Iconic Attractions and Places to Visit in Delhi (Part 2)

Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk in the main street of old Delhi  near the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, is a shocking contrast to the wilding streets of New Delhi. Cars, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians, and animals all racing on the crowded street. It is chaotic, crumbling, hectic and congested, but also completely captivating. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes are filled with inexpensive jewelry, fabrics, and electronics. For the adventurous visitors, Chandni Chowk is an excellent place to taste some of wonderful Delhi’s street food. The renowned Karim Hotel, a Delhi dining institution, is also built there.

Swaminarayan Akshardham

A relatively new destination, this massive temple complex was designed and built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization and opened to public in 2005. It’s dedicated to display Indian culture. Featuring the astonishing architecture of the pink stones and white marble, the complex consists of sprawling garden, ancient sculptures, and boat ride. Allow visitors plenty of time to discover it thoroughly — at least a whole day. Do remember that cell phones and cameras are not permitted to bring inside.

Swaminarayan Akshardham is located in National Highway 24, near Noida Mor, New Delhi