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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Delhi Tourism -Placed to visit when you are in Delhi

Delhi Tourism

Delhi lies on the northeast coast of India, is the capital of India, is a well known tourist destination that you have to visit. This place is also attracting thousands of tourists each year because of its amazing beauty. With the rich cultural heritage, human as well as diversity, glorious history and marvelous blend of the modernity and ancient charm etc are making this city as a very interesting spot. Once you step in to this land, you will be able to find numerous attractions as well as places that will gain your interest. Below listed are some must see attractions in Delhi.

Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple – is a Hindu Temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. It sits on the banks of the Yamuna adjacent to the 2010 Commonwealth Games village. The monument, at the center of the complex, was built off of the Vastu Shastra and Pancharatra Shastra. It is constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara Marble, and has no support from steel or concrete. 
  • No electronic items are allowed in the complex - No mobile phone, No cameras. 
  • Swaminarayan Akshardham is closed on Mondays. 
  • Entry into the Swaminarayan Akshardham Complex, Mandir and Gardens is FREE.

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar- The Qutub Minar is a tower located in Delhi, India. It is the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters (237.8 ft). The Qutub Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. The Qutub Minar comprises several superposed flanged and cylindrical shafts, separated by balconies carried on Muqarnas Corbels. The minaret is made of fluted red sandstone covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qur’an Rajputs laid the foundation of Qutab Minar but after the invassion of Mohammed Ghori it was converted into a structure to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori, the invader from Afghanistan, over the Rajputs in 1192. Inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan and wishing to surpass it, Qutb-ud-dinAibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced construction of the Qutub Minar in 1193; but could only complete its basement. His successor, Iltutmish, added three more stories and, in 1368, Firuz Shah Tughluq constructed the fifth and the last story. The floors built by Firoz Shah can be distinguished easily as the pavilions was built of white marbles and are quite smooth as compared to other ones.
 Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun’s Tomb - is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian-Subcontinent and is located in Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India, close to the Purana Qila, that Humayun founded in 1533.The tomb of Humayun was built by the orders of Hamida Banu Begum, Humayun's widow, and begun in 1565, nine years after his death, and completed in 1572 AD at a cost of 15 lakh rupees (1.5 million) at the time. The architect of the tomb was the Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyas . As a contrast to the pure white exterior dome, rest of the building is made up of red sandstone, with white and black marble and yellow sandstone detailing, to relieve the monotony. The fortunes of the once famous Char Bagh (Four-square) gardens, which spread over 13 hectares surrounding the monument. Towards the south-east corner, within the 'char bagh' garden, lies a tomb known as Nai-ka-Gumbad, or Barber's Tomb. 
  • There are other monuments: - Bu Halima's Tomb and Garden, Afsarwala Tomb and mosque,  Arab Sarai, Nila Gumbad.
Bahai Temple
Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple)- The Bahá'í House of Worship in Delhi, India. Popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a Bahai work of worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian Subcontinent. The Lotus Temple is open to all regardless of religion or any other distinction. The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall, capable of holding up to 2,500 people. The central hall is slightly more than 40 meters tall and its surface is made of white marble. The white marbles are from Penteli Mountain in Greece. The House of Worship, along with the nine surrounding ponds and the gardens around. It has won numerous architectural awards. 
  • It is closed on MONDAY. 
  • During summer, the time to visit Lotus Temple, Delhi is 9 A.M. to 7 P.M. 
  • During winter, the time to visit Lotus temple is 9.30 A.M. to 5.30 P.M.
India Gate

India Gate - The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Originally known as All India War Memorial. It is composed of red sand stone and granite. The 42-metre tall India Gate is situated such that many important roads spread out from it. Burning in a shrine under the arch of India Gate since 1971 is the Amar Jawan Jyoti (the flame of the immortal soldier) which marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The Republic Day Parade starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan and passes through India Gate to reach Red Fort.

