The Qutab Minar complex is one of the most iconic attractions in the Indian Federal Capital of New Delhi. The Qutab Minar is said to be one of the world's tallest free standing brick tower. The tower was envisioned as a minaret for the call to prayer as well as a tower of victory by Sultan Qutabuddin Aibak, one of the earliest Muslim rulers of Delhi. Go to the Qutab Minar Page.
Humayun's Tomb is one of the most prominent attractions and cultural landmarks in the Indian city of Delhi. The Tomb of Humayun is the last resting place of the 2nd great Mughal Emperor, Humayun and has been placed on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 1993. Go to the Humayun's Tomb Page.
The Red Fort is considered an important symbol of India's national aspirations. It was commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal, in the year 1638. The ramparts of the Red Fort served as the birthplace of the modern Republic of India as the Indian Declaration of Independence was made at the Fort. Go to the Red Fort Delhi Page.
The India Gate is the national monument of India. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Originally known as All India War Memorial, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives while fighting for the British Indian Empire in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Go to the India Gate Page.
Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal, and completed in the year 1628, Jama Masjid is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Jama Masjid, is a reference to the weekly Friday noon congregation prayers of Muslims, Jummah, which are usually done at the congregational mosque (jami' Masjid). Go to the Jama Masjid Page.
The cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi (Raj Ghat) is a simple yet stirring memorial to the father of the nation. Lush lawns extend beyond the enclosure that surrounds the black marble platform occupying the spot where the Mahatma was cremated on January 31, 1948. An eternal flame burns next to the platform. Today, the Rajghat attracts about 10,000 visitors a day and is a requisite stop for visiting foreign leaders, regardless of political ideology.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India, located at Raisina hill in New Delhi. Until 1950 it was known as "Viceroy's House" and served as the residence of the Viceroy and Governor-General of India. At present, it is the largest residence of any Chief of the State in the world. The Rashtrapati Bhavan is a large and vast mansion with four floors and has 360 rooms. It has an area of 200,000 square feet. The plan of the palace is designed around a massive square although there are many courtyards and open inner areas within. There are separate wings for the Viceroy, and another wing for guests.
Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the Ashardham Temple complex displays millennia of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality and architecture.
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The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flowerlike shape, is a Bahai House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. Go to the Bahai (Lotus) Temple Page.
Built by Emperor Akbar to be a co-capital with Agra, Fatehpur Sikri is an amazing display of architectural splendor. It was the first planned city of the Mughals and also the first one designed in Mughal architecture, an amalgamation of Indian architecture, Persian and Islamic architecture. Go to the Lodi Gardens Page.
Safdarjang's Tomb was built in 1754 in the late Mughal Empire style, and has been described as the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture. The tomb was built for Safdarjung, the powerful Prime Minister of Muhammad Shah (the Mughal Emperor from 1719 to 1748). The central tomb is topped by a huge dome. Four water canals lead from the central tomb to four buildings - one has an ornately decorated gateway, while the other three are pavilions with living quarters built into the walls. Octagonal towers rise from each corner of the central tomb. Sarjdarjang's Tomb is surrounded by lush gardens entered through an ornate gate decorated with elaborate plaster carvings.
Connaught Place is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in Delhi. The British-designed colonial equivalent of a shopping mall, it is laid out in two concentric rings divided into blocks, all bursting with shops.