3 Must Things To Do on Delhi Tours

The capital of India, New Delhi is sprinkled with dazzling gems like insightful museums, ancient monuments, art galleries and many eateries. This city has not left even a single stone upturned in alluring the heart of tourists, and globetrotters on Delhi tours can a do a lot of things that make up for a perfect holiday. Two different worlds co-exist in this city with their unique specialities. The Old Delhi consists of narrow lanes, ageing architectural buildings, while New Delhi is marked by modernity making it one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. Here is a list of few things that travelers can do to make their holidays in Delhi even more interesting.

Visit India Gate

India Gate New Delhi

Located in the heart of the city, India Gate is the most prominent attraction that people can visit while spending their holidays in Delhi. Standing on a low-base made of Bharatpur stone, this war monument was built in order to commemorate the Indian soldiers, who lost their lives during the First World War. The walls of the gate are marked by the names of these martyrs. Another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti is lighted throughout the day and night under the arch of India Gate. The colourful fountains lit during the night add to the magnificence of this place. Travelers can enjoy a leisure walk in the green lawns surrounding the monument, which is an ideal tourist spot.

Taste the Amazing Street Food

India Gate New Delhi

Travelers on Delhi tours can tickle their taste buds with scrumptious food that can be found in almost every street of the city. The famous Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, often called the food capital of India, is the best place to relish delicious street food. The area is filled with the aroma of the food that tempts people to give a try to these mouth-watering delicacies. The streets of this place are filled with sellers of sweet and rich breads soaked in ghee. The essence of the street food of Delhi lies in the delicious chat consisting of a mixture of crispy fried bread, pieces of potato, dahi bhalla and sweet and sour spices.

It is the only place in Delhi where travelers can have paya and nihari. A range of non-vegetarian dishes that can be savored by tourists here is shami kebab, shahjahani korma and mutton korma. Those with a sweet tooth can binge on sinful kulfi, offered in different flavors like kewra, banana, rose, kesar and pista.

Explore Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple New Delhi
Located in the east of Nehru Place, Lotus Temple is the last of the seven major temples of Bahai in the world that travelers can explore while availing Delhi holiday packages. Built in the shape of the Lotus flower, the temple was completed in the year 1986. Made of pure white marble, the structure comprises 29 petals around which there are nine pools that are naturally lit. People of every religion come here to meditate and attain peace as the symbol of lotus is common to every religion.

To have an unforgettable experience, holidaymakers can do these three things on Delhi tours.

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Air Force Museum: a Treasure Chest of Airborne Warriors

Some Delhi tour packages include visits to the Air Force Museum, near the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi. This building consists of an indoor exhibition, a hangar and an outdoor area where the real show is organised. The indoor exhibition has on display photographs of veteran pilots and officers. A wall inside the buildings in golden letters pays tribute to those who were killed in the various wars the country fought. Apart from the planes, bombs, missiles and rockets many things presented to officers such as swords, shields, models of boats and Vijay Stambh of Chittorgarh Fort and rifles are kept inside the hangars.

Hangar

The hangar and the outdoor area house many military and fighter airplanes, which make the museum a place to visit to learn more about these. Some machines here were not used by India, but acquired from other countries. The single pilot Westland Lysander, given to India by Canada, is one such exhibit. It was used in WWII to transport commanders, for reconnaissance and as ambulance. Wapiti, manufactured by Westland, was used extensively by the Indian Air Force (IAF) for bombing. Percival Pretence, an unarmed trainer used by the country, is also part of the display. One of the heroes of the 1971 conflict, Hawker Hunter, along with two more Hawker models, namely Hurricane and Tempest can also be seen. The hangar also possesses a Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka aircraft, used by the Japanese.

Also here on showcase is the British Supermarine Spitfire, one of the most popular battle planes in the world. Ouragan and Mystere IV, made by Dassult, are among the bombers in the collection. A de Havilland Vampire, used for the first time by India, in the 1965 Indo-Pak war is also worth beholding. Another plane housed here, having seen action in the 1965 and 1971 wars is the legendary Folland Gnat. Sukhoi-7, one of the earliest models built in this series, is among the Russian machines displayed in the hangar. The other Russian fighter of this exhibition is the ill-fated MIG 21, which has a history of crashes and malfunctions. Machines built by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and kept here include Krishak and Marut. Poland also finds representation through its aircraft PZL TS-11 Iskra.

