S’étendant sur plusieurs hectares, les jardins tranquilles de Lodhi sont aussi historiques que pittoresques. Ces immenses jardins sont inextricablement liés à la dynastie Lodhi. Mouchetés de pelouses soigneusement entretenues, de feuillages verdoyants et d’arbres gigantesques, ces jardins sont emprunts de magnificence naturelle et d’antiquité. Une série de tombeaux énigmatiques usés par le temps sont parsemés dans l’ensemble des jardins, hommages solennels aux sultans (rois) des dynasties Sayyid et Lodi qui régnèrent sur le Nord de l’Inde aux XVe et XVIe siècles. Le Bara Gumbad est niché au cœur des jardins, laissant place à une spectaculaire mosquée à trois dômes, tandis que le Shisha Gumbad abrite les dépouilles d’une famille ancienne. Le tombeau de Muhammad Shah n’a rien à envier à un palais, tandis que celui de Sikandar Lodi est doté d’une muraille majestueuse accentuée par de luxuriantes pelouses vertes. Ces tombeaux, avec leurs voûtes pointues, leurs tuiles en verre et leurs dômes structurels, sont eux aussi un témoignage du génie et de la gloire de l’architecture moghole. Les jardins de Lodhi abritent également une myriade d’éléments aquatiques, notamment de petits ruisseaux coulant au goutte à goutte ainsi qu’un lac placide parsemé de canards blancs immaculés. Très prisés par les familles et les amateurs de pique-niques et de jogging de Dehli, ces jardins sont situés tout proche de la tombe de Humayun, et sont particulièrement époustouflants le soir, lorsque leurs monuments sont magnifiquement illuminés.
Haats are traditionally periodic open markets, though Dilli Haat INA is open on all days of the week throughout the year. Craftsmen from all over the country are invited to display and sell their work. Spread over a spacious 2.43 hectares (6 acres) area, imaginative landscaping, creative planning and the traditional village architectural style have combined to produce the perfect ambiance for a haat or market place. A plaza paved with stone and brickwork skilfully interspersed with grass, flowering shrubs and towering eucalyptus tress have conjured up an oasis in which visitors can browse at their leisure. This is the best place to get great prices for textiles, handicrafts, jewelry and home accessories. It is always buzzing with the incessant flow of Delhiites at all times of the day. And Dilli Haat INA is probably the only place in the city where authentic regional food from all over the country is available. Great entertainment, in the form of concerts by local musicians and dancers, is also organized on the weekends.
Spread over an area of 200,000 square feet (18,580.608 square meters), is the city’s most popular hangout spot, the DLF Cyber Hub. Boasting of numerous restaurants and bars like the Hard Rock Cafe and Au Bon Pain as well as independent joints like Made in Punjab, the DLF Cyber Hub ensures there is something in store for everyone. Besides the eateries, the local hub also boasts of an exhibit space, an amphitheater, and an open terrace, all of which are perfect for both large and small scale events. If you want a taste of the local scene, certainly head to DLF Cyber Hub for a great time.
Sultanpur National Park, once just a forgotten marshland, was developed by the government into an aviary haven for both local as well as migratory birds. Today with over 250 species of birds spotted within the park, the sanctuary has been elevated to be known as the National Park of Haryana. The park is best visited during the winter months when more than 100 migratory bird species such as Siberian Cranes, Rosy Pelican, Long-billed Pipit and Greater Flamingo make this retreat their feeding ground as they travel. But the park doesn't disappoint during the rest of the year either, as the resident species of Paddyfield Pipit, Purple Sunbird, White Ibis, Laughing Dove among others make the trip more than wonderful. In an attempt to further attract tourists to the sanctuary, the tourism board of Haryana has established a lodge within the sanctuary that rents out rooms to the public. The sanctuary is also home to an incredible number of tree species such as Acacia and Neem and while on trail one can occasionally spot antelopes such as the Neelgai or Blue Bull as well as the Black Buck.
