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Delhi-The colourful capital of India.

Delhi-The colourful capital of India
Written by Banani Chakraborty

DELHI, colourful, Capital of Independent India, steeped in history is overflowing with pulsates of modern life relentlessly. We will hardly get a few cities like this in the world.

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DELHI, Colorful Capital of India

Delhi is a union territory as well as the capital of independent India. To tell the truth Delhi bears the symbols of the past and the present.
As a matter of fact, Delhi is perhaps more than 3000 years old. In Mahabharat, we can see that the Pandavs ruled here, on the bank of the river Yamuna, at Indraprastha. Actually, it was in the surrounding of Old Delhi. To tell the truth, since then various rulers and various dynasties ruled over Delhi.

Afterwards, in the writings of Ptolemy in the second century, we can find the name of Delhi.

Besides the Great Samrat Ashoka also ruled here. The Aryans, The Sultans, The Mughals and the British –all ruled here in old Delhi.
Indeed, it is an age-old city and is the witness of many dynasties and kingdoms and many rulers.

After several changes of names from years now, it is popular as Delhi. Delhi means both the Old and New Delhi. New Delhi is the capital of independent India.

About Delhi:

Most importantly, Delhi is the capital of Independent India. It was the capital of British India also. Moreover, it was the capital of the Mughals. However, from 6th BCE many a dynasty conquered and ruled here. Even, it is a common belief that people lived here before that.

It’s Population:

According to the 2011 census report of India, Delhi’s total population was around 1,67,53,235. Its population density was 11297 persons per.sq.km.(Per km2). The sex ratio was 866women per 1000 men. Moreover, the literacy rate was 86.34%.


Actually, all the figures are different today as it was the scenario of a long eight year’s back.
People from all over India resides here. Although the majority are the Brahmins, Punjabis, Jats, Sikhs, Muslims, Gujjars, Vaishyas, Bengalis etc.

Slums in Delhi:

About 49% of the Delhi public lives in slums. To tell the truth, there are hardly any civic services there. Moreover, there are inadequate living provisions in the majority of slums. The basic amenities are also lacking there.  As per the DUSIB report, nearly 22% of the people still nowadays do open defecation.
Along with many measures, the Government gives special emphasis to educate the girl child.

River:

The Yamuna is the main river of Delhi. But the river is almost dying now.

Delhi Weather:

Delhi weather is mainly dry-winter, humid and subtropical. It is very hot in Summer. The temperature reaches to almost 50 degrees celsius. Even it is very cold in the Winter. The temperature almost reaches zero degrees.
As a matter of fact, the lowest temperatures recorded so far was -2.20C.

Therefore, when we visit Delhi, we have to be cautious about our clothes. Moreover, we have to be concern about our skin. We must use sunscreen in the daytime. Moreover, we shall carry some moisturizer like rose water when we are out for visiting

We also use other skincare products at night for repair. If, anyone who has some skin problems like acne will take some extra care for the tender skin.

Air Pollution in Delhi:

To begin with, Delhi is a very highly polluted city. According to WHO’s report, Delhi was the most polluted city in the world in the year 2014. Although our government has taken many steps to check it, still the situation is almost the same. Delhi is a highly polluted union territory in India.
Economy:
In fact, in northern India, Delhi is undoubtedly the biggest commercial centre.

Delhi Tourism:

As a matter of fact, in 2015 Delhi ranked 28th as the most visited city in the world as per foreign visitors. Moreover, it was the first in India.

Delhi has a lot of tourist attractions, historic as well as modern. There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

They are Qutb Complex including Qutub Minar. Besides, there are Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb.

These are the classic example of Indo-Islamic architecture. There are so many other places there.

Another striking feature of Delhi is that it is a fascinating shopping hub for all. Famous retail markets are Connaught Place, Sarojini Nagar, Delhi Haat, Chandni Chowk and Khan Market. If possible, visit all of them.  Amongst the reputed shopping malls are Select City walk, Metro Walk, Pacific Mall, DLF Emporio, DLF Promenade, Ansal Plaza, etc.

Places to see in Delhi:

To begin with, Delhi is a historical place. Therefore, we can see a lot of famous historical sites, monuments and gardens there.

