India’s capital – Delhi is an excellent fusion of modern and ancient India. The vibrant present and wonderful historic past of this city can be experienced by exploring various lively bazaars and historic monuments. This city is mainly divided into 2 parts, i.e. New Delhi and Old Delhi. A tour of Old Delhi allows you to see forts, mosques, and many architectural wonders. In New Delhi, you will see government buildings and some historical monuments. Due to this reason, Delhi is one of the prominent cities in India’s Golden Triangle that also include Agra and Jaipur. So, in order to have a planned tour utilize this Delhi Travel guide from Hidden India Tours.
This monument is made up of red sandstone and also known as “walled city”. The construction was initiated by Mughal emperor Akbar in 1526. Red Fort is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site and has an excellent combination of Hindu, Persian and Islamic architectural style. Every year on 15th of August (Independence Day)- the prime minister of India addresses the whole country from this fort.
*Please note – Red Fort remains closed on Mondays.
It was the first garden-tomb of the Indian subcontinent, which was constructed in between 1569-70 by Mughal emperor Humayun’s wife Haji Begum (Bega Begum). Humayun’s Tomb is now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. This tomb is encircled by lush green Mughal styled garden and also comprised of many fountains giving a wonderful architectural look.
This mosque was built by Shah Jahan in between 1644 and 1656. It is regarded as the largest mosque in India and has a big courtyard, wherein twenty-five thousand people can offer prayer at a single point of time. Jama Masjid is made up of white marble & red sandstone and comprised of two minarets, four towers and three gates.
This is the second largest minar in India and was constructed by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in 1192. It is 73 meter (240 feet) tall and first 3 storeys are made of red sandstone; the 4th and 5th storeys are of sandstone and marble. Qutub Minar is listed as a world heritage site and has various inscriptions, which are in Arabic and Nagari characters.
It is a memorial built on Mahatma Ghandi’s cremation site. Raj Ghat is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. The final words spoken by Mahatma Gandhi after his assassination i.e. “He Ram meaning O God” are inscribed on the memorial platform. It has two museums in this premises, which are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
This is a lotus shaped monument that signifies Bahai faith. People from all the religions can visit it freely, as the entry is not restricted. Lotus Temple is made up of white marble, dolomite, cement and sand. This temple was completed in the year 1986 and has nine pools with twenty-seven white marble petals.
*Please note – Lotus Temple remains closed on Mondays.
It is a war memorial to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in Afgan wars and World War I. India Gate was designed and structured in 1921 by Edwin Lutyens. The walls of this memorial has the names of the martyr soldiers and comprised of a black marble plinth, capped by war helmet, with reversed rifle, bounded by four eternal flames and was built beneath the soaring Memorial Archway.