Jantar Mantar
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Jantar Mantar: - The Yantra Mantra (literally the 'instrument and formula' and often called the Jantar Mantar), is located in the modern city of New Delhi, Delhi. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, from 1724 onwards. The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables, and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Some of these purposes nowadays would be classified as astrology. There are four distinct instruments within the observatory of Jantar 
  • Mantar in New Delhi: the Samrat Yantra, the Ram Yantra, the Jayaprakash, and the Mishra yantras.

 Rashtrapati Bhawan
Rashtrapati Bhawan - The Rashtrapati Bhavan or The Official Residence of the Head of the State is the official residence of the President of India, located at Raisina hill in New Delhi, India. At present, it is the only largest residence of any Chief of the State in the world. It was designed by British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is a large and vast mansion with four floors and has 340 rooms. It is built on a floor area of 200,000 square feet. The Mughal Gardens situated at the back of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, incorporates both Mughal and English landscaping styles. 
  • It displays numerous types of flowers and is open to public in February every year (9:00am-2:30pm). 

The main entrance to Rashtrapati Bhavan is known as Gate 35, and is located on Prakash Vir Shastri Avenue, renamed from North Avenue. 
No steel was used to construct The Palace of India.
Birla Mandir 
  • Birla Mandir - The Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple as it is popularly known enshrines Lord Vishnu – the preserver of the Hindu Trinity. It is the first of the temples built across the country by the industrial family of Birla. Located just off Connaught Place on Mandir Marg. It 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. Birla Mandir is also famous for the festival of Janmashtami. The temple is designed in the Orissan style. The exterior is faced with the white marble and red sandstone typical of Delhi’s Mughal architecture. The interior court is overlooked by two-storey verandahs on three sides; there are gardens and fountains at the rear. 
  • Time to visit at this temple 6: am-10:00pm.

Red Fort 
Delhi Red Fort 
  • Red Fort - The Red Fort is a 17th century fort complex constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi (in present day Delhi, India) Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, started construction of the massive fort in 1638 and work was completed in 1648 (10 years). The Red Fort was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital. The fort lies along the Yamuna River. 
  • Important  buildings and other structures inside the Fort: Diwan-i-aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Moti Masjid, Nahr-i-Behisht, Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh. 
The Red Fort is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Old Delhi. The fort is also the site from which the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on 15 August, the day India achieved independence from the British. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
  •  Time to visit at Red Fort 10:00am-4:00pm.

Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk: - originally meaning moonlit square or market, is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi which was originally called Shahjahanabad. The walled city, which includes the Lal Qila or Red Fort of Delhi, was established in 1650 AD by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It was designed by his daughter Jahanara Begum Sahib. With the most famous mosque of Delhi, Jama Masjid, built in 1650 in the vicinity, it is an unusual street that has several famous religious shrines, belonging to different religions that coexist, lending the street a genuine cultural harmony. Starting from the Red fort, the street has: Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Hindu Gauri Shankar Temple, Christian Central Baptist Church, and Sikh Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Chandni Chowk is a home to several famous restrurants: Parathae wali Gali with paratha shops Bikaner Sweet Shop famous for rasmalai, Gianiji ka Falooda famous for Rabri Falooda, Natraj’s Dahi Bhalle. 
  • Some of the historical mansions include: Naughara mansions in Kinari Bazaar, Haveli of Zinat Mahal, Lal Kuan Bazar, Haksar Haveli, Bazar Sitaram. 
 Chandni Chowk was once the grandest of the markets in India.

Purana Qila 
Purana Qila - Purana Qila, situated on the banks of Yamuna, was constructed by the Mughal emperor Humayun. It is where Humayun's capital Din Panah was located. Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun in 1540, and renamed the fort as Shergarh; the Purana Qila occupies the ancient mound, which perhaps conceals the ruins of the city of Indraprastha of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata. The walls of the Fort rise to a height of 18 mtrs., and run on for about 1.5 km, and has three arched gateways, the Bara Darwaza (Big Gate) facing West, which is still used today, the south gate, the 'Humayun Gate' probably called so because it was constructed by Humayun or that Humayun’s Tomb is visible from there, and lastly, the 'Talaqi Gate' or forbidden gate. All the gates are double-storeyed sandstone structures flanked by two huge semi-circular bastion towers, and decorated with white and colored-marble inlays and blue tiles, and replete with detailing, like ornate overhanging balconies, jharokhas, pillared pavilions chhatris on top. grounds. 
  • The timings are summer: 12pm to 7 pm and winter: 11am to 6pm.

