The Indian capital city of Delhi has a long history. The city has seen the rise and fall of many empires which have left behind a number of monuments that stand as a mark of the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. This is a city where the past coexists with the present. Owing to the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural presence of the vast Indian bureaucracy and political system, New Delhi is considered a cosmopolitan city by most measures. The capital city’s international airport is one of the largest airports in the world and one of the busiest airports in South Asia, receiving both domestic and international travelers for business and leisure. This week, we continue with our list of recommended attractions to visit when you are in New Delhi
This photo of Red Fort (Lal Quila) is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Red Fort – Constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, this 17th century fort complex served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. Built in 1638 and completed a decade later, the Red Fort was originally referred to as “Qila-i-Mubarak” (The Blessed Fort), because it was the residence of the royal family. Lying along the Yamuna River, the red sandstone walls of the massive complex rises 33 metres into the skyline of the city and the Red Fort is undoubtedly one of the most important building complexes of India as it represents a long period of Indian history and its arts. A symbol of architectural brilliance and power, the complex attracts a major crowd on every Independence Day. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally built to keep out invaders, today it serves as a reminder of the once magnificent power and pomp of the past Mughal rulers. The fort opens at two major gates, the Delhi and the Lahore gates. The main gate (Lahore) leads to a long covered bazaar street, the Chhattar bazaar, a bazaar selling tourist trinkets. Inside the huge fort compound is a veritable treasure trove of buildings, including the Drum House, the Hall of Public Audiences, the white marble Hall of Private Audiences, the Pearl Mosque, Royal Baths and Palace of Color. Every evening, the fort puts on a sound and light show re-creating poignant events in India’s history for visitors to see.
Note: Entry to the fort is Rs. 250 (5 USD) for visitors with a Rs.25 (50 Cents) fee for filming surcharges. The show starts from 6pm onward and costs Rs.80(USD 1.5) for adults and Rs.30 (60 Cents) for children.
India Gate – This 42 metres high “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway is the national monument of India. Built in 1931, the India Gate was originally known as the All India War Memorial. Situated in the heart of New Delhi, it is a prominent landmark in Delhi and commemorates the 90,000 Indian soldiers who gave their lives fighting for the Indian Empire in World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.
This photo of India Gate is courtesy of TripAdvisor
The memorial also has the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens who was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the foundation stone of this archway was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921. Composed of red and pale sandstone and granite, India Gate stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone and rises in stages to a huge moulding. The cornice is inscribed with the Imperial suns while both sides of the arch have INDIA, flanked by the dates MCMXIV (1914 left) and MCMXIX (1919 right). We recommend visiting India Gate at night as during nightfall, the arch is most beautiful and the fountains nearby lit up with coloured lights. If you are planning to visit during the day, surrounding the imposing structure is a large expanse of lush green lawns, which is a popular picnic spot for many visitors.
National Gandhi Museum – Arguably one of the greatest thinkers of all time Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The National Gandhi Museum is a museum showcasing the life and principles of India’s pre-eminent political and ideological leader. The museum was first opened in Mumbai shortly after Gandhi was assassinated in 1948, following his shocking death, collectors began searching India for anything of importance about Gandhi. The museum moved several times and in 1959, The Gandhi Museum moved for a final time to Rajghat, New Delhi next to the Samadhi (Memorial) of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi Museum’s library is a collection of Gandhi’s work and a general studies library. The books are divided into two sections, those written by or about Gandhi and books on other subject matters. There are currently over 35,000 books or documents in the museum’s library. There is also a collection of 2,000 periodicals in both English and Hindi chronicling the life of Gandhi. The museum’s gallery has a large number of paintings and personal items of Mahatma Gandhi. The most notable items in the collection are a Satyagraha woodcut by Willemia Muller Ogterop, one of Gandhi’s walking sticks, the shawl and dhoti (loincloth worn by male Hindus) worn by Gandhi when he was assassinated, one of the bullets that killed him, his ivory toothpick, some of Gandhi’s teeth and his urn.
The museum is opened every day except Monday from 10am to 5.30pm and is free for all visitors. There is however a Rs.500 (10 USD) fee for visitors with video cameras.
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Further connectivity is provided by two arterial roads, which provide easy access to neighbouring zones. Key destinations such as central Delhi, South Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad can be reached by the DND expressway and Noida link roads.