Delhi is a lot more than just a city of love. It is the absolute combination of tradition and fun. A city with innumerable monuments on one hand and a world of street food, shopping malls, thrifty shopping places, religious places, theatre on the other; you name it and Delhi has it! Here are the some must-see places in Delhi no matter if you hail from Delhi or not.
This is a must-see site and should be high on your priority list. Akshardham attracts 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi. It has jaw-dropping architecture, a fascinating fountain show, an informative boat ride, a huge garden, a food court that offers scrumptious dishes and much more.
PURANA QILA AND NATIONAL ZOOLOGICAL PARK
Purana Qila offers amazing architecture to those who love it and when you visit, don’t forget to walk upto the Delhi Zoo. It is spread over an area of 176-acre and is very crowded on weekends. If you like long walks this place is perfect for it.
HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE AND DEER PARK
The Fort overlooks a beautiful lake where you can feed ducks and swans. To reach the lake, take a walk through the deer park and admire the spotted animals.
The ‘Village’ offers great restaurants, dive bars, clubs, and shopping boutiques. After you enjoy your calm moments at the fort you can head out to one of the popular bars and enjoy a good drink.
Here’s a great place for morning walks and family picnics! Lodhi Garden is spread over an area of about 90 acres, it has 5 beautiful architectural works of 15th century- Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Sikander Lodi’s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad.
Round the year one can see people picnicking or just enjoying a nice walk around the area. There are beautiful fountains around to make the area nice and cozy.
Qutub Minar is the 2nd tallest minar in India. It has been declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site. At the foot of the tower stands a mosque which is the first mosque built in India. It has a 7 m long iron pillar in the courtyard with a fascinating saying attached to it. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.
RED FORT AND CHANDNI CHOWK
Adding to the list of majestic monuments in Delhi, there is Red Fort. It is also a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It served as the residence for Mughal Emperors for nearly 200 years.
Chandni Chowk, which leads up to the Red Fort is one of the oldest markets in Delhi. It houses many religious buildings. Paranthe Wali Gali is one of the most famous eating areas in the market. The market is an amazing place to shop for fabrics, stationary, hardware and silver and gold jewellery.
This is a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. It was built after the death of Humayun by his senior widow Bega Begum. It is the first garden tomb in the Indian Subcontinent. The tomb stands in the centre of a square garden called ‘Charbagh’ which has shallow water channels running through it. Several rulers of the Mughal Dynasty lie buried here.
CONNAUGHT PLACE AND JANPATH
Shop, eat, watch a movie or just laze in the Central Park; Connaught Place is the perfect location for all that. Walk through the corridors of the market to find some low priced trinkets and novels. Shop for branded clothes, footwear and accessories all that in one big circular market. Get out of the inner circle to walk towards Janpath market to shop for trendy clothes, jewellery and showpieces at throwaway prices.
BANGLA SAHIB GURUDWARA
So you have shopped at Connaught Place and are headed home? Not just yet! Make a stop at the beautiful white marble Sikh Gurudwara. The ‘Sarovar’ which is a holy water body in the Gurudwara premises keeps it cool all year long.
This mausoleum is the site of burial of Mahatma Gandhi. The location is beautifully kept with manicured lawns and red stone paths. Raj Ghat area also has memorials of other famous leaders like Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri etc.
SACRED HEART CATHEDRAL
The Cathedral Of The Sacred Heart is a Roman Catholic cathedral. It is one of the oldest church buildings in Delhi and is made up of white Marble. It is located near Connaught Place and almost opposite Bangla Sahib.