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Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hour
Distance: 7 KM
The All India War Memorial, popularly known as the India Gate, is located along the Rajpath in New Delhi. The imposing structure of India Gate is an awe-inspiring sight and is often compared to the Arch de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. This 42-meter tall historical structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is one of the largest war memorials in the country. India Gate is also famous for hosting the Republic Day Parade every year.
Dedicated to 82,000 Indian and British soldiers who died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War, this monument has the names of 13,300 servicemen inscribed on its surface. The foundation stone of this structure was laid down in the year 1921, and the final building was unveiled in the year 1931 by the Indian Viceroy Lord Irwin. The premises of India Gate also houses the Amar Jawan Jyoti, which is a kindled structure right underneath the archway. Built in 1971 post the Bangladesh Liberation War, the Amar Jawan Jyoti symbolises the eternal, immortal soldiers of India. Owing to its rich historical background and astonishing architecture, India Gate has become one of the most popular picnic spots in the city.
Distance: 6 KM
Rajpath, which means the "King's Way:, is a ceremonial avenue that is located in the heart of New Delhi, the capital state of India. Rajpath runs from the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill on one end to the National Stadium on the other end and passes through Vijay Chowk and India Gate. Also popularly referred to as 'The Royal Road', Rajpath is surrounded by beautiful and lush green gardens, rows of trees and canals on both sides. It was constructed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who was instrumental in designing and building New Delhi and was the main architect of numerous monuments including the India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Rajpath was built to provide an unhindered view of Delhi, as Lutyens wanted to have a panoramic site from the Viceroy's palace.
Rajpath is undoubtedly one of the most important roads that New Delhi houses and is also the yearly site for the Republic Day Parade that takes place on 26 January. It is bordered by the North and South blocks of the Secretariat Building on its either sides. The long lanes have trees running along with them, giving the place a sleek look. The gardens located around Rajpath make the area more colourful and vibrant and breathe an altogether new life into the venue. It is then no wonder as to why Rajpath is the most visited place in New Delhi. The lawns beside serve as a playfield for children. The entire area is well maintained and is home to delegates. All in all, Rajpath is one spot in Delhi that you definitely should not give a miss!
Experience Time: 1 hour 16 mins
Distance: 5 KM
Rajghat is situated 4 km away from Janpath in Delhi and holds a great significance in the history of India. Rajghat is a place where Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation was cremated followed by his assassination in the year 1948. The cenotaph commemorating his memory is a simple black marble structure that sits in the midst of a beautiful lush green garden. The place is visited by locals as well as foreigners and various delegates and VIPs to pay their homage to the Father of the Nation.
In addition to being Mahatma Gandhi's memorial, Rajghat is also a celebration of his illustrious life. Gandhiji's philosophy is projected through picture, sculpture and photos At Gandhi memorial Museum at Rajghat, his life and philosophy of Sarvodaya Movement are also shown through a film in English and Hindi between 9:30 AM till 5:30 Pm except on Thursday. A prayer is held every Friday, the day he died at Rajghat. On Sunday, it is featured in Hindi at 4 PM and at 5 PM in English.
Experience Time: 2 Hour
Distance: 4 KM
Located in the Parliament Street, south Connaught Circle of New Delhi, Jantar Mantar is a vast observatory built to help and improve upon the studies of time and space as was known. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1724 and forms a part of a collection of five such observatories located in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. Delhi's Jantar Mantar consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments which can be used to compile the astronomical tables and to predict the movement and timings of the sun, moon and planets. The intelligent construction and placement of these instruments allowed the observer to note the position of heavenly bodies with their naked eye alone.
Jantar Mantar observatory consists of masonry built astronomical instruments that have stood the test of time and still work as well as they did in the olden days. Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur was keenly interested in these astronomical observations and the study of all the systems, and this observatory was erected by him upon the instructions of Muhammad Shah. Built out of brick, rubble and then plastered with lime, these instruments have been repaired and restored from time to time without making any significant alteration. The apparatus here pertains to Egypt's Ptolemaic astronomy and follows three classical celestial coordinates to track the positions of heavenly bodies- namely horizon-zenith local system, the equatorial system and the ecliptic system. There are four primary devices constructed here: The Samrat Yantra, the Jai Prakash, Ram Yantra and Misra Yantra. There lies a small temple of Bhairava to the east of the main site and even that was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II.
Experience Time: 3 - 4 Hour
Distance: 8 KM
An epitome of Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is an abode of God built in 2005. Sitting deftly near the banks of River Yamuna, the temple showcases Hinduism and its age old culture. Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the temple is undoubtedly a work of miracle. Akshardham has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.
Over 8000 volunteers from all around the world were involved in the construction of intricately carved marble and sandstone structure of the temple. Timeless Hindu teachings and flamboyant devotional traditions find their place on the temple's incredible walls. Moreover, the complex is a home to India's largest step well which is a host to the mesmerising water show; an open garden, Narayan Sarovar, various expeditions, and rituals. The complex is not less than a paradise for the spiritual seekers.
The temple takes its visitors on a journey of spiritual enlightenment. It has eight ostentatiously carved mandapams. Each prayer here takes you closer to God and signifies the improvement of oneself. The centrepiece, i.e. Lord Swaminarayan's Murti along with that of 20,000 deities, significant personalities in Indian history and sages showcase the essence of Indian architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual thoughts. If visiting Delhi, then it gets mandatory for you to visit this beautiful place which glorifies Indianess in every aspect.
Experience Time: 1 Hour
Distance: 13 KM
Located in the national capital of New Delhi, the Lotus Temple is an edifice dedicated to the Baha'i faith. The magnificent structure of this building unfolds in the form of a stupendous white petal lotus and is one of the most visited establishments in the world. The design of this shrine was conceptualized by Canadian architect Fariborz Sahba and was completed in the year 1986. This temple seeks to propagate the oneness of the Almighty and is open to all regardless of their nationality, religion, race or gender. The Lotus temple it is one of the seven Baha'i House of Worship present around the world.
As you enter the complex of the temple, you encounter an enchanting entrance gate, beautiful floral gardens and scintillating pools. The pathway leading up to the temple doors is lined with lush green shrubs and a feeling of tranquillity adorns the atmosphere despite the bubbling crowd. Once inside, the mesmerising architecture will lull you into an introspective silence. You can read and chant religious texts of any faith, and musical renditions of religious texts can be sung without any inhibitions in the temple complex. The Bahai Lotus Temple is without a doubt one of the must-visit places in the capital. not just for its marvellous architecture but also to experience a new way of meditation in a completely different, blissful ambience.
Experience Time: 2 - 3 Hour
Distance: 3 KM
The Red Fort is a historical fortification in the national capital of New Delhi. Located in the center of the city, it was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty. It was constructed by Shah Jahan in the year 1939 as a result of a capital shift from Agra to Delhi. This imposing piece of architecture derives its name from its impregnable red sandstone walls. In addition to accommodating the emperors and their households, it was the ceremonial and political center of the Mughal state and the setting for events critically impacting the region. Today, this monument is home to a number of museums that have an assortment of precious artifacts on display. Every year, the Indian Prime Minister unfurls the national flag here on the Independence Day.
Formerly known as Quila-e-Mubarak or the Blessed Fort, the Red Fort lies along the banks of the river Yamuna, whose waters fed the moats surrounding the fort. It was a part of the medieval city of Shahjahanabad, popularly known today as 'Old Delhi'. The entire fort complex is said to represent the architectural creativity and brilliance of Mughal architecture. With so much history and heritage associated with it, the Red Fort is one of the most popular monuments in India and a major tourist attraction in Delhi. It became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007. The Archaeological Survey of India is at present responsible for the security and preservation of this magnificent monument.
The ISKCON Temple, also known as the Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, is a shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna. It was established in the year 1998 by Achyut Kanvinde and is located in the Hare Krishna Hills, in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi. The ISKCON temple is an exquisite construction adorned with classical stonework on the outside and pristine artwork on the inside. One of the largest temple complexes in the region, its followers believe in Srila Prabhupada. The temple complex is also a centre for learning Vedic sciences and has a massive following not just in the country but throughout the world.
Inside the main sanctum, the idols are adorned with rich clothes and jewellery and are decked with great delicacy and care. The centre hall reverberates the heavenly tune of "Hare Rama Hare Krishna", which is the central theme in ISKCON Delhi. Many devotional lectures and addresses are arranged for the benefit and spiritual nerve of devotees. The outer complex is embellished with intricate carvings and designs and has many shops and beautiful fountains adding to the spirituality of this shrine. The steps of the temple have various halls that lead to further ends of the temple, where other deities adorn the temple space.
ISKCON temple also houses a museum which organises multimedia shows exhibiting great epics such as Ramayana and Mahabharata. Sundays call for special prayer services, and the festival of Janmashtami is celebrated here with great vigour.
Known for its association with Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh guru, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent religious as well as tourist places in Delhi. This magnificent shrine was built by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year during the reign of Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II. Operating for all 24 hours, the Gurudwara is an example of the large-hearted nature of Sikhs. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Delhi, a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib rejuvenates your soul. This place of solace is flocked by more than thousand people in one single day.
