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CITY ATTRACTIONS

A multi-facetted city with a grandeur of historical tradition coupled with raw vitality, New (as well as ‘Old’) Delhi has something for everyone.

 

Heritage is on view at the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar, ambience is reflected in the Garden of the Five Senses and Lodi Gardens, modernity in the Metro, flyovers and the chic shopping malls, history stretches from Chandni Chowk to Rashtrapati Bhawan and entertainment is on display at the Kingdom of Dreams and the various festivals.

 

Delhi is an intricate weave of history, culture and dreams ; the capital of a young nation which cherishes its proud roots. Like the Jantar Mantar, it is an endless maze of wonderful discoveries and a magical magnet for those living or just passing by.

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LALA QILA OR RED FORT

A part of Shahjahanabad, the Lal Qila played a prominent part in the first uprising against the British ‘Raj’

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LALA QILA OR RED FORT

A part of Shahjahanabad, the Lal Qila played a prominent part in the first uprising against the British ‘Raj’. Romanticised over the years, the Qila has a string of mahals or palaces including the Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal, Zafar Mahal and alongwith these the Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Diwan-e-Khas (meant to hear petitions of nobles).

The Light and Sound Show (adults Rs. 60/children Rs. 20) conducted at the fort is worth watching as the one hour passes before one knows it. A must visit for all those who visit Delhi, the Lal Qila has a lot to discover.

HUMAYUN'S TOMB

The Taj Mahal is said to have been inspired by Humayun’s Tomb, and in many ways this recently refurbished red and white World Heritage monument is as spectacular as the Taj itself.

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HUMAYUN'S TOMB

The Taj Mahal is said to have been inspired by Humayun’s Tomb, and in many ways this recently refurbished red and white World Heritage monument is as spectacular as the Taj itself. With entry fee of Rs. 10 for local residents and Rs. 250 for foreigners, the Tomb is actually a memorial built by the emperor’s grieving widow and is said to have cost Rs. 5 lakhs way back in the middle 1500’s. Standing on a 8 metre high platform, the Humayun’s Tomb is covered by lush gardens from all its sides.

QUTUB MINAR

What can one say of the Qutub Minar except let out ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ ? It is open from sunrise to sunset and is packed by hundreds of visitors who willingly shell out Rs. 10 for the entry (Rs. 250 for foreigners) to the 72.5 metre high, 379 steps tall ‘minar’ (minaret) and ‘qutub’ (pole of justice).

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QUTUB MINAR

What can one say of the Qutub Minar except let out ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ ? It is open from sunrise to sunset and is packed by hundreds of visitors who willingly shell out Rs. 10 for the entry (Rs. 250 for foreigners) to the 72.5 metre high, 379 steps tall ‘minar’ (minaret) and ‘qutub’ (pole of justice).

Nearby the Qutub Minar is the Iron Pillar which despite being 1500 years old has not rusted!

RASHTRAPATI BHAWAN

The 340-room Rashtrapati Bhawan (entry on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with registration fee Rs. 25) is the pride of Raisina Hill and is the palatial home of the President.

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RASHTRAPATI BHAWAN

The 340-room Rashtrapati Bhawan (entry on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with registration fee Rs. 25) is the pride of Raisina Hill and is the palatial home of the President.

The most magnificent room is the Durbar Hall which is directly under the Central Dome and every Saturday there is a must-see event when the President’s Bodyguard changes guards.

INDIA GATE

At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate. The entire arch stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone.

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INDIA GATE

At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate. The entire arch stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone. Surrounding the imposing structure is a large expanse of lush green lawns, which is a popular picnic spot.

India Gate not only looks beautiful in the bright sunlight but also manages to display it’s beauty in the dim light of the moon.

LOTUS TEMPLE

Another temple worth visiting is the Lotus Temple which was built by the followers of the Bahai faith. Designed in the shape of a blooming lotus, the temple draws thousands of tourists each day.

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LOTUS TEMPLE

Another temple worth visiting is the Lotus Temple which was built by the followers of the Bahai faith. Designed in the shape of a blooming lotus, the temple draws thousands of tourists each day.

Built in the shape of a lotus flower, the temple is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986, the structure of the Lotus temple is made up of pure white marble where adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple.

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