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Famous Places in Delhi: India Gate, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Hauz Khas Village, Lotus Temple, Red Fort, Agrasen ki Baoli, Akshardham Temple, Bharat Darshan Park, Museum of Illusions, Garden of Five Senses, Lodhi Garden, National Gallery of Modern Art, Waste to Wonder Park, Delhi Zoo, Rail Museum, Jantar Mantar, Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Kingdom of Dreams, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Mughal Gardens, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Dilli Haat, Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Sarojini Market, Connaught Place, Lajpat Nagar, Khan Market, Paharganj,  Nizamuddin Dargah, Rajghat, Birla Mandir, Safdarjung Tomb, ISKCON Temple, Purana Qila, Pragati Maidan, National Museum, Crafts Museum, Tughlaqabad Fort, Teen Murti Bhavan, Rajpath, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, Nicholson Cemetery, Iron Pillar, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Chhatarpur Temple, Hijron ka Khanqah, Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Fatehpuri Masjid, Jhandewalan Hanuman Temple, Sanskriti Museum, Charkha Museum, Isa Khan Tomb, Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, Museo Camera, Siri Fort, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, National Bal Bhavan, Indian War Memorial Museum, Alai Minar, Majnu ka Tila, Museum of Archaeology, Indian Habitat Centre, Bengali Market, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, Adventure Island, Buddha Jayanti Park, Japanese Park, National Rose Garden, Deer Park, Urdu Park, Talkatora Garden, Central Park, Jahanpanah City Forest, Indraprastha Park, Nehru Park, Aastha Kunj, Sunder Nursery, Roshanara Begum, Delhi Ridge, Nehru Planetarium, Select City Walk Mall, India Art Fair, Judah Hyam Synagogue, International Mango Festival in Delhi, Theatres, India International Trade Fair, Satya Niketan, Rakab Ganj Gurdwara, National War Memorial, Kamla Nagar, Karol Bagh, Sanjay Van, Ghalib ki Haveli, Satpula, Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal, Kalka Mandir, Kali Bari Temple, Yogmaya Temple, Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, Jamali Kamali, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum.

The capital of India, Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with a historic old Delhi and the modern New Delhi. From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from an extensive network of the modern metro system to Delhi University campus, Delhi has multiple personalities and is considered to be the city with a heart.

The narrow, winding lanes and bylanes of old Delhi are a testament to the former Mughal rule. Old Delhi houses one of the country’s oldest and busiest markets – Chandni Chowk.

Take time to explore historical monuments such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and Purana Qila if you want to explore the Mughal History. Delhi has famous temples scattered all across the city, a few noteworthy ones being the Akshardham Temple, the Lotus Temple (also known as the Bahai Temple), and the ISKON Temple.

People in Delhi love to eat, and tourists will find themselves spoilt for choice between the multitudes of dishes on offer at every corner of every street. From kebabs and tikkas to Chhole Bhature, Delhi is a melting pot of diverse cultures, and this fact is reflected in the culinary palette of the city. There are a number of cafes and restaurants for the travellers.

Central Delhi is the concentration of the country’s political power, and the must-visit places here include the Connaught Place, drive from outside of Rashtrapati Bhawan on Raisina Hill (visitors are not allowed to go inside), the Rajpath, and the India Gate. The best place to visit this area is in the evening, as all the buildings are lit up, and you can see the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate shining brightly.

India Gate: The All India War Memorial, popularly known as the India Gate, is located along the Rajpath in New Delhi. The imposing structure of India Gate is an awe-inspiring sight and is often compared to the Arch de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. This 42-meter tall historical structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is one of the largest war memorials in the country. India Gate is also famous for hosting the Republic Day Parade every year.  Dedicated to 82,000 Indian and British soldiers who died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War, this monument has the names of 13,300 servicemen inscribed on its surface. The premises of India Gate also houses the Amar Jawan Jyoti, which is a kindled structure right underneath the archway. Owing to its rich historical background and astonishing architecture, India Gate has become one of the most popular picnic spots in the city.
Qutub Minar: Qutub Minar is a minaret or a victory tower located in Qutub complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi’s Mehrauli area. With the height of 72.5 metres (238 ft), Qutub Minar is the second tallest monument of Delhi. Its construction was started in 1192 by Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, founder of Delhi Sultanate after he defeated the last Hindu Ruler of Delhi. He constructed the basement, after which the construction was taken over by his son-in-law and successor Iltutmish who constructed three additional stories. The fourth and fifth storeys were built by Firoz Shah Tuglak.
Humayun’s Tomb: As the name suggests, Humayun’s tomb is the final resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Located in the Nizamuddin East area of Delhi, it is the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent. This splendid piece of architecture was commissioned for construction by Humayun’s chief consort Empress Bega Begum in the year 1569-70 and is one of the very few structures that used red sandstone on such a massive scale at that time. The design of Humayun’s tomb is a typical Mughal architecture with Persian influences and was conceptualised by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyath. Owing to its magnificent design and illustrious history, Humayun’s Tomb was featured in UNESCO’s World Heritage List in the year 1993.

The architectural genius of Humayun’s tomb is hard to miss. This magnificent tomb sits in the middle of a huge, ornate Mughal Garden and its beauty is only enhanced during the winter months. Situated on the banks of the River Yamuna, this mausoleum is also home to the remains of many other Mughals, including his wives, son and descendants of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals.

Hauz Khas Village: An affluent neighbourhood in South Delhi, Hauz Khas has been well known since medieval times. Hauz Khas Village retains the old charm of the place with remnants of Islamic architecture roughly coloured by splotches of urbane refurbished upmarket. ‘HKV’ is known for its electric nightlife with countless cafes, bars and pubs along with art galleries, and boutiques.

Hauz Khas fort is located in the middle of HKV with a reservoir and a well-maintained park with walkways. The area is dotted with domed structures which are tombs of royalties during the 14th to 16th century. The tomb of Feroz Shah Tughlak, a renowned ruler of the Tughlak dynasty, is at the end of the road.

Lotus Temple: Located in the national capital of New Delhi, the Lotus Temple is an edifice dedicated to the Baha’i faith. The magnificent structure of this building unfolds in the form of a stupendous white petal lotus and is one of the most visited establishments in the world. The design of this shrine was conceptualized by Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba and was completed in the year 1986. This temple seeks to propagate the oneness of the Almighty and is open to all regardless of their nationality, religion, race or gender. The Lotus temple is one of the seven Baha’i House of Worship present around the world.

As you enter the complex of the temple, you encounter an enchanting entrance gate, beautiful floral gardens and scintillating pools. The pathway leading up to the temple doors is lined with lush green shrubs and a feeling of tranquillity adorns the atmosphere despite the bubbling crowd. Once inside, the mesmerising architecture will lull you into an introspective silence. You can read and chant religious texts of any faith, and musical renditions of religious texts can be sung without any inhibitions in the temple complex. The Bahai Lotus Temple is without a doubt one of the must-visit places in the capital. Not just for its marvellous architecture but also to experience a new way of meditation in a completely different, blissful ambience.

Red Fort: The Red Fort is a historical fortification in the old Delhi area. Shah Jahan constructed it in the year 1639 as a result of a capital shift from Agra to Delhi. Used as the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty, this imposing piece of architecture derives its name from its impregnable red sandstone walls. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political centre of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region. Today, this monument is home to several museums that have an assortment of precious artefacts on display. Every year, the Indian Prime Minister unfurls the national flag here on the Independence Day.

Formerly known as Quila-e-Mubarak or the Blessed Fort, the Red Fort lies along the banks of the river Yamuna, whose waters fed the moats surrounding the fort. It was a part of the medieval city of Shahjahanabad, popularly known today as ‘Old Delhi’. The entire fort complex is said to represent the architectural creativity and brilliance of Mughal architecture. With so much history and heritage associated with it, the Red Fort is one of the most popular monuments in India and a major tourist attraction in Delhi. It became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. The Archaeological Survey of India is at present responsible for the security and preservation of this magnificent monument.

Agrasen ki Baoli: Also referred to as Agar Sain Ki Baoli or Ugrasen ki Baoli, this attraction is a historical monument situated on the Halley Road in New Delhi. A mosaic of different assortment of stones and rocks, Agrasen ki Baoli, is an ancient water reservoir which rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. Hidden amidst the business towers and residential apartments of central Delhi, this place is a quiet and serene experience perfect for photography lovers. The old brick walls of the structure take you back in history, and as you go down the steps, a drop in temperature can be experienced. Agrasen ki Baoli is a protected monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 of the Archaeological Survey of India.

The structure of Agrasen Ki Baoli occupies a width of 15 metres and is 60 metres long which is quite impressive considering the fact that it is believed to have been built somewhere around the time of Mahabharata. The reservoir still serves its ancient purpose as the lower parts of the baoli can be seen submerged in water on some occasions. There is a mosque located on its South-Western Side which stands on four pillars with a heavy stone on the roof. Interestingly, this site is famous for being haunted, and visitors have claimed to feel a strange presence here quite often. Lately, this destination has become popular among the local folks after Raju Hirani’s film ‘PK’ starring Aamir Khan was shot here.

Akshardham Temple: An epitome of Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture, Akshardham Temple is a famous Hindu temple and a spiritual-cultural complex. Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, it is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.

The Akshardham Temple is known for its stunning architecture. It has eight ostentatiously carved mandapams while timeless Hindu teachings and flamboyant devotional traditions find their place on the temple’s walls. The centrepiece, i.e. Lord Swaminarayan’s Murti along with that of 20,000 deities, significant personalities in Indian history and sages showcase the essence of Indian architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual thoughts.
Akshardham complex is home to India’s largest step well which is a host to the mesmerising water show; an open garden, Narayan Sarovar, various expeditions, and rituals. The complex is not less than a paradise for spiritual seekers.

Bharat Darshan Park: The Bharat Darshan Park in Punjabi Bagh, Delhi has replicas of popular Indian monuments made out of waste material. It is quite similar to the Waste to Wonders park. Some of the monument replicas include the Gateway of India, Mysore Palace, Hampi, Victoria Memorial Hall and Charminar, amongst others made from about 350 tonnes of scrap material.

The green park is home to about 22 replicas of Indian historical and religious monuments that have been created by 200 artists in only 22 months. The park is spread out over an area of approximately 8.5 acres and is also an excellent place for a picnic. The Bharat Darshan Park is that is powered by solar plates and has a sewage treatment facility, which guarantees an eco-friendly environment.

