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    Rashtrapati Bhavan - Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India, which is situated towards the west end of the Rajpath. It is a blend of both Mughal and European architectural styles with a copper dome and around 340 bedecked rooms. Visitors can seek permission from the Government of India Tourist Office for entering the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This place is also famous for its Mughal Gardens which is open for public between February and March. The building of Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. It was once an official residence of the Viceroy of British India and was popularly known as Viceregal Lodge. This structure has a neo-Buddhist copper dome along with a circular hall, known as the Durbar Hall. It is the chief venue for all the official ceremonies of the Government of India.

     

    Gurudwara Bangla Sahib - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is situated next to the Gol Dak Khana in Connaught Place. It is a holy place of Sikh worship which is open to people of all castes, creeds and faiths. There is a sacred pond inside this gurudwara, where devotees take bath. This gurudwara is managed by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, which also celebrates the birth of Guru Sri Harkrishan Sahib. The committee also celebrates death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh ji. To the eastern side of the gurudwara, there is a community kitchen or langar, where devotees cook food and serve to the people. The main gurudwara has a gold-plated dome and white facade exterior along with a prayer hall. It also has an art gallery, library, hospital, a Baba Baghel Singh Museum and a higher secondary school for girls.

     

    Humayun's Tomb - Humayun's Tomb is the famous tomb of Humayun, who was the Mughal Emperor. The construction of this tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife, Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect and it is situated in Nizamuddin East. The entire structure is built using red sandstone, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. There is a huge garden in the complex, which has fountains, pools, trees and benches to sit. Tourists can also see the Char Bagh inside the complex which have quadrilateral Persian style layout. Babar's Tomb is also situated near the main tomb of Humayun inside the complex.

     

    Dilli Haat - Dilli Haat is situated near INA market in the South Delhi region. It is a perfect combination of craft bazaar and food plaza which is located near All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Sri Aurobindo Marg. There is another Dilli Haat situated in Netaji Subash Place, next to the Netaji Subash Place Metro Station. This shopping site has numerous stalls that represent every state of India, which provide different types of regional cuisines. Tourists can buy items like rosewood, embellished camel hide footwear, beads, metal crafts, silk, wood fabrics, gems, gems, sandalwood carvings and other handicraft items. Several cultural, regional and other festivals are celebrated regularly at this site.

     

    Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple - Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple displays Indian and Hindu culture along with spirituality and beautiful architecture. This temple has been constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and was officially inaugurated on 6th November 2005. It is known as Delhi Akshardham Mandir, which covers an area of about 100 acres. The entire temple construction took around 2 years and is situated on the banks of Yamuna River. It is also adjacent to the site of Commonwealth Games Village, 2010. The main monument which is situated at the centre of the complex measures around 43 m in height, 96 m in width and 110 m in length. This temple has been built as per the old Sthapatya shastra, using sandstone and marble without steel. There are about 234 carved pillars, 20 shikhars, 9 ornate domes, 20,000 statues of great saints and divine personalities of India and Gajendra Pith.

     

    Raj Ghat - Raj Ghat is located on the banks of Yamuna River and was built as a cenotaph for honouring Mahatma Gandhi. There is a grave black marble podium at this site which is the spot of cremation of Mahatma Gandhi done on 31st January 1948. It also has an abiding flame at one end and a stone footpath with lawns on the either sides. These lawns lead to the enclosed space having the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi with the epitaph 'Hey Ram'. This place is situated on the ring road which is officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road.

     

    Lodhi Garden - Lodhi Garden is a recreational area which is situated on Lodhi Road, near the Safdarjung's Tomb. Britishers used to call this garden as Lady Willingdon Park, which was established by the rulers of Lodhi Dynasty. In 1968, this garden was re-landscaped by Garrett Eckbo and JA Stein. Some of the prominent varieties of trees in this garden are neem, eucalyptus, chinar, chir, deodar and others. There are few small lakes inside the garden that attract birds like owls, kingfishers, hornbills, kites, mynahs, parakeets and babblers. It also has a rose garden with more than 200 varied kinds of roses. The garden houses the Tomb of Muhammad Shah, Sheesh Gumbad, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, National Bonsai Park, Bara Gumbad and Athpula.

     

    National Zoological Park - National Zoological Park is situated near the Purana Qila, covering a large area of around 214 acres. It is popularly known as the Delhi Zoo, which has around 2,000 species of animals and birds that were brought from different parts of the world. Some of the famous species of animals present here are spider monkey, zebras, chimpanzee, hippopotamus, deer, tiger, lion, African wild buffaloes and many more. Birds like emu, banteng and macaque along with king cobra and pythons can also be seen inside the Delhi Zoo. The National Zoological Park consists of more than 200 different varieties of trees and also has a library, mobile vans and a cafeteria.

     

    ISKCON Temple - ISKCON Temple was built in 1998 on a hilly terrain by the member of Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is situated in the East of Kailash area in New Delhi. It is also known as the Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, which is a Vaishnav Mandir of Lord Krishna and Radharani. This temple was designed and constructed by Achyut Kanvinde for the followers of Srila Prabhupada. It is one of the largest temples in Delhi with separate rooms for priests and servicemen. The huge halls in the complex are used for administrative purposes that are divided into four different sections.

     

    National Museum - National Museum is situated on the Janpath Lane, which houses several kinds of artefacts and traditional masterpieces. There are around 2,00,000 beautiful art works of both Indian as well as international origin in this museum. All the craft masterpieces on display are more than 5,000 years old. It is considered to be the largest museum in India, which has articles from pre-historic era to contemporary art works. This museum is managed by the Ministry of Culture, which comes under the Government of India.

     

    Pragati Maidan - Pragati Maidan is a popular site which is known for organising various exhibitions throughout the year. It is a venue for Annual India International Trade Fare, which is held in November every year. Apart from the International Trade Fair, World Book Fair and Auto Expo are some of the events, which are organised in Pragati Maidan. The site covers an area of about 72,000 sq. m and is considered as the largest exhibition centre of New Delhi. This exhibition centre was founded in 1982 and is controlled by the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). The Nehru Pavilion, the Son of India Pavilion, Defense Pavilion, the Indira Pavilion and Village Complex are some of the major attractions of this place.   This exhibition centre has four main entrances, air conditioned auditorium and conference room, business information centre and a press lounge. Apart from this, there are a number of restaurants along with post offices and banks.

     

    Iron Pillar - Iron Pillar is situated at the centre of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, which is inside the premises of Qutub Minar. This Iron Pillar dates back to around 4th century, which was erected for honouring Lord Vishnu and in remembrance of Chandragupta II. It was erected as a flagpole and it is still a mystery that how this pillar moved to the present location in Qutub Minar. This pillar is about 7.3 m tall and is made of 98% wrought iron, which has not rusted or decomposed for more than 1,600 years. It is believed that people who can encircle the pillar with their arms, standing towards their back can have their wish fulfilled.

     

    Garden of Five Senses - Garden of Five Senses is a huge park located in Saidul Ajaib village, which is near the Mehrauli area in New Delhi. It was developed by Delhi Tourism Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), which comes under the Government of India. This park was inaugurated in February 2003, and since then, it is famous for organising festivals, cultural programmes, food festivals and Dandiya festivals. It covers an area of around 20 acres and has food and shopping court, colour gardens, solar energy park, courts of specimen plants and Khas Bagh. Tourists can also enjoy camel ride inside this park. There is an amphitheatre along with few restaurants inside the garden. 

