Ten best places to visit in Delhi
Dilli Dilwalo ka shaher (Delhi is a place of large hearted people). It’s a capital of India and located in the northern part. Delhi is a beautiful city and it has various places to visit. Some of them are mentioned below.
1) Red Fort– Evidence of masterpiece architecture of the Mughal Dynasty. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the sixteenth century. As its name specifies (red fort) that it’s made from red sandstone and surrounded by massive walls which is 33 meters high. It has mainly two gates Delhi gate and Lahori gate; you can choose any one of them. This fort contains various beautiful and interesting places like the Hall of Public Audience which is popularly known as Diwan -I-Am, it’s a law court at that time because in this house the Mughal emperor used to sit and hear the complaints of the common people. Similarly it also has the Hall of private audience which is also known as Diwan-I-khas, where only private meeting was held of the emperor. Another beauty is the Palace of colors; its interior was decorated with the combination of beautiful colors that’s why it is also known as Rang Mahal and it contains a splendid lotus shaped fountain which was made from a single piece of white sandstone. The red fort is popularly known for its light show, it is conducted in a night in a two different languages (English and Hindi). The beauty of the show is its special effects with lights and it’s having a background sound effect which also tells you about the history of Mughals. Red fort remains closed on Monday and you can get the metro from the Chandni Chowk station.
2) Jama Masjid– The largest mosque of India. It was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jhan in the seventeenth century and most important and surprising thing about this place is it has a courtyard (Place of prayer) which has a capacity to hold 25000 people at a time. It is a well-favored combination of red sandstone and white marble. Apart from these historical facts, I would like to tell you those things which help you during your visit to the Jama Masjid. This mosque is situated on a small hill so you have climbed up on the stairs, it has three gates east, north and south you can choose any one of them. Now when you enter into the courtyard of the Jama Masjid you will see that there is a big water tank which is made of marble is placed at the center of the courtyard. People believe that it is holy water, so before attending prayer they wash their hand and legs from that water and some people drink that water also as they believe that it will destroy your sins. There will be no entry fee but if you want to do photography then you have to pay 200Rs for that. This mosque opens at 7 in the morning and closed at 6:30 in the evening but the Non Muslims are not supposed to enter during the prayer (Namaz) time which is around12 pm to 1:30 pm and you can easily get a cab, bus and metro from here to the nearest metro station is chawri bazaar.
3) The India gate – The Paradigm of Patriotism. The India gate was built during British regime and it was designed by Edwin Lutyens. Initially it was known as All India War Memorial. It is situated on well Known Street of Delhi- Rajpath Road. The soldiers who sacrifice their life for nation in World War first their name were engraved on the walls of the India gate, which makes this monument special n scrumptious. Another beauty of the India Gate is Amar Jawan Jyoti (The Flame of Immortal Warriors), it is a black marble cenotaph and it has four sides on each side of cenotaph the Amar Jawna has inscribed in a golden words. Day and night a flame burns at Amar Jawan which reminds you the sacrifice of Indian warriors for their nation. Every year on 26th of Jan the Indian Prime minister with Chiefs of the Armed forces come here and give the tribute these soldiers. There will be no fee and no other charges to visit this beautiful place and the nearest metro station is Pragti maidan.
4) Qutub Minar– I would like to share some real facts about this beautiful minaret. Some believe that the Qutub Minar was built by Qutubuddin Aibak and it is a symbol of victory but it is not the true story, now the question is what’s truth? ‘Shamsuddin Iltutmish (successor of Qutubudin Aibak) built the Qutub Minar in the honor famous Sufi Saint Khwaja Qutubuddin Bakthiya Kaki’. The Qutubuddin Aibak constructed two mosques-Quwat-ul-Islam at delhi and Adhai Din ka Jhopra at Ajmer. His regime was only for four years (1206-10AD) and it’s next to impossible to build a minaret like Qutub Minar in just four years. The Qutub Minar is the tallest minaret in India, it has five storeys the first three made of red sandstone and the last two is from White Sandstone. Here you have to pay entry fee but there will be no extra charge for photography and from here you can get the metro from the Qutub Minar station which is hardly 500 meters from this place.