Outdoor Galley and Vintage Fighters

The English Electric Canberra is a bomber, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, housed in the outdoor section. Another dedicated bomber of the IAF, seen here, is the Consolidated B-24 Liberator. Two planes, still in operation with the IAF, housed here are the MIG 23 and MIG 25. The American Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxer is one of the airborne transporters, which can be seen out here. Helicopters also find representation in the gallery with the multi-purpose Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw. Among other helicopters, basking in glory is the Mi-4 transporter, built by the Russian company MIL. The vintage section is sealed and people cannot enter inside, but can view the exhibits through a glass-door.

One of the machines in this gallery is the de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane, introduced in 1932 and used for bombing. A retired trainer, designed by HAL, HT-2 is also part of this collection. Another vintage trainer, worth seeing during such tour packages, is the T-6 Texan, made by North American Aviation. More transporters in the museum are the Soviet Antonov AN-12, Canadian de Havilland DHC-4 Caribou, Russian Ilyushin IL-14 and the Soviet Tupolev Tu-124.

Art Galleries of Delhi-The National Gallery of Modern Art

Tourists coming to India and not visiting Delhi can miss out on a memorable experience offered by the city. India, which is already well-known for its vibrant culture, gets an added charm with the bustling cities such as Delhi. The capital city boasts of its rich blend of traditionalism and modernity, which function as a bridge between the present and the bygone eras. It has witnessed the rule of a number of great dynasties, including the Mughal and British, who ruled over India for a long time. Delhi tours let travelers explore its various interesting facets like monuments, landmarks and the lively culture. Apart from its political and social significance, Delhi is also famous for its artistic spirit. Establishment of various galleries in the city has made it a prominent centre for different types of arts.

 

National Gallery of Modern Art

 

National Gallery of Modern Art

National Gallery of Modern Art

The National Gallery of Modern Art, referred as NGMA, is one of the premier art galleries run under the Ministry of Culture. An enormous collection of more than 14000 pieces of artworks is present in this edifice, which receives enthusiasts from far-off places. There are a number of great artists from different backgrounds, whose works are included in the gallery. Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose and Thomas Daniell are some of the prominent ones from the list. Those, with a penchant for quaint pieces, can get the delight of watching sculptures dating back to around 1857. This popular edifice is situated towards the end of Rajpath, near India Gate.

 

History

 

The Maharaja of Jaipur used the structure as his residential palace; hence, the building was formerly known as Jaipur House. Some major areas, such as the central dome along with the building shaped as butterfly, were designed by the renowned architect – Sir Arthur Bloomfield. The gallery was honourably inaugurated by the first Vice-president of India – Dr S. Radhakrishnan, in early 1950s. It got Hermann Goetza, who was a noted art historian from Germany, as its first curator. With the passage of time, a number of facilities were added at the site, including restoration, documentation centre and a reference library.

Showcased Items

 

Authentic designs and works from various parts of the country are collected here that clearly speak of the purpose of NGMA to showcase and promote modern art. With several examples of miniature, Tanjore and Kalighat paintings, it has become an impressive repository, which showcases the resplendent past of the country. The edifice has included landmark works of modern artists like M. F. Husain and Tyeb Mehta. Some minor artistic objects, which were made in late 19th century, are added from the government treasury. A number of European artists, who visited the country during the 18th and 19th centuries, also contributed their artworks here. There are numerous travellers, who like to include these impressive institutions in their itinerary as this offers an opportunity to experience the rich culture of the country and understand the factors, which have influenced them over the time. Delhi holidays are overall pleasing experiences for those, who wish to get a glimpse of how culture evolved here.

Dara Shikoh Library – Unexplored Magnificence

New Delhi, the capital of India, has been an important cultural and political centre since ages. It has remained a trading and administrative epicentre during the great Mughal rule and British colonial era. The city is known to have preserved the Indian heritage and legacy of many legendary rulers, who have ruled here. Magnificent monuments and historic buildings add worth to this old city. Being a meeting point of people from different customs and ethnicities, this destination offers a blend of various cultures and traditional heritage. Political significance of this area is another noteworthy fact as all major governmental activities trace its roots here. Apart from the monuments, this region features other prominent places of interest like several museums and libraries. This is the reason Delhi holidays is popular among people from different parts of the country.

