Immense possibilites to discover
To See In Delhi
Immense possibilities to live in the glorious past
Every road in New Delhi has a story to tell and interesting ones at that; ones that changed the entire course of history for the city. Delhi is a historical city and walks around the city are lovely. However, the city is huge and you cannot see it totally on foot.
The National capital has wide roads and beautiful, green residential areas – some of which are occupied by the heads of State. A drive through these areas will become essential if you would want to see the monuments dotted around the landscape. Click to see areas that might interest you.
Remember, Delhi has something for everyone!
Delhi is steeped in history; the monuments and tombs are a testimony to its eventful historical past.
This colossal structure is built completely in Red stone. Octagonal in shape, the Fort is spread on an area of 241 sq kms. Don’t miss the Diwan-i-Am (hall of public audience), Diwan-i-Khas (hall of selective audience), the Hamam (the bathroom set), Moti Masjid (pearl mosque), Mumtaz Mahal (one of the main palaces), Naubat Khana (music house).
Location: Chandni Chowk.
The fort is cherished for its brilliant architecture. Much of the fort is in ruins except the Sher Mandal and the Quila-I-kholina Mosque. It has been transformed into a venue of Sound and Light show entailing the history of Delhi.
Location: Situated south east of India Gate in Jangpura.
The tomb of Humayun is the first example of Mughal architecture. The imposing structure took 8 years to complete. Humayun's Tomb is one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments in Delhi.
Location :Lodhi Garden.
Safdarjung Tomb is one of the finest examples of architecture in Delhi. The tomb was built for Safdarjung, the powerful prime minister of Muhammad Shah who was the weak Mughal emperor from 1719 to 1748.[2] The central tomb has a huge dome. There are four water canals leading to four buildings. One has an ornately decorated gateway while the other three are pavilions, with living quarters built into the walls. Octagonal towers are in the corners. The canals are four oblong tanks, one on each side of the tomb.
Situated 8kms east of the Qutub Minar, on the Mehrauli-Badarpur road, the Tughlakabad Fort is one of the most beautiful sites to visit in Delhi. Built by Ghiyas-uddin-Tughlak in the 1320s, the fort is considered to be the third city of Delhi. This was the capital of the Tughlak Dynasty till Mohammad-bin-Tughlak moved the city to southwards to Devgiri due to the scarcity of water.
This tallest brick tower in the world is named after Qutab-ud-din Aibak, who is considered the first Muslim ruler of south Asia. The tower is 72.5 m tall. There are 399 steps leading to the top. The iron pillar of King Asoka is an added attraction.
Location: Mehrauli, South Delhi.
The official residence of the President of India. Designed by Sir EdwinLLutyens, this palatial building on the Raisina hill is a combination of Mughal and classical European architectural styles, The Mughal gardens surrounding the building presents a wonderful view from within. The gardens are open to the public only in select months.
Location: The Mughal gardens are open to the public in February-March every year. Visitors are allowed entry to the garden from 9.30 A.M. till 2.30 P.M. on all days except Mondays.
This sprawling Hindu temple enshrines the Lord Swaminarayan standing 11 feet in height. The musical fountain and IMAX theatre are an added attraction.
Shaped like a lotus, signifying purity and peace and underlying the belief that humanity is a single race, the Baha'i House of Worship is an architectural marvel.
Location: Kalkaji, New Delhi.
Built in 1938, famous Birla Mandir in Delhi was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the Indian Nation) on the express condition that people of all castes and especially untouchables would be allowed in. (Refer to section People). Consequently a plaque at the gate reiterates that people of all faiths and classes are welcome. Till date, it remains one of the most popular temples in Delhi.
Hanuman Mandir is situated at the Baba Kharak Singh Marg (road) near Connaught Place. One of the oldest Hanuman temples in the country, it was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1724. However, since the time of its construction, the Lord Hanuman Temple of New Delhi has undergone many restorations. One of the highlights of the temple is the 24-hour chanting of the mantra 'Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram', since August 1, 1964. This continuous chanting has even secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The largest mosque in India. The courtyard of the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand worshippers The masjid is covered with intricate carvings and has verses inscribed from the holy Quran.
This temple is built by the Hare Rama Hare Krishna cult followers. ISKCON Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Krishna. It is erected on a hillock. This complex is gracefully built and is one of the largest temple complexes in India.
Location: Raja Dhirshain Marg, Sant Nagar near East of Kailash.
India Gate or All India War Memorial is a land mark of New Delhi. It is one of the largest war memorials in India. The memorial commemorates the members of the of the British Indian army who fought the World War I. The names of the soldiers are engraved on the arch. Just under the arch is the Amar Jawan Jyoti a memorial in the form of a flame that burns day and night in memory of the soldiers who laid their lives for the country in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971. It is very close to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan and one cannot miss this structure while travelling within Delhi
This museum was once the residence of the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. The museum preserves her personal belongings, right and a collection of rare photographs of her family and the Nationalist movement.
Location: Rajpath Rajghat
Raj Ghat, the memorial site of the Father of the Nation where the Father of the Nation was cremated. This national shrine has an eternal flame. The square platform in black as the words Hey Ram inscribed on it which were the last words uttered by the Mahatma. It is customary to circumambulate the tomb three times.
Location : New Delhi, Rajpath.
Just let your children explore the creative and mathematical genius of our ancestors. Just let them explore Jantar Mantar. Jantar Mantar or the Delhi Observatory consists of fourteen geometric devices used to measure time, forecast the weather, and predict planetary positions and behavior. The structure is a masterpiece of Indian architecture.
Location: Parliament Street.
This place stimulates the senses and awakens the mind. The landscape is done up very well and a visit to the garden is a refreshing and invigorating experience. The well laid out,vibrant display of a variety of plants is a treat to the eyes.
Location: Mehrauli.
Mughal Gardens is synonymous to the luxury that has been carved out from our mother nature. Though the Mughals came to India and declined during 18th century, yet their strolling paradise teaches the way a green pursuit must be kept. The Mughal Gardens is a place with perfection and offers you a green carpet under your feet and even your eyes can not escape the green color reminiscent of green cultural cultivation.
Perfectly located at the rear of Rashtrapati Bhawan in the President's estate, the green euphoria is in constant touch with its care takers. One thing has changed though; earlier the hands were British, now it is India that takes care of the Gardens. If you would like to know what’s there in that garden, have a stroll and you will be pampered by some exotic varieties of roses and other related varieties.
Talkatora means something in the shape of a cup or a bowl. The design and topography of the garden is the reason why it is called "Talkatora Garden". The garden is located at Wellingdon Crescent.
The garden is famous for its greenery and a preferred picnic spot. It is built around the tombs of Lodhi and Sayyid rulers. It is a nice spot for having fresh air during mornings and evenings. The experience of a modern landscape blended with the remains of medieval monuments is something that can only be witnessed by visiting the garden.
The garden is designed by the famous Zoo specialist, Hergebbeck. Zoological garden is located in Central Delhi, near Purana Quila. It is a famous picnic spot of Delhi and children enjoy their time in the garden amidst the greenery of the park. It is closed on Fridays.
Situated in South Delhi, Kalindi Kunj is famous for architecture coupled with greenery. The basic intention, envisaged by its founders was to give it a natural look. And they have succeeded to a large extent.
The Kalindi Kunj Park is the perfect place to spend your evenings with family. However, if you visit this place in the afternoons, you will witness couples cajoling and caressing each other, cementing the possibilities of post marital commitment in most of the cases. Exceptions are always there.
© Indira Gandhi International Airport.