Delhi is a charming city. It is also the administrative capital of India. The history of the city goes back to several years since the Mughals made their way into the heart of the country.

Delhi is located on the banks of River Yamuna and boasts of several historic monuments and places that are worth visiting.

New-Delhi

Jaipur and Agra are two cities that are near the capital city of Delhi. While Agra is only 4 hours drive from central Delhi, Jaipur is overnight travel distance. Both these cities have beautiful tourist attractions that we all know about. Let’s find out the places that you can explore when you visit this golden triangle cities.

Plus have a look at our 5 Days Golden Triangle Tour Package to know more that how can can enjoy all the attractions mentioned here and 2 amazing cities of Agra and Jaipur.

Old Delhi

While the New Delhi is the administrative capital of the country and houses the all important Parliament, it is the places in Old Delhi that can charm you as a tourist.

Make a day trip to the interesting places in old Delhi like the Jama Masjid, Red Fort and the Chandni Chowk. These entire places lie in the vicinity of each other and are must visit places when you are in Delhi.

While the Jama Masjid is a huge mosque, you need to enter the place covered up. You need to cover your head and wear full body clothes to enter the mosque.

Just outside the Jama Masjid is the Meena Bazar which is a great place to buy mementoes and knick knacks that you can take back home. Just opposite the Jama Masjid stands the Red Fort which is a historic monument.

It was the residence of the Mughal Emperors for more than 200 years and is now a World Heritage Site. At present there are several museums inside the Red Fort or Lal Qila as it is popularly known. Each of these museums is worth taking a look at.

Rajghat

Rajghat is a memorial built to honor Mahatma Gandhi. The name Rajghat was originally for a historic bank of Yamuna River that was in Old Delhi.

Close to the Rajghat was the gate of the walled city of Old Delhi with an opening to the Yamuna River. After the demise of Mahatma Gandhi, the entire area is now known as Rajghat. The memorial area is made with black marble and it marks the spot where Mahatma was cremated.

There is an eternal flame that burns continuously at the other end of the platform. All visitors must remove their shoes before they enter the memorial. The memorial is always decorated beautifully with flowers and garland and is very peaceful inside.

Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar built in 1193 by Qutubuddin Aibak is the second tallest monument in the country. It stands at 73 meters and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The tower consists of five distinctive storeys which are all marked individually with tapers and a projecting balcony. The diameter of the tapers range from 15 m to 2.5 m from bottom to the top, while the first three storeys are made with red sandstones, the other two storeys are made of sandstone and marble.

At the foot of the monument is the first mosque of India, the Quwwatul Islam Mosque. There is also a 7 m tall iron pillar in the mosque courtyard which is never said to rust. The origin of Qutub Minar is shrouded with mystery which makes it an interesting tourist destination worth a visit.

Humayun Tomb

The Humayun’s tomb is a memorial of the Mughal emperor Humayun that was built by his first wife, Bega Begum way back in 1570.

It is located in the eastern part of Delhi and is one of the preserved monuments from the Mughal era. It depicts the spellbinding architecture of the Mughals in India.

The mausoleum does not only hold the tomb of Emperor Humayun but the garden adjacent to the tomb also has the tombs of several other Mughal Emperors.

In fact, the Mausoleum of Humayun is also known as the Necropolis of the Mughal dynasty in India. The architecture of the tomb is influenced by both Persian and Indian designs that combines and blends well. When you are in Delhi, you must not miss a visit to the Humayun’s tomb.

India Gate

The India Gate is a war memorial built in the honor of those soldiers who laid their lives in the war fighting for the British Army in World War I.

Located at the center of New Delhi, the India Gate is 42 m high and has an archway in the middle of the crossroad. The archway is styled in an Arc De Triomphe mode. This memorial commemorates the lives of 70000 soldiers who lost their lives during the World War I.

Another memorial by the name Amar Jawan Jyoti was added to the premises of India Gate when India gained independence. The flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti burns eternally right underneath the arch to remind the country and the visiting tourists about all those soldiers who have laid their lives in the 1971 war between Indo Pakistan.

The premise of the India Gate is also great for a visit in the summer evenings. In the winters, it turns into an excellent picnic spot.

Rashtrapati Bhavan

The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the residence of the president of the country. The splendor of the building is multi dimension. It has a breathtaking architecture and is designed on a vast area.

The present day residence of the Indian President was earlier the residence of the British Viceroy. The building was constructed to affirm the fact that British would rule in India.

It was on 26th January 1947, that this building was renamed Rashtrapati Bhavan when Dr Rajendra Prasand became the first president of India and occupied the building for defending and also preserving the constitution of India.

An interesting anecdote about the Rashtrapati Bhavan is that it was earlier estimated to take four years to build, but eventually took seventeen years for the construction to complete. On the eighteenth year, India gained independence.