1)Red Fort (Lal Quila): Netaji Subhas Marg, Chandni Chowk.
Red Fort-Delhi

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  • Open Tuesday-Sunday.
    Time of visit: 9.30am-4.30pm.
    Closed: on Monday.
    Distance:2km from Chandni Chowk metro station. We may go by walk or take an auto-rickshaw or book a cab.
    Entry fee: Rs10 for Indians. Rs150 for foreigners. Photography is free.
    Time: It will take at least 2-3hours.
    Near to it: Digambar Jain Mandir, Sis Ganj Gurudwara and Paranthe wali Gail.

To start with, the great Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan constructed the astonishing Red Fort in 1638 by red sandstone. It is a marvellous Mughal epitome.

In 2007, UNESCO declared it as World Heritage.

Famous and historic The Red Fort in Delhi, India is perhaps the best place to visit in Delhi. The Mughal emperors mainly resided here for almost 200 years till 1856. It was the Centre of ritual and political events of the Mughals along with accommodation of the emperors and their households. Now-a-day it is used as a museum.

We must see Delhi Gate, Lahori Gate, Naubat Khana, Chhatta Chowk, Diwan-i-Aam, Mumtaj Mahal, Nahr-i-Bihist, Khas Mahal, Rang Mahal, Hammam Baoli, Diwan-i-Khas, Moti Masjid, Hira Mahal, Shahi Buri, Hayat Baksha Bag, Princes’ Quarter.

To begin with, the octagonal-shaped Red Fort covers a total area of 254.67 acres (103.06 hectors). In the first place, the surroundings of the protective wall are 2.41 kilometres (1.50 mile). Moreover, the turrets(towers) and bastions(citadels) help to scatter the wall. Its height varies from 33 meters (108 feet) on the city side to 18 meters (59 feet) on the riverside.

However, its north-south bloc is longer than the east-west bloc.

The decorations of marble and floral and double domes buildings in the fort represent later Mughal architecture. Besides, we can see highly ornamented showcases.

Most importantly, they perhaps used the famous Kohinoor diamond as an integral part of the furnishings. Further, the fort’s artworks are a combination of Persian, European and Indian art and culture. As a result, it is a unique example of Shahjahani style. It is highly rich in form, expression and colour.

Red Fort is among those building complexes in India that hold as a witness of a long period of history and its arts.
It is also a must-visit place architectural splendor in India. Another archaeological splendour that we must visit at least once in our lifetime is Hazarduari Palace in Murshidabad. 

2) Jama Masjid: Meena Bazar, Chandni Chowk. Old Delhi.
Jama Masjid -Delhi

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  • Location: west of Red Fort.
    Open Daily.
    Time: 7am-12pm, 1.30 pm-6.30 pm. In fact, it remains closed during prayers. Most importantly, the time depends upon the direction of the moon. Minaret: 9.00 am-5.30pm.
    Entry: Free. Videography is Rs. 300.
    The nearest metro station is Chawri Bazar.
    As it is amongst the largest mosques in India, therefore it is a must-visit place.
Who Built the Jama Masjid?

In all honesty, the renowned Mughal emperor Shah Jahan founded it in between 1650-1656. As a matter of fact, he had to recruit over 5000 workers to complete its construction.

The architecture of Jama Masjid

To start with, we need to watch carefully the three entrance Gates. They are the Eastern, Northern and Southern gates along with two tall minarets (approximately 40 metres high). There are 39,33, and 35 steps respectively in the northern gate, southern gate and eastern gate.


They used red sandstone as well as white marble to build the minarets. In the first place, the minarets have decorated winding ladders and dome(cupola) at the top. To tell the truth, we can see a beautiful panoramic view of the city from there. There is a marble-made tank in the main enclosure.

The devotees used to wash their hands, feet and mouth before prayer.

There are two sundials in the courtyard to offer Namaz, the prayer.

As a matter of fact, the area of the courtyard is 408 square feet.  As a result, 25,000 worshippers can easily accommodate there at a time. Moreover, the length of the mosque is 261 feet (80 meters) and the breadth is 90 feet (27 meters). On the other hand, the length and breadth of the prayer hall are 61 metres and 27.5 metres.

3)Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square)

Open: Monday to Saturday.
Closed: Sunday.
Time: 9.30am to 8.00pm.

In the first place, it is another oldest as well as the busiest and hectic marketplace in the heart of Old Delhi. Not only this, but it is among the largest wholesale market of India. There are actually three bazars here. They are Urdu Bazar, Johri Bazar and Fatehpuri Bazar.

In fact, we will see shops of spices, dried fruit, silver jewellery, electronics items, home appliances and saris etc.

