AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 3
This Baha'i House of Worship is in the shape of lotus. This beautiful structure was opened to public in December 1986. The temple is one of the most visited places in the world. The atmosphere inside the temple is calm and serene. Visitors should maintain pin drop silence inside the temple.
Humayun's wife, Haji Begum, built his Tomb nine years after his death. Designed by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, and completed in 1565, the edifice was a trendsetter of its time, and it remains a must visit place in New Delhi till date.
This 100 acres of sprawling Hindu temple is visited by thousands of people every day. Within this temple, under the central dome, the statue of Bhagwan Swaminarayan is erected, which is 11-foot high. This statue is surrounded by other similar statues of the gurus of the sect. This is a very popular tourist spot. The temple was inaugurated in 2005. You can enjoy programmes in the IMAX theater as well as the musical fountain along with Swaminarayan temple in this Akshardham complex in Delhi.
It is one of the largest war memorials in India and commemorates the members of the former British Indian Army who laid their lives fighting for the Indian Empire in World War I and the Afghan Wars. The foundation stone for India Gate was laid in 1921 by the Duke of Connaught and was completed in 1931. This enormous structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. After India's independence, India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's tomb of the unknown soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The 42 meter high archway is made of red stone and has the name "INDIA" written on both sides. More than 70,000 names of soldiers are also inscribed on the arch. The archway is located on the Rajpath in New Delhi. This monument is surrounded by lawns, children's park and a boat club. Locals and tourists gather near the India Gate and spend their evenings in leisure.
Modern New Delhi centers around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is architecturally a very impressive building standing at a height, flowing down as it were to India Gate. This stretch called the Rajpath is where the Republic Day parade is held. The imposing plan of this area conceived by Lutyens does not fade in its charm with the numerous summers or winters that go past. For lovers of flowers and beauty, the annual spring opening of the glorious, meticulously tended Mughal Gardens at the stately Rashtrapati Bhawan is a bonanza topped by an amazing assembly of roses in perfect bloom - perhaps the best in the whole of India.
The Qutab Minar is located at a small village called Mehrauli in South New Delhi. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of New Delhi in 1206. It is a fluted red sandstone tower, which tapers up to a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Qur'an.
In Old Delhi, you may visit the ramparts of the Red Fort. The decision for constructing the fort was taken in 1639, when Shahjahan decided to shift his capital to New Delhi from Agra. Within eight years, Shahjahanabad was completed with the Red Fort-Qila-i-Mubarak (fortunate citadel) - New Delhi's seventh fort, ready in all its magnificence to receive the Emperor. The Red Fort still retains some of its lost glory. The Red Fort was the last fort built in New Delhi and it witnessed the vicissitudes of fortune - the splendour and the fall of the Mughals, British rule, and finally the dawn of Indian Independence.
This temple is built by the Hare Rama Hare Krishna followers. ISKCON Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Krishna. It is erected on a hillock. The complex is gracefully built and is one of the largest temple complexes in India.
This mosque is located near the Red Fort. It was built between 1644 and 1658 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. It is one of the last architectural works of Shah Jahan. Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. The first three storeys of the Jama Masjid tower is made of red sandstone, the fourth one is made of marble, while the fifth is made of sandstone. The masjid is covered with intricate carvings and has verses inscribed from the holy Quran. The spacious courtyard of the Jama Masjid can hold thousands of Muslim followers.
The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum is housed in the former residence of Indira Gandhi. Exhibits include photographs documenting her life from her childhood to time as Prime Minister, her personal belongings such as the sari she was wearing at the time of her assassination, news clippings and letters. An enclosed garden with trees and flowering plants surrounds the building.
This is the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. It is one of the most visited sites in Delhi. It comprises a simple square, black-marble platform that stands on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The entire area of Rajghat is surrounded by trees and you can see some of the most exotic shrubs of the country. This place is very green and peaceful. You can also visit the nearby cremation sites of popular politicians of India, such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.
The Dilli Haat provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity. This Food and Craft Bazar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine. Located in the heart of the city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis. Dilli Haat was established to provide a platform to craftsmen all over the country who were otherwise limited to their villages & towns. The purpose was to get rid of the middlemen and let artisan sell their products directly to Indian & foreign buyers. There are fixed stalls representing many states. You can also relish variety of cuisines & enjoy the performing arts from different states of the country.
It is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in Delhi. Connaught Place is often abbreviated as CP and houses the headquarters of several Indian firms. Its surroundings occupy a place of pride amongst the heritage structures of the city. Connaught Place was developed as a showpiece of Lutyens' Delhi featuring a Central Business District. Named after the Duke of Connaught, the construction work was started in 1929 and completed in 1933. It was renamed as the Rajeev Chowk after the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
The Connaught Place of today is one of the most vibrant business districts of Delhi. It is still a premier shopping destination of Delhi, with a number of restaurants, food joints, watering holes, shops, emporia and cinema halls. It can be broadly categorized into two areas - Inner Circle and Outer Circle. Inner Circle offers almost all the international brands, finest restaurants, eateries, bars and excellent bookshops. One can also explore the Central Cottage Industries Emporium at Janpath and Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan, across the road, for Indian handicrafts. The state-run emporia at Baba Kharak Singh Marg offers best handicrafts from all over India, including Kashmiri shawls and carpets, Madhubani paintings and gems and tea from Bengal.
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