Ravel In the Hidden Treasures of Delhi

by Vijay Pandey

in Asia

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Delhi provides an assortment of tourist destination extremes for the daring explorer ranging from very arid conditions to some of the coldest climates on the planet. It is often surprising why the city remains a top tourist destination in the world despite recording temperatures as low as below zero in December through January and as high as 400 C in June.

Nonetheless, Delhi hosts a dazzling array of exotic Indian tour attractions. This city is arguably the most intimate destination for millions of people who are passionate about the history and the culture of the Indian people. From monuments to museums, from religious artifacts to historical sites, and from archeological sites to breathtaking scenery, Delhi hosts some of the greatest attractions in India. Fatigue will definitely set in during your tour but with Crazeal wellness coupons you can treat yourself to heavenly massages, body therapy sessions and beauty treatments in the best facilities Delhi has to offer.

Upon arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in West Delhi, the main entry point into the city, you will have hundreds of attractions to choose from. You can start by visiting Humayun’s Tomb located in South Delhi and which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It consists of an enormous series of Persian Char Bagh gardens hosting the tombs of several Indian legends including Humayun (second Mughal emperor of the 16th century), Ala-i-Darwaza, Iza Khan, Barber, Imam Zamin, Qutb Minar, Iltutmish, and others.

You can then visit the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque which is the second of UNESCO’s designated world heritage sites in Delhi. This complex located in Mehrauli hosts structures from the Slave Dynasty dated between 1206 and 1290 and it offers world-famous picnic scenery both day and night. Thereafter you can visit what was the world’s tallest skyscraper between 1193 and 1368, the Qutub Minar complex. This structure is 72.5 meters high and was constructed by Qutb-ud-din Aybak by carving into stone.

Several other similar structures across Delhi are also worth visiting, including the Ala-i-Minar which was erected by Ala-ud-din-Khilji in an attempt to outdo the Qutub Minar but he only managed 24.5 meters off the ground before dying young. The Iron Pillar is a 1600 years-old 7 meter iron mast constructed by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya in 400 AD.

Delhi also hosts numerous cultural museums such as the Gandhi Smriti where the glasses of Mahatma Gandhi are preserved in the room where he spent the last of his days, the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, the India Habitat Centre, the International Doll’s Museum, the National Museum (hosting masterpieces from the Indus Valley Culture and reputed to be the most informative Indian museum with regards to the Buddhist heritage), the National Science Centre, the National Railway Museum, the Nehru Memorial Museum, and the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum.

Among the most notable monuments in Delhi include the India Gate which is the central landmark of the city built to commemorate the Indian soldiers who fought in World War I. Others include the Jantar Mantar (an astronomical observatory built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th Century) and the Raj Ghat (a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation site).

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