The complex of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib has a main prayer hall, higher secondary school, a hospital, Baba Baghel Singh Museum and a library within its premises. The purity of this shrine increases with the presence of the holy Sarovar inside it. The white and golden constructed Gurudwara is high in spirits and can be spotted from a distance as well. People visiting here get 'Kada Prasad' which is incredibly tasty for it is a blend of holiness and lip-smacking taste. It also has a 'Yatri Niwas' or House for tourists. The religious shrine is so beautiful that even a look of it can make your soul experience peace and relaxation. The Paath and Shabads (the sacred chants) that go almost for 24 hours connects you directly to the divine power.
Distance: 16 KM
The soaring and brave tower that allures tourists despite being destroyed by ravages of natural apocalypses several times, Qutub Minar is the tallest individual tower in the world and second tallest monument of Delhi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is located in Mehrauli and its construction was started in 1192 by Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, founder of Delhi Sultanate. Later, the tower was built by various rulers over the centuries. The sight of this glorious monument takes you back to the rich history of India.
The astounding architecture which includes immaculate carvings will leave you bewitched. Besides Qutub Minar, the Qutub Complex has many other ancient structures to offer you like Iron Pillar and the Alai Darwaza. As you roam around, the place will surely compel you to immerse deeper into India's past and admire the vintage architecture. The architecture aficionados will never have enough of Qutub Minar. It has become a favourite picnic spot for Delhiites where they just relax with the Minar in the backdrop. Also, the opulent Qutub Festival which brags about the glory of the tower is a major attraction for tourists. So, live the illustrious history of India with Qutub Minar and other different monuments erected at one place.
Distance: 9 KM
Amongst the sundry places in Delhi that attract attention with their history or quaintness, is the twee tomb of Safdarjung. The elegant mausoleum built of marble and sandstone stands untouched in the test of time and boasts of 18th-century Mughal architectural style. Built in 1754, during the reign of Mughal Emperor- Ahmad Shah Bahadur, the namesake tomb is dedicated to the Prime Minister of the court- Safdarjung. Located in the heart of the city, at the junction of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg, the monument is a low-key tourist attraction of the city. Also known as ‘Safdarjung ka Maqbara’, the mausoleum boasts of a tranquil ambience and a majestic presence owing to its enormous dome, elaborate arches and intricate architecture.
The mausoleum built by Safdarjung’s son Shuja - ud - Daula, is one the very last specimen of Mughal architecture and signifies the downfall of the dynasty as a whole. Safdarjung’s Tomb, however, efficiently captures the legacy and the cultural aspects of the Mughal marvels. The garden tomb is built in a fashion similar to that Humayun ka Maqbara, and also houses several pavilions, a madrasa and a library at the entrance (managed by the Archaeological Survey of India).
Distance: 9 km
It is a very famous temple of the manali. It is the temple of godes bhim's mother is only one temple in India of hidimba . It is so good to visit . Photo clicking is not allowed in the
Distance: 2 KM
One of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is Old Delhi's main thoroughfare which is a chaotic shopping street lined by hawkers and porters with narrow lanes offering full medieval bazaar experience. It is an important historical site renowned for the availability of every kind of goods as well as food. It was constructed in the 17th-century b the Mughal ruler of India Shah Jahan. It is situated opposite the Red Fort and provides a view of the Fatehpuri Mosque.
Crisscrossed by narrow streets with shops jostling for space, Chandi Chowk gives a feel of old Delhi shopping. Since the 17th-century era, this places is rightly called a "shoppers paradise" in Delhi. During the reign of Shah Jahan, there was a tree-lined canal running through its centre, reflecting the moon. Hence, the name "Chandni Chowk" came to being which means "moonlight place". Shopping at Chandni Chowk is fun as the market is distributed in several streets and these narrow streets are inundated with vibrant varieties of clothes, perfumes, electronic items, jewellery, candles, idols of deities and lifestyle goods.
The market deals in everything that shoppers might think to buy for oneself and as well as for home. As this is a wholesale market, one can get huge discounts on most of the items. These shopping streets is a heaven for retailers too. Apart from shopping, this place is equally famous for its eateries, street food, and Indian snacks. It has been aptly said for this barrage of noise, colour and smell, "Are janaab Dilli aae aur chandni chowk nahi dekha to kya dekha?"
Tughlaqabad Fort, standing close to the main city of New Delhi, is one of the most beautiful specimens of pure Islamic architecture and has the touch of Sultanate sturdiness about its fortifications. The entire premise takes around an hour or two to look around and offer excellent opportunities for history enthusiasts and shutterbugs. The rugged landscape and the magnificent fortifications are as perfect as historical snapshots can get. Students and scholars interested in this segment of India's history can get a first-hand experience at witnessing the grandeur of one of the most exuberant and controversial dynasties of the country.
The glorious fort stands as an exemplary structure of medieval India, with all the vibes of opulence and grandeur within its looming fortifications that we associate with the country's ancient royalties. While its history and legends give the Tughlaqabad fort an eerie impression, its magnificence of architecture and vastness of expanse make it a popular spot for academic, historical and otherwise fun excursions. Along with the great fortifications, palaces and citadel, the great gateways, the fort area also have the mausoleum of the founder and first ruler of the fort - Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq and his wife and son.
Distance: 17 KM
Located in the poised Said-ul-Ajaib, away from the din of the city, the enticingly alluring park brings together an evocative bouquet of colour and fragrance, texture and form. Aptly called as the Garden of Five Senses, the park sprawling over 20 acres of land is designed to stimulate your senses of touch, sight, smell, sound and taste and is a paradise for nature’s lovers. Conceptualized on the theme of natural beauty to provide the locals with a leisure space, this enchantingly beautiful garden is a celebration of aesthetic expression and fabricated design.
Designed by the famous Delhi architect Pradeep Sachdeva, the park was jointly constructed by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation at the cost of whopping 10.5 crores and was inaugurated in February 2003. Partly built on rocky terrain and partly in the plain area, the park accentuates the bounty of nature and is a pleasant retreat from the hustle bustle of the metro city. Believed to be one of the prominent cultural centres of the city, the garden has various themed parks, a section of Mughal baghs, pools of water lilies, cascades of sparkling water, a solar energy park, an amphitheatre, a humongous yet charming food court, in addition to umpteen sculptures, rock carvings and themed decor.
Inaugurated in 1959, National Zoological Park is situated near The Old Fort in Delhi and is a favourite weekend spot among adults and children alike. From biggest cats to the tiniest birds, the zoo has all kinds of animals and birds. Initially, it was known as Delhi Zoo when in 1982 it was renamed The National Zoological Park with the idea of making it the model zoo of the country. At the Zoological Park, birds and animals live in an environment that in many ways resemble their natural habitat. The zoo not only provides a home for endangered species but also helps them to breed in captivity. It also holds Conservation Breeding Programmes for Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, Brow Antlered Deer, Swamp Deer, Indian rhinoceros and red jungle fowl. Eventually, they may once again thrive in the wild.
As you enter the National Zoological Park, a number of fascinating creatures welcome you to their ways of life. Hippopotamus, Chimpanzee, Spider monkey, Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, Brow Antlered Deer, Swamp Deer, Indian rhinoceros and Zebras are the most popular among the wild species found here. In the other section of the zoo, migratory birds like peafowl and storks grace the environ with their lively presence. The centre of the zoo has an underground reptile house which has different lizards and snakes. By 2008 it had 1347 animals and 127 species. National Zoological Park is well maintained and is largely visited by tourists. It has canteens inside for the visitors and battery operated vehicles at very reasonable prices which you could use if exhausted. But the real fun is in exploring the place on your feet. Visit this destination to reignite your curiosity in our furry friends!
An affluent neighbourhood in South Delhi, Hauz Khas has been well known since medieval times. A reservoir is circumferenced with beautiful buildings and a well-maintained park around. View of the fort during sunset and sunrise is beyond words. There are remnants of Islamic architecture roughly coloured by splotches of urban culture. The existing status of the village retains the old charm of the place along with an enhanced aesthetic appeal through the well-maintained green parks all around with walkways, and the urbane refurbished upmarket and quirky places of interest that have spruced up the old Mughal surviving structures. Hauz Khas Village is also known for its electric nightlife with countless cafes, bars and pubs. No matter whether you are a Delhiite of not, you eventually find yourself at the most happening place in the city.
The Hauz Khas complex is replete with a water tank, an Islamic educational institution, a mosque, a tomb and the semi-urbanized village of Hauz Khas. The compound is dotted with domed structures which are tombs of royalties during 14th to 16th century. The tomb of Feroz Shah Tughlak, a renowned ruler of the Tughlak dynasty is at the end of the road.
Hauz Khas has now turned into a posh locality with a number of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. The cafes around have impressive food to offer and the place adds bass and beats to its mood during the night. It has an infectious energy and you may catch a lot of live events hosted by several cafes during the weekends ranging from stand-up comedy to live jazz. It is one of the top places for the people of the metropolitan to head out for all their party woes. Be it cafes, pubs, restaurants or bars, the Hauz Khas Village is always the first choice.
The Pragati Maidan, on the Mathura Road in New Delhi, is a huge complex-cum-exhibition centre with a total exhibit area of 150 acres. Equipped with well-paved roads, lawns, gardens and eating outlets; Pragati Maidan, which literally means 'progress grounds', houses 16 vast and spacious halls in all and is the biggest exhibition centre that Delhi boasts of. The place hosts about 70 national and international exhibitions and conventions each year.
