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Top 8 Tourist Sites In Delhi

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Delhi, like most capital cities, has a lot going for it and there’s no dearth of landmarks and monuments. With endless options of things to see and do, here is a list of the top 8 tourist sites in Delhi.

India Gate

India Gate
Teeming with people from all walks of life, India Gate is a favourite city hotspot be it on a balmy summer night or a foggy winter morning. A memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives in wars between 914-1921, the arch-style monument constructed of red Bharatpur stone was designed by noted British architect, Sir Edwin Lutyen. The area around India get is always abuzz with vendors selling balloons and ice-cream, families picnicking on the lawns, couples enjoying a boat ride and fitness buffs running the length of the Rajpath boulevard.

Timings: 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Entry Fees: None

Working Days: All

 

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar
The tallest brick minaret in the world at a height of over 72 meters, the Qutub Minar was built as a Victory Tower by Qutb-al-Din Aibak in the 12th century. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s the main attraction within the Qutub Complex, which boasts of some of the finest Islamic architecture complete with marble inlay motifs, Arabic inscriptions and latticed stonework screens. Also in the complex alongside the ruins of a fort and mosque is the Iron Pillar dating back the 4th century. A masterpiece that stuns, the pillar weighs over six tonnes and soars in to the sky at over seven metres. Many hopeful visitors used try to encircle their arms around the Iron Pillar for good luck but the area has been cordoned off in recent years to prevent corrosion.

Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry Fees:

  • Rs.30 p.p. for adults
  • Free for children up to the age of 15 years
  • Rs.500 for foreigners

Working Days: All

 

Red Fort

Red Fort
Red Fort or Lal Quila, as it’s fondly called, is a fine representation of Mughal architecture. This one-time palace of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, this declared UNESCO World Heritage Site is constructed of red sandstone. The interiors unfold many unexpected surprises in the form of majestic rooms and halls despite being looted and plundered over the centuries. These include Diwan-i-Khas, Rang Mahal and Hira Mahal. Other structures within Red Fort are a step well, royal baths and a mosque.

Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Entry Fees:

  • Rs.35 for p.p. for adults
  • Rs.500 p.p. for foreigners
  • Rs.60 p.p. for adults on Weekdays and Rs.80 p.p. on Weekends for the Light & Sounds Show
  • Rs.20 p.p. for children on Weekdays & Rs.30 p.p. on Weekends for the Light & Sound Show

Working Days: All except Monday

 

Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb
It’s believed that the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun was what the Taj Mahal was modelled after. Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, represents the grand Persian architecture of the era complete with inlayed work domes, ornate high arches and intricate stonework screens. Laid out in a quadrant, Humayun’s Tomb, having recently undergone extensive restoration work, is especially picturesque owing to its manicured gardens, geometric walkways and beautiful fountains.

Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry Fees;

  • Rs.20 p.p. for Adults
  • Rs.250 p.p. for foreigners
  • Children below the age of 15 do not require an entry fee

Working Days: All days

 

Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Village
Having come a long way from its historical past, Hauz Khas Village is where couture and cuisine rule the roost. Meander through the many lanes of this complex and you’ll be likely to find a hidden stairway leading to a hip rooftop restaurant or a designer boutique tucked away in a nook. The old and new is clearly visible with elders of the village lounging on day beds smoking hukkas as millennials dressed to the nines walk past. The large reservoir and tombs also draws a large crowd. With an inimitable vibe, Hauz Khas Village is the place to see and be seen!

Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry Fees;

  • Rs.20 p.p. for Adults
  • Rs.250 p.p. for foreigners
  • Children below the age of 15 do not require an entry fee

Working Days: All days

 

National Museum

National Museum
The country’s largest museum, the National Museum comprises artistic, cultural and historical artefacts and displays. From archaeology to jewelry, some of the collections date back hundreds of centuries. Worth admiring at the National Museum are illustrated manuscripts in Persian and Chinese, miniature Mughal-era paintings and a prestigious collection of Central Asian antiquities. Plan to spend at least half the day at the National Museum if you really want to see all that it houses.

Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entry Fees;

  • Rs.20 p.p. for Adults
  • Rs.250 p.p. for foreigners
  • Children below the age of 15 do not require an entry fee

Working Days: All days

 

National Rail Museum

National Rail Museum
A favorite with kids and adults alike, the National Rail Museum, located amidst the leafy boulevards of Delhi’s Chanakyapuri neighborhood, is all things locomotive. With displays of actual rail carriages prepared for royalty back in the day, climb on board and see the saloon of Prince of Wales and Maharaja of Mysore along with one of the only two Morris-Belsize fire engines in the world. The main attraction at the National Rail Museum remains that takes you on a joyride around the museum. Enjoy the ride!

Timings: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Entry Fees:

  • Rs.20 p.p.
  • Rs.20 p.p. for a ride on the toy train

Working days: All except Monday

 

Dilli Haat

IDilli Haat
Dilli Haat is a real treat for foodies and shopaholics! It’s where you can feast on regional specialties be it pav bhaji or vada pav and indulge in retail therapy at handicraft and handloom kiosks. With food stalls from various states like Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Nagaland, Rajasthan and West Bengal, you’re guaranteed an authentic fare wherever the enticing aromas in the air lead you. The vendors at the crafts bazaar are rotated on a seasonal basis so unique wares from across the country can be showcased.

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Entry Fees:

  • Rs.30 for adults
  • Rs.10 for children up to 12 years of age
  • Rs.100 for foreigners

Working Days; All days

 

Author: Devika Khosla

With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.

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