     

    Chattarpur Mandir - Chattarpur Mandir is located around 4 km from the Qutub Minar in Mehrauli. This temple has been constructed using white marble and is dedicated to several Gods and Goddess like Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. It is also known as Shree Adhya Katyayani Shakti Peeth Mandir, which was established in 1974. The temple was founded by Baba Sant Nagpal ji, who died in 1998 and has a samadhi inside the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir. Chattarpur Mandir is known for its main deity, Goddess Katyayani and covers about 60 acres of land. The temple is thronged by devotees and tourists in large numbers during the Navratri festival.

     

    Purana Qila -Purana Qila or the Old Fort is situated at Pragati Maidan, which is the famous site for organising the annual India International Trade Fair or IITF. There are four giant gateways at this site along with a huge lake, providing the facility of boating to the visitors. It also has an observatory and a library, which give a glimpse of people living during the rule of Afghans and Mughals in Delhi. The Purana Qila was built by the Mughal Emperor Humayun from 1533 to 1538 and was renamed as Shergarh by Sher Shah Suri in 1540. It has walls measuring 18 m in height and 1.5 km in length. The gateways of this fort are called as Bara Darwaza, Talaqi Gate and Humayun Gate. All these gateways are beautifully decorated with tiles, marble inlays, jharokhas, pillared pavilions and many more. 

     

    Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib - Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is situated in Chandni Chowk, Delhi which is close to the Red Fort. This gurudwara was built for honouring the martyrdom of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur. It is also built on the same site, where Mughals killed this religious leader in 1675. His devotee, Baba Baghel Singh discovered this site, where a gurudwara was built after a century. There is a tree and a well inside the premises, where the Sikh Guru was martyred. The main hall of the gurudwara has a bronze canopy, which houses the famous Guru Granth Sahib. This gurudwara is famous for Guru ka Langar and Karah, which is cooked using wheat and ghee. 

     

    Majnu Ka Tilla - Majnu Ka Tilla is situated on the banks of Yamuna River and is famous for a Sikh shrine called Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla. This gurudwara is located on the G.T. road and is dedicated to Guru Nanak. It was expanded to a white marble structure in 1980s and is situated close to the Vidhan Sabha Metro Station. It is believed that a Muslim hermit lived here during the 15th century rule of Sikandar Lodi, who used to do intense meditation and long fasting. The local inhabitants started calling him Majnu, who was later on blessed by Guru Nanak, when he visited Delhi. It was in his memory that a Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Every year, during the eve of Baisakhi, grand celebration takes place at this Gurdwara.

     

    Hazrat Nizamuddin - Hazrat Nizamuddin or the Nizamuddin's Shrine is a famous dargah dedicated to Nizamuddin Auliya, who was one of the well known Sufi saints. Hazrat Nizamuddin is located in the Nizamuddin west area of Delhi and was constructed by Muhammad Tughlaq. The site is visited by a number of tourists along with Muslim devotees. Travellers can come across the famous tombs of Jehan Ara Begum and Amir Khusro situated within the Hazrat Nizamuddin complex. Amir Khusro was a famous poet and a beloved disciple of the saint. Visitors can also visit the tomb of Inayat Khan located close to Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah. During the festival of 'Urs', which is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversaries of Amir Khusro and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the site is thronged by tourists and devotees.

     

    Parliament House - Parliament House holds an important place in the decision making of Indian politics, which is situated on the Sansad Marg. This building was designed by Herbert Baker and was previously known as the Circular House in 1927. It has around 247 pillars that represent Mughal architectural style. There is an office on Raisina Road, from where tourists can get permission to visit the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha, the library and the Council of States. Foreign visitors can avail permission from their respective embassies only along with an introductory letter. 

     

    National Railway Museum - National Railway Museum is located at Chanakyapuri, which has a wide collection of royal carriages, locomotives of bygone era and old trains. It also has some other attractions like the Vice Regal Dining Car, the luxury Prince of Wales Saloon, Maharaja of Baroda's Saloon and Maharaja of Mysore's Saloon. Some of the trains are as old as 100 years and one of the first steam engines which arrived in the Indian Subcontinent is also displayed in this museum.   This museum covers a campus of more than 10 acres and rides are available for children in the toy train that run within the campus.

     

    Appu Ghar - Appu Ghar was a famous amusement park situated in Pragati Maidan, which has been closed since 17th February 2008. It was also the first amusement park in India, which was inaugurated by the Late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 19th November 1984. The park was named after the mascot of Asian Games 1982, 'Appu'. This amusement park covered around 15.5 acres of land that is now used for Delhi Metro Station and a new section of Supreme Court of India. 

                   

    Nehru Park - Nehru Park is a huge park which is located in the Chanakyapuri area in the diplomatic enclave. This park extends to an area of 80 acres and was named after the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was established in 1969 as a venue for conducting morning and evening Ragas. This park is also the venue for SPIC MACAY music concerts and annual Bhakti Festival. The concerts are mainly organised by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). It is also an important venue for various art events and morning yoga classes. There is an ancient Lord Shiva Temple, a cafe and a swimming pool inside the park.

     

    Ansal Plaza - Ansal Plaza is another shopper’s paradise of Delhi, which covers an area of about 35 acres. It is situated near South Extension, another popular market of Delhi and is a part of HUDCO Place. Built in a circular fashion around an amphitheatre with a centre stage, it is counted amongst the biggest malls in Delhi. It has a French Glass Curtain wall, which keeps the harmful radiations. It comprises many corporate offices, which are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor. Apart from this, the complex has a twin-level basement car parking area, having a capacity of around 1,000 cars. Various water cascades and fountains all around the corridors beautify the granite and marble flooring. This complex contains several shops selling branded clothes, designer items and traditional footwear. Besides these, various other products like trendy jewellery, body care products and cosmetics can also be purchased from here. Apart from shopping, various cultural programs, live band performances and fashion shows are organised at this complex. Tourists can reach this place by buses and private taxis.

     

    South Extension Market - South Extension Market is considered as one of the most popular markets in New Delhi. Located on the Ring Road in vicinity of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the market is divided into two sections, South Extension I and South Extension II. The market is considered as the shopper’s paradise, which caters to the need of residents as well as tourists. There are a number of shops ranging from international brands to local street side vendors. Designer clothes, shoes, jewellery and handbags are among the popular buys of the market.   Apart from shopping, tourists can devour upon number of cuisines served in the restaurants, clubs, restro-bars and lounge in this market. Some of the nearby places where tourists can head towards include Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Defence Colony and Khel Gaon.

     

    Hauz Khas Complex - Hauz Khas Complex is situated in South Delhi, which is known for a mosque, pavilions, tomb, water tank and an Islamic seminary. All these structures were built during 13th century under the reign of Delhi Sultanate. There is a large water tank or reservoir at this site, which was constructed by Khilji rulers for supplying water to the residents of Siri region. It also has a Tomb of Firuz Shah Tughlaq, who ruled Delhi from 1351 to 1388. This complex is surrounded by Hauz Khas Village, which was developed as a residential cum commercial area between 14th and 16th century. There are several art galleries, restaurants and boutiques inside this village that attract travellers.

     

    International Doll’s Museum - International Dolls Museum was established in 1957 for displaying the unusual and best dolls from across the world. There are around 6,500 dolls from about 85 countries that are on display in this museum. The two different sections of the museum include Indian and Asian dolls and the second section has dolls from UK, Russia, Thailand, South Korea, Mexico, Poland and Greece. The themes of dolls are very unique like Japanese Kabuki dancer and man on the moon. This museum was set up by a renowned political cartoonist, K. Shankar Pillai (1902–1989). It is popularly known as Shankar's International Dolls Museum and is housed inside the building of the Children's Book Trust in New Delhi. It was functional by 1965 and was inaugurated by the then President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. The museum started with a thousand dolls, which was later increased with another 5 thousand from 1965 to 1987.