The Pragati Maidan, which was built to celebrate 25 years of India's independence, technological progress and indigenous talent, is a living embodiment of the ‘Make In India’ concept and is undoubtedly an iconic structure. One of the most sought-after of these events is the Indian International Trade Fair (IITF), which also happens to be the largest event here, with an estimated footfall of 10,000 exhibitors and 30,00,000 visitors each year. Other prominent events that are held here include the World Book Fair, Delhi Book and Stationery Fair, Auto Expo, and the Delhi Jewellery and Gem Fair.
Other than the well developed and fully equipped complex, the Pragati Maidan also boasts of many attractions, such as The Son of India Pavilion, Defence Pavilion and a movie theatre named Shakuntalam. This and much more make the Pragati Maidan a famous tourist attraction. So the next time you visit Delhi, do not forget to check out the fantastic and informative exhibitions going on here.
India is a country of art lovers, and National Gallery of Modern Arts (NGMA) is no less than heaven for them. Following its motto of delivering an excellent world of art to its visitors, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, preserves paintings and other artistic pieces dating back to 1850s. NGMA at Delhi is the main museum located in the Jaipur House. It was established on March 29, 1954, by the Indian Government. Covering an area of 12,000 metres square, it is the largest when compared to its subsequent branches in Mumbai and Bangalore. The gallery helps people to connect the works of modern art with their vital passions of the human spirit.
The Gallery houses a collection of more than 14,000 artworks which includes work that is as old as a hundred and fifty years. As you visit the modern art museum, you get a chance to witness the creativity of Thomas Daniell, Abanindranath Tagore, Raja Ravi Verma, Gaganendranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, and many other foreign sculptors and artists. It showcases a perfect blend of modern and contemporary arts in the form of visual galleries and different exhibitions. So, head towards it and let the artist within you cherish the beautiful world of innovation.
Experience Time: 2-3 hrs
Distance: 7 kms
Stoically standing in the placid vicinity of Indraprastha, Purana Qila or the Old Fort is a masterpiece of the ancient glory and sterling architecture of the bygone Mughal Empire, and is one of the oldest forts in Delhi. Built on the banks of river Yamuna and spread over a vast 1.5 kms of area, the monument has tons of myths and legends of the medieval era attached to it. The most interesting of which suggests that the historical city of the Hindu religion- Indraprastha was built here, by Pandavas and the fort was the famous assembly hall, mentioned in the epic Mahabharat. It is also believed that the king Humayun met his end by tumbling down the steps of his library within the fort. Situated in the heart of the city and boasting of idyllic and a serene panorama, the fort radiates romantic vibes and is frequented by couples to enjoy some moments of solitude.
The gigantic citadel has three entrances and is surrounded by a moat, which is now used for boating. The lush green lawns graciously blessed with several shady trees are a haven if you are looking to spend some quiet time in the summers. The fortress constructed in traditional Mughal style and ornamented with rich embellishments attracts history buffs and archaeology enthusiasts day in and day out. In addition to this, Purana Qila hosts a light and sound show on “the seven cities of Delhi”, every evening, which is very popular among the tourists. The show highlights the evolution of New Delhi from Indraprastha.
Distance: 6 kms
Also known as the National Museum of India, the National Museum in New Delhi is one the largest museums in India, situated on the corner of the Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. Established in 1949, the blueprints of the majestic repository were prepared by the Gwyer Committee set up by the Government of India in 1946. Today, the museum boasts of possessing a whopping 200,000 artworks, both Indian and foreign, and is maintained by the Ministry of Culture, Department of India. Covering an extensive range of products from the prehistoric times to modern works of art, the museum traces the rich cultural heritage of nations across the world, from over 5000 years ago.
The museum also houses National Museum Institute of the History of Arts, Conservation and Museology which was added as a different section in 1983. Since 1989, this section runs different courses in History of Arts, Conservation and Museology for Masters and Doctoral degrees. Besides, the repository boasts of 4th and 5th century B.C. relics, dating back to the times of Buddha and the Harappan Civilization, in addition to numerous wood carvings, paintings, sculptures, murals, textiles, armoury etc. The two-storeyed building has clearly segregated chambers to display antiques of different periods. It covers all departments including Archaeology, Decorative Arts, Jewellery, Manuscripts, Textiles, Numismatics, Epigraphy, Central Asian Antiquities, Anthropology, Pre-Columbian American and Western Art Collections. The museum is an unparalleled blend of the glorious past and the wondrous present.
Delhi is a hub for shopping. From the oldest to the latest, you will get every kind of clothes that you want. It has great export markets where even the branded stuff is available at half a price or even less than that. Delhi has specified markets for everything. From malls to street markets, Delhi does an amazing job in making the shopaholics content. The delhites never leave any stone unturned to be up to date no matter if it is technology or clothes, they just need the best and hence the markets of Delhi provide them with same.
Being the capital of India, Delhi doesn't lack even in being the shopping capital. From the biggest to the smallest markets it has everything where one can find the latest fashion. From footwears to jewellery Delhi excels in providing everything of the best kind. Be it western or traditional the markets of Delhi never fail to leave you spellbound with the new things it comes up with. It not only attracts the locals but also the markets of Delhi has become a treat to tourist's eyes as well.
Be it the Sadar Bazaar for wholesale goods of daily use nature to electronic goods in Nehru Place to traditional clothing in Karol Bagh. Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar are few other important markets of Delhi. Connaught Place, Chawri Bazaar, Chandni Chowk, Khan Market, Greater Kailash M Block Market, Ambience Mall, Select City Walk Mall, Pacific Mall, etc. are also quite important for shopping lovers in Delhi.
Also referred to as Agar Sain Ki Baoli or Ugrasen ki Baoli, this attraction is a historical monument situated on the Halley Road in New Delhi. A mosaic of different assortment of stones and rocks, Agrasen ki Baoli is an ancient water reservoir which rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. Hidden amidst the business towers and residential apartments of central Delhi, this place is a quiet and serene experience perfect for photography lovers. The old brick walls of the structure take you back in history and as you go down the steps, a drop in temperature can be experienced. Agrasen ki Baoli is a protected monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958 of the Archaeological Survey of India.
The structure of Agrasen Ki Baoli occupies a width of 15 metres and is 60 metres long which is quite impressive considering the fact that it is believed to have been built somewhere around the time of Mahabharata. The reservoir still serves its ancient purpose as the lower parts of the baoli can be seen submerged in water on some occasions. There is a mosque located on its South Western Side which stands on four pillars with a heavy stone on the roof. Interestingly, this site is famous for being haunted, and visitors have claimed to feel a strange presence here quite often. Come and explore this enigmatic piece of architecture, you will surely not be disappointed!
Designed to invoke the ambience of a traditional village fair, Dilli Haat is every shopper?s paradise, a foodie's haven and the cultural magnet of the metro city. A flamboyant mix of vibrant colours and varied cultures, the bazaar is located in the commercial centre of South Delhi, bang opposite to the INA Market. A synthesis of ethnic culture, delectable cuisine and regional handicrafts, the market offers a plethora of traditional crafts and handloom products including rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk and wool fabrics, copperware, chandeliers, cane & jute products etc. In addition to this, the market has savoury lip-smacking food cuisines from varied parts of India- momos from Nepal, Bamboos hot chicken from Nagaland, Kahwa & Kebabs from Jammu, Pooranpoli from Maharastra etc.
Dilli Haat is a forum to bring together rural art and folk culture; it has an open-air theatre where cultural events are performed on a daily basis. Above all, it is a fascinating panorama of art, craft and culture and a perfect spot to capture all those candid pictures you always wanted.
Managed and maintained by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation(DTTDC), and sprawling over a vast 6 acres of land, the area was initially retrieved as part of a reclamation process and converted into a food plaza cum cultural market in 1994. The ground was cleared, the foundation laid, little huts and cottages were constructed with thatched roofs to give it a village feel, and the food cum market plaza was good to go. Currently, the place houses 62 stalls, some of which are rotated every 15 days to other craftsmen; the cost of which is INR 250 per day. Other than the establishment at INA, Dilli Haat has two other branches at Janakpuri and Pitampura as well.
Experience Time: 3 Hour
Located on the western end of the Rajpath in New Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India. It was originally built with the intent of serving as the Viceroy's House. With its 340 rooms in the main building covering 5 acres on an estate of 330 acres, it is one of the largest residences of any head of the state in the world. This majestic piece of architecture was conceptualized by renowned architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The construction saw completion in the year 1929 and now stands today as a magnificent symbol of all that India is. Its current inhabitant is President Ram Nath Kovind who assumed office in July 2017.
The premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan has been divided into three circuits and can be accessed by an authorised visitor at specific times slots over the day. The first one is the Main Building and Central Lawn, where you can spectate the architecture firsthand. The second circuit is the Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum complex, which has a number of buildings within its own perimeter. The third circuit comprises of the marvellous Mughal Gardens which is a paradise of elegant gardens and lush greenery. Visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan for a marvellous acquaintance with all that is splendid and awe-inspiring.
Distance: 10 kms
Located in the vicinity of Chanakyapuri, the Rail Museum aims to preserve the 163 years old railway heritage of India. Popularly known as the National Railway Museum, the museum is spread over 10 acres of land and houses some fantabulous railway memorabilia. Established on 1st of February, 1977, the Rail Museum possesses an exciting collection of around 100 real size exhibits of Indian railways both working and static, antiques, furniture and the like. A few dummy specimen also offer rides to both adults and kids. Other than the vast outdoor which houses the very famous ‘Fairy Queen’- the oldest working steam locomotive, now the museum has also facilitated 3D virtual train ride, steam loco stimulator and an indoor gallery.
Spread amidst lush green gardens in the poised locality; the museum boasts of the rich ancient heritage of Indian railways. The informative tablet right adjacent to the exhibits makes the visit all the more worthwhile. Adjacent to the museum is the building which flaunts some beautiful photographs of the golden yesteryears in the history of rails. Sitting adjoining are some miniature models; all of which are prohibited from being photographed. It also has an auditorium with a seating capacity of 200 people, where occasional workshops are organized and documentaries are screened. In addition, the museum also has an in-house souvenir shop to buy little souvenirs on your way back.
Vibrantly coloured clothes strewn all over, tiny food stalls cramped in every nook, deafening cacophony of the salesboys and a pandemic compact environment- welcome to Sarojini Nagar, the most hep and trendy market of Delhi. Popularly known as bargain bazaar and every girl’s shopping paradise, the bazaar has more to offer to women in comparison to men, in terms of clothing, footwear, kitchen utensils, accessories and cosmetics. Located in South West Delhi, the bazaar is named after the famed freedom fighter Sarojini Naidu. Also called as SN, it has some big brand showrooms to its possessions, but the essential crux of the market is the street shops and stray stalls littered with fabrics, denim, designer tops etc. With a wide range of high- street merchandise available at killer prices, Sarojini Nagar never disappoints anybody from designers to divas to professional or the college crowd.
The frenetic flea market boasts of some famous National and International brands; goods that have been cast aside due to surplus quantity or minor manufacturing defects are sold at throwaway prices. Therefore, at all times you can find women scrutinizing the garments here for any defective items. Supposedly, ninety perfect of the shops here are family owned and are run by the same family for years together. Enclosed by poised localities like Safdarjung Enclave, South Extension, Nauroji Nagar and Netaji Nagar, Sarojini Nagar is set in the vicinity of Chanakyapuri, which is one of the most beautiful localities of Delhi itself.
Distance: 11 KM
Lajpat Nagar is a bustling and colourful neighbourhood in South Delhi, India. Named after the Lion of Punjab, the Honorable Lala Lajpat Rai, the region is best known for the Lajpat Nagar Central Market where many come to experience the thrill of the genuine Delhi life. One visit and you'll know how lively the place is and this can be seen by the flamboyant goods on sale, the brilliant evening lights, the rushing inhabitants and the sounds of the ever so busy streets. Whether you choose branded or non-branded stuff, this is the place for one and all. A real paradise for shopaholics, you'll find anything and everything to fit your budget. Plus, if you can bargain, you'll be delighted with the incredible deals you crack.
The suburb of Lajpat Nagar is divided into four areas - Lajpat Nagar I, II and III which are located to the north of the Ring Road and Lajpat Nagar IV which is located to the south of the Ring Road. The neighbourhood consists of housing colonies and the famous Central Market. The market is pretty accessible within Delhi and is swarmed by locals and non-locals for daily necessities, clothing - especially for ready to wear and couture wedding apparel, electronics, and furnishings.
Lajpat Nagar is also famous for the delicious street food to suit every taste bud. So, whether you want scrumptious spicy food or have a sweet tooth, this place is apt for you. The place has an important position in the Indian Culture and hence has been featured numerous times in movies and television series. Do Duni Chaar, Cocktail, Vicky Donor, Oye Lucky Lucky Oye are some of the movies that featured Lajpat Nagar.
Connaught Place or 'CP' as it is more commonly known is a massive commercial and financial centre in New Delhi. Named after the Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, this confusing market complex houses almost all famous international chain stores, famous food chains, restaurants and bars. Connaught Place has one of the largest national flags in the country. This circular, greying whitewashed structure has two concentric circles; the inner circle which has blocks A to F and the outer circle which has blocks G to N. The Connaught Place is also the ultimate place to experience the vibrant nightlife of Delhi housing some of the most famous bars and restaurants. Being one of the most popular after dark destinations, no visit to Delhi is complete without a visit to the Connaught Place.
Connaught Place is regarded as one of the top heritage buildings in the city. Always bustling and vibrating with people, it is also filled with Contemporary art galleries, antique theatres like Regal Cinema and toy stores. Delhi's first ice cream parlour, first toy store and first art gallery were all opened at this place. It is the ninth most expensive office market, costlier than Dubai, downtown Boston and Shanghai. Be it Indian or western fashion, khadi garments, accessories or various Indian handicrafts; one can get everything here.
When it comes to nightlife, Connaught Place is second to none. Throbbing with a pulsating nightlife, CP is a hot favourite among the city's party people. The nightlife here is lively and glamorous, providing a myriad choice of some of the bars, cafes and restaurants. Home to some of the most happening bars and pubs in the capital, it houses sports bar, lounges, laid-back bars and pubs from a wide range of prices. Whether you are from Delhi or just visiting, you can dance the night away in one of the swanky nightclubs here. The Connaught Place is not just to experience the diverse culture of Delhi but also the major shopping destinations and entertainment centres.
The Teen Murti Bhavan is a splendid and historical architecture located in the Indian capital city of New Delhi. This magnificent structure was built in the year 1930 by British architect Robert Torr Russel as a part of the new capital city and served as the residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army. After Independence, it was converted into the residence of the Indian Prime Minister, who was Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru at that time. The Teen Murti Bhavan was his residence for 16 years until his death in 1964, after which the house was converted into a memorial dedicated to him. It is called so owing to the statue of three soldiers that exists in the premises of the Bhavan.
In addition to being an important national memorial, Teen Murti Bhavan today houses various institutions like the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. Some parts of Nehru's old office have been recreated in the museum by using the same furniture and other artefacts that he used at that time, while the library has exhaustive resources on the modern history of India. The office of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund is also situated within the bounds of the Bhavan. One of the four Nehru Planetariums is also located within the grounds of the house and is a place of keen interest for children and science enthusiasts alike. The planetarium hosts some really interesting shows and presentations in its sky theatre and is a must if you happen to visit this place.
Experience Time: 1 - 3 hrs
Popularly known as the “soul” of the Presidential Palace, the Mughal Gardens are located inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan Complex. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the year 1917 for Lady Harding, the gardens cover a vast area of 13 acres and are a wonderful incorporation of Mughal architecture with that of British style. Inspired by the Mughal Gardens in Jammu and Kashmir, the ones in Delhi have succeeded in replicating the same charm and creating the picture perfect verdure panorama. The entire complex is a breathtaking combination of Circular, Spiritual, Bonsai, Herbal, Tactile and Musical Gardens. The gardens feature an extensive variety of seasonally blooming flowers and present a spectacular euphoric picture altogether.
Mughal Gardens boast of rare and endangered varieties of over 159 floral species including tulips, daffodils, Asiatic lilies, hyacinth, viscaria etc. Besides, the complex houses four water tanks, with sparkling water fountains coming out of lotus bases made of red sandstone. This wonderful example of nature’s majestic beauty is open to the public for a specified duration in the month of February and March at the time of the festival of Udyanotsav.
One of the oldest and the costliest markets in India is the Khan Market of Delhi. In the market lies a haven for both locals and expatriates. Established in 1951, the market has successfully held the essence of its original structure even in the times of rapid modernization. The U-shaped double story complexes tend to favour mostly the elite class. No matter what the clock strikes, if you need to hang out late at night, Khan Market is the place for you. It remains open till 12:00 AM. From the showrooms of the best brands to the restaurants providing lip smacking food; the retail location is a paradise for both shopaholics and foodies.
Regarded as one of the Delhi's most posh and classy place to shop, it is a threat to your pockets. If visiting the market, you need to have a good amount of money. Not only is the market costly but also serves the most amazing things. Anything you see here would be the one you would love to have at your home. A real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield rated Khan Market as the world's 21st most expensive retail high street. Favoured by diplomats and Delhi's influential, this market is renowned mainly for its fashion boutiques, amazing bookstores, home wares, and cafes. For those who love stationary, the place offers handmade papers, lovely paper mache ornaments and other festive decorations. Other than that you will also find tailors, opticians, grocers, lifestyle stores and more such places to browse. However, the visit to Khan Market is incomplete without tasting Khan Chacha's tikkas and seekhs. Trust us, Delhites crave for these!
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
Distance: 2 kms
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is the best-known and the most ancient Jain temple in Delhi. Located in the Chandni Chowk area, in the vicinity of Red Fort, the striking building is made entirely out of red sandstone. Originally built in 1658, the temple underwent major modifications and alterations in the later years. Popularly known as Lal Mandir aka ‘Red Temple’, the temple is dedicated to 23rd Jain Tirthankara- Parshvanath. Besides the huge statue of Parshvanath, the temple also houses idols of Rishabhdev, Lord Mahavir and several other deities; the main devotional area is however present on the first floor.
The shrine is famous in the city because of the massive avian veterinary hospital behind the main temple complex which is called Jain Birds Hospital. Inspired by Vardhman Mahavir’s message ‘live and let live’, the centre comprises of general wards and ICU and tends to birds and avian patients that need utmost care. Situated adjacent to the most chaotic area of Delhi, the temple is mostly popular for its striking architecture, beautiful carvings, pure gold artwork and frescos. Paryushan, Samvatsari, Jnaan Panchami and Deepawali are the major festivals celebrated at the temple and we recommend you to visit at the same time to be a part of the elaborate festivities.
Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum is one of the most sought after and one of the most awed museums in all of Delhi, Located inside the premises of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the museum was inaugurated in 2014 by the then President of India Pranab Mukherjee. The depository showcases invaluable artefacts and exquisite products for the lovers of art, culture and history. The complex is situated alongside Circuit 2 within the compound and has been further segregated into three sections- The Clock Tower, The Stables and The Garage. The Garage is the most recent addition to the complex inaugurated in 2016.
Built for a whopping cost of over 80 crores in two years, the underground museum boasts of housing the indispensable gifts given to our country from all across the world, since the time of our first President- Dr. Rajendra Prasad. The galleries have been facilitated with virtual reality equipments and multi-screen projects to provide a live element to the story-telling feature. Besides the generic facets of displaying articles, artefacts and products, the museum has an art gallery which hosts exhibitions frequently; it also has a platform displaying speeches from the former presidents of India through a privilite projection. All in all, the museum is a wonderful initiative and a must visit.
Distance: 13 kms
Siri Fort is among the many renowned monuments of heritage and culture, situated in New Delhi. Located between Hauz Khas on the east and Mehrauli in the north, the construction of the fort is believed to have begun in 1303, during the reign of Alauddin Khilji. The fort was only a part of the strategic city of Siri which was second of the seven cities built during the time, by the Turks of the Delhi Sultanate. However, as of now, only a few remnants of the same can be seen in the form of fort ruins; but the majestic architecture and the historical relevance still draws hordes of tourists to visit it.
History suggests that the city of Siri was built to protect the empire from the attack of the Mongols; and after the war, close to 8000 Mongol soldiers were buried in the city. At the time it was constructed, Siri had plenty of palaces, and other monuments including seven magnificent gates to enter and exit. However, now, the fort is in a derelict state with leftover ramparts, some citadels and a southeastern gate. Nevertheless, the majestic monument still resonates with the opulence of the bygone times and has traces of the palatial buildings and precious stones’ carvings which once adorned it. The site has now become a place of local recreation and at all times you can find people exploring the fort ruins or kids playing around in the park area.
Distance: 1 kms
Situated at the western end of Chandni Chowk in Delhi, Fatehpuri Masjid is a 17th century mosque named after the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s wife- Fatehpuri Begum. Built in 1650, the mosque is constructed entirely of red stone and boasts of a fluted dome and towering minarets. A masterpiece of Mughal architecture, the mosque has a vast central prayer hall designed with seven enormous arches. The monument is famous as it was used to station the Indian troops during the war of 1857. Later, it was also auctioned by the British to a local merchant.
Boasting of spectacular architectural expertise of the bygone Mughal era, the mosque has three huge entrance gates, one of which opens across the road from Red Fort and the other two are located towards the North and South. The mosque is thronged by devotees and tourists alike owing to its heritage and historical significance. The most popular festivals celebrated at the place are Id-ul-Fitr and Id-ul-Azha when the edifice is beautifully decorated and is a sight to behold.
Distance: 4 kms
Charkha Museum is one of the latest additions to the wonderful assets of Delhi. Constructed in collaboration with KVIC (Khadi and Village Industries Commission), the museum highlights the importance of great heritage of Indian Charkha. Inaugurated on 27th May 2017, the museum is built atop the underground Palika Bazaar in Connaught Place opposite the Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan. Managed by New Delhi Municipal Corporation, the gigantic model of the Indian Charkha (26 feet long, 13 feet wide and 4 feet high) promotes the philosophy of self-reliance. The charkha weighs about 5 tonnes and is weather proofed to stand sturdy against storms, rains and sun.
This symbol of nationalism celebrates the history and evolution of our culture, Swadeshi movement and is a dedication to the Father of our Nation- Mahatma Gandhi. Standing firm in the heart of the city with the colossal Indian flag unfurled adjacent to it, the vibe and the aura of the place resonates with patriotism and a national sentiment. The in-house museum showcases 14 vintage charkha models and depicts the journey of charkhas from ‘kapas’ to ‘yarn’ to the final ‘khadi product’. In addition, the museum also has a multimedia display of Gandhiji’s journey from his younger days to his death.
Distance: 19 kms
Situated in the posh locality of South Delhi, i.e. Chhatarpur, Chhatarpur Temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, a part of Navadurga. Founded by Baba Sant Nagpal Ji in 1974, the temple is the second largest in all of India after Akshardham Temple (which is also in Delhi). Popular for its fabulous lattice screen work (jaali design), the shrine is a masterpiece of spectacular architecture which is an amalgamation of South and North Indian designs. Besides the presiding deity, the complex has smaller chambers dedicated to idols of different gods including Maa Mahishasurmardini, Ram-Darbar, Radha-Krishna, Shiv-Parvati, Laxmiji, Ganeshji, Hanumanji etc. The highlight of the mandir is the opulent ‘Shayya Kaksh’ which is the resting room for Goddess Katyayani; the room houses a bed and dressing table made of silver.
Sprawling over a vast area of approximately 70 acres, the temple is plonked by thousands of deities every day. A sacred tree in the compound is also a revered site of worship. People tie a thread around it and make a wish; it is believed that the tree has supernatural powers and wishes made with faith, fervour and a religious temperament do come true. Navratri is the major festival at the temple and is celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm; the management also provides langar food to over a lac devotees during the occasion.
The Mehrauli Archaeological Park serves as a glimpse into a bygone era, and its proximity to chief localities in south Delhi make it an easy on-the-go stop with distinctive architecture to captivate your eyes at every step of your way. Not more than a kilometre away from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Qutb complex lies this magical gem of history tucked away and spread over a 200-acre area, which includes the ruins of the Lal Kot built by the Tomar Rajputs in 11th century A.D.
Mehrauli is one of the seven ancient cities that comprise of the present state of Delhi, and the archaeological park here is a testament to the richness of our past. The ruins present here are almost half a century older than Old Delhi (Shahjahanabad)! The 100 plus scattered monuments here date back to the 10th century A.D. and as recent as the British era. Being the only place in Delhi that has witnessed over 1,000 years of continuous habitancy, it has seen the likes of some of the most influential dynasties and empires to rule the subcontinent and the enduring presence they have imprinted.
Located near the Safdarjung tomb and Khan Market of Delhi, the Lodhi Garden is a luscious garden that houses the tombs of Sayyid ruler Mohammed Shah and Lodhi king Sikandar Lodhi. The construction of this great work of architecture took place under the Lodhi reign sometime in the 15th century. In addition to encompassing the final resting place of two great leaders, the Lodhi Garden also has the Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad within its perimeter. The architecture here shows a mix of work by Sayyidis and Lodhis and is the epitome of magnificent engineering that echoes of Delhi's illustrious history. Currently, this place is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Lodhi Garden was once known as 'Lady Willingdon Park', but was renamed after India gained independence from the British. The contrast of sombre mausoleums against the lush greenery of the gardens makes it a favourite among tourists and locals alike. Along with being an architectural site, it has also become a hub of morning and evening exercise routine for people living nearby. The soothing greenery of this place is a sight to sore eyes, and you can enjoy a quaint picnic here as well. The ambience and sunset here combined with the view of intricate historic edifices are worth cherishing.
Situated in the Chandi Chowk area of Old Delhi, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is one among the nine historical gurudwaras in Delhi. Built in 1783 by Baghel Singh (military general in the Punjab cantonment), the gurdwara is the martyrdom site of the ninth Sikh Guru- Guru Tegh Bahadur. The Sikh Guru was executed on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb on the 11th of November 1675 as he refused to convert his religion to Islam. Before the body could be revived and displayed for view for the devotees, it was stolen by one of the Guru’s disciples Lakhi Shah Vanjara. Vanjara carried the dead body to his home and burnt down his house in order to cremate his Guru. Today, Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib stands at that spot.
Sis Ganj gurdwara is a revered place of worship by the Sikh community and is especially important because the Sikh Guru’s beheading stands as an example of defence and religiosity quotient of the community as a whole. Like all other gurdwaras, this one is also open to people of all religions and faith to visit and meditate. The large cloakroom is right after the entrance of the building which is used to deposit the footwear and other belongings if needed. The main sanctum is located at the centre where kirtans and bhajans are recited all day long. The magnificent kitchen prepares food for hundreds of people on a daily basis. An enormous hall serves langar food to the devotees and pilgrims irrespective of their caste or religion or social status.
Distance: 5 kms
Situated in the Children’s Book Trust Building at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Shankar’s International Dolls Museum is a veritabel dreamland for kids. Shankar's Museum is one among the most popular tourist attractions of the city; the idea behind the museum was conceptualized by the famous cartoonist K. Shankar Pillai. Segregated into two sections, the repository has over 160 shelves full of dolls from all across the world. At the time when it was created, in 1965, the museum was inaugurated with just around 500 dolls; however, as of now, the number has shooted up to a collection 6500 dolls from over 85 countries, 500 of which are from the different states of India itself.
Spread over an area of 5000 square feet, the museum has two section- one to display the dolls from western nations and second to display dolls from India and the Asian countries. It also has a workshop area where tourists can learn the art of doll making. The doll house itself has been designed in various themes including- man on the moon, Mexican aborigines, Japanese kabuki dancer etc. Shankar's Museum is the largest of its kind in all of India. Considered as the best option for children’s day out, the museum is frequented by visitors al through the year.
