Delhi, the capital city of India, is a treasure trove of historical and cultural attractions. Here are some must-visit places in and around Delhi:
The Red Fort: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort is an iconic symbol of India’s rich history. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan and is known for its stunning red sandstone architecture. The fort is a must-visit for its historical significance and grandeur.
Qutub Minar: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar is a towering minaret built in the 12th century. It’s a remarkable example of Indo-Islamic architecture and is surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Humayun’s Tomb: This impressive garden tomb is the final resting place of Emperor Humayun. It is known for its Mughal architectural style.
India Gate: A prominent war memorial, India Gate is an iconic landmark in Delhi. It honors the soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. The surrounding area is a popular spot for picnics and leisurely walks.
Lotus Temple: This modern architectural marvel is shaped like a lotus flower and is open to people for prayer and meditation.
Akshardham Temple: This grand temple complex showcases Indian art, culture, and spirituality. It features stunning architecture, an impressive musical fountain, and a boat ride depicting India’s history.
Jama Masjid: India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid is an architectural masterpiece with minaret for panoramic views of Old Delhi.
Agra, home to the iconic Taj Mahal, is a must-visit destination. Marvel at the timeless beauty of this magnificent monument, built by Emperor Shah Jahan.
Must Visit: Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
How to reach: Agra is situated 230 kms away from Delhi.
By Road: Agra is well-connected to Delhi by road. You can take the Yamuna Expressway, which offers a smooth and efficient drive.
By Train: Agra is connected to Delhi by regular train services. The journey takes approximately 2-3 hours, depending on the train. Some of the options include Gatimaan Express, Bhopal Shatabdi Express etc.
Known as the Pink City, Jaipur is a vibrant destination filled with palaces, forts, and bustling markets. Don’t forget to indulge in traditional Rajasthani cuisine and shop for handicrafts.
Must Visit: Amber Fort, the stunning City Palace and the intricately designed Hawa Mahal.
How to reach: Jaipur is situated 280 km away from Delhi.
By Road: Jaipur is easily accessible from Delhi via a well-maintained highway. You can drive or hire a cab to reach Jaipur in about 5-6 hours.
By Train: Several trains connect Delhi to Jaipur including Ajmer Shatabdi Express. The journey takes around 4-5 hours.
Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Rishikesh is a spiritual haven and adventure enthusiast’s paradise.
Must Visit: Explore ancient temples, attend yoga and meditation retreats, and enjoy thrilling activities like white-water rafting and trekking.
How to reach: Rishikesh is 240 km from away from Delhi.
By Road: You can reach Rishikesh easily by road through cab.
By Train: Take a train like Dehradun Shatabdi Express to Haridwar, followed by a short drive.
Neemrana Fort Palace
Located in Alwar district, Neemrana Fort Palace is a stunning heritage property turned hotel. Experience the grandeur of the fort, enjoy breathtaking views, and indulge in activities like ziplining and vintage car rides.
How to reach: Neemrana is easily accessible by road via the Delhi-Jaipur Highway.
By Road: Neemrana Fort Palace is a short 130 km drive from Delhi.
By Train: Neemrana is easily reachable through trains like Rewari-Ajmer train etc.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Nature enthusiasts and bird lovers will enjoy a visit to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. Witness a wide variety of migratory birds and native species in their natural habitat. Take a leisurely stroll through the park or go on a bird-watching tour.
How to reach: The sanctuary is a short drive from Delhi via the Gurgaon-Farukh Nagar Road.
By Road: Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is 50 km from Delhi. It is best to take a bus or hire a taxi from Delhi to reach the sanctuary.
By Train: There are no direct high-speed trains to Sultanpur.
Mathura and Vrindavan
Explore the birthplace of Lord Krishna and soak in the spiritual aura of Mathura and Vrindavan. Visit ancient temples, witness vibrant festivals, and experience the enchanting “aarti” ceremonies on the banks of the Yamuna River.
How to reach: Mathura and Vrindavan are well-connected to Delhi by road and rail.
By Road: Mathura and Vrindavan are 160 km from Delhi.
By Train: Mathura and Vrindavan are easily reachable through trains like Mathura Shatabdi Express etc.
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*Participants who have registered with accommodation: Those participants willing to join the complementary excursion visit, must confirm their names to join the excursion of Delhi on email email@example.com by 5 December 2023 latest.
Excursion date for participants with accomodation is 14 January 2024.
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