A sentiment shared by millions of people, Delhi is one of the most preferred tourist destinations in India. Delhi is famous for not only its historical monuments, but also for its mouth watering street-foods that tickles your taste buds one bite at a time. From shopping at Lajpat Nagar to strolling in the gardens of Lotus Temple and marvellous Qutab Minar, Delhi has a lot of things to offer to people who come to visit the city. Here are the 10 best tourist attractions in Delhi you should see on your Delhi vacation:
1. Red Fort
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Residence for mughal emperors for 200 years till 1857, Red Fort houses various museums and is also used as a ceremonial ground for Independence Day speech by the Prime Ministers of India.
The Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is next to to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546. The imperial apartments consist of a row of pavilions, connected by a water channel known as the Stream of Paradise (Nahr-i-Behisht). The fort complex is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity under Shah Jahan and although the palace was planned according to Islamic prototypes, each pavilion contains architectural elements typical of Mughal buildings that reflect a fusion of Timurid and Persian traditions. Visiting this stunning red structure during the evening can be a fine experience for any tourist visiting Delhi, making it one of the best tourist attractions in Delhi.
2. Lotus Temple
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Created as Baha’i house of worship, the Lotus Temple is exceptionally brilliant piece of art made up in the form of lotus flower located in South Delhi. People of all religions throng this place to pray for the betterment of humanity.
3. Akshardham Temple
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Built in 2005, it is the largest Hindu temple in the world covering an area of 100 acres. The temple is a bigger replica of the temple of same in Gujarat and is famous for its intricate architecture, high-technology exhibitions, an IMAX theatre, a musical fountain, a food court and gardens.
4. Qutb Minar
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Covered with verses of Quran, the red sandstone tower is the tallest brick minaret in the world rising to a height of 72.3 meters. An iron pillar is also located in the same complex that is famous for its rust proof properties.
Located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, Qutb Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutb Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qutb Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments, which are historically connected with the tower and are part of the Qutb Complex. These include the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa and Tomb, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin. Other minor monuments include Major Smith’s Cupola and Sanderson’s Sundial.
5. Chandni Chowk
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Famous for its food, clothes, deserts and narrow lanes, Chandni Chowk is the place to go shopping in Delhi. Created by Shah Jahan, the builder of Taj Mahal, it has a legend that Shah Jahan planned Chandni Chowk so that his daughter could shop for all that she wanted. The market was divided by canals. The canals are now closed, but Chandni Chowk remains Asia’s largest wholesale market.
6. Jantar Mantar
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An observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh II, it has thirteen complex architectural astronomy instruments which were built in 1724. You should check out the various yantras like Jayaprakash Yantra, Misra Yantra and Samrat Yantra.
7. Purana Quila
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A stunning example of Mughal military architecture, Purana Quila (Old Fort) was originally built by the Pandavas, renovated by Humayun, with later modifications by Sher Shah Suri giving it a secure design with every inch of it being a fortress. It is different from the well-planned, carefully decorated, and palatial forts of the later Mughal rulers.
8. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
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One of the most prominent sikh monuments, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is visited by millions of tourists from all over the world. It is also significant amongst the sikhs as the Gurdwara marks the place where the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Harkrishan lived his last breath serving the helpless population ravaged by smallpox and cholera epidemic. The Gurdwara offers free food (langar) to all visitors and devotees throughout the day.
9. Jama Masjid
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The Masjid-i-Jahan Numa, commonly known as Jama Masjid, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi and one of the biggest mosques in the world. Jama Masjid is a revered monument amongst the people of Muslim religion. A marvellous monument with intricate craftsmanship, Jama Masjid is a beautiful piece of architecture and one of the best tourist attractions in Delhi and is able to accommodate up to 25,000 people at once.
10. ISKCON Temple
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Located in South Delhi easily accessible by buses and Metro trains, the ISKCON temple comprises of the deities of Shri Radha Krishna. The USP of the place is its Robotic show which describes the meaning of Bhagavad Gita. Another highlight of the temple is beautifully drawn paintings of the Lord done by the foreign devotees. The temple also serves the devotees pure vegetarian food at its ‘Govindas’ restaurant.
ISKCON Temple, also popularly called as the Hare Krishna temple, had construction start in 1991 and it was completed in 1998 under the planning of internationally renowned architect Achyut Kanvinde.
There are so many amazing tourist attractions in Delhi. So, when in India, you should plan and visit these 10 best tourist attractions in Delhi and experience the best of this vibrant, glorious city.