India is littered with out-of-this-world sites that ignite a travelers curiosity and appreciation.
With so many sites to see in India, it is best to narrow them down by city. Starting with the capital, of course, New Delhi. New Delhi is full of history, culture, and religion and the sites the city offers are sure to highlight those aspects.
The India Gate
Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
You have probably heard of the India Gate if you have been thinking of taking a trip to India’s capital. The gate is a war memorial that commemorates the 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the First World War. As well as for those who died in the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The gate was designed by Edwin Lutyens and has a similar architectural style to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The India Gate is beautiful to look upon walking towards it from the streets of Rajpath, where the gate is located.
Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
The Red Fort is yet another iconic site in New Delhi. Most recognized for being the site where the Prime Minister hoists the Indian Flag during Independence Day and gives a speech. The Fort itself has a rusty red color, hence the name, and has detailed ornate architecture. The UNESCO World Heritage site is made up of over 250 acres and is closed off by ornamented defensive walls. The fort itself is octagonal, while the inside is made up of marble. The Red Fort is a must-visit when it comes to India’s heritage and architecture.
Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Humayun’s tomb is the perfect site to visit if you are in the Nizamuddin neighborhood of New Delhi. The tomb was commissioned in 1569 by the Mughal Emperor’s first wife, Empress Bega Begum. The tomb was then designed by Persian architects that the Empress selected, Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad. The tomb is often noted for its simple and symmetrical exterior and contrastingly complex floor plan. From its vaulted chambers, domes, high arches, and intricate details, the tomb is impressive, to say the least.
Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
The Lotus Temple is one of the more contemporary sites in New Delhi. The Temple is a must-visit for those who love unique design and architecture. Other than the temples majestic exterior the temple itself is a place of worship. It is a Bahá’í House of Worship which means that it is open to all, regardless of religion. The temple is most recognized for its flowerlike shape- meant to resemble a lotus. The site has won multiple awards for its design and remains one of the most visited locations in the world. The Lotus Temple is located in a park which makes it a fun place to walk around and explore as well as a place to look at expressionist architecture.
Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092, India
The Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, India is a great way to end a trip to India’s capital. The Temple is recognized for incorporating much of Hindu and Indian culture. The Hindu Temple was officially opened in 2005 and is most recognized for the Akshardham Mandir. The Mandir is the main structure of the temple and is intricately carved to displays dancers, deities and other ornamental pieces. While the majestic architecture and spirituality of the site is one of the reasons to visit the Temple another is the Sahajanand Darshan or the Hall of Values. The Hall of Values displays incidents in the life of revered Hindu follower, Swaminarayan, and shares his messages of peace, harmony and a devotion to God among other things.
These five must-see’s are a great way to experience the vast architecture, history, culture, and religion that the sites of New Delhi have to offer. You are sure to learn a lot from your visit to any of these sites. From their beauty to their meaning, the sites of New Delhi are sure to leave a lasting impression.