     

    India Habitat Centre - India Habitat Centre is one of the convention centres in India, which is located at Lodhi Road. This centre is a planned location comprising work spaces, galleries, linked corridors, offices and convention hall. The centre covers about 10 acres of land along with 37 institutions that are committed to environmental research. There are some of the famous food joints and seminar centres in the complex that attract visitors. It is also the centre for cultural and social activities such as movies, dances, theatre, art exhibitions, talks, workshops, children's events and music renditions.

     

    Tughlaqabad Fort - Tughlaqabad Fort is situated on the main Mehrauli-Badarpur Road in South Delhi, which covers an area of more than 6.5 km. This fort was built between 1321 and 1325 by Ghias-ud-din Tughlaq, who was called as Ghazi Malik. Ghazi Malik was the slave who served Sultan Mubarak Khilji of Khilji Dynasty. This fort was later abandoned in 1327 after a curse given by Nizamuddin Auliya to Ghazi Malik. Ghazi Malik drove away the Khilji ruler and built his city of Tughlaqabad and the fort. It became a cursed fort, after Nizamuddin Auliya cursed him due to a long confrontation. The fort is located in the Tughlaqabad Institutional Area and can be reached easily from South Delhi.

     

    Tibet House - Tibet House is situated on Lodhi Road, near Lodhi Garden, which is a famous museum depicting Tibetan culture and history. This Tibet House Museum was established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1965. The main purpose of establishing this museum was to preserve the cultural heritage of Tibet and also for providing a centre for both Tibetan and Buddhist studies. Several objects brought by the Tibetan refugee coming to India since 1959 have been preserved at this museum. It is a five-storey building which includes a museum having artefacts, a library with 5,000 volumes of books and manuscripts, a conference hall, a bookshop, a gallery and a resource centre. Different programmes are organised at this site, which focus on Indo-Tibetan and Buddhist culture, philosophy, art, religion, history and literature.

     

    Teen Murti Bhavan - Teen Murti Bhavan is also known as Nehru Planetarium which is situated near the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It was the official residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This bhavan is also called as Nehru House or Flagstaff House, which was once used by the British Commander-in-Chief. This place was designed by Robert Tor Russell and also has the Centre of Contemporary Studies that was established in 1964. It is a colonial structure that has teak panels, verandahs, high ceilings and lush green gardens. There is also  Jawahar Jyoti in the premises that has an eternal flame symbolising the ideals of Pandit Nehru. It also houses a museum, planetarium, Kushak Mahal and library inside the premises. The library is known to have different types of books, newspapers, periodicals and rare journals. Nehru Planetarium organises daily shows related to India's Space Programme and Astronomy.

     

    Surajkund Crafts Mela - Surajkund Crafts Mela is an annual event which is organised by the Haryana Tourism Department from 1st February to 15th February. This site is located at about 8 km from South Delhi in Surajkund village, which is in Faridabad District. The craft mela is organised near the famous Surajkund Lake and is known for its handicraft and handloom items. Tourists can buy items like textiles, wood stock, pottery, stonework, cane work, ivory work, paintings, terracotta and many more. Folk dances and musical evenings are also organised at this site that attract visitors. Taxis, state transport buses and auto-rickshaws are available in any part of Delhi to travel to this site of Surajkund Crafts Mela.

     

    Diwan-i-Khas - Diwan-i-Khas is situated within the Red Fort complex, which has been constructed using red sandstone in the ancient Mughal style. This Diwan-i-Khas is a hall that was previously used for greeting the guests in Mughal kingdom. It is a beautifully ornamented hall with ancient jewellery that is finely embellished into the vacant holes on the walls. Mughal Emperors used to hold court meetings in this hall, sitting on the golden peacock throne. The walls of this pavilion have been made of crystal white marble and all the ceilings have been constructed with silver. Pillars of this hall are decorated with floral carvings and semi-precious stones. This hall was built only for conducting public meetings and holding the court sessionsby the Mughal rulers.

     

    Rang Mahal - Rang Mahal is commonly known as the Begum Mahal or the Colour Palace, which is situated near Diwan-i-Khas inside the Red Fort. This palace was the residence of the chief wife of the emperor and was a beautiful palace with fountains at its base. It was later on transformed to a lotus-shaped marble palace which used to supply perfumed water through the pipe lines. This palace was known for its gold and silver ceilings during the Mughal rule. It also houses the famous Mumtaz Mahal, which was dedicated to the favourite wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. In 1857, during the Sepoy Mutiny, this Rang Mahal was converted into a guard room by the British colonial rulers. Again in 1912, it was transformed into an archaeological museum which can be seen thronged by tourists visiting the Red Fort.

     

    Mumtaz Mahal - Mumtaz Mahal is also known as Jewel Palace which is situated within the Lal Qila complex, inside the Rang Mahal. This mahal has been constructed using red sandstone for Arjumand Banu Begum, who was popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal. She was the third and the favourite wife of Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and this palace was made in her memory by the emperor. This palace is now a museum which displays numerous historical artefacts that are arranged in six different galleries. It also has some of the important objects related to Emperor Akbar and the other Mughal rulers. Tourists can also see few manuscripts, royal orders, miniature paintings, stone inscriptions, daggers, swords and royal costumes. There is a separate Bahadur Shah Zafar gallery in this museum which contains his personal belongings such as gun powder horns, rose water sprinkler, pen holder and ink pot.

     

    Lahore Gate - Lahore Gate is one of the two main entrances of the Red Fort, which is made of dull pink stone. This gate has been named as Lahore Gate, as it faces towards the Lahore City in Pakistan. The gate is around three storeys high and is surrounded by semi-octagonal towers. It has a grassy area at the top along with tall ramparts beneath, where the Prime Minister of India addresses the country on 15th August, Indian Independence Day. Tourists entering from Lahore Gate can visit the Chatta Chowk, which is also known as Meena Bazaar. This shopping market is popular for selling silk, gold, jewellery and other accessories.

     

    Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya - Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya or the Museum of the Independence Movement is a well known museum that showcases history of India from the colonial period. Moreover it also highlights the revolt of 1857 and India's struggle for independence. The museum is run by Archaeological Survey of India and travellers can come across different paintings, photographs, diagrams and maps of India during various centuries. Apart from this, visitors can also see letters, idols of various leaders and relics of historical importance, which are also displayed within Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya. The Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya is located near Naubat Khana in Red Fort and is situated on the left of Chatta Chowk.

     

    Alai Minar - Alai Minar is located with the complex of Qutub Minar, which was built by Ala-ud-Din Khilji, who was the second ruler of the Khilji Dynasty. He wanted to build a tower, which would be twice as tall as the Qutub Minar. Ala-ud-Din Khilji could not complete this tower, as he died before 24.5 m tall structure was completed.

     

    Tomb of Imam Zamin - Tomb of Imam Zamin is situated in the premises of Qutub Minar, next to the Alai Darwaza. It is an octagonal shaped tomb which was built for honouring a Turkestani Imam. He was an Islamic preacher, who used to live in this complex during the reign of Sikandar Lodi. This Turkish Sufi Saint of Chishti Sect was named as Imam Muhammad Ali, who was commonly known as Imam Zamin. He came to Delhi during the 15th century and became the Imam of Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid. Imam Zamin himself built his tomb and was buried when he died after a year of constructing this tomb.

