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Culture of New Delhi. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Delhi, India New Delhi offers its guests many exciting and remarkable places to visit. Cathedrals and mosques of ultimate beauty, ancient palaces and museums and many other spots of cultural significance will fit every tourist taste and fancy. Tourists should necessarily visit the Jama Masjid mosque. Its name can be interpreted as “flying in the sky”. This mosque is the largest one in India and the second by its size in the world. The building is placed on the 10m pedestal that makes it visible almost from every district of the city.
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The main building material for the mosque construction was white marble and rotten rock. The construction looks rather impressive. A remarkable architectural landmark is the Red Fort. The construction was built in the epoch of Mongolian conquest. The building of the massive powerful fort lasted for about ten years and was finished in 1648. The fortifying building got its name due to the main building material which was the same rotten tock.
Recently the fort was reequipped into the Museum of Art which is devoted to cultural traditions and customs as well as art of Mogul folks. A popular hiking destination among tourists is the Connaught Place which locates a bright and remarkable market. The Place is surrounded with a high colonnade which gives the visitors of the spot a heavenly chill in the hottest days. Another remarkable spot of tourist interest is Jantar Mantar observatory dating back to the 18th century. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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A few centuries ago the observatory served as the main research platform for scientists. Sun and moon movements were studied with the help of weird constructions made of brick and stone. According to one of the theories the observatory was equipped at Sawai Jai Singh II dictation. The king was known to be interested in astronomy studying. One of the most beautiful architectural landmarks is the Lakshmi Narayan Temple which was established in 1938 on demand of local aristocracy.
Jantar Mantar Observatory, Delhi The temple was heavily invested in. It features luxurious interior design and inimitable architectural style. As many years ago so now the temple is the main symbol of local aristocracy. The city offers several dozens of museums for tourist exploration each of them keeping unique collections of artifacts. The national Museum devoted to culture and traditions of local folks is best worth visiting for those tourists striving to get a deeper insight into the culture of New Delhi. Other museums worth visiting are the National philatelic museum and the Fine Arts Museum of Lalit Kala Akademi (National Academy of Fine Art).
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Well, it's worth mentioning a few more museums that would be of interest to every tourist. For example, the Gandhi Smriti Museum dedicated to the last days of Mahatma Gandhi - it was here that he spent his last five months before he was killed at the end of January 1948. "The Martyr's Column" was erected in the very place where the prominent public figure was shot dead. Another museum is dedicated to the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi - this is the National Gandhi Museum where one can find a rich collection of items related to Indian politics - books (about 35 thousand manuscripts are collected in the library), personal belongings, newspapers, paintings. Visitors can see the clothes Gandhi wore at the time of his associational in 1948 - they say that it still smells of blood.
A Mosque in Delhi The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum is no less remarkable for exploring local culture and history. The cultural institution is the residence of the former Prime Minister of India. Here you can see personal belongings of the Nehru-Gandhi family, including photographs. A special focus is placed on the life of the man of outstanding personality. The spot where the politician died at the hands of his own Sikh bodyguards in 1984 is marked in the garden. The Nehru Memorial Museum is dedicated to Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira's father. Here, tourists have the opportunity to find out how the independence movement was born in India.
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Another museum allowing tourists to learn a lot about the country's culture is the Crafts Museum with its rich collection of items of traditional Indian crafts such as textiles, applied arts, wood carving. Visitors can even buy some objects and keep them as souvenirs of the trip to India. One shouldn't forget about the townspeople's love for bargaining - just don't hesitate to bargain with them. Incredibly beautiful exhibits can be seen at the Vedic Expo, which seems to be an illustration for the tales of Hindu gods. The collection is stored in one of the main city attractions - the huge ISKCON temple complex built in 1993.
