New Delhi, India’s capital city, is a mecca for tourists who want to learn more about the city’s history and visit its spectacular sites. With history from ancient times, the British Empire and lots in between, New Delhi really is a stunning place to visit. With so many sites to see though, it’s sometimes difficult for visitors to decide where to go first. There are many must see places in New Delhi, but these five are some of the best.
India Gate – Built to commemorate the deaths of almost 100,000 Indians who fought for the British Empire during the First World War, the India Gate is one of India’s most famous national monuments. It’s also a popular place in the evenings, for Indians who enjoy walking through the garden areas, snacking from the street vendors and just watching the crowds walk by. Why not join them?
Humayun’s Tomb – Humayun’s Tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage site and was built by his wife and son in 1565 and is the first garden tomb ever built for a Mughal emperor. It was also the first large red sandstone building in India, a building material that has certainly stood the test of time. It’s a tomb complex, located on the river and is not only home to the sarcophagus of Humayun, but is also home to sarcophagi of other Mughal emperors and princes, who’s bodies now surround that of Humayun in a stunning dome.
Humayun’s Tomb is also surrounded by incredible gardens and is thought to be one of the inspirations for the Taj Mahal. Go early, as the crowds arrive quickly and, surrounded by hundreds of tourists, you miss what’s really so special about this place.
Lotus Temple – Built by the Bahai community in 1986, the Lotus Temple has won many architectural and cultural events. Designed like an enormous white lotus, the Lotus Temple’s stunning architecture and its quiet, serene halls and grounds are welcoming to both Bahai and non-Bahai alike. Get away from New Delhi’s hustle and bustle and visit the Lotus Temple. It’s one of New Delhi’s must see places.
Qutab Minar – The largest red sandstone minaret in the world, Qutab Minar can be seen for miles. It was built almost 800 years ago to commemorate the victory of an Afghan invader to India and was added on to in subsequent years by the invader’s sons, to end up being the enormous tower it is today.
Qutab Minar was apparently hit twice by lightning, according to inscriptions around its base, it’s so big – yet it survived and looks like it will survive thousands of years more.
The Red Fort – This absolutely enormous sandstone fort survived attacks by both the Persians and the British. You arrive at the fort through the Lahore Gate, walk up a grand street that used to be stuffed with jewelry, carpet and goldsmith shops and arrive in the midst of the fort. With rooms and apartments branching off in every direction, you’ll find the Royal Baths, private apartments, public receiving areas, a mosque, and so many other places it’s impossible to see everything in a day.
Arrive early and find a quiet corner. Only there can you imagine what it must have been like here, when it was built over 400 years ago. The must see for any visitor to New Delhi.
The Red Fort – WikipediaHumayun’s Tomb – UNESCO
Qutab Minar – Explore Delhi
India Gate – India Site
Lotus Temple – Bahai House of Worship