. If you want culture or souvenirs, there’s Dilli Haat, and Pragati Maidan sometimes has fairs. If you want simple stuff like clothes etc., try Paharganj, Sarojini Market or (I shop here) Lajpat Nagar. For more glamorous shopping, if you don’t like malls, there’s always Connaught Place.

  2. What about the Zoo ? Does Delhi gave any spot for animal beauty seekers?

    • The National Zoo in Delhi is quite nice, large (176 acres), and very close to the Purana Qila (Old Fort) – you can visit them both at once 🙂 The nearest metro is Pragati Maidan.

  3. The information very helping to us to know about Delhi.

  4. Hi, this must be the list of the Delhi’s top tourist spots. I had the chance to visit one out of them all, the Lodi Gardens. The whole place is beautiful, wide and perfect. It is very environment-friendly and all of us had great time there. If given another chance, I will visit there again and of course with the other wonders of Delhi. I’m going to explore Delhi and it’s beauty.

  5. Great list! Lotus Temple is one of the must visit places in Delhi. Believers of any faith could visit this temple to pray and meditate. 🙂

  6. Good list, visited all the places and much more except Lotus. The opening time of these places may be a great help for short visit tourists.

  7. I fully enjoyed your post and want to say it is one of the best post indeed on the best places to visit in Delhi for tourists specially.
    Thanks to sharing this nice post with us.

  8. Hi, I am Nishada I am coming saturday to Delhi would you like to help travel those places.

    Please.

  9. Its a great post . It help me to know more about Delhi.
    Thankssss

  10. Hi….
    Want to cover these places in a day timing 9.30 to 4.00 pm. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Gurudwara Rikab Gunj , Gurudwara Sheesh Gunj ,Red fort and Qutub Minar. is it possible? Please suggest.Thanks.

  11. GEORGE AUGUSTINE

    I would like to visit new Delhi with my family during 3rd week of August.
    Please advise me the main places in Delhi and around, mode of travel from Mumbai and suitable accommodation.

  12. There have some more places like “Kingdom of Dream’s” Water parks etc. Kindly update it soon.

  13. Hi, Really very useful information. I am travelling to Delhi and was looking for such information only. Thanks a lot.

  14. AMITAVA BHATTACHARYA

    How many days will take to cover the above view points.

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