Top Things to See in Delhi
Do you already have your tickets to Delhi booked, or just searching for some travel inspiration? Check out the list of top 6 things to see in the world's second largest urban area, and be ready for the adventure - this is one of the busiest, loudest, most exciting cities in the world, and it's a lot to take in.
The Bahai Lotus Temple
Built in 1986, the Lotus Temple is made out of marble in a shape of a lotus flower, and it attracts more than 70 million visitors in a year. This is an active temple, so no photography or talking is allowed inside. However, it is breathtakingly peaceful and a nice reprieve from the busy Delhi streets. Come here early in the morning to avoid the crowds, and enjoy the beauty of this architectural masterpiece.
Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque)
Built of red sandstone and white marble, the Jama Masjid is one of the largest and oldest Muslim mosques in India. It was completed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees. Some highlights include three great gates, four towers and two 40 m high minarets, and courtyard so large that it can comfortably fit some 25,000 people with room to spare. As this is an active mosque, you will be required to take your shoes off and dress modestly (no bare legs, women are required to wear a full length covering and cover your head) to be allowed indoors and admire this architectural beauty. If you get the chance, climb on top of the southern minaret to take in the view of Old Delhi.
India Gate
The arch was built in memory of 90,000 soldiers killed during the Second World War, and it looks like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. It's better to come here at night when it is illuminated by a warm, golden light. For a special treat, see the small parade when the commandos guarding the gate change their duty. There is no vehicular traffic near the Gate, so it's the perfect place for a wander and a bit of people-watching, and to shop for some trinkets and mementos from the local vendors. Be aware of your surroundings and wear your bag in front of you, as this place is highly popular with tourists and pickpockets alike.
Khari Baoli or Spice Market
If you want to plunge into the Indian foodie culture and marvel at the variety of colors, smells, and flavors, you should visit the biggest spice market in the whole Asia - the famous Khari Baoli. There are hundreds of shops and vendors selling hot spices, dried fruits, grains, varieties of salts, nuts and more, not to mention the opportunity to take some truly wonderful photographs (just make sure to ask people permission before snapping a picture of them). If you're in the area, it is well worth your time to wander over to the Chandi Chowk markets and explore the textile and jewelry bazaars that branch off from here.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
The Guradwara Bangla Sahib is a peaceful Sikh temple that is freely open to all visitors of all faiths. An appropriate dress code is required for both men and women (no bare legs or shoulders, head must be covered). This gorgeous 18th-century temple is surrounded by a huge pool, and topped by a recognizable golden dome. Go inside, listen to the drums and prayers being sung, enjoy your meal, and walk around the temple. Before leaving, you will see volunteers of the temple offering water to visitors: This is the site where water was offered to the sick and the water is believed to have healing properties. By far, this is one of the most peaceful and beautiful experiences in Delhi, regardless of what your religious beliefs are.
National Museum of Delhi
The National Museum would take days to see every exhibit thoroughly, but for your trip you can settle for the free audio guide that comes with your ticket. Although the Museum itself does look like it could use some TLC, the artifacts and and information on display is still top quality. The coin and jewelry collections are especially beautiful take a look at. Soak up the artistic and cultural diversity of India and get acquainted the history of this region.
Whatever you will choose to see in your time here, you will leave a piece of your heart in Delhi. It is impossible to take it all in on one short trip, but at least you will graze the surface with these trip highlights.

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