When you have the capital city of the largest democracy in the world before you it is bound to be a melting pot of culture, history and heritage. Landmarks lie littered across every lane and street of Delhi. Delhi is a popular tourist destination in India that also has many major landmarks significant to the country. Right from historically significant monuments like the India Gate or the Qutub Minar to modern constructs like the Lotus Temple and the Akshardham temple Delhi offers a mosaic of tourist places for every kind of traveller.
Here are some of the landmarks in Delhi that make the place worth visiting. Join us as we take you through a pictorial tour through the capital city.
India Gate is one of the major landmarks and tourist attractions of Delhi. It is located in the heart of the city as is the country's National Monument too.
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India Gate - The Structure
The 42 metre high India Gate was built resembling the Arc-De-Triomphe in Paris.
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India Gate - The War Memorial
The India Gate was earlier called the All India War Memorial which commemorates around 70, 000 soldiers who lost their lives during the world War I and the Anglo Afghan War of 1919.
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India Gate - Amar Jyoti Jawan
The India Gate is one of the biggest war memorials in the world. It also houses Amar Jawan Jyoti, the eternal flame, that pays homage to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the Indo-Pak war in 1971.
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Many of the major roads in Delhi start from the surroundings of the India Gate. The monument is a delight to the eyes during nights.
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This huge fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century. The structure was once the capital of the Mughal dynasty.
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Red Fort - Built in Red Stone
The Red Fort was built in red stone and is also one of the best palaces in the world.
Red Fort - A UNESCO site
UNESCO has declared Red Fort as a World Heritage Site. The site has several palatial structures that are worth a visit.
Red Fort - Inside The Complex
Diwan-i-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Moti Masjid and Mumtaz Mahal are some of the marvellous structures inside the Red Fort complex.
Red Fort - On Independence Day
Each year the Prime Minister hosts the National Flag here on the Indian Independence Day. The monument is also known for its sound and light show that is conducted during evenings.
The Lotus Temple is located in Noida, just a few minutes' drive from Delhi.
The temple was built by the Bahai community and is one of the prominent tourist attractions of Delhi.
The lotus shaped temple is regarded as the 20th century Taj Mahal for its wonderful architecture.
The temple is built in white marble and is surrounded by lawns, gardens and pathways that are beautifully designed.
The roof of the temple is made of glass and steel to protect it from the harsh weather. The glass also allows sunlight inside the temple making the interiors bright.
The Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is one of the best attractions and landmarks of Delhi.
The temple depicts the Indian culture, architecture and spirituality. This magnificent structure took around 5 years to be built.
Around 11,000 artisans have worked on the construction of Akshardham Temple. 3,000 among these were volunteers.
The temple is divided into 5 portions. The main structure is situated at the centre of the temple complex. The temple doesn't have any steel or concrete in its structure.
The main structure of the temple is 141 ft high and has 234 carved pillars, 20 quadrangled shikhars, 9 ornate domes, around 2,000 idols of Gods and Godesses, rishis, saints, etc. The temple also has a large Gajendra Pith, a plinth of elephant stones.
Jantar Mantar is a tourist attraction and one of the most visited landmarks of Delhi. It has some unique astronomical instruments that make it a popular attraction of Delhi.
The structure was built in 1724 and is one of the five such sites built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur.
Jantar Mantar consists of 13 unique astronomical instruments that could predict the movements of sun, moon and the planets.
Though these instruments were useful in the past, today they are just tourists attractions and is not helpful for astronomical purposes.
This structure is located in the Parliament Street and is open to the visitors on all days of the week.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is one of the major landmarks of Delhi and also one of the prestigious buildings of India.
Apart from being a popular tourist attraction, it is also the official residence of the President of India.
The Durbar Hall and the Ashokan Hall are two major attractions of Rashtrapati Bhavan. While the Durbar Hall is decorated with colourful marbles, the Ashokan Hall has a painted ceiling and wooden flooring.
The Presidential Estate of the building consists of a drawing room, a banquet hall, a dining room, a tennis court, a museum, a polo ground and a cricket field.
The whole structure of Rashtrapati Bhavan has four floors with 340 rooms in them. The temple bells used in the construction is also a speciality of the structure.
The Qutub Minar is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites located in Delhi. It is also a classic historic monument of India.
The structure is the tallest minaret in the country. To reach the top of the 72.9metres high tower, one has to climb 399 steps.
Qutub Minar is a complex which houses a number of interesting structures apart from the tall minaret.
Some of the main structures of the Qutub complex are the Iron Pillar, Ala-i-Minar and Ala-i-Darwaza.
Sultan Ghari, the tombs of Iltumish and Alauddin Khilji are other major attractions of Qutub Minar.