Museum of Illusions: The Museum of Illusions in Connaught Place, New Delhi is India’s first optical illusion museum. It is a fun place to challenge the senses by exploring exhibits which include holograms, a supposedly rotating cylinder, a room with no gravity, rooms with mirrors that distort reality and much more.

Within the museum are a plethora of holograms which are basically images that create 3D illusions of all kinds and often change or disappear. One can also get to see photo illusions which come with all kinds of backgrounds, or experience a stereogram that is a picture. It contains a hidden object which appears to be 3D when viewed from a certain angle. There is also a Smart Playroom here which is aimed at stimulating cognitive function; one can learn through puzzles, mathematical games, building blocks, impossible knots etc. The Smart Shop sells many kinds of games, souvenirs and small optical illusions.

Garden of Five Senses: Located in the poised Said-ul-Ajaib, away from the din of the city, the Garden of Five Senses that sprawls over 20 acres of land is designed to stimulate your senses of touch, sight, smell, sound and taste and is a paradise for nature’s lovers. Partly built on rocky terrain and partly in the plain area, the garden has various themed parks, a section of Mughal baghs, pools of water lilies, cascades of sparkling water, a solar energy park, an amphitheatre, a humongous yet charming food court, in addition to umpteen sculptures, rock carvings and themed decor.

Designed by the famous Delhi architect Pradeep Sachdeva, the park was jointly constructed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation at the cost of whopping 10.5 crores and was inaugurated in February 2003. Flower show during February is a notable event.

Lodhi Garden: Located near the Safdarjung tomb and Khan Market of Delhi, the Lodhi Garden is a luscious garden that houses the tombs of Sayyid ruler Mohammed Shah and Lodhi king Sikandar Lodhi. The construction of this great work of architecture took place under the Lodhi reign sometime in the 15th century. In addition to encompassing the final resting place of two great leaders, the Lodhi Garden also has the Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad within its perimeter. The architecture here shows a mix of work by Sayyidis and Lodhis and is the epitome of magnificent engineering that echoes of Delhi’s illustrious history. Currently, this place is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Lodhi Garden was once known as ‘Lady Willingdon Park’, but was renamed after India gained independence from the British. The contrast of sombre mausoleums against the lush greenery of the gardens makes it a favourite among tourists and locals alike. Along with being an architectural site, it has also become a hub of morning and evening exercise routine for people living nearby.

National Gallery of Modern Art: India is a country of art lovers, and National Gallery of Modern Arts (NGMA) is no less than heaven for them. Following its motto of delivering an excellent world of art to its visitors, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, preserves paintings and other artistic pieces dating back to 1850s. NGMA at Delhi is the main museum located in the Jaipur House. It was established on March 29, 1954, by the Indian Government. Covering an area of 12,000 metres square, it is the largest when compared to its subsequent branches in Mumbai and Bangalore. The gallery helps people to connect the works of modern art with their vital passions of the human spirit.

The Gallery houses a collection of more than 14,000 artworks which includes work that is as old as a hundred and fifty years. As you visit the modern art museum, you get a chance to witness the creativity of Thomas Daniell, Abanindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, Gaganendranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, and many other foreign sculptors and artists. It showcases a perfect blend of modern and contemporary arts in the form of visual galleries and different exhibitions. So, head towards it and let the artist within you cherish the beautiful world of innovation.

Waste to Wonder Park: The latest addition to Delhi’s list of attractions, Waste to Wonder Park features the replicas of iconic seven wonders of the world, created from industrial and other waste. One of its kind theme park in the world. Located near Nizammudin Metro Station, it was inaugurated at Rajiv Gandhi Smriti Van.

It is surprising to know that the idea Waste to Wonder Park was triggered by Kota’s Seven Wonders Park after it was featured in the Bollywood movie “Badrinath ki Dulhania”. The exceptional park is frequented by joggers and walkers. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has harnessed wind and solar energy to light up the park rendering a breathtaking sight during sunset and night.

A visit to Waste to Wonder Park is a must to understand that something created from scrap materials can look so surreal. Plans to introduce a ‘light & sound’ show is in the offing along with the SDMC planning to allow prewedding and film shoots at the Waste to Wonder Park!

Delhi Zoo: Inaugurated in 1959, National Zoological Park also known as Chidiya Ghar is situated near The Old Fort in Delhi and is a favourite weekend spot among adults and children alike. National Zoological Park is well maintained and is largely visited by tourists. It has canteens inside for the visitors and battery-operated vehicles at very reasonable prices which you could use if exhausted. But the real fun is in exploring the place on your feet. Visit this destination to reignite your curiosity in our furry friends!

From biggest cats to the tiniest birds, the zoo has all kinds of animals and birds. Initially, it was known as Delhi Zoo when in 1982 it was renamed The National Zoological Park with the idea of making it the model zoo of the country.

At the Zoological Park, birds and animals live in an environment that in many ways resemble their natural habitat. The zoo not only provides a home for endangered species but also helps them to breed in captivity. It also holds Conservation Breeding Programmes for Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, Brow Antlered Deer, Swamp Deer, Indian rhinoceros and red jungle fowl. Eventually, they may once again thrive in the wild.

Rail Museum: Located in the vicinity of Chanakyapuri, the Rail Museum aims to preserve the 163 years old railway heritage of India. Popularly known as the National Railway Museum, the museum is spread over 10 acres of land and houses some fantabulous railway memorabilia. Established on 1st of February, 1977, the Rail Museum possesses an exciting collection of around 100 real size exhibits of Indian railways both working and static, antiques, furniture and the like. A few dummy specimen also offer rides to both adults and kids. Other than the vast outdoor which houses the very famous ‘Fairy Queen’- the oldest working steam locomotive, now the museum has also facilitated 3D virtual train ride, steam loco stimulator and an indoor gallery.

Spread amidst lush green gardens in the poised locality; the museum boasts of the rich ancient heritage of Indian railways. The informative tablet right adjacent to the exhibits makes the visit all the more worthwhile. Adjacent to the museum is the building which flaunts some beautiful photographs of the golden yesteryears in the history of rails. Sitting adjoining are some miniature models; all of which are prohibited from being photographed. It also has an auditorium with a seating capacity of 200 people, where occasional workshops are organized and documentaries are screened. In addition, the museum also has an in-house souvenir shop to buy little souvenirs on your way back.

Jantar Mantar: Located in the Parliament Street, south Connaught Circle of New Delhi, Jantar Mantar is a vast observatory built to help and improve upon the studies of time and space as was known. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1724 and forms a part of a collection of five such observatories located in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park: The Mehrauli Archaeological Park serves as a glimpse into a bygone era, and its proximity to chief localities in south Delhi make it an easy on-the-go stop with distinctive architecture to captivate your eyes at every step of your way. Not more than a kilometer away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Qutb complex lies this magical gem of history tucked away and spread over a 200-acre area, which includes the ruins of the Lal Kot built by the Tomar Rajputs in 11th century A.D.

Mehrauli is one of the seven ancient cities that comprise of the present state of Delhi, and the archaeological park here is a testament to the richness of our past. The ruins present here are almost half a century older than Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)! The 100 plus scattered monuments here date back to the 10th century A.D. and as recent as the British era. Being the only place in Delhi that has witnessed over 1,000 years of continuous habitancy, it has seen the likes of some of the most influential dynasties and empires to rule the subcontinent and the enduring presence they have imprinted.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a Sikh temple as well as tourist places in Delhi. Built to commemorate the visit Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh guru in 1664, this magnificent shrine was built by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. Operating for all 24 hours, the Gurudwara is an example of the large-hearted nature of Sikhs. This place of solace is flocked by more than a thousand people in one single day.

The complex of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has a main prayer hall, a holy Sarovar or lake, higher secondary school, a hospital, Baba Baghel Singh Museum and a library within its premises. People visiting here get ‘Kada Prasad’ and free langar or ‘community meals’ are served at a particular time. Head needs to be covered while entering, shoes have to be deposited near the entrances and feet are washed in warm water before entering. It also has a ‘Yatri Niwas’ or House for tourists. The Paath and Shabads (the sacred chants) that go almost for 24 hours connects you directly to the divine power.

Mughal Gardens: Popularly known as the “soul” of the Presidential Palace, the Mughal Gardens are located inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan Complex. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the year 1917 for Lady Harding, the gardens cover a vast area of 13 acres and are a wonderful incorporation of Mughal architecture with that of British style. Inspired by the Mughal Gardens in Jammu and Kashmir, the ones in Delhi have succeeded in replicating the same charm and creating the picture perfect verdure panorama. The entire complex is a breathtaking combination of Circular, Spiritual, Bonsai, Herbal, Tactile and Musical Gardens. The gardens feature an extensive variety of seasonally blooming flowers and present a spectacular euphoric picture altogether.

Mughal Gardens boast of rare and endangered varieties of over 159 floral species including tulips, daffodils, Asiatic lilies, hyacinth, viscaria etc. Besides, the complex houses four water tanks, with sparkling water fountains coming out of lotus bases made of red sandstone. This wonderful example of nature’s majestic beauty is open to the public for a specified duration in the month of February and March at the time of the festival of Udyanotsav.

Rashtrapati Bhawan: Located on the western end of the Rajpath in New Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India. It was originally built with the intent of serving as the Viceroy’s House. With its 340 rooms in the main building covering 5 acres on an estate of 330 acres, it is one of the largest residences of any head of the state in the world. This majestic piece of architecture was conceptualized by renowned architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The construction saw completion in the year 1929 and now stands today as a magnificent symbol of all that India is. Its current inhabitant is President Ram Nath Kovind who assumed office in July 2017.

The premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan has been divided into three circuits and can be accessed by an authorised visitor at specific times slots over the day. The first one is the Main Building and Central Lawn, where you can spectate the architecture firsthand. The second circuit is the Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum complex, which has a number of buildings within its own perimeter. The third circuit comprises of the marvellous Mughal Gardens which is a paradise of elegant gardens and lush greenery. Visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan for a marvellous acquaintance with all that is splendid and awe-inspiring.

Dilli Haat: Designed to invoke the ambience of a traditional village fair, Dilli Haat is every shopper’s paradise and a foodie’s haven. There are three Delhi Haats in Delhi: Pitampura, Janakpuri and INA, with INA being the most popular one. Delhi Haat INA is located in the commercial centre of South Delhi, bang opposite the INA Market. Run by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), the market offers a plethora of traditional crafts and handloom products including rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics, copperware, chandeliers, cane & jute products etc. In addition to this, the market has savoury lip-smacking food cuisines from varied parts of India- momos from Nepal, Bamboos hot chicken from Nagaland, Kahwa & Kebabs from Jammu, Pooranpoli from Maharastra etc.

