Delhi, the capital of India, is a place you cannot afford to not visit. The third-largest urban area in the world, Delhi is filled with architectural wonders, historical places, and lovely markets. It is the melting point of countless cultures and traditions. Delhi has been captured, ransacked, and rebuilt seven times. It has served as the capital of countless kingdoms and has always remained a city of great eminence.
Owing to this, Delhi has grown to be metropolitan in all senses –it has a little something for everything.
1. INDIA GATE
Situated in the heart of Delhi, at the end of Rajpath, the 42m high India Gate was designed by Edwin Lutyens. It resembles the Arc de Triomphe in France, and like its counterpart, it was built as a commemoration. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers that lost their lives during the Second World War, fighting for the British. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, a lamp commemorating these soldiers, is always lit and places beneath the arch. In summers, India Gate is a popular spot for boating. During winters, hot chai can be found here. When night falls, India Gate is beautifully lit and becomes a picnic spot. It is filled with families, laughter, and joy. You can buy flashy toys and eat chuski, which is flavoured ice.
2. RED FORT
The Red Fort in Delhi was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the place for his fortified city Shahjahanabad. It served as the capital for the Mughals until 1857, after which it was captured by the British. The architecture of the fort is a fusion of Timurid and Persian styles. Today, the Red Fort is more or less like a museum and attracts thousands of people every day. There is a Sound and Light Show in the complex every evening and the Prime Minister of India hoists the National Flag from here each Independence Day. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When visiting the Red Fort, you can also stop to visit the Jama Masjid and the Chandni Chowk market.
3. QUTUB MINAR
At a height of 120m, Qutub Minar is the highest brick minaret in the world. The construction of the minaret was initiated by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak to commemorate his victory over Delhi. However, Aibak died before the completion of the minaret, and it was completed by his son-in-law, Iltutmish. After lightning struck the tower in 1369, Allaudin Khilji took to repairing the minaret. Today, the minaret is inaccessible. You cannot go inside it, but the complex around it is beautiful. It is green and filled with other monuments too. When you visit the Qutub Minar, you could also go visit Hauz Khaz.
4. LOTUS TEMPLE
The Lotus Temple is an architectural marvel. In the shape of a lotus, the Lotus Temple is a place of worship for the people professing the faith of Bahá’í. It embraces people of all religions and provides a calm and spiritual atmosphere to the people who visit it. The main hall is the hall where people pray and meditate. There is also a wonderful library built in the complex and a hall that often holds various seminars. With a capacity of 2,500 people, the Lotus Temple is often regarded as the most visited building in the world.
5. RAJ GHAT
The Raj Ghat is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. Located on the banks of the river Yamuna, Raj Ghat has a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. It was here that the infamous leader was cremated, a day after he was assassinated. A lamp has been placed near the black-marble that eternally burns. The Raj Ghat is a popular tourist destination and people from all over the world visit the memorial to pay their respects to Mahatma Gandhi. When you go to Raj Ghat, you could also pay a visit to the other memorials near it. These include the samadhis of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, K.R. Narayanan, and Lal Bahadur Shastri, among other prominent Indian leaders.
Apart from this, you can also visit Humayun’s Tomb, the Akshardham Temple, Lodi Gardens, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, and Jama Masjid, et al. These places will transport you to another world and another time, and fill your heart with inexplicable longing.
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