Added to this, a packed series of small-sized shops are in everywhere on the streets. They are also selling various items like oils, stationery and sweets etc.

By the by, we will get almost everything there and at a surprisingly low price. Consequently, purchasing from here will definitely help a lot for our savings.

Nearby, are Red Fort and Jama Masjid. In fact, Red Fort is at the eastern end of this market. Further, we will find Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir and Gauri Shankar Temple here. Additionally, there is Central Baptist Church,

Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib. Besides, we will get Sunehri and Fatehpuri Masjid here.

As a matter of fact, we will get some popular restaurants and confectioners here. The famous Paranthe Walee Gali is here.

It is famous for its Havelis too. At first, Bhagirath palace which is Begum Shamru’s palace. Some prominent Havelis are Khazanhi, Dharampura, Mirza Galib, Naharwali, Banarasi Bhavan and Chunnamal.

4) Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple-Noida More.
Akshadham temple Delhi

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Open Tuesday to Sunday.
Time: 9:30am to 6:30pm.
Close: Monday/ Holidays
ABHISHEK MANDAP:
Darshan and Puja: 9.30 am to 8.00 pm
Arti: 6:30pm.
Exhibitions:
Ticket window: 10.00am to 6.00pm

WATER SHOW:

After Sunset (Currently 6.15pm & 7:15 pm)
Maha Arti: Before First Show.

Entry Fee:

For Exhibition: (Sahajanand, Neelkanth and Sankruti Darshan)
Adults (Age 12+): Rs 220,
Senior Citizen (Age 60+): Rs 170,
Children (Age 4-11): Rs120.

For Musical Fountain: Adults & Senior CitizeAge 12+ & 60+): Rs 80, Child (Age 4-11): Rs50.
Child (Below 4 years) Free for both Exhibition and Musical Fountain.

Nearest metro station: Akshardham Metro station.

To begin with, it is on the bank of river Yamuna. In all honesty, it is one of the largest Hindu Temple in the world. Further, this Temple is a very holy place for prayer to god and peace of mind. Therefore it is a very good pilgrimage spot. We may compare it with punyagiri or Patal Bhubaneshwar in Chaukori.

We will get another such place as Jhula Devi Temple in Ranikhet.
Further, we will get Rankini temple in Ghatshila.

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), inaugurated this temple on 6.11.2005. In all honesty, BAPS did it with the inspiration of HH Yogiji Maharaj (1892-1971 CE).

To tell the truth, Pramukh Swami Maharaji was the main founder.

More than 8,000 volunteers all over the world participated in building it with intricately engraved sandstone and marble. They spent over300,000,000 hours to complete the complex.

We may offer our prayers to the gods in the ‘Garbhagruh’, of the mandir. We can make Sahajanand Darshan, Neelkanth Darshan and Sanskruti Darshan along with the central dome. Moreover, we may enjoy the cultural boat ride(15minutes).

We may also see the Yagnapurush Kund or musical fountain, the spiritual water show(24minutes).

Furthermore, we will visit the wonderful thematic gardens, Bharat Upavan.


Most importantly Swaminarayan Akshardham temple, New Delhi, symbolizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in its breath-taking splendour, gorgeousness and wisdom. Besides, we will get the vivid representation of antique Indian architecture, civilizations and divine messages.

Here we will experience the superb art, morals and contributions of India for the development, pleasure and harmony of men.

5)AADYA KATYAYANI SHAKTI PEETH MANDIR – CHHATARPUR
Aadya Katyani shakti peeth

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Open: All Days of the week
Time: 6:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Entry: free
Photography: Free, but not in the prayer hall.
We will try to visit it along with Qutub Minar (4 km).

Sri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peeth Mandir, which is popular as Chhatarpur Temple, is at Chhatarpur. Moreover, it is 4km from Qutub Minar and 19 km from the New Delhi Railway Station.

This is a must-visit place in Delhi.  It is among the largest temple complexes in India. People generally visit it with

The main deity here is Goddess Katyayani. It is another incarnation of Goddess Durga. In the first place, people come here to worship her and get her blessings.

Devi Katyani is riding on a lion and holding the Chandrahasa (sword) in her hand. Baba Sant Nagpal founded this temple in 1974. Further, His samadhi memorial is near Shiv-Gauri Nageshwar Mandir within the temple complex.

The temple is a combination of Nagara and Dravidian architecture styles. They mainly used marble to build this temple.

