Delhi the capital of India, has forever been a favourite among international travellers owing to its rich collection of architectural and cultural marvels. Delhi has always been the state of governance and all the embassies of different country are situated in Delhi. The major landmarks of Delhi, both ancient and modern, pay tribute to the rich heritage of India.
The major attractions of Delhi areQutub Minar, Red Fort, Birla Temple,India Gate,Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple and Humayun's Tomb.
There are a lot of shopping attractions in Delhi, like Chandni Chowk, Palika Bazaar,, Connaught Place and Janpath.
Red fort was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 16th century. It is a UNESCOWorld Heritage Site. On the independence day of India, prime minister hoists the national flag at the main gate of the Red Fort. It is also an iconic symbol of India.
There are total 14 gates in the fort, the most important gates includeLahori, Mori, Ajmeri, Turkman, Delhi and Kashmir gates. The fort is designed in the shape of octagonwith long extended walls on the east and west.
There are different structures in the monument like Diwan-i-Aam which is the most beautiful structure, it was the place from where the King addressed to the problems and complaints of the commoners.The other structure is Moti Masjid, it is a private mosque built by Mughal emperor Aurangazeb, Diwan-i-Khas was used for private meetings and conferences, and the other monument which was one of the women's courtyards is known as Mumtaz Mahal.
There are sound and light shows which describe the Mughal history in evening. Inside the fort you also have archaeological museum and Indian War Memorial Museum.
The castle is open from 8am to 6pm every day besides Mondays.
Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is alsothe 2nd tallest Minar (73 metres) in India.
Red sandstone is used in the construction of the minar. It was constructed by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and Iltutmish. People from all over the world come to visit this architectural wonder.
There are many other structures in Qutab Complex, such as :-
Iron Pillar: constructed by Chandragupta II Vikramadityaduring 400 AD, is a seven meter tall pillar. It is the star attraction of the complex.
Ala-I-Darwaza: Ala-I- The structure is located behind the Qutub Minar and is magnificently decorated with marble stones. Is a gateway to the Mosque “Quwwat-ul-Islam”.
Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque: It is one of the oldest mosques in Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque is mainly in ruins today. Some part of the structure feature beautiful decorations and carvings.
Tomb of Iltutmish: In the Qutub Minar complex houses the tomb of Iltutmish. This monument is made of white marble and is built on a raised platform. The tomb has beautiful carving.
India Gate is one of the major landmark of Delhi, Red pale sandstone is used is construction of this monument. It was also know as India War Memorial. India gate is a monument that memorializeabout 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in the Third Anglo-Afghan Warand the World War.
This monument became the site of Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is known as Amar Jawan Jyoti, after independence of India. India gate is famous for its Grand republic day parade is hosted every year on 26th January.
India gate is the major tourist attraction in Delhi. It is the most famous picnic destination as there are sprawling green lawns, numerous ice-cream and snack vendors so that you can make most of your time. Activities like came ride, elephant ride or boat ride is available near India Gate.
Chandni Chowk is a major tourist attraction in Delhi. It is also known as the shopping hub. It is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Delhi. The shopping streetshave everything that you want , from beautifulbangles to saris and shoes.
The main street of Chandni Chowk is divided in many lanes likeChandiGali (for silver items), Paranthe Wale Gali, Kinari Bazaar, DuppatteWaliGali (for colorfulDuppattas) Kinari Bazaar, and ItarWaliGali where people can shop for perfumes in their traditional forforms. If you are in Chandni Chowk, don’t forget to try parathas from the ParantheWaliGali.
Humayun's Tomb feature Mughal architecture in India. It is one of the most tourist attractions in Delhi and was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the year 1993.
The glorious past of India is easily traceable in every part of the Tomb like gateways,courtyards, garden, arches and mihrab. Inside the hamayun’s tomb there are many other tomb of various other Mughal rulers.
Inside the Humayun’s tomb structure there are various other Tomb of Mughal rulers.There are many other structures inside the Tomb such as Bu Halima's Tomb and Garden,NilaGumbad,ChillahNizamuddin Aulia and Arab Sarai, Afsarwala Tomb and mosque, Tomb and mosque of Isa Khan.