Delhi is the capital of India, although the role of the main city of the country did not always belong to this place. But at all times it was of no small importance in the history of the state. Archaeological research claims that the first settlements in the territory of modern Delhi existed more than three thousand years ago. Hindus say that this is the place most of the events described in the ancient poem "Mahabharata" were performed. Such attractions Delhi, as openwork white-stone buildings, elegant hotels, chic exotic parks, remind of a rich past. The city in 1911 became the capital of British India. Today the whole metropolis is divided into two parts: the fashionable area of New Delhi and Old Delhi.
The temple, built of white and pink marble, is one of the most famous architectural monuments in New Delhi. The temple is called Lakshmi-Narayan, and it is dedicated to the gods Krishna and Lakshmi. These deities are considered the most popular people in the religion of the Hindus. Therefore, many of Delhi's attractions bear the name of these patrons of family happiness and love.
The building was built at the beginning of the last century. His financiers were the richest people in India, and at the ceremony of consecration of the cult construction attended by Mahatma Gandhi. Those who study the classical culture of India, see in the architecture of Lakshmi-Narayan a combination of styles that prevail in different epochs. Visitors are always in a festive mood when they contemplate this place. This can be achieved by glittering gilding and bright colors that are present on the building.
A map with sights Delhi will tell tourists all the places that must be visited while staying in the Indian capital. So, it is worth paying attention to the building, located in the heart of the metropolis, at Connaught Place. It is a temple of white marble. It is the most visited Sikh cathedral and is called Gurdwara Bangla Sahib.
Guests of the city easily recognize this object on the bulbous gilded dome, which somehow resembles the golden vaults of Orthodox churches. Before the gurdvar there is a pond. He is called Sarovar. Local people believe in the sacred and healing power of his water. The temple was built in 1783, when the throne was occupied by the Mongol emperor Shah Alam II. The architect was Sardar Bhagel Singh - Sikh general. Anyone can enter the temple. Only for this it is necessary to fulfill one condition: a visit is allowed only with a covered head and bare feet. And before the entrance guests can be offered "prasad". It is such a ritual meal, made from oil, honey, grain and flour.
Gates to the lost soldiers
The gate of India is a monument established in honor of the dead Indian soldiers who participated in the First World War and Anglo-Afghan battles. There is a monument in New Delhi. The author of the project was Edwin Lachens. The monument was opened in 1931. The monument is made in the form of an arch, which is built of bharatpur stone. At the foot of the fire burns an eternal flame. True, according to the plan, he had to be in the hollow bowl installed on the top of the structure. But this project was only an idea. To see other attractions in Delhi, you need to go a little further than the gate. In the meantime, you can relax in the vast expanses of the park that surrounds this architectural masterpiece.
Lal Kila, or Red Fort is considered the heart of Old Delhi. This monument dates back to the 17th century and is considered the most beautiful and majestic landmark of the period. The monument was created under the reign of Shah Jahan, who was also a Mongol emperor, like Shah Alam II. The red fort is called because of the walls lined with sandstone of the appropriate color. Attractions in Delhi (photo and description can be found in our article) are incredibly interesting. So, in Krasny Fort, its internal structures are riveted: a hall for public ceremonies - Diwan-i-Am - and a hall for private imperial meetings - Diwan-i-Khas.
After visiting all the above-mentioned attractions in Delhi, spend a few more minutes and visit the Qutb Minar tower. This impressive building is incredibly huge. Qutb Minar is also called the Victory Tower. Its height is almost 73 meters. This most interesting object is expertly built from sandstone of a red shade. The building was built for 175 years. Its author was the first ruler of Islamic origin in India, Qutb-ud-din Aibaku. To acquire all the necessary building materials, Aibaku had to destroy 27 Jani and Hindu temples. Work began in 1193, and ended only in 1368.
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