 

Dara Shikoh Library

 

Dara Shikoh Library

Dara Shikoh Library

Dara Shikoh Library is a popular building positioned within the campus of Indraprastha University at Kashmere Gate. The structure has served as a residence to prominent people in the past. It was once the residential area of Ali Mardan Khan, who was the Mughal Viceroy for Punjab and later of Sir David Octherlony in 1803 AD. The enlargement of this building also took place during this era. A school and government college was also functional in this property during 1804 AD. The edifice underwent another renovation at this time. Dara Shikoh, son of Mughal emperor Shahjahan, was responsible for the construction of this structure, which was named after him.

 

It was handed over to Ali Mardan Khan after Shikoh was murdered by Aurangzeb. British took over it after conquering the Maratha Regions. After changing subsequent owners, the building is now a museum of Archaeological Department of Delhi Government. Thus, people can notice the residues of many different eras, which it has gone through. Architecture of the place is simple yet elegant one done in sober shades. The edifice is situated amidst a complex full of Jamun trees and beautiful flowering plants. Huge white pillars in the library building symbolising British architecture and wooden blinds over the Verandah adds to the grace of the monument. Red coloured sand-stone arches and ornamental pillars are remnants of the Mughal excellence.

 

No fee is charged by the visitors on the entry to this edifice, which remains open throughout the week from morning to evening. Photography is prohibited inside the premises, but it can be done after taking prior permission from the authorities. Through well-connected routes, this place is easily accessible from all major neighbouring cities and states. Visitors residing in nearby areas can board the metro train till Kashmere Gate to easily reach the place.

 

There are a number of such splendid and memorable destinations where visitors can go for sightseeing in Delhi with their families for an enjoyable experience. This city is replete with a number of attractive edifices, which are popular among domestic and international travellers. These graceful monuments and structures, which are known to carry with themselves, residues of many great ruling dynasties, are sure to be delightful watch for the tourists. Presence of multi linguistic and multi ethnic culture make this place a famous visiting spot, which remains flooded throughout the vacation season.

 

Two Most Visited Museums of Delhi

Travellers who are planning to spend their holidays in New Delhi – the capital of India and a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis cannot miss exploring the fascinating museums here. One of the most popular holiday packages among tourists in Delhi is the package, which covers the museums. Two of the most prominent museums in this city that are worth visiting are – the National Science Centre and National Museum of Natural History.

 

The National Science Centre

National Science Centre

National Science Centre

The National Science Centre, a unit of the NCSM or National Council of Science Museums, is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It was inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India in the month of January in the year 1992 with the objective of popularisation of Science among people, especially students. There are three galleries in the museum that are dedicated to three different aspects.

 

The first gallery is known as the Introduction to Natural History, which depicts the origin of life and its evolution through evidences and sequences. This section also portrays the diversity in flora and fauna. The second wing is Natures Network: Ecology where visitors get to understand major ecosystems of the world, food chains, role of plants as primary producers, food webs, bio-geochemical cycles, decomposition, interrelationship among plants, animals and human beings, present day environmental problems such as deforestation, pollution depletion of wildlife, and the aesthetic, ethical, scientific and economic reasons for conservation.

 

The final gallery, known as Conservation, is about various dimensions of natural conservation. There are Discovery and Activities rooms where children can indulge in science-related games and puzzles. The museum also organises various film shows where visitors get to see environment documentaries. The major objectives of this museum include achievement of scientific literacy in the nation, inculcation of scientific awareness, imparting training to teachers and preservation of scientific and technological heritage of the country.

(Visiting hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, all days except Monday)

The National Museum of Natural History

 

NMNH

NMNH

Established in the year 1972, The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is under the Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests. The construction of this galleria was an initiative of the Former Prime Minister of the country – Smt. Indira Gandhi. It was opened for the public on World Environment Day (June 5th, 1978) and is dedicated to the rich mineral wealth, flora and fauna of the country. The main objective of this galleria is to create awareness about the environment among the masses. Guided tours with trained assistants are organised for tourists visiting this place. Besides, during vacation periods, special programmes like camping, debates and project assignments are organised. The NMNH conducts various educational programmes, such as Touch Feel and Learn with Braille Material and Audio Aids, for differently-abled children.

