Tourists who look to explore the amalgamation of modern day India and old India will find what they’re looking for in Delhi, the capital city. Delhi is actually split into two parts: New Delhi features the new architecture by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Bakers, and Old Delhi which has historical monuments of India such as mosques and forts. The most characteristic attractions to visit in Delhi are:
Red Fort : Stretching over two kilometers at the end of Chandni Chowk, the walls of the Red Fort stand as a magnificent mark of the Mughal emperors’ rule in India. It was built in 1638 to protect the place from invaders. Red Fort has great significance in Delhi and hosts important events like the Independence day and Republic Day when the prime minister addresses all India from there. Tourist attractions in Red Fort include Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Diwan Aam, Diwan Khas, the Hamam, Shah Burj and Khas Mahal.
India Gate : India Gate was built in 1921 to commemorate the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. Its towering archway is illuminated delicately by floodlights and the surrounding area of gardens is a beautiful public hangout.
The Lotus Temple : The lotus shaped temple belongs to the Bahai faith. Devotees of different religions in Delhi are allowed to pray in the temple. Everyone may enter for free but are just asked to take their shoes off. The temple is made of white marble and is surrounded by serene gardens and ponds.
Jama Masjid : Situated between Chandi Chowk and Chawri Bazar is the largest mosque in Delhi, Jama Masjid. The marvelous Mashid’s courtyard can welcome up to 25,000 devotees. Entrance is free but you should wear follow a certain attire code and pay if you’re going to take photos. Climbing to the top of the southern tower will grant you a wonderful view of Delhi’s rooftops.
Qutab Minar : Islamic architecture and ornate carvings is beautifully represented in Qutab Minar which is the world’s tallest brick minaret. The structure is a 72.5 m tall tower made of red sandstone which is intricately decorated by carving. Other historic monuments of Delhi can be found around the site of Qutab.
The Lotus Temple