“YOU SHOULD NOT MISS THESE 7 PLACES IF YOU REALLY WANNA VISIT THE HEART OF INDIA -DELHI“

 

 

Delhi is the heart of India. It is the emotion of the people residing in it, both in their sub-conscious and conscious mind. It is the soul which had been stabbed and garlanded every now and then, by great and invincible men belonged to our golden history. It had been a chief target for all the invaders who approach India with the motive to conquer it. Delhi had seen people gaining its throne and losing it. The scenario is quite the same now only with a reciprocity in the system of employed policy, as it is the National Capital Territory of Delhi or NCT.It is the guardian whose age and experience has been equivalent to our own country’s history. Till this preset, the mentor of us has not dissolved its ambiance and glitter. Time has passed, rulers lost their reign, people born and died, but Delhi remained the same, with a variance in its appearance a bit. This heart is veined along the borders of Haryana on three sides, and Uttar Pradesh in its cardinal east.

Delhi, with the city population of 11 million, comes 2nd in the list preceded by Mumbai. The whole of NCT has been labeled No.3 in the world ranking by population. As blood was once shredded on the roads sometimes by will or by oppression, in the name of community, nationalism, and religion, in a long line of Delhi’s history, many monuments and memorials had also been dedicatedly structured in that time. The rulers invested a huge lot of money to show their glamour, vigor, savageness, asset and many times, love, on unique and elegant tangible beauty. They all did so, to have a special page on the inscription of History, telling their contribution to the world.

Even called a platitude, one can never be tired to describe Delhi and the same cliché is subjected to me too. ‘Delhi’ is something else.which is beyond one’s religion, polity, community, caste, creed or ethnicity. Delhi is identified as the location of Indraprastha, the ancient capital of the Pandavas. the archaeological Survey of India recognizes 1200 heritage buildings and 175 monuments as national heritage sites, that too built within the periphery of a single city, Delhi.What a city it is!! Today the world is crazy to just have a slight glimpse on this existing grand extravaganza. As it is a hub of many monuments and mind-boggling spots, but I’m going to assert only those great places which one can’t risk to forget or leave if he ever comes to Delhi. So let’s begin.

 

1. RED FORT

The first one to hold a place is our most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometers (1.2 miles), were built in 1638 to keep out invaders. However, they failed to stop the fort being captured by the Sikhs and the British. Every evening a one hour sound and light show of the fort’s history is been projected on an extravaganza to pull the visitors back to its own dimension.

• Location : Opposite ChandniChowk, Old Delhi.

• Entry Cost: Foreigners, 500 rupees, Indians, 30 rupees, Free for children under 15 years.

• Opening Hours: Sunrise until sunset. Closed Mondays.

 

2. JAMA MASJID

Jama Masjid is another fantabulous asset of the Old City of Delhi and is the largest mosque in India. It has been awarded as 2nd in the enlisting. Its courtyard has the capacity to garner 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build and was completed in 1650. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi.

• Location: Opposite ChandniChowk, Old Delhi. Near the Red Fort.

• Entry Cost: Free, but a camera fee of 300 rupees applies.

• Opening Hours: Daily, except when prayers are being held from 12.15 p.m. to 1.45 p.m.    It closes just before sunset.

 

3. CHANDNI CHOWK

The 3rd one to ransack in this list is ChandniChowk. ChandniChowk, of the main street of old Delhi, is a shocking contrast to the wide, orderly streets of New Delhi. Cars, cycle rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians, and animals all compete for space. It’s chaotic, crumbling and congested, but completely captivating as well. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow lanes are packed with expensive jewelry, fabrics, and electronics. For the more adventurous, ChandniChowk is an excellent place to taste some of Delhi’s street food. The renowned Karim Hotel, a Delhi dining institution, is also located there.

• Location: Old Delhi, near the Red Fort and Jama Masjid.

 

4. HUMAYUN’S TOMB

Humayun’s tomb also renowned as Maqbara e Humayun is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi, India. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70, and designed by MirakMirzaGhiyas, a Persian architect chosen by her. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Besides the main tomb enclosure of Humayun, several smaller monuments dot the pathway leading up to it, from the main entrance in the West, including one that even pre-dates the main tomb itself, by twenty years; it is the tomb complex of Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri’s court of the Suri dynasty, who fought against the Mughals, constructed in 1547 CE.

• Location : Nizamuddin East, New Delhi. Near the Nizamuddin train station, off Mathura Road.

• Entry Cost: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 30 rupees. Free for children under 15 years.

• Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset, daily. It’s best viewed in the golden light of the late afternoon.

 

5. LODI GARDEN

Here comes another great innovation named, Lodi Gardens or Lodhi Gardens, clung to No. is a city park situated in New Delhi, India. Spread over 90 acres, it contains, Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad. It depicts as an architectural achievement of the 15th century by Lodis- who ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526. The site is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

• Location: Lodi Road, not far from Humayun’s Tomb.

• Entry Cost: Free.

• Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise until 8 p.m., but Sundays are particularly busy.

 

6. QUTUB MINAR

In 6th position, there is a famous architectural legacy of all Indians, which can be none other than Qutub Minar. Qutub Minar is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is made of red sandstone and marble.Qutub Minar is a 73-metre tall tapering tower of five stories, with a 14.3 meter (47 feet) base diameter, reducing to 2.7 meters (9 feet) at the peak. It contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps. Its design is thought to have been based on the Minaret of Jam, in western Afghanistan.QutbUd-Din-Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started construction of the Qutub Minar’s first story around 1192. In 1220, Aibak’s successor and son-in-law Iltutmish completed a further three stories. In 1369, a lightning strike destroyed the top story. Firoz Shah Tughlaq replaced the damaged story and added one more.The Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments of the Qutb complex, including Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, which was built at the same time as the Minar, and the much older Iron Pillar of Delhi. The nearby pillared Cupola knew as “Smith’s Folly” is a remnant of the tower’s 19th-century restoration, which included an ill-advised attempt to add a sixth story.

• Location: Mehrauli, south Delhi.

• Entry Cost: Foreigners, 500 rupees, Indians, 30 rupees, Free for children under 15 years.

• Opening Hours: Sunrise to sunset, daily.

 

7. LOTUS TEMPLE

And the last one to be propounded in this context is the Lotus TempleorBaha’I Lotus Temple. The temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Bahá’í Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. The building is composed of 27 free-standing marble-clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides, with nine doors opening onto a central hall with the height of slightly over 40 meters and a capacity of 2,500 people. The Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. A 2001CNN report referred to it as the most visited building in the world.It a great place to visit.

• Location: Near Nehru Place, south Delhi.

• Entry Cost: Free.

• Opening Hours: Daily, from 9.00 a.m. until sunset.

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