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Delhi (NCT): City Tour

Airforce Museum

In this museum one can trace the history of the Indian Airforce. Located near the Indira Gandhi Domestic Airport, it is the perfect place one can spend one's time while waiting for the flight.

Bahai Temple

Bahai Temple

A temple built to worship god irrespective of caste, creed, race, religion or nation. This gleaming lotus like marble structure is located on Bahapur Hills. Visitors are bound to keep silence inside the temple premises. The temple is a must visit for every tourist who comes to Delhi.


Buddha Jayanthi Park

Laid out to commemorate the 2500th anniversary of Lord Buddha's attainment of Nirvana, the garden provides an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. The park has a Bodhi tree that is a sapling of the original enlightenment tree.

Birla Mandir

Birla Mandir

Built in 1938 by the prominent Indian Industrialist R. B. Birla and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, the temple has a large number of idols representing various gods of Indian pantheon. The temple is located in Mandir Marg and the main deities are Lord Narayana (Lord Vishnu) and Goddess Lakshmi, his consort.


Dolls Museum

Renowned Cartoonist Shankar started the museum as a personal collection. Now it has a collection of more than 6000 dolls from allover the world.

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb

Haji Begum, the senior wife of emperor Humayun built this mausoleum in mid 16th century. The tomb is situated amidst avenues of trees, watercourses and flowerbeds. A magnificent example of refined early Mughal architecture, the structure harmoniously blends with the nature.


India Gate

India Gate

This massive 42m tall structure was built as a memorial to the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in world war I. The structure has names of soldiers engraved allover it. An eternal flame burns here in commemoration of the unknown soldiers.



Indira Gandhi Memorial

No.1, Safdarjung Road is where Indira Gandhi lived and died. It is from where she ruled India for decades. The modestly furnished rooms and the books, letters, photographs and paintings on display provide a fascinating insight to the private life of Indira Gandhi.

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid

Shahjahan built this mosque in 1658. Situated near the red fort in old Delhi, Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India with a seating capacity of more than 20,000 people. This mosque with bulbous domes and tapering minarets those were built with marble and slate is an architectural beauty.


Janthat Mantar

Located near the junction of Parliament street and Conaught Circus, with huge concrete astronomical "instruments", this observatory of Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur was used to plot the courses of heavenly bodies and predict eclipses. The observatory has a huge sundial and the observatory was built in 1725.

Lodi Gardens

These beautiful gardens have majestic domed tombs of many Sayyid and Lodi sultans. These well kept gardens with fountains, ponds, flowering trees, blossoming shrubs and bushes are ideal places for joggers and those who seek solitude.

Mughal Gardens

It is a part of Rastrapathi Bhavan Estate where the President hosts tea parties for visiting dignitaries. The garden is laid out with velvet lawns, terraces, flowerbeds and fountains. The garden is open to the public in February and March.

National Gallery of Modern art

The gallery has an excellent collection of nearly 4000 paintings and sculptures belonging to the School of Modern Art. Notable exhibits among are the works of Daniells, E. B. Havell, Janini Roy and Rabindranatna Tagore.

National Museum

exhibit, National Museum

The museum has a collection of artistic treasures of India and Central Asia. Established in 1950, the museum's collection is enriched by selective exhibits from state museums and private collectors. The museum displays prehistoric exhibits, medieval art pieces, manuscripts, miniature paintings, Indian costumes, Indian musical instruments etc.


The National Samadhis


Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat

The Samadhi where the mortal remains of Mahatma Gandhi were cremated. The Samadhi is amidst a garden with lawns and fountains.

Opposite to Raj Ghat is the Gandhi Memorial Museum. Personal belongings of Gandhiji, photographs and manuscripts are displayed here.

Along the banks of River Yamuna, near Raj Ghat are the burial places of Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi.

Nehru Museum and Planetarium

Theen Murthi Bhavan, the residence of India's first Prime Minister, has been converted into a museum. Photograph, newspaper clippings etc. on display throw light into the history of India's independent movement. There is a planetarium in the grounds of Theen Murthi Bhavan.

Zoological Gardens

One of the finest in Asia, the zoo spreads over 214 acres. The zoo was designed as an open plan where the wildlife enjoys a natural habitat. More than 2000 animals, birds and reptiles from different countries are homed here.

Parliament House

This massive domed structure is almost one kilometer in circumference. The building houses both Lok Sabha (The Lower House) and Rajya Sabha (The Upper House). Tourist can gain access by obtaining a special pass.

Purana Quila (Old Fort)

This is the sixth city of Delhi. Located south east of India Gate, it is one of the most prominent monuments in Delhi. Humayun started the fort's construction. But Sher Shah, who drove him out from Delhi, completed the city during his reign (1538-1545). The massive walls and huge gates were constructed by Humayun. The octagonal Shermandal and the Quila-i-Kuhran Masjid were built by Sher Shah.

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Perhaps the most striking monument of Delhi is Qutub Minar. The construction of the 278ft high Qutub Minar was started by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, the first Sultan of Delhi and Firoz Shah Tughlaq completed it in 1368.

In the courtyard of the Quwat-ul-Islam Masjid, there is a 7m high wrought iron pillar that belonged to the Gupta Age. The Pillar withstood centuries of exposure to the nature without rusting, an indication of technological advancement at that period.

Rail Transport Museum

The museum has exhibits those show the 140 years old history of Indian Railway. Situated near the diplomatic enclave, the museum is the first of its kind in India.

Rashtrapathi Bhavan

Formerly the Vice-regal Palace, it is the official residence of the President of India. This 340-room palace and its gardens cover an area of 330 acres. Special permission has to be obtained in advance to visit Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

Tughlakabad

Tughlakabad is the third city of Delhi and is located about 10km east of Qutub complex along the Mahrauli-Badarpur Road. The fort has fortified ramparts, underground chambers, tall gateways and towers. A prominent structure here is the Ghiasudin's Mausoleum that was built with marble and red sandstone.

Red Fort

Red Fort, Delhi

Shahjahan started construction of this massive fort in 1638. Though the fort was completed in 1648, he never really moved his capital to Delhi as he was kept in confinement by his son Aurangaseb. The fort extends for 2km and the walls are 18m high on the riverside and 33m high on the city side.

The main entrance to the fort is through the Lahore gate on the West. You will enter to a covered market known as Chatta Chowk that was once Meena Bazaar, the shopping center for the ladies of the court.

Naubat Khana (Drum House)

It is from where the musicians played for the emperor. The arrival of princes and dignitaries were heralded from here.

Diwan-i-Am

The hall of Public audiences is where the emperor listened to the grievances of his subjects and disputes are settled.

Diwan-i-Khas

The hall of Private audiences, a structure of white marble, is where the emperor held private meetings and met dignitaries. The famous peacock throne was in this hall before Nadirsha carted it away to Iran.

Hammams

These royal baths next to the Diwan-i-Khas has three rooms with a fountain in the center. One of the rooms was set up as a sauna.

Other places of interest

Shahi Burj

A three storied octagonal tower that was once Shahjahan's private working area.

Moti Masjid

A small masjid built by Aurangaseb in 1659 for his personal use.

Rang Mahal (Palace of Color)

It was the residence of the emperor's senior wife. The name derived from the colorfulness of the palace that was lost through the centuries.

Sound and Light Show

Every evening, a sound and light show recreates the events of Indian history. The English version starts at 1930 hrs during Nov.-Jan., 2100hrs during May-Aug. and 2030hrs during rest of the year.

Chandini Chowk

This is the main street of old Delhi and a colorful shopping center. At the end of the street there is a Digambara Jain Gurudwara. There is also a bird hospital run by the Jains.