The capital city of India, New Delhi has more to offer than most other cities in the country. With a historical and cultural heritage, there are many places in Delhi which are remnants of a bygone era.
Apart from the cultural sights, there are also temples in and around the city. Monuments which are reminiscent of the freedom struggle of the country are also scattered throughout the city and one can feel an aura of greatness when they stand near it.
The sights, sounds and smells are all an important part of Delhi. The cuisine is also available aplenty, with a dominant Mughal influence and a tinge of flavour from all parts of the country, the food here is unlike any other. One can end a great sightseeing tour, by coming back to some of the most popular street food areas in Delhi and indulging their taste buds. Some monuments and sights worth a visit are:
Qutub Minar: A tower built up entirely of red sandstone and marble, it is a sight to behold. The tower also stands quite tall, at around 73 meters. It has a base diameter of 14.3 meters and spirals up to a narrow 2.7-meter diameter at the top. It is composed of 5 stories and there are 379 steps inside the tower. It is one of the oldest buildings around the city and can be dated back to the 11th century, its construction is said to have taken around 25 plus years. It is a part of the Qutub complex which also has more sights on offer and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
India Gate: This memorial which is dedicated to the soldiers of India who lost their lives in the First World War is one of the most majestic structures in the city. It is an arc and resembles some of the famous structures around the world, which shares a similar design. It was constructed in the 1920s and since then has added a black marble plinth which features a reverse rifle and a helmet, commemorating the soldier who laid down their lives in the Bangladesh Liberation War. The plinth is surrounded by four flames which burn eternally. It is a great hangout spot and one can bask in the glorious majesty of the monument at night time when the lights make the building stand out even more.
Lotus Temple: Homage to the architectural brilliance of Indian artisans, this building was constructed in 1986 and is a temple open to people of all religions and caste. The building is shaped like a lotus and is made of 27 free stranding marble structures. There are 9 gates to the temple and it can accommodate up to 2500 people at a time.
These are some of the sights on offer, there are many more in and around the Delhi and the NCR region. If visiting from Mumbai, check the Mumbai to Delhi Flights schedule and proceed to book the flights. Delhi offers more than just sights and sounds, it as an experience one needs to go through.