One Day in Delhi

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One Day in Delhi Delhi the capital of India is one city that has welcomed each and everyone at some or the other point of their life. Though people in Delhi are busy beavers but a day out of the hectic schedule is enough to actually live in Delhi

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RED FORT Delhis most famous monument the Red fort stands not only as a powerful reminder of the Mughal era India but also a symbol of Indias struggle for freedom. It was build by fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan when he decided to shift his capital there from Agra in 1638. The forts turbulent history includes being captured by the Sikhs and the British. To take your imagination back to the ancient era a one hour sound and light show of the forts history is held each evening. ● Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk Old Delhi. ● Entry Cost: Foreigners 500 rupees. Indians 30 rupees. Free for children under 15 years. Places to visit in Delhi

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Qutab Minar Qutab Minar the tallest brick minaret in the world is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206 but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. The tower has five distinct stories and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. There are also a number of other historic monuments on the site.

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India Gate The towering archway of India Gate at the center of New Delhi is a war memorial built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summers evening. Theres also a fun

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Jama masjid Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City and its one of the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25000 devotees. The mosque took six years to build and was completed in 1656. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view albeit obscured by metal security grills across the rooftops of Delhi. Be sure to dress appropriately when Visiting the mosque or you wont be allowed in. This means covering your head legs and shoulders. Attire is available there. ● Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk Old Delhi. Near the Red Fort.

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Swami Narayan Akashardam This massive temple complex was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization and opened in 2005. Its dedicated to showcasing Indian culture. As well as the astonishing architecture of the pink stone and white marble shrine the complex includes sprawling garden sculptures and boat ride. Allow plenty of time to explore it thoroughly -- at least half a day. Do note that cell phones and cameras are not permitted inside

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Chandni Chowk Chandni Chowk the main street of old Delhi is a shocking contrast to the wide orderly streets of New Delhi. Cars cycle rickshaws hand-pulled carts pedestrians and animals all compete for space. Its chaotic crumbling and congested but completely captivating as well. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India its narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewelry fabrics and electronics. For the more adventurous Chandni Chowk is an excellent place to sample some of Delhis street food. The renowned Karim Hotel a Delhi dining institution is also located there.

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Humayuns Tomb If you think Humayuns Tomb looks a bit like the Tajmahal in Agra thats because it was the inspiration for the Taj Mahals creation. The tomb was built in 1570 and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India and the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country. The tomb is part of a greater complex thats set among beautiful gardens

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Lodhi Gardens Lodhi Gardens provides a serene retreat from city life and is the place to come if youre feeling tired and worn out. The vast Gardens were built by the British in 1936 around the tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers. Joggers yoga practitioners and young couples all enjoy this park.

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