Dilli Haat is a forum to bring together rural art and folk culture; it has an open-air theatre where cultural events are performed on a daily basis. Above all, it is a fascinating panorama of art, craft and culture and a perfect spot to capture all those candid pictures you always wanted.

Sprawling over a vast 6 acres of land, the area was initially retrieved as part of a reclamation process and converted into a food plaza cum cultural market in 1994. The ground was cleared, the foundation laid, little huts and cottages were constructed with thatched roofs to give it a village feel, and the food cum market plaza was good to go. Currently, the place houses 62 stalls, some of which are rotated every 15 days to other craftsmen; the cost of which is INR 250 per day.

Chandni Chowk: One of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is Old Delhi’s main thoroughfare which is a chaotic wholesale market lined by hawkers and porters offering full medieval bazaar experience. It is an important historical site renowned for the availability of every kind of goods as well as food. It was constructed in the 17th-century b the Mughal ruler of India Shah Jahan. It is situated opposite the Red Fort and provides a view of the Fatehpuri Mosque.

Crisscrossed by narrow streets with shops jostling for space, Chandi Chowk gives a feel of old Delhi shopping. Since the 17th-century era, this places is rightly called a “shoppers paradise” in Delhi. During the reign of Shah Jahan, there was a tree-lined canal running through its centre, reflecting the moon. Hence, the name “Chandni Chowk” came to being which means “moonlight place”. Shopping at Chandni Chowk is fun as the market is distributed in several streets and these narrow streets are inundated with vibrant varieties of clothes, perfumes, electronic items, jewellery, candles, idols of deities and lifestyle goods.

Jama Masjid: The ‘Masjid-I Jahan-Numa’ or Jama Masjid in Delhi is the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The mosque hosts thousands of pilgrims each year on the holy occasion of Eid to offer special Namaz in the morning. With a capacity of twenty-five thousand people in the courtyard, Jama Masjid extends for about 1200 square meters in area with three gateways, four towers and two minarets which are forty meters high. Syed Abdul Ghafoor Shah Bukhari, an Imam from Uzbekistan, inaugurated the mosque. Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Masjid during Namaz offerings.

Jama Masjid is situated in the older part of Delhi, now called Chandni Chowk and surrounded by beautiful Mughal structures. It took a huge construction cost of one million rupees at the time, five thousand workers and six years (1650-1656) to complete. To reach the entrance one needs to climb 121 steps which are filled with food and bookstalls in the evening. The massive central dome is an outstanding example of Islamic architecture. J Sadaullah Khan who was the Wazir (prime minister) during Shah Jahan’s rule supervised the construction of the mosque. Literally meaning “World Reflecting Mosque.”, the mosque was the last of Shah Jahan’s impressive collection of architectural undertakings, after the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.

Sarojini Nagar: Vibrantly coloured clothes strewn all over, tiny food stalls crammed in every nook, a loud cacophony of the salesboys – welcome to Sarojini Nagar, the most hep and trendy market of Delhi. Popularly known as bargain bazaar and every girl’s shopping paradise, this flea market has more to offer to women in comparison to men, in terms of clothing, footwear, kitchen utensils, accessories and cosmetics. Located in South Delhi, the bazaar is named after the famed freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. Also called as SN, it has some big brand showrooms to its possessions, but the essential crux of the market is the street shops and stray stalls littered with fabrics, denim, designer tops etc. With a wide range of high- street merchandise available at killer prices, Sarojini Nagar never disappoints anybody from designers to divas to professional or the college crowd.

The frenetic flea market boasts of some famous national and international brands; goods that have been cast aside due to surplus quantity or minor manufacturing defects are sold at throwaway prices. Therefore, at all times, you can find women scrutinizing the garments here for any defective items. Supposedly, ninety per cent of the shops here are family owned and are run by the same family for years together. Enclosed by poised localities like Safdarjung Enclave, South Extension, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar is set in the vicinity of Chanakyapuri, which is one of the most beautiful localities of Delhi itself.

Connaught Place: Connaught Place or ‘CP’ as it is more commonly known is a massive commercial and financial centre in New Delhi. Named after the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, this confusing market complex houses almost all famous international chain stores, famous food chains, restaurants and bars. Connaught Place has one of the largest national flags in the country. This circular, greying whitewashed structure has two concentric circles; the inner circle which has blocks A to F and the outer circle which has blocks G to N. The Connaught Place is also the ultimate place to experience the vibrant nightlife of Delhi housing some of the most famous bars and restaurants. Being one of the most popular after dark destinations, no visit to Delhi is complete without a visit to the Connaught Place.

Connaught Place has some of the best colonial buildings in the city. Always bustling with people, it is dotted with Contemporary art galleries, antique theatres like Regal Cinema and toy stores. Delhi’s first ice cream parlour, first toy store and first art gallery were all opened at this place. It is the ninth most expensive office market, costlier than Dubai, downtown Boston and Shanghai. Be it Indian or western fashion, khadi garments, accessories or various Indian handicrafts; one can get everything here.  Connaught Place or CP is also a favourite among the city’s party people. The nightlife here is lively with a myriad choice of some of the bars, pubs, sports bar, lounges, cafes and restaurants. Whether you are from Delhi or just visiting, you can dance the night away in one of the swanky nightclubs here. Connaught Place is a major shopping and entertainment centre apart from being a place to experience the diverse culture of the city.

Lajpat Nagar: Lajpat Nagar is a bustling and colourful neighbourhood in South Delhi, India. Named after the Lion of Punjab, the Honorable Lala Lajpat Rai, the region is best known for the Lajpat Nagar Central Market where many come to experience the thrill of the genuine Delhi life. One visit and you’ll know how lively the place is and this can be seen by the flamboyant goods on sale, the brilliant evening lights, the rushing inhabitants and the sounds of the ever so busy streets. Whether you choose branded or non-branded stuff, this is the place for one and all. A real paradise for shopaholics, you’ll find anything and everything to fit your budget. Plus, if you can bargain, you’ll be delighted with the incredible deals you crack.

The suburb of Lajpat Nagar is divided into four areas – Lajpat Nagar I, II and III which are located to the north of the Ring Road and Lajpat Nagar IV which is located to the south of the Ring Road. The neighbourhood consists of housing colonies and the famous Central Market. The market is pretty accessible within Delhi and is swarmed by locals and non-locals for daily necessities, clothing – especially for ready to wear and couture wedding apparel, electronics, and furnishings.

Lajpat Nagar is also famous for the delicious street food to suit every taste bud. So, whether you want scrumptious spicy food or have a sweet tooth, this place is apt for you. The place has an important position in the Indian Culture and hence has been featured numerous times in movies and television series. Do Duni Chaar, Cocktail, Vicky Donor, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye are some of the movies that featured Lajpat Nagar.

Khan Market: Regarded as one of Delhi’s most posh and classy place to shop, Khan Market of Delhi is one of the oldest and the costliest markets in India. Favoured by diplomats and Delhi’s influential, this market is renowned mainly for its fashion boutiques, amazing bookstores, opticians, homewares & cafes. For those who love stationery, the place offers handmade papers, lovely paper mache ornaments and other festive decorations. From the showrooms of the best brands to the restaurants providing lip-smacking food; the retail location is a paradise for both shopaholics and foodies. The visit to Khan Market is incomplete without tasting Khan Chacha’s tikkas and seekhs. Trust us, Delhites crave for these!

Established in 1951, the market has successfully held the essence of its original structure even in the times of rapid modernization. If you need to hang out late at night, Khan Market is the place for you as remains open till 12:00 AM.  A real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield rated Khan Market as the world’s 21st most expensive retail high street.

Paharganj: Replete with travellers, both Indian and foreign, Paharganj is the ultimate backpacker’s area of New Delhi. Dotted with budgeted hotels, cheap bars, and ultra-cheap restaurants; the labyrinthian alleys of Paharganj have a lot more to offer. In proximity to New Delhi Railway Station and Connaught Place, the budget travellers often come to Paharganj directly, even from the airport. Chaotic, noisy, dirty and yet the most vibrant market of Delhi. The availability of cheap guesthouses and almost everything of utility available on the streets, make this market every traveller’s paradise and every backpacker’s haven.

Dotted with souvenir shops, the alleys here are a wonderful amalgamation of colour, chaos and culture. With only a few bars having legal license to serve alcohol, don’t be surprised if you are served warm beer or asked to hide your glass and drink on the rooftop of a bar.

Nizamuddin Dargah: Dedicated to the world famous Muslim Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Chisti, the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is a mausoleum and shrine located in Delhi. The complex of the dargah is a beautiful amalgam of red stone and white marble and was built in the year 1526. Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah seeks to propagate the Sufi tradition which is based on spirituality and views all religions as equal. As an implication of the same, people of all religions are allowed to pay their respects to the grave of the great saint, and they do visit the shrine in the counts of thousands every week. The tombs of many other people Mughals such as Jahan Ara Begum and Inayat Khan are also present in the premises of the dargah. The tomb of lyricist Amir Khusro (disciple of Hazrat Nizammudin) is also situated within the Nizamuddin Dargah complex.

A vibe of spirituality and serenity seems to be omnipresent at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, where you can find throngs of devotees even in the later hours of the evening. The spirit of service is commonplace here, and a langar or free community kitchen is held every Thursday and Sunday for the devotees where only vegetarian food is served. Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah also plays host to qawwali and a Sufi singing session on Thursdays and Saturdays and a number of Sufi singers come here to pay their homage. One can easily spend hours of their time listening to the melodious renditions of the qawalls, or simply contemplate the divine under the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah sky.

Rajghat: Rajghat is a memorial in Delhi where Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation, was cremated followed by his assassination in the year 1948. The cenotaph commemorating his memory is a simple black marble structure that sits amid a beautiful garden. The place is visited by locals as well as foreigners and various delegates to pay their homage to the Father of the Nation. A prayer is held every Friday, the day he died at Rajghat.

Rajghat also has samadhis or memorials of notable leaders if India Jawaharlal Nehru, Sanjay Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Choudhary Charan Singh, Giani Zail Singh, Jagjivan Ram, Shankar Dayal Sharma, Devi Lal. Chandra Shekhar and I.K. Gujral. Raj Ghat, translating to King’s Bank is giving reference to its location on the bank of Yamuna River.