5) Lotus Temple– the mind-blowing architecture which was designed by Furiburz Sabha in 1976 and it was completed in 1986. This temple is surrounded by a beautiful garden and pool. During the day time when sunlight hit on the water of the pool it shines like a pearl and at night when lights hit on this splendid temple, it will mesmerize you completely. The main motive of this temple is people believe in one religion (humanism) and ever religion is equal and there is only one almighty. Another beauty of this temple is its meditation hall, in this hall you will see that there are so many chairs are placed for visitors on which you can sit and start meditation and you will find pin drop silence inside this hall, when you sit inside this hall believe me your mind get so relaxed and you will feel very refreshing at that time. This temple is situated on Nehru place, it remains closed on Monday and it’s open at 9 ‘o’clock in the morning and closed at 7’o’ clock in the evening and if you want to do photography then need to take prior permission from the concern department.
6) DLF Mall– this is one of the most expensive and the luxurious mall of Asia. If you are a branded lover person than the DLF is the right place for you. Here you will see not only the Indian branded designers but also many international brands like La Sorogeeka, Versache and Porsche design etc. which are rare to find elsewhere in India. If you are a food lover then here you can get a taste of international cuisine at SET’Z restaurant, Auma etc. and here you can find cafe’s also. The beauty of this mall is not just because of national and international brand other thing which makes this mall so scrumptious, its interior which has been designed by the Mohit Gujral and Chandu Chadha. The Italian Marble which is used in this mall it enhances its beauty. You will find best designer Jewelleries, designer attires, international cuisine and wines, branded shades, shoes etc under a one elegant roof. This mall is situated in Vasant Kunj New Delhi, the nearest metro station from here M G road station.
7) Palika Bazaar– The underground market at Connaught place Delhi. It has more than 350 shops and the specialty of this market is you will find best attires at an economical price; it’s up to you how much you can bargain with the shopkeeper. You have many choices while doing a shopping here but you have to be very smart while choosing any item, some shopkeeper will offer you branded items at a cheaper price but don’t go for that because it is a duplicate item and it exactly look like an original piece and it might be possible that it is a stolen product. This market has seven gates the gate number is for the handicap people and the rest of them are similar. You can get metro from the Rajiv Chowk station.
8) Amusement Park– Delhi is also famous for his giant amusement park, you can find an amusement park in every corner of Delhi. Some of the popular Amusement park in Delhi- food and fun village, it is a giant water park which having a more than 21amusement rides (including water slides) with beautiful snow park and with a separate fabulous place for rain dancing. It’s open 10’o’ clock in the morning and closed at 10 ‘o’’ clock at night. Another amusement park in Delhi is 32nd milestone which is famous for its motocross car track and bull riding; it has a cafe and restaurant and three star accommodation facility with amenities like beauty parlor and banquet halls. It is situated on NH-8; it opens daily at 12 pm and closed at midnight.
9) International Doll Museum– this museum set up by well known personality Shnakar Pillai, he was renowned political cartoonist. This museum was situated at bahdhur Shah Zafar Marg in children’s book trust building. It has more than six thousand dolls from 85 countries and it has one of the largest collections of costume dolls in all over the world. When you visit this museum it will remind you your childhood when you were playing with dolls and I would say that it’s totally beyond imagination that someone actually set up a doll museum which is appreciated in all over the world. It’s open from 10am to 6pm and the entry fee would be chargeable and it remains closed on Monday.
10) Swaminaryan Akshardham Temple– it is a beautiful temple which holds various beauties of Indian culture, situated on NH-24.It is the largest comprehensive Hindu temple in all over the world. This temple was built by BAPS (Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha) in the memory of Swaminarayan who was the embodiment of Lord Vishnu. The main tourist attraction is Boat Ride, it is 10 minute boat ride in which you will get to know about the incredible heritage, pristine culture, arts , inventions of sage and the world’s fifth university of Takshila. Another specialty of this temple is musical fountain light show. The beauty of this temple is enhanced when this light show begins, it reflects his various looks in this scrumptious light show. It has other beauties like a hall of value, movie of epic period etc. This temple opens from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm and photography is not allowed here. You are not allowed to take any electronic item or mobile phone inside the temple premises. The nearest metro station Akshardham station.