Delhi Travel Guide
FAMOUS TOURIST PLACES IN DELHI
India Gate is one of the most preferred tourist places in India. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed it. This historical monument was built in 1931 as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in World War-I. The India Gateis situated in the heart of city, Delhi.
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the authorized residence of the current President of India.Earlier it was known as "Viceroy's House"and the residence of Governor General of India. It is at the heart of an area known asLutyen's Delhi.
The bhawan was built in 1929 at a cost of 12,53,000 pound sterling. The palace covers an area of 130 hectares, and has 340 rooms.
This palace is built with red stones that why it is called Red Fort. It is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world. India's history is also closely linked with this fort. It is the place where Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru delivered the famous speech 'Tryst with destiny' when India achieved freedom on 15 August 1947.
There are two major gates of the fort- Lahore Gate & Hathipol (Elephant Gate). Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-I-Am, Diwan-I-khas, Hamam and Shah Burj are some other major attraction of the fort.
Every year on 15th August the Prime Minister of India hoists the National Flag at the Red Fort.
Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minaret. It is 72 meters high (237.8 ft). Its diameter from the bottom is 14.3 meters while the top floor has a diameter of 2.75 meters . This fine example of Indian Artwork commenced in 1193 on the order of India's first Muslim ruler Qutb-Ud-din Aibak and completed in 1386 by Firuz Shah Tughluq.
The timings to visit the minar is from the sunrise to the sunset and the ticket charged for entry is Rs 10 for Indians and Rs. 250 for the tourist from foreign countries.
The fort is believed to be constructed on the historic site of Indraprastha (900BC) by Humayun and Sher Shah. Covering a circuit of about a mile, the walls of the fort have three gates and are surrounded by a mat fed by the river Yamuna.
The fort has three gates. The entrance gate is from Bara Darwaza. The South Gate is known as Humayun Gate and the third gate is called Talaqi Darwaza.
At first sight, the Jantar Mantar appears like a gallery of modern art. While in reality, it is an observatory. This observatory was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur (1699-1743). It is actually pronounced, as 'Yantra Mantra', yantra stands for instrument and mantra for formula.
Humayun Tomb is one of the finest Mughal's architecture located at Nizamuddin in Delhi. Hamida Banu Begum, Humayun's widow ordered the workers to built the tomb.
The Mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water. This is the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, in 1565 AD.
The Mughal Emperor started work on the Jama Masjid mosque in 1650. Shah Jahan to complement his palace Red Fort. More than 5000 workers worked hard to complete the largest mosque of Asia. Every Friday, the emperor and his retinue would travel in state from the fort to the mosque to attend the congressional prayers.
The mosque is so big that its courtyard can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshipers at the same time. The mosque also has several collectibles in a closet including a copy of Quran written on skin of a deers.
The mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were cremated on the evening of January 31, 1948 at Rajghat. It is located on the west bank of the river Yamuna.
Several dignitaries come here every year to pay tribute to the father of nation.
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir
The temple is dedicated to the goddess of prosperity and fortune Lakshmi. It is famously known as the Birla Mandir. In Delhi, it is located at Mandir marg.
The temple was built in 1938. The temple contains a large number of idols. The visitors can also watch priests performing ritualistic prayers.
The Akshardham Temple located in Delhi is one of the biggest temple in the world. It is the latest tourist attractions in India. It is situated on the banks of Yamuna river. The temple was inaugurated on November 7, 2005. The temple constructed under the patronage of the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), is built over an area of 100 acres. The mega Akshardham Temple complex has well maintained lawns, beautiful water fountains and carved pavilions. The Akshardham temple is considered as one of the wonders of modern India.
The main monument, at the center of the complex, is 43 m high, 96 m wide, and 110 m long.