Local Attractions

Local Attractions

Red Fort

A palace so grand that one could call it a kingdom. It became the abode of the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1638 when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. Standing tall and strong amidst the heart of old Delhi, is, Red Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is an apex of Mughal creativity that set new benchmarks for architectural finesse.

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Jama Masjid

Located in the heart of Delhi, at Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid is known to be one of India’s largest mosques and can accommodate 25,000 worshipers. Built by, Mughal Empror, Shah Jahan the foundation of this magnificent structure was laid in the year 1644. Upon its completion, in the year 1656, it was inaugurated by the Imam of Bukhara, presently known to us as Uzbekistan.

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Naughara

Naughara

Literally translated, ‘Nau’ means nine and ‘Ghara’ means houses. This is a row of nine houses that culminate in a beautiful Jain Mandir known as the Jauhari’s temple. The carved sandstone facades are a delight to observe especially with their intricate and quaint carvings. These have been mainted in their traditional style and decorated with murals from the Mughal period.

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Khari Baoli

Asia’a largest wholesale spice market this is a favorite in the Delhi heritage circle for it has operational since the 17th century. It sells rice, tea and a variety of nuts. It has grown since it’s inception under Khwaja Qureshi and is now a bustling commericial district that caters to the spice markets of most of North India, inlcuding Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan and even Madhya Pradesh.

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Karim’s

When in Chandni Chowk, a vist to Karim’s is a must. Coming from the blood lines of a cook in the royal courtyard for the Mughal Emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar. Haji Karimmdin started a dhaba that sold just two items, one Aalo Gosht and Daal with Rumali Roti. Later in the year 1913, he established the Karim Hotel at Gali Kababian near Jama Masjid. His main motive was to earn fame and money by serving royal food to common man, in which he seems to have succeeded by virtue of mouth-watering delicacies.

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Amritsari Lassi Wala

Pronounced as “La’See, is a traditional yogurt-based drink that is meant to quench your thirsty throat. If you are in Chandni Chowk, it would be a sin not to visit the “Amritsari Lassi Wala” and try from their wide array of flavored Lassi’s. Being in business since 1972, automatically lets the credibility speaks volumes for your reputation in a place like Chandni Chowk.

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ANAPURNA-MISHTAN-BHANDAR

Anapurna mishtan Bhandar

A little ‘misthi’ (sweets) never hurt anyone. Explore a wide range of Bengali delicacies, the roshagullas, sandesh, pati shapta and payesh are to watch out for. These are cooked the ‘bengali’ way, something Bongs take immense pride in. Their authentic taste and unparalleled quality makes Anapurna a veritable attraction.

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Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib

It is one of the nine historical Gurudwaras in Delhi. The Gurudwara is located amidst Chandni Chowk and was established by Baghel Singh in the year 1783. Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib marks the martyrdom site of the 9th Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur. This was the place where Guru Teg Bahadur was beheaded for fiercely fighting against the atrocities of Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb, who had unleashed a reign of terror and ordered every Hindu to embrace Islam forcefully. The present structure of the Gurudwara was built in the year 1930.

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Naya Mandir, Gali Anar

A historic Jain Mandir, this was built during the reign of Akbar II in 1807. The temple is called ‘Naya’ Mandir, literally meaning New Temple since an older Jain temple called the Lal Mandir already existed. A concealed chamber at Naya Mandir has been converted into a cave, richly embellished and full of ancient Tirthankaras. It houses an important collection of Manuscripts and is a place that breathes history. The temple has marvelous sandstone craftsmanship on its gateway, marble pillars and wall paintings.

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Town-Hall

Town Hall

Outside view, an example of colonial architecture and beginning of civic & municipality rules in delhi.

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Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala

It is the most famous Dahi Bhalle wala in whole of Delhi. If you are planning to go to Chandni Chowk, make sure you visit this street food corner. Bite into the tasty Dahi Bhalle and Aaloo Tikki, an ideal snack to gorge on when wondering the streets of Chandni Chowk.

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Rabri Falooda at Giani’s

When in Chandni Chowk, youmust try the wide range of desserts offered at Giani’s. They serve gajar ka halwa, badam halwa, shakes, lassi as well as flavoured milk. It is a perfect point to have something sweet and chilled in more than enough quantity. Plus, the rates are surprisingly reasonable.

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Jalebi Wala

If you are the one with a sweet tooth Jalebi Wala is the place for you. These are not the traditional crisp jalebi’s that one can find all over India. Instead, these are big, syrupy and soaked in desi ghee. You can locate Jalebi Wala at Dariba Nukkad in Chandni Chowk. The recipe of these jalebi’s has been kept a secret with the family members and the senior most member of the family has the right to own it. The most unique part in preparing these jalebi’s is that they are cooked on coal fire and are immersed in khand, which is the purest form of sugar.