     

    Greater Kailash Market - Greater Kailash Market is situated in the South Delhi and is considered to be the most expensive market in New Delhi. It was built in 1950 by DLF builders and has various designer showrooms. This market is popularly known as GK Market and is further divided into 2 parts, GK I and GK II. The market attracts visitors in large number for its variety of shops offering products ranging from international brands to local souvenirs. Tourists can also find a variety of fashionable trends and boutiques in this market. There are number of restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges, which are thronged by tourists as well as local people.

     

    Chatta Chowk - Chatta Chowk was known as Bazaar-i-Musaqqaf during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.  It is a covered market that was built by Mukarmat Khan around 300 years ago. The site was the place of luxury trade of the royals for products like carpets, quilts, shahtus, pashmina shawls, takia-namads, brocaded costumes and velvet pardahs. At present, the place is known as Meena Bazaar and has around 40 shops, which sell artificial jewellery and antiques, bags, hand painted wall hangings and many more. The market is situated in old Delhi in the Red Fort and has its entrance from the Lahore Gate. This two-storey arcade is also called as Chhattar Manzil, which divides the market into two sub sections, eastern and western.

     

    Hayat Bakhsh Bagh - Hayat Bakhsh Bagh is popularly known as the 'Life Bestowing Garden' which is inside the premises of the Red Fort. This garden lies to the north of Moti Masjid and is divided into squares along with channels and causeways. It has two towers, namely Shah Burj and Asad Burj, out of which the former is attached to a pavilion built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. There are two more pavilions in the garden, named as Sawan Bhadon after the two months of the monsoon season. Two more small marble pavilions were built by Bahadur Shah II and were called Moti Mahal and Hira Mahal. Moti Mahal was removed after the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. In the middle of the garden, there is a tank along with a red stone pavilion, known as Zafar Mahal.

     

    Safdarjung's Tomb - Safdarjung's Tomb is popularly known as the Safdarjung ka Maqbara, which has a huge garden along with a marble mausoleum. This mausoleum was constructed during 1754 and the garden was designed in the ancient style of Mughal gardens. There is an office of Archaeological Survey of India at the top storey of this tomb. It was constructed for Safdarjung, who was one of the powerful prime ministers during the reign of Muhammad Shah in Delhi. Muhammad Shah was a weak Mughal Emperor, who ruled Delhi between 1719 and 1748. This complex has 4 water canals that lead towards the four buildings.

     

    Quila Rai Pithora - Quila Rai Pithora is also known as the first Red Fort of Delhi. It was built after Vigraharaja IV, prince of Sakambhari took over Delhi from the Tomar rulers. His grandson, the legendary Prithvi Raj Chauhan built this extensive fort by extending Lal Kot in the latter half of the 12th century. Today the remnants of the fort can still be explored in Conservation Park at Mehrauli. The Park houses a splendid 18 feet statue of the legendary Prithvi Raj Chauhan and library. This historically significant Conservation Park is being developed by the government as a tourist destination and a museum is going to be opened soon.

     

    Old Fort - Another must-see place is the Old Fort or the Purana Quila. The fort is a mute testimony to the uneasy co-existence of the Mughals and the Afghans who were in power at that time lived in. You can have an interesting time visiting the library and the observatory. With four large gateways, with the stone cut geometric patterns still clearly visible. One of the gates leads to River Yamuna, while a huge serene lake is perfect to enjoy a boat ride.

     

    Sai Baba Temple - Sai Baba Temple is situated on Lodhi Road Delhi, which is one of the oldest and crowded temples in the capital. This temple was built by Sai Bhakta Samaj with an objective to spread the message of Shirdi Sai Baba. Daily poojas are performed including the Kakad Aarti, Noon Aarti, Dhoop Aarti and Shej Aarti. There is a huge crowd of devotees at this temple on every Thursday.   The temple is situated near a Ram Mandir and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on the Lodi Road.

     

    Lakshmi Narayan Temple - Lakshmi Narayan Temple is commonly known as the Birla Mandir which is situated at Mandir Marg near Connaught Place in New Delhi. This temple was constructed in 1938 by the famous industrialist, B.D. Birla. The temple was built for honouring Goddess Lakshmi, who is considered to be the goddess of wealth along with her husband Lord Vishnu. There are many other small temples, fountains and gardens inside the temple complex. It is a very old temple which was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated at a grand level in this temple. Other important festivals celebrated in this temple are Diwali and Ram Navmi.

     

    Diwan-i-Aam - Diwan-i-Aam is popularly known as the Hall of Public Audience and is located within the premises of the Red Fort. The main purpose of this hall was to serve as a courtyard with a pavilion for audiences and an ornate throne-balcony for the emperor. It has heavy curtains with depth of around three bays. The columns inside the pavilion are painted in gold and there is also a railing made of gold and silver that separated the throne from the public. This hall was decorated with precious and semi-precious jewels with a perfect architecture of Bengali and Persian styles. It was restored by Lord Curzon during the rule of the British and tourists can see the throne of the emperor still placed behind the hall.

     

    International Trade Fair Exhibition Centre - International Trade Fair Exhibition Centre is situated in Pragati Maidan, which is the famous site for conducting the annual India International Trade Fair or IITF. This centre was founded in 1982 and since then an annual fair is conducted at this venue, including different pavilions of the states in India. The trade fair is conducted in the month of November inside the seven acres land that has permanent buildings for exhibition from all the states of the country. Some of the famous pavilions in this centre are the Defence Pavilion, the Nehru Pavilion, the Indira Pavilion, the Village Complex and the Son of India Pavilion. It has four main entrances that are usually very crowded during the time of trade fair. During this fair, more than 6,000 companies from India and other Asian countries participate in the exhibition. This annual fair is organised by International Trade Promotion Organisation.

     

    Fatehpuri Mosque - Fatehpuri Mosque or Fatehpuri Masjid was built during the 17th century by Shah Jahan's wife, Fatehpuri Begum, who belonged to Fatehpur. It was constructed with red sandstone and is known for its fluted dome along with kalash and mahapadma on the top. This masjid has been traditionally designed with minarets on either side. There is also a prayer hall with seven-arched openings inside this mosque.

     

    Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid - Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid was built during the early 12th century by the Slave Dynasty ruler Qutubuddin-Aibak. This masjid is located in Mehrauli and was constructed for marking the triumph of Qutubuddin-Aibak over Qila Rai Pithora. There is a rectangular court in the centre of this mosque that is surrounded by covered passages. All these passages were built along with engraved columns, after the demolition of the temples standing at that location.

     

    Alai Darwaza - Alai Darwaza was constructed by Ala-ud-Din Khilji, which portrays a perfect craftsmanship of the Turkish artisans. This giant gateway was built after ruining around 27 Hindu and Jain Temples already present at this site. The gateway and other structures in the premises were constructed using the remains of the demolished temples.

     

    Nizamuddin’s Shrine - Nizamuddin's Shrine was constructed for commemorating the Muslim Sufi Saint, Nizamuddin Chishti. The tomb has a tank which is bordered with some other tombs of people living during Mughal rule. Travellers can also see the grave of Jahanara, daughter of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and the tomb of Amir Khusro, who was an Urdu poet living in Mughal court. The ideal time to visit this place is during the sunset on Thursdays, which is considered to be sacred by Muslims for offering prayers.

