The capital city of India, New Delhi, is rich in culture and heritage, with places of historical importance from the Mughal Empire and the British era. If you’re planning a visit to New Delhi with your parents or family, there are many places that could be on your itinerary. But, to make things less confusing for you, we have listed below top 10 places in New Delhi to hang out with family so that you save time and money all the while enjoying the places worth visiting.
1. India Gate
Dubbed as the ‘National Monument of India’, the India Gate is in the heart of New Delhi. It was built to commemorate the deaths of over 90,000 soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Indian Army during the World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. India Gate is a place worth visiting in the evening when people come here with their kids for a boat ride, enjoying street food or to loiter around in the adjoining lush green lawns. It is amongst the places in New Delhi that are flooded with tourists all year round.
2. Qutab Minar
Marked as a world heritage site by UNESCO for being the tallest brick built minaret in the world, Qutab Minar is a 73 meters (243 feet) structure built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak in 1193. The minaret marks Aibak’s victory over Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. Qutab Minar is a great tourist attraction visited mostly by backpackers and families.
3. Humayun’s Tomb
Located in Nizamuddin in East of Delhi, the Humayun’s Tomb was the first garden-tomb built in the Indian subcontinent. The tomb is recognized as the World Heritage site by UNESCO and was built by Humayun’s wife and son in 1565. After it was declared a world heritage site in 1993, the tomb underwent extensive restoration work and has become one of the most attractive tourist destinations not only in New Delhi, but India.
4. Jantar Mantar
Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur in 1724, Jantar Mantar consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments that attract visitors from all around the country and abroad. The primary purpose of the construction of Jantar Mantar was to compile astronomical tables to predict the time and movement of the sun, moon and planets.
5. Lodi Gardens
Showcasing great architectural work of the 15th century, the Lodi Gardens, spreading over an area of 90 acres, is actually a park, protected by the Archeological Survey of India. The Gardens house tombs of Mohammed Shah and Sikandar Lodi amid a few others. Lodi Gardens is one of the finest places in New Delhi to spend a relaxing time admiring nature at its best.
6. ISKCON Temple
Located in the Hare Krishna hills in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi, the Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, better known as the ISKCON Temple, is a very beautiful temple opened in 1998. Very beautifully constructed, the ISKCON Temple is a Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna and Radharani. The temple is a must visit place and is one very famous attraction for foreign and local tourists alike.
7. National Museum
Located in the Janpath area of central Delhi, the National Museum is one of the largest museums in India. If you love art then this is definitely the place for you, as it houses over 200,000 works of art (both national and international) covering almost a period of 5000 years. The Museum so ably blends the pre-historic era to modern works of art that one has to spend an entire day inside the museum to see the whole of it.
8. Red Fort (Lal Qila)
Built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan over a period of ten years in the 17th century, the Red Fort aka Lal Quila, served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors. Because of the extensive use of red sandstone in the construction of the massive walls surrounding the fort, the fort is called the Red Fort. A must see for every visitor in Delhi, the fort houses visitor attractions like the public area (Diwan-i-Aam), private hall (Diwan-i-Khas), mosque (Moti Masjid) and the amazing garden called Hayat Bakhsh Bagh.
9. Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple, noted for its lotus flower like architectural shape was built by the Bahai community as recently as 1986. The Temple is a symbol of secularism, as it is open to people of all religions or other distinctions. Serving as Mother Temple in the Indian subcontinent, the Lotus Temple has won numerous architectural awards at the international levels. It is among’st the best places in New Delhi to get away from the hustle-bustle .
10. Akshardham temple
Inspired and developed by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the architecturally attractive and spiritually luring Akshardham temple is built on the banks of the river Yamuna. Representing the richness of Hindu culture, the Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham as it is also called, is one of the most attractive places in New Delhi. It is recorded that approximately 70 percent of all tourists who arrive in Delhi visit the Akshardham temple.