The Red Fort, was built in 1648 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace fort of Shahjahanabad the new capital city of Shah Jahan. It is a highly significant place as the PM of India delivers a speech every year on Independence Day at the Red Fort. A large number of Mughal structure surround the fort. The fort derives its name from the red colour of sandstone used to build it.
Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The main attractions here are the Hall of Values, Theatre, Boat Ride, Musical Fountain and Garden of India. It looks breathtakingly beautiful in the night when it is lighted.
Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo-Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. The tower has five distinct stories, and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. There are also a number of other historic monuments on the site.
At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, a war-memorial completed in 1931. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, built to honour war heroes stands under the India Gate. On the Republic Day of India, a grand parade starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan and passes India Gate, where a tribute to war heroes is paid.
Jama Masjid, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, is another spectacular treasure of the Walled City, and is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650. The view from the top of the southern tower is breathtaking, with a large part of the city visible. Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting the mosque or you won't be allowed in. This means covering your head, legs and shoulders. Attire is available there.
Taj Mahal was built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal is situated on the banks of River Yamuna in Agra. Built with white marble, it has a perfect symmetry and looks the same from all the four sides! The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being "the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world's heritage".