Qutub Minar Those fond of contemporary art will be interested in the National Gallery of Modern Art. The gallery is divided into two parts: an outdoor one displaying beautiful sculptures and an indoor one where the collection consists mainly of works of fine art. Such cultural institutions as the National Rail Museum will please fans of technology with trains from different eras it has collected. The Archeological Museum is of great interest to history buffs, while those traveling with kids are welcome to the two following museums: The National Children's Museum providing various activities for them, as well as the Shankar's International Dolls Museum with its magnificent collection of dolls from around the world. In the capital of India, you can also find the Madame Tussauds Museum presenting wax figures of prominent Indian figures and popular Hollywood stars.
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One of the capital's most impressive buildings is Swaminarayan Akshardham, the most grandiose Hindu temple in the world listed on the Guinness Book of Records. Its opening took place in 2005, the construction lasted 7 years. In the end, it measured 42 high, 94 meters wide, and 106 meters long. A fine addition to the magnificent architecture is the figures of 148 elephants. Keep in mind that taking pictures or filming the interior of the temple with any devices is prohibited. The list of must-visit attractions wouldn't be complete without the Chhatarpur Temple, (also called Shri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peetham), the construction of which was completed in 1974. It was considered the largest temple in India before Swaminarayan Akshardham took over its title.
Humayuns Tomb In 1986, Fariborz Sahba completed the construction of another temple, which is now one of the symbols of India - the Lotus Temple. Its blooming lotus shape became recognizable immediately. The building is a vivid example of the expressionist style mixed with biotech, as evidenced by numerous architectural awards. The temple is open to representatives of all faiths. Its structure includes 27 "petals" grouped in clusters of three on each side. In 2001, the Lotus Temple became the world's most visited building, according to CNN. Another interesting New Delhi's shrine is the Hanuman Temple with its huge statue of a monkey-like deity dating back to 1724.
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However, the city has not only Hindu, Jain, and Baháʼí temples - you can also find mosques (Friday Mosque, or Jama Masjid), as well as Christian churches (Sacred Heart Cathedral). The living legacy of the Delhi Sultanate is the Qutb Minar minaret, which was built along with the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque approximately in 1192 by decree of Qutb al-Din Aibak, the country's first ruler. This is one of the best-preserved complexes in India that was damaged several times throughout the country's history: by a lightning strike in 1369 and by an earthquake in 1505 and 1803. The complex was restored in 1828, but twenty years later, the dome was removed from the mosque. Today, however, you can only admire the tower from the outside - all because of safety reasons due to an accident that happened here in 1981.
Humayuns Tomb, Delhi Nearby is the Mehrauli Archaeological Park - the famous archaeological site, which keeps more than a hundred historical monuments. For example, here you can explore New Delhi's oldest fort - Lal Kot dating back to 1060. Among other monuments are the ancient Tomb of Balban (1287), the Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb (1526), and graves of other sultans of various dynasties who ruled during later centuries. The famous stepwell Rajon Ki Baoli deserves a separate visit. The complex became an archaeological park in 1997 and opened to the public in 2000. About forty monuments have been restored since then.
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The Rashtrapati Bhavan is a magnificent building evoking associations with the Roman Pantheon. A huge rose garden is open to the general public, as the complex is the official residence of the President of India. Completed in 1930, the building remains the largest presidential palace in the world. New Delhi's symbolic landmark is the Hauz Khas Park with its historic attractions - the unfinished Munda Gumbad building from the Lodi Dynasty, as well as the Hauz Khas Fort dating back to the 13th-14th centuries. Altogether, the complex is called the Hauz Khas Village, and walking around it brings unprecedented pleasure.
Delhi However, just like strolling through Lodhi Garden that keeps tombs of Muhammad Shah, Sikandar Lodi, Shish Gumbad, and Bara Gumbad. This is one of the most popular places to walk among locals, which is not surprising given the views grabbing attention immediately, drawing colorful pictures in the imagination. Visitors to the Indian capital can also discover many interesting cultural institutions where people go to enjoy theatrical performances. Among the most popular theaters are the Akshara Theatre and the OddBird Theatre.
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Lotus Temple, New Delhi