Distance: 3 kms
Located in the Naubat Khana within the premises of the historic Red Fort in Delhi, Indian War Memorial Museum was built with an objection to pay tribute and respect to the Indian soldiers who fought in the war on behalf of the country. Spread over two floors, the galleries are accessorized to depict the military history of India with arms, weapons, variety of daggers, chest armours and other objects of war. The first gallery has a brilliant miniature model of the war scene between Babur and Ibrahim Lodi. The other entities of this section include swords, daggers, helmets, armours, gilded weapons, battle axes etc. The next two galleries are replete with replicas of slightly evolved weapons of war which comprise of bombshells, pistols, machine guns, gunpowder and other objects which were mostly used during World War I.
The following two galleries are a representation of the European influence over weapons and communication facilities since telegraphs, telephones, radars, signal lamps etc. It also displays the uniforms, badges, flags and ribbons of the officers from far away lands like New Zealand and Turkey. Besides this, there is also displayed a complete dress of Maharaja of Jodhpur in the museum bedecked with a belt, jewellery, turban and sword. The museum boasts of a wonderful collection of the bygone era and is flocked by tourists day in and day out.
National Bal Bhavan is an autonomous institute under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, headquartered at ITO, New Delhi. Established in 1956 by the then Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the centre aims to nurture and enhance the creative ability of young children by providing them with an interactive environment replete with engaging activities and interesting opportunities according to their age-group, abilities and aptitude. Pandit Nehru believed that the formal education system was too strict and syllabus bound and had little scope to help develop the young minds completely. The inception of national Bal Bhavan therefore, came into the picture. Today, the centre helps young generations became efficient future scientists, engineers, leader and overall responsible citizens
Laced with numerous absorbing activities, creative arts, literary projects, photography and museum techniques, the centre provides a wonderful platform to kids to express and evolve their ideas; and help them in their overall growth. Besides the fun activities that National Bal Bhavan boasts of, the institute also has an informative museum which offers non-formal learning opportunities and knowledge to children. In addition, it has a traffic park, skating park, camping hostel, amphitheatre, cultural exchange programmes and interesting workshops.
Dedicated to the world famous Muslim Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Chisti, the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah is a mausoleum and shrine located in Delhi. The complex of the dargah is a beautiful amalgam of red stone and white marble and was built in the year 1526. Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah seeks to propagate the Sufi tradition which is based on spirituality and views all religions as equal. As an implication of the same, people of all religions are allowed to pay their respects to the grave of the great saint, and they do visit the shrine in the counts of thousands every week. The tombs of many other people Mughals such as Jahan Ara Begum and Inayat Khan are also present in the premises of the dargah. The tomb of lyricist Amir Khusro (disciple of Hazrat Nizammudin) is also situated within the Nizamuddin Dargah complex.
A vibe of spirituality and serenity seems to be omnipresent at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, where you can find throngs of devotees even in the later hours of the evening. The spirit of service is commonplace here, and a langar or free community kitchen is held every Thursday and Sunday for the devotees where only vegetarian food is served. Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah also plays host to qawwali and a Sufi singing session on Thursdays and Saturdays and a number of Sufi singers come here to pay their homage. One can easily spend hours of their time listening to the melodious renditions of the qawalls, or simply contemplate the divine under the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah sky.
Amidst the rush and chaos of Central Delhi, lies the peace and tranquillity of the largest mosque in the country. The 'Masjid-I Jahan-Numa' or Jama Masjid as it is more commonly known, means "World Reflecting Mosque." It was the last of Shah Jahan's impressive collection of architectural undertakings, after the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. The mosque hosts thousands of pilgrims each year on the holy occasion of Eid to offer special Namaz in the morning. The Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Parliament house all fall on a straight line thanks to the genius of Edwin Lutyens, the architect of New Delhi. With a capacity of twenty-five thousand people in the courtyard, Jama Masjid is arguably the largest mosque in the country.Unfortunately, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Masjid during Namaz offerings. Evenings are surreal when the steps leading to the mosque are filled with food and book stalls.
Jama Masjid is situated in the older part of Delhi, now called Chandni Chowk and surrounded by beautiful Mughal structures. It took a huge construction cost of one million rupees at the time, five thousand workers and six years (1650-1656) to complete.The purity of warm welcome can be felt here. To reach the entrance one needs to climb 121 steps. The massive central dome is an outstanding example of Islamic architecture. Most of the enhancement has been done through fluorescent motifs. The structures are adorned with floral designs with the lavish use of arches, under arch, wall, under domes, on the columns and floors.
The courtyard in front of the mosque is spread across 408 square feet and has an impressive capacity of twenty-five thousand worshippers. Jama Masjid extends for about 1200 square meters in area with three gateways, four towers and two minarets which are forty meters high. Built of sandstone and white marble, this architectural masterpiece is an imposing structure with significant Islamic relics like the red-beard hair of the Prophet Muhammad, his footwear and foot mark along with an Old Quran transcript on a deer skin preserved inside. Sadaullah Khan who was the Wazir (prime minister) during Shah Jahan's rule supervised the construction of the mosque. Travelers may also hire robes outside the North gate. The mosque is also known as the "Friday Mosque."
Popularly known as Delhi’s ‘Little Tibet’ for its labyrinthian alleys, tiny swaying Tibet flags and tinker of the prayer bells, Majnu ka Tilla is a slice of Tibet tucked away in the heart of Delhi in the North Campus area of Delhi University. The name ‘Majnu ka Tilla’ is derived from the namesake gurudwara situated in the vicinity, however, today, the area has become a full flourishing Tibetan colony laced with pretty cafes serving traditional food and tiny stalls selling cultural souvenirs. A shopping paradise and a haven for foodies, Majnu ka Tilla or MKT, as it is popularly known, is swamped (almost at all times) mostly with college students and tourists looking to satiate their craving for authentic food or simply exploring the fascinating marketplace atop the hill.
The colony boasts of a serene environment with scuttering Tibetan women dressed in the authentic attires, pocket momo stalls spread out in the verandah- ish lanes, bamboo kiosk eateries, faint echoes of Dalai Lama’s teachings and an all-around vibrant and flamboyant atmosphere. The place is like a little rendition of Dharamshala with restaurants, travel agencies, cultural vibrancy, stalls with old-school CDs and pop song cassettes and similar Tibetan merchandise. Little known by the locals, Majnu ka Tilla is a pure delight, and you should definitely check it out if in the area.
Experience Time: 1 - 3 hrs
Distance: 15 kms
Situated on Delhi?s plush Lodhi Road, India Habitat Centre is a multipurpose building with separate areas dedicated to commercial space, food plazas and social spots. Designed to incorporate different sections of the society, the centre aims for a better functioning relationship between individuals and institutions working in diverse fields for maximum effectiveness. One of the most comprehensive convention centres in the city, the complex boasts of a striking architecture in addition to world-class auditoriums, elaborate library, multi-cuisine diners and not to forget the very beautiful amphitheatre and an all-around serene atmosphere.
Sprawling over an area of nine acres, the wondrous campus is the result of the architectural brilliance of Joseph Stein, Doshi and Bhalla who designed the structure. After its inception in 1993, the centre gradually transformed from a traditional workspace to a modernistic domain catering to art exhibitions, music events, presentations, cultural festivals, private luncheons and the like. The conventional centre has emerged as one of the most popular cultural hubs in the city with a plethora of activities available for a better functioning economy.
Situated within the Saket District Centre in New Delhi, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is the first private museum in India dedicated to contemporary and modern arts. Established in 2010, the museum has a centre in Noida as well. Sprawling over an area of 18000 square feet, the repository mostly has the art collection from the 20th-century painters. However, it also features the young and contemporary talents. The idea of the museum has been inspired from similar depositories in the US- Guggenheim, MoMA, and the Whitney. Initially, Mrs Kiran Nadar started the venture by displaying exhibits in a cafeteria outside her husband’s office, but later the gallery moved to South Court Mall in Saket.
Currently, the museum boasts of an elaborate collection with more 4500 works of arts from painters dating back to the 19th century. The prominent works are from the celebrated Indian artists including M. F. Hussain, Raja Ravi Verma and Anish Kapoor. Other than the painting displays, the museum hosts regular workshops, seminars, symposiums, exotic art exhibitions and public programs.
Distance: 22 kms
Located in the urban alleys of DLF Phase 3 in Gurugram, Museo Camera is a unique vintage cameras museum showcasing analogue still and video cameras, over a century old. The eccentric repository is a private venture and the brainchild of the Indian photographer Aditya Arya. At this age and time, when all of our lives are revolving around social media and Instagram news feed, the museum is a perfect representation of our digital lifestyles. Located in the India Photo Archive?s headquarters in Gurugram, the gallery boasts of a humungous collection of over 1500 cameras ranging in time-period between the 1880s to the 1990s. Inaugurated in 2009, the museum has a combined collection of the artist?s personal stock and those gifted or donated to him by his audience.
In addition to the gorgeous cameras occupying the sleek shelves of the depository, the pinned pictures and photographs explain the procedure behind film photography, developing pictures from reels, and the like. Besides, it also has an elaborate display of ancient antiques including earliest flash equipment, vintage photographic films, enlargers, light meters etc. The depository is the only one of its kind all around and is a must visit place for photography enthusiasts- both professional and amateur.
