MAIN ATTRACTIONS OF DELHI
Delhi with is rich historical background has many monuments that one can visit. From age old forts and minarets to the gothic architectural buildings it is an architectural delight. At the same time it has innumerous gardens as well as many museums.
There are samadhis or the resting places of many noted leaders in Delhi right from the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi to that of Rajiv Gandhi.
The Doll Museum of Delhi:
One of the most unique museums that delhi has is the Dolls museum. Delight for the young and old alike this museum has on display dolls from all the states of India and from about 85 countries of the world.
The Iron pillar
The Qutub Minar is famous as the tallest man made brick minaret in the world and enjoys a world heritage status. But another noteworthy pillar stands in the same complex, the Iron pillar. Supposed to be one of the most curious antiques it has baffled the historians and scientist alike for many years. Dating back to the 4th century AD, the pillar bears an inscription, which stated that it was erected as a flagstaff in honour of the Hindu god, Vishnu, and in the memory of the Gupta king Chandragupta II (375-413). The pillar also highlights ancient India's achievements in metallurgy. The pillar is made of 98 per cent wrought iron and has stood 1,600 years without rusting or decomposing.
The Mughal Gardens
The famous Mughal Gardens are located in the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is the official residence of the President of India. The building and gardens designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens span an area of about 320 acres that include colourful flowering shrubs and European flowerbeds.The small flowerbeds, the four waterways and mown lawns produce a virtual paradise. The gardens are open to the public from February to March every year, during the advent of Spring when the flowers are in full bloom. Recently a herbal/ medicinal plant section has been added to the gardens.
The Akshardham temple
The recent architectural marvel that has been added to the glorious architecture of Delhi is the Akshardham temple. Built and developed by the Swaminaryan sect this beautiful edifice has intricate carvings and beautiful sculptures engraved.