Go to the well known holy monuments of Delhi, most visited by large number of tourists from all around the world in India.
Historical monuments and ancient architecture makes the city a sought after destination for tourists and connoisseurs. Among the most popular monuments in Delhi are the Red Fort, Purana Quila, Qutab Minar, Iron Pillar, India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Jantar Mantar and Lotus Temple.
History of Delhi
Delhi is a city with an impressive and remarkable history. Standing as a witness to this interesting bygone era are the various monuments of Delhi. From the Old Fort to the Tughlaqabad area to the various tombs in the city, each one represents a separate period in the history of Delhi. In the area of New Delhi, historical monuments cover mostly those that were built during the time of the British like the Parliament House, President’s House, the India Gate.However, one thing that is common in all the monuments of Delhi is their architectural excellence. Be it the Red Fort built by Shah Jahan or the Parliament House designed by Edwin Lutyens, each and every monument has an architectural beauty that leaves you mesmerized. All said and done, the magnificence of Delhi monuments cannot be fully described and you will have to visit them to really appreciate them.
Famous places in Delhi
India Gate is one of the most iconic and persistent symbol of New Delhi. This fort was built to commemorate the Indian martyrs and British soldiers who lost their life during Second World War. The best time to visit this magnificent and glorious structure is evening because of the floodlights while the fountains nearby make hypnotic display of varied hues.
Humayun Tomb is one of the most splendid works of the Mughal Era.It is also a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site.The tomb is a part of the greater complex set among the beautiful gardens. It is surrounded by beautiful small water channels, which make it a perfect place to for a picnic with kids. Humayun Tomb will give you a glimpse of the Taj Mahal,as it was on this monument that the Persian Charbagh style architecture was put to test.This style was later perfected in the construction of the masterpiece Taj Mahal. It houses the body of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun.
Qutub Minar is the tallest (73 m-high) brick minaret (Minar) in India, and the oldest historical monument in Delhi. Sometimes I think, this is the most visited tourist place in India if I believe on this report (see report). It is the top visited tourist place in Delhi whenever you come to India for tourism. Generally, it opens all day.
Akshardham Temple in Delhi has an important place in Delhi’s tourism. The structure depicts great Indian culture and its architecture is simply immaculate. The temple is located at NH 24, Noida Mor, New Delhi. This amazing structure comprises of 20,000 statues, floral motifs and exquisite carved pillars made of stones.
Lodi Gardens provides a serene retreat from city life, and is the place to come if you’re feeling tired and worn out. The vast Gardens were built by the British in 1936 around the tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers. Joggers, yoga practitioners, and young couples all enjoy this park.
Jantar Mantar is one of the two Maharaja Jai Singh observatories, located on Sansad Marg in Connaught Place. This observatory was constructed in 1725. It is built of brick rubble plastered with lime. The observatory is dominated by a huge sundial, known as the Prince of Dials. The other instruments in Jantar Mantar can graph the path of the astronomical universe. There are also instruments that predict eclipses. In the observatory is housed an amazing instrument called Jai Prakash, which has two concave hemispherical structures. These structures are used for determining the position of the sun and celestial bodies.
Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting the mosque or you won’t be allowed in. This means covering your head, legs and shoulders.