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    Rashtrapati Bhavan - Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India, which is situated towards the west end of the Rajpath. It is a blend of both Mughal and European architectural styles with a copper dome and around 340 bedecked rooms. Visitors can seek permission from the Government of India Tourist Office for entering the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This place is also famous for its Mughal Gardens which is open for public between February and March. The building of Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. It was once an official residence of the Viceroy of British India and was popularly known as Viceregal Lodge. This structure has a neo-Buddhist copper dome along with a circular hall, known as the Durbar Hall. It is the chief venue for all the official ceremonies of the Government of India.

     

    Gurudwara Bangla Sahib - Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is situated next to the Gol Dak Khana in Connaught Place. It is a holy place of Sikh worship which is open to people of all castes, creeds and faiths. There is a sacred pond inside this gurudwara, where devotees take bath. This gurudwara is managed by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee, which also celebrates the birth of Guru Sri Harkrishan Sahib. The committee also celebrates death anniversary of Maharaja Ranjit Singh ji. To the eastern side of the gurudwara, there is a community kitchen or langar, where devotees cook food and serve to the people. The main gurudwara has a gold-plated dome and white facade exterior along with a prayer hall. It also has an art gallery, library, hospital, a Baba Baghel Singh Museum and a higher secondary school for girls.

     

    Humayun's Tomb - Humayun's Tomb is the famous tomb of Humayun, who was the Mughal Emperor. The construction of this tomb was commissioned by Humayun's wife, Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect and it is situated in Nizamuddin East. The entire structure is built using red sandstone, which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. There is a huge garden in the complex, which has fountains, pools, trees and benches to sit. Tourists can also see the Char Bagh inside the complex which have quadrilateral Persian style layout. Babar's Tomb is also situated near the main tomb of Humayun inside the complex.

     

    Dilli Haat - Dilli Haat is situated near INA market in the South Delhi region. It is a perfect combination of craft bazaar and food plaza which is located near All India Institute of Medical Sciences on Sri Aurobindo Marg. There is another Dilli Haat situated in Netaji Subash Place, next to the Netaji Subash Place Metro Station. This shopping site has numerous stalls that represent every state of India, which provide different types of regional cuisines. Tourists can buy items like rosewood, embellished camel hide footwear, beads, metal crafts, silk, wood fabrics, gems, gems, sandalwood carvings and other handicraft items. Several cultural, regional and other festivals are celebrated regularly at this site.

     

    Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple - Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple displays Indian and Hindu culture along with spirituality and beautiful architecture. This temple has been constructed by Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and was officially inaugurated on 6th November 2005. It is known as Delhi Akshardham Mandir, which covers an area of about 100 acres. The entire temple construction took around 2 years and is situated on the banks of Yamuna River. It is also adjacent to the site of Commonwealth Games Village, 2010. The main monument which is situated at the centre of the complex measures around 43 m in height, 96 m in width and 110 m in length. This temple has been built as per the old Sthapatya shastra, using sandstone and marble without steel. There are about 234 carved pillars, 20 shikhars, 9 ornate domes, 20,000 statues of great saints and divine personalities of India and Gajendra Pith.

     

    Raj Ghat - Raj Ghat is located on the banks of Yamuna River and was built as a cenotaph for honouring Mahatma Gandhi. There is a grave black marble podium at this site which is the spot of cremation of Mahatma Gandhi done on 31st January 1948. It also has an abiding flame at one end and a stone footpath with lawns on the either sides. These lawns lead to the enclosed space having the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi with the epitaph 'Hey Ram'. This place is situated on the ring road which is officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road.

     

    Lodhi Garden - Lodhi Garden is a recreational area which is situated on Lodhi Road, near the Safdarjung's Tomb. Britishers used to call this garden as Lady Willingdon Park, which was established by the rulers of Lodhi Dynasty. In 1968, this garden was re-landscaped by Garrett Eckbo and JA Stein. Some of the prominent varieties of trees in this garden are neem, eucalyptus, chinar, chir, deodar and others. There are few small lakes inside the garden that attract birds like owls, kingfishers, hornbills, kites, mynahs, parakeets and babblers. It also has a rose garden with more than 200 varied kinds of roses. The garden houses the Tomb of Muhammad Shah, Sheesh Gumbad, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, National Bonsai Park, Bara Gumbad and Athpula.

     

    National Zoological Park - National Zoological Park is situated near the Purana Qila, covering a large area of around 214 acres. It is popularly known as the Delhi Zoo, which has around 2,000 species of animals and birds that were brought from different parts of the world. Some of the famous species of animals present here are spider monkey, zebras, chimpanzee, hippopotamus, deer, tiger, lion, African wild buffaloes and many more. Birds like emu, banteng and macaque along with king cobra and pythons can also be seen inside the Delhi Zoo. The National Zoological Park consists of more than 200 different varieties of trees and also has a library, mobile vans and a cafeteria.

     

    ISKCON Temple - ISKCON Temple was built in 1998 on a hilly terrain by the member of Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and is situated in the East of Kailash area in New Delhi. It is also known as the Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, which is a Vaishnav Mandir of Lord Krishna and Radharani. This temple was designed and constructed by Achyut Kanvinde for the followers of Srila Prabhupada. It is one of the largest temples in Delhi with separate rooms for priests and servicemen. The huge halls in the complex are used for administrative purposes that are divided into four different sections.

     

    National Museum - National Museum is situated on the Janpath Lane, which houses several kinds of artefacts and traditional masterpieces. There are around 2,00,000 beautiful art works of both Indian as well as international origin in this museum. All the craft masterpieces on display are more than 5,000 years old. It is considered to be the largest museum in India, which has articles from pre-historic era to contemporary art works. This museum is managed by the Ministry of Culture, which comes under the Government of India.

     

    Pragati Maidan - Pragati Maidan is a popular site which is known for organising various exhibitions throughout the year. It is a venue for Annual India International Trade Fare, which is held in November every year. Apart from the International Trade Fair, World Book Fair and Auto Expo are some of the events, which are organised in Pragati Maidan. The site covers an area of about 72,000 sq. m and is considered as the largest exhibition centre of New Delhi. This exhibition centre was founded in 1982 and is controlled by the Indian Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO). The Nehru Pavilion, the Son of India Pavilion, Defense Pavilion, the Indira Pavilion and Village Complex are some of the major attractions of this place.   This exhibition centre has four main entrances, air conditioned auditorium and conference room, business information centre and a press lounge. Apart from this, there are a number of restaurants along with post offices and banks.

     

    Iron Pillar - Iron Pillar is situated at the centre of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, which is inside the premises of Qutub Minar. This Iron Pillar dates back to around 4th century, which was erected for honouring Lord Vishnu and in remembrance of Chandragupta II. It was erected as a flagpole and it is still a mystery that how this pillar moved to the present location in Qutub Minar. This pillar is about 7.3 m tall and is made of 98% wrought iron, which has not rusted or decomposed for more than 1,600 years. It is believed that people who can encircle the pillar with their arms, standing towards their back can have their wish fulfilled.

     

    Garden of Five Senses - Garden of Five Senses is a huge park located in Saidul Ajaib village, which is near the Mehrauli area in New Delhi. It was developed by Delhi Tourism Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), which comes under the Government of India. This park was inaugurated in February 2003, and since then, it is famous for organising festivals, cultural programmes, food festivals and Dandiya festivals. It covers an area of around 20 acres and has food and shopping court, colour gardens, solar energy park, courts of specimen plants and Khas Bagh. Tourists can also enjoy camel ride inside this park. There is an amphitheatre along with few restaurants inside the garden. 

