Top 5 Architectural Attractions In Delhi India

Delhi, the capital of India, is a vibrant city with a myriad of attractions. It's also a dream to visit if you are a lover of architecture, with intricate temples, UNESCO world heritage constructions and unusual buildings you will not find outside of India. Let's have a look at some of the top 5 architectural attractions in Delhi India

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb is a UNESCO world heritage site built in 1570, Designed by Perisian architects Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad, this mausoleum is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. In the eastern part of Delhi, it inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal and is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. It's a striking building and well worth visiting if you are a lover of architecture. The cost of admission for tourists is 500 rupees or just under £5.
    The Lotus Temple

    lotus temple

    The Bahai Temple commonly called the Lotus Temple, is a striking architectural design known for its lotus flower shape. The temple has a petal-like design was completed in 1986 and has won many awards for the designer Fariborz Sahba for its unusual design and structure, at odds with the historic architecture in the rest of New Delhi. It's a house of worship and welcomes all religions. The Lotus Temple is free to visit but photographs inside need special permission.

    The Red Fort

    Red Fort

    Another UNESCO World heritage listed building, the Red Fort also called Lal Qila, is one of the most well-known attractions in Delhi. It was constructed in 1639 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to serve as the palace fort for his capital Shahjahanabad. and gained its name from the red sandstone used in its design. Adjacent is the Salimgarh Fort which it forms the Red Fort complex with. The Red Fort complex, has a variety of palaces and entertainment halls, including baths and indoor canals. It also has geometrical gardens, as well as an ornate mosque. The price of admission for tourists is 500 rupees just under £5.

    Qutub Minar

    Qutub Minar

    Qutub Minar is a brick minaret that towers into the sky. This UNESCO World Heritage site was built in the 13th century and is a very popular attraction in New Delhi. Being 73 meters high, it's an interesting building, the tallest stone tower in India and is made of red and neutral sandstone. It is part of a complex with other historical attractions including The Iron Pillar constructed over 1600 years ago. The cost for tourists to visit is 550 rupees or approximately £5.50.

    India Gate

    India Gate

    The last of my top 5 architectural attraction in Delhi India is the India Gate. I picked this as the style of architecture is quite unusual in India, and resembles the Arc de Triomphe. in Paris. Designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, this war memorial built to commemorate Indian members of the British Indian Army killed during World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War, towers 43 meters above New Delhi. It is interesting to visit at night when it's lit up. The India Gate is free to visit. 

    As you can see there are some beautiful buildings in Delhi India, from modern unusual designed constructions to historic palaces and temples. If you are thinking of visiting Delhi when it is safe to do so, check out Air India for flights into the city, and Delhi tourism for further information.  

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    5 comments

    1. The Lotus Temple is so unusual. I always think of the temples in India and the historic sites

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    2. Interesting and eye-opening post. My dad was posted to Delhi in WW2 and enjoyed his time there (he was in the Army Catering Corps!).

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    3. India has such beautiful buildings! The Lotus temple is stunning and so impressive. I would love to visit India one day.

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    4. I never knew how amazing the architecture was in Delhi!

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    5. I've visited Delhi numerous times as members of my husband's extended family live there, but I have never seen the Lotus temple!

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