Birla Mandir: The Birla Mandir or Birla Temple popularly known as the Laxminarayan Temple is a temple dedicated to Laxminarayan. It is located at Connaught Place, New Delhi, and was built by the Birla family, which is why it is known as the Birla temple. Built-in the early 1900s and spread over a whopping 7.5 acres, the temple houses many shrines, fountains, and gardens along with sculptures and carvings.

The prime God of the temple is Lord Narayan with Goddess Laxmi. However, the temple has shrines dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Shiva and Hanuman among other Gods. Famous for celebrating Diwali and Janmashtami, the temple attracts tourists from around the world making it one of Delhi’s most famous religious attractions.

Safdarjung Tomb: Amongst the sundry places in Delhi that attract attention with their history or quaintness, is the twee tomb of Safdarjung. The elegant mausoleum built of marble and sandstone stands untouched in the test of time and boasts of 18th-century Mughal architectural style. Built in 1754, during the reign of Mughal Emperor- Ahmad Shah Bahadur, the namesake tomb is dedicated to the Prime Minister of the court- Safdarjung. Located in the heart of the city, at the junction of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg, the monument is a low-key tourist attraction of the city. Also known as ‘Safdarjung ka Maqbara’, the mausoleum boasts of a tranquil ambience and a majestic presence owing to its enormous dome, elaborate arches and intricate architecture.

The mausoleum built by Safdarjung’s son Shuja – ud – Daula, is one the very last specimen of Mughal architecture and signifies the downfall of the dynasty as a whole. Safdarjung’s Tomb, however, efficiently captures the legacy and the cultural aspects of the Mughal marvels. The garden tomb is built in a fashion similar to that Humayun ka Maqbara, and also houses several pavilions, a madrasa and a library at the entrance (managed by the Archaeological Survey of India).

ISKCON Temple: The ISKCON Temple, also known as the Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, is a Vaishnav temple dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radharani in the form of Radha Parthasarathi. It was established in the year 1998 by Achyut Kanvinde and is located in the Hare Krishna Hills, in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi. ISKON, whose actual name is Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, was formed in the year 1995 by then CM if Delhi Sahib Singh Verma and Lt. Smt. Sushma Swaraj. The outer complex is embellished with intricate carvings and stonework and has many shops and a beautiful fountain. Inside the main sanctum, the idols are adorned with rich clothes and jewellery. The temple complex is also a centre for learning Vedic sciences and many devotional lectures and addresses are arranged for the benefit and spiritual nerve of devotees.

The centre hall with pristine artworks reverberates the heavenly tune of “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”, which is the central theme in ISKCON Delhi.  Sundays call for special prayer services, and the festival of Janmashtami is celebrated here with great vigour.
ISKCON temple also houses a museum which organises multimedia shows exhibiting great epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Purana Qila: Stoically standing in the placid vicinity of Indraprastha, Purana Qila or the Old Fort is a masterpiece of the ancient glory and sterling architecture of the bygone Mughal Empire, and is one of the oldest forts in Delhi. Built on the banks of river Yamuna and spread over a vast 1.5 kms of area, the monument has tons of myths and legends of the medieval era attached to it. The most interesting of which suggests that the historical city of the Hindu religion- Indraprastha was built here, by Pandavas and the fort was the famous assembly hall, mentioned in the epic Mahabharat. It is also believed that the king Humayun met his end by tumbling down the steps of his library within the fort. Situated in the heart of the city and boasting of idyllic and a serene panorama, the fort radiates romantic vibes and is frequented by couples to enjoy some moments of solitude.

The gigantic citadel has three entrances and is surrounded by a moat, which is now used for boating. The lush green lawns graciously blessed with several shady trees are a haven if you are looking to spend some quiet time in the summers. The fortress constructed in traditional Mughal style and ornamented with rich embellishments attracts history buffs and archaeology enthusiasts day in and day out. In addition to this, Purana Qila hosts a light and sound show on “the seven cities of Delhi”, every evening, which is very popular among the tourists. The show highlights the evolution of New Delhi from Indraprastha.

Pragati Maidan: The Pragati Maidan, on the Mathura Road in New Delhi, is a huge complex-cum-exhibition centre with a total exhibit area of 150 acres. Equipped with well-paved roads, lawns, gardens and eating outlets; Pragati Maidan, which literally means ‘progress grounds’, houses 16 vast and spacious halls in all and is the biggest exhibition centre that Delhi boasts of. The place hosts about 70 national and international exhibitions and conventions each year.

The Pragati Maidan, which was built to celebrate 25 years of India’s independence, technological progress and indigenous talent, is a living embodiment of the ‘Make in India’ concept and is undoubtedly an iconic structure. One of the most sought-after of these events is the Indian International Trade Fair (IITF), which also happens to be the largest event here, with an estimated footfall of 10,000 exhibitors and 30,00,000 visitors each year. Other prominent events that are held here include the World Book Fair, Delhi Book and Stationery Fair, Auto Expo, and the Delhi Jewellery and Gem Fair.

Other than the well developed and fully equipped complex, the Pragati Maidan also boasts of many attractions, such as The Son of India Pavilion, Defence Pavilion and a movie theatre named Shakuntalam. This and much more make the Pragati Maidan a famous tourist attraction. So the next time you visit Delhi, do not forget to check out the fantastic and informative exhibitions going on here.

National Museum: Also known as the National Museum of India, the National Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India, situated on the corner of the Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. Established in 1949, the blueprints of the majestic repository were prepared by the Gwyer Committee set up by the Government of India in 1946. Today, the museum boasts of possessing a whopping 200,000 artworks, both Indian and foreign, and is maintained by the Ministry of Culture, Department of India. Covering an extensive range of products from the prehistoric times to modern works of art, the museum traces the rich cultural heritage of nations across the world, from over 5000 years ago.

The museum also houses National Museum Institute of the History of Arts, Conservation and Museology which was added as a different section in 1983. Since 1989, this section runs different courses in History of Arts, Conservation and Museology for Masters and Doctoral degrees. Besides, the repository boasts of 4th and 5th century B.C. relics, dating back to the times of Buddha and the Harappan Civilization, in addition to numerous wood carvings, paintings, sculptures, murals, textiles, armoury etc. The two-storeyed building has clearly segregated chambers to display antiques of different periods. It covers all departments including Archaeology, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Manuscripts, Textiles, Numismatics, Epigraphy, Central Asian Antiquities, Anthropology, Pre-Columbian American and Western Art Collections. The museum is an unparalleled blend of the glorious past and the wondrous present.

Crafts Museum: Popularly known as the Crafts Museum, the National Handicrafts Museum is a centre to exhibit varied specimens of handicrafts, textile and local decor and to preserve, protect and revive the tradition of local handicrafts. Located in the far corner of Pragati Maidan in Delhi, the museum is designed by the prominent architect Charles Correa and is currently under the management of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. People often go here for the famous Lota Cafe serving the best of regional Indian cuisine. The Crafts Museum Shop is a souvenir shop for you to take back little knick-knack home.

At present, the museum houses over thirty-three thousand assorted collections of various crafts collected over the last 60 years from different states of India. The diverse collection inside the museum includes exhaustive textiles and fabrics, bronze and metal lamps, sculptures, wood carvings, bamboo crafts, terracotta figurines, tribal paintings etc. Among the multiple galleries housed in the complex, the popular ones include Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery, Gallery of Courtly Crafts, Textile Gallery, Gallery of Popular Culture etc. A mini model of a village spread over 5 acres of land is located in the premise. The village complex displays actual generic exhibits depicting the life of rural India. Besides, the museum also has a library, an auditorium, a research centre, and a laboratory.

Tughlaqabad Fort: Tughlaqabad Fort is a ruined fort in Delhi built by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, founder of Tughlaq dynasty and ruler of Delhi Sultanate in 132. Located near the Okhla industrial area, the fort is one of the most beautiful specimens of Islamic architecture.

Along with the high walls, palaces and citadel, the great gateways, the fort area also have the mausoleum of the founder and first ruler of the fort – Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq and his wife and son. It took four years to construct the fort, and15 years later, it was abandoned. It is said that a Sufi saint Nizammudin Auliya cursed Tughlaqabad as a punishment for the arrogance of Ghiyasuddin. The fort is believed to be haunted by djinns. Adilabad Fort, a small fort built by Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq is located around 2 km from the fort. The two forts were earlier separated by a reservoir that stood between the two hills, but it dried up now.

Teen Murti Bhavan: The Teen Murti Bhavan is a splendid and historical architecture located in the Indian capital city of New Delhi. This magnificent structure was built in the year 1930 by British architect Robert Torr Russel as a part of the new capital city and served as the residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army. After Independence, it was converted into the residence of the Indian Prime Minister, who was Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru at that time. The Teen Murti Bhavan was his residence for 16 years until his death in 1964, after which the house was converted into a memorial dedicated to him. It is called so owing to the statue of three soldiers that exists in the premises of the Bhavan.

In addition to being an important national memorial, Teen Murti Bhavan today houses various institutions like the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. Some parts of Nehru’s old office have been recreated in the museum by using the same furniture and other artefacts that he used at that time, while the library has exhaustive resources on the modern history of India. The office of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund is also situated within the bounds of the Bhavan. One of the four Nehru Planetariums is also located within the grounds of the house and is a place of keen interest for children and science enthusiasts alike. The planetarium hosts some really interesting shows and presentations in its sky theatre and is a must if you happen to visit this place.

Rajpath: Rajpath, which means the “King’s Way is a ceremonial avenue that is located in the heart of New Delhi, the capital state of India. Rajpath runs from the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill on one end to the National Stadium on the other end and passes through Vijay Chowk and India Gate. Also popularly referred to as ‘The Royal Road’, Rajpath is surrounded by beautiful and lush green gardens, rows of trees and canals on both sides. It was constructed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who was instrumental in designing and building New Delhi and was the main architect of numerous monuments including the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Rajpath was built to provide an unhindered view of Delhi, as Lutyens wanted to have a panoramic sight from the Viceroy’s palace.

Rajpath is undoubtedly one of the most important roads that New Delhi houses and is also the yearly site for the Republic Day Parade that takes place on 26 January. The Republic Day Parade showcases a vast display of Indian arms and ammunition, as well as other sophisticated weaponry on hold for the security of the country. At the same time, the rich and distinct culture of the nation is presented to the millions of onlookers who throng either side of the Rajpath.

It is bordered by the North and South Blocks of the Secretariat Building on its either sides. The long lanes have trees running and the gardens located around Rajpath make the area more colourful. The entire area is well maintained and is home to delegates.

Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque: Located within the Qutub Minar complex at Mehrauli in Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (translating to ‘Might of Islam’) was built by the Mamluk ruler Qutub-ud-din Aibak. Yet another feather in the cap of Delhi, the monument is the first mosque to be built in the city after the Islamic conquest of India and is known as a celebration of the Muslim Rule. Also known as Jami Masjid, the construction of the mosque began in 1193 AD; and the ancient mausoleum is also the oldest surviving testament of the Ghorids architecture in the Indian subcontinent. Subsequent additions were made to the monument later, during the reigns of Iltutmish and Alauddin Khilji. Initially, the idea of the mosque was conceived as a stand-alone structure but later, Qutub Minar was constructed along-side simultaneously as a ‘Minar of Jami Masjid” with the idea for the priest to perform azaan- call-out for namaz.

The architecture and technique of Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque resemble the structure and pattern of other monuments at the time built by the same ruler like Adhai Din ka Jhopra and Ajmer Mosque. It is believed that the entire Qutub Minar complex was established after demolishing temples and Sanskrit schools at the spot. A Persian inscription found at the site suggest that it required the destruction of twenty-seven Hindu and Jain temples to furnish the material for the construction of this mosque. Originally built with red sandstone, grey quartz and white marble, the building is currently in ruins; and due to decades of negligence and abandonment in the maintenance, a few layers of plaster have given way to reveal Hindu carvings on the original stone. Although in a dilapidated state now, the mosque is cherished as one of the most magnificent works of architecture in all of the world.

Sulabh International Museum of Toilets: Home to umpteen monuments of historical importance, awe-striking places of heritage and breathtakingly beauteous locales, Delhi always has yet more new surprises in store. One such asset is Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, built in 1992 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (a social activist) and titled as one of the weirdest museum in the world by Time magazine. Established with the objective to address the global history of sanitation and toilets, the museum is anything but mundane and is a source of amusement to many. With a plethora of exhibits accumulated from over 50 countries and ranging from ornately carved toilets to painted urinals and related anecdotes, the repository brings to you the entire history of toilets from 3000 BC to the 20th century, meticulously arranged in three sections of Ancient, Medieval and Modern.

The museum is an absolute delight to visit; it has exhibits and items displaying the transition in the toilet related technology, sanitation habits, hygiene etiquettes and the like. What makes the entire depository even more attractive is the tiny piece of toilet poetry latched to the specimens on the display boards. Among the many chamber pots, Victorian toilet seats, golden commodes, bidet, toilet furniture and privies; the most fascinating is the copy of the toilet of King Louis XIV believed to have been used by the king to defecate while still in court. The museum is flocked by tourists from all over India and across the world owing to its rare displays and weird concept. Lately, the cleanliness drive by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the very famous Bollywood movie (Toilet- Ek Prem Katha) escalated the popularity of this rare museum.

Nicholson Cemetery: Situated in the heart of the city in Kashmere Gate area of New Delhi and formerly known as Old Delhi Military Cemetery or the Kashmere Gate Cemetery, Nicholson Cemetery (also known as Lothian Cemetery) is an ancient Christian cemetery named after the Brigadier-General John Nicholson, a Victorian-era military officer who played a crucial role during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and succumbed to injuries during the revolt. Lately emerging among the Delhites as the ‘most peaceful place in Delhi’; the cemetery is a burial ground of both the English and Indian Christians during the British Raj in India.

Located amidst wild bushes on the trail to the left is the grave of John Nicholson. Not much further is a tiny cottage occupied by the caretaker and his family. Other than that, there are umpteen rows of gravestones marked with lifespans of hundreds of people- some newborns who did not even live to see a year. Apart from young kids and a few heritage walks, this place is free of any activity. The cemetery is also notoriously popular for a few ghost activities. According to the Indian Paranormal Society, the headless apparition of John Nicholson haunts the place.

Iron Pillar: Iron Pillar is one of the many mysterious monuments of wonder present in Delhi- the capital of India. Located within the Qutub Minar complex in Mehrauli area of New Delhi, the Iron Pillar has been posing as one of the foremost metallurgical curiosities of the world due to its prowess to not exhibit a speck of rust despite being thousands of years old. Made with 98% wrought iron and withstanding over 1600 years of withering, the pillar still stands sturdy and resists corrosion. However, a few studies in the recent times suggest that the incorrigible nature of the monument is due to a thin layer of crystalline iron hydrogen phosphate hydrate forming on the high-phosphorus-content iron, which serves to protect it from the effects of the humid climate and weather conditions.

Dating back to sometime during the 4th century AD, the inscriptions borne on the pillar suggest that the pillar was originally constructed as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu God Vishnu and in the memory of the famous Gupta King Chandragupta II. Weighing approximately 6000 kgs, the precise date and place of creation of the pillar are still disputable. It is believed that the pillar was initially installed in Madhya Pradesh; however, how and why it came to be a part of Delhi is still questionable. There are also a lot of local myths attached to the edifice. Before the metal fence was created around it, you could see a group of tourists, with their backs turned to the pillar try to touch both their hands circling the pole. Anyone who could touch their hands was considered lucky.

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library: Housed within the premises of the grand Teen Murti Bhavan in Delhi, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is an autonomous institution established in the memory of the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Founded in 1964, after the death of Pandit Nehru, with an aim to foster research and preserve the modern and contemporary history and the Indian Independence Movement, the museum is currently managed and maintained by Department of Culture, Government of India. Besides being the prime source of detailed information on Nehru, the repository also has archives of Mahatma Gandhi’s writings, in addition to private documents of C. Rajagopalachari, B. C. Roy, Jayaprakash Narayan, Charan Singh, Sarojini Naidu and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Other than the umpteen talks, workshops, special shows and live interaction programmes, the museum also conducts quizzes and activities both for kids and for adults.

Sprawling over a vast area of 30 acres of land, the complex comprises of an elaborate museum in the eastern wing and a library in the western wing. Originally set up by Bal Ram Nanda and also managed by him for the next 17 years, the depository is a treasure trove of facts and data about the freedom struggle of India. The curated information along with the rapid growth in the research data required more space; hence an exclusive library building was added in 1974. Further, a centre for contemporary studies was also added in 1990. Every year, the museum celebrates its Foundation Day on April 1st. In addition to being a centre of research, the complex also houses a planetarium and is thronged by thousands of tourists.

Chhatarpur Temple: Situated in the posh locality of South Delhi, i.e. Chhatarpur, Chhatarpur Temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, a part of Navadurga. Founded by Baba Sant Nagpal Ji in 1974, the temple is the second largest in all of India after Akshardham Temple (which is also in Delhi). Popular for its fabulous lattice screen work (jaali design), the shrine is a masterpiece of spectacular architecture which is an amalgamation of South and North Indian designs. Besides the presiding deity, the complex has smaller chambers dedicated to idols of different gods including Maa Mahishasurmardini, Ram-Darbar, Radha-Krishna, Shiv-Parvati, Laxmiji, Ganeshji, Hanumanji etc. The highlight of the mandir is the opulent ‘Shayya Kaksh’ which is the resting room for Goddess Katyayani; the room houses a bed and dressing table made of silver.

Sprawling over a vast area of approximately 70 acres, the temple is plonked by thousands of deities every day. A sacred tree in the compound is also a revered site of worship. People tie a thread around it and make a wish; it is believed that the tree has supernatural powers and wishes made with faith, fervour and a religious temperament do come true. Navratri is the major festival at the temple and is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm; the management also provides langar food to over a lac devotees during the occasion.

Hijron ka Khanqah: Located in the Mehrauli area of South Delhi, Hijron ka Khanqah is the the Islamic monument for the burial of the Muslim transgenders. The name literally translates to ‘spiritual retreat for eunuchs’ and the cemetery is situated within the Archaeological Park in Mehrauli village. Dating back to the 15th century, the pre-Mughal monument boasts of serenity and tranquility and houses forty-nine graves of the eunuchs who died during the reign of Lodhi dynasty. The memorial is managed by the Hijras (eunuchs) of Turkman Gate since the 20th century who also visits the place on religious occasion and important events to feed the poor and help the needy.

The entire vibe and aura of the place reverberates with repose and calmness. The compound has a narrow entry gate that lead to a marble patio which is dotted with white colored graves all over. Adjacent to the cemetery is a tiny terrace and on the west, (in the direction of Kaaba) is a mosque for praying. Among the many tombs in the graveyard, the most important is that of a prominent hijra called Miyan Saheb.

Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir: Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the best-known and the most ancient Jain temple in Delhi. Located in the Chandni Chowk area, in the vicinity of Red Fort, the striking building is made entirely out of red sandstone. Originally built in 1658, the temple underwent major modifications and alterations in the later years. Popularly known as Lal Mandir aka ‘Red Temple’, the temple is dedicated to 23rd Jain Tirthankara- Parshvanath. Besides the huge statue of Parshvanath, the temple also houses idols of Rishabhdev, Lord Mahavir and several other deities; the main devotional area is however present on the first floor.

The shrine is famous in the city because of the massive avian veterinary hospital behind the main temple complex which is called Jain Birds Hospital. Inspired by Vardhman Mahavir’s message ‘live and let live’, the centre comprises of general wards and ICU and tends to birds and avian patients that need utmost care. Situated adjacent to the most chaotic area of Delhi, the temple is mostly popular for its striking architecture, beautiful carvings, pure gold artwork and frescos. Paryushan, Samvatsari, Jnaan Panchami and Deepawali are the major festivals celebrated at the temple and we recommend you to visit at the same time to be a part of the elaborate festivities.

Fatehpuri Masjid: Situated at the western end of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, Fatehpuri Masjid is a 17th century mosque named after the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife- Fatehpuri Begum. Built in 1650, the mosque is constructed entirely of red stone and boasts of a fluted dome and towering minarets. A masterpiece of Mughal architecture, the mosque has a vast central prayer hall designed with seven enormous arches. The monument is famous as it was used to station the Indian troops during the war of 1857. Later, it was also auctioned by the British to a local merchant.

Boasting of spectacular architectural expertise of the bygone Mughal era, the mosque has three huge entrance gates, one of which opens across the road from Red Fort and the other two are located towards the North and South. The mosque is thronged by devotees and tourists alike owing to its heritage and historical significance. The most popular festivals celebrated at the place are Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Azha when the edifice is beautifully decorated and is a sight to behold.

Jhandewalan Hanuman Temple: Towering over the entire New Delhi city, the 108 feet colossal Hanuman idol is housed within the Hanuman Mandir complex in Jhandewalan. Located above the raised metro line between Karol Bagh and Jhandewalan Metro Stations, the gigantic statue is only one of the attractions of the temple, another prominent highlight of the shrine is the dramatic entrance designed like a mouth of a rakshasa (demon) which has been slain and is waiting for its death. At the base of the statue, there is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali. Tuesdays are the most visited days of the week, by the pilgrims. However, owing to the spectacle that the statue is, the temple is visited by devotees and tourists alike.