 

These attractions are must-include sites in Indian tour packages for tourists who are interested in exploring the natural history and diversity of this country. These are ideal destinations for environmentalists, nature lovers, historians and aware people who like to acquire scientific knowledge. Hordes of tourists flock here is thousands with friends and families all-round the year.

 

Revered Islamic Pilgrimage Destinations in India

Famous across the globe for its rich diversity, culture and heritage, India has been a major tourist destination since decades. Once in India, it is quite difficult to escape the religious beliefs and traditions that people from different religions follow in this multi-ethnic nation. In this respect, getting acquainted with the cultural and architectural beauty associated with Islamic monuments and places of interest in India comes as a truly rewarding experience.

As recorded in the history books, India saw the spread of Islam across its regions back in the early 8th century followed by visits made by Arab traders, Muslim invaders and then the entry of Mughal emperors. Sufi saints also helped immensely in spread it as they preached lessons of universal brotherhood, peace and unique art-of-living – the aspects on which this religion is based on. Today, Islam is the second-most followed religion in the country, after Hinduism. According to an estimate, the population of Muslims in this nation is around 174 millions and had there been no agonising partition, it would have been at the top in the list of largest Muslim countries in the world.

To fully appreciate the beauty underlying Islam, one has to thoroughly understand what the holy book, Quran, preaches to the mankind. Similarly, to have a more enriching experience, visiting Islamic monuments and pilgrimage destinations in the country, it is highly recommended to know specific history and other associated information. A visit to such places is just like an escape of a mind with a goal to soothe and pamper the soul, which is shackled in the web of worldly gossips and affairs. Just as an acknowledgement for global travellers, there are many such structures in this multi-faceted country, but some are rated high based on their popularity.

Ajmer Sharif, Rajasthan

Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer Sharif during Urs

Ajmer Sharif is a popular Islamic shrine that is located in Rajasthan and is considered as a place where mannats (wishes) get fulfilled. It is the shrine of a great sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisthi. No wonder, everyday this sacred shrine is visited by thousands of devotees from different states of India and other countries. A trip is likely to be an exclusive and incredible experience.

Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer, Rajasthan

Ajmer Sharif, Ajmer, Rajasthan

The restlessness vanish gradually as one explores more and more while sounds of chants and daily chores bring-in inner peace, joy, sense of fulfilment and state of well-being at this place. The annual Urs held here is a great attraction for both foreigners and local people. Besides Ajmer-e-Sharif Dargah, getting around Ana Sagar lake, Akbar Palace and Taragarh Fort can also be a wonderful experience for tourists.

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Jama Masjid, Delhi

Being on a tour to Delhi and not visiting the famous Jama Masjid sounds like missing a lot. I have been to Jama Masjid for once and was left simply stunned by its amazing architectural beauty. The grandness of this mosque, which is also the largest in the country, is evident from its accommodation capacity of about 25,000 devotees at a time. This mosque was built by Mughal emperor – Shah Jahan, who is also known to have built the Taj Mahal and Red Fort.

Jama Masjid Interiors

Jama Masjid Interiors

On taking a look at this marvelous structure, one can easily notice that it has three big gates and four grand towers. It also boasts of two 40-metre high minarets that are constructed using white marble and red sandstone. Also, frequent travelers would know that robes-on-hire are available at the northern gate of this great mosque.

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Delhi

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Delhi

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah, Delhi

Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah is an ideal place, where peace and solace can be found in abundance and prayers be offered for a happy mortal life and life after death. This shrine of Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya is located on busy lanes of Nizamuddin in South Delhi. This holy place is visited by numerous devotees every year seeking fulfilment of their wishes. Visitors should also attend Kawallis that are scheduled daily in the premises. On Thursdays and Sundays, visitors can enjoy langar seva (food being served for the common mass).

Just next to Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, there is a famous shrine of Amir Khusro, who is remembered as a disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin. Other places of interest in the vicinity are Lal Mahal, Ghalib library and Mirza Ghalib Tomb.

