11 must visit places in “Delhi”
Red Fort:- Red Fort is one of the most visited tourist places in Delhi. It declared UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in Delhi, India. The Indian Prime Minister hosts here the National Flag “Tri Color” every year on Independence Day. It is built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan 1648, the place is now the center of attraction for national and international tourists. Its walls are built of red sandstone and hence, the name derived.
You can visit Red Fort in the evening sessions. One of the big benefits of choosing evening hours is you can watch Light and Sound show which is the main tourist attractions. A must visit place in Central of Delhi.
The Red Fort or Lal Quila is a historic place. It is protected and managed by the Archaeological Society of India (ASI). The 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan constricted this monument in 1648. The palace was home to Akbar and the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar. During the first freedom struggle, more than two – third part of the fort was damaged. The British Viceroy of India Lord Curzon did some repair work. Much of the treasures were looted during Nadir Shah’s Invasion of 1747 and then during India’s First Freedom Struggle. The Koh-i-Noor diamond, the jade wine cup of Shah Jahan and the crown of Bahadur Shah II are all currently located in London.
Jama Masjid:- Jama Masjid lies in the other side of Red Fort is a mosque of historical importance and some 10 minutes’ walk from there. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees and inaugurated by an imam from Bukhara, present-day Uzbekistan. It was originally called Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa, meaning ‘Mosque commanding view of the world’. One of the beautiful tourist place for visit in Delhi.
Lotus Temple:- Lotus Temple is a place of public worship since 1986. The Baha’I House of Worship is in New Delhi. This is built in the shape of lotus flower and is the last of seven major Bahai’s Temple built around the world. India has drawn to its portals more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the most visited edifices in the world.
Akshardham:- Akshardham is a Hindu mandir and a spiritual–culture campus. Akshardham is a must visit site and should be high priority list. It attracts 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi. Once you enter, you never want to leave very soon. It has jaw dropping architecture, a fascinating fountain show, an informative boat ride, a huge garden and much more to see in here.
Tughlaqabad Fort:- Tuglaqabad Fort was built by the founder of the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321. It is spread across an area of 6.5 km and is near the well-established residential-commercial area of Tughlaqabad.
The story behind the foundation of Tughlaqabad is an interesting one. Ghazi Malik, the founder of Tughlaq Dynasty was once a slave of Mubarak Khilji, the last Khilji sultan. One dya, while walking by the area where the Tughlaqabad Fort is now located, Ghazi Malik suggested to his master that the rocky prominence would be an ideal site for building a fort. The Khilji sultan laughed at his slave and suggested that the slave build a fort when he became sultan. When Ghazi Malik, as Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, founded the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321, he did just that-Tughlaqabad is Delhi’s most colossal and awesome for, even in its ruined state.
Purana Qila:- Purana Qila of Delhi is one of the oldest. Its current form was built by Sher Shah Suri, the founder of the Sur Empire. Sher Shah raised the citadel of Purana Qila with an extensive city-area sprawling around it. It is believed that the Purana Qila was still incomplete at Sher Shah’s death in 1545, and was perhaps completed by his son Islam Shah, although it is not certain which parts were built by whom.
The lake near Purana Qila is a perfect place to spend quality time with loved ones. Enjoy the peddle boat ride in serene atmosphere provides a great pleasure to the visitors. There are some water activities for children also organized.
To make your evening more beautiful, do not forget to attend the light and musical show at Purana Qila. The museum in the complex of the Purana Qila has works dated back to 1400 A.D.
Agrasen Ki Baoli:- Agrasen ki Baoli is a historical monument located on Halley Road, New Delhi. It is 60m long and 15m wide and is believed to have been built somewhere around the time of Mahabharata. The magnificent structure of the Baoli has 103 steps which slowly descends into an ancient reservoir. Hidden amidst the business towers and residential apartments of central Delhi, this place is quite and serene experience perfect for photography lovers. The old bricks walls of the structure take you back in history and as you go down the steps, a drop in temperature can be experienced. There is a mosque located on its south western side which stands on four pillars with a heavy stone on the roof. This site is famous for being haunted and visitors have claimed to feel a strange presence here quite often. Come and explore this enigmatic piece of architecture, you will surely not be disappointed.
Hauz Khas:- Hauz Khas is named after an ancient water reservoir by the same name, now part of the extensive Hauz Khas Complex. In Urdu Language, ‘Hauz’ means “Water tank or Lake” and ‘Khas’ means “Royal”, giving it the meaning – “Royal Tank”. The large water tank or reservoir was first built by Allauddin Khilji to supply water to the inhabitants of Siri Fort. The fort overlooks a beautiful lake where you can feed adorable ducks and swans. To reach the lake, take a walk through the deer park and admire the spotted animals.
Qutub Minar:- Qutub Minar is the 2nd tallest minar in India. It is 73m high tower of victory built in 1193 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. It has been declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site. At the foot of the tower stands a mosque which is the first mosque built in India. It has a 7m iron pillar in the courtyard with a fascinating saying attached to it.
The origin of Qutub Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer. However, no one can dispute that the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but could only finish the basement. His successor, Iltutmush, added three more steers and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifty and the last steers. A must visit site in Delhi when you are in here. Beautifully preserved by World Heritage Site.
Humayun’s Tomb:- Humayun’s Tomb is the final resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It is located in the Nizamuddin East area of Delhi, and the first garden tomb in the Indian subcontinent. This splendid piece of architecture was commissioned for construction by Humayun’s chief consort empress Bega Begum in the year 1569-79 and is one of the very few structures that used red sandstone on such a massive scale at that time. The design of the tomb pertains to typical Mughal architecture with Persian influences and was conceptualized by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. Humayun’s Tomb was featured in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in the year 1993. The architectural genius of Humayun’s tomb is hard to miss. This magnificent tomb sits in the middle of a huge, ornate Mughal Garden and its beauty is only enhanced during the winter months.
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara:- Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is located near Connaught Place in New Delhi. Where the Gurudwara now appears was once a wonderful bungalow of Raja Jai Singh Ruby of Jaipur. Expert Sri Harkishan, the 8th guru of Sikhs, remained in this bungalow as visitor of Raja Jai Singh. Since that period, the bungalow has presumed sanctity for both Hindus as well as Sikhs. Delhi Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, in has a quite easy and huge primary area protected by a little fantastic dome with a shaped brown cupola. Throughout the day relaxing devotional music (Gurbani) reflects in the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara of New Delhi.
One of the most popular and highlights of the Gurudwara is the lake within its compound, known as “Sarovar”. The water of the lake is regarded very sacred and is known as “Amrit”. It is regarded that the water has amazing treatment abilities. Most of the enthusiasts arriving to this sacred shrine to take sacred dip in the Sarovar before coming into the primary shrine. The ‘Sarovar’ which is a body in the Gurudwara premises keeps it cool all year long. The ‘kada Prasad’ is too yummy, just melts in your mouth. This is one of the must visit places while you are in Delhi.