Delhi undoubtedly, is the cultural pride of our country. The city has great monuments that hold memories of the multiple dynasties ruled over it. The city is bordered by Uttar Pradesh in the east and by Haryana on remaining three sides. Delhi is a Mega City with a 16.3 million population record. It is the third largest Urban City in terms of development according to Demography's World Urban Areas study. The climate of Delhi is extreme in nature with a cooler environment in winter and a hotter one in summer, recording temperatures of 4-15C in winter and 25-40C in summer. Delhi has good connectivity by road, rail and air. November to February is the best time to visit Delhi.
There are lots of interesting places in Delhi
which fascinates the people and tourist like:
• Red Fort
The first picture that comes to mind when speaking about Delhi is The Red Fort. This palace of red sandstone is Shah Jahan's creation, who was the fifth Emperor of The Mughal Dynasty, in the year 1648. It is in the central part of Delhi and has been an abode to many emperors. In their times, the fort acted as a political epicenter of Mughal Government, witnessing the major decisions impacting their reign. It is today a house of museums carved with numerous memories of the Mughal dynasty. A Light show displaying the excerpts from the stories of Mughal history in the evening is the highlight here.
• India Gate
Visiting Delhi is incomplete without giving a glimpse to 'India Gate'. It is actually named as 'All India War Memorial', constructed in memory of 82,000 soldiers, who were martyred in the 'First World War' that took place during 1914-1918. It is the design suggested by Edwin Lutyens and about 13,300 servicemen names inscribed on the walls of India Gate. There is a saying that the construction is an inspiration taken from 'Arc de Triomphe', which is in Paris. It is a must-visit destination for every tourist to reminisce the war history of India.
• Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is a live example that debates about the extraordinary mindset of the architects of the past. It is one of the oldest monuments in the city, built with a purpose of compiling the astronomy tables and for predicting the movements of sun, moon and planets. Jantar Mantar comprises 13 architectural instruments of astronomy, constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1724. Every architectural instrument present here has some special purpose. It was perfectly working environment up to 1867 but eventually got worn-out.
• Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is the second tallest minaret in India, which is 73 meters tall with 14.32 meters base diameter and 2.75 meters peak diameter. It is the oldest monument resembling the architecture of Mughal Empire and the entire construction is of marble and red stone. There is a circular staircase comprising 379 steps inside minar, which was accessible to tourists earlier, but later, got closed due to some reason. There are some other old monuments connected to this tourist spot, all together called as 'Qutub Complex'.
• Gandhi Smriti
Mahatma Gandhi, Father of our Nation spent his last days of life in Delhi. Gandhi Smriti was actually the house of Birla, who was a business tycoon in India at that time. Mahatma Gandhi was a frequent guest at Birla's at that time. He stayed here between September 9, 1947 and January 30, 1948 when he was assassinated. Later, Jawaharlal Nehru requested Birlas to turn it into a Mahatama Gandhi memorial. After much negotiation, Birlas gave in for it and opened the place for tourists on August 15, 1973. It was then renamed as 'Gandhi Smriti'. It has a museum which showcases the life and death of Mahatama Gandhi.
Akshardham, famously known as 'Swami Narayan Akshardham' is one among the largest Hindu Temples designed with exceptional architecture. Entire Akshardham construction used pink stones imported from Rajasthan and Italian Carrara marble stone. The water show held here every evening is awesome and is highly recommended to not miss while on your trip to Delhi.
• Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple is a special tourist attraction which is carved into the shape of a lotus. The temple has won many awards for its architecture and has been featured in almost all the renowned newspapers and magazines over time. Lotus temple is a house of worship always offering a warm welcome to all regardless of religion and rationality. It is famous as Bahai house of worship, a religion that believes in offering prayers to God as one.
• National Rail Museum
National Rail Museum in Chanakyapuri has everything that one might possibly want to know about Indian Railways. It is an awesome place to visit for reliving the history of Indian Railways. The museum compound spreads across 10 acres of land having parts of rails which were in use in the past. Apart from these famous tourist spots, there are many other tourist attractions to visit in Delhi like Lodi Gardens, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Raj Ghat, National Museum, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, ISKCON Temple, Parliament and many more.
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