     

    Chattarpur Mandir - Chattarpur Mandir is located around 4 km from the Qutub Minar in Mehrauli. This temple has been constructed using white marble and is dedicated to several Gods and Goddess like Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi. It is also known as Shree Adhya Katyayani Shakti Peeth Mandir, which was established in 1974. The temple was founded by Baba Sant Nagpal ji, who died in 1998 and has a samadhi inside the Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir. Chattarpur Mandir is known for its main deity, Goddess Katyayani and covers about 60 acres of land. The temple is thronged by devotees and tourists in large numbers during the Navratri festival.

     

    Purana Qila -Purana Qila or the Old Fort is situated at Pragati Maidan, which is the famous site for organising the annual India International Trade Fair or IITF. There are four giant gateways at this site along with a huge lake, providing the facility of boating to the visitors. It also has an observatory and a library, which give a glimpse of people living during the rule of Afghans and Mughals in Delhi. The Purana Qila was built by the Mughal Emperor Humayun from 1533 to 1538 and was renamed as Shergarh by Sher Shah Suri in 1540. It has walls measuring 18 m in height and 1.5 km in length. The gateways of this fort are called as Bara Darwaza, Talaqi Gate and Humayun Gate. All these gateways are beautifully decorated with tiles, marble inlays, jharokhas, pillared pavilions and many more. 

     

    Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib - Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is situated in Chandni Chowk, Delhi which is close to the Red Fort. This gurudwara was built for honouring the martyrdom of Sikh Guru Tegh Bahadur. It is also built on the same site, where Mughals killed this religious leader in 1675. His devotee, Baba Baghel Singh discovered this site, where a gurudwara was built after a century. There is a tree and a well inside the premises, where the Sikh Guru was martyred. The main hall of the gurudwara has a bronze canopy, which houses the famous Guru Granth Sahib. This gurudwara is famous for Guru ka Langar and Karah, which is cooked using wheat and ghee. 

     

    Majnu Ka Tilla - Majnu Ka Tilla is situated on the banks of Yamuna River and is famous for a Sikh shrine called Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla. This gurudwara is located on the G.T. road and is dedicated to Guru Nanak. It was expanded to a white marble structure in 1980s and is situated close to the Vidhan Sabha Metro Station. It is believed that a Muslim hermit lived here during the 15th century rule of Sikandar Lodi, who used to do intense meditation and long fasting. The local inhabitants started calling him Majnu, who was later on blessed by Guru Nanak, when he visited Delhi. It was in his memory that a Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tilla was constructed by Maharaja Ranjit Singh. Every year, during the eve of Baisakhi, grand celebration takes place at this Gurdwara.

     

    Hazrat Nizamuddin - Hazrat Nizamuddin or the Nizamuddin's Shrine is a famous dargah dedicated to Nizamuddin Auliya, who was one of the well known Sufi saints. Hazrat Nizamuddin is located in the Nizamuddin west area of Delhi and was constructed by Muhammad Tughlaq. The site is visited by a number of tourists along with Muslim devotees. Travellers can come across the famous tombs of Jehan Ara Begum and Amir Khusro situated within the Hazrat Nizamuddin complex. Amir Khusro was a famous poet and a beloved disciple of the saint. Visitors can also visit the tomb of Inayat Khan located close to Hazrat Nizamuddin dargah. During the festival of 'Urs', which is celebrated to commemorate the death anniversaries of Amir Khusro and Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the site is thronged by tourists and devotees.

     

    Parliament House - Parliament House holds an important place in the decision making of Indian politics, which is situated on the Sansad Marg. This building was designed by Herbert Baker and was previously known as the Circular House in 1927. It has around 247 pillars that represent Mughal architectural style. There is an office on Raisina Road, from where tourists can get permission to visit the Lok Sabha, the Rajya Sabha, the library and the Council of States. Foreign visitors can avail permission from their respective embassies only along with an introductory letter. 

     

    National Railway Museum - National Railway Museum is located at Chanakyapuri, which has a wide collection of royal carriages, locomotives of bygone era and old trains. It also has some other attractions like the Vice Regal Dining Car, the luxury Prince of Wales Saloon, Maharaja of Baroda's Saloon and Maharaja of Mysore's Saloon. Some of the trains are as old as 100 years and one of the first steam engines which arrived in the Indian Subcontinent is also displayed in this museum.   This museum covers a campus of more than 10 acres and rides are available for children in the toy train that run within the campus.

     

    Appu Ghar - Appu Ghar was a famous amusement park situated in Pragati Maidan, which has been closed since 17th February 2008. It was also the first amusement park in India, which was inaugurated by the Late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on 19th November 1984. The park was named after the mascot of Asian Games 1982, 'Appu'. This amusement park covered around 15.5 acres of land that is now used for Delhi Metro Station and a new section of Supreme Court of India. 

                   

    Nehru Park - Nehru Park is a huge park which is located in the Chanakyapuri area in the diplomatic enclave. This park extends to an area of 80 acres and was named after the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was established in 1969 as a venue for conducting morning and evening Ragas. This park is also the venue for SPIC MACAY music concerts and annual Bhakti Festival. The concerts are mainly organised by New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). It is also an important venue for various art events and morning yoga classes. There is an ancient Lord Shiva Temple, a cafe and a swimming pool inside the park.

     

    Ansal Plaza - Ansal Plaza is another shopper’s paradise of Delhi, which covers an area of about 35 acres. It is situated near South Extension, another popular market of Delhi and is a part of HUDCO Place. Built in a circular fashion around an amphitheatre with a centre stage, it is counted amongst the biggest malls in Delhi. It has a French Glass Curtain wall, which keeps the harmful radiations. It comprises many corporate offices, which are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor. Apart from this, the complex has a twin-level basement car parking area, having a capacity of around 1,000 cars. Various water cascades and fountains all around the corridors beautify the granite and marble flooring. This complex contains several shops selling branded clothes, designer items and traditional footwear. Besides these, various other products like trendy jewellery, body care products and cosmetics can also be purchased from here. Apart from shopping, various cultural programs, live band performances and fashion shows are organised at this complex. Tourists can reach this place by buses and private taxis.

     

    South Extension Market - South Extension Market is considered as one of the most popular markets in New Delhi. Located on the Ring Road in vicinity of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, the market is divided into two sections, South Extension I and South Extension II. The market is considered as the shopper’s paradise, which caters to the need of residents as well as tourists. There are a number of shops ranging from international brands to local street side vendors. Designer clothes, shoes, jewellery and handbags are among the popular buys of the market.   Apart from shopping, tourists can devour upon number of cuisines served in the restaurants, clubs, restro-bars and lounge in this market. Some of the nearby places where tourists can head towards include Sarojini Nagar, Netaji Nagar, Defence Colony and Khel Gaon.

     

    Hauz Khas Complex - Hauz Khas Complex is situated in South Delhi, which is known for a mosque, pavilions, tomb, water tank and an Islamic seminary. All these structures were built during 13th century under the reign of Delhi Sultanate. There is a large water tank or reservoir at this site, which was constructed by Khilji rulers for supplying water to the residents of Siri region. It also has a Tomb of Firuz Shah Tughlaq, who ruled Delhi from 1351 to 1388. This complex is surrounded by Hauz Khas Village, which was developed as a residential cum commercial area between 14th and 16th century. There are several art galleries, restaurants and boutiques inside this village that attract travellers.

