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7 Places to Visit In & Around Delhi
Delhi often gets mistaken as just being a fast paced metropolitan city. In reality, Delhi has got a rich historical side attached to it. The spellbinding mosques, ancient forts and monuments make Delhi an extremely important destination from a traveller’s perspective. Delhi is the only city in India that stands as a collective symbol of the British Empire as well as the Mughal Empire who ruled the country for more than 200 years.
Spread across two parts namely Old Delhi and New Delhi, every corner of this city is worth visiting. Delhi is also surrounded by some breath-taking travel destinations on the outskirts of the main city.
Here is a list of 7 must-visit places in Delhi that you should not miss on your trip to the capital city. If you are planning a short trip to Delhi and are not sure about the sites to visit, this list is a gem for you.
- India Gate
Closest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
India Gate is popularly known as the All India War Memorial as it commemorates the names of 90,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the World War I. This structure is made of red sandstone and granite which add to the artistic value of this monument.
India Gate fills you with a unique sense of patriotism as it is the site of ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’, an immortal flame dedicated to the Indian soldiers. This monument is surrounded with serenely beautiful parks, water-stream and a boating spot for the tourists.
India Gate’s magnificence gets enhanced on the 26th of January as it hosts the Indian Republic Day Parade every year.
- Jama Masjid
Closest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar
Jama Masjid is a mosque treasured in the inner part of the Old City. Being the largest mosque in Asia, Jama Masjid hosts over 25,000 devotees in its courtyard during the month of Ramjan.
This monument is situated in the vicinity of Red Fort, which is another historic monument built during the Mughal Rule. Amazingly, the top of the Southern tower of Jama Masjid gives you a consummate view of the entire city of Old Delhi.
Jama Masjid takes you on a different level of spirituality and is one of the most peaceful places in the entire capital.
- Chandni Chowk
Closest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk takes you into the depth of Old Delhi’s lifestyle. Being the main street of old city, it is highly congested and is in shocking contrast to the metropolitan lifestyle of New Delhi.
Chandni Chowk is the oldest and busiest market of the entire capital and is famous for cheap artificial jewellery, fabrics and food. With places like ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’ and Karim’s Hotel, Chandni Chowk makes you fall in love with its finger-licking street food.
- Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Closest Metro Station: Qutab Minar
Mehrauli Archaeological Park is widely known for holding the monuments from around the 11th century A.C.E. Balban’s Tomb is the major attraction of this park and is one of the only examples of the Mamluk Architecture.
The park is surrounded by few small mosques on its left which ultimately lead to the famous Jamali Kamali Masjid. This masjid takes you closer to the ancient era of Sayyids and Lodis. Rajon ki Baoli is another attraction of the park and is often visited by historians.
Situated on the outskirts of Delhi, Mehrauli Archaeological Park is a dream destination for photographers and historians.
- Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun Tomb was designed by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza and was the first garden-tomb of India. This tomb is visited extensively for its arches, gateways, lush green gardens, flowing water and courtyards. Humayun’s Tomb speaks of a very rich part of Indian history when the transition from Mughal Rule to the colonial British Rule took place.
Built in the Persian Charbagh style, Humayun’s Tomb has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. For a traveller coming to Delhi, this iconic tomb is a must visit destination.
- Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
Closest Metro Station: Akshardham
Akshardham Temple has been dedicated to Lord Swaminarayana and was built on the principles of Vastu Shastra and Pancharata Shastra. This temple stands as a symbol of Hindu culture, spirituality and modern architecture.
Main walls of the temple are decorated with the carvings of animals, dancers, flora and fauna. Akshardham Temple also offers a boat ride for the visitors that takes them on a spectacular journey of ancient Indian culture.
Musical fountain show is another feature of the temple that you would not like to miss.
- Rashtrapati Bhawan
Closest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the official residence of the President of India and is spread over 320 acres. The entire area covers the main building, Mughal gardens and staff quarters. Built by the British architect Edwin Lutyens, Rashtrapati Bhawan was Viceroy’s residence during the British Rule.
Rashtrapati Bhawan further extends up to the Central Secretariat which comprises of two blocks namely North block and South Block. All the important ministries of the Government of India function in these two blocks. Travellers visit this place for its magnificent beauty and historical importance.
Delhi is a treat for those who love photography, history, food and travelling. This city comprises of hundreds of mesmerizing forts, monuments and markets. The above list of places will make your trip to Delhi a highly memorable one. All these places will definitely give you the most realistic experience of Delhi. So pack your bags and start the journey.
Rohit is a travel writer and writes for Trans India Travels. He has an indispensable love for travelling and he loves exploring the historical treasures of the country. He writes to make travel a simpler and better activity for his readers.