Delhi is an explorer’s dream destination. It is home to some very rich history and has some of the most stunning monuments and fun-filled places to share with the rest of the world. If you’re in Delhi & are looking to savor it, we recommend these 10 places you must have on your travel list to get the best out of Delhi. And to make your experience super easy, convenient and safe, rent an electric scooter from Ghoom and ride it like you own it to explore Delhi on your own terms. Ghoomo, Ghoom ke saath! (pun intended) So, here’s your top 10 tourist attractions in Delhi.
1. India Gate
You can’t come to Delhi and miss seeing India Gate. It’d be like visiting Paris and not seeing the Eiffel Tower. A war memorial located astride the Rajpath, it was constructed in the year 1931. It pays tribute to over 70,000 soldiers killed during the First World War and the Afghan War. It does so by having the names of all the soldiers inscribed in the walls of India Gate. Guaranteed evocation of your inner patriotism in front of this remarkable structure.
2. Qutub Minar
Photo by Rituraj Pankaj on Unsplash Qutub Minar also known as the “victory tower” holds the record of the tallest tower in India. The 72.5m tall tower is believed to commemorate the victory and the beginning of the Mughal era in India. This UNESCO world heritage site was built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak to mark the end of rule by the last Hindu Kingdom. This minaret is definitely one of India’s assets, not only has it survived damages from an earthquake from the 16th century, but it has also survived being struck by lightning twice in the 14th century.
3. Humayun’s Tomb
Photo by UnKknown Traveller on Unsplash This historical landmark is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It was built in 1570 by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum). The tomb was completed in 8 years and is known as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is also believed to be the source of inspiration behind the conception of Taj Mahal. If you’re visiting historical sites, you’d regret missing out on this one.
4. Lotus Temple
Photo by Jovyn Chamb on Unsplash The Lotus Temple also known as the Bahai House of Worship or Bahai Mashriqu’l-Adhkar Temple is one of the best architectural marvels in the country in modern times. The lotus symbolizes four religions, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism & Jainism. It is known for its beautiful flower-like architecture and marvelous ambiance which makes it a popular tourist attraction for people of all faiths.
5. Khan Market
Established in 1951, this market was named in honor of freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan. In this popular shopping district and retail market in Delhi, you can shop for premium Indian and international brands and sample some amazing food from famous mughlai eateries, cafes to delicatessens, making this place a fantastic addition to any visitor’s itinerary.
6. Red Fort
Photo by Nemichandra Hombannavar on Unsplash Built in 1638, the fort symbolizes the era of Mughal rule in India. This magnificant fort named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone never fails to captivate your attention and exhibits the show of architectural splendor of Mughals. Every year on India’s Independence Day (15 August), the prime minister hoists the Indian tricolour flag at the fort’s main gate and delivers a nationally broadcast speech from its ramparts.
Photo by Russ Bowling Akshardham also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and is one of the India’s largest Hindu temple complexes. Unlike other majority of hindu temples, Akshardham offers an immersive experience into the life and learnings of Swaminarayan. The temple has 11 feet high beautiful statues of Lakshmi Narayan and other statues of Shiva Parvati, Radha Krishna and Sita Ram within the memorial. It also consists of theatre within the premises, which is known as Nilkantha and reflects the events from the life of God Swaminarayan.
8. Connaught Place
Photo by Kaif on Unsplash Right in the heart of Delhi, this place is always buzzing and bustling with people. Often abbreviated as CP, it’s a major shopping centre, nightlife and tourist destination in Delhi. Surrounded by other historical and religious destinations like the Jantar Mantar, Agrasen ki Baoli, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib among others. Built between 1767 and 1774, Connaught Place’s famous Georgian architecture is modelled after the Royal Crescent in Bath, designed by architect John Wood the Younger.
9. National Gallery of Modern Art
Photo by Pardeep The National Gallery of Modern Art is one of the many interesting museums in Delhi. A premier art gallery under the Ministry of Culture has a collection of more than 1700 works by 2000 plus artists includes artists such as Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil as well as foreign artists. If you’re in Delhi and are looking to be inspired, a trip to this gallery would do wonders.
10. Hauz Khas
Photo by vaishali on Unsplash The Hauz Khas village in South Delhi presents a perfect combination and mixture of the beautiful, rich past and an exhilarating present. It houses a mosque, a reservoir, an architectural grandeur of the Delhi Sultanate along with some of the best party places in town. The entire vibe of the village would surely get you in a good mood to enjoy some of the best of Delhi.
Out of all the many good things that Delhi has to offer, these are just a few of them but enough for you to plan a trip back to Delhi and explore some more. So don’t miss out on these special tourist places in Delhi and tick them off your list. Make it better with your very own electric scooter on rent and avoid all the hassle of autos, cabs & public transportation.