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Kinari Bazar

The place to be if you are the “bride/groom-to-be”. A whole sale retail market that shelves glittering embellishments, stonework, borders, and a lot of other stunning stuff that you can add to your sarees and suits (the Indian ethnic wear). At Kinari Bazaar you can also find stuff like kurtas, sherwanis, and turbans for the groom. It houses small items used in handicrafts and showpieces for home and office decors along with decorative boxes for gifting purposes.

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Chota-Bada-Jain-Mandir

Chota Bada Jain Mandir

These temples reflects area & ground architecture of the past. Central baptist church one of the oldest churches of Delhi of pre 1857 eta. known for its glory and social activities.

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Fatehpuri-Mosque

Fatehpuri Mosque

Known for its madarsa & bustling shops surrounding it.

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Kake di Hatti

This place is an abode for naan’s – Stuffed Indian Bread. You can have it with butter or without. The choice is yours, but with butter is preferred widely. The food is delicious and will leave you asking for more. The rates are reasonable and it is value for money.

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Paranthe wali Gali

For those who revere and relish the Indian cuisine, Paranthe wali Gali (lane of parantha-makers) is a must go-must eat hub. It is a narrow lane but the air is filled the aroma of mouth watering piping hot fried Parantha’s. Eminent personalities like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Vijaya Laxmi Pandit have been drawn to this gali to have their parantha meals.

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Standard-Sweets

Standard Sweets

Get desi in a sweet shop that offers the best chole-puri in all of town. The aroma of the place will transport you into a different dimension as you salivate to the tempting sweets on offer while alternating with some of most exquisite local cuisine in town.

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Dilli Haat

In total there are 3 Dilli haat’s in Delhi, located at INA, Janakpuri and Pitampura. It is an open-air food plaza and cradia which provides an ambience of traditional rural hatt or village market, but in line with today’s modern needs. Dilli Haat will give you an insight to the mesmerizing world of Indian art and heritage.

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Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

The doors of this sacred place are open for one and all at all times. It is located at Connaught Place and is easily accessible from Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. Prior to being converted into a gurudwara it was Mirza Raja Jai Singh’s bunglow and hence the name given to it – Bangla Sahib. Devotees come here from far off places to take a dip in the holy water that is said to have healing powers.

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National Rail Museum

It is one of a kind museum that boasts an enthralling and striking collection of over 100 real exhibits of Indian Railways. The museum is spread across 10 acres of land having both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The museum has on display, both, static and working models, historical photographs and related literature etc. You can enjoy a ride in the toy train that goes around the site.

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Qutab Minar

Yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. Qutab Minar stands tall at 74 meters (240 feet), with 14.32 meters (47 feet) diameter at the base and 2.75 meters (9 feet) at its peak. Qutab Minar has five storeys and there are 379 steps inside the tower that lead to the top of it.

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Rajghat

Rajghat is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation (India) was cremated after his assassination. The place of cremation has been marked by a black square shaped marble platform. This memorial stone has Mahatma Gandhi’s last words, “Hey Ram”, engraved on it. The entire place is surrounded by plants and trees that further adds to the peacefulness of the place. You can visit the place between 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM and there is no entry fee.

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Lotus Temple

It is a lotus shaped Bahai temple, which happens to be the last one out of the seven major Bahai temples in the world. This temple is a house of worship open to one and all regardless of their religion, cast or creed. Lotus temple has been built by under the supervision of a Persian architect Fariborz Sahba.

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Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is one of the five observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur. It was constructed in the year 1724. The other five observatories have been built in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. The largest Jantar Mantar is in Jaipur, which features world’s largest stone dial.

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India Gate

If you are in Delhi, you cannot miss out an evening at the India Gate. It stands 42 meters tall at one end of the Rajpath and is a symbol of pride and bravery. This prestigious monument, also known as All India War Memorial, is a mark of respect to those unknown soldiers who have sacrificed their life protecting the nation.

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Lodhi Gardens

It is spread over 90 acres of area amidst Delhi’s oldest dynasty, the Lodhi. The place is a perfect mix of history and nature. One can find numerous monuments here, such as Bada Gumbad, Bada Gumbad Mosque, Sheesh Gumbad, Sikandar’s Tomb and Mohammed Shah’s Tomb. These historical monuments take you into an era long gone by. It also houses a lake, where in you can sit and relax.

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National Museum

It is not just a museum with artifacts reflecting Indian art and culture. It is a walk through India’s last 5000 years. It showcases rare relics from the Harappan civilization, antiques from the Silk Route, woodcarvings, textiles, statues, etc. If planning a trip to the National Museum, you will need to give it from two hours to half a day’s time.

