Delhi is old, Delhi is haste, Delhi is serene, Delhi is bustling, and I would fall short of adjectives if I intend to parallelize the vastness of what this city is comprised of. The city is not just the capital of India but also for the sky-soaring industries, dime a dozen shopping malls, mainstream media channels, top universities and off-course luscious food.
Apart from its twinkling charm, the city also offers some great touristy places which no doubt attract people from all over the world. So, without stretching the intro further let’s just get into the real post.
All India War Memorial popularly know as India Gate is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath (the Kingsway), on the eastern edge of the ceremonial axis of New Delhi. The memorial is dedicated to those 82,000 soldiers who lost their lives serving the British Indian Army during world war I. The monument is quite similar to that of Paris Arc De Triomphe. Both were built to honour the brave servicemen. A simple shrine was build under the India Gate structure and known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti (flame of the immortal soldier).
I visited the India Gate for the second time and to my surprise, it was pretty much same in terms of cleanliness around the heritage monument and therefore you can click absolutely Instagram worthy pictures.
This UNESCO world heritage site is an enchanting mausoleum surrounded by lush green gardens. As the name suggests, its the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun and is one of the very first Mughal architecture in the country.
Here, I won’t talk much about the history because you can find a whole damn article on Wikipedia about it, instead let’s talk about its enchanting environment.
The amazing thing about Humayun’s tomb is that you can click the most ravishing pictures from the corner. Yes, the corner is that magical place. Entering through those gigantic gates will definitely make you feel like some royal individual. The place has some kind of stardust in its air that completely energise you from within. Also, this is a perfect place family outing and definitely ideal for a romantic day out with your bae.
This is my personal favourite in the city. The structure looks like a lotus flower and hence the name lotus temple. Let me tell you a few facts about the lotus temple. Firstly, its a Baha’i house of worship and Bahai religion believes in the unity and equality of all people and therefore people irrespective of their religion can come and worship their gods. Secondly, the lotus flower is the common symbol of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. The unity in diversity for which India is known can be seen here.
Kingdom of dreams
This tourist destination offers you a complete tour of fun and enjoyment. Presenting you the very first live entertainment with Bollywood style musical performance and lot more. Kingdom of dreams is a perfect place for a fun day out or a leisure weekend destination.
I have already written a separate blog for it.
Now you must be thinking there are a lot more popular places to visit and why I didn’t mention them; that’s because I personally found these places more soothing in terms of crowd and ambience. But I will definitely recommend you to visit the other places if you are visiting Delhi for the first time. And the option to travel around the city is Delhi metro. It has almost covered every nook and corner of the city so it would be convenient for you and also you get to avoid horrendous traffic on roads.
How to reach:
For a comfortable journey, you can take a flight to Delhi. Indira Gandhi International Airport is just 20 km away from the city centre. The railway stations in Delhi are all well connected with different parts of the city. You can take an auto or taxi to reach the station.
Where to stay:
There are plenty of budget and luxury hotels near the New Delhi railway station. And if you are travelling solo or on a tight budget then staying in a hostel in the best option.
The Hosteller is the best hostel in the city. They even organise a bunch of fun activities to do in the city. Private rooms are also available here.