» The Lotus Temple, or the Bahá'í House, is one of the nine temples built all over the world. It belongs to Bahái followers. It is modern religion that lacks confessional restrictions, sermons, priests, and altars. Adherents to this religion don’t worship icons and sculptures.
»  The huge white building that resembles a lotus flower was built in 1986 on the donations collected all over the world. The project architect was Fariborz Sahba, an Iranian who lived in Canada.
»  Before the construction, the building project had been modeled on the computer for two years. The main hall that has a diameter of 75 m and is 31 m high can accommodate from 1 300 to 2 500 visitors. The Bahá'í House was awarded several architectural prizes.
»  In Bahá'í temples, adherents of any religion can pray. Here, volunteers serving visitors and the temple work.
»  Over the years of its existence, the temple was visited by more people than the Taj Mahal or the Eiffel Tower was.

Cathedral Church of the Redemption, New Delhi

Location on the map:   Facts: » The Cathedral Church of the Redemption is a reminder of British rule. It was founded by Anglican missionaries preaching the gospel. The church was built in 1862, in the colonial epoch.
»  The building is decorated with dark scarlet stone. The color gradually changes and creates a gradient going from the roof and reaching triangular porticoes under the base of the bell tower.
»  The church is located near the Parliament House in the central district of Dehli. The church fits harmoniously into the space composition of other buildings.
»  The outer walls are painted red. With it, the church symbolizes the blood of Christian martyrs. They were citizens dying during the Sepoy Rebellion when Indian soldiers rose against the English colonial policy.
»  The luxurious interior of the church decorated with paintings and carved figurines has been preserved. The walls are stained glass. Everything looks quite modest. It is always cool inside.
»  The Cathedral Church of the Redemption in New Dehli (India) has been well preserved. There is a natural grass lawn around the church. The doors of the church are always open to visitors.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi

» Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is a big stadium for football matches, other sports competitions, and concerts in Dehli.
»  The stadium can accommodate up to 60 000 visitors. During festive events, it accommodates 100 000 spectators.
»  It is the headquarters of the Indian Olympic Association that presents the country in the Olympic Games. The sports stadium was opened in 1982.
»  It was named after the Prime Minister of independent India Jawaharlal Nehru. Here, football teams, cricket players, and athletes train. Basketball, volleyball, and table tennis competitions are held on the other playground.
»  The field is 106x68 m. The sports stadium was reconstructed by the 19th Commonwealth Games. The renovation lasted 3 years. A canopy was added. For these games, a swimming pool was constructed. It cost $85 million.
»  Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is depicted on a postage stamp. You can enter its territory only during competitions or festive events. At other times, the stadium is not open to the public.
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What to visit during two-day excursion in New Delhi

The Red Fort (lal Quila)
Where: eastern end of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, New Delhi; Opening hours: sunrise to sunset daily, (closed Monday); Tickets: Indians Rs11, foreigners Rs110;
Qutb Minar
Where: Mehrauli, southern Delhi, New Delhi; Opening hours: 07.30-17.30 daily (closed Monday); Tickets: Indians Rs10, foreigners Rs250;
Jama Masjid
Where: eastern end of Chawri Bazaar, Old Delhi, New Delhi; Opening hours: Non-Muslims; Tickets: free;
The National Museum
Where: Janpath, New Delhi, New Delhi; Telephone: +91 (11)2301 9272; Opening hours: 10.00-17.00 daily (closed Monday); Tickets: Indians Rs10, foreigners Rs300;
Humayun’s Tomb
Where: Mathura Road, New Delhi, New Delhi; Opening hours: sunrise to sunset daily; Tickets: Indians Rs10, foreigners Rs250;
Chandni Chowk
Where: Old Delhi, New Delhi; Opening hours: Shops open either 10.00-19.00 or 12.00-21.00 daily (closed Sunday);
Old Fort (purana Qila)
Where: Mathura Road, New Delhi, New Delhi; Opening hours: sunrise to sunset daily; Tickets: Indians Rs5, foreigners Rs100;
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Map of all palaces
Public palaces near New Delhi
♥   Palace 'Red Fort' , 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Palace 'Rashtrapati Bhavan' , 3.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Art galleries in New Delhi and around
♥   Art museum 'Triveni Kala Sangam' New Delhi, 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Museum' New Delhi, 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'National Gallery of Modern Art' New Delhi, 3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Talwar Gallery' New Delhi, 8.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Sanskriti Museums' New Delhi, 11.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas near New Delhi
♥   Cathedral of Kristuraja, Faridabad, 33.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Meerut, 62.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica of Our Lady of Graces, Sardhana, 68.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Culture guide to New Delhi. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in New Delhi: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in New Delhi. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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