There are numerous Tourist places to visit in Delhi, from temples to historical monuments to others. Delhi being the capital for centuries savors many historical monuments, gardens, museums and places that have now become famous tourist spots of Delhi.
Visit to Akshardham Temple Delhi
The Swaminarayan Akshardham temple has in recent times become a hot tourist spot of Delhi. Spread over 30 acres this 141 feet high, 316 feet wide and 370 feet long temple was inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. He is supreme of Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS).
It has 3 halls:
It is situated on the banks of the Yamuna and has 234 ornate pillars, 155 small domes and 148 huge elephants. 20,000 sculptures and eleven 72-foot-high mandapams adds to the magnificence of temple.
Nearest Metro Station to Akshardham temple: Akshardham
Opening and Closing time of Akshardham: 11am to 8pm (Akshardham remains closed on Monday).
Entry Fee of Akshardham Temple: Entry is free to the premise (Though their is an entry fee of Rs. 125 to Exhibition Halls and Theater, For Senior Citizens it is Rs. 75)
Note: Tourist should not carry camera inside the premise
Must to see Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple), Delhi
Lotus Temple is located near Nehru place and is made up of pure white marble. It is named Lotus because shape of the structure is of lotus flower. It is one of the last of 7 Bahai temples in the world. This Lotus temple of New Delhi is a must to see place that attracts tourist all over the world.
Lotus temple was completed in 1986 and is spread in 26 acres. The structure has 27 freestanding marble clad looking like lotus petals. It has nine doors and nine pools of water. It light up spectacularly at dusk.
Nearest Metro station to Lotus Temple: Kalkaji Mandir
Opening and Closing time of Lotus Temple: 9am-7pm (It remains closed on Monday)
Entry Fee of Lotus Temple: Free
Note: Tourist can take photo with prior permission
Laxmi Narayan Temple famous as Birla Mandir is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Narayana. It also has shrines of Shiva, Krishna, Hanuman and Buddha.
It was completed in 1938 by G.D. Birla and is spread in 7.5 acres. It is located near Connaught Place.
Nearest Metro station to Birla Mandir: RK Ashram Marg
Opening and Closing time of Birla Mandir: 6am-10 pm.
Trip to Dilli Haat, Delhi:
Dilli haat is an open air cum craft plaza that showcases footwear, fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts from around India.
Delhi Tourism (DTDC), Govt. of Delhi, NDMC, D.C. (Handicrafts and Handlooms), Ministry of Textiles, Ministry of Tourism and Govt. of India together developed these Haats for tourists and local people to see and meet the tradition and culture of different states.
There are two Dilli Haats:
Food stalls are also displayed here that provide taste from all over India. Stalls get change every 15 days and are allotted to craftsmen. They showcase crafts, food and cultural activity, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine thus displaying richness of Indian culture, art and heritage. Visitors can also buy the stuffs at fair prices.
Nearest Metro Station to Delhi Haat: INA and Netaji Subash Place
Opening and Closing time of Delhi Haat: 11 am to 10 pm
Entry Fee of Delhi Haat: For Adult it is Rs 20 and for Children it is Rs 10
Travel to Garden of Five Senses, Delhi
Garden of Five Senses is spread over 20 acres and is a place where variety of activities, inviting public interaction and exploration takes place. Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTDC) along with Government of Delhi developed this beautiful garden in February 2003.
It has various areas like Khas Bagh (Mughal Gardens), Food and shopping court (where people can shop and taste different delicacies), Neel Bagh (a pool of water lilies), Colour Gardens, Courts of Specimen Plants and Solar Energy Park.
This park is also a public place where food festivals, Melas, Dandiya festivals and various cultural programs are organized throughout the year.
Garden of Five Senses is situated in Said-Ul-Azaib village.
Humayun Tomb: A Visiting Places at Delhi
Humayun Tomb was built by Hamida Banu Begum in 1565 A.D. It has 30-acre of Charbagh Garden around it. This Persian styled structure was declared World Heritage Sites in 1993.
Nearest Metro Station to Humayun Tomb: JLN Stadium
Opening and Closing time of Humayun Tomb: It remains open from morning to evening.
Entry fee for Indian tourist is Rs. 10 and for foreigners it is Rs. 250.
Inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, India Gate was built in 1931 to pay tribute to 90,000 soldiers of Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for their country and make there sacrifice immortal. It is a 42 m high structure.
An eternal flame, Amar Jawan Jyoti burns continuously whole day under the arch of India Gate in respect of these soldiers. It is here since 1971 and has 4 burning torches on its corners.
