Best Historical Places To Visit in Delhi

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Delhi a union territory within India, and a city, and features different parts: New Delhi and Old Delhi. The former, set up by the British in 1931 serving as the imperial capital, is the country’s modern capital as well as seat of government, while Old Delhi represents the earlier era with its fascinating Red Fort and Jama Masjid.

Best Places To Visit in Delhi

1. Red Fort

The beautiful Red Fort was made by Shah Jahan in 1648 and was the seat of Mughal power till 1857. This stunning structure, with the tall, red sandstone walls has an area exceeding two square kilometers, the entirety of which is crescent shaped and surrounded by a moat. The main entrance, the Lahore Gate, because it faces to Lahore in Pakistan, while the even grander Delhi Gate was used by the emperor for various ceremonial processions.

2. Qutub Minar

Completed in the 12th century, the famous Qutub Minar is a tall minaret and now a UNESCO Word Heritage Site attracting international visitors eager to move to the top for its fascinating views of the surrounding area. This ornate five-story tower exceeds more than 70 meters in height and has intricate carvings that feature the history of Qutub with inscriptions from the Koran.

3. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Most important Sikh place of worship in Delhi, the 18th-century Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is located near Connaught Place and is open for tourists. Highlights include the magnificent pool, the Sarovar, at the heart of this large complex, as well as its much known gold dome as well as flagpole.Also of note is the large temple building itself, apart from its art gallery as well as a small museum for the history of the Sikh religion.

4. Lotus Temple

The exotic Bahá’í House of Worship, also called as the Lotus Temple because of the nine sides as well as mesmerizing central dome, is a masterpiece of architecture. Constructed of white concrete as well as marble, the complete structure looks delicate like Lotus but is perfect and strong. It rises from the nine pools of water that surround it, it appears as if it may burst into bloom in the blink of an eye.

5. India Gate

India Gate

Resembling famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the impressive India Gate is an exotic stone arch made as a memorial to Indian soldiers martyred in WWI. An eternal flame lits below the huge structure, and names of more than 90,000 soldiers who were martyred in the conflict are inscribed in walls.

6. Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid is among India’s biggest mosques and was the last architectural marvel of Shah Jahan. Accomplished in 1658, this mesmerizing structure comprises of three gateways, four angled towers, as well as two 40-meter-high minarets made using red sandstone as well as white marble attractively alternated in vertical stripes.

7. Humayun’s Tomb

Set in a lovely, vast square garden, Humayun’s Tomb is a big mausoleum made of white marble as well as red sandstone. It was designed based on the prototype of the Taj Mahal in Agra and is a fine example of Mughal architecture. Constructed in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum as a memorial for her husband, the tomb has lush formal gardens around it and many other tombs including Humayun’s barber as well as the Tomb of Isa Khan (the architect of the Taj Mahal), a classic example of Lodi architecture. It is octagonal in shape. It becomes fascinating when illuminated in night.

8. Akshardham

Although only recently made (it opened in 2007), the splendid Hindu Akshardham temple looks amazing and is a wonderful example of temple architecture. Festooned as well as intricate with elaborate carvings, this mesmerizing temple attracts countless visitors for its exemplary beauty.

9. Jantar Mantar

Near Connaught Place, one of New Delhi’s biggest and finest-known business districts, Jantar Mantar is among the five astronomical observatories made by Maharajah Jai Singh I in 1725.