Built in 1997, the temple is at a strategic location and simply cannot be missed if you are in the vicinity, owing to its gigantic size. The evening aarti at the temple is the most important ritual at as the arms of the giant Hanuman statue move back, the chest slides apart and beautiful idols of Goddess Sita and Lord Sri Ram appear to give darshan to the pilgrims. The activity is undoubtedly a mesmerising sight and people gather in large numbers to witness the spectacle.

Charkha Museum: Charkha Museum is one of the latest additions to the wonderful assets of Delhi. Constructed in collaboration with KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission), the museum highlights the importance of great heritage of Indian Charkha. Inaugurated on 27th May 2017, the museum is built atop the underground Palika Bazaar in Connaught Place opposite the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan. Managed by New Delhi Municipal Corporation, the gigantic model of the Indian Charkha (26 feet long, 13 feet wide and 4 feet high) promotes the philosophy of self-reliance. The charkha weighs about 5 tonnes and is weather proofed to stand sturdy against storms, rains and sun.

This symbol of nationalism celebrates the history and evolution of our culture, Swadeshi movement and is a dedication to the Father of our Nation- Mahatma Gandhi. Standing firm in the heart of the city with the colossal Indian flag unfurled adjacent to it, the vibe and the aura of the place resonates with patriotism and a national sentiment. The in-house museum showcases 14 vintage charkha models and depicts the journey of charkhas from ‘kapas’ to ‘yarn’ to the final ‘khadi product’. In addition, the museum also has a multimedia display of Gandhiji’s journey from his younger days to his death.

Isa Khan’s Tomb: Located adjacent to Humayun’s Tomb in the same complex in Nizamuddin area of Delhi, Isa Khan Tomb is the final resting place of Isa Khan- a courtesan for Sher Shah Suri and his son Islam Shah Suri. Built during the lifetime of the namesake Pashtun noble, the construction of the monument resembles the architectural patterns in the building of the Sur reign. Also, the construction of Isa Khan’s Tomb presides the Humayun’s Tomb. The tomb boasts of lattice screens, glazed tiles and deep verandah. The octagonal tomb has spectacular architecture finesse which is apparent in the distinctive ornamentation of the monument in the form of glazed canopied and elaborate carvings.

Standing south to the Bu Halima garden, the main tombstone is made out of red sandstone and is marked with the inscription addressed to Isa Khan and the date of the construction during the reign of Sher Shah Suri. Lately, the restoration of this striking monument led to the discovery of sunken gardens, which is still considered the earliest examples of the technique. At the corner of the tomb is situated a tiny mosque with matching architecture and patterns from those of the tomb. The mosque was built at the same time as the tomb and was supposed to be the praying room for Isa Khan. The building is a wonderful piece of architectural finesse and are thronged by thousands of tourists from all across the world.

Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum: Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum is one of the most sought after and one of the most awed museums in all of Delhi, Located inside the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the museum was inaugurated in 2014 by the then President of India Pranab Mukherjee. The depository showcases invaluable artefacts and exquisite products for the lovers of art, culture and history. The complex is situated alongside Circuit 2 within the compound and has been further segregated into three sections- The Clock Tower, The Stables and The Garage. The Garage is the most recent addition to the complex inaugurated in 2016.

Built for a whopping cost of over 80 crores in two years, the underground museum boasts of housing the indispensable gifts given to our country from all across the world, since the time of our first President- Dr. Rajendra Prasad. The galleries have been facilitated with virtual reality equipment’s and multi-screen projects to provide a live element to the story-telling feature. Besides the generic facets of displaying articles, artefacts and products, the museum has an art gallery which hosts exhibitions frequently; it also has a platform displaying speeches from the former presidents of India through a privilite projection. All in all, the museum is a wonderful initiative and a must visit.

Siri Fort: Siri Fort is among the many renowned monuments of heritage and culture, situated in New Delhi. Located between Hauz Khas on the east and Mehrauli in the north, the construction of the fort is believed to have begun in 1303, during the reign of Alauddin Khilji. The fort was only a part of the strategic city of Siri which was second of the seven cities built during the time, by the Turks of the Delhi Sultanate. However, as of now, only a few remnants of the same can be seen in the form of fort ruins; but the majestic architecture and the historical relevance still draws hordes of tourists to visit it.

History suggests that the city of Siri was built to protect the empire from the attack of the Mongols; and after the war, close to 8000 Mongol soldiers were buried in the city. At the time it was constructed, Siri had plenty of palaces, and other monuments including seven magnificent gates to enter and exit. However, now, the fort is in a derelict state with leftover ramparts, some citadels and a southeastern gate. Nevertheless, the majestic monument still resonates with the opulence of the bygone times and has traces of the palatial buildings and precious stones’ carvings which once adorned it. The site has now become a place of local recreation and at all times you can find people exploring the fort ruins or kids playing around in the park area.

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum: Situated in the Children’s Book Trust Building at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum is a veritable dreamland for kids. Shankar’s Museum is one among the most popular tourist attractions of the city; the idea behind the museum was conceptualized by the famous cartoonist K. Shankar Pillai. Segregated into two sections, the repository has over 160 shelves full of dolls from all across the world. At the time when it was created, in 1965, the museum was inaugurated with just around 500 dolls; however, as of now, the number has shot up to a collection 6500 dolls from over 85 countries, 500 of which are from the different states of India itself.

Spread over an area of 5000 square feet, the museum has two sections-one to display the dolls from western nations and second to display dolls from India and the Asian countries. It also has a workshop area where tourists can learn the art of doll making. The dollhouse itself has been designed in various themes including- man on the moon, Mexican aborigines, Japanese kabuki dancer etc. Shankar’s Museum is the largest of its kind in all of India. Considered as the best option for children’s day out, the museum is frequented by visitors all through the year.

Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib: Situated in the Chandi Chowk area of Old Delhi, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is one among the nine historical Gurudawara in Delhi. Built in 1783 by Baghel Singh (military general in the Punjab cantonment), the Gurudawara is the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru-Guru Tegh Bahadur.

The Sikh Guru was executed here on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb on the 11th of November 1675 as he refused to convert his religion to Islam. Before the body could be revived and displayed for view for the devotees, it was stolen by one of the Guru’s disciples Lakhi Shah Vanjara. Vanjara carried the body to his home and burnt down his house to cremate his Guru. Today, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib stands at that spot. The head of Guru Tegh Bahadur was taken to Anandpur Sahib and cremated there by his son. Like all other gurdwaras, this one is also open to people of all religions and faith to visit.

National Bal Bhavan: National Bal Bhavan is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, headquartered at ITO, New Delhi. Established in 1956 by the then Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the centre aims to nurture and enhance the creative ability of young children by providing them with an interactive environment replete with engaging activities and interesting opportunities according to their age-group, abilities and aptitude. Pandit Nehru believed that the formal education system was too strict and syllabus bound and had little scope to help develop the young minds completely. The inception of national Bal Bhavan therefore, came into the picture. Today, the centre helps young generations became efficient future scientists, engineers, leader and overall responsible citizens

Laced with numerous absorbing activities, creative arts, literary projects, photography and museum techniques, the centre provides a wonderful platform to kids to express and evolve their ideas; and help them in their overall growth. Besides the fun activities that National Bal Bhavan boasts of, the institute also has an informative museum which offers non-formal learning opportunities and knowledge to children. In addition, it has a traffic park, skating park, camping hostel, amphitheatre, cultural exchange programmes and interesting workshops.

Indian War Memorial Museum: Located in the Naubat Khana within the premises of the historic Red Fort in Delhi, Indian War Memorial Museum was built with an objection to pay tribute and respect to the Indian soldiers who fought in the war on behalf of the country. Spread over two floors, the galleries are accessorized to depict the military history of India with arms, weapons, variety of daggers, chest armours and other objects of war. The first gallery has a brilliant miniature model of the war scene between Babur and Ibrahim Lodi. The other entities of this section include swords, daggers, helmets, armours, gilded weapons, battle axes etc. The next two galleries are replete with replicas of slightly evolved weapons of war which comprise of bombshells, pistols, machine guns, gunpowder and other objects which were mostly used during World War I.

The following two galleries are a representation of the European influence over weapons and communication facilities since telegraphs, telephones, radars, signal lamps etc. It also displays the uniforms, badges, flags and ribbons of the officers from far away lands like New Zealand and Turkey. Besides this, there is also displayed a complete dress of Maharaja of Jodhpur in the museum bedecked with a belt, jewellery, turban and sword. The museum boasts of a wonderful collection of the bygone era and is flocked by tourist’s day in and day out.

Alai Minar: Among the many historical monuments present within the Qutub Minar complex, Alai Minar stands apart as it has been left incomplete. The construction was started by the Ilbari ruler Alauddin Khilji as a project to build a minar higher than the Qutub Minar. The ruler had high ambitions and wanted to be credited for many monuments of grandeur and splendour. After winning the Deccan war, he indulged in making modifications to the famous Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque within the same complex. Once the mosque was doubled in size, Khilji proceeded to construct the highest tower as a mark of his prowess and victory. However, the minar was left incomplete as the king died in 1316 AD, very soon after the construction of the tower began. The complete description of the king’s intentions and the construction of the minar is mentioned in Amir Khusro’s book ‘Tarikh-e-Alai’.

Alai Minar was designed to be two times higher than the Qutub Minar and well proportioned with the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque in the area. The idea was however abandoned and as of now, the building is 80 feet high, mammoth rubble masonry, finished only up to one storey. The unhewn structure stands bare and suggests the creator’s intentions to be adorned with dressed stones and fancy architecture. The construction was not taken up by the descendants of the Khilji dynasty and eventually the minar was left unaddressed and neglected. But, even though in a derelict and a decrepit state, the monument resonates with the majesty and the magnificence of the bygone era.

