Discover Delhi in 4 days!

24th Oct 2016
Photo of Discover Delhi in 4 days! 1/1 by Arijit Sengupta

New Delhi, the capital of India is a treasure trove for art and history enthusiasts. This festive season, just before Diwali, I had the opportunity to explore the city before it faced with a complete shutdown for pollution. Normalcy have been restored in the city right now and there was no better time to write this.

I landed in New Delhi on 24th morning and headed straight for my hotel at Karol Bagh. (Avoid Paharganj and adjacent areas because the hotels are cheap no doubt, but it's too crowded)

Karol Bagh has a lots of hotels just near the Police station, with access to Metro railway and lots of buses, though I availed Uber mostly, as I was traveling in a group, and it was cheaper!

Places to See:

Day 1

1. AgraSen ki Baoli

Ancient Indians used to build water temples as well as earliest forms of step wells and reservoirs. Few exquisite examples of single-flight step wells still exist in Delhi today. The oldest existing Baoli - the Anangtal Baoli in Mehrauli, Delhi, was built in the 10th century by the Rajput King Anang Pal II of Tomar Dynasty.

Agrasen's Baoli (Agrasen ki Baoli) is among a few of its kind in Delhi, consisting of 103 steps made of red stone. The Baoli was originally built by Maharaja Agrasen, in the Mahabharat era, and later rebuilt by the Agrawal community in the 14th century, most probably during the Tughlaq period. It is located on Hailey Road near Cannought Place in Delhi, India, in the vicinity of Jantar Mantar. It is now a protected monument by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), and has a mammoth board indicating it's national importance, but even the ticket-less entry attracts only a few visitors. You can reach the Baoli by taking KG Marg from outer Cannought Circus, and then turn left towards the Hailey Road.

Photo of Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta
Day 2

2. Humayun's Tomb

One of the major tourist attractions in the city is the tomb of the second Mughal ruler Humayun which is situated in Nizamuddin area and lies on the bank of the holy river Yamuna. The architecture of this beautiful tomb is the purest example of Mughal royal architecture and even after almost five hundred years of existence, this tomb has retained its beauty and royalty. The tomb was built by the ruler’s wife and it greatly resembles the popular Irani Charbag, therefore, it is aid that the inspiration for building this tomb was taken from Charbagh itself.

The place is frequented by visitors from foreign countries as well as from India itself too. There are many photography walks organized all around the year since the tomb itself and the three beautiful gardens surrounding the tomb are worth capturing from your camera. There are no specific months for visiting this beautiful architectural brilliance but morning is the best time to go, since the place gathers lot of crowd by the evening as many local residents come over to see the place every now and then too.

Photo of Humayun's Tomb, Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta
Photo of Humayun's Tomb, Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta
Day 3

3. India Gate

The India Gate is located at the heart of India’s capital city, New Delhi. About 2.3 km from the Rashtrapati Bhavan, it is located on the eastern extremity of the ceremonial boulevard, Rajpath. India Gate is a war memorial dedicated to honor the soldiers of the Undivided Indian Army who died during World War I between 1914 and 1921. War memorials are buildings, installations, statues or other edifices dedicated either to celebrate victory in war, or to pay tribute to those who died or were injured in war. Delhiites and tourists alike throng the India Gate Lawns surrounding the monument for a leisurely evening, enjoying the light show at the fountains along with snacking on street food. A National War Memorial to honor all armed forces members killed after 1947 is under construction at the ‘C’ Hexagon of India Gate.

Photo of India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta
Photo of India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta

4. Mehrauli - Qutab Minar

Qutub Minar or Qutb Minar, a 73 m (240 ft.) high tower made of red sandstone and marble is not only the highest brick minaret in the world but also one of the most famous historical landmarks of India. The construction of this tower of victory was started by the founder of the Mamluk Dynasty in Delhi, Qutb ud-Din Aibak and completed by his successor and son-in-law Iltutmish. Located in the heart of Delhi, India, this UNESCO World Heritage Site, visible from different parts of the city attracts thousands of visitors every day. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in India and a must visit tourist spot in the itinerary of first time visitors to Delhi, both national and international.

Photo of Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta
Photo of Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta
Day 4

5. Lotus Temple

East of Nehru place, this temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in 1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The structure is made up of pure white marble The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is flood lit.

Photo of Lotus Temple Delhi, Lotus Temple Road, Block 9, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta

6. Indira Gandhi Museum

Photo of Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Arijit Sengupta

All in all, I just barely scratched the surface of Delhi in these 4 days. I had this limited time as I was heading for Palampur and Manali thereon, and hence could not explore more. For food, I used to end up at Connought Place every night because that's where the big names likes Burger King, Dunkin Donuts and many others are.

Hoping to go back to Delhi very soon again!

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