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New Delhi
New Delhi is the capital city of India. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan established it, but a British architect, Edwin Lutyens, did most of the city planning. Now, New Delhi is a metropolitan city offering a wide variety of interesting places. The remarkable attractions in New Delhi include the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, the India gate, the Humayun tomb, Qutub Minar, Laxmi narayan temple and the Bahai temple.
• Rashtrapathi Bhavan:
Rashtrapathi Bhavan in New Delhi is the official residence of the Indian president. It is one of the best monuments in India. It was constructed during the British Empire. It features a spacious Durbar hall, which is adorned by the stunning colored marbles. It also includes the State Library, Ballroom, Dining room, drawing room and private apartments. The Mughal Garden in the Rashtrapathi Bhavan is a must see place and is open to public in the spring season. If you want to visit the Bhavan, you need to get official permit from the reception office located at the Raisana road in New Delhi.
India gate:
India Gate is located in the heart of New Delhi. It is an eminent war memorial, which commemorate the 90,000 soldiers in the British Indian Army, who lost their lives in the First World War and the Afghan wars.
Humayun tomb:
Humayun tomb is an important tourist attraction in New Delhi. It was constructed by Hamida Begum, wife of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. It adjoins the shrine of the famous Sufi saint Nizam al-Din-Auliya. It is a unique blend of Persian and Indian style of architecture. You can see gorgeous tile work with intricate designs using Persian as well as Indian patterns in this tomb. It boasts of geometrically arranged garden, which are interconnected with several water channels. You can find the coffin of Humayun in the central domed chamber. Humayun tomb is designated as the UNESCO World Heritage building.
Qutb Minar:
Qutb Minar is an outstanding structure, which is situated in the Qutb complex, New Delhi. The first Muslim emperor Qutb-ud-din Aibak began the construction of this tower in 1193 and it was completed by Firuz Shah Tughluq in 1386. It is made up of red sandstone and it stands 72.5 meters high. The tower features intricate carvings and verses from the Quran around it. It has circular fluting on the first storey, star shape on the second and the third stories.
• Laxmi Narayan temple:
Laxmi Narayan temple is one of the popular attractions in New Delhi. The main shrine is dedicated to lord Vishnu and Laxmi. It has several other shrines, fountains and gardens. You can see the image of Lord Shiva in meditation mode in the right side dome of the temple. The left side of the temple is dedicated to Goddess Durga.
Bahai temple:
Bahai temple in New Delhi is in the shape of lotus. According to Hinduism, Lotus is a divine flower and most of the Hindu Gods and goddesses hold lotus in their hands. Lotus temple or Bahai temple is constructed into three ranks of nine petals.
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