Distance: 22 kms
Located at Anandagram, within the Sankriti Kala Kendra Complex in Mehrauli area of South Delhi, Sanskriti Museums had been established in 1990 by O.P. Jain. With an objective to preserve indigenous heritage and culture by curating, promoting and documenting everyday objects of art and craft, the museums are a perfect blend of tradition and modernity. The complex has three museums- Museum of Everyday Art, Museum of Indian Terracotta and Museum of Indian Textiles, all of which are a treasure trove of stunning displays of everyday objects, handcrafted products and terracotta sculptures and figurines.
Housed in a beautiful farmhouse, the complex also has functional workshops, live art studio and the residence of the artisans. The place is perfect getaway from the chaos and din of the city and offers an experience like no place else with its enchanting displays, idyllic setting and vibrant crafts works. A huge banyan tree accentuated the beauty and a tiny refreshment stall is perfect to satiate your thirst or snack cravings. The museums are headed to work and make this place one of the largest research and resource centre on the art and craft traditions of India.
Towering over the entire New Delhi city, the 108 feet colossal Hanuman idol is housed within the Hanuman Mandir complex in Jhandewalan. The gigantic statue is only one of the attractions of the temple, another important highlight of the shrine is the dramatic entrance designed like a mouth of a rakshasa (Demon) which apparently has been slain and is waiting for its death. At the base of the statue, there is a small shrine dedicated to Goddess Kali. Tuesdays are the most visited days of the week, by the pilgrims. However, owing to the spectacle that the statue is, the temple is visited by devotees and tourists alike.
Built in 1997, the temple is at a strategic location and simply cannot be missed if you are in the vicinity, owing to its gigantic size. The evening aarti at the temple is the most important ritual at as the arms of the giant Hanuman statue move back, the chest slides apart and beautiful idols of Goddess Sita and Lord Sri Ram appear to give darshan to the pilgrims. The activity is undoubtedly a mesmerising sight and people gather in large numbers to witness the spectacle.
Distance: 16 kms
Among the many historical monuments present within the Qutub Minar complex, Alai Minar stands apart as it has been left incomplete. The construction was started by the Ilbari ruler Alauddin Khilji as a project to build a minar higher than the Qutub Minar. The ruler had high ambitions and wanted to be credited for many monuments of grandeur and splendour. After winning the Deccan war, he indulged in making modifications to the famous Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque within the same complex. Once the mosque was doubled in size, Khilji proceeded to construct the highest tower as a mark of his prowess and victory. However, the minar was left incomplete as the king died in 1316 AD, very soon after the construction of the tower began. The complete description of the king’s intentions and the construction of the minar is mentioned in Amir Khusro’s book ‘Tarikh-e-Alai’.
Alai Minar was designed to be two times higher than the Qutub Minar and well proportioned with the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque in the area. The idea was however abandoned and as of now, the building is an 80 feet high, mammoth rubble masonry, finished only up to one storey. The unhewn structure stands bare and suggests the creator’s intentions to be adorned with dressed stones and fancy architecture. The construction was not taken up by the descendants of the Khilji dynasty and eventually the minar was left unaddressed and neglected. But, even though in a derelict and a decrepit state, the monument resonates with the majesty and the magnificence of the bygone era.
Distance: 17 kms
Located in the Mehrauli area of South Delhi, Hijron ka Khanqah is the the Islamic monument for the burial of the Muslim transgenders. The name literally translates to ‘spiritual retreat for eunuchs’, and the cemetery is situated within the Archaeological Park in Mehrauli village. Dating back to the 15th century, the pre-Mughal monument boasts of serenity and tranquility and houses forty-nine graves of the eunuchs who died during the reign of Lodhi dynasty. The memorial is managed by the Hijras (eunuchs) of Turkman Gate since the 20th century who also visit the place on religious occasion and important events to feed the poor and help the needy.
The entire vibe and aura of the place reverberates with repose and calmness. The compound has a narrow entry gate that lead to a marble patio which is dotted with white colored graves all over. Adjacent to the cemetery is a tiny terrace and on the west, (in the direction of Kaaba) is a mosque for praying. Among the many tombs in the graveyard, the most important is that of a prominent hijra called Miyan Saheb.
Kuchesar is a tiny village situated in Bhawan Bahadur Nagar Mandal in Bulandshahr District of Uttar Pradesh, and is at a distance of 80 km from Delhi. Kuchesar is well known for the Mud Fort, built by the Jat rulers in the mid-18th century. Kuchesar with its village and mud fort outlined by vast green fields is one of the most famous weekend getaways. Rao Raj Vilas, also known as The Kuchesar Fort, is an 8th-century fort and a heritage resort formed by renovating a part of Ajit Singh's family's property belonging former princely state, Kuchesar.
Encircled by a 100-acre mango grove, this section of the Vila has been transformed into a resort which is influenced by impressive Mughal architecture. Its rooms contain a square courtyard and have balconies with arches and lattice edges that are typically Mughal in style. Here is your chance to make the palace of Jat Rulers your home for the weekend. The heritage hotel of Kuchesar, Mud fort Kuchesar will grant you the 18th century lifestyle with a modern tinge. Being situated in a scenic environment and having the holy river of Ganges just 24 Kms away, Mud Fort Kuchesar gives you the pleasure to experience an exotic India. The Banks of Brijghat, invite you to have a good time with family picnics and enjoy an outing among the sugarcanes and Mango orchids.
Distance: 16 kms
Located within the Qutub Minar complex at Mehrauli in Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque (translating to ‘Might of Islam’) was built by the Mamluk ruler Qutub-ud-din Aibak. Yet another feather in the cap of Delhi, the monument is the first mosque to be built in the city after the Islamic conquest of India and is known as a celebration of the Muslim Rule. Also known as Jami Masjid, the construction of the mosque began in 1193 AD; and the ancient mausoleum is also the oldest surviving testament of the Ghorids architecture in the Indian subcontinent. Subsequent additions were made to the monument later, during the reigns of Iltutmish and Alauddin Khilji. Initially, the idea of the mosque was conceived as a stand-alone structure but later, Qutub Minar was constructed along-side simultaneously as a ‘Minar of Jami Masjid” with the idea for the priest to perform azaan- call-out for namaz.
The architecture and technique of Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque resemble the structure and pattern of other monuments at the time built by the same ruler like Adhai Din ka Jhopra and Ajmer Mosque. It is believed that the entire Qutub Minar complex was established after demolishing temples and Sanskrit schools at the spot. A Persian inscription found at the site suggest that it required the destruction of twenty-seven Hindu and Jain temples to furnish the material for the construction of this mosque. Originally built with red sandstone, grey quartz and white marble, the building is currently in ruins; and due to decades of negligence and abandonment in the maintenance, a few layers of plaster have given way to reveal Hindu carvings on the original stone. Although in a dilapidated state now, the mosque is cherished as one of the most magnificent works of architecture in all of the world.
Littered with touristy heritage sites and popular historical ruins, Delhi also has some secret sombre places to visit amidst the hustle bustle and chaos of the city. Situated in the heart of the city in Kashmere Gate area of New Delhi and formerly known as Old Delhi Military Cemetery or the Kashmere Gate Cemetery, Nicholson Cemetery (also known as Lothian Cemetery) is an ancient Christian cemetery named after the Brigadier-General John Nicholson, a Victorian era military officer who played a crucial role during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Lately emerging among the Delhites as the ‘most peaceful place in Delhi’; the cemetery is a burial ground of both the English and Indian Christians during the British Raj in India. Established in 1857, the cemetery indeed offers some quietude and peace of mind to its visitors and is serenely beautiful owing to its placid silence and ataraxy.
Located amidst wild bushes on the trail to the left is the grave of John Nicholson. Not much further is a tiny cottage occupied by the caretaker and his family. Other than that, there areumpteen rows of gravestones marked with lifespans of hundreds of people- some newborns who did not even live to see a year. Apart from young kids and a few heritage walks, this place is free of any activity. The cemetery is also notoriously popular for a few ghost activities. According to the Indian Paranormal Society the headless apparition of John Nicholson haunts the place.
Distance: 15 kms
Home to umpteen monuments of historical importance, awe-striking places of heritage and breathtakingly beauteous locales, Delhi always has yet more new surprises in store. One such asset is Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, built in 1992 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (a social activist) and titled as one of the weirdest museum in the world by Time magazine. Established with the objective to address the global history of sanitation and toilets, the museum is anything but mundane and is a source of amusement to many. With a plethora of exhibits accumulated from over 50 countries and ranging from ornately carved toilets to painted urinals and related anecdotes, the repository brings to you the entire history of toilets from 3000 BC to the 20th century, meticulously arranged in three sections of Ancient, Medieval and Modern.
The museum is an absolute delight to visit; it has exhibits and items displaying the transition in the toilet related technology, sanitation habits, hygiene etiquettes and the like. What makes the entire depository even more attractive is the tiny piece of toilet poetry latched to the specimens on the display boards. Among the many chamber pots, Victorian toilet seats, golden commodes, bidet, toilet furniture and privies; the most fascinating is the copy of the toilet of King Louis XIV believed to have been used by the king to defecate while still in court. The museum is flocked by tourists from all over India and across the world owing to its rare displays and weird concept. Lately, the cleanliness drive by our Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the very famous Bollywood movie (Toilet- Ek Prem Katha) escalated the popularity of this rare museum.