 Safdarjung’s Tomb 
Safdarjung’s Tomb - The tomb was built for Safdarjung, the powerful prime minister of Muhammad Shah who was the weak Mughal emperor from 1719 to 1748. 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.Safdarjung Tomb is a garden tomb in a marble mausoleum in Delhi, India. It was built in 1754 in the style of late Mughal architecture. Its facade is decorated with elaborate plaster carvings. Open on all days from sunrise to sunset.
Rajghat - is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi's cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi in India on Ring Road officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. The memorial was designed by Vanu G. Bhuta. It was originally designed to reflect the simplicity of Mahatma Gandhi's life. Several other Samadhi or cremation spots of other famous leaders can be found in the vicinity of Raj Ghat. Jawaharlal Nehru's Samadhi is to the north of the Raj Ghat and is known as the Shantivan or Shanti Vana meaning the forest of peace.Indira Gandhi’s Samadhi is known as Shakti Sthal meaning Place of Power. 
  • Timing to visit at Rajghat 6:00am-7:00pm on all days.


National Zoological Park  
National Zoological Park - Delhi National Zoological Park is a zoo near the Old Fort in Delhi, India. It extends over 214 acres (0.87 km2), and has more than 2,000 species of animals and birds belonging to many different places around the world. 
  • The zoo can be seen on foot or using a battery-operated vehicle. 
  • Visitors are not permitted to bring any food other than drinking water, although there is a canteen in the zoo.
  • The zoo is quite busy during weekends.
  • The whole zoo can be seen in 2 hours time provided they follow the guiding arrow signs placed in the park. 
  • It opens on all days except Friday. 
  • Preferred timings to visit from 1st April - 15 October: 9.00 am- 4.30 pm, 16 October - 31st March: 9.30 am- 4.00 pm.

 National Rail Museum
National Rail Museum - It’s telling the story of rail transport in Britain and its impact on society. It is the home of the national collection of historically significant railway vehicles. It’s located at Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Inaugurated on 1 February 1977. There are approximately 280 rail vehicles in the National Collection. The Fairy Queen of the National Rail Museum (built in 1855) forms the center of attraction for the museum. It also preserves the model of India's very first train, a steam engine that made its journey from Mumbai to Thane in 1853.  Besides this, there is the Viceregal Dining Car that was built in 1889. The museum also possesses the lavish royal coaches of the Prince of Wales Saloon built in 1875, Maharaja of Mysore's Saloon built in 1899 and the Maharaja of Baroda's Saloon built in 1886. Children love the ride in the toy train on the miniature rail track around the museum. 
  • The museum remains open from 9.30 am in the morning till 5.30 pm in the evening. Museum opens on all days except Monday.

 Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum
Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum - The Museum was inaugurated on April 14, 2005 by Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The Museum presents historical records of Gandhi’s life through tools of information technology. It revives the values by which India obtained freedom and redefines them to animate modern products and design. The exhibits are designed by Ranjit Makkuni who has directed a team of over 200 artists, scientists, and craftsperson. In an effort to spread the message of truth and non violence. 
  • The exhibition remains closed on Mondays and Second Saturdays. Timings are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


Iskcon Temple
Iskcon Temple - ISKCON Temple is located at Hari Krishna Hill, in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi. It was built as recently as 1998 and is one of the most lavish and grand temples of the city. A fine example of architecture, it sports 'Shikharas', rising to a height of 90-ft above ground level. The temple has air-conditioned hall that can hold as many as 1,500 people at once. The fine art paintings by Russian artists here depict lives and events related to Hindu mythological characters, like Radha-Krishna, Sita-Ram, Laxman, Hanuman and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Dedicated mainly to Lord Krishna, the elegant temple was built by the followers of 'Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna' cult.  
  • The temple remains opened every day from 4.30am to 12:00pm and from 4.00pm to 9.00pm.


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