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Agra

A sanctuary of Mughal art, architecture and culture stands Agra on the banks of river Yamuna in the state of Uttar Pradesh. If visiting Agra, it is evident to visit Taj Mahal, which tops the list of every tourist. If you are a shopaholic, Agra would be a delight for you. Tow most popular things you ought to try are Peetha and Dal Moth. Also, you can get hold of different mementos and souvenirs, most popular one being a miniature Taj Mahal.

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Bharatpur

Situated in the state of Rajasthan lies an enchanting city of Bharatpur. It is famous for Keoladeo Ghana National Park, a world Heritage Site and is popularly known as Bharatpur Bird Sanctury. For the avid bird watchers it is nothing less than a paradise. One can find birds like, Siberian Crane, Geese, Ducks, Pelicans, Egrets and Cranes.

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Nainital

Nanital is amidst the Kumaon Hills and houses a scenic lake along with hot water springs. It is situated at a distance of 286 kilometers from Delhi. Nanital is one of the most popular destinations for the newlyweds. Owing to its remarkable beauty and natural splendor one can call it to be a romantic paradise.

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McLeod Ganj

A popular hill station near upper Dharamshala, heavily influenced by the British as well Tibetan culture. It is also known by the name of Little Lhasa and is famous around the globe as thehome to Tibetan Spiritual leader, Dalai Lama. McLeod Ganj is the home to India’s most well-known and religiously significant monasteries including the Namgyal Monastery and Tsuglagkhang, where the spiritual leader Dalai Lama resides. It is located at a distance of 491 kilometers from Delhi and it takes approximately 10 hours for one to reach there by road.

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Rishikesh

If you are up for adventure sports, paying a visit to Rishikesh is a must. It is most popular for its white water rafting and tops the list of weekend getaways for the adventurous types. Apart from adventure, Rishikesh is also considered as the holiest cities in India. It is located in the foothills of the lower Himalayas in the state of Uttarakhand. Reaching Rishikesh is a matter of 5 hours as it is just 228 kms away from Delhi.

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Jaipur

The capital of Rajasthan and most popularly known as the “Pink City”. It is located 269 kilometers from Delhi. It is famous for its splendor, beauty and hued civilization. Jaipur houses three of the most grand forts, namely Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Clubbed with Agra and New Delhi, Jaipur is one of the cities forming the Golden Triangle of Indian Tourism. Jaipur has a unique feel to it which cannot be talked about, but only experienced.

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Shimla

Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh and is located at a distance of 359 kilometers from Delhi. At a height of 2200 meters above sea level, Shimla was also known to be the summer capital of the British. The city will captivate you with its natural beauty and shall leave you overwhelmed. With an efficient administration, well maintained roads and impeccable cleanliness it makes for the most perfect tourist destinations of the World.

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KHAJJIAR

Khajjiar

It is the mini-Switzerland of India situated in Chamba district, Himachal Pradesh. It sits on a small plateau about 6500 feet above sea level in the foothills of Dauladhar range of the Western Himalayas. Amongst its attractions is a small stream-fed lake named as the Khajjiar Lake which is surrounded by lush green grazing land and a floating island. Owing to the dense deodars and pines, Khajjiar has lush green surroundings which are a treat to the eyes.

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Neemrana

If you have taste for royalty, Neemrana is the place for you. It is located amongst Aravali ranges in the Alwar district, North-Eastern part of Rajasthan. As it lies in close vicinity of Delhi city due to which it is one of the most sought-after weekend getaway destination. It is a mere 216 kms from Delhi and takes around 2 hrs to reach. Neemrana Fort, which has been turned into a heritage hotel is the major tourist attraction.

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Corbett National Park

Bring out your wild side and take a walk in the jungle. Situated 254 kms from Delhi shelters exotic flora and fauna and is considered to have one of the best wildlife resources in India. It is spread throughout 521 sq kms and is dominated by Sal Forest. To have a hands down experience of the amazing wildlife species at Corbett National park you could pick from any of the three available safaris, namely, Jeep Safari, Elephant Safari and Center Safari.

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AULI

Auli

A popular skiing destination, Auli is situated in the state of Uttarakhand. It is 394 kilimeters away from Delhi and would take you close to 9 to 10 hours to reach. Owing to its glittering slopes and clean environment Auli has numerous ski resorts amidst the Himalayan range. It is located 2800 meters above sea level and is home to mountain ranges of Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat Kamet.

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Dehradun

At a distance of 245 kilometers from Delhi, in the Gharwal region is Dehradun. Located around 2250 feet above sea level, it is situated in the foothills of the Shivalik Range. It is a scenic hill station with the charismatic Doon Valley. Also, Dehradun is the capital of State of Uttarakhand. You may also find special Basmati rice, tea and leechi gardens that play a major role in turning the city into a beautiful paradise.

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