     

    International Doll’s Museum - International Dolls Museum was established in 1957 for displaying the unusual and best dolls from across the world. There are around 6,500 dolls from about 85 countries that are on display in this museum. The two different sections of the museum include Indian and Asian dolls and the second section has dolls from UK, Russia, Thailand, South Korea, Mexico, Poland and Greece. The themes of dolls are very unique like Japanese Kabuki dancer and man on the moon. This museum was set up by a renowned political cartoonist, K. Shankar Pillai (1902–1989). It is popularly known as Shankar's International Dolls Museum and is housed inside the building of the Children's Book Trust in New Delhi. It was functional by 1965 and was inaugurated by the then President of India, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. The museum started with a thousand dolls, which was later increased with another 5 thousand from 1965 to 1987.

     

    India Habitat Centre - India Habitat Centre is one of the convention centres in India, which is located at Lodhi Road. This centre is a planned location comprising work spaces, galleries, linked corridors, offices and convention hall. The centre covers about 10 acres of land along with 37 institutions that are committed to environmental research. There are some of the famous food joints and seminar centres in the complex that attract visitors. It is also the centre for cultural and social activities such as movies, dances, theatre, art exhibitions, talks, workshops, children's events and music renditions.

     

    Tughlaqabad Fort - Tughlaqabad Fort is situated on the main Mehrauli-Badarpur Road in South Delhi, which covers an area of more than 6.5 km. This fort was built between 1321 and 1325 by Ghias-ud-din Tughlaq, who was called as Ghazi Malik. Ghazi Malik was the slave who served Sultan Mubarak Khilji of Khilji Dynasty. This fort was later abandoned in 1327 after a curse given by Nizamuddin Auliya to Ghazi Malik. Ghazi Malik drove away the Khilji ruler and built his city of Tughlaqabad and the fort. It became a cursed fort, after Nizamuddin Auliya cursed him due to a long confrontation. The fort is located in the Tughlaqabad Institutional Area and can be reached easily from South Delhi.

     

    Tibet House - Tibet House is situated on Lodhi Road, near Lodhi Garden, which is a famous museum depicting Tibetan culture and history. This Tibet House Museum was established by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1965. The main purpose of establishing this museum was to preserve the cultural heritage of Tibet and also for providing a centre for both Tibetan and Buddhist studies. Several objects brought by the Tibetan refugee coming to India since 1959 have been preserved at this museum. It is a five-storey building which includes a museum having artefacts, a library with 5,000 volumes of books and manuscripts, a conference hall, a bookshop, a gallery and a resource centre. Different programmes are organised at this site, which focus on Indo-Tibetan and Buddhist culture, philosophy, art, religion, history and literature.

     

    Teen Murti Bhavan - Teen Murti Bhavan is also known as Nehru Planetarium which is situated near the Rashtrapati Bhavan. It was the official residence of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This bhavan is also called as Nehru House or Flagstaff House, which was once used by the British Commander-in-Chief. This place was designed by Robert Tor Russell and also has the Centre of Contemporary Studies that was established in 1964. It is a colonial structure that has teak panels, verandahs, high ceilings and lush green gardens. There is also  Jawahar Jyoti in the premises that has an eternal flame symbolising the ideals of Pandit Nehru. It also houses a museum, planetarium, Kushak Mahal and library inside the premises. The library is known to have different types of books, newspapers, periodicals and rare journals. Nehru Planetarium organises daily shows related to India's Space Programme and Astronomy.

     

    Surajkund Crafts Mela - Surajkund Crafts Mela is an annual event which is organised by the Haryana Tourism Department from 1st February to 15th February. This site is located at about 8 km from South Delhi in Surajkund village, which is in Faridabad District. The craft mela is organised near the famous Surajkund Lake and is known for its handicraft and handloom items. Tourists can buy items like textiles, wood stock, pottery, stonework, cane work, ivory work, paintings, terracotta and many more. Folk dances and musical evenings are also organised at this site that attract visitors. Taxis, state transport buses and auto-rickshaws are available in any part of Delhi to travel to this site of Surajkund Crafts Mela.

     

    Diwan-i-Khas - Diwan-i-Khas is situated within the Red Fort complex, which has been constructed using red sandstone in the ancient Mughal style. This Diwan-i-Khas is a hall that was previously used for greeting the guests in Mughal kingdom. It is a beautifully ornamented hall with ancient jewellery that is finely embellished into the vacant holes on the walls. Mughal Emperors used to hold court meetings in this hall, sitting on the golden peacock throne. The walls of this pavilion have been made of crystal white marble and all the ceilings have been constructed with silver. Pillars of this hall are decorated with floral carvings and semi-precious stones. This hall was built only for conducting public meetings and holding the court sessionsby the Mughal rulers.

     

    Rang Mahal - Rang Mahal is commonly known as the Begum Mahal or the Colour Palace, which is situated near Diwan-i-Khas inside the Red Fort. This palace was the residence of the chief wife of the emperor and was a beautiful palace with fountains at its base. It was later on transformed to a lotus-shaped marble palace which used to supply perfumed water through the pipe lines. This palace was known for its gold and silver ceilings during the Mughal rule. It also houses the famous Mumtaz Mahal, which was dedicated to the favourite wife of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. In 1857, during the Sepoy Mutiny, this Rang Mahal was converted into a guard room by the British colonial rulers. Again in 1912, it was transformed into an archaeological museum which can be seen thronged by tourists visiting the Red Fort.

     

    Mumtaz Mahal - Mumtaz Mahal is also known as Jewel Palace which is situated within the Lal Qila complex, inside the Rang Mahal. This mahal has been constructed using red sandstone for Arjumand Banu Begum, who was popularly known as Mumtaz Mahal. She was the third and the favourite wife of Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and this palace was made in her memory by the emperor. This palace is now a museum which displays numerous historical artefacts that are arranged in six different galleries. It also has some of the important objects related to Emperor Akbar and the other Mughal rulers. Tourists can also see few manuscripts, royal orders, miniature paintings, stone inscriptions, daggers, swords and royal costumes. There is a separate Bahadur Shah Zafar gallery in this museum which contains his personal belongings such as gun powder horns, rose water sprinkler, pen holder and ink pot.

     

    Lahore Gate - Lahore Gate is one of the two main entrances of the Red Fort, which is made of dull pink stone. This gate has been named as Lahore Gate, as it faces towards the Lahore City in Pakistan. The gate is around three storeys high and is surrounded by semi-octagonal towers. It has a grassy area at the top along with tall ramparts beneath, where the Prime Minister of India addresses the country on 15th August, Indian Independence Day. Tourists entering from Lahore Gate can visit the Chatta Chowk, which is also known as Meena Bazaar. This shopping market is popular for selling silk, gold, jewellery and other accessories.

     

    Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya - Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya or the Museum of the Independence Movement is a well known museum that showcases history of India from the colonial period. Moreover it also highlights the revolt of 1857 and India's struggle for independence. The museum is run by Archaeological Survey of India and travellers can come across different paintings, photographs, diagrams and maps of India during various centuries. Apart from this, visitors can also see letters, idols of various leaders and relics of historical importance, which are also displayed within Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya. The Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya is located near Naubat Khana in Red Fort and is situated on the left of Chatta Chowk.

     

    Alai Minar - Alai Minar is located with the complex of Qutub Minar, which was built by Ala-ud-Din Khilji, who was the second ruler of the Khilji Dynasty. He wanted to build a tower, which would be twice as tall as the Qutub Minar. Ala-ud-Din Khilji could not complete this tower, as he died before 24.5 m tall structure was completed.

     

    Tomb of Imam Zamin - Tomb of Imam Zamin is situated in the premises of Qutub Minar, next to the Alai Darwaza. It is an octagonal shaped tomb which was built for honouring a Turkestani Imam. He was an Islamic preacher, who used to live in this complex during the reign of Sikandar Lodi. This Turkish Sufi Saint of Chishti Sect was named as Imam Muhammad Ali, who was commonly known as Imam Zamin. He came to Delhi during the 15th century and became the Imam of Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid. Imam Zamin himself built his tomb and was buried when he died after a year of constructing this tomb.

