New Delhi is the capital city of India and is the starting point for most of the tourists coming to India. Delhi’s culture is modern but it still shows an influence of its history dating back to Mughals. The city has several transport options and I hope this will always keep you on the go. Check out the 7 wonders of the tourist hotspot New Delhi.
#1 Red Fort
Every tourist who has visited Delhi has been to Red fort once, and it is also a UNESCO world heritage site. This architectural marvel took 10 years to complete and was finally completed in 1648. Red fort is famous because of its historical importance and the mesmerising architecture. It is located in the old part of the city and the nearest metro station is Chandni Chowk, which is just 2 kilometres away. You also need a ticket for the entry into the fort.
#2 Qutb Minar
Qutb Minar or Qutub Minar is one of the most prominent places to visit in Delhi. It is a 73 metres tall tower which was built in 1193 to celebrate Muslim’s dominance in Delhi after the defeat of the last Hindu ruler. Apart from the tower, there is a Mosque right next to it. It is a great spot for taking photographs however there is a small entry fee to enter this place since it is also a world heritage site. The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar Metro Station which is within walkable distance to this monument.
#3 India Gate
India Gate stands in the centre of New Delhi and was built to honour the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The best time to visit India Gate is during evening or night as the weather gets quiet and also the traffic. There is no entry fee required to visit India Gate and a photograph with the India Gate is a must for anyone who visits there.
#4 The Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple, also known as Bahai’s House of Worship is a prominent attraction in New Delhi. Lotus Temple is one of the seven Bahai House in the world and the only one in India. The lotus like architecture and soothing environment is what brings most of the people to this place. Lotus Temple is nearest to the Kalkaji Metro Station, and one can reach there by walking.
#5 Lodi Gardens
Lodi Gardens is a public park and is a must visit to relax and observe the beauty of Delhi. The park features ancient tombs, herb gardens and a lake within the complex and there is no entry fee. Local people come here for morning and evening walks and you can also spot some couples in the park. Nearest metro station to visit this park is JLN Marg Metro Station.
Akshardham is a Hindu temple dedicated to Swaminarayan and is a vast complex comprising of the temple, canteens, parks and a large shop. There is also a music show in the evening, and it almost takes a full day to explore this place. However, phones or photography is not allowed inside the complex.
#7 Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun’s tomb is a wonderful example of Mughal architecture in India. This world heritage site was built in 1570 and has a great past behind it. There is a small entry fee to visit the monument and the nearest metro station is JLN Stadium metro station. The best time to visit here is in the evenings.
The 7 Wonders of New Delhi, India is written by Mridul. Mridul is an undergraduate student at Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar and a part-time blogger. Follow Mridul at Urban Rabbit, Facebook and Twitter.
Have you visited New Delhi before? What are the places that you have visited in New Delhi that you feel should make into the list of 7 wonders?