Delhi is indeed one of the prime destinations of the tourism industry of India. Having lived in Delhi for around a decade now, it’s so weird to let you guys know that I had not, until yesterday, visited any of the ancient monuments and structures with a mix of Mughal style of architecture and style. An idea of hanging out for a person these days is going out for shopping or going out for dinners or lunches or may be watching a movie out with family or friends. Right? I am also no different. So, this time I decided to make an exception to the traditional choices of hanging out and I decided to explore my own Delhi with my friend Yashesve. Let’s see what all we explored. We opted for a one day bus tour service from India Tourism Incredible which was absolutely not a very good experience for us. The bus was supposed to start at 9.30 from R.K Ashram Marg however, the bus didn’t arrive until 10.30 and meanwhile when we tried contacting the guy from this company, he didn’t respond to our calls. I would believe that it is a good option to travel via a different tour service or may be use the public transport.
- Birla Mandir
Birla Mandir is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple and is a very known tourist attraction in Delhi. It is located in the west of Connaught Place and was built by the industrialist Sh. J.K. Birla in the year 1939. Moreover, it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people from all the castes shall be allowed to enter the temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (The preserver) and has beautiful architecture. Usage of electronic gadgets including cell phones is prohibited inside the temple and you can get it deposited in your locker before entering. Photography inside the temple is also not permitted so we couldn’t click any pictures from inside the temple.
“Rajpath” means a king’s way and Rajpath in India runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan through Vijay Chowk and India Gate to National Stadium. This avenue is lined on both sides by lawns with rows of trees and ponds. Unarguably, the most important stretch of road in India, where the annual Republic Day parade takes on January 26. This, I believe, is the most VVIP area in the country. It looked beautiful but I would suggest visiting this place during Republic Day, Independence Day or during Diwali. The entire place is beautifully lit up with lights and this view is worth everything.
- India Gate
During my visit to Paris last year, when I visited Arc de Triomphe, I was totally awestruck by its beauty and inspired by Arc de Triomphe, Sir Edwin Lutyens designed India Gate in the year 1931. It is basically a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, formerly called Kingsway in the memory of the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the First World War.
You can also find a lot of local vendors outside of India Gate.
4. Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar, at 73 metres, is world’s tallest rubble masonry minaret. Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutub complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Isn’t it amazing? I live just 5minutes away from this beautiful minaret and yet I had never visited until yesterday. Although the temperature shooed as high as 43 degree, nevertheless the visit was worth all the trouble.
Since yesterday was a Monday, so we missed on to some locations like the Lotus Temple and the Red Fort, but I would say we explored a lot in a very short time though the bus service which we opted for and eventually left during the day was horrible. Overall, it was a very good experience, exploring Delhi like a tourist. Though I would suggest shortlisting 6 places to explore for a day and then using the easiest and the most convenient public transport, the Delhi Metro to commute from one place to another.