Delhi, the capital of India, has a rich history. The city is dotted with spellbinding mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. The difference between rambling Old Delhi and well-planned New Delhi is enormous, and the time spent exploring both is fascinating. If you need some relaxation just go to one of the flourishing landscaped gardens in Delhi. Here’s a list of the top places to visit in Delhi.

India Gate

India Gate is an important place to visit while on your Delhi trip. India Gate has its original name as All India War Memorial which was constructed to commemorate the 82,000 Indian Army soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War between 1914 and 1921 as well as during the Third Anglo-Afghan War. It glows warmly under floodlights at night, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer night out.India Gate is located on the eastern side of Delhi’s ceremonial axis, and was previously named Kingsway. At the gate are shown the names of about 13300 servicemen including several United Kingdom soldiers and officers.

India Gate Parade, or Republic Day Parade, is the most ceremonial and prestigious event that takes place every year in front of India Gate. Every year on January 26th, India commemorates the day it became a republic with an esteemed presence of various national and dignified guests from other countries.

India Gate entry time:

Anyone can visit India Gate anytime as it is open on all days 24 hours.

India Gate Entry fee:

There is no entry fee to visit the structure.

India Gate location:

Rajpath Marg, near Connaught Place New Delhi,

Red Fort

The Red Fort, Delhi’s most famous monument, stands not only as a powerful reminder of India’s Mughal era but also as a symbol of India’s struggle for freedom. It was founded by the fifth emperor of Mughal Shah Jahan when in 1638 he decided to move his capital from Agra there. The turbulent history of this fort includes the capture of the Sikhs and the British.

But what made the fort famous was Jawahar Lal Nehru’s midnight speech before India wake up to independence from British rule and it became the politically significant place in Indian history afterwards. It hosts the Independence Day celebrations each year from then onward.

Red Fort Light and Sound Show

A spectacular show about the history of Red Fort and the capital Delhi is shown every evening at the fort for an hour. Light and Sound show at the fort starts at 06:00 pm.

Red Fort visiting timing:

The Fort will be closed on Mondays but will be open on all other days from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm.

Red Fort Entry Fee:

Entry fee for Indian citizens is Rs.10 while the same for foreigners is Rs.150.

Red Fort location:

Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

Bahai (Lotus) Temple

The Lotus Temple is one of Delhi’s famous tourist place, and a major Indian landmark that has attracted tourists from all over the world for its architecture and beauty. The Temple of the Bahai is usually called the Lotus Temple, because it is shaped like a lotus flower. This is particularly stunning at night, when it is attractively lit up. The temple is made of concrete covered in white marble and belongs to the Bahai Religion, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions.

The central hall has nine doors and can hold about 2500 people at a time. Its inimitable and elegant architecture has won numerous awards.The temple has a great link to the Bahai Religion, which promotes unity between people through a shared place of worship.

The Bahai scripture says no pictures, statues of images displayed inside the worship house. The Temple of the Lotus is located near the metro station Nehru Palace and Kalkaji Mandir. The temple architect was the an Iranian Fariborz Sahba. The construction was started in 1976.

Lotus Temple entry timings:

During summer, the entry timing is from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm while in winter it is from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm on all days except Mondays.

Lotus Temple Entry fee:

The entry to the temple is free.

Lotus Temple Location:

Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi

Akshardham Temple

When sightseeing in Delhi, Swaminarayan Akshardham-one of the world’s largest Hindu temples-is obviously suggested a visit. This complex portrays the common culture, spirituality and architecture of Hindu and Indian cultures. Tourists come to Delhi from all over the world to visit the temple to understand India’s spiritual truths.The temple was opened in 2005 by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Akshardham Mandir is very famous and more charming amongst the attractions within the complex. As well as the stunning pink stone architecture and white marble shrine, the complex includes sprawling garden, sculptures, and boat rides. Allow plenty of time for detailed analysis of it — at least half a day. Note that mobile phones and cameras are not allowed inside.

Akshardham temple entry timing:

Entry: 09:30 am to 06:30 pm

Exhibition: 10:30 am to 06:00 pm and the tickets for the exhibition will be available from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm.

Musical fountain: 07:45 pm ,The temple will be closed on Mondays.

Entry fee: Free, separate fee to view exhibitions

Akshardham temple location:

NH 24, Akshardham Setu, New Delhi

Connaught Place

The largest financial , commercial and business spots in India is Delhi’s Connaught Place, which has seen many shops, markets, offices , hotels and significant buildings growing. It is also called CP and acts as the headquarters of many Indian companies, and is also one of Delhi ‘s best tourist spots.The place was considered a place of pride during the time of former colonizers and was considered one of Delhi ‘s top heritage structures.

The place got its name after Prince Arthur, the first Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. Before the establishment of the Connaught Place some villages existed but the families were relocated. Nevertheless, the destruction of many buildings such as the Hanuman temple, a Jain temple in Jaisinghpura and the Jantar Mantar did not occur and they have been preserved till date.

The Multiple international as well as Indian brands operate at Connaught Place, along with some nearby hotels. As a large number of visitors are gathering here, plenty of attractive items were arranged.

Connaught Place entry timings:

The shops and markets at the Connaught Place will usually be open on all days from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm approximately.

Connaught Place Entry fee:

There is no entry fee to be paid to enter the place.

Connaught Place Location:

Connaught Place, Near Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, New Delhi

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