Delhi has emerged as one of the popular cities in India as well as the in the whole world. It is a major city that promises astounding amount of culture, food, history, shopping, fun and almost everything that can go beyond your imagination. Here is a list of 20 major highlights of this amazing metropolitan city that one should not dare to miss while travelling to Delhi.
1. RED FORT
Red Fort is the pride of the New Delhi and a pure symbol of rich history of the city. It is basically a red sandstone fort in which a whole city used reside during the Mughal reign. One can enter into its gate and explore this amazing monument. It offers a great chance to get up and close with the history of Delhi.
2. Akshardham Temple
The Akshardham Temple represents the true picture of a modern temple. It is an enchanting masterpiece with several breathtaking features like musical fountains, boat ride, huge movie screen, puppet show, exhibition hall and much more. The temple is so huge that one need at least half of the day to visit this temple.
3. Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is the soaring tower that represents victory of rulers of Delhi in the past. It is constructed with red sandstone with detailing and inscriptions over it which makes it worth a visit. One cannot go inside but still its beauty can be very well marveled from outside. It is also listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its enchanting architecture and rich history.
4. Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple is one of the most remarkable attraction of Delhi. The key highlight of this unique temple is its flower like structure which has 27 flower petals constructed with marble that has attracted tourists from all over the world. It is also famous as Bahai Temple and it is basically a house of worship open to all regardless of religion or any other distinction.
5. India Gate
India Gate is the most visited monument in Delhi as it stands as an identity of the city. It is a 42 meter tall gate like monument that is also famous as All India War Memorial as it also bears the names of nearly 12,516 Indian soldiers who died while serving in India during the wars in the past. This gate is surrounded with lush green gardens which serves as one of the most popular picnic spot for tourists as well as the residents of Delhi.
6. Connaught Place
Connaught Place is the most popular tourist and shopping destination of Delhi. This location was once the headquarters of British in the past which has now transformed into the most happening place in the Delhi. It is located in the center of city and is loaded with hundreds of showrooms as well as many eating joints. This commercial area also has a very cool flea market famous as Janpath which serves as a shopping paradise for all the college goers.
7. Hauz Khas Village /Complex
The Hauz Khas Village is a historical complex which is presently the ruins of an ancient community. It was basically an important water tank to store rainwater for dry season. Presently it has evolved into a great hangout place with an upscale market and cool cafes & restaurants. In Hauz Khas you can find all designer as well as junk stuff suiting your personalities.
8. Kingdom of Dreams
The Kingdom of Dreams is an entertainment hub located in sector 29, Gurgaon, in Delhi NCR region. This amazing place offers a wholesome amount of fun and excitement as it houses a huge auditorium which serves as a stage for grand live shows that aims at leaving everyone enchanted. The main aim of this entertainment complex is to promote Indian culture which it does by its Culture Gully that showcases the cultures of different parts of India through its food and art forms. It’s a high end place with mesmerizing architecture which will surely leave you speechless with its beauty and extraordinary decorations.
9. Delhi Metro
The Delhi Metro is the lifeline of the Delhi as it has emerged as the safest, cleanest, fastest and the most convenient mode of public transport. The construction of this amazing rail network has been regarded as the boon for citizens as well as the tourists of Delhi as it has made travelling to far off locations of the city in lesser time and in the most comfortable way. The trains are very well maintained and air conditioned which is surely a cherry on the cake.
10. Delhi’s Food Culture
There are no words to describe the variety and taste of Delhi’s food. From its local street food to high end restaurants the food is just amazing. One can relish at local chats, other foreign cuisine and almost everything in this city. Old Delhi is famous for its street food that would seriously salivate your tongue with its mere appearance and rest you cam leave on the taste.
11. Dilli Haat
The Dilli Haat is an open air shopping and food plaza in south of Delhi. It is like a permanent market that remains open all the seven days and that offers items and food from all parts of India. One can shop for amazing handicrafts, junk jewelry, clothes, accessories and much more. You may even witness cultural performances at the time of festivals. This amazing place gives you a true feel of a rural haat (market place) which shouldn’t be missed during a trip of Delhi.
12. Khan Market
The Khan Market is also one of the most expensive and happening market places of Delhi. One can find posh restaurants, hookah bars, cafes, showrooms here. It is among the best hangout places among the youth of Delhi.
13. ISKCON Temple
ISKCON Temple is one of the largest and the most interesting temples dedicated to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The most interesting fact behind this society is that it was founded in USA but now it has also represented in whole of India. This is also the most visited temple in Delhi that attracts millions of worshipers and tourists from around the world.
14. DLF Emporio
Luxury Brands lovers this one is for you! DLF Emporio is most luxurious mall of India as well as in whole of Asia. This posh mall houses mostly all the world famous luxury brands. Be it Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Armani or Burberry, it has it all. Not only this you would also find famous Indian designer labels like Satya Paul, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta and many more.
15. Purana Qila/ Old Fort
Purana Qila or the Old Fort is the oldest among all the forts in Delhi or should we say it is even the oldest structure of any type in the city. You can even find lush green gardens around that serves as a great picnic spot for youth and families. The key highlight of this place is the boating excursion that attracts hundreds of tourists towards it.
16. Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk is a densely populated market in the old part of Delhi famous for its food and Indian traditional clothes. This amazing market is almost three centuries old and attracts tourists and textile merchants from all over the world. One can find all kinds of suits, lehengas and sarees from amazing shops and showrooms here. The key highlight of this place is the Shish Ganj Gurudwara and even Red Fort is just walking distance from here.
17. Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun’s Tomb is a Persian designed tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was built in mid 1500′s and in 1993 it was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. One can take a nice walk in the lush green gardens surrounding this tomb. This place is also the most photographed location of Delhi.
18. Lodi Gardens
The Lodi Garden is a public park that is scattered with ancient Mughal tombs and structures. It dates back to the 15th century and also accommodates Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Sikander Lodi’s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad, Bara Gumbad and many other architectural works of the past dynasties. One can take nice walk and jog along this place in a refreshing morning or evening.
19. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India known for its great architecture and rich history. The mosque was built in 17th century and it has multiple entrances all leading to the main worship area. The surrounding area of this mosque is also very famous for its non vegetarian cuisine and don’t forget to dine at the famous Karim’s Restaurant and do try the yummy Khurchan at Khurchan Bhandar.
20. Jantar Mantar
Last but not the least on of the main highlights of Delhi is Jantar Mantar. It is a complex that accommodates 13 architectural astronomy instruments which are all used for different purposes in figuring out sun, moon, planet cycles, and other astronomy measurements. This amazing place is located very near to Connaught Place and one can easily reach there and explore this amazing architectural wonder.