Delhi the capital city of India has a rich history. This city is filled with spellbinding forts, mosques and monuments left over by the Mughal rulers that once ruled the city. Exploring these historic and beautiful monuments of India’s capital city should be on every Delhi tourist’s itinerary. Below are the 10 most iconic places to visit in Delhi:
The red fort is a historic fort in the city of Delhi. It not only stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal era in India but also a symbol of India’s struggle for freedom. This fort is managed by the archaeological survey of India and was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. It becomes famous ever since Jhawarlal Nehru delivered a midnight speech right before India was going to wake up to witness independence. Today, this monument is home to a number of museums that have an assortment of precious artefacts on display. Every year, the Indian Prime Minister unfurls the national flag here on the Independence Day.
The Qutab Minar is the tallest minaret in the world, it is over 200 feet tall. It took about 75 years to finish. It was basically built for the crier to call for the prayer. It was built by Qutab-ud-din-Aibak aft her defeated the last Hindu ruler. Red sandstones were used to build the first three storeys, marble and sandstone were used to finish the last two storeys. This was India’s first mosque, Quwwat-ul-Islam is at the door of Qutab Minar.
India gate defines old Delhi. it was built in 1931 as a memorial for the martyrs of world war 1. It is also called as all India war memorials. It is dedicated to the 82,000 soldiers, who died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The Amar Jawan Jyoti is the burning structure, right underneath the archway, which symbolizes the eternal, immortal soldiers of India. It looks its best at night when all the evening lights brighten the area.
It is famous for its spiritual and cultural field which is amazingly built and is well preserved. The temple has a huge architectural structure which is 141-foot high and 316 foot wide and is very famous among the tourist from all over the world who come to witness this charming place. The evening light and sound show is a must-visit for every visitor.
The lotus temple is a major landmark of the city that attracts tourist from all over the globe due to its beautiful architecture and magnificence. It is constructed in such a way that resembles a lotus flower. it can accommodate approximately 2500 people at a time. It is Bahai house of worship so people of any religion can visit this temple and worship.
It is one of the largest mosques in the country and was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. It can accommodate more than 25,000 people at a time. The Masjid is now protected by the Delhi Waqf Board.
It is a vibrant market that provides every item on your list. The market design was built by Shah Jahan’s daughter Jahanara. It is considered to be the largest wholesale market in Delhi. Moonlight square is the English name of this place.
Gandhi Smriti is the exact place where the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of this life and assassinated on 30 January 1948. The room that he slept in, kept exactly how he left it, and the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening are both open to the public. Plenty of photos, sculptures, paintings, and inscriptions are also on display.
Birla Mandir also known are Lakshmi Narayana temple or prem mandir is a marvel that was built by the Birla family. This mandir in build in candela or Chalukya architectural style of the 10-12th century. It is constructed entirely with white marble with finely engraved sculptures and carvings.
The Sansad Bhavan is the house of the Parliament of India, which contains the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha located in New Delhi. The foundation stone of the parliament house was laid on 12th February 1921 By the duke of Connaught. The construction of the building took about 6 years. The opening ceremony was performed on the 18th of January 1927. It was designed by British architects. The building covers nearly 6 acres.