My Top 5 Delhi Must Sees

by - 8/07/2015

1. Safdarjung Tomb
My favourite monument in Delhi (perhaps, because it was my first "attraction) is Safarjung Tomb. It was the first tourist attraction I visited in Delhi so it will always whole a special place in my heart. Built between 1753-1754 bu Nawab Shuja-ud-Daula, the son of Safdarjung, it's now located on Lodhi Road. Safdarjung tomb represents the last phase of the Mughal style architecture being built in red sandstone and buff stone and follows a similar pattern of Humayun Tomb. Located inside are two graves - those of - Safdarjung and his wife. 

2. Akshardham
Akshardham is a beautiful temple built in 2005 and is defiantly a must see! I will say it's like no other temple I've been too and more like Disney theme park! Akshardham is a full day excursion with many experiences and exhibitions. The stunning Mandir is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. There are 3 Halls on the complex. Hall 1 (Hall of Values) - is a walk through tour of films and robotic shows depicting the ideals of nonviolence, honesty, harmony, and spirituality. Hall 2 (Giant Screen Film) shows the story of an eleven year old yogi named Nilkanth and can be watched in either English or Hindi. Hall 3 (Cultural Boat Ride) takes you on a tour of India's 10,000 year history while cruising on boat. There is also an evening fountain show. Camera's are not allowed inside (hence no pictures) and can be checked into a secured locker.

3. Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb, one of the most beautiful monuments in Delhi was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Humayun's Persian wife Bega Begum between 1569-72 and design by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. Humayun who ruled India for a decade before being expelled to Persia, later regained control, one year before his death in 1556. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. There are also several graves of Mughal ruling families located inside the walled enclosure.

4. Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple is the perfect place to meditate, pray, and find peace. People of all faiths are welcomed to visit the temple. Completed in 1986 it is among the seven Baha'i Houses of Worship. The temple has 27 blooming petals and stands 40 meters tall. The structure is made of white marble and can hold over 2000 people. There are 9 bright blue ponds surrounding the temple as to represent a lotus floating in water.

5. Lodhi Garden
A tranquil escape from the hectic roads of Delhi, with it's sprawling lawns, ancient tombs, and manicured gardens, is Lodhi Gardens. On evenings, weekends, and holidays you will find families enjoying picnics, playing badminton and cricket, and taking an evening stroll amidst the 15th century architecture. It's also a common place for young lovers to sneak away behind the trees during the afternoon, much to the bewilderment of my MIL. :)

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  1. That looks stunning:) We've been to Mumbai and Goa but not Delhi yet. Such beautiful architecture.

  2. Thanks for your comment! You definitely need to visit Delhi, there's so much history too see! I still haven't made it to Goa :(

  3. Thats a great introduction to delhi!