Delhi is a city of feature Medieval, colonial-Western buildings, dot lanes, dusty bazaars, and trendy, modern bars and shops. There should be a traveler to India, here’s our Guide to seven spots in this city and terrific.
Lal Quila (the Red Fort)
Presiding over majestically over the old Delhi, the Lal Quila (Red Fort), with its impressive ramparts of red sandstone, is one of Delhi’s most famous landmarks. Construction of the fort was started by Emperor Mughal Shah Jahan when he moved the capital of India from Agra back to Delhi in 1638 and was completed ten years later. The board of Shah Jahan is celebrated for its architectural design. In which his triumphs include the Taj Mahal in Agra which was built as a tomb for his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. And that was also designed by the same architect as the Red Fort. For the high walls of the fort, the palace is made of white marble-a reflection of similarities with Taj.
There are a number of buildings to visit inside the complex: the Diwan-i-Am (Public Audience Hall), which housed the emperor’s throne, where he received audiences; Diwan-i-Kah (Hall of Private Audience) where he met the privileged; Magal rank (Color Palace) – the main harem, with dazzling mirror mosaics on ceilings and walls; Mumtaz Mahal – part of the imperial harem and currently a small museum of Mughal art; and the white Moti Masjid in the shape of a dome (Pearl Mosque). Every evening, a sound and light show tells the colorful story of the Fort.
The construction of the beautiful Qutb minaret was initiated by the first Sultan of Delhi, Qutbuddin Aipak, and was inspired by a similar building in Afghanistan. At the end of 1368, the 240-foot (73-meter) high tower, still the world’s tallest brick minaret, was completed after more than 100 years.
The Qutub Minar consists of five floors decorated with exquisite Arabic calligraphy. Each separated by an intricately carved balcony. The tower and its observation points are out of reach for visitors due to safety regulations. But this elegant monument offers a magnificent view of the earth, in the middle of the complex of ancient structures on which it stands.
Jama Masjid Mosque
Located on a rocky hill in the center of Delhi, the Jama Masjid Mosque offers splendid panoramic views over the rooftops of New Delhi and the Red Fort. It is the largest mosque in India, with pyramidal flights of stairs that go up to its three checkpoints that lead to the sizeable 25,000-yard courtyard, which is flanked by long colonnades and has pavilions in each corner. Beautiful balconies on fire adorn the minarets, and the stripes on the domes emphasize their magnitude, leaving the faithful and visitors no doubt that they are in place of God.
Hauz Khas Village
Hauz Khas Village is an attractive and creative center, where old alleys are filled with antique shops, fashion clothing stores, jewelry stalls, and elegant art galleries. Located next to a green and leafy deer park with an old reservoir this complex also contains an impressive madrasa (Muslim educational institution), a mosque, tombs, and monuments dating from the fourteenth century.
The middle classes in Delhi meet here to chat with a cup of coffee, the fashions on display are international and innovative, and the Delhi Art Gallery focuses on exhibits that exhibit 20th-century Indian art.
While many areas and streets in Delhi have been renamed from English to local names such as “Indira Chowk.” But the new title of Connaught Place does not seem to be gaining popularity. Connaught Place (often abbreviated as CP), the bustling roundabout and circular arcade of shops in New Delhi, is so typical that a name change would always be ambitious. The heart of New Delhi and a famous shopping center, Connaught Place houses numerous shops, restaurants, street stalls, cinemas, banks, and artisanal emporiums. Come here to see a Bollywood box office hit, shop at favorite tourist places like Palika Bazaar, look for the best local crafts, or just walk, navigate, and see everything.