or New Delhi, as it is internationally known, is
the capital of India. The city has deep rooted rich and glorious past, and
even in modern times, it has rapidly moved ahead flaunting all that
modernity has. Not only is Delhi itself the seat of several monuments and
modern amusement options, it also serves an excellent base for the tour of
hot tourist regions of India like Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and Himachal
City Travel Attractions
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Here is brief information in this city guide about travel attractions in
New Delhi and Old Delhi:
is a 43 metre tall gateway erected to commemorate about 90,000
Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the first World War, on the
Northwest Frontier and the 1919 Afghan War. The memorial was built by
Lutyens in 1921.
Observatory was built by King Jai Singh II in 1725. Large
brick sundials were made for updating the solar and lunar calendars as well
as astronomical calculations.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple or Birla Mandir
Located near Connaught Place, Lakshmi Narayan Temple or Birla Mandir has
Lord Narayan (a form of Lord Vishnu) and Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of
wealth). Red and ochre stones as well as white marble are employed in making
Lotus Temple or Bahai Temple
The Bahai Temple, which resembles a lotus, looks very impressive at dusk.
Followers of any faith can visit the temple and pray in silence. The
construction of the Lotus Temple
was completed in 1986.
Raj Ghat and Other Ghats
Raj Ghat, located on the bank of River Yamuna, is the memorial to Mahatma
Gandhi, the man who was Indian harbinger of independence. In close vicinity
of Raj Ghat are Shanti Vana (memorial to Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, first prime
minister of India), Shakti Sthala (memorial to Indira Gandhi), Vijay Ghat
(memorial to Lal Bahadur Shastri). Near Rajghat is Gandhi Memorial Museum.
Red Fort or Lal Qila
Once, the Great Mughals ruled over India from the Red Fort or Lal Quila
Sitting of the banks of the River Yamuna, the Red Fort was built by Mughal
monarch Shah Jahan between 1639 and 1648.
, also built by Emperor Shah Jahan, is the largest mosque in
India. Red sandstone and white marble was used in the construction of the
mosque. The time of its making was between 1644 to 1656.
Chandni Chowk was the commercial centre of Delhi in Mughal days, famous for
its lively markets. Chandni Chowk has not lost its charm even in modern
Complex lies in Mehrauli region of Delhi. It is a five-storeyed
tower which tapers as it goes up. It is made mainly of red sandstone.
Qutubuddin Aibak, first Delhi Sultan started its construction but it was
completed by Sultan Iltutmish.
, yet another monument on the banks of Yamuna, is associated
with Mughal emperor Humayun. It is where Humayun's capital Din Panah was
located. Later it was renovated and named Shergarh by first Afghan emperor
of India, Sher Shah Suri.
is a ornamented structure with black and white marble on red
sandstone. Standing 38 metres tall, it has a cenotaph which marks the graves
of Emperor Humayun and Queen Haji Begum. Mausoleums in the vicinity include
the Nila Gumbad, related to a courtier of Emperor Sher Shah.
Transport To Delhi
Delhi is a principal gateway to India. It is linked to all major
cities of the world. It has mainly two airports. Indira Gandhi International
Airport for global airlines while Palam airport for the domestic flights.
Taxis, autos and coaches carry the passengers to and from the airport.
Superfast and express trains link Delhi to all parts of India.
The trains operate from three major railway stations : New Delhi, Old Delhi
and Hazrat Nizamuddin. Several trains dedicated to tourists are also run
from Delhi. These include the world-famous Palace on Wheels, Royal Orient
Express and Fairy Queen trains. Shatabdi Express and Rajdhani Express series
trains are known for their speed and comfort.
Inter-state bus terminals in Delhi are Kashmiri Gate, Anand
Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan. Buses running from these terminals connect Delhi
to major North Indian cities.
Intra Delhi Transport
Metro train is the fastest and most comfortable transport in Delhi. In
addition to it, there are buses, taxis, auto-rickshaws and paddle-rickshaws.