New Delhi is an amalgamation of traditions and modernity due to its rich heritage. Rulers had been able to control India while sitting in New Delhi from for hundreds of years. This vibrant city has a balance of the old architecture and modern infrastructure. Its small lanes and large palaces have witnessed a large number of changes since centuries. Archaeologists, art lovers and xenophiles flood this city in search of answers, fun and food. New and Old Delhi is popularly known for its street food which offers some of the most delicious treats across the country. Following are some beautiful places you can visit around new and old Delhi:
1. Red Fort
The Lal Quila was built by Shah Jahan in the year 1648 to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. The fort is constructed entirely with impregnable red sandstone. Formerly known as Quila-e-Mubarak, it is situated on the banks of river Yamuna whose water fed the moats of the fort. The fort is a symbol of Mughal architecture’s brilliance and beauty. This fort became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007 and has attracted tourists from around the world.
Timings: 7 am to 5:30 pm (Excluding Mondays)
2. India Gate
India Gate, also known as All India War Memorial, it is designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It is dedicated to the 82,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Over 13,300 names of servicemen are inscribed on this monumental structure. It also houses the Amar Jawan Jyoti which was built after the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. It was inaugurated by former PM, Indira Gandhi. The pedestal is bound by four urns; one of them has a continuously burning flame. A treat for the eyes, this structure is often compared to Arch de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome.
Timings: Can be visited at any time of the day.
3. Qutub Minar
Ud-Din-Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, started building this beautiful structure in 1192. The tower was later constructed by his successors too. Qutub Minar is the tallest individual structure in the world. This bewitching structure is also surrounded by the Iron Pillar and Alai Darwaza. As you go around the whole complex, you will be amazed by the intricate designs of Mughal architecture.
Timings: 10 am to 5 pm
4. Jama Masjid
Sitting right in the hustle and bustle of Old Delhi, Jama Masjid is a sight to behold. Also known as 'Masjid-I Jahan-Numa', it was built by Shah Jahan after he built the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. At the time, the construction cost around 1 million rupees, 5,000 workers and six years (1650-1656) to complete. The mosque still hosts thousands of pilgrims every year on the holy festival of Eid. A courtyard that can accommodate 25 thousand people makes Jama Masjid the largest mosque in the country.
Timings: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm (All days of the week)
5. Humayun’s Tomb
Located in the Nizamuddin East area of Delhi, this magnificent monument is the last resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Designed by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, The construction of the Tomb showcases a typical Mughal architecture with Persian influences. Humayun's Tomb was included in UNESCO's World Heritage List in the year 1993. Situated along the Yamuna River, this Tomb also comprises of a beautiful Mughal garden.
Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
These tourist attractions are the classic landmarks of New and Old Delhi. And in case you decide to make your stay as alluring as these spots, you should book a room at The Leela Palace New Delhi. The Leela Palace is a 5 star hotel in New Delhi which boasts of luxurious amenities and rooms. Its the perfect place to relax after a tour of the historic landmarks Delhi has to offer. The hotel also provide you with a guide that will take you around these places and also give you the correct information of these scintillating structures.