There are a number of tourist attractions in Delhi that will keep you busy and amused throughout your stay in the city. Infact, there are so many places to see in Delhi, India that it is almost impossible to cover them all in a single trip. Old Delhi offers some magnificent attractions like Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk and so on. Not to be left behind is New Delhi sightseeing that boasts of many government buildings, embassies, along with a number of historical places. Some of the famous tourist attractions of Delhi are mentioned below:
Humayun's Tomb, the mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun, is situated on
the Mathura Road, near it's crossing with Lodi Road. The first
significant model of Mughal architecture in India, the tomb was built by
Humayun's wife Haji Begum in the year 1565.
India Gate is a war memorial of martyred soldiers, situated in the
middle of New Delhi. Standing tall at a height of 42 m, Delhi India
Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe", seems like a gateway at the heart
of a crossroad. His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught laid the
foundation stone of India Gate in the year 1921.
Jantar Mantar Delhi
Jantar Mantar, with Yantra meaning instruments and Mantra meaning
formulae, was built in the year 1724. Situated near Connaught Place, New
Delhi Jantar Mantar counts amongst the numerous astronomical
observatories erected by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The other
observatories consist of the ones built in Jaipur, Varanasi, Ujjain and
Lodi Tomb is situated amidst the famous Lodi Garden, adjoining the
Indian International Centre in South Delhi. It is one of the many
mausoleums in the city that have been built inside a garden. Lodi Tomb
entombs Sikandar Lodi. The other mausoleums situated inside the Lodi
Gardens, along with the Lodhi tomb, include the Tomb of Muhammad Shah,
Shish Gumbad and Bara Gumbad.
Lal Gumbad, also known as Rakabwala Gumbad, entombs Shaikh Kabir-Ud-Din
Auliya, a disciple of Shaikh Raushan Chiragh-I-Delhi. Situated in the
Malviya Nagar area of South Delhi, it is believed to have been
constructed in the mid-fourteenth century. The mortal remains of Shaikh
Kabir-Ud-Din Auliya were buried here in 1397.
National Zoological Park
Established in the year 1959, Delhi National Zoological Park lies near
the famous Old Fort. One of the best zoos in the entire Asian continent,
its uniqueness is that it tries to provide an almost natural habitat to
the animals and birds houses here. It proves to be an ideal picnic
spots, especially in winters, and is spread over an area of 214 acres.
Parliament House accommodates the two Houses of Parliament, Lok Sabha
(House of the People) and Rajya Sabha (Council of States). Sir Edwin
Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, the architects of New Delhi, designed
this building. His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught, laid the
foundation stone of Parliament House in the year 1921.
The famous Qutab Minar of Delhi is a tower that claims the distinction
of being the highest stone tower in the country. Said to be a tower of
victory, it soars to a height of 73 m. Qutab-ud-din Aibak, after
defeating Delhi's last Hindu kingdom, started the construction of this
tower in the year 1193. Although Qutab-ud-din Aibak started the
construction of the tower, he could not complete the monument during his
It was decided in the Delhi Durbar of 1911 that the capital of India
would be shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. Thus was born the city of
Delhi, designed by the great architect Edwin Lutyens, along with Herbert
Baker. It took approximately 20 years and 15 million pounds to build New
Rajghat is the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the
Nation. The cremation of Mahatma Gandhi took place at the Delhi Raj Ghat
only, on 31st January 1950. The memorial stone of Mahatma Gandhi placed
there is a simple square platform made of black stone, with the words "Hey
Ram" inscribed near it.
Safdarjung's Tomb entombs Muqim Abul Mansur Khan, also known as
Safdarjung. He was the viceroy of Awadh under the Mughal Emperor,
Mohammed Shah and later became his prime minister. Nawab
Shuja-ud-Daulah, Safdarjung's son, constructed Delhi Safdarjung's Tomb,
the last garden tomb in the city, in the year 1753-54.