Sights in Delhi

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Raj Ghat Memorial

Raj Ghat Memorial

Werner Ruckelshausen

In New Delhi, you’ll see the overt remnants of the former colonial power. Wide streets, big squares, spacious parks and ornamental and bombastic governmental buildings. This is also the part of Delhi where you can visit Gandhi’s memorial. Old Delhi is quite the opposite. It makes you think you’ve ended up in a beehive. Small narrow alleys, little shops and a bustling daily life. This is also the area where you’ll find, amidst all the hectic daily practices, serenity and quietness when you enter the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) and have a look over Delhi’s outskirts and visit the Red Fort. Besides that, there are several good museums and interesting sights dispersed over the rest of Delhi and its vicinity, such as the National Museum and Humayun’s Tomb.

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Craft Museum

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address:Bhairon Road
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Bahai Temple

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Located 13 km south-east of the city centre you will find the building shaped as a lotus flower. It looks quites spectacular. It was constructed in 1986.

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address:Outer Ring Rd.

India Gate

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India Gate, Delhi, India
India Gate, Delhi, India
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Straight down the road from Rashtrapati Bhavan along a magnificent view and totally unhamnpered drive is India Gate which is primarily a memorial to the unknown soldier. Designed by Lutyens, the 42 metre high structure is a war memorial in honour of the soldiers who died during the second world war. The imposing structure from where stretch massive lush green lawns has an eternal flame (amar jawan jyoti) to honour the memory of the unknown soldiers. A popular picnic spot, one can see hoardes of people moving about the area and on the lawns on sumer evenings. Jost more..

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Gandhi Museum

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It is a very nice place to visit.

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address:Birla House, tees January Marg
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Safdarjang's Tomb

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Safdarjang´s Tomb
Safdarjang´s Tomb
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The garden tomb was built in 1753-54 soon after Safdarjang died. It is a red and brown sandstone with double storeyed towers in the corners and is one of the last examples of Mughal architecture.

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Birla Mandir

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Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir
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Birla Mandir temple is an important prayer site and contains idols of several deities near Connaught square. : A nice temple and for free. Leave your shoes in a special room for foreigners. Inside they are some tourist guides, but they do not bother you if you say you want to go alone.

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Rail Transport Museum

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Located in the south of Delhi close to the diplomatic area of Chanakayapuri it traces, through exhibits, the 140 year-old history of the Indian Railways. The museum, established in 1977, and spread over a ten acre area, is the first of its kind in India. The highlights include the Fairie Queen of 1885 the oldest workign steam locomotive, the luxury salon of the Prince of Wales and the salon of the Maharaja of Mysore. Timings Summer 0830 to 1130 and 1600 to 1730 hours, Winter: 0900 to 1730 hours. It is closed on mondays.

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Lotus Temple

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birds eye view
birds eye view

The Lotus Temple is a spectacular and colourful sight. Visited by more than 4 million people annually, it recieves more visitors than the Taj Mahal. It is the main temple of the Bahai's in Delhi. Located in Kalkaji in the south of Delhi, it is lotus shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace and tranqillity. Justin : I visited the Lotus temple as part of a bus tour through town and I can't say I found it very 'genuine'. It is pretty colourful though...

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Qutab Minar

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Qutab Minar Tower 1977
Qutab Minar Tower 1977
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The Qutab Minar is a tall Mosque tower. The tower is 72.5 metres high. In front of the imposing structure is an iron pillar believed to have been built in the 5th century A.D. It's uniqueness lies in the fact that it has not caught rust ever since it was built. Tourists are not permitted to climb the tower. Justin : It's okay but not spectacular. Maybe I just wasn't able to judge the historic value of the Minar but to me it didn't impress me that much.

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Jama Masjid

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Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid
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The Friday Mosque Is the country's largest mosque where thousands of Muslims offer prayers even today. It was built in 1656 and is a tribute to the values of the Mughal Kings as also their commitment to religon and prayer. It lies opposite the Red Fort and is surrounded b a large number of shops which deal in a variety of goods. Justin : What is pretty cool about the Mosque is that you can climb the towers. You get a greta view over the city and you can hera the sounds of Indian streetlife 200 feet below. Recommended!

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Parliament House

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A marvellous piece of architecture which can be admired only from outside on account of security restrictions. Close to Tashtrapathi Bhavan, it is a domed almost circular structure almost a kilometer in circumferance, and was designed by the famed architect Lutyens. It is the seat of the Indian Parliament and during the sessions of Parliament there is a flurry of activity in and around the structure.

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Dolls Museum

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address:Nehru House, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg

Humayun's Tomb

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This tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughat archetecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the centre of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecure. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra.

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National Gallery of Modern Art

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Near the India Gate. With 4,000 paintaings of modern artists, this gallery arranges special exhibitions for those who wish to exhibit their works. Closed on mondays.

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Lodhi Gardens

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This is a nice park. In this garden you can find the tombs of Sayyid and Lodi rulers. There are also some other tombs. If u come early in the morning or in the evening you can witness large number of locals walking or runnning.

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address:Lodhi Street

Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Rashtrapati Bhavan
Rashtrapati Bhavan
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Almost a stones' throw away from Parliament House is the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the official residence of the President of the country. Designed by Lutyens, it was the official residence of the Viceroy when the British ruled India. With 340 rooms and an area of about 330 acres. It is an imposing structure anda tourist's delight. The pillars and the porticos are an architect's marvel and so are the Durbar Hall and the Ashoka Hall within the complex. Although special permission has to be obtained to visit the complex, the Mughal Gardens within the complex are a treat for the more..

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Red Fort (Lal Quila)

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Lahore Gate
Lahore Gate
photo by: Werner Ruckelshausen

The Red Fort is one of the most impressive sights in Delhi. The old Mughal construction is absolutely worth a visit. It was built in red sandstone by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. The monument is located along the river Yamuna as an irregular octagon. The main entrance is the Lahori Gate, a former royal market. There are a lot of interesting buildings inside the Fort like the Rang Mahal (the water cooled appartments for the royal ladies( or the Diwan-E-Aam for public audiences. There is also a Red Fort Museum.

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Jantar Mantar

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Within the Connaught Place area is the Jantar Mantar observatory built by the Rajput king of Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh in 1724.

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Mughal Gardens

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Situated within the Presient's Estate, these gardens boast of the finest varieties of roses in the country besides other flowers which are maintained with the utmost care and thought. The lawns of the gardens is the place where the President hosts tea parties. Besides this there are several artificial ponds where one can get to see a variety of fish and perhaps one of the most interesting sights are the almost romantically designed fountains illuminated with multicoloured lights.

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Old Fort

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The ruins of the fort are located on a small hill which once stood on the banks of the river Yamuna.

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