President, Prime Minister (of India) and visiting Guests of State have to pay homage at India Gate.
Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan and Central Secretariat
Jama Masjid: Places to Visit in Delhi
Masjid-I-Jahan-Numa famous as Jama Masjid, was built in 1658 AD. It is the largest mosque of India with a capacity of 25, 000 people who can pray here at a time. It is located in Chawri Bazar.
It has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets.
Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazar or Chandni Chowk
Qutub Minar: A Heritage Tourist Spots of Delhi India
Qutub Minar is a 72.5 m-high tower whose construction started in 1192. Qutab-ud-din Aibak started the construction and Iltutmish his successor completed it. The fifth and the last storey of Qutub Minar was constructed by Feroz Shah Tughluq.
It is located in Mehrauli. Qutub Minar is made of Red sandstone and has carvings of Quran. Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque is present in the vicinity. It was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar
Entry Fee of Qutub Minar: For Indians it is Rs. 10 and for foreigners it is Rs. 250.
Opening and Closing time: It remains open every day from Morning to Evening.
Jantar Mantar is one of the 5 such astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 5 different cities of India. Jantar Mantar of Delhi was built in 1724. It was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
It has 13 Architectural astronomy instruments that were placed to compile astronomical tables. It is located near to Connaught Palace Delhi.
Nearest Metro Station to Jantar Mantar: Patel Chowk
Opening and Closing Time of Jantar Mantar: It remains open all days from Morning to Evening
Entry Fee of Jantar Mantar: For Indians it is Rs. 5 and for foreigners it is Rs. 100.
Lodi Garden is spread in an area of 90 acres. It is protected under Archaeological Survey of India. It inhibits work of Sayyids and Lodis and incorporates tombs of Mohammed Shah and Sikander Lodi. Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad are also located in this garden.
Nearest Metro Station to Lodi Gardens: JLN stadium
Opening and Closing time: It remains open all days from Morning to Evening
Entry to Lodi Garden: Free
Bangla Sahib is a prominent Sikh Gurudwara in Delhi. It is consociated with eight Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. It has a pond in the complex whose water is considered holy. It is situated near Connaught Palace. Langar (Food) is provided to all visitors and devotees.
Nearest Metro Station to Bangla Sahib: Shivaji Stadium or Patel Chowk
ISKCON temple or Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir is dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. It was opened in 1998. It is also known as Hare Krishna temple. It is built with Red stone.
Nearest Metro Station to ISKCON temple: Kailash Colony or Nehru Place
Opening and Closing time of ISKCON temple: It remains open all day from 4.30 am - 7.45 pm.
Visit to Purana Quila of Delhi
Purana Quila was built by Humayun and later modified by Sher Shah Suri. It is situated on the banks of river Yamuna. It has three famous Gates: Bara Darwaza, Humayun Gate and Talaqi Gate. Quila-Khuna Mosque and Sher Mandal built by Sher Shah Suri is also situated in the vicinity. Humayun died in this fort.
Nearest Metro Station to Purana Quila: Pragati Maidan
Opening and Closing time of Purana Qila: It remains open all days from Morning to Evening
Entry Fee of Purana: For Indians it is Rs. 5 and for foreigners it is Rs. 100.
Red Fort was constructed by Shah Jahan in 1648. It was a centre of power in Mughal rule and also in British Empire. Red fort was declared World Heritage Site by UNSECO. It has two gates: Delhi Gate and Lahore Gate.
Diwan-i-Aam (an open area), Diwan-i-Khas (hall for private audience), Nahr-i-Behisht, Rang Mahal and Moti Masjid are part of Red Fort. Peacock throne was once placed in Diwan-i-Khas.
After Independence, Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on 15 August from Red Fort every year.
A Sound and Light show is carried out in evening whose entry fee for Adults is Rs. 80 and for children it is Rs. 30.
Nearest Metro Station to Red Fort: Chandni Chowk
Opening and Closing Time: Tuesday to Sunday (It remains closed on Monday)
Entry Fee for Red Fort: for Indians it is Rs. 10 and for foreigners it is 250.
Must to see National Museum of Delhi
National Museum was built in 1949. It has many articles and artwork of historical importance. It has 200,00 material representing artworks of prehistoric time. National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Musicology is also present in the Museum which was established in 1983. It now works as a Deemed University and provides Masters and Doctoral level courses in History of Art, Art Conservation and Art restoration.
Nearest Metro Station: Udyog Bhawan