New Delhi is a place you’ll never get bored of. With so many attractions, it’s no surprise that millions of tourists flock there every year to explore the rich history and culture on offer while getting a glimpse into modern India.
Here are our top 10 places you can’t miss when visiting New Delhi.
One of the most iconic attractions in the city is the 73-meter high Qutub Minar, built by Qutbuddin Aibak in 1199. Not only does it have historical value it’s also a significant religious site for many Hindus and Muslims because of its Islamic roots.
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The Old Fort or Purana Quila (originally by Humayun) is another example of Delhi’s rich history. The fort, located in the Nizamuddin area, was initially made out of mud and wood back in the 13th century before being developed into its current stone form in subsequent years.
The Tughlaqabad Fort is an example of New Delhi’s military history and architecture. It was by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty in 1321. The fort has a very distinctive style that sets it apart from other monuments in the city.
One of New Delhi’s most well-known landmarks is the Lotus Temple, a Bahá’í House of Worship like a lotus flower. The Bahá’í Faith was in Iran but now has approximately 5 million followers worldwide.
Another great historical site to visit is Humayun’s tomb, the final resting place of the Mughal emperor and his wife. It’s an iconic example of Mughal architecture where visitors can admire mosaics, calligraphy, and 11 different types of stones that compose this monument.
The India Gate is a monument in the heart of New Delhi, built-in 1931 to commemorate the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives while fighting for Britain during World War I. It’s frequently visited by locals and tourists alike.
Another historical site is the Red Fort or Lal Quila which was initially constructed under Emperor Shah Jahan but later renovated by Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in the 1960s. It was used as a residence for the Mughal Emperor until 1857 when the British invaded India.
The Jantar Mantar is an impressive collection of structures, built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1724. The purpose of each building is to measure and track celestial bodies and predict the movement of stars.
New Delhi Railway Station
The New Delhi Railway station is one of India’s biggest railway stations, built by architect Edwin Lutyens in 1921 in a part-art deco, part-Mughal style. The exterior facade has large arches, and a dome while the inside contains beautiful wooden beams, marble floors, and stained glass windows.
The official residence of the President of India since 1950 is known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan or Presidential Palace. It’s home to 23 galleries that showcase historical artifacts from India, including weapons dating back to the 8th century.
These top 10 attractions are just the tip of the iceberg, there is still so much to see and do in New Delhi! So go ahead and explore this fantastic city! You won’t regret the experience.