Travelers love India for its long history, interesting traditions, and original cuisine. You are always welcome here! But which city of India should you choose for visiting? Coming to my country for the first time, you should definitely visit the city of Delhi.
There are so many places of interest here, but I would like to share my list of the top 5 places worth visiting. The best time to travel to Delhi is autumn, and here are the fresh photos I took in October-November 2018 and a description of the best places in Delhi.
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The tallest brick minaret in the world is the Qutub Minar in Delhi. The construction of the minaret began in 1199, in honor of the commemoration of the victory over the Rajput ruler of Delhi. But the first of the Delhi sultans erected only the first floor of the building, and his descendants completed four more floors of the minaret. By 1351, the 73-meter building was finally built. The filigree ornaments of the minaret, which in Arabic script promise heavenly bliss to the faithful and hellish torments to all the rest, were a completely new word in Indian architecture.
According to Muslim laws, figures of animals and people, and especially statues, were not used in the decoration of the Qutub Minar. Not far from the Qutub Minar, there is another miracle - a seven-meter pillar, forged from meteoric iron in the 4th century BC.
The Indians believe that touching the sacred artifact is guaranteed to bring happiness. This tower symbolizes the victory of Islam, and it was considered one of the wonders of the world in the Middle Ages.
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Lodi Garden is a city park in Delhi, it occupies about 0.36 square kilometers. The garden was founded in 1936. On its territory, there are such sights as the tomb of Muhammad Shah, Shish Gumbad, Sikander Lodhi, Bara Gumbad. These are examples of 15th-century architecture, the times of the Pashtun dynasties of Sayyid and Lodi in Delhi. Nowadays, the park is protected by the archaeological supervision of India. The garden is located between the Khan market and the Safdarjung Tomb. This is a popular holiday destination among the locals of Delhi.
Lodi Garden is a great place to escape from hustle and bustle, just relax and breathe the fresh air. On the territory of the green park, there are ponds, fountains, picnic lawns, benches sets in the shade of trees, flower beds and alleys with colorful flowers, as well as rare plants.
I think that the best to come to Lodi Garden is at sunset when the tombs and mausoleums are lit with a soft evening light.
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The Red Fort, which is also called the Lal Qila, was erected during the reign of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The Lal Qila is a large complex of buildings, in which the family of the ruler and about three thousand court and noblemen lived. Built of red sandstone, this architectural monument has a bright brick-red color, which gave the new name to the fortress. It is built in the Muslim style, has the shape of an irregular octagon, and the height of its walls ranges from 16 to 33 meters.
The interior decoration of the fortress buildings fully complied with the imperial status of its inhabitants. Today, there are several museums on the territory of the fortress.
The Red Fort is still a significant place for the Indians not only because of the huge tourist flow but also because every year on August 15, on Independence Day, the Prime Minister of India addresses to the people.
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The Jantar Mantar Observatory in New Delhi is one of the most ancient astronomical objects and the largest of the five observatories built by the Rajput Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in India.
Established in the 1720s in order to clarify the calendar and astronomical observations of the Sun, Moon, and planets of the solar system, the Delhi Observatory of Jantar Mantar is a huge structure, which was built of bright orange and white stone. This structure consists of 13 architectural objects (astronomical instruments) and looks very impressive against the green palm trees surrounding the observatory.
The most outstanding object on the territory of the observatory is a huge sundial (the Samrat Yantra), which is often called the "great king of instruments" and is the largest in the world (the diameter of the dial of this watch is 27 m). Visitors can see the instruments that the Indians used to explore the starry sky and the trajectory of celestial bodies until the appearance of super-power telescopes. At first glance, these devices and tools may seem very primitive, but the accuracy of the data and studies obtained with their help is impressive.
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The India Gate is situated right in the heart of New Delhi, it is a national architectural monument. It is built of red and yellow sandstone and granite. The building represents a 42-meter-high arch, on the walls of which you can see the engraved names of the fallen soldiers.
In 1971, after the end of the third Anglo-Afghan war, on the initiative of Indira Gandhi, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was built at the foot of the arch, where an eternal flame burns. Not far from the monument, there is the dome, supported by four columns. Initially, a statue of British King George V stood under the dome, but after India gained independence, the statue was moved to the Coronation Park. Around The India Gate and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, there is a large park, which has become a very popular place for all kinds of picnics. Many people come here in the evening - at this time, the memorial is highlighted and looks just magical. Various festivals and holidays are often held in this area.
If you would like to explore more interesting places in Delhi, here s a YouTube video "New Delhi Tourist Attractions: 15 Top Places to Visit" by Social Bubble: