Delhi is a city of contrasts, both in terms of culture and geography. In order to better appreciate this city, you must first understand the difference between the two Delhi. The capital city, New Delhi, is a relatively modern metropolis filled with skylines, shopping centers as well as the nation's government bodies. The old Delhi has its origins going back hundreds of years and is also much more culturally significant. If you're planning a visit to India's capital, here's a rundown of what to expect from each district. The city straddles the Yamuna River, a tributary of the Ganges, and is a major gateway to the Thar Desert. Often dubbed as the “City of Dreams", it has been an important trade centre since the time of the Mahabharata. The Indian Parliament, located in New Delhi, is one of the most powerful edifices on Earth, which was built by the British. The administrative headquarters of Delhi are housed inside large government structures along with memorials dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
1. The Red Fort
The Red Fort was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987 by UNESCO and is very popular with locals and tourists alike. The surrounding grounds were once fully stocked and filled with wildlife and boating and recreation filled the large, man-made reservoir that surrounded the fort. However today the buildings within sit in a state of ruin and decay after facing decades of neglect. And this is what we’re going to explore in this Article — the history of this famed monument, its decline and various attempts at revitalization.The fort is dominated by the jaw-dropping Sheesh Mahal, an incredible building constructed of red sandstone and marble. Its unique glasswork gives it its beautiful name, which means "Palace of Mirrors." The palace was built to house the emperor's wives and is decorated in the finest Mughal style to impress foreign dignitaries.
2. The Jantar Mantar Observatory
Near Connaught Place, one of New Delhi's largest and best-known business districts, Jantar Mantar is one of five astronomical observatories constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh I in 1725. Designed to enable occupants to observe the movements of the sun, moon, and planets, this well-preserved historic site also boasts several other old instruments on display that were once used to track the course of heavenly bodies and predict eclipses. Highlights of this remarkable and architecturally pleasing building include an enormous sundial known as the Prince of Dials
3. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
Indira Gandhi was a towering political personality in India. She served three terms as prime minister, from 1966 until her assassination in 1984. Nothing short of the country's most-powerful politician at the time, this museum does an excellent job of documenting her life and work. A must-visit site for any Indira Gandhi fan (which has to be everyone, really), or history buff, or anyone who needs a pick-me-up for the rest of their trip through the monuments.
4. The National Museum
The National Museum is not your usual art gallery. First of all, it’s one of the biggest museums in India. And its holdings are housed across four locations, namely, the Archaeological Gallery (the oldest), the Natural History Gallery (the most extensive), the Gallery of Decorative Art (exhibiting folk art and tribal artifacts) and Gandhi Peace Collection (it’s a picture gallery!) Having said that, it may not be within easy access for most visitors to New Delhi, but do make it a point to visit some of its sections at least.
5. The Crafts Museum
Fascinated with the one of a kind crafts which we see every day we go to shop or office? Ever wondered how it's made, and what's the uniqueness about it? 'The Crafts Museum' has all that you were looking for. It is just 15 minutes walking from Pragati Maidan metro station at New Delhi. The museum is divided into three distinct sections. The first, covers the history of handicrafts in the country, with exhibits on topics such as “The Golden Age of Handicrafts”, “Indian Textiles”, “Jewellery” and “Indian Woodcraft”. The second section consists of displays of crafts from different regions of India, including Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal.
6. The Hauz Khas Complex
The Hauz Khas Complex is a great place to visit if you are traveling in New Delhi. The complex is situated in the center of the Hauz Khas neighborhood, which also has various cafes and shops where you can stop for refreshment after you have finished exploring everything there is to see at Hauz Khas. The monuments are varied, so there is something for everyone, including Sufi shrines, mosques, beautiful tombs, structures built by the Mughal king Firoz Shah Tughlaq and several temples.
7. National Zoological Park
The National Zoological Park is one of the best in the country. It may be crowded on weekdays but there are always events going on to keep you distracted, or you can go at off hours, or avoid weekends if you're simply after the atmosphere. Sunrises are beautiful here! The National Zoological Park also has an Anthropology Museum that houses four galleries, featuring prehistoric and tribal artifacts of Asia such as the state’s largest collection of Himalayan musical instruments. The zoo has a restaurant and gift shop on site, as well as picnic grounds and a children's playground.
8. The National Rail Museum
Step into the train and leave behind the daily grind at this fabulous Rail Museum. Dating back to 1855, this National Rail Museum houses more than 30 locomotives and several old carriages, including an engine built in 1885 and the Fairy Queen steam engine from 1855. Spread across 10 acres, it is housed in a beautifully built building in Lonavala, Maharashtra, where you can spend a relaxing day watching trains go by and admiring their grandeur. A visit to the museum will transport you to the railway's glorious past and help you experience adventure and nostalgia together.
9. Rajpath and Rashtrapati Bhawan
Every year at the stroke of the midnight hour, India's President, Prime Minister, and top military brass join a long procession of floats from India's states and from around the world as they parade past Rajpath. These carefully constructed floats—often as big as a house—are replete with dancers, jugglers, acrobats, martial arts experts, clowns, singers, musicians, and anything else required to help them tell their story.
10. Purana Qila
A trip to Delhi is never quite complete without some adventures. If you have been thinking of adding tours to India to your list of things to do next year, here's a dash of newness you might want to try – a unique, completely interactive and absolutely one of a kind tour of Delhi combining cycle rickshaw rides with a dash of cultural meets, traditional cuisine and the historical past.
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