Tourism is not just about visiting historical locations that have made their mark in history through battles and a power struggle of state policies but is an experience to tickle the neurons and taste buds. Delhi is such a place with integrated cultural backgrounds, relics, and delicacies that dates back to monarchial times, for a perfect taste of the Indian capital there are multiple places to visit in Delhi. This is one place where one can find bits of glamour, history, untold stories that are more like folklore that remains even after the experience is over. Here’s a list of seven must-visit places in Delhi to enjoy the rich history, food, and culture that India has to offer:
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Standing tall with a height of 234 feet this ancient tower is listed as UNESCO’s world heritage site. This site is easily accessible and the easiest route would be via metro. The site is open for visits between 10 am and 5 pm and the entry fee for foreigners is Rs. 250 and for Indians Rs. 10. Besides the main attraction, the Qutub Minar complex is also home to the Iron Pillar and Alai Darwaza. Constructed under the directives of Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak, the minar dates back to 1192. This is one of the places that give the sense of the history of the Delhi Sultanate which was founded by Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak.
The Red Fort:
The “Laal Qila” or the Red Fort has always been one of the main attractions for tourists in Delhi. This is owed to the fact that it has a very strong historical relevance and a clever strategic location at the heart of the city. One can easily visit this as the nearest metro station is Chandni Chowk and it is open for commoners between 10 am and 5:30 pm, except for Mondays. Indians can visit this place for a simple fare of Rs. 10 while foreigners have to pay Rs. 250, same as the Qutub Minar. The impenetrable sandstone walls are a marvel that has been the awing feature of this establishment. Constructed under the directives of Shan Jahan the Mughal emperor in 1939, this is a certainly must-visit place if you are looking for places to visit near me in Delhi.
The Lotus Temple:
If you love new age architecture, you’d love to visit this place. The structure represents a blooming lotus flower and is a Baha’i faith edifice. This place has a worldwide relevance because it is one out of 7 worship places for Baha’i faith. In October to March, you can give this place a visit between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm while amidst April- September it is open till 7 pm. There is no entry fee for this place.
Old Street Delhi:
This is not just a single place but a grand mix for tingling your taste buds with Indian street food. Old Street Delhi generally involves Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli, and Jama Masjid. This entire street tour takes up around 4 hours to complete and gives you some of the best chats, Chola bhatoras, jalebis, rolls, kebabs, and whatnot. Your “things near me to do in Delhi” must include this food tour. It costs around Rs. 2500-Rs. 3000 depending on how many things you try and commute fare.
Hauz Khas Village:
Located in New Delhi this place is famous for the buildings from medieval times. It has a very ancient look and a picturesque view with gardens and greenery around it. This is a quaint yet sure visit for tourists to find the calm amidst the clatter of the crowd in Delhi streets. The entry fee is free and you can visit anytime between 10:30 am to 7 pm from Monday to Saturday.
Kingdom of Dreams:
Kingdom of dreams is a live entertainment park with the Nautanki Mahal designed to look like a palace. This place also has a Cultural Gully which represents the food and culture centers. Tickets start from Rs. 2,999.
This is the place for you to shop around and purchase local handicraft items, artifacts, traditional Indian fabrics and is definitely an addition to places to visit near me in Delhi to end your visit to the capital.
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