Leisure Valley Park is one of Gurgaon's famous tourist attractions. This 10-hectare (25-acre) field of green is beautified by a number of ornamental trees, light posts, and roses gardens. The winding concrete pathways through the gardens make for a leisurely walk, perfect in the company of family and friends. But what steals the show is the magnificent water fountain that flows in the middle of the park. This musical fountain follows a rhythmic pattern that continues all day and is accompanied by a dazzling display of lights after dark. Besides the greenery and its fountain, the park grounds also play host to various events from time to time. A pleasant recreational spot that is frequented by locals and tourists for its beauty.
Located in Sector 29 of the city, the Oysters Beach Water Park is spread over 20 acres (8.09 hectares) and offers a day full of fun to its guests. The park comprises of water rides like Skyfall, Pirate Station, OMG and Typhoon Tunnel that can easily make you feel the adrenaline rush, lots of restaurants and bars, an event venue for private and corporate events and lot more. Markets, cirques, art and science events and adventure sports are also organized here on a regular basis. Certain attractions of the park such as rain dance and wave pool can even be enjoyed by people of all age groups. Whether you come here with your group or your family, you can rest assured that you will have a memorable time here.
The Haryaana Polo Club welcomes any and all polo enthusiast. The months between October and March is the Haryaana Polo season in which professionals take part in competitive games. In all the rest of the months in the year is when beginners can step up and learn to this great game. In addition to the polo grounds, there are practice areas with 70 permanent stables, and the clubhouse even has guest rooms.
Ferozabad was constructed in 1354 by Feroz Shah Tuglaq. It now lies in ruins at Feroz Shah Kotla. This place now seem like a menacing fortress, but the most famous structure here is the Ashoka Pillar, on which the great king and philosopher, Ashoka's teachings are inscribed. Amongst the ruins are also the remains of a mosque and a well. It has been bought to this state by the endless stippling of its materials to construct newer buildings. In 1883, a Cricket ground by this name was established here and since then India has played and won many international level matches on this field. Feroz Shah Kotla was also be one of the venues for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Located at 150 meters (500 feet) away from India Gate is a beautiful, majestic and empty canopy. It was built by famous British architect Edwin Lutyens during the British rule and once housed the statue of King George V. After the independence of India in 1947 the statue of the King was removed and since then the canopy stands empty. Visitors can visit the canopy anytime during the day or night and from there enjoy mesmerizing views of the whole Rajpath area.
The majestic India Gate is inextricable from New Delhi's character and has stood strong as the city's pride since 1921. Surrounding this historic monument is a beautiful, hexagon-shaped garden, rightly called as the India Gate Lawns. Covered with carefully manicured grass and brought to life with colorful flowers, these lawns are nothing less than an oasis in an otherwise bustling city. In the morning, the lawns are frequented by senior locals for a walk, while evenings see a surge of tourists, students and kids frolicking around. When the sun goes down and India Gate is illuminated, the lawns look even more appealing and simply idyllic for a serene walk with your special someone.
With the capacity to accommodate about 25,000 people, Dhyan Chand National Stadium is a popular hockey stadium deriving its name from the famous hockey player, Dhyan Chand. This stadium has witnessed famous tournaments including the First Asian Games in 1951. With facilities like electronic scoreboard, lounge room, conference room and changing room, this place is ideal for conducting cricket training, social, cultural and corporate events. You can also catch up with the city's major events that are held here regularly.
Spread over an area of 176-acre (71 hectare), the Delhi Zoo is surrounded by beautiful gardens, a hill on one side, and a picturesque lake on the other. The zoo is a favorite with the kids and a popular picnic place for Delhiites. A favored spot for the migratory birds, it also holds numerous exhibits and enclosures of rare animals and birds. Herds of Black Bucks, elephants to white tigers as well as leopards and the Indian wolf can be seen here. In addition the zoo is home to the Indian Cobra and Rock Python. It also has an early 17th-century Kos Minar, built by Jehangir, son of emperor Akbar.