We may see Shiv, Ram, Katyayani, Mahishasurmaridini, Ashtabhuji, Hanuman, Laxmi Vinayak, Jharpeer, Markandeya, Nageshwaretc mandirs. Besides, there is 101 feet high Hanuman statue.

By the by, the temple complex covers almost 60 acres. However, the complex consists of 20 temples of different size.

6)Humayun’s Tomb—Mathura Road, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi.
Humayuns Tomb-Delhi

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Open: all days of the week from 6.00 am-7.00 pm
Distance:5km from the metro. We will take an auto-rickshaw or a cab.
Entry fee: Rs10 for Indians. Rs250 for foreigners. Photography is free. But videography is chargeable.
Time: It will take at least 1-2hours.
As a matter of fact, we can view it the best in the morning. Otherwise, we may visit in a full moon evening.
The Nearest metro station to Humayun’s Tomb is JLN Stadium.
The Nearest Railway Station is Nizamuddin Railway Station.
Must visit: Thursday, we will get a chance to walk to the Nizam-ud-din Auliya’s Dargha. We will get the chance to spend the evening with a spiritual qawwali.

Humayun’s wife Haji Begum built this fascinating Mughal Architecture in 1570. It is actually a wife’s loving tribute to her deceased husband. In fact, Haji Begum was the wife of Badsha Human.

She built it with the mingle of Persian and Mughal architecture. It is a combination of Mughal and Persian architecture. This is a very beautiful garden tomb made with red sandstone and white marbles.

7)Charbagh

This is another beautiful garden of Persian touch. Moreover, there are four square or rectangle which help to divide the garden. In fact, walkways act as the dividers. A water body also helps to separate it twice.

Other Monuments in the Complex:
Tomb and mosque of Isla Khan: Nila Gumbad: Chillah Nizamuddin Auliya:
8)LodhiGardens -LodhiRd, LodhiGardens, LodhiEstate, NewDelhi,

Time of Visit: 6am-7.30pm
 Entry fee.-not required
Nearest Metro Station: -JLN Metro Station.
Nearest places to visit are– Jama Masjid, Rajpath, Chandni Chowk. Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Hazrat Nizamuddin, National Zoological Park, Teen Murthi Bhavan,

It is indeed, a burial place for many Lodhi and Sayyid rulers. It is also popular for its architecture along with a fresh environment. Most importantly, it is between Safdarjung’s Tomb and Khan Market. Further, it is a popular spot for the morning walkers.

9) Qutab Minar  -Mehrauli, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030.
Qutub Minar-Delhi

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Timing: Sunrise to Sunset Close-Evening & Monday.
Entry fee: yes.
Must visit: Chhatarpur Temple

This minaret was made by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak. It is 73 meters high, brick-built.  The minar was built between 1192 to 1220. Qutb-ud-Din Aibak, Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tughlaq built it.

It is actually a victory tower. Most importantly it is the highest tower in the world which is made of red sandstone and marble and brick.

It is 73 meter(240feet) high and its diameter is 2.7meter(9feet) and a total of 379 steps of the winding staircase which takes one to the top. It is for 6 storied. There are ornamented balconies surrounding the minerate and supported by corbels attached with the end of every storey.


Besides you will see historically significant monuments and buildings of which are Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the Iron Pillar, Tombs of Imam Zamin, Iltutmish and Cupola of Major Smith are among others.

10)India Gate Rajpath Marg, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
India Gate-Delhi

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 Entry time: India Gate is open on all days for 24 hours.
Distance: 2km from the metro. Go by walk or take an auto-rickshaw or cab.
Entry Fee: Not required  Photography allowed
Time: It will depend on tourists interest.
Metro station: Barakhamba Road, Central Secretariat (Yellow Line).

India Gate is an important site to visit in Delhi. Its original name was All India War Memorial. It was built to honour the 82000 dead soldiers of the Indian Army during the First World War in1914 to 1921 and in the Third Anglo-

Afghan War. The war commemorative is to be found at Rajpath. The architecture of India Gate is world-famous.  The triumphal arch resembles the Arch of Constantine.

It is also compared to the Arc de Triomphe and the Gateway of India in Mumbai. It is 42 meters tall and 9.1 meters wide. The India Gate was constructed in between 1921-1931

A ceremonious and prestigious India Gate Parade or the Republic Day Parade is organized on 26th January every year in front of India Gate where many national and noble guests from other countries remain present.

