Wednesday, 17 February 2016

5 Fantastico Tourist Attractions in Delhi

There are many tourist attractions in Delhi. Out of all, the 5 fantastico tourist attractions in Delhi, which everyone should visit at least once are:

The Red Fort: The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857. It is located in the centre of Delhi and has a number of museums. It was also the ceremonial and political centre of Mughal government.

The Fort was constructed in 1648 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad. It is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone and is adjacent to the older Salimgarh Fort, built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546

On Independence Day (15 August), the Prime Minister of India hoists the 'tricolor' national flag at the main gate of the fort.

The Lotus Temple: The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. It is popular for its flowerlike shape. It serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city. The Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion, or any other distinction.

The architect was an Iranian, who now lives in Canada, named Fariborz Sahba. He was approached in 1976 to design it and later oversaw its construction. The structural design was undertaken by the UK firm Flint and Neill.

Qutub Minar: It is 120 meters high, which makes it the tallest world, and the second tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Mohali. It is made of red sandstone and marble, it has a diameter measuring 14.32 meters (47 feet) at the base and 2.75 meters (9 feet) at the peak. Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top. The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar station.

In 1200 CE, Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate started construction of the Qutub Minar. In 1220, Aibak's successor and son-in-law Iltutmish added three storeys to the tower.

India Gate: India Gate was originally called the All India War Memorial, is a war memorial located near Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axes’ of New Delhi, formerly called Kingsway. India gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War.

It has 13,300 servicemen's names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, inscribed on it. 

Birla Mandir or Laxminarayan Temple: The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. It made and built by B. R. Birla and Vijay Tyagi from 1933 and 1939. The temple is spread over 7.5 acres and has many shrines, fountains, and a large garden. The temple is one of the major attractions of Delhi.

This blog post is inspired by the blogging marathon hosted on IndiBlogger for the launch of the #Fantastico Zica from Tata Motors. You can apply for a test drive of the hatchback Zica today.

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