Famous Places to See in Delhi
The Best Places to See in Delhi, where you can drench yourself in the ethnic past of old
Delhi as well as take a dip into the refreshing Attractions of New Delhi.
Old Delhi is where you will find all the famous forts and monuments, that
preserve within them centuries old history. While New Delhi has the
trendiest of ayurvedic centres, spas, clubs, cultural centres, shopping
spaces and entertainment sites.
Delhi Sights, Most of the Historical sites have their weekly off, which mostly falls on
Monday. Sunday is most appropriate for sightseeing as you will get less
traffic on the roads. Many of the historical monuments have entry charges
for the ticket receipts and there is a fixed opening and closing time. The
Dollar charges are accepted in its rupee equivalent. People here are
generally courteous. Their are many local languages spoken here apart from
the national language Hindi.
One of the topmost ranked Tourist Attraction in New Delhi, Red Fort is an
edifice par excellence. The imposing fort built in red sandstone is
octagonal in shape and is surrounded by lush gardens. The perimeter of the
fort runs to more than 2 km while the height of the fortifying walls rises
from 18m along the river to 33 m along the town. The massive citadel was
built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1648 after a construction period of
around ten years. It took around one crore rupees, an exorbitant sum at that
time, to erect the edifice.
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Monuments in North India
Duration :14 Nights / 15 DaysAttractions :-
- Delhi Sightseeing - Jama Masjid, Red Fort,Chandni Chowk
- Trip to Hawa Mahal in Jaipur
- Wildlife Safari in Ranthambore National Park
- Tiger Safari at Bandhavgarh National Park
- Visit to Khajuraho Group of Temples
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- Visit Laxmi Narayan Temple in Delhi
- Temple visit in Mathura
- Appreciating arhitecture of Taj Mahal in Agra
- Holy Dip at Varanasi (Ganga)
- Visit to the erotic temples of khajuraho
Places to Visit Near Delhi :
River Yamuna once used to fill the 10 m deep moat surrounding the fort, an
eminent feature of Mughal forts. Delhi became the administrative capital for
the Mughals only during the reigns of Aurangzeb. The fort saw the peak of
Mughal dynasty and its fall too. It was from here that the first formal
announcement of Independence was made by our first Prime Minister Jawahar
The main entrance to the Red Fort is Lahori Gate, where you will get the
entry tickets. The Gate's name signifies its direction, as it faces Lahore,
a city that's now in Pakistan. Entering into the gate, you are welcomed to a
passage of stalls known as Chhatta Chawk. The arcaded apartements sell some
of the unique master pieces of art and craft, including silverware,
metalware, paintings, jewelery, decoration items, etc which can be taken
back as souvenirs. The arcade once used to have shops selling items needed
by the royal households. Beyond the Chatta Chowk is the Naubat Khana or the
Drum House where music was played five times in a day, for the emperor.
There used to be galleries in the open areas beyond the Naubat Khana, which
were later destroyed by the Britishers. One can also have a view of Indian
War Memorial Museum that is located on the upper floor.
The Hall of Public Audience , situated in Red Fort, is where the emperor
used to hear the petitions and complaints from his subjects and grant them
justice. The grandness of the court can be imagined from its remains of huge
courtyards, arches and bays. It must have been a splendorous site with
carpets, chandeliers and the emperor's throne of marble and precious stones
that were later plundered by invaders.
The Hall of Private Audience, as the name suggests, was were the emperor
used to have confidential meetings with his ministers. The main attraction
of this marble chamber was the peacock throne of the emperor, which was made
of gold and embellished with precious gems and stones. It was plundered by
Nadir Shah, a Persian invader. Even the ceiling of the court made in silver,
was removed by the Maratha rulers, which leaves the Mughal edifice a meager
reflexion of its past.
Along with the Diwan-i-Khas you will see a bath house
or Hammam that consists of three apartments topped with domes and connected
with channeled corridors. At the centre point is a fountain enhancing the
beauty and royalty of the place. The floors are made of marble with
attractive pietra dura work while screens of colored glass are used for the
To the north-eastern end of the fort, you will see a massive octagonal
structure that served as a private working area for the emperor. There were
water channels from this three floored royal tower, that flowed towards the
Rang Mahal, Diwan-e-Khas and the Royal Baths.
To the west of the Royal Baths is the private mosque of emperor Aurangzeb.
The relatively small and secluded mosque was built in 1659 by the emperor
for his protection. The orientation of the mosque follows that of the holy
Mecca mosque. It is topped with domes and is inlaid with black marbles
fitted with prayer carpets.
Gardens of the fort:
Delhi Activities, Following the trend of other Mughal monuments, Red Fort also has gardens in
the charbagh or four quartered style. The pavilions are beautifully laid out
with flowers and fountains, but they are not as good as the gardens of that
era. According to Holy Quran, It is considered that lush gardens with water
channels and fountains are a symbol of paradise.
Other Features of the Fort:
Other attractions of the fort include the Khas Mahal, which was the private
palace of the emperor, the Rang Mahal, that served as the palace of
emperor's chief wife and the Museum of Archeology that has exhibits from the
Delhi Sights & Activities
Sound and Light Show:
One must not miss the special sound and light show at the Red Fort, which
illuminates the whole area and recreates the magic of the events the fort
has witnessed. The show requires nominal entry charges and starts between
7.30 and 9 pm, depending on the season.
Also known as Masjid-i-Jahan, Jama Masjid is the largest mosque of India.
The mosque was emperor Shah Jahan's last architectural creation. It is
situated in Old Delhi in close proximity with the Red Fort. The mosque was
erected in six years in 1658 with extensive use of red sandstone and white
marble. The mosque has four entrance gateways surrounded by tall
three-storied minarets and towers. The eastern gate is the largest, through
which the King used to enter. The huge courtyard, becide the brilliant
facade, is another attraction of the mosque, which can accommodate 25000
A view from the southern minaret of the mosque will actually make you
believe the strategic planning of architect Edwin Lutyens who had put the
mosque in line with Canaught Place and Sansad Bhavan. Though entering the
mosque does not require any fee, but climbing on the minaret would require a
small payment of Rs 20 to be made and female travelers must be accompanied
by men. Respecting the religious sentiments, one must take of the footwear
before entering the mosque, wear decent clothes and cover their heads too.
The favorite place for local Delhites to hang out and have some delicious
street food, Chandni Chowk is the main shopping area of Old Delhi. Through
its congested narrow lanes and dilapidated residential structures it will
take you back to the old times. The 16th century Digambara Jain Temple and
the Fatehpuri Masjid dating back to the 17th century are the historical
Attractions of the place.
One of the most visited and revered site, Raj Ghat, is the cremation ground
of Mahatma Gadhi, a father figure to India. A small plinth of black marble
kept here marks the site where he was actually cremated. The first Prime
Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, his daughter and the first woman Prime
Minister of the country, Indira Gandhi and her sons Sanjay and Rajeev Gandhi
are also cremated here.
It would be a great opportunity for you to take the blessings of Mahatma
Gandhi and go through his teachings and life history in the Gandhi Memorial
Museum located here to learn about the great man.