Majnu ka Tila: Majnu ka Tila is a Tibetan market and colony, located near the North Campus in Delhi. Popular as Little Tibet in Delhi, it is known for some amazing restaurants and cafes, Tibetan market and Majnu ka Tilla gurdwara. MKT, as it is popularly known, is swamped (almost at all times) mostly with college students and tourists. With its labyrinthian alleys, tiny swaying Tibet flags and tinker of the prayer bells, Majnu ka Tilla is like mini Dharamsala in Delhi. Here you will also find several eateries, boutique shops, apparel stores and more selling traditional merchandise, clothes and souvenirs etc.
Museum of Archaeology: Located within the premises of Purana Qila, in New Delhi, Museum of Archaeology displays exhibits, most of which were excavated at Purana Qila itself by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1955 and between 1969 and 1973. One of the most fascinating and popular museums of India, the depository is situated on the upper floor of the fort right next to the entrance. The collection of articles and relics at the museum are excavations which are the evidence of earliest settlements in the city dating back to 1000 BC. The exhibits are placed in a sequenced order ranging from painted grey ware to objects collected over time through the age of Mauryans, Mughals, Sunga, Kushan, Gupta, Rajput and the Sultanate Empires.

Besides, the museum boasts of a wonderful collection of antiquities and pottery products from different ancient periods. In addition to that, it has paintings, textiles, costumes, beautifully calligraphed manuscripts and the like. A separate section in the same museum has relics bought and preserved from the First War of Independence which include armours, daggers, maps and other weaponry etc. For its vast collection, artefacts and excavation displays, the museum is a huge hit and is very popular especially among history buffs, tourists and local students.

Indian Habitat Centre: Situated on Delhi’s plush Lodhi Road, India Habitat Centre is a multipurpose building with separate areas dedicated to commercial space, food plazas and social spots. One of the most comprehensive convention centres in the city, the complex boasts of striking architecture in addition to world-class auditoriums, elaborate library, multi-cuisine diners and not to forget the very beautiful amphitheatre and an all-around serene atmosphere.

Sprawling over an area of nine acres, the wondrous campus is the result of the architectural brilliance of Joseph Stein, Doshi and Bhalla who designed the structure. After its inception in 1993, the centre gradually transformed from a traditional workspace to a modernistic domain catering to art exhibitions, music events, presentations, cultural festivals, private luncheons and the like. The convention centre has emerged as one of the most popular cultural hubs in the city with a plethora of activities available for a better functioning economy. Designed to incorporate different sections of the society, the centre aims for a better functioning relationship between individuals and institutions working in diverse fields.

Bengali Market: Located around the Todarmal Road area near Mandi House in New Delhi, Bengali Market is one of the oldest and the most popular markets of Delhi. Built in a circular zone around a traffic roundabout, the market only has a handful of shops to flaunt. Majorly popular for Nathu’s Sweets and Bengali Sweet house, the bazaar has an upscale feel to it and mostly caters to the requirements of food, flowers and fruits. The sweet shops are popular all around the city for delectable rajma chawal, chole bhature, golgappas and other sweetmeats. Adding to the resplendence of the surroundings are vibrant florists tucked away in the corners, laden with colourful blooming flowers.

Besides, the market houses some of the prominent fruit shops in the area. The fruits sold here are a tad bit costly than elsewhere in Delhi due to their premium quality and rarity. Shiv Fruit Mart & Brij Fruit Mart is among the popular names; they have the availability of all seasonal fruits and a lot of export varieties. The fruits shops also have impressive fruit basket hampers which are picked as thoughtful gifting purposes. Besides these, the market has the basic dry-cleaners, photo labs, pharmacists and general merchants. A tiny temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also located at the periphery of the market.

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art: Situated within the Saket District Centre in New Delhi, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is the first private museum in India dedicated to contemporary and modern arts. Established in 2010, the museum has a centre in Noida as well. Sprawling over an area of 18000 square feet, the repository mostly has the art collection from the 20th-century painters. However, it also features the young and contemporary talents. The idea of the museum has been inspired from similar depositories in the US- Guggenheim, MoMA, and the Whitney. Initially, Mrs Kiran Nadar started the venture by displaying exhibits in a cafeteria outside her husband’s office, but later the gallery moved to South Court Mall in Saket.

Currently, the museum boasts of an elaborate collection with more 4500 works of arts from painters dating back to the 19th century. The prominent works are from the celebrated Indian artists including M. F. Hussain, Raja Ravi Verma and Anish Kapoor. Other than the painting displays, the museum hosts regular workshops, seminars, symposiums, exotic art exhibitions and public programs.

Adventure Island: Probably the most famous of all adventure parks in Delhi NCR, Adventure Island is a one-stop haunt for all the dose of thrill and enjoyment. It is a super-hit with kids and adults alike, and couples find it a refreshing change to head to for spending an exciting date! It has a vast array of adult rides, rides for kids, water rides as well as special events that are organised from time to time. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you head for a ride on ‘Butterfly Feeling’ or ‘Twister’ meant for adults; alternatively, you could let your inner child have fun on less scary rides such as Wild Wheels, Sky Riders or Splash Down. Wave Rocker, It’s a Ringa Ringa Thing, Bush Buggies, Splash Dunk and Bumper Cars are loved by families and large friends’ groups. In addition to the adventure park, you could dabble in some window-shopping experience at the Metro Walk, which is dotted with all the latest brands, and finally, head towards a satisfying lunch or dinner at plenty of culinary options available. The best part about this place is its super convenient connectivity by metro as it is located bang opposite to Rithala station on the red line.
Nehru Park: Located in the Chanakyapuri Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi, Nehru Park sprawls over an area of 85 acres. Named after our first Prime Minister Pandit Nehru, the park was established in 1969.
Aastha Kunj: Situated in South East Delhi between the neighbourhoods of Lotus Temple, ISKCON temple and Nehru Place, Aastha Kunj (also known as Aartha Kunj) sprawls over 200 acres of lush green lawns, flowering shrubs and green trees. Especially popular among romantic couples, the park is also frequented by kids and adults alike.
Sunder Nursery: Sunder Nursery in New Delhi is a 16th-century heritage park home to 6 world heritage monuments. The 90-acre garden near Humayun’s Tomb also houses a paradise garden with a marble fountain, almost 300 plants and tree species, 80 bird species and 40 butterfly species. Formerly known as Azeem Bagh, it was originally built by the Mughals in the 16th century.
Roshanara Bagh: Built by Roshanara Begum, Shah Jahan’s second daughter, the verdant green Roshanara Bagh is situated in the Kamla Nagar area of North Campus in New Delhi. Replete with numerous varieties of trees, plants and medicinal herbs (some of which have been imported from Japan), the park also has a lake which hosts migratory birds in winters.
Delhi Ridge: Also known as The Ridge and the Kamla Nehru Ridge, Delhi Ridge is a rocky forested area spanning 35 kms from Tughlaqabad in south east to Wazirabad on the west. The forest is a trail end of the Aravalli Range and boasts of a rich wildlife. With several monuments and ruins of ancient forts and fortresses housed within the woods, the place is frequented by romantic couples, adults and kids alike.
Nehru Planetarium: The Nehru Planetarium of New Delhi is located in the lush green grounds of the Teen Murti House. Built in the fond memory of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, the grounds on which the planetarium was established is one of great historical significance since it was the residence of the late prime minister himself. The planetarium is brimming with information related to space and cosmology which is displayed in the form of splendid sound and visuals, making one feel almost at one with stars. There are regular interactive sessions, art competitions and stellar space equipment on display, making this place a massive hub of tourists.

Officially known as the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the museum was inaugurated in 1984 by former prime minister of India, Smt. Indira Gandhi. It was set up with the premise of promoting Science and Astronomy in India, of which Chacha Nehru himself was a staunch proponent. The establishment is well endowed with state-of-the-art telescopes, solar filters and projectors with which one can view almost 2 million stars and experience the vastness of outer space. Two standout attractions include the dome shaped Sky Theatre and the Soyuz T-10 capsule which carried India’s first cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma to space. The planetarium is thus inundated with almost 2 lakh visitors every year with the yearning to take a peek outside Earth.

Select City Walk Mall: Select City Walk Mall is among the most popular shopping malls of Delhi. Located in Saket suburb of the city, the mall is replete with a number of brand stores both international and domestic. Besides the fun and games zones for kids and a huge PVR multiplex, the mall also has a gigantic food court with umpteen food chain restaurants.
India Art Fair: Held in New Delhi, India Art Fair is one of the leading international art fairs held in South Asia. It is a four-day event that celebrates the art and culture of India. By giving an insight into the development of the artistic scenario of the country and by providing a platform to artists and artisans to showcase their talents; India Art Fair is an extensive program. With numerous Indian and International artists presenting their works, the India Art Fair brings together organisations, art charities, national art institutions and galleries.
Judah Hyam Synagogue: Situated on the Humayun Road in Delhi, Judah Hyam is one of the very few Jewish synagogues remaining in the city. It was consecrated in 1956 and continues to consist of few but active member. The synagogues also has an in-house library.
International Mango Festival: Celebrating the ‘King of fruits’, the International Mango Festival in Delhi is a must-visit for all. It is held every year at the beginning of the summer season in Delhi, where varieties of mangoes – nearly a thousand in number – are put on display to the visitors and are sold in large numbers. Organised by the Delhi Government in alliance with Delhi Tourism, more than 1100+ varieties of mangoes are put on display here, which includes the popular as well as some rare species. Through this exhibition, different types of mangoes from all over the country are brought together in one place, and trading of the fruit is encouraged. And it isn’t just about that; there are many events held from mango eating competitions to quizzes.
Theatres: Delhi is abuzz with activity and is full of theatres swarming with young artists. Watching a theatre performance is one of the top things to do in Delhi. You can go watch a stellar play or a drama both by amateur groups and professional actors. Some of the best auditoriums to watch a play are Akshara Theatre, Kamani Auditorium, Shri Ram Centre, and the Little Theatre Group Auditorium.
India International Trade Fair: The ‘India International Trade Fair’ is an annual event held at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, between 14–27 November. The event, organised by the India Trade Promotion Organization is one of the largest trade fairs in the world, both terms of exhibitor and visitor participation. Since its inception in 1980, it has evolved as a significant international event that sees involvement by the business communities from numerous countries, and an equally enthusiastic turnaround of consumers and visitors.
Satya Niketan: Everyone is always praising Delhi’s Connaught Place for its historical structure, delightful restaurants, and go-to shopping stores. But nothing can beat Satya Niketan’s welcoming ambience. The place has got the best in street food (special mention to momos), cafes, restaurants, and stores. From small shopping outlets to glamorous brands and from local salons to gaming arenas and clinics, you can find everything at Satya Niketan. Moreover, if you are just bored at home and looking for some fresh air, you can always head out and take a stroll at good old Satya Niketan Park. Satya Niketan or as students fondly call it Satya, caters especially to all student needs – PG accommodation, late night and cheap food, salons, and rows and rows of cafes lined up where students can hang out as much as they want. Don’t believe it? Ask any Delhi University student (South Campus), and they will vouch for it.
Rakab Ganj Gurdwara: One of the most historical Gurdwaras in Delhi, the magnificent Rakab Ganj Gurdwara is a sight to behold near Parliament House in New Delhi. The Gurdwara is a famous Sikh temple for its historical significance and its quality of maintenance. Devotees visit the place to get blessings and to offer their free service to clean the floors, serve langar, serve water, etc.

