November is very pleasant and cool in
New Delhi, therefore light warm clothing is
Welcome to the city of Delhi, the capital of India. A city that is as
old as civilization itself and nurtured with loving care in the hands
of several dynasties. As history unfolds itself, we find Delhi a city of
magnificent kings and princes, men of great culture, learning and
refinement who created famous masterpieces like the Qutab
Minar, the Diwan-e-Aam and the Pearl Mosque in the Red Fort.
No wonder the city's history is synonymous with the history of
India. The evidence of this can be marked distinctly as the city is
flourished with tombs, forts, monuments, ramparts and ruins
where sightseeing is of great pleasure.
The Bahai Temple
Completed in 1986,the Bahai temple is set amidst pools and gardens. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion . The structure is in
lotus shape so it often called the lotus temple. The view of the temple is spectacular before dusk when the temple is floodlit.
Built by the Hare Rama Hare Krishna cult followers this temple is dedicated to the Lord Krishna. Built on a hillock, this complex is elegantly built and is one of the largest temple complexes in India.
Laxmi Narain Temple
One of Delhi's major temples and a major tourist attraction.
Built by the industrialist G. D. Birla in 1938, this beautiful
temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple
is dedicated to Laxmi, the goddess of prosperity and good
fortune. The temple has well grafted gardens. Popularly
known as the Birla Mandir.
Built in 1648, this sprawling fort of red sand stones along the river Yamuna is surrounded
by a wall of about 2.4 km in circumference. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah
Jahan. after he transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi. The fort has two main
entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate facing the famed Chandni Chowk
market. The Fort has Diwan-e-Aam, and Diwan-e-Khas where
the king would grant audience to the public and would grant
audience to important people respectively Adjacent to this is
the Rang Mahal, the water cooled Apartment for the royal
ladies. A Light and Sound show is held in the evening.
Flanked by ornamental ponds and lawns, Rajpath is host to the Republic Day Parade.
The two secretariat buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan on the Raisina hills are
located on the two sides of this immensely broad road. Previously the Boat Club,
besides the Rajpath, was host to many demonstrations and Rallies. India Gate
is towards the eastern end of Rajpath.
The Qutub Minar made of red sandstone rising to the height of 72.5mts is
an architectural marvel of the 13th century. Also a must is the visit to
Ashoka Pillar dating back to the 5th century. Though made of iron it has
with stood the weathers of time.A very interesting belief is assigned to
this pillar- Stand with your back to the pillar, and if you can hold your
hands around it, then make a wish and it will surely come true.
JamaMasjid is one of biggest mosques in India-A magnificent architectural gift by emperor Shah Jahan. Completed in 1658, this mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets.
You can enter the mosque but take precaution to take off your shoes and make sure that you are properly dressed before entering . One can also go to the top of minarets. From here you can have a birds eye view of Delhi.
It's one of Delhi's major attractions. It's the tomb of the famous Sufi saint Nizam-ud-Din
Auliya. Inside the premises of the shrine is a tank which is surrounded by many other historically
significant tombs. The shrine also has the tomb of Amir Khusru and the grave of princess
Jahanara, the daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan. It is worth visiting the shrine at around sunset on
Thursdays, as it is a popular time for worship, and Qawwali singers start
performing after the evening prayers.
For further information on the places to visit in Delhi and how to get there, please visit the official website of Delhi Tourism Department.
Here is a list of places you could visit in Delhi other than the ones mentioned above:
Gurudwara Rakab Ganj
Gurudwara Bangia Sahib
When it comes to shopping,
Delhi offers a gamut of shopping options. A tourist on a shopping tour of Delhi
has the option of shopping in busy streets, in organised and well-planned
markets or in shopping malls. No matter, which of the option you choose for
shopping, each one offers a distinct shopping experience. There are various
shopping places in Delhi, where you can head to on your shopping tour. Some of
the exciting shopping spots in Delhi are mentioned below.
The heart of Delhi, Connaught Place is a wonderful shopping destination.
Connaught Place has a number of showrooms, where you can shop for designer
cloths, antique items and jewellery. Janpath is a popular shopping spot in
Connaught Place. You can shop for cloths and antique handicrafts items of brass
and wood at Janpath. Don't forget to bargain, as most shopkeepers quote high
Not too far from Connaught Place is another popular shopping destination in
Delhi. Karol Bagh has some fine showrooms. Karol Bagh is the best place to shop
for jewellery and wedding cloths.
Delhi is famous for its bustling bazaars. Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest
bazaars, which was founded when Shah Jahan established the city of Shahjahanabad
in the 17th century. Chandni Chowk is basically a wholesale market that deals in
electronic goods, watches, and textiles.
This is another exciting shopping spot in Old Delhi. Darya Ganj is popular for
its Sunday Book Market. The pavements of Darya Ganj become shopping stalls for
book sellers. The market stretch for almost two kilometres and winds through a
few streets in Darya Ganj. You could virtually get a book on any topic in the
market that too on throwaway prices, when compared with original prices.
There are various other markets and bazaars in Delhi where
you can visit. Some of the other popular markets/shopping spots in Delhi include
Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Ansal Plaza. Shopping malls are the exciting
spot for shopping. To enjoy shopping in the malls, satellite towns of Delhi-Gurgaon
and Noida have quite a few numbers of chic shopping malls.