Famous For: New Delhi is famous for its various attractions, shopping and all kinds of food to attract tourists. As it is the national capital of the country, you can visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Parliament House & the gate of India. A keen interest in history can take you to the Qutub Minar or Humayun’s Tomb. However, The Red Fort, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Qutub Minar, The Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, India Gate, Purana Qila (The Old Fort), Humayun’s Tomb, Rajpath & Rashtrapati Bhavan, The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, Gandhi Smriti and the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Laxminarayan Temple, National Zoological Park, The National Museum, The Crafts Museum, The Hauz Khas Complex, The National Rail Museum, Sulabh International Museum of Toilets etc. are the most famous places of New Delhi.
Major Attractions: Qutub Minar, The Red Fort, The Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, The National Rail Museum, Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, National Zoological Park
Ideal Visit Time: Although Delhi enjoys very hot or very cold weather throughout the year, October and November or February and March are considered to be the best time to visit Delhi. During this period, the weather is relatively pleasant.
About New Delhi
New Delhi, the national capital of India. Geographically, it is located on the west bank of the river Jamuna in the north-central part of the country. Formerly, New Delhi is located just south of the city of Delhi (Old Delhi) and within the National Capital Region of Delhi. The main east-west axis of New Delhi is Central Vista Park. Government buildings, museums and research centers are decorated as like as a park. New Delhi is one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. You can take a tour of Delhi for a variety of experiences including culture, art, politics, places of interest, food habits etc.
Let’s talk about some attractive places of New Delhi below:
The Qutub Minar was built in the 12th century. This beautiful minaret is the tallest minaret in India and is now recognized by UNESCO as one of the most famous World Heritage Sites. It attracts many international visitors to climb to the top to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the surrounding area. This ornate five-story tower is more than 70 meters high. The first three stories are made of red sandstones. The fourth and fifth stories were made of marbles and sandstones, respectively. The complex also has a mosque called “Quuawat-ul-Islam”. The mosque is located at the base of the tower. A gateway built in 1310; Tombs of Altamish, Alauddin Khalji and Imam Jamin. Also a 2,000-year-old iron pillar, the Alai Minar. Unique from many other important tombs, this minaret can be seen in New Delhi’s “Lodi Garden” park. It covers about 90 acres of land. It is a very popular place for Lodi residents to travel and it has also become an exceptional destination for tourists.
The Red Fort
This beautiful red fort was built by Shah Jahan in 1648 and remained in charge of the Mughal Empire until 1857. This striking structure with long, red sandstone walls covers an area of about 2 square kilometers. The whole part of the fort is crescent-shaped and surrounded by a moat.Entering through the Lahore Gate, visitors reach Chhatta Chowk. A 17th-century covered bazaar where items such as silks, jewelry, gems and silverware can be purchased along with souvenirs and food items. The “Naubat Khana” within the Red Fort once housed the musicians who played for the emperor and its fine galleries still contain many interesting musical instruments such as kettledrums, gongs, and cymbals. Diwan-I-Am, the Hall of Public Audiences, where the emperor would receive his subjects, is also worth seeing for its stunning white marble.
The Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple, Bahāʾī Faith house of worship, or mashriq Al-adhkār (Arabic; a place where the uttering of the name of God arises at dawn), in New Delhi. In the early 21st century it was one of only seven mashriqs in the world. Built in 1986, the temple has since attracted more than 70 million visitors. It is one of the most scenic places in the world, which is very interesting. Interestingly, however, this significant place of worship has no idols, religious images, or symbols of religion. So there is no way to understand from the outside that it is a temple.
This tomb of Humayun is placed in a beautiful and vast square garden. The tomb is a tall tomb, which is built of white marble and red sandstone. It was designed as a prototype of the Taj Mahal in Agra and is a great example of Mughal architecture, which is very attractive to tourists from all over the world. Humayun’s tomb was built thanks to the initiative of his widow Hamida Banu Begum, who commenced the construction of a mausoleum for her deceased husband in 1565, nine years after his death. The construction was finished in 1572. The garden, divided in four main parts by walkways or flowing water is created to resemble the paradise garden described in the Quran. These four main parts on their turn are separated by channels to 36 parts. Interestingly, a kind of artificial light has been created in the architecture to make it attractive to tourists, which plays a very spectacular role at night.
The National Rail Museum
The National Railway Museum is spread over about 10 acres of land. There are more than 30 locomotives and several old carriages, most of which are rare. More than 140 years of Indian railway history have been preserved at this fascinating site, including an engine built in 1885 and a steam engine from Fairy Queen since 1855. Other highlights include several unique items, such as a collection of saloon cars covered with ivory. The cabin of the “Prince of Wales” from 1876 and the carriage in which the ashes of Gandhi were carried after his assassination in 1948. The museum also houses many analog cars and trains of the ancient time.
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
It may seem ridiculous to many that the toilet is a museum again! Maybe it’s silly to imagine. But The “Sulabh International Museum” is one kind of toilet museum, where it provides a fascinating look at sanitation and its connection to social reform. The displays show the evolution of toilets and their various designs. Here, many other toilet-related items show historical trends. The data, photos and patterns present a chronological development of technology, social customs, toilet etiquette and sanitary conditions from 1145 BC to modern times, including privacy, chamber pots, toilet furniture, bidets and water toilets.
National Zoological Park
The National Zoological Park has a reputation as one of the best zoos in Asia. It was established in 1959 and has about 1500 species of animals and birds. The abundance of wildlife in the exhibition represents almost all continents, including countless animals from Africa, Australia and Asia. Numerous Chimpanzees, including Hippopotamuses, Spider Monkeys, Zebras, Hyenas, Deer, Jaguars and Tigers are particularly noteworthy in this zoo. A special attraction for the kids is the Underground Reptile Complex, which has a wide variety of snakes, including the deadly King Cobra. There is a small electric vehicle for visiting the various attractions of the zoo and enjoying the surroundings of the park.
How To Reach
By Cab/Car: Book self-drive cars or cabs from Delhi car rental. National highways run through the city making your journey to Delhi by road smooth and fast. So, you can travel fast if you make your journey to Delhi by car.
By Bus: Delhi is well connected by bus to cities like Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, Dehradun and even Kathmandu among others. The main bus stands in Delhi are the Interstate Bus Terminals, located at Kashmiri Gate, Anand Vihar and Sarai Kale Khan. Apart from that there’s Mandi House (near Barakhamba Road) which has regular air-conditioned bus services to hill stations in Himachal Pradesh, such as Shimla, Manali, Kasauli etc.
By Train: Delhi has three major railway stations. This are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station. Getting a train to Delhi is possible from anywhere in India. Delhi train will mostly be crowded of all time. So it is better to check Delhi train time-table and reserve tickets for a happy and tension free journey.
By Air: For a comfortable journey, I will recommend you to take a flight to Delhi. “Indira Gandhi International Airport” is just 20 km away from the city center and it is well-networked with all other major cities of India. After reaching the airport, you can easily hire a taxi or cab to reach your preferred destination.