An architectural marvel par excellence, the glorious India Gate is an emblematic jewel of New Delhi. It is a majestic structure that stands high at the end of Rajpath, amidst manicured lawns and water fountains carved in sandstone. Designed and built by Lutyens, it was originally known as the All India War Memorial. This structure was built in honor and memory of the scores of Indian soldiers who laid down their lives as part of the British Indian Army between 1914-1921 in battles across the world. India Gate is truly unique as the names of 13,300 fallen soldiers' names are inscribed on its walls. Beneath its arch burns the eternal flame, or Amar Jyoti, which has been alight since 1971. The area is especially breathtaking in the evenings when India Gate and the sprawling lawns are dramatically lit. India Gate stands directly across from the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhavan, the residence of the President of India. Drawing its architectural nuances from that of a triumphal arch, this is one of the most beautiful localities in the city and is favorite spot for picnics and outings all year round.
A trip to Delhi would amount to much less if The National Museum were not on your itinerary. Built in 1960, this place stores an endless and spectacular collection of Indian antiquities. The collection is truly fantastic and extraordinary; there are treasures from pre-historic times and from the time of the birth of Indian civilization. Priceless pieces of art and sculptures from the Indus Valley civilization, can also be found here. That's not all, the museum houses rare miniatures, Buddhist and Jain relics and an extensive collection of artifacts from the Chola Era. If you are interested in decorative arts; this museum exhibits those too.
Located in a building which once belonged to the Maharajahs of Jaipur, the NGMA has a setting that is ideal for showcasing the best of Indian artwork. This includes beautiful sculptures by some of the country's best known artists; displayed cleverly in the surrounding gardens. There are also paintings from the 19th and 20th Centuries, with works from artists, such as Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Raja Ravi Varma and Amrita Sher Gill. There is a small but a rare collection of artworks by international artists as well, which includes names like Henry Moore, Jacob Stein and Kozo Mio. Spend a few hours studying the beautiful work here and lose yourself in the myriad of colors and shapes.
India is a known as a country of hundreds of religions and communities and the Bahá’í House of Worship is a symbol of such tolerance and respect. Built in 1997, in the shape of a white lotus, it is surrounded by nine crystal blue pools of water and lush green lawns. The idea is to create an illusion of a white lotus floating in water. This building welcomes worshipers, believers and non-believers from all over the country and the world, regardless of religious orientations, and it strives to create a space of calm and positive energy. Aside from religious aspect of it, thousands tourists come everyday to view and enjoy the mammoth lotus structure built out of marble with the red sandstone pathways.
Erstwhile residence of Emperor Shah Jahan, the Red Fort is a magnificent sight that symbolizes the the artistic, architectural and historic legacy of the Mughal Empire. Built in 1648 along the banks of the Yamuna River, the mighty fort was constructed using red sandstone, its defensive walls spanning a distance of 2.41 kilometers (1.5 miles). Before 1857, the fort was a small city in itself, and was home to several nobles and warriors. Now, it stands as an emblematic jewel of the city, its faded scarlet facade a lure for admiring eyes. Only a part of the fort is accessible to the public, while the rest is the territory of the Indian army. Come evening, the fort metamorphoses into a luminescent wonder, accentuated by vivid lights and sounds - a special show accompanied by a voice-over that tells the tale of those who once called this fort their home. Boasting spectacular semblances of Mughal, Persian and Timurid architecture, the fort sits amid blankets of verdant lawns. The magnificent Lahori Gate leads into the fort, the grounds of which feature an array of historically-significant sites including the Diwan-i-Aam (audience hall), Diwan-i-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience), the enigmatic baoli (step well), Hamma-e-Lal Qila, the sprawling Hayat Baksh Bagh, the Shahi Burj tower,Rang Mahal, Lal Mahal and the Moti Masjid.
Spread across three floors, Lalit Kala Academy is a spacious art gallery that has been operating since 1954. This venue has been a platform for amateur and well-known artists alike. Being an art hub, this gallery has been the venue for the Triennale India exhibition which sees around 40 countries participating. Besides this, the art gallery also holds the National Exhibition of Photography and Arts and is a host to several film shows and other events regularly. All in all, Lalit Kala Academy is surely a must visit for all the art aficionados in town.
National Children's Museum is a wonderful endeavor to make a child aware of the country's rich history and culture, in an interesting and captivating manner. Located in the National Bal Bhavan, this museum houses a wide collection of toys, dolls, bronze objects, jewelry, utensils, musical instruments and other items from various eras. It also arranges for special exhibits and workshops for children. The museum houses three galleries, Hamara Bharat, Gaurav Gatha and the Surya or Sun gallery, chronicling India's glorious past.
Kamani Auditorium is one of the oldest and renowned auditoriums in Delhi. Inaugurated by the then President of India, Shri. V.V. Giri and with an opening concert by M.S. Subbulakshmi; this auditorium has welcomed many dignitaries since its inception. It is situated in a prime location with Connaught place and India Gate in its vicinity. It has a seating capacity of 632 people and has excellent facilities like a majestic stage, cultural centre and dressing rooms. The auditorium hosts varied events like plays, concerts, ballets, theatrical and solo performances.
A spectacular canopy of Indo-Islamic architecture, the majestic Jama Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in India, and also one of the last buildings to be made by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Having been constructed over a period of fourteen years, the mosque is complete with two large gateways, and imposing minarets. Crafted from a beautiful melange of white marble and red sandstone, Jama Masjid bears a tapestry of sharp arches, gleaming domes, balconies and a splendid courtyard. Proudly watching over the endearing landscape of Old Delhi, the mosque is also adorned with elegant pillars, columns and the majestic Royal Entrance, which is, perhaps the centerpiece of the edifice. Numerous paintings and religious inscriptions lie strewn across the fabric of the mosque, which, indisputably, is the crowning glory of the city.
Dating back to the 17th Century, Chandni Chowk was built by Shah Jahan and conceptualized by his daughter, Jahan Ara. It is among the biggest wholesale markets and oldest markets in the country. It is home to several historical structures both religious and other wise, most notably are the Jama Masjid, Central Baptist Church, Fatehpuri Masjid and Haveli of Mirza Ghalib. This bustling and colorful bazaar is not only popular with traders and locals but also tourists who throng here to shop for fabrics, spices, jewelry, curios and souvenirs. Some food stalls in the area are 100 years old or even more.