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Red Fort (30 Km.)
The great Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan was the creator of this massive masterpiece in architecture. Its construction started in 1638 and was completed in 1648. The red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, the Red Fort, extend 2 km in length and vary in height from 18 metres on the river-side to 33 metres on the city side. Irony lies with the fact that the builder of this enormous fort was made a captive here by his own son.
India Gate/ Dilli Hart (15 Kms)
The India Gate is one of the largest war memorials in India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is a memorial to Indian soldiers who died in World War I and Afghan Wars. A prominent sight is the Amar Jawan Jyoti, or Flame of the Immortal Warrior, which marks the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Qutab Minar (15 kms)
The Qutab Minar, a tower in Delhi is the world's tallest brick minaret construction in the world. Its construction commenced in 1193 under the orders of India's first Muslim ruler Qutb-ud-din Aibak, and the topmost storey of the minaret was completed in 1386 by Firoz Shah Tughluq. It is surrounded by several other ancient and medieval structures and ruins and is collectively know as Qutb complex. The complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Delhi.
Humayun’s Tomb (25 kms)
The Mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water. The first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, Humayun's Tomb was built by the emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD. Humayun's Tomb shows a marked shift from the Persian tradition of using colored tiles for ornamentation. The dome stands 140 feet from the base of the terrace and is topped with a copper pinnacle.
Bahai Temple (25 kms)
The Bahai Temple, popularly known as Lotus Temple, is a place of worship and a marvel of modern architecture. It is made in the shape of a lotus and remains one of the major attractions for national and international tourists. The structure is made up of pure white marble. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water which light up in natural light.
Akshardham Temple
A mega temple complex, the Akshardham Temple is one of the biggest and most intricate places of worship ever constructed. It draws hordes of visitors and is a major tourist attraction. It is widely being heralded as one of the greatest monuments India has ever produced.
Dilli Haat
Dilli Haat and Craft Bazaar are built in traditional weekly village markets style, complete with crafts, food and cultural activities. Each time there are new artifacts to see and purchase, new cultural performances to watch, and new gastronomic delights to savor - the food court is the venue for many a regional food festival, serving up a range of ethnic cuisines, hygienically prepared. From traditional Rajasthani wares, beautiful silver jewellery and myriad collectibles for your home, you can get it all here. A complete shopping experience!
Chandni Chowk (35 kms)
It was the major commercial hub during the Mughal era and is today one of the country's best known wholesale markets for textiles, electronic goods and watches. Close by are Dariba, the silver market, Khari Baoli, the spice market and Kinari Bazar for trimmings and tinsel. In some of these bazaars the item for sale are manufactured at site, which lands a special charm to the shopping experience well integrated into the culture of the old city, these bazaars offer the visitor a glimpse of life in Old Delhi.
Connaught Place (25 kms)
One of Delhi's most popular shopping centers built as early as 1931 there is nothing that one cannot buy here and it also has several eating-houses. The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist.
Feroz Shah Kotla
The ruins of Ferozabad, the 5th city of Delhi, erected by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1354 can be found at Feroz Shah Kotla, just off Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg between the Old and New Delhi. Feroz Shah was a great builder and so, this fifth city of Delhi was full of splendid palaces, mosques and gardens. Now the place is more famous for the cricket grounds where a number of important matches have been played.
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