Among all other monuments in Delhi, Qutub Minar is one of the famous and tallest monuments in the world. This rare fort is situated at 234 feet high and is considered as the tallest individual tower in the world. The Qutab Minar is a number 1 unique masterpiece that depicted the sheer excellence of the Mughal architects of those times. Qutub-ud-din Aibak started the construction for Qutub Minar in 1199 AD and his descendant Shamsu'd-Din- Iitutmish has completed the works on this by adding three more storeys.
Lotus Temple is amongst one of the most fascinating architectures of the Bahai faith. It is located at Kalkaji, a place near to New Delhi. The temple has been created to look like a lotus flower. The vast lotus flower has been made out of marble, dolomite, cement, and sand. The place is known for its perfectly unpolluted environment that will let believers to meditate in peace.The Bahai temple was accomplished in 1986 by the Persian architect Fariborz Sahba from Canada. It is famed for its prayer sessions that evoke prayers to god of all religions. Every visitor is permitted to enter to the majestic temple, but they are expected to keep silence in the interiors. It is a rare combination of the vibrant Indian history with the modern styles of engineering and architecture which makes the temple unique in its appeal.
A proximity to the walls of India Gate discloses the names of around 90,000 soldiers who died during these wars. It has completed the entire construction in 1931 and since then, has attracted a lot of tourist. India Gate was formerly famed as the All India War Memorial.India Gate is one of the most visited destinations that are located on the Raj Path in New Delhi. The works on India Gate depicting scarifies of Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting the World War I and the Afgan War.
Connaught Place is a main hub of business nucleus and world-famous shopping center in New Delhi. It is formally known as the Rajeev Chowk is immediately identifiable on the map of Delhi owing to it's semblance to a wheel with spokes around it. The Rajiv Chowk metro station is the crossing point for the Yellow and Blue lines of the Delhi Metro.
C.P. has been designed to resemble two concentric circles, known as the Connaught's inner circle and Connaught Circus respectively. These circles lead to many of the important roads like Parliament Street and Janpath. Even though it is logically planned, Connaught Place can be confusing for a new comer. However, its Victorian style architecture is spectacular.
Jama Masjid, was commissioned to be constructed by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It holds the distinction of being one of the biggest and the most well known mosque of Old Delhi. Due to its setting at a very prominent center in Old Delhi, a lot of visitors visit it right through the year.
The name Jama Masjid indicates a reference to the weekly congregation of worshippers who observe prayers every Friday at the mosque. The floor of the mosque has been covered with white and black marble works to give it the look of the prayer mat typical to the Mohammedan culture.
The mosque is open from 7 AM to sunset, but tourists are not allowed to visit the premises between 12:15 and 1:45 PM. Photography is strictly banned during prayer hours.
Red Fort (Lal Quila)
The then Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built the Red Fort. The Red Fort is popularly known as the Lal Quila and is representative of the true splendor of the Mughal court. This imposing fort will engulf you with its size and grandeur. The scale of construction can well be imagined when one realizes that the walls of the fort are a good 2 km long!
The Red Fort is suggestive of the pomp and power enjoyed by the Mughals in the olden times. The red fort is made out of marble and designed exquisitely. The splendor of this Mughal fort lays in the fact that it has endured barbaric attacks from Nadir Shah the colonial British rulers.
Chandani Chowk is one of the oldest market places of Old Delhi. Despite that, Chandni Chowk has still retained its charm. Although the place is very disorderly and congested today, once upon a time, it was well- lined with striking fountains. It was regarded as a market that sold every kind of goods.
Chandani Chowk is located opposite the Red Fort. At one end of the Chandni Chowk, one can see the Fatehpuri Mosque, which is believed to have been built by the wives of Shah Jahan. At the other end of Chandani Chowk, is the old police station or the Kotwali. The Sunheri Masjid, which was the place from where Nadir Shah ordered his army of men to pillage and massacre Delhi is located close by. The Chandani Chowk is still visited by many curious tourists due to its historical importance.
The Akshardham Temple has been constructed of recent times and was inaugurated in the year 2005. The temple has been built by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha on the banks of the River Yamuna. The Delhi Akshar Dham Mandir was thrown open to the general public after the then President APJ Abdul Kalam inaugurated it. The temple stretches over an area of 100 acres and was completed in two years.
Akshardhaam Temple of New Delhi is constructed in an architectural fashion comparable to that of the Akshardham temple that is located in Gandhinagar in the state of Gujarat. Its structure is based on the olden Sthaapatya shastras of India and is erected entirely out of sandstone and marble without using steel. The main shrine house the idol of Lord Swaminarayan and a monument celebrating world peace is also prominent on the temple premises.