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The Nehru Planetarium is a wing in the Nehru Museum, which is situated in the Teen Murti Bhavan, where Jawaharlal Nehru used to live. Nehru recognized how important it was for children to develop a scientific temperament and thus opened five planetariums around the country. The Delhi Planetarium is open all year round, with interactive workshops and events organized for amateur astronomers, children and the general public. This is a great place to bring children for an educational as well as a fun day out.
Rolling across acres, the tranquil Lodhi Gardens are as historic as they are picturesque. This sprawling garden carries within its very fabric inextricable traces of the Lodhi dynasty. Mottled with a tracery of manicured lawns, verdant foliage and mammoth trees, the gardens are steeped deep in both, natural magnificence and antiquity. A string of time-worn, enigmatic tombs are dispersed across the course of the garden, tombs which are a solemn homage to the Sayyid and Lodi sultans (kings) who ruled north India in the 15th and 16th Centuries. The Bara Gumbad sits nestled right in the heart of the garden, and gives way to a spectacular three-domed mosque, whereas the Shisha Gumbad carries within itself remnants of an ancient family; the tomb of Muhammad Shah looks nothing short of a palace, while the tomb of Sikandar Lodi features a majestic walled enclosure accentuated by lush green lawns. These tombs, with their sharp arches, glazed tiles and structural domes, are yet another testimony to the sheer genius and glory of Mughal architecture. The garden is further nourished by a tracery of water features, including trickling rivulets, and a placid lake dotted with pristine white ducks. Considered a favorite among Delhi picnickers, joggers and families, the garden is located within close proximity to Humayun's Tomb. These gardens are particularly breath-taking in the evenings, as the monuments are beautifully illuminated with halogen lights.
Built as a solemn commemoration to emperor Humayun by his wife Bega Begum in the 16th Century, this structure, resplendent in red sandstone, is considered to be the next best thing after the Taj Mahal in Agra. The tomb is awe-inspiring, nestled amid lush green lawns on three sides and a meandering river on the fourth. There are other tombs within the premises as well, those of Humanyun Baber's and Isa Khan's. Stirring semblances of Mughal and Persian architecture are entrenched in the tomb's facade, whereas the well-pruned Charbagh, adorned with four water courses, adds to its ethereal aura. Bearing a tapestry of latticed windows, finely-carved mirhabs, sharp archways, beams as well as elegant minarets, the tomb is considered to be first garden-tomb in the country, and is known to have defined the architectural course of several monuments, including the Taj Mahal. Having found its due place on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the tomb is not only frequented by tourists, but also has its loyal local admirers who throng here in hordes.
Named after the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is the fourth largest stadium of India. Opened in 1982, this multi-purpose stadium has hosted several sporting events in the past including the 9th Asian Games in 1982 and One Day International matches in 1984. With the seating capacity of more than 60000 people and standing room for 100,000, it's no wonder that thousands of spectators throng this stadium during the important matches to watch their favorite players live in action. This place also serves as an entertainment venue playing host to many live concerts and performances throughout the year.
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.
A true example of India in flux - modernity surrounded by the traditional. This place was actually a village (still is, in the middle of post South Delhi), but then became a popular place for designers to open shop in. There is a relaxed informality about Hauz Khas Village, with high-end designer shops and restaurants strewn in midst of a rural landscape. You can find an impressive range in fashion ensembles, carpets, old silver antiques, furniture and artifacts that use traditional techniques. Don't be surprised by cow herds resting for hours outside a designer cafe. That's what the Village is all about.