10 Must see monuments in Delhi

From splendid forts to niche malls, pristine gardens to historical tombs…Delhi never ceases to surprise us. There is this feel of Delhi that we cannot put into words. The fragrant evening breeze or the dewy winter sun, street shopping to beautiful cafes, Delhi has it all. One of the finest examples of Mughal glory and grandeur is dilwalon ki Dilli. Today we take you on Dilli Darshan with our list of 10 must see monuments in Delhi.

Must see monuments in Delhi
Which all have you seen??

Here is our list of 10 must see monuments in Delhi.

  1. India Gate

What Taj Mahal is to Agra, India Gate is to Delhi. This 42 meters high structure commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The Amar Jawan Jyoti is an eternal flame that always burns at India Gate.

India Gate Delhi
India Gate, one of the best picnic spots of Delhi. Enjoy the winter sun and cool summer evenings.
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It is a perfect destination for family picnics. Enjoy a breezy summer evening in the lawns or make the most of the day while boating at India Gate!

Must see monuments in Delhi
India Gate looking super stunning at night.
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  1. Red Fort

‘Dilli aaye aur Lal Quila nahi dekha, toh kya dekha!’ The imposing Red Fort is also known as Lal Quila, which has been derived from its red sandstone walls. The fort was the residence of the royal family for more than 200 years. Built in 1648 by Shah Jahan, the fort is said to be one of the finest structures constructed during Mughal rule.

Red Fort Delhi
Relive the old world charm in Old Delhi. Visit Red Fort and enjoy at Chandni Chowk.
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Dwell deeper into Mughal history through the light and sound show held each evening at the fort.

  1. Qutub Minar

When mentioning the Delhi skyline, Qutub Minar cannot be missed. It was built in 1193 by Qutb al-Din Aibak. The structure has five distinct storeys and is a fine example of Mughal architecture and magnificence.

Standing Tall, the epic Qutub Minar. Bestowing its beuaty in various Bollywood songs. Source - flickr.com
Standing Tall, the epic Qutub Minar.
Bestowing its beauty in various Bollywood songs.
Source – flickr.com

Don’t miss visiting the Ashoka Pillar. It is believed that if you can encircle this 7 meter high pillar with your arms, then your wish is fulfilled.

  1. Humayun’s Tomb

A shining example of Mughal architecture, the ever so beautiful Humayun’s Tomb! It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. The tomb encloses many beautiful gardens, water fountains and a mausoleum topped by double dome.

Humayun Tomb Delhi
Stating a story of grandeur and old times, Humayun Tomb looking super pretty.
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  1. Jama Masjid

Be ready to be mesmerized by the glory and opulence of one of the largest mosque of India – Jama Masjid. It was built by Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1658. Jama Masjid is the standing proof of Mughal stature. The highlight of the mosque is the courtyard and the pillars inscribed with verses from the Holy Quran.

Jama Masjid Delhi
You need to visit Jama Masjid to see its grandeur and beauty.
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Just a stone throw away from Jama Masjid is the very popular Karim’s. Drop in for delicious non-vegetarian delights.

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Morning scene at pristine Jama Masjid, Delhi.
Mughal beauty at its best.
Source – whichcitytotravel
  1. Old Fort

Relive the old world charm at the majestic Old Fort. It is one of the oldest forts of the country. The intricate jharokhas, gateways, 1.5 km boundary wall, towers and minarets are the main attractions of the fort. The fort is a delight for photographers and history buffs.

Must see monuments in Delhi
Enjoy boating at Old Fort, Delhi

You can also enjoy boating at the Old Fort Lake. Also the light and sound show is a must watch!

  1. Jantar Mantar

Next is Jantar Mantar. It is one of the five Jantar Mantars built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The structure has 13 architectural astronomy instruments.

Jantar Mantar Delhi
Jantar Mantar – the architectural wonder of Delhi.

The three main instruments in the observatory are Samrat Yantra, Misra Yantra and Jayaprakash Yantra.

  1. Safdarjung’s Tomb

Built in 1754, Safdarjung Tomb is a sandstone and marble mausoleum. The imposing red, brown and white structure tells a story about Mughal grandiosity. The tomb has a traditional Mughal architecture. The enclosed gardens, domes and the large podium are the highlights of the structure.

Safdarjung Tomb looking nothing less than a dreamy destination. Source - DelhiTourism.com
Safdarjung Tomb looking nothing less than a dreamy destination.
Source – DelhiTourism.com
  1. Lotus Temple

Also known as Bahai Temple, Lotus temple is a must see monument in Delhi. The lotus flowerlike shape of the structure is the main attraction. The construction was completed in 1986 and ever since it has been a famous monument amongst both domestic and foreign travellers.

Lotus Temple Delhi
The pristine lotus temple!
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The serene ponds surrounding the temple are like the icing on the cake.

  1. Agrasen ki Baoli

Baoli is a step well and Ugrasen ki Baoli is one of the most famous step wells of Delhi. Some parts of the well and the 103 steps are permanently immersed in water. Located in the heart of the city, this is a popular destination for photo shoots. It was also seen in the Bollywood movie PK.

10 Must see monuments in Delhi
Rustic old world charm and the contrasting city skyline is a beautiful sight!

So the next time you are in the mood of an outing, ditch the malls and visit these wonderful monuments to get a taste of Delhi’s history.

Oh, before you leave, you can also see these 7 photos that will make you visit Agrasen Ki Baoli now.

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Kritika Manchanda is an author of a fiction novel – ‘December Breeze’ and a Features Writer at Let’s Expresso. In addition to being a lifestyle and travel blogger, she is an ardent reader and a crazy dog girl!
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