Tourist attractions in Delhi will leave
you spellbound by its sheer architectural
variety that date back to the Mughal period.
The imprints of grandeur and aristocracy
associated with New Delhi, a throwback to
British ruled pre-independence era, are
still fresh and actively used as the seat
of power in the capital of India.
Take a good look around on your tour to
Delhi and you can even look beyond the more
famous tourist attractions and see Delhi
as it would have stood centuries ago. Meanwhile
don't miss out on the obvious excitement
on your tour to Delhi under the Golden Triangle
Tours offered by Adventure Tours of India.
Red Fort, popularly known as Lal Quila,
is the largest fort built under the Mughal
Empire. Built by Shah Jahan, from 1618 AD
to 1647 AD, Red Fort is the venue of Independence
Day celebrations on the 15th of August in
modern India. River Yamuna used to flow
through the Red Fort Canal to prevent invasions
of the fort. It now runs dry as Yamuna flow
2 kms away from Red Fort. There are many
places within the Red Fort that you ought
to see including Dewan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam,
Nawab Khana, Rang Mahal, Hammams (baths),
Pearl Mosque, Chatta Chowk and Musamman
Qutub Minar is symbolic with the name Delhi.
The building process began under Qutub-ud-Din
Aibak's reign in 1199 AD and was completed
under Iltutmish. The five-storey tall tapering
tower is the
tallest in India at 72.5 m of which the
first three storeys are built from red sandstone
and the upper two floors are made of marble
and sandstone. Its 379 steps are now open
to tourists to walk on to the top and get
a panoramic view of Delhi city. There are
other places around Qutub Minar that you
can't miss including Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque,
Iron Pillar and Alai Darwaza.
Humayun's Tomb is a Persian style mausoleum
built from 1562 to 1572 AD under the patronage
of Humayun's wife Haji Begum. It has the
honor of being the first garden tomb of
India with water channels and paths dividing
the gardens into 36 equal parts.
Nawab Shauja-ud-Daula built Safdarjung's
Tomb in memory of his father when the mighty
Mughal Empire was gradually conceding its
grip over its territory. On your visit to
tourist attractions in Delhi, you can also
visit the gardens and mosque at the Safdarjung's
Jama Masjid, built in 1656, is the largest
mosque in India. Though not open to non-Muslims,
Jama Masjid should still be visited to marvel
at the architectural genius of the worship
place and feast on the spicy biryani that
is sold in the markets surrounding Jama
Old Fort can be visited on your tour of
tourist attractions in Delhi. Set on a hill
site believed to be the capital city of
Pandavas - Indraprastha, you can visit the
mosque and lake where boating is available.
A must visit in the ruined city of Tughlagabad
is the Tomb of Ghiyas-ud-Din Tughlaq. Built
in a pentagonal shape, the four walls of
the tomb have intricately designed arched
gateways in white marble.
Rashtrapati Bhawan, built on the Raisina
Hills by Lutyens, was earlier the residence
of Viceroy of India and now is the home
of democratic India's President. Must see
are the Mughal Gardens, ornamental fountains,
waterfalls and intricate paintings.
India Gate is a war memorial to commemorate
the sacrifice of Indian soldiers during
WWI. Built in sandstone, the names of the
soldiers were inscribed on the gate so that
people would remember their sacrifice and
recollect their tales of bravery. Post 1971
war with Pakistan, India Gate is lit through
the days and nights by the eternal flame
of Amar Jawan Jyoti. It is here that homage
is paid to start the Republic Day celebrations.
Parliament House, again designed by Lutyens,
is a circular structure close to the Rashtrapati
Bhawan that you must visit to appreciate
its architectural genius. You can also move
to the Supreme Court Buildings, racecourse
and crisp avenues to appreciate the open
spaces as conceived by the English architect
Edwin Lutyens. Food from the circuit houses
comes cheap and delectable as well.
Connaught Place is the heart of Delhi. Whether
its business, shopping or entertainment,
Connaught Place has it all in one place.
Named in honor of the Duke of Connaught,
it has trendy shopping malls and street
markets competing with each other and thriving
none the less. You must also visit the Hanuman
Mandir where monkeys and worshippers abound
to make your wishes come true.