New Delhi: Delhi known as the “Dil walon ka shehar” is the cultural hub of the country, where you can find the ambience of the entire India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Arunachal Pradesh.
While the city has seen a legendary past, it also hosts the happening lifestyle at the present time. The capital attracts numerous tourists every year from across the world.
Delhi has been abode to various heritage monuments like Red Fort, Qutub Minar, India Gate, etc, and places like Connaught place also known as the heart of the capital, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar etc which are the shopping hot spots amongst all the visitors.
Here we present you a list of places which you just can’t afford to miss in the “Dil Waalon Ka Shehar”:
Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, the Akshardham Temple reflects the millennia of Indian culture.
Built by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, it took 3,000 volunteers who helped 7,000 artisans to construct Akshardham. The temple was opened for public in November, 2005.
The temple in the building was built according to the Vastu Shastra and Pancharatra Shastra and is covered with carved details of flora, fauna, dancers, musicians, and deities from top to bottom.
Constructed with the help of Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble, the Akshardham Temple has no support of steel or concrete.
The monument also consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes, and 20,000 murtis and statues of Hinduism’s sadhus, devotees, and acharyas.
The building also comprises of a 11-feet long statue of Swaminarayan, under the central dome, surrounded by the similar statues of the gurus of the sect.
Exhibitions are also held with in the complex of the building based on incidents from the life of Swaminarayan and the history of India.
Built in the shape of a lotus, the Lotus temple is the last of seven major Bahai’s temples built around the world.
Completed in 1986, Lotus Temple was made of white marble by an Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba.
Inspired by the lotus flower, the design for the House of Worship is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad “petals” arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides
The nine doors of the Lotus Temple open onto a central hall slightly more than 40 meters tall that is capable of holding up to 2,500 people.
Known as the Bahá’í Houses of Worship, Lotus temple is open to all irrespective of caste creed or religion.
Built in the capital of the country, the Red Fort in Delhi was built in 1648 as the fortified palace of Shahjahanabad, capital of Emperor Shah Jahan.
The construction of the fort began in 1638, when Shah Jahan decided to shift capital from Agra to Delhi.
The Red Fort is considered to represent the pinnacle of Mughal creativity under Shah Jahan and was named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone.
Also known as ‘Quila-e-Mubarak’, the Red Fort was residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857.
The Red Fort which is considered as the icon of the city was declared as the heritage site by UNESCO in 2007.
The Republic Day Parade on 26th January initiates from the Red Fort every year.
On the Independence Day of India, 15 August, the Prime Minister of India hoists the national flag at the main gate of the fort and delivers a speech from here.
While the Red Fort has many partitions and occupies a large space as it has mosques, private and public halls and many beautiful gardens, river Yamuna also flows by the side of the Red Fort.
Situated astride the Rajpath, the India Gate is a war memorial originally called as the All India War Memorial.
Built in 1921, the All-India War Memorial is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli.
13218 war dead soldiers are commemorated by name on the India Gate, although access to read the names on the memorial is restricted due to security reasons.
Designed by Edwin Lutyens, India Gate has a span of 30 feet and is called a “creative reworking of the Arc de Triomphe”.
The memorial has the word “INDIA” inscribed on it on both the sides flanked by the dates MCMXIV (1914) and MCMXIX (1919) on left and right sides respectively.
The memorial also has the following words inscribed on it in capital letters:
“TO THE DEAD OF THE INDIAN ARMIES WHO FELL HONOURED IN FRANCE AND FLANDERS MESOPOTAMIA AND PERSIA EAST AFRICA GALLIPOLI AND ELSEWHERE IN THE NEAR AND THE FAR-EAST AND IN SACRED MEMORY ALSO OF THOSE WHOSE NAMES ARE RECORDED AND WHO FELL IN INDIA OR THE NORTH-WEST FRONTIER AND DURING THE THIRD AFGHAN WAR”