Delhi popularly known as Dilli is the capital of India and is among the seven Union Territories of India. It is one of the oldest existing cities across the world. Till now, it has been reincarnated about a dozen times. The capital city is surrounded by a lot of historic monuments, mosques, forts, and structures that were crafted by the Empires who ruled Delhi. The city is divided into Old Delhi and New Delhi and it is very interesting to explore both parts of Delhi.
Apart from this, Delhi is also famous for shopping as you can buy anything at low cost and street food which tastes out of this world and cannot be beaten by anyone else. So to give you an overview of Delhi, we have listed the top 7 places which are worth visiting in the City
1. The Red Fort
The Red Fort is the historical fort which is located in the center of Delhi which was the main residence of Mughal emperors. Shah Jahan constructed it in 1939 in the resemblance of shifting from Agra to Delhi. Formerly it was known as Quila-e-Mubarak or the Blessed Fort but later it was renamed as Red Fort because of its impregnable red sandstone walls. It lies along the banks of the Yamuna river.
Red Fort is the major tourist attraction in Delhi and is among the most popular monuments in India because of its heritage and so much history. In 2007, it was honored as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Red Fort is secured and preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India.
2. Connaught Place
Connaught Place or ‘CP’ is a huge commercial and financial center in New Delhi which has been named after the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. CP is famous for international chain stores, restaurants, famous food chains, and bars. It has one of the largest national flags in India. It is the ultimate place to experience the nightlife of Delhi that has famous bars and restaurants.
Delhi’s visit is incomplete without visiting Connaught Place. It is considered among the top heritage buildings in Delhi. You will get to see all the types of fashionable clothes and accessories- be it Indian or western, khadi garments, or various Indian handicrafts. In CP, you will not only experience the diverse culture of Delhi but also the shopping destinations as well as entertainment centers.
3. Jama Masjid
The ‘Masjid-I Jahan-Numa’ or Jama Masjid means “World Reflecting Mosque” and it is the largest mosque in India. It was the last fascinating collection of architectural undertakings by Shah Jahan after the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. It has a capacity of twenty-five thousand people in its courtyard and during the holy occasion of Eid thousands of pilgrims visit here in the morning for Namaz. But unfortunately, during Namaz offerings, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Masjid. During Eid, the evening is worth watching.
4. Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk is among the oldest markets in Old Delhi where shops can be seen in every narrow street. Since the 17-century era, Chandni Chowk is called “shoppers paradise” in Delhi and is a very important historical place which is famous for every kind of goods and food. It is fun to shop here because there are several narrow streets where they are inundated with shops of vibrant clothes, electronic items, candles, jewelry, idols of deities, perfumes, and lifestyle goods.
The market contains all the things that shoppers can think to buy for themselves and home. Chandni Chowk is considered to be the wholesale market where you can buy things with huge discounts. Apart from shopping, the shopper’s paradise is famous for its street food, Indian snacks, and eateries.
5. Humayun’s Tomb
By the name, we can say that Mughal Emperor Humayun rested here for the last time, so it has been named as Humayun’s Tomb in his remembrance. It is considered to be the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. It is among the structures of that time that used red sandstones in huge quantities. Humayun’s Tomb was honored with the UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1993 because of its magnificent design and prestigious history.
This magnificent piece is a must-watch. It is surrounded by the huge, ornate Mughal Garden and its beauty is worth watching in winters. Humayun’s Tomb resides on the banks of the River Ganga and later this architectural piece became home to many Mughals along with his family.
6. India Gate
The All India War Memorial famously known as the India Gate is situated along the Rajpath in New Delhi. The eye-grabbing structure of India Gate is worth seeing and is compared to the Gateway of India in Mumbai, the Arch of Constantine in Rome, and the Arc de Triomphe in France. It is famous for hosting the Republic Day Parade every year on 26th January. If you are eager to know about World War I then this place must be given a visit. It is a special treat for architecture lovers as well.
This monument is dedicated to the 82,000 Indian and British soldiers who died during the First World War and also the Third Anglo-Afghan War. On the surface of the monument, 13,300 servicemen names are carved to honor them. The premises of India Gate houses the Amar Jawan Jyoti that symbolizes the eternal, immortal soldiers of India. Because of its astonishing architecture and rich historical background, India Gate has become one of the most popular spots in the city.
7. National Museum
National Museum is among the largest museums in India which is situated on the corner of Maulana Azad Road and the Janpath. It was established in 1949 and now it is maintained by the Ministry of Culture, Department of India. The museum covers a wide range of products from prehistoric times to modern works of art and detects the rich cultural heritage of countries around the world from 5000 years ago. The museum is a unique blend of the glorious past and the wonderful present.
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