Historical records name Baghel Sikh, the Sikh Military General, to be the one who constructed this Gurdwara in 1783. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj is known for being the cremation site of the headless body of the ninth Guru of Sikhs, the martyr Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, who gave his life, saving Hindu Kashmiri Pandits from Aurangzeb’s cruelties in 1675.

The body of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji was cremated by Baba Lakhi Shah Vanjara and his son, who belonged to a colony of stirrup makers, which are attached to a horse’s saddles. Hence, the name Rakab which is Persian for stirrups. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj has two prayer halls. The main prayer hall is where the body was cremated. The second one is much bigger and very recent. It is used during momentous Sikh events such as Gurpurabs to accommodate large crowds of people who visit the Gurdwara throughout the day and night, or used for marital processions.

National War Memorial: Situated near the India Gate in Delhi, the National War Memorial was built to commemorate the Armed Forces of the country. Known to be the latest edition in the list of monuments in the National Capital region, the memorial was very recently inaugurated by the honourable Prime Minister of India – Shri Narendra Modi on the 25th of February, 2019. Sprawling over a gigantic 40 acres of land area, the memorial is constructed around the existing chhatris (canopy) and is in complete sync and harmony with the aesthetics of the area.

The walls of the National War Memorial are inscribed with the names of the great martyrs and fearless heroes of the country that include the martyrs during 1947–48, 1961 (Goa), 1962 (China), 1965, 1971, 1987 (Siachen), 1987-88 (Sri Lanka), 1999 (Kargil), and other operations such as Operation Rakshak etc. The area adjoining the memorial is called the Princess Park and there is a proposal to build a National War Museum in the area. The two will be connected through an underground tunnel or a subway.

Kamla Nagar: Located in the heart of University of Delhi’s North Campus, Kamla Nagar is a residential and commercial suburb in Delhi. The area initially started out as a residential colony, however, later it transformed into a proper shopping hub. Flanked by several colleges on the side, the place is crowded by college going crowd at all the days of the year. Besides, not just students, you can also find shoppers from all over the city flocking to this market owing to its quality products.

The market has both big brand outlets and local street shops selling fleece, trinkets and other knick knack. Known to be one of the most popular flea markets of Delhi, you are required to possess good bargaining skills to bag a good product. Although you can find anything in the market here from apparel to footwear, utensils, accessories, electrical appliances and home decor, the trend in the market is upkeep mostly with the youth and youngsters.

Karol Bagh: Situated in the western part of the capital city, Karol Bagh Market is one of the most loved and most popular markets in Delhi. Best known for souvenir shopping and also as a tourist spot, Karol Bagh Market is also famous as a wedding shopping destination offering all kinds of lehenga cholis and other trinkets and accessories. Other than regular shopping, the market is also a wholesale bazaar and extends in the neighbourhood to Gaffar Market and Book Market.

The central road in Karol Bagh is flanked by local stalls and shops selling all kinds of stuff from apparel to footwear, accessories, home decor and appliances etc. You need to practising your bargaining skills here to get a good deal and quality product. There are also a whole lot of ‘Custom Shops’ that claim to sell the original branded products at really low prices. Although, one can never be sure of the quality. Besides, there are several eateries and food stalls selling delicious food to satiate your hunger pangs.

Sanjay Van: Sprawling over a large forest area near Vasant Kunj in South Delhi, Sanjay Van is a thickly wooded area that serves as the city’s green lungs. Stretching over 3 sq. km of area, the forest is home to several avifauna species and diverse varieties of trees. Because of the same, Sanjay Van is frequented by a lot of birdwatchers and also cyclists who come here to ride in and breathe fresh air in the morning.

Sanjay Van is a pleasant escape into nature from the chaos and din of the city. Considered to be a favourite of the naturalists, the forest is home to a rich wildlife. Aside from birds that include Eurasian golden oriole, purple sunbird, Asian koel, Brahminy starling, Indian silverbill, white-throated kingfisher, grey-breasted prinia, crested honey buzzard, rufous treepie, and Indian paradise flycatcher etc., the forest also conserves habitat for jackals, snakes, nilgais and several species of butterflies etc.

Ghalib ki Haveli: Tucked in the Gali Qasim Jan in Ballimaran in Old Delhi, Ghalib ki Haveli was the residence of the celebrated 19th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. The building has now been turned into a heritage monument and is home to several relics from the life and times of the poet. Boasting of incredible Mughal architecture, the highlight of the Haveli is a sculpture of Mirza Ghalib that was installed in 2010. Besides, you can also find several poems written by the poet that are displayed here.
Satpula: Satpula or the ‘seven arched bridge’ is actually a dam that is situated at a distance of less than a km from the Khidki Masjid in Delhi. The water of the Yamuna river was tapped to provide irrigation and drinking water for the city folks. Surrounded by lush greenery and boasting of utter peace and quiet, Satpula is a popular getaway from the chaos and din of the city to spend some quality time alone or in company.

Built in stone masonry, the bridge has a gate system with eleven bays each with arched openings. Although the water has all dried up now, the area has been restored by the Archaeological Survey of India and has become a popular tourist spot.

Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal: Situated near Karol Bagh neighbourhood in Delhi, Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal is a ruined fort cum gateway structure that was originally built as a hunting lodge by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in the 14th century. Reverberating with an eerie silence and a spooky ambiance, the fort is infamous for its haunted stories and tales of paranormal activity that may be witnessed here, especially during the nights. To top that, there are no locks or chains on the gate but only a warning sign that says not to come here after sunset.

Nestled in between a dense forest, the monument is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Surrounded by lush greenery and cooing of peacocks, there is not a lot to explore in the monument except two courtyards and few dilapidated rooms. However, the place is still a curious attraction and every day a lot of youngsters come here to explore the place and to verify the haunted tales. During the day time, you can also find a guard here who can satiate your curiosity.

Kalka Mandir: Also known as the Kalkaji temple, this Hindu mandir is located in the southern part of Delhi. The Kalka Mandir is dedicated to goddess Kali who symbolizes power and is a destroyer of evil. Mythology believed that Kali Mata was born at the same place as where this temple currently stands. It is also believed that during the Mahabharata, Lord Krishna and the Pandavas also worshipped Kali at this very temple. The temple has its maximum visitors during the nine days of the Navratri festival, usually in the month of October.

The celebrations start with the devotees offering a milk bath to the idol after which a grand tantric Aarti is held in the morning and the evening. In addition to this, the pilgrims also recite hymns and prayers in order to celebrate this auspicious festival of Navratri. This temple not only attracts pilgrims and devotees but also tourists as it shows ancient Indian values and traditions.

Kali Bari Temple: One of the oldest Kali temples in Delhi, the Kali Bari Temple was constructed after years of demands of the Bengali population in Delhi. Located in Connaught Place, the temple is very close to the Laxminarayan Temple. An interesting fact about the temple – Subhash Chandra Bose was the first President of the Kali Bari Mandir. Durga Puja, a sacred festival for the Bengalis is celebrated very popularly here. The regular transitions and customs are followed religiously while celebrating the Durga Puja. There has been no change in the rituals of the Puja since 1936! The centre of Delhi’s oldest Durga Puja celebrations – this temple sees an upliftment in the environment between October-November every year.
Yogmaya Temple: The Yogmaya Temple, also known as the Jogmaya temple, is located in Mehrauli, New Delhi. It is dedicated to Goddess Yogmaya, sister of Lord Krishna. This sacred place is more than 5000 years old and has been destroyed multiple times during the Sultanate and Mughal periods. Despite attacks, the temple remains intact and sees thousands of devotees every year. The temple is also famous for its inter-faith festival, Phoolwalon-ki-sair Festival. Started in 1812, it’s one of Delhi’s oldest religious traditions. After being re-built in 1827, the temple remains home to Durga’s incarnation, Yogmaya and is fondly visited by hundreds of visitors every day.
Feroz Shah Kotla Fort: Feroz Shah Kotla Fort in Delhi is one of the oldest structures in the city that was built in 1354 by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq. This fortress, also known as Kotla, was built on the banks of River Yamuna due to the scarcity of water in Tughlaqabad. The majestic fort is encompassed by beautiful gardens. The highlights here are the Topra Ashokan pillar from the 3rd century BC made out of polished sandstone and an old Baoli (stepwell).

The Feroz Shah Kotla Fort is always crowded on Thursdays as people join here for prayers. There’s an interesting reason behind this weekly occurrence. It is believed that Jinns come to the fort from heaven to fulfill all the wishes of people.

Jamali Kamali: Situated in Mehrauli’s Archaeological Village Complex, Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb are the two structures situated beside one another. The mosque is surrounded by a garden area and is built in red sandstone with marble decorations. There’s a prayer hall with five arches embellished with medallions and other ornaments. The nooks and walls are adorned with inscriptions from the Koran. The tomb, adjacent to the mosque, is a flat monolith painted in red and blue and decorated with Koran inscriptions and Jamali’s poems. The way the tomb gives an impression that one is ‘stepping inside a jewelry box.’

These monuments are named after Jamali and Kamali. Jamali, also known as Shaikh Jamali Kamboh, was a famous Sufi saint from pre-Mughal rule. He was buried in his tomb after his demise in 1535. On the other hand, Kamali was a common man who was associated with Jamali. Together the complex is regarded as Jamali Kamali as both these people were laid to rest next to each other under two marble graves. The construction of both the mosque and tomb began in 1528 and it took a whole year to complete.

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum: Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum in Delhi was once the residence of the late and former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. This is the house where Indira Gandhi’s assassination happened on October 31st, 1984. After her demise, the residence was converted into a museum and it now features an array of interesting memorabilia and artefacts that once belonged to the late Prime Minister of India.

Some collectionson display include the saree she had adorned during her assassination and personal and rare photographs of her childhood and life, Nehru-Gandhi family as well as the Nationalist movement. The museum also showcases Rajiv Gandhi’s awards, newspaper clippings of funeral pyres, personal items including pens, bags, book collection, clothes, etc. Apart from this, the gifts that Indira Gandhi received from several people are also on display.