Dargah-Qutb-Sahib, Delhi

Dargah-Qutb-Sahib, Delhi

Dargah-Qutb-Sahib, Delhi

Dargah of Qutb-Sahib is located in the vicinity of Gandak-ki-Baoli, in Mehrauli village. It is also called as dargah of Qutbuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki. Historically speaking, Kaki is known for being the successor of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti of Ajmer Sharif. According to a popular belief, if anyone with a fully devoted heart makes a wish, followed by tying a thread just near the grave, it would receive fulfilment. Once the wish is granted, the person is recommended to come back to this location to untie the thread. Moti Masjid that was built by Bahadur Shah I in 1709 is also at a walking distance from Ajmeri gate of this dargah.

Haji Ali, Mumbai

Haji Ali, Mumbai

Haji Ali, Mumbai

Haji Ali is a widely-known pilgrimage destination that is visited by around 10-15 thousand people everyday. This increases manifold during Bakri Eid (Eid-ul-Uzha) and Ramadhan Eid festivals. This prestigious Islamic landmark is located amidst the Arabian Sea. This well-known dargah houses the tomb of Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari (R.A.) and a mosque. Anyone seeking realisation of a wish must travel to this beautiful landmark of peace and brotherhood.

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Fatehpur Sikri, Agra

Anyone who desires to witness the marvellous Mughal architecture must travel down to Fatehpur Sikri. This historically important site was built by Akbar as a gesture of gratitude to Shaikh Salim Chishti, a saint who used to live in a city named Sikri. The emperor had three sons by blessings of the saint and thus, the name Fatehpur Sikri (also called as the City of Victory).

Buland Darwaza

Buland Darwaza

Tourists turn to this place to capture a glimpse of fine structures like Fatehpur Sikri Mosque, Panch Mahal and Diwan-i-Khas. The famous Buland Darwaza and Tomb of Salim Chishti can also be seen here. This place is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The best part of this pilgrimage destination is that it is open on all days for devotees.

Mecca Masjid, Andhra Pradesh

Mecca Masjid, Andhra Pradesh

Mecca Masjid, Andhra Pradesh

Mecca Masjid is so named as its central arch is made of bricks that were brought all the way from Mecca. This mosque, which was given a final touch of completion by Aurangzeb in the year 1694, can truly be called as the poetry in stone for it depicts love for dexterous craftsmanship and passion for great structures in then ruling kings. It has a big hall that measures 67 metres and soars to a height of 54 metres. Not only this, there are fifteen beautiful arches that provide support to this wonderful structure. People also come here to see graves that are made of marble. Mecca Masjid is located in the Old City, Hyderabad and therefore, one should also visit the nearby Charminar that boasts of the same significant tale as that of the Taj Mahal, Agra.

Hazratbal Mosque, Kashmir

Hazratbal Mosque, Kashmir

Hazratbal Mosque, Kashmir

Anyone who has visited Dal Lake in Kashmir would know about this important religious place as its pristine marble elegance merrily reflects in the calm lake water. The great significance bestowed on this holy shrine is due to the fact that it puts on public display the hair of Hazrat Muhammad, the true propagator of Islam. People come here to offer special prayers held on every Friday. Another interesting fact about this structure is that it is the only mosque in Srinagar with a dome. The nearby Nishat Bagh, Dal Lake and posing views of mountain beyond are simply superb to behold over and over again.

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, Ahmedabad

The Sidi Saiyyed Mosque, located in Ahmedabad, is a prominent Islamic structure in India that was built by Sidi Saeed (or Sidi Saiyyed). It has splendid architecture, with ten stone windows (jalis) with latticework on its side and rear arches. Interestingly, this mosque is also an inspiration for the logo design carried by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Alahazrat Dargah, Bareilly

Alahazrat Dargah, Bareilly

Alahazrat Dargah, Bareilly

Alahazrat Dargah is a famous place for Muslims from all over the world. Located in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, it is dedicated to the renowned philosopher and prolific writer Ahmed Raza Khan Fazil-e-Barelvi, also famous by the name of Aala Hazrat. People come here in large numbers all through the year to pray to the almighty and seek penance for any of their misdeeds.

Truly speaking, India is one of the most favorite locations on the world map when it comes to pilgrimage for Muslims. It is home to centuries-old monuments that offer devotees an environment of peace and tranquillity that no other place in the world can provide. These holy sites have been an integral part of this nation since ages and will continue to do so in the future generations.