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Best Tourist Places to Visit in Delhi

1. The Red Fort

Red fort an UNESCO Heritage monument. It was built by mughal emperor shah jahan in the year of 1648, who also built the Taj Mahal in Agra. While Agra was the capital of the Mughal empire, emperor Shahjahan wanted to setup his new capital in Delhi with the name of shahjahanabad, which eventually became the seventh city of Delhi currently known as old delhi or Delhi-6.On 15’th of August every year the Prime Minister of India hoists the National flag of India from Red Fort as a symbolic mark of celebration of the Independence day.The main entrance of red fort is known as Lahori gate, because that gate opens towards the city in Lahore in Pakistan. As you go along you will find Diwan-i-Am, used by the emperor to meet with local people and Diwan-i-khas, used for ministerial court gatherings.Next you should also explore the chandni chowk market which stands opposite to the red fort, which is famous for street food and traditional items. You must visit paranthewaligali – famous for delicious Parathas and for Non-vegetarians Karims – famous for its Mughlai Delicacies

2. Qutab Minar

Our next attraction is an heritage monument. Qutub Minar is a towering 73 meter high tower built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. The tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler.Did you know, the first three storeys of the Qutub Minar are made of red sandstone and the last two are made of marble and sandstone. The construction of the Qutub Minar was started by Qitub-ud-Din Aibak, but he only constructed the basement.The construction of the tower was later taken over by his successor Iltutmish who constructed three more stories.The last two storeys were completed Firoz Shah Tuglak. The different architectural styles from the time of Aibak to Tuglak are clearly visible in the Qutub Minar.Apart from the tower, the Qutub Minar complex comprises of the the first mosque built in India Quwwat-us-Islam , the tomb of Iltutmish, Ala’i-Darwaza and the Ala’I Minar. Alai Minar construction was started by Alaudin Khilji, who probably wanted it to be bigger and taller than the Qutub Minar. The construction was halted when he died and not taken up again.

3. Lotus Temple

Our next attraction -The Baha’I House of Worship, more popularly known as the Lotus Temple, owing to its shape and design, is one of Delhi’s most recognized structures.The Lotus temple, constructed entirely out of white marble from Penteli mountain in Greece, the very same from which many ancient monuments and other Bahá’í Houses of Worship are built. The temple consists of twenty seven massive marble petals shaped like an unfolding lotus flower. Unfolding lotus petals rises from nine pools and walkways. The number nine signifies the nine unifying paths of the Baha’i faith.This temple is one amongst the seven Bahai Houses of Worship around the world, and is open to people of all faith and religion.The temple does not have any idol or icon, but merely a meditation hall where people of all faith can meditate and be close to God.

4. Akshardham

Akshardham Temple in Delhi is undoubtedly the best place to visit in Delhi for tourists, heralded by the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.Akshardham is one the most biggest and beautiful temples of the world. The temple is spread over ground covering 83,342 sq feet. It is 356 feet long, 316 feet wide and 141 feet high.Did you know the Akshardham temple is built in such way so that it lasts for another 1,000 years.In the last 800 years, this is the only and largest intricately carved wall in India with dimensions 611 ft x 31 ft. it comprises 200 sculptured stone figures of India’s rishis, sadhus, devotees, acharyas and divine incarnations.This temple consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, Gajendra Pith and 20,000 statues of India’s divine figures.The Gajendra Pith weighs 3,000 tons, has 148 full-sized elephants, 42 birds and animals, 125 human sculptures and decorative stone backdrops of trees, creepers and royal palaces.It is a fascinating combination of a Vedic yagna kund and a musical fountain. It is the world’s largest yagna kund measuring 300’ x 300’ with 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines.At night the temple comes to life with colourful musical fountain that echoes the Vedic sentiments of India.In the inner sanctum lies the 11 feet high beautiful statue of Lord Swaminarayan and other statues of Aksharbrahma, Yogiji Maharaj among others.This huge temple was built in 5 years. It receives 100,000 visitors a week and around 850 volunteers work here daily

5. India Gate

India Gate is a must visit on every tourist Delhi Sightseeing itinerary. Edwin Lutyens was the architect of India Gate.Did you know it took ten years to be completed and it was culminated in 1931. It is said to be inspired by the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris Lying in the heart of the city, the famous monument reaches a height of 42 m and has the names of 90,000 Indian soldiers inscribed on its walls, who gave up their lives in the Afghan Wars and World War It houses the famous Amar Jawan Jyoti, the flame which stays alight 24X7, in the memory of the martyrs of the 1971 Indo Pak War. The flame was unveiled by Mrs Indira Gandhi, the Prime Minister of the country on the occasion of Republic day of 1972.In addition to being a patriotic attraction, the monument is also a popular picnic spot, where people gather by the night in summers and afternoons in the winters to have a nice time in the lush green lawns surrounding the areas.

6. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

It is the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan.Did You Know Gurdwara Bangla Sahib was originally a bungalow belonging to Raja Jai Singh, an Indian ruler in the seventeenth century, and was known as Jaisinghpura Palace. The eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan resided here during his stay in Delhi in 1664. During that time, there was a smallpox and cholera epidemic, and Guru Har Krishan helped the ailing people by giving aid and fresh water from the well at this house. Soon he too contracted the illness and eventually died on March 30, 1664.A small tank was later constructed by Raja Jai Singh over the well, its water is now revered as having healing properties and is taken by Sikhs throughout the world back to their homes

7. Jama Masjid

Did you know 15000 workers were employed for the construction of Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque! The construction commenced from 1650 and took six years to complete. The mosque was build on the orders of Emperor Shahjahan to complement his palace at the Red Fort.  The cost of construction at that time was Rs one million or ten lakhs.