Delhi is the first stop on your Golden Triangle Tour. From Delhi you can easily travel to Agra to see the beautiful Taj Mahal and Jaipur the Pink city in Rajasthan.
Delhi, the capital of India, is mixture of tradition and modernity, a historic city with stately buildings and the seat of government of a vibrant nation. A tour of Delhi's monuments and sights is a great way to get to know this fascinating country and to begin your tour of India. Marvel at the majestic Red Fort and the impressive India Gate, be enchanted by the beauty of the Lotus-shaped Bahai Temple, tour the museums to know more about India's past and browse through the markets for handicraft and textile items, made by master craftsmen.
A Tour of Delhi is a must for any visitor, for the capital has a lot to offer. From historic monuments and museums to parks and gardens, a variety of cuisine on offer, ranging from traditionally Indian to international, and shopping options from traditional bazaars to mega malls, Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with a sense of history. Some of the places to visit in Delhi are:
Red Fort: It is from the ramparts of this majestic building that the Indian Prime Minister addresses the nation every August 15th or Indian Independence Day. Built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (1628-58), this magnificent fort, made of red sandstone, was the seat of governance of the Emperor. Within the fort is the Diwan-e-Khas or Hall of Special Audience and Diwan-e-Am or Hall of the People, where the Emperor held court and dispensed justice. The fort contains a museum of arms and weaponry. There is a sound and light show in the evening that depicts the history of the fort and the medieval rulers of Delhi.
Qutab Minar: Sultan Qutub-ud-din Aibak began the construction of this 72.5 m high victory pillar in 1199 A.D. and his son-in-law Sultan Iltutmish completed it. This sandstone and marble structure was built over the remains of Kila Rai Pithora, the fort of Prithviraj Chauhan - the last Hindu King of Delhi.
India Gate: This 42 metre high arch is set at one end of Rajpath, a broad avenue that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan or the Presidents mansion, through the green central vista of Delhi. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the chief architect of New Delhi, it is a war memorial that commemorates the soldiers who died in World War I. The names of the martyrs are inscribed on the walls of the arch. Beneath it is an eternal flame called Amar Jawan Jyoti, which glows in memory of the Unknown Soldier. The lawns around India Gate are a popular picnic spot.
Humayun's Tomb: This elegant monument was the first tomb to be set within a formal garden, in the Indian subcontinent. Commissioned by Hamida Begum, Humayun's wife, after his death in 1556, this mausoleum's symmetrical proportions and setting on a large platform influenced the design of other monuments, including the Taj Mahal.
Jantar Mantar: This astronomical observatory is located near Connaught Place in the centre of Delhi. Built by the king of Jaipur, Raja Sawai Jai Singh, these large geometric structures are scientific instruments that were used to observe and measure the movements of celestial objects. The interesting shapes of these brick and plaster structures, placed within a garden, are truly worth seeing.
Bahai Temple: A newer architectural wonder in this historic city, this house of worship of the Bahai faith, is built in the shape of a lotus and commonly called the Lotus Temple. Set amidst green lawns, this white marble structure is open to all and is a perfect space for meditation, since total silence is maintained within the temple at all times.