Delhi- India's Historical City

Delhi is the capital city of India and is regarded as the heart of the nation. The city is popular for its enriched culture and heritage. The city hosts some famous historical monuments and is developing with the passing of time.

A history which encompasses all the various kings and emperors who fixed their royal citadels here-- Indraprastha, Lal Kot, Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Delhi Sher Shahi or then Shahjahanabad. but, combined and integrated into one, these 'new cities' have always been called Delhi and howsoever many names it may have acquired, Delhi has always been intrinsically identified with power and imperial sway.

Popular Tourist Attraction in Delhi

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+ Red Fort

Red Fort

Visitor Information

  Location : Netaji Subhash Road, Chandni Chowk, Delhi, India
  Reach There : Metro (Chandni Chowk Metro Station)
  Fee : Indian/foreigner Rs. 10/250, video Rs 25, combined museum ticket Rs 5, audio tour in Hindi/English Rs. 60/100
  Visiting Time : 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM on all days of the week

The beautiful Mughal Fortress made of red sandstone is known as Red Fort or Lal Qila. The specially designed strong walls of red fort were built in the year 1638, to keep the invaders at bay in ancient period. At present, these walls are meant to keep away the loud noise and pollution of the city. It surrounds an ancient city. After entering through the gate, one will be captivated by the chief structures, mosques and halls.
It has a vibrant market inside the fort and is called Meena Bazaar. There are shops that offer paintings, antiques, handicrafts, accessories, souvenirs and many more. It is an amazingly quiet place to get away from the pollution and noise of the city. This historical monument speaks about the history of Delhi.

+ Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Visitor Information

  Location : Mehrauli, Delhi , India
  Reach There : Metro (Qutub Minar Metro Station)
  Fee : Indian/foreigner 10/250, video 25, Decorative Light Show- Indian/foreigner 20/250, audio guide 100
  Visiting Time : 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM on all days of the week

Qutub Minar holds historical importance in Delhi. This minaret is known for its incredible height of 72.5 meter. There are five distinct storeys with a projecting balcony along with tapers. These are placed 2.5 m at the top with the diameter of 15 m at the base. It is the tallest of its kind in India. It was built around 1,000 years ago using red sandstone. Qutab-ud-din Aibak built this tower after the last Hindu King of Delhi was defeated. And thus it was named after him.

The verses from Holy Quran can be seen inscribed in the minaret. The tower is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has detailed carvings and inscriptions that draw the visitors' attention. Qutub Minar is one of the top attractions of Delhi that draws numerous tourists from all over the world throughout the year.

+ India Gate

India Gate

Visitor Information

  Location : Near Rajpath, Delhi , India
  Reach There : Metro Metro (Pragati Maidan Metro Station)
  Fee : Free Entry, No Photography Charges
  Visiting Time : Dawn to Dusk (on all days of the week)

India Gate is an arched shape monument, which is 42 meter tall. In the year 1931, this memorial was built to honor the brave Indian soldiers, lost their lives in the war. There is a flame under the gate named "Amar Jawan Jyoti" that constantly remains lit to honor the valiant soldiers, sacrificed their lives in the 1971's Indo-Pakistan war.

You can see the names of the soldiers of the Northwestern Frontier including Indian and British, killed in the 1919's Afghan War. The names exceeded 13,516 in numbers. There is a lawn of lush green grasses in front of the gate that receives many visitors in the evening. India Gate looks beautiful when it gets illuminated in the evening. Tourists from in and out of the country visit this place every year in large number.

+ Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

Visitor Information

  Location : Chawri Bazaar, Delhi, India
  Reach There : Metro (Chawri Bazaar Metro Station)
  Fee : No Entry Fee, Camera & Video (each 300), Tower 100
  Visiting Time : For Non-Muslims (8:00AM-½hr before sunset), Minaret (9:00AM-5.30PM)

An excursion of Delhi will be incomplete without a walk through the walled city of Old Delhi. It was founded as Shahjahanabad by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and has maintained the Mughal character about it till yet in some forms. You can find Havelis from the yester years, alleyways dotted with traders who have been there for generations, homes in old style construction not renovated to the match with the contemporary Delhi etc. As you walk through the gullies further and explore the soul of Delhi 6, we suggest that you shouldn't miss out on an opportunity to visit the Jama Masjid.

It is situated in the heart of Old Delhi and is one of the largest mosques in India. It is one holy place deeply revered by the city people and all incoming tourists alike. It is one of the striking features of the walled city and it is here that thousands of people gather to offer their prayers and to conclude their fast during Ramazan days. To be precise with numbers, the courtyard can accommodate 25,000 people at a time and Eid days look like the days of mass merry making! Spectacular, isn't it?

+ Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple

Visitor Information

  Location : On NH 24, Akshardham Setu, Delhi, India
  Reach There : Metro (Akshardham Metro Station)
  Fee : (Adults 170, Senior Citizen 125, Child (4-11 yrs) 100, Child (Below 4 yrs) Free), Water Show: (Adults (12+): 80, Senior Citizen 80, Child (4-11 yrs) 50, Child (Below 4 yrs) Free)
  Visiting Time : 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM (From Tuesdays to Sunday), Mondays Closed

Akshardham is a big and beautifully constructed modern Hindu temple complex. It became one of the popular tourist attractions of Delhi since 2005. The temple provides spiritual insight through the tradition, exhibition, films, robotic and musical shows organized by the temple authority. One can have cultural journey through the boat ride and walk alongside the garden. The lotus shaped garden looks beautiful and one can hear the echoes of spirituality. These all together teaches honesty, harmony and nonviolence.

The mind blowing architectural design, with perfect detailing and decoration draws the attention of the visitors. The interiors of the temple displays excellent craftsmanship but you cannot capture the finest artwork in your camera as you will have to deposit all your devices before entering into the temple.

+ Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat

Visitor Information

  Location : Mahatma Gandhi Marg (Ring Rd.), Delhi, India
  Reach There : Metro (Pragati Maidan Metro Station)
  Fee : No Charges
  Visiting Time : Dawn to Dusk (on all days of the week)

Raj Ghat is the memorial of the Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is the place where Gandhi ji was cremated. He was well known throughout the world for his attitude of helping others and his philosophy of non violence. The memorial was built using black marble with a flame lit constantly. There are few more neighboring memorials of some great leaders of India. You can also pay tribute at Veer Bhoomi, the memorial of Rajiv Gandhi, at Shakti Sthal, memorial of Indira Gandhi, Shanti Vana memorial of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru and Vijay Ghat, the memorial of Lal Bahadur Shastri. Raj Ghat receives a large number of domestic tourists and tourists from all over the world. School trips to this place are usual. The memorial is surrounded with exotic gardens making it a perfect place for the visitors to spend quality time.