11)Hauz Khas

Open: Monday to Saturday.

Closed: Sunday.

Time: 10.30 am to 7.30 pm. The restaurants remain open till late at night.

The time required:2-4 hours as per individual

Entry: Free.

In the first place, it is famous as Mehak Ka Chota Quila. Actually, it is a water tank. This is another must-visit place in Delhi. It is in South Delhi.

In fact, it is an affluent area near South Delhi. Moreover, it is famous since the medieval era. To tell the truth, here we will get a reservoir. Further, we will see some beautiful buildings along with a well-maintained ground are standing circumferencing it. Besides, we can see many remnants of tombs, statue and architectural splendor of Tughalaki Dynasty. Added to this, there is an Islamic Academic Centre and a mosque.

Above all, there are a lot of restaurants, bars and pubs which runs still late at night. In all honesty, it is a good spot for shopping and photography

12)Bahai(Lotus) Temple
Lotus Temple

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Summer Open 9.00 am to 7.00 pm
Winter open 9.00am to 5.30pm.
Closes on Monday.
 Entry fee-Not required.
Open for all.
Nearest Metro Station– Kajkaji
Must visit: Kalkaji and ISKCON Temple nearby

It is one of the 7 Bahai Temple in the world. It looks like a lotus. There are a total of 27 white petals. They are clustered in 3 tires of 9 adjacent petals. There are 9 doors for entry. Around 2500 people may be there at a time.

There are 9 ponds just outside each entry gate. It is a must-visit place in Delhi for its architectural beauty and serenity.

13)Rashtrapati Bhawan
Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Open from 9.00am to 4.00pm.
open from Friday-Sunday in August-March.

It was once Viceroy’s House. It may be true that it is the largest house for the head of any country in the world.
We will see the alluring and fascinating Mughal Gardens inside the complex.

It covers a wide area of 13 acres. Added to this, it is a magnificent amalgamation of the Mughals architecture and British style.

14)Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar

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Nearest Metro Station– Rajiv Chowk, Patel Chowk, Janpath
Open: All days. 6.00am-6.00pm .
Distance:1km from the metro. We will go by walk or take an auto-rickshaw or a cab.
Entry fee: Rs5 for Indians. Rs100 for foreigners. Photography is free.
Time: It will take at least 1-2hours.

It is in Parliament Street, Janpath. It is an astonishing astronomical observatory. Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur constructed it. There were 13 architectures. They serve as instruments. Must see Samrat, Jayaprakash, Rama and Mishra Yantra.

15)ISKON TEMPLE
Iskon temple

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Open-all days, 4.30am-1.00pm and 4.00pm-9.00pm,
Entry fee-Not required
Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Palace.

It is a very beautiful temple of Lord Krishna, Radharani. It is in Radha Krishna Hill, Sant Nagar, Kailash,
16)Agrasen Ki Baoli

Visiting Hours -7.00am-6.00pm
entry fee– not required
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

It is actually a historical step well. This place is very cool. It is 60meter long and 15 meters wide. There is a total of 103 steps from top to underground.

17)Raj Ghat Mahatma Gandhi Marg

Visiting Time– 5.00am-7.00pm
Entry fee– nil,
Metro Station-Pragati Maidan,

As a matter of fact, it is the assassination and cremation place of the Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

Besides, there are cremations of a number of politicians namely

  • Jawaharlal Nehru in Shantiban,
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri in vijayghat,
  • Indira Gandhi in Shaktisthal
  •  Devi Lal, Jagjivan Ram, Chowdhury Charan Singh, Rajiv Gandhi in birbhumi,
  • Giani Zail Singh, Shankar Dayal Sharma, Devi Lal, Chandra Sekhar, I.K.Gujral, Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Usually, it is a cremation ground of famous politicians.

18)Safdarjung tomb-

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from sunrise till sunset.
Entry Fee: For SAARC members and Indian citizens, the fee is Rs15 but for foreign nationals, it’s Rs 200.

To begin with, Nawab Shujaud Daulha Built this mausoleum of Safdarjung in1754. In fact, it is a gaeden tomb which is made of marble and sandstone. Above all, the architecture resembles the Mughal style.

19)National Zoological Park:

Time:9.30am-4.30pm.
Entry Fee: Indians: INR 20 – 40, Foreigners: INR 100 – INR 200

20)Connaught Place:

Time: Shopping: 11:00 AM – 9:30 PM (except Sunday),
Entertainment: 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM
Distance: Walking distance from the metro.
Entry fee: Free. Photography is free.
Time: It depends on an individual’s interest.

