17-19 FEBRUARY, 2024 HALL #1 - Yashobhoomi (India International Convention & Expo Centre), Sector 25, Dwarka, New Delhi
The Red Fort is an epitome of the Mughal era in India and is the face of tourist attractions in Delhi. Built in 1638, it is an outstanding marvel of Mughal architecture made of red sand stone. Within its magnanimous walls, the chhata bazaar and every evening sound and light show are special attractions. If you are interested in the history of Red Fort, you will be thrilled to know that the Fort was built when Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan shifted his capital to Delhi. In 2007, this Fort has declared a UNESCO World Heritage. It is one of the most famous places in Delhi.
India Gate is one monument that defines Delhi or India for that matter. It was built in 1931 as a memorial for martyrs of World War I and war in Afghanistan. At Rajpath, the structure looks amazing in evening lights. The gardens that line the structure are a must visit among the sightseeing places in Delhi.
If you are in Delhi on the Republic Day, you must visit the India Gate Parade which is really a prestigious and the most ceremonious event of India. Lots of international guests and national leaders are present on the occasion and pay tribute to the freedom fighters and great leaders of the country.
On the opposite of the Rajpath is residence of the President of India. Not among the typical tourist places in Delhi, access to this grand piece of architecture is restricted. With four floors and 340 rooms in a floor area of 200,000 square feet, it has a huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. This grand architectural building is the largest residence of any head of the state around the world. The architectural design of the building is based on the design of the Edwardian Baroque. The middle dome of the building is the perfect amalgamation of the Indian and the British architectural styles. Just a walk past the monument will give you the idea of how grand the monument is.
Among the other places to visit in Delhi, Qutub Minar stands tall with its 73 meter tall brick minaret. Built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the structure has five stories abundant with chiseled carvings and scriptures. Qutub Minar is the part of the Qutub Complex and it has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This red stone tower is a heritage site of India is the amazing example of the beautiful Iranian architecture along with Parso-Arabic and Nagari details.
Constructed in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory. Fascinating for their ingenuity, the instruments at Jantar Mantar can no longer be used accurately because of the tall buildings around. However, a visit to admire the science of Indian astronomy makes it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Delhi. The principal instruments of the observatory are the Samrat Yantra, the Jai Prakash, the Ram Yantra, and the Misra Yantra. There is also a temple of Bhairava, located near the building. It was also built by Maharaja Jai Singh II.
While sightseeing in Delhi, a visit is necessarily suggested to Swaminarayan Akshardham – one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. Built by the BAPS spiritual organization, it’s a stunning architectural work made of the pink stone and white marble. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, this temple has lots of exhibits for the visitors. There is an Abhishekh Mandap, Sanskruti Darshan, Sahajanand Darshan and Neelkanth Darshan where you can enjoy a cultural boat ride. The theme-based garden is really an exciting place to visit here. And while you are here, don’t forget to visit the Sahaj Anand Water Show.
Set amid the beautiful surroundings of South Delhi, Chattarpur is a popular temple founded in the 1970s by Sant Shree Nagpal Baba. This divine temple has an incredible architecture and it’s a perfect blend of north and south. There are beautiful statues of Shiv-Parvati, Ram-Darbar, Maa Katyayani, Radha-Krishna, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Laxmi, and Lord Hanuman.
The Tomb of Safdarjung
The tomb is a very famous attraction in Delhi and is made up of marble and sandstone. It was constructed in 1754 and then architect is in the late Mughal empire style. It’s domed and arched dark red-brown and also white colored structure has a special aura which engulfs the visitors. Safdarjung held the post of the prime minister for the Mughal empire when emperor Ahmad Shah Bahadur was occupying the throne in the year 1748. The tomb was constructed by his son Nawab Shujaud Daula after his death in 1754. The tomb is the last of the monumental tomb which were built resembling the Garden of the Mughals and so it resembles an enclosed garden which is in the style of Humayun’s tomb. The main attraction of the tomb is the Char Bagh plan, the mausoleum at the center, the five-part facade, the nine-fold floor plan, and the hidden stairway.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
The iconic shrine of Sikhs, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is visited by hundreds of people every day. Located near Cannought Place, the serene environs of the landmark provides an ambient atmosphere. The best part and the main reason why you should visit this Gurudwara is the ‘karha parshad’. There is a vast pond surrounding the premises and even art gallery that you can visit to know more about the Sikh Gurus and religion.
Famously known as the Lotus temple in the list of famous tourist places in Delhi, Lotus in the Bahai Temple symbolizes four religions namely Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam. This temple belongs to the Bahai faith which proclaims that all people and religions are united. Worshippers of every religion are welcome here. You will find nine doors of this temple which allows 2500 visitors at the same time. For the mesmerizing architecture, this building has achieved several awards and rewards.
Garden of Five Senses
This 20-acre park is full of lush greenery that will be soothing to you amidst the pollution of Delhi. This park is not for strolling around, but you can also enjoy numerous activities over here. If you are having the trip with kids, they will love to explore the area.
Located near Khan Market, Lodhi Gardens is spread around 90 acres and the entire year is a heritage site. You will get to see lots of historical monuments, like the tomb of Sikandar Lodi and Mohammed Shah. If you want to arrange a picnic on Saturday morning, head towards Lodhi Gardens.
An open-air food plaza cum craft bazaar, Dilli Haat is situated near INA and is run by the Delhi Tourism Authority (DTTDC). Artisans and craftsmen from all over the country gather here to showcase and sell their handicrafts. And for the guests, there is plenty of options when it comes to food. It offers savory cuisines from all over.