Iron Pillar is one of the many mysterious monuments of wonder present in Delhi- the capital of India. Located within the Qutub Minar complex in Mehrauli area of New Delhi, the Iron Pillar has been posing as one of the foremost metallurgical curiosities of the world due to its prowess to not exhibit a speck of rust despite being thousands of years old. Made with 98% wrought iron and withstanding over 1600 years of withering, the pillar still stands sturdy and resists corrosion. However, a few studies in the recent times suggest that the incorrigible nature of the monument is due to a thin layer of crystalline iron hydrogen phosphate hydrate forming on the high-phosphorus-content iron, which serves to protect it from the effects of the humid climate and weather conditions.
Dating back to sometime during the 4th century AD, the inscriptions borne on the pillar suggest that the pillar was originally constructed as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu God Vishnu and in the memory of the famous Gupta King Chandragupta II. Weighing approximately 6000 kgs, the precise date and place of creation of the pillar are still disputable. It is believed that the pillar was initially installed in Madhya Pradesh; however, how and why it came to be a part of Delhi is still questionable. There are also a lot of local myths attached to the edifice. Before the metal fence was created around it, you could see a group of tourists, with their backs turned to the pillar, try to touch both their hands circling the pole. Anyone who could touch their hands was considered lucky.
Housed within the premises of the grand Teen Murti Bhavan in Delhi, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is an autonomous institution established in the memory of the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Founded in 1964, after the death of Pandit Nehru, with an aim to foster research and preserve the modern and contemporary history and the Indian Independence Movement, the museum is currently managed and maintained by Department of Culture, Government of India. Besides being the prime source of detailed information on Nehru, the repository also has archives of Mahatma Gandhi’s writings, in addition to private documents of C. Rajagopalachari, B. C. Roy, Jayaprakash Narayan, Charan Singh, Sarojini Naidu and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Other than the umpteen talks, workshops, special shows and live interaction programmes, the museum also conducts quizzes and activities both for kids and for adults.
Sprawling over a vast area of 30 acres of land, the complex comprises of an elaborate museum in the eastern wing and a library in the western wing. Originally set up by Bal Ram Nanda and also managed by him for the next 17 years, the depository is a treasure trove of facts and data about the freedom struggle of India. The curated information along with the rapid growth in the research data required more space; hence an exclusive library building was added in 1974. Further, a centre for contemporary studies was also added in 1990. Every year, the museum celebrates its Foundation Day on April 1st. In addition to being a centre of research, the complex also houses a planetarium and is thronged by thousands of tourists.
Distance: 6 kms
Popularly known as the Crafts Museum, the National Handicrafts Museum is a colorful amalgamation of the diverse culture and rich traditions of our country. Located in the far corner of the magnanimous Pragati Maidan in Delhi, the museum is a centre to exhibit varied specimens in handicrafts, textile and local decor. Designed by the prominent architect Charles Correa, the museum is currently under the management of Ministry of Textiles, Government of India. At present, the museum houses over thirty-three thousand assorted collection of various crafts collected over a period of last 60 years from different states of India. A treasure trove of rich handloom and hand crafted products, the repository also has a sales section dedicated to satiate the visitors if they want to pick souvenirs.
The manifold collection inside the museum includes exhaustive textiles and fabrics, bronze and metal lamps, sculptures, wood carvings, bamboo crafts, terracotta figurines, tribal paintings etc. The centre was established with an objective to preserve, protect and revive the tradition of local handicrafts. Among the multiple galleries housed in the complex, the popular ones include Tribal and Rural Craft Gallery, Gallery of Courtly Crafts, Textile Gallery, Gallery of Popular Culture etc. Within the premises is also located a mini model of a village, spread over 5 acres of land. The village complex displays actual generic exhibits depicting the life of rural India. Besides, the museum also has a library, an auditorium, a research centre, and a laboratory.
Located around the Todarmal Road area near Mandi House in New Delhi, Bengali Market is one of the oldest and the most popular markets of Delhi. Built in a circular zone around a traffic roundabout, the market only has a handful of shops to flaunt. Majorly popular for Nathu’s Sweets and Bengali Sweet house, the bazaar has an upscale feel to it and mostly caters to the requirements of food, flowers and fruits. The sweet shops are popular all around the city for delectable rajma chawal, chole bhature, golgappas and other sweetmeats. Adding to the resplendence of the surroundings are vibrant florists tucked away in the corners, laden with colourful blooming flowers.
Besides, the market houses some of the prominent fruit shops in the area. The fruits sold here are a tad bit costly than elsewhere in Delhi due to their premium quality and rarity. Shiv Fruit Mart & Brij Fruit Mart are among the popular names; they have the availability of all seasonal fruits and a lot of export varieties. The fruits shops also have impressive fruit basket hampers which are picked as thoughtful gifting purposes. Besides these, the market has the basic dry-cleaners, photo labs, pharmacists and general merchants. A tiny temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is also located at the periphery of the market.
Distance: 9 kms
Located adjacent to Humayun’s Tomb in the same complex in Nizamuddin area of Delhi, Isa Khan Tomb is the final resting place of Isa Khan- a courtesan for Sher Shah Suri and his son Islam Shah Suri. Built during the lifetime of the namesake Pashtun noble, the construction of the monument resembles the architectural patterns in the building of the Sur reign. Also, the construction of Isa Khan’s Tomb presides the Humayun’s Tomb. The tomb boasts of lattice screens, glazed tiles and deep verandah. The octagonal tomb has spectacular architecture finesse which is apparent in the distinctive ornamentation of the monument in the form of glazed canopied and elaborate carvings.
Standing south to the Bu Halima garden, the main tombstone is made out of red sandstone and is marked with the inscription addressed to Isa Khan and the date of the construction during the reign of Sher Shah Suri. Lately, the restoration of this striking monument led to the discovery of sunken gardens, which is still considered the earliest examples of the technique. At the corner of the tomb is situated a tiny mosque with matching architecture and patterns from those of the tomb. The mosque was built at the same time as the tomb and was supposed to be the praying room for Isa Khan. The building is a wonderful piece of architectural finesse and are thronged by thousands of tourists from all across the world.
Delhi has never failed to come up with cute little surprises every now and then. So if you are looking to drive away Monday blues or vie for a taco Tuesday or just want an endearing dinky locale to take twee pictures and post it on your Instagrams, we at Holidify have come to your rescue. This time we bring to you the latest fad in town - Champa Gali. The newly established locale is gaining momentum and significant popularity not only for its scrummy food cafes but also for its Parisian alleys and glitzy labyrinthian setting. The spot offers a rustic old-world charm and is a blend of itsy bitsy cafeterias, coffee shops, art galleries and some organic knick-knack stores. The once ramshakled area of Saidulajaib next to Saket has been revived and is now adorned with tinsel light, cultural decor, fancy thematic setting and tiny seating spaces which are sure to take to you back to lanes and gullies of ‘Midnight in Paris’.
Replete with travellers, both Indian and foreign, Paharganj is the most chaotic, noisy, dirty and yet the most vibrant market of Delhi. Dotted with umpteen hotels, brothels, cheap bars, and ultra cheap restaurants; the labyrinthian alleys of Paharganj have a lot more to offer than visible to the naked eye. The proximity to New Delhi Railway Station and Connaught Place, the availability of cheap guesthouses and almost everything of utility available on the streets, makes this market every traveller?s paradise and every backpacker?s haven. The neighbourhood, although haywire, is a brilliant medley of vibrancy, charm and a desi city atmosphere, in the heart of the poised metro city.
Bustling with tiny shacks, unhygienic eateries, budgeted hotels and souvenir shops; Paharganj is the must visit place if you’re looking to explore the real part of Dilli. Laced with everything from books to jewellery, bags, scriptures, idols, harem pants, handicrafts, brasswares, Indian tea and the like; it is the perfect place to shop anything at the lowest possible price. Mostly popular for banana pancakes, Bob Marley merchandise and smoking shenanigans; the alley is a wonderful amalgamation of colour, chaos and culture. Paharganj, rightly, can be defined as a tiny world in itself; it brims with experience and exposure, and you are sure to get enamoured by its audacity to stand out from the rest of the city.
Distance: 3 kms
Located within the premises of Purana Qila, in New Delhi, Museum of Archaeology displays exhibits, most of which were excavated at Purana Qila itself by the Archaeological Survey of India in 1955 and between 1969 and 1973. One of the most fascinating and popular museums of India, the depository is situated on the upper floor of the fort right next to the entrance. The collection of articles and relics at the museum are excavations which are the evidence of earliest settlements in the city dating back to 1000 BC. The exhibits are placed in a sequenced order ranging from painted grey ware to objects collected over time through the age of Mauryans, Mughals, Sunga, Kushan, Gupta, Rajput and the Sultanate Empires.
Besides, the museum boasts of a wonderful collection of antiquities and pottery products from different ancient periods. In addition to that, it has paintings, textiles, costumes, beautifully calligraphed manuscripts and the like. A separate section in the same museum has relics bought and preserved from the First War of Independence which include armours, daggers, maps and other weaponry etc. For its vast collection, artefacts and excavation displays, the museum is a huge hit and is very popular especially among history buffs, tourists and local students.
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