New Delhi, New Delhi
Located in Northern India, Delhi which is also known as the National Capital of India is a union territory. People come to visit Delhi for its rich ancient history and popular tourist attractions like India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid and World Heritage Sites like Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb. Being one of the popular historical cities in India as well as the capital city in India, New Delhi is frequented by both tourists and corporate travellers.Delhi casts its spell across history, religion and modernity. While the ancient ramparts narrate the chapters of Indian history, old shopping markets like Chandni Chowk brings forth authentic North Indian delicacies and year- old shops to give a feel of Indian tradition. The colonial walls of Connaught Place are one of the popular tourist places to visit in New Delhi that can be added with a great shopping experience. Holiday in New Delhi is an ideal mix of night life, cultural fusion and heritage and North Indian cuisines.
New Delhi has a very good network of roadways, railways and airways.
Located in the western corner of Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport connects various national as well as international destinations. It is also regarded as one of the biggest airport of the country that provides world class facilities like shopping centers, duty free shops, eating, cafeteria, coffee shops as well as cyber cafes.
Delhi is regarded as one of the major railway junction in the rail map of India. Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal, New Delhi railway station, Old Delhi railway station and Sarai Rohilla are some of the major station from where people can find for several routes. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) provides metro services that connect several parts of the Delhi to the neighboring destinations like Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad.
The best time to visit New Delhi is either during the months of October and November or February and March. Rest of the year the climate in New Delhi is either too hot or too cold. The temperature in Delhi in April starts to soar and reaches to a maximum of 35°C to 40°C whereas in May and June soars further up to 46°C. The summer stretches from April to August. The city experiences monsoon showers occasionally from end of June to September. From July to September the temperature nestles between 30°C and 35°C.
The Delhi climate experiences a chilled winter especially from December to January. The temperature in Delhi in December slowly drops down to 5°C and roves between a maximum of 12°C. In the month of January the temperature hops in between 3 °C and 7°C.
Red Fort: Located right in the heart of the city, the Red Fort is one of the prominent red sandstone architecture that was built by the Mughals in the year 1648. Today it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Old Delhi. The massive walls cover a total area of about 254.67 acres. The eminent structures that the Red Fort holds are the Lahore Gate (the main gate), Delhi Gate (the public gate), Diwan-i-khas (the Hall of Private Audiences), Nahr-i-Behisht (which grounds the imperial private apartments), Moti Masjid, the Pearl Mosque, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh, pavilions, water channels and fountains. The fort served as the residence of the Mughal emperors. Over the years the fort has witnessed many rulers including Nadir Shah in 1739, the Marathas in 1752, Ahmed Shah Durrani after the third battle of Panipat, Baghel Singh Dhaliwal in 1783 and later by the British in 1803. Today it serves as the place from where the Prime Minister of India addresses the people on the Independence Day. One of the major tourist attractions in the Red Fort is the light and sound show that narrates the Mughal history.
India Gate: India Gate is one of the prominent landmarks in Delhi that stands tall as the national monument of India. Situated on the Raj Path in New Delhi, India Gate is 42 meter tall gate that is regarded as All India War Memorial. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The historic monument was constructed in 1931. Edwin Lutyens had started designing the India Gate to pay homage to the Indian Soldiers who lost their lives in the World War I and the Afghan War. Children Park, lush greenery and the boating clubs are some of the things that are considered as an ideal place for an evening outing. India Gate is approximately few minutes from the Parliament and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Following India's independence, the India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, known as Amar Jawan Jyoti; "the flame of the immortal soldier". Today it attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world.
Lotus Temple: Lotus Temple is one of the prominent attractions of New Delhi. It is close to Nehru Place, one of the busiest commercial hubs in the city. The temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower amidst the lush green landscape that turn up to a pleasant and tranquil ambience. It is a Bahai House of Worship and is open to people from all religions. The Bahaí Faith is a world religion whose purpose is to unite all races and peoples in one universal Cause and one common Faith. The temple is made of white marbles, cement, dolomite and sand with around nine crystal clear pools dotted all over it. The approximate 40 meter tall sanctum in the form of 27 blooming petals can accommodate as much as 2000 people at a time. Lotus Temple, one of the seven Bahai Houses of Worship has won laurels and applauds from all over the world for its impressive architectural design and rationale behind it. There are nine doors of the Lotus Temple which opens onto a central hall. Its vicinity comprises of gardens decorated with towering trees, short bushes and colorful flowers.
Akshardham Temple: Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in New Delhi is an epitome of Indian culture. It is heralded by the Guinness World Record as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple. Akshardham is nothing short of an unforgettable experience taking every visitor close to the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of India’s ancient art, architecture, and eternal spiritual teachings.
Qutab Minar: Qutub Minar, a soaring 73 m high tower of victory built in 1193 is one of the finest monuments in the world. An architecture reminiscent of the distinct styles from the Tughlak and Aibak dynasties that ruled Delhi stands sculptured with red sandstone in the first three storeys while the fourth and fifth are made of marble and sandstone.
Jantar Mantar: Among most popular places to visit in Delhi is the Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory built by Maharaja Jaisingh of Udaipur in 1794 on the main Parliament Street at Connaught Place. The instruments at Jantar Mantar are undoubtedly fascinating for their ingenuity.
Jama Masjid: India's largest mosque, Jama Masijd a sight to behold is definitely among the places to visit in Delhi. The magnum opus mosque constructed by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan stands tall at 40 feet with 4 angles, 2 minarets and can contain 25,000 devotees. The mosque's eye catching exterior made of red sandstone strips and marble is incredible. Marvel the view from the Southern minaret as one gets to see New Delhi's landmark buildings – the Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House) in a direct line.
Raj Ghat: Serving as the final resting ground for many of India’s greatest heroes, Delhi is also home to Raj Ghat. The black marble platform marking the spot where Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, was cremated after his assassination in 1948 still shakes up feelings of patriotism and gratitude in every Indian’s heart. Surrounded by a beautiful park with labeled trees planted by like Queen Elizabeth II, USA President Eisenhower, Ho Chi Minh and various others adds serenity to the memorial. Two museums dedicated to the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi (Veera Bhoomi), Indira Gandhi (Shakti Sthal), Jawaharlal Nehru (Shanti Vana) and Lal Bahadur Shastri (Vijay Ghat) are also present in the vicinity.
Humayun's Tomb: 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 center of a square garden called ‘Charbagh’ which has shallow water channels running through it. Several rulers of the Mughal Dynasty lie buried here. It was from here that the last Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Jafar was captured by the British in 1857.
Agrasen ki Baoli: Recognised as a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India, Agrasen ki Baoli (The well of Agrasen) is truly a fine example of architecture. It is combined with the ingenuity of the construction and preciseness by the masters of yore. While no one knows the origins of this step well structure, it is widely believed that is was constructed by the King Ugrasen during the Mahabharata Era. The well, which is amongst the few of its kind in Delhi, consists of 103 steps, few of which are immersed in water. The top 3 levels of the well are visible and each of them is lined with arched niches on either sides.
Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir): Built in 1939 and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, Birla Mandir is in reverence to Lord Narayana and Goddess Laxmi. One of the major attractions in Delhi and frequented places, Birla Mandir is a true testimony of India’s unity in