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.
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.
India's vibrant capital, Delhi is a city that has witnessed the rise and fall of empires. A cosmopolitan city where old and new, modernity and tradition overlap in an interwoven thread of history, Delhi is captivating. Pulsing with energy, the spice markets and street stalls of Chandni Chowk and Dilli Haat are awash in fabrics in every shade and fragrances that tantalize the senses while the tree-lined boulevards of Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament House stand as symbols of modern democracy. The World Heritage Lal Qila, once the seat of the vast Mughal Empire witnessed many a battle yet stands to tell the tale, a testament to the master craftsmen and engineers of the 17th Century. From the historic arch of India Gate to the upscale retail hub Khan Market, Delhi offers culture, entertainment and shopping, reflecting the eclectic Indian spirit with style.
If you wish to spend a fun-filled evening with your gang of friends then Movida is the place to be. Drenched in vibrant hues and decked up in eccentric paraphernalia, this bar is known for their Karaoke evenings. Located in one of the more popular areas of New Delhi, Movida is a haunt for youngsters, locals and tourists alike. The place has an impressive line-up of drinks on offer. Also, the food menu here complements its drinks counterpart with scrumptious snacks that keep your hunger in check. The service is swift thus leaving no room for disappointment.
Very well-known in Delhi, Central Park has been a centre for cultural events since a very long time. The beautiful Central Park area at the Connaught Place was re-developed in 2005-2006 and has now become one of the main tourist attraction of the city. Lovely fountains and well-maintained gardens make this park an attractive site in the evening, where the locals and visitors stroll around admiring the beauty of this proud landmark.