10 Must Visit Places in Delhi
Delhi is a major tourist attraction for tourists from both India and abroad. The city has so much to offer that a first-time traveller might get confused on where to go and where not to go. We bring to you 10 must visit places in Delhi which will make your Delhi trip a great holiday.
1) Red Fort
The decision for constructing the Red Fort was made in 1639 when Shah Jahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. Its construction took 8 long years. This entire architecture is constructed of huge blocks red sandstone. It survived demolitions during the British occupation. Some structures perished, but major ones remain intact. On every Independence Day, the Flag of India is hosted by the Prime Minister of India here.
2) Cathedral Church of Redemption
Cathedral Church of Redemption is also known as Viceroy Church. It is located east of Parliament House and Rashtrapati Bhavan. In earlier times, it was used by the viceroy during the British rule.
The Church derives its name from Palladio’s Church of Il Redentore in Venice as well as Lutyens St Jude’s Church, Hampstead Garden Suburb. The Cathedral was built in eight years and was completed in the year 1935. Cathedral was built keeping in mind the extremely hot summers of the capital. Even during the summers it remains cool.
3) Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
One of the most prominent and largest Gurudwaras in Delhi, it is the most visited one in the Delhi. Millions from all over the world come to pray. The Gurudwara marks the place where the Sikh Guru, Guru Harkrishan lived his last breath serving the helpless population ravaged by smallpox and cholera epidemic. The Gurudwara offers free food to all visitors and devotees throughout the day.
4) National Rail Museum
The National Rail Museum is a museum in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi which focuses on the rail heritage of India it opened on the 9 July 1977. It is located in over 10 acres of land and is a famous place with both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The museum houses the world’s oldest operational steam locomotive 1855 built Fairy Queen certified by the Guinness Book of Records. A toy train will offer you a ride around the whole campus.
5) Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk, the main marketplace in Delhi was created by Shah Jahan the builder of Taj Mahal, the old city, with the Red Fort as its focal point and Jama Masjid as the praying centre. Legend has it that Shah Jahan planned Chandni Chowk so that his daughter could shop for all she wanted. The market was divided by canals. The canals are now closed, but Chandni Chowk remains Asia’s largest wholesale market. Crafts once patronized by the Mughals continue to flourish there. With the most famous mosque of Delhi Jama Masjid in the vicinity, along with Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Gauri Shankar Mandir, Jain Mandir and a lot of small temples, the place witnesses a genuine cultural harmony.
6) Purana Quila
The Purana Quila (Old Fort) is a very good example of Mughal military architecture. Built by Pandavas, renovated by Humayun, with later modifications by Sher Shah Suri, the Purana Quila is a monument of bold design, which is strong, straight forward, and every inch a fortress. It is different from the well-planned, carefully decorated, and palatial forts of the later Mughal rulers. Purana Quila is also different from the later forts of the Mughals, as it does not have a complex of palaces, administrative, and recreational buildings as is generally found in the forts built later on. The main purpose of this now dilapidated fort was its utility with less emphasis on decoration. The Qal’a-I-Kunha Masjid and the Sher are two important monuments inside the fort. It was made by Aqeel in 1853.
7) Connaught Place
Connaught Place is known for its vibrant atmosphere and planned layout. It has been the hot-spot both for the business men as well as tourists both from the country and abroad. The present day Connaught Place plays the role of a welcoming host to the continuous down stepping of huge masses who are attracted to the popular tourist destinations here. Connaught Place is a planned street meant for business with a circular area that is divided into two circles named as inner and outer Connaught circle. Janpath, an open-air shopping complex, lies on the road connecting the inner and outer circle with Palika-Bazaar which is known to be the trendsetter of India’s underground markets accompanying it. Connaught Place invites one to its luxurious hotels where a variety of spa facilities is available. The soothing aura and the eye pleasing ambience of 3 stars, 4 stars and 5 stars hotels attract the tourists towards itself. One can find 3-star hotels like The Chorus and Hotel Palace Heights, 4-star hotels like Radisson Blue Marina Connaught Place and The Hans Hotel and The Lalit in the category of 5-star hotels in and around Connaught Place.
8) India Gate
India Gate is a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers who died during the Afghan wars and World War I. The names of the soldiers who died in these wars are inscribed on the walls. The cenotaph (or shrine) in the middle is constructed with black marble and depicts a rifle placed on its barrel, crested by a soldier’s helmet. Each face of the cenotaph has inscribed in gold the words Amar Jawan (in Hindi, meaning Immortal Warrior). The green lawns at India Gate are a popular evening and holiday rendezvous for young and old alike. Every year the Republic day celebrations are made in Delhi. The army men and other citizens of India who are awarded or who participate in the celebration walk through the Rajpath.
9) Rashtrapati Bhavan
Built with a mix of European and Mughal/Indian styles, Rashtrapati Bhavan was originally built for the Governor General of India. Inaugurated in 1931 as the Viceregal Lodge, the name was changed in 1959 after India became a republic. Now it is the Presidential Palace of India.
10) Sansad Bhavan
Sansad Bhavan or the Parliament of India is a circular building designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker in 1912–1913. Construction began in 1921, and in 1927 the building was opened as the home of the Council of State, the Central and the Legislative Assembly.
So people, dedicate some pages of your travel dairies to Delhi and take away unforgettable moments and book your taxi with AHA taxi. Happy travelling!