The perfect blend of Mughal and Colonial architecture makes Delhi, the capital of India, one of the most fascinating places to explore. The rich heritage of this delightful city is captured not only in its historical buildings but in the heart of the vibrant bazaars as well. Although there are a myriad of spots to see, the seven selected ones highlighted here will provide exactly what you are seeking on a short trip to Delhi.
This war memorial, situated in the heart of the capital, was built to commemorate the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. The names of nearly 13,000 soldiers have been etched on the walls of this magnificent structure, which resembles the Arc de Triomphe of France in many ways. Entry is free and the monument is open to all 24×7 on all days.
Home to the Mughal rulers for more than 200 years, the Red Fort of Delhi is a remarkable engineering marvel. The citadel was constructed by emperor Shah Jahan, when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi. This red sandstone structure was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and hosts the extremely popular sound and light show in the evening, depicting the history of the place.
This 73 m high tower is made of red sandstone and is also another UNESCO World Heritage Site of Delhi. The complex houses more important monuments within its periphery, all of which can be explored by a delightful walk in the vast open areas surrounding the pillar. Qutub is open to all on all days from sunrise to sunset by paying a nominal entry fee.
The architectural beauty of this temple dedicated to the Baha’i Faith attracts devotees from all parts of the world. Resembling the petals of the lotus flower, the temple is devoid of any pictures or statues that the Faith forbids. Entry to the temple is free and open to all during certain times, which may vary from season to season.
Located opposite the Red Fort is one of the oldest, vibrant and most colourful market in the whole of India. Chandni translates to moonlight in English, and the canals which at one time crisscrossed this place, reflected the rays from the moon.Everything under the sun, be it ornaments, footwear, clothes and food items are available at the best rates.
In close proximity to both the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk, lies one of the biggest mosque in India. Red sandstone and white marble have gone into the construction of this building which can hold almost 25,000 worshippers during prayer time. Entry timings vary during seasons and are free. A nominal camera fee is charged for photography.
Formerly the residence of the Viceroy of India, the building is now known as the Presidential Palace, being the home of the President. The building has 340 rooms and several halls where important functions are held. Entry to the place can be booked online by paying a small fee. The mansion is open on all days from 9am to 4pm.
This is the ultimate shopping, dining and nightlife destination of Delhi. Situated within the walls of a fort, the complex is dotted with pubs, cafes and restaurants. There is no entry fee, but shopping can be done from morning to evening after which the social elite of Delhi take over till the weekend morning hours.
Delhi’s true delight lies in its destinations which captivate visitors from far and wide. The unmissable spots described here not only showcase the architectural splendor of the city but also the historical grandness.