It is a commercial and financial complex.

21) Waste to Wonder Park:

Timings: 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Closed on Monday and National Holidays.
The nearest metro station is Nizamuddin.
Entry Fee: Adults: INR 50

Indeed, it is a theme park. As a matter of fact, this is the latest amongst the attractive places in Delhi. In reality, they use industrial and other waste and built replicas of the world’s seven wonders.

22) Teen Murti Bhavan (Nehru House) and Nehru Planetarium, Delhi

Planetarium: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Except Monday),
Rest of the complex: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Except Monday)
Entry Fee:
Cost for planetarium shows: INR 50 for adults,
INR 30 for 4-12-year-old,
INR 20 for students

In the first place, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru lived here for 16 years. In reality, Teen Murti Bhavan houses is a complex of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the office of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund and Nehru Planetariums.

23) Mehrauli Archaeological Park
deal Time: 2-3 hrs
Timings: Sunrise to Sunset
Entry Fee: No entry fee
24) Kingdom of Dreams

 entry timings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12:30 pm to 12:00 am and on Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Not to mention that it is the first live entertainment theatre in India. Additionally, it is a leisure spot. Further, it covers over 6 acres of land.

25) Paranthe Wali Gali

As a matter of fact, Various types of Parathas are available here in several shops. You may taste when you visit Chandni Chowk.

26) Sarojini Nagar Market

In reality, it is a famous market place, mainly garments, in south-west Delhi

27) Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Near Connaught Palace,
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

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entry timings: The Gurudwara is open on all days 24 hours.
entry fee: No entry is needed to visit the Gurudwara.

28)  Dilli Haat

In fact, it is a famous crafts market with open-air food plaza.

29)Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir) Mandir Marg, DIZ Area, Near Gole Market, New Delhi 110001, India.
Laxminarayan temple

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Distance: 3km away from the metro station.
 Entry timings: You can visit the temple on all days of the week from 04:30 am to 01:30 pm and from 02:30 pm and 09:00 pm.
entry fee: No entry fee is there to enter the temple. At the same time, photography, mobiles and cameras are not allowed inside the temple complex.
Time: It will take at least 0.30-1hour.
 The nearest metro station to the temple is R K Ashram Marg Metro Station, about 2 km away from the temple and also the New Delhi Kalibari is located on the same road.




At first, Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple built of white marbles and sandstones. As a matter of fact, it was the first Birla Mandir in India that was built in1939. In fact, Laxminarayan or Lord Vishnu is the deity here. Above all it is a beautiful place.
After the visit, we will board the yellow metro from  Rajiv Chowk and will get down at central secretariat.

30)Purana Qila: Mathura Rd, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

entry timings: You can visit the fort on all days from 07:00 am to 05:00 pm.
 entry fee: For Indians: Rs.20 and for foreigners: Rs.200.
For the still camera, no fee is applicable but for video shooting, you need to pay Rs.25.
The nearest metro station is Pragati Maidan.

This famous Old Fort or Purana Qila is actually one of the oldest as well as important forts in Delhi. It is Sher Shah Suri, who built this fort.

In fact, he wanted to create the citadel of this Purana Qila along with a large city extent nearby it. He perhaps could not complete it due to his death in 1545. It may be true that Islam Shah, his son, completed it.

To put it differently, the Archaeological Survey of India did some excavations here. As a result, they excavated Painted Grey Ware dating back to 1000 BCE. It was general believe that this fort was the inner citadel of Din Panah city during Humayun’s rule. In all honesty, he renovated this in 1533. As Sher Shah Suri conquered Humayun, so he renamed the fort as Shergarh. Besides, he then made a lot of structural addition to the complex.

It was in function till 1948. In reality, many films were shot here in the 1970s. As a matter of fact, they used the ramparts of the fort as the backdrops. Afterwards, it was the regular centre for theatre productions, cultural events and concerts etc.

Moreover, there are a sound and light show which takes place after sunset at the fort. Because we see the show, therefore we come to know the history of the seven cities of Delhi.

Insider Tips:

Of course, we will not miss Humayun’s Library. In reality, it is an octagonal building. Moreover, it is famous as Sher Mandal which was built by Sher Shah. In addition, tourists can enjoy boating or shikhara rides here.

