Red Fort popularly known as Lal Quila is one of the most important tourist spots in Delhi and is in the list of “UNESCO World Heritage Site”. This magnificent fort on the banks of the river Yamuna is a living piece of history from 17th Century Delhi. This fort was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, Every year on the Independence day of India (15 August), the Prime Minister hoists the Indian "tricolour flag" at the main gate of the fort and delivers a nationally-broadcast speech from its ramparts.
India Gate is situated at Rajpath. It commemorates soldiers, who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The foundation stone of India Gate was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921. It was designed by Edwin Lutyens. Viceroy Lord Irwin dedicated the monument to the nation 10 years later. Another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame was added after India got its independence to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.
Jantar Mantar is a remarkable structure built by Maharajah Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The astronomical observatory with a specialized function for astronomical measurement, have captivated the attention of architects, artists, and art historians worldwide. It consists of geometric devices used for measuring time, forecasting weather changes etc. Jantar Mantar is very popular among tourists and the people of Delhi.
It is a soaring, 73 meter high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud- din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. Qutub Minar is in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Humayun's Tomb as built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.
This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was begun in 1644 and ended up being the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.
The temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in 1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light.
Established in the year 1954, this is the best place to explore Indian contemporary art. The royal building of the museum was formerly the residence of erstwhile Maharajas of Jaipur. It houses a splendid collection of paintings, some of which are as old as 150 years.
The residence of industrialist BD Birla has been converted into a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, where he used to stay during his visits to Delhi. Gandhiji was assassinated here on his way to offer customary evening prayers. The delegates interested may also like to visit the Raj Ghat which is the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi.
The residence of Late Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India was converted into a museum after his death. The museum is a fascinating place to learn about the history of the Independence Movement. There are several photographs of the erstwhile Prime Minister, giving an account of his life. Besides this, the colonial building is also equally interesting, with its teak panelled rooms with high ceilings, spacious verandas and well-kept gardens.
This unique museum has a fascinating and exotic collection of over 100 real size exhibits of Indian Railways. Static and working models, signalling equipment’s, antique furniture, historical photographs and related literature etc. are displayed in the museum.
Janpath Market is one of the most famous markets for tourists (both Indian and foreign) in New Delhi. It is also one of the oldest markets of New Delhi with establishment of some boutiques dating back to 1950. Exquisite items like the Kashmiri wool shawls and scarves, Indian Kurtis and Churidars, brass ornaments and artefacts, carpets and other gift items. The Indian Tourist Office is on the corner of Janpath and Connaught Lane, and good maps can be purchased there. Tibetan Market can also be found which has a wide range of Himalayan arts and crafts. Musical instruments, wall hangings and bead shops are in abundance.
The Janpath Market also has plenty of walking vendors who sell trinkets, such as necklaces, chunky jewellery, jootis, handicraft items. drums, horns and postcards. Most speak good English.
The Central Cottage Industries Emporium, popularly known as "Cottage", "CCIC", "CCIE"and "Cottage Emporium" is a mirror setting of Handicrafts and Handlooms, in the Indian art & craft scenario for over 65 years. It preserves and nurtures the rich heritage of a culture dating back to over 5000 years, unfolding a rich saga of breathtaking masterpieces by skilled artisans.
It is a breathtaking showcase of handicrafts and handlooms sourced from all over the country from dedicated artisans famed nationally and internationally. Thus transforming itself into an effective and efficient enterprise to present a part of the dynamic Indian culture.
Over the years, the Emporium has attracted well-known personalities like Queen Elizabeth II of England, Queen Farah of Iran, Jacqueline Kennedy and a host of dignitaries from across the world.
Today, the Cottage and its logo “The Bankura Horse” constitute a hallmark of tradition, quality and authenticity.
Craftsmen from different corners of India come over to showcase their products. Delhi Haat provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity.
It is located at the heart of Delhi. This street is renowned for handicrafts as it is the hub of handicraft emporiums.
It is the popular place for shopping by tourists. This densely populated market near Red Fort and has been around for more than three centuries and was once visited by merchants from Turkey, China and even Holland. Kinari Bazaar is the best place to look for zari and zardozi trimmings and tinsel. The cloth bazaar of Katra Neel offers all kinds of fabrics such as silks, satin, crepe, cotton and muslin. Bhagirath Palace is Asia's largest market for electrical goods and also offers medical equipment and allopathic medicines. Moti Bazaar is famous for shawls and pearls and Tilak Bazaar for chemicals
India’s retail sector has grown from street shopping, bazaars to upscale shopping malls. Over the last few decades, Delhi –National Capital Region has become hub of big shopping malls with availability of major brands of the world. Most of the shopping malls cater to the shopper’s delight with retail outlets, entertainment as well as various option for food.
Shopping malls are located in all major localities of Delhi –NCR. Few of the prominent shopping malls in and around Delhi are:
1) Select Citywalk, Saket - www.selectcitywalk.com
2) DLF Place, Saket - http://dlfplace.in
3) DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj - http://dlfpromenade.com
4) DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj- www.dlfemporio.com
5) Ambience Mall, Gurgoan - www.ambiencemalls.com
6) The Great India Palace, Noida - www.thegreatindiaplace.in
7) Ansal Plaza, Andrews Ganj - http://ansalplaza.in