A relatively new attraction, this massive temple complex was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization and opened in 2005. It’s dedicated to showcasing Indian culture. As well as the astonishing architecture of the pink stone and white marble shrine, the complex includes sprawling garden, sculptures, and boat ride. Allow plenty of time to explore it thoroughly — at least half a day. Do note that cell phones and cameras are not permitted inside.
- Location: N. H. 24 | Near Noida Mor, New Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Free. However, tickets are required to view the exhibitions.
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. (last entry). Closed Mondays.
If you think Humayun’s Tomb looks a bit like the Taz Mahal in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal’s creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India, and the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country. The tomb is part of a greater complex that’s set among beautiful gardens.
- Location: Nizamuddin East, New Delhi. Near the Nizamuddin train station, off Mathura Road.
- Entry Cost: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 30 rupees. Free for children under 15 years.
- Opening Hours: Sunrise until sunset, daily. It’s best viewed in the golden light of the late afternoon.
CONNAUGHT PLACE, JANPATH AND MANDI HOUSE
Shop, eat, watch a movie or just laze in the Central Park; Connaught Place is the perfect location for all that. Have a milkshake in a glass bottle at Keventers or a coffee at Starbucks, pick up a sweet treat from Wengers or a burger from KFC; you have too many restaurants to choose from! Walk through the corridors of the market to find some low priced trinkets and novels. Shop for branded clothes, footwear and accessories all that in one big circular market. Get out of the inner circle to walk towards Janpath market to shop for trendy clothes, jewellery and showpieces at throwaway prices.
Just a stone’s throw away from CP is the cultural hub of Delhi. Mandi House has many auditoriums which host stage plays and other performances regularly. Catch a stage act at Kamani Auditorium or Sri Ram Centre of Performing Arts to get an idea of how much talent this city has to offer!
Closest metro station- Rajiv Chowk (Blue Line)
Tip1– Try out the popular Depauls coffee at Janpath.
Tip2– Sit in Central Park after sunset, the CP circle looks beautiful when lit up!