Because it is almost ruining today, we have to be careful during exploring it. So, we cannot damage any portion.
Talaqi Darwaza or the Forbidden Gate is another major attraction of this area.

31)The Pragati Maidan: Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110002

Entry timings –9.00am to 8.00 pm. To begin with, the visiting time to Pragati Maidan varies. To tell the truth, it mainly depends on the event that is taking place. In fact, the visit duration is in between two to three hours.
Entry fee – Of course, it depends upon the Exhibition.

Food: We will get food counters whenever there is an exhibition.

At first, it is on the Mathura road. In reality, it is an exhibition cum complex centre. Besides, the total area is around one hundred and fifty acres. Furthermore, there are well-equipped roads with paved lawns.

Moreover, there are outlets and gardens. On the other hand, Pragati Maidan is popular as progress ground. It is another very famous must-visit tourist places in Delhi. It is equally important that there are totally sixteen vast and voluminous halls in it.

Not to mention that Pragati Maidan is the largest exhibition centre in Delhi.

Insider tips – The place is popular for photo seekers and wanderers, in particular. In other words, it is providing them with a wonderful experience of the Maidan in entirety Experience Seekers.

32)National Zoological Park:

Indeed, this is a zoo. Both birds and animals live here. In addition, there is a desperate try to give them their natural environment and habitat. In like manner, we will see many endangered species here. However, the Government is trying to make it a model zoo.

33) Khan Market:

Open: All days of the week.
Time: From morning to night.
Distance: 1km from the metro. We may go by walk or take an auto-rickshaw or hire a cab.
Entry Fee: N.A.
Photography: Allowed.
Time: Indeed, it will depend on the individual.

Some shop remains closed on Sunday while some others on Monday. In reality, Khan Market is welly and truly another famous market in Delhi. Therefore, tourists may shop for various goods and souvenirs from here. We will also get many restaurants, food joints, street food stalls and cafes.

 

34) Nizamuddin Dargah:

In fact, it is the pious shrine of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Chisti.  Besides, there are many tombs of Mughal era here.

35) Tughlaqabad Fort:

It is another beautiful specimen of classic and original Islamic architecture. As a matter of fact, in its fortification, we will get the touch of Sultanate sturdiness. However, it will take 1-2 hours.

Metro Stations and Their Accessible Tourist Places of Interest

Chandni Chowk 

Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Fatehpur Masjid, Digambar Jain Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Salim Garh Fort.

Rajiv Chowk 

 Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Fatehpur Masjid, Digambar Jain Temple, Gauri Shankar Temple, Sis Ganj Gurudwara, Salim Garh Fort. Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Janpath, Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Baba Kharak Singh Marg State Emporiums,

Central Secretariat 

Sanskriti Museum, India Gate, Purana Quila, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Safdarjung’s Tomb, Lodhi Garden, Indira Gandhi Memorial, Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial, National Gallery of Modern Art, National Museum, National Zoological Park, Nehru Planetarium, National Rail Museum,

New Delhi   

Shankar’s International Dolls Museum


Chattarpur

Chattarpur Temple

Tughlakabad 

Tughlaqabad Fort

Khan Market 

 India International Centre, Khan Market

Pragati Maidan 

 Crafts Museum, Humayun’s Tomb, National Science Centre

Qutab Minar 

Qutab Minar, Garden of Five Senses

Nehru Place 

ISKON Temple, Kalkaji Temple, Lotus Temple

Patel Chowk 

National Philatelic Museum, Metro Museum

Akshardham

 Akshardham Temple

Delhi Distance and approximate time are taken by car.

1)Agra-215km, 3h. 25 min.

2)Mathura-167km, 3h.

3)Haridwar-212km, 4h.20min.

4) Chandigarh-247km, 4h.17min.

5) Manali-539km, 12h. 26min.

6)Visakhapatanam-1769km,35h.

7)Simla-346km, 7h.28min.

8)Lucknow-536km, 7h. 7min.

9)Kolkata-1539km, 27h.

10)Nainital-295km, 6h. 11min.

11) Munsyari-556km, 15h.8min.

Moreover, there are few more amusement parks. If we visit there, we can make a lot of fun.

Above all, we will be able to spend a few days with joy. In reality, we will have some stress-free days.

However, we will require at least three full days in Delhi. If we can provide some more time it will make sense. From here we can visit some other tourist places near to it. Above all, we will have a memorable journey. Therefore, we will return home with happiness.

 

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