     

    Greater Kailash Market - Greater Kailash Market is situated in the South Delhi and is considered to be the most expensive market in New Delhi. It was built in 1950 by DLF builders and has various designer showrooms. This market is popularly known as GK Market and is further divided into 2 parts, GK I and GK II. The market attracts visitors in large number for its variety of shops offering products ranging from international brands to local souvenirs. Tourists can also find a variety of fashionable trends and boutiques in this market. There are number of restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges, which are thronged by tourists as well as local people.

     

    Chatta Chowk - Chatta Chowk was known as Bazaar-i-Musaqqaf during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan.  It is a covered market that was built by Mukarmat Khan around 300 years ago. The site was the place of luxury trade of the royals for products like carpets, quilts, shahtus, pashmina shawls, takia-namads, brocaded costumes and velvet pardahs. At present, the place is known as Meena Bazaar and has around 40 shops, which sell artificial jewellery and antiques, bags, hand painted wall hangings and many more. The market is situated in old Delhi in the Red Fort and has its entrance from the Lahore Gate. This two-storey arcade is also called as Chhattar Manzil, which divides the market into two sub sections, eastern and western.

     

    Hayat Bakhsh Bagh - Hayat Bakhsh Bagh is popularly known as the 'Life Bestowing Garden' which is inside the premises of the Red Fort. This garden lies to the north of Moti Masjid and is divided into squares along with channels and causeways. It has two towers, namely Shah Burj and Asad Burj, out of which the former is attached to a pavilion built by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. There are two more pavilions in the garden, named as Sawan Bhadon after the two months of the monsoon season. Two more small marble pavilions were built by Bahadur Shah II and were called Moti Mahal and Hira Mahal. Moti Mahal was removed after the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. In the middle of the garden, there is a tank along with a red stone pavilion, known as Zafar Mahal.

     

    Safdarjung's Tomb - Safdarjung's Tomb is popularly known as the Safdarjung ka Maqbara, which has a huge garden along with a marble mausoleum. This mausoleum was constructed during 1754 and the garden was designed in the ancient style of Mughal gardens. There is an office of Archaeological Survey of India at the top storey of this tomb. It was constructed for Safdarjung, who was one of the powerful prime ministers during the reign of Muhammad Shah in Delhi. Muhammad Shah was a weak Mughal Emperor, who ruled Delhi between 1719 and 1748. This complex has 4 water canals that lead towards the four buildings.

     

    Quila Rai Pithora - Quila Rai Pithora is also known as the first Red Fort of Delhi. It was built after Vigraharaja IV, prince of Sakambhari took over Delhi from the Tomar rulers. His grandson, the legendary Prithvi Raj Chauhan built this extensive fort by extending Lal Kot in the latter half of the 12th century. Today the remnants of the fort can still be explored in Conservation Park at Mehrauli. The Park houses a splendid 18 feet statue of the legendary Prithvi Raj Chauhan and library. This historically significant Conservation Park is being developed by the government as a tourist destination and a museum is going to be opened soon.

     

    Old Fort - Another must-see place is the Old Fort or the Purana Quila. The fort is a mute testimony to the uneasy co-existence of the Mughals and the Afghans who were in power at that time lived in. You can have an interesting time visiting the library and the observatory. With four large gateways, with the stone cut geometric patterns still clearly visible. One of the gates leads to River Yamuna, while a huge serene lake is perfect to enjoy a boat ride.

     

    Sai Baba Temple - Sai Baba Temple is situated on Lodhi Road Delhi, which is one of the oldest and crowded temples in the capital. This temple was built by Sai Bhakta Samaj with an objective to spread the message of Shirdi Sai Baba. Daily poojas are performed including the Kakad Aarti, Noon Aarti, Dhoop Aarti and Shej Aarti. There is a huge crowd of devotees at this temple on every Thursday.   The temple is situated near a Ram Mandir and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on the Lodi Road.

     

    Lakshmi Narayan Temple - Lakshmi Narayan Temple is commonly known as the Birla Mandir which is situated at Mandir Marg near Connaught Place in New Delhi. This temple was constructed in 1938 by the famous industrialist, B.D. Birla. The temple was built for honouring Goddess Lakshmi, who is considered to be the goddess of wealth along with her husband Lord Vishnu. There are many other small temples, fountains and gardens inside the temple complex. It is a very old temple which was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated at a grand level in this temple. Other important festivals celebrated in this temple are Diwali and Ram Navmi.

     

    Diwan-i-Aam - Diwan-i-Aam is popularly known as the Hall of Public Audience and is located within the premises of the Red Fort. The main purpose of this hall was to serve as a courtyard with a pavilion for audiences and an ornate throne-balcony for the emperor. It has heavy curtains with depth of around three bays. The columns inside the pavilion are painted in gold and there is also a railing made of gold and silver that separated the throne from the public. This hall was decorated with precious and semi-precious jewels with a perfect architecture of Bengali and Persian styles. It was restored by Lord Curzon during the rule of the British and tourists can see the throne of the emperor still placed behind the hall.

     

    International Trade Fair Exhibition Centre - International Trade Fair Exhibition Centre is situated in Pragati Maidan, which is the famous site for conducting the annual India International Trade Fair or IITF. This centre was founded in 1982 and since then an annual fair is conducted at this venue, including different pavilions of the states in India. The trade fair is conducted in the month of November inside the seven acres land that has permanent buildings for exhibition from all the states of the country. Some of the famous pavilions in this centre are the Defence Pavilion, the Nehru Pavilion, the Indira Pavilion, the Village Complex and the Son of India Pavilion. It has four main entrances that are usually very crowded during the time of trade fair. During this fair, more than 6,000 companies from India and other Asian countries participate in the exhibition. This annual fair is organised by International Trade Promotion Organisation.

     

    Fatehpuri Mosque - Fatehpuri Mosque or Fatehpuri Masjid was built during the 17th century by Shah Jahan's wife, Fatehpuri Begum, who belonged to Fatehpur. It was constructed with red sandstone and is known for its fluted dome along with kalash and mahapadma on the top. This masjid has been traditionally designed with minarets on either side. There is also a prayer hall with seven-arched openings inside this mosque.

     

    Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid - Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid was built during the early 12th century by the Slave Dynasty ruler Qutubuddin-Aibak. This masjid is located in Mehrauli and was constructed for marking the triumph of Qutubuddin-Aibak over Qila Rai Pithora. There is a rectangular court in the centre of this mosque that is surrounded by covered passages. All these passages were built along with engraved columns, after the demolition of the temples standing at that location.

     

    Alai Darwaza - Alai Darwaza was constructed by Ala-ud-Din Khilji, which portrays a perfect craftsmanship of the Turkish artisans. This giant gateway was built after ruining around 27 Hindu and Jain Temples already present at this site. The gateway and other structures in the premises were constructed using the remains of the demolished temples.

     

    Nizamuddin’s Shrine - Nizamuddin's Shrine was constructed for commemorating the Muslim Sufi Saint, Nizamuddin Chishti. The tomb has a tank which is bordered with some other tombs of people living during Mughal rule. Travellers can also see the grave of Jahanara, daughter of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and the tomb of Amir Khusro, who was an Urdu poet living in Mughal court. The ideal time to visit this place is during the sunset on Thursdays, which is considered to be sacred by Muslims for offering prayers.

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