Medieval mayhem, opulent metropolis, stately maiden aunt: give it a chance, and this unruly capital will capture your heart. Yes, it’s crowded, aggravating, polluted, extreme, and hectic, but hey, nobody’s perfect.
New Delhi’s colonnaded heart is commercial centre Connaught Place. The first-time visitor should be on their guard against touts and trickster, where they earn a ridiculously high commission at your expense. Touts are especially rampant here.
Bangla Sahib Gurdwara
Topped with gold onion domes, the gurdwara is an important Sikh shrine and a constant hive of activity. At the back of the gurdwara (Sikh Temple) is a huge tank, surrounded by a graceful colonnade. The water is said to have curative properties. Devotional songs are sung throughout the day. Here you will see the giant kitchen which feeds thousands of people each day and will have a chance to participate in their charitable work if you choose to do so.
Agrasen Ki Baoli
An architectural marvel. It has three stories and 108 steps which goes down to the well. The water inside the well is said to hypnotise people and allure them to commit suicide. It contains black water, which mysteriously killed people. However, the well is dry these days. True or not, it’s up for you to decide.
This massive fort is a sandstone carcass of its former self, but it’s the best place in Delhi to imagine the Mughal city’s sometime splendour. The walls of the Fort extend for 2km and vary in height from 18m on the riverside to 33m on the city side. You can buy the tickets to the fort and its interior museums from the ticket kiosk opposite Lahore Gate.
- Rs.35 per person for Indians
- Rs.500 per person for Foreign Tourists
- Rs.25 for Video Camera
- Rs.80 per person for adults on weekends (Light & Sound show)
- Rs.30 per person for children on weekends (Light & Sound show)
- Rs.60 per person for adults on weekdays (Light & Sound show)
- Rs.20 per person for children on weekdays (Light & Sound show)
Delhi most sublime sight. A beautiful example of early Mughal architecture. The tomb brought Persian style to Delhi, but the two-tone combination of red sandstone and white marble is entirely local, showing the complementary merging of the cultures.
- Rs.30 for Indians
- Rs.500 for Foreigners
The beautiful religious buildings of the Qutb Minar from the onset of Islamic rule in India. Today on Delhi’s outskirts, once these constructions were in the heart of the Muslim city. The great 7m Iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. Scientists have never discovered how the iron, which has not rusted after some 2000 years, could be cast using the technology of the time.
There are more sights to Delhi than just these. Due to time constraint, it seems impossible to see everything in the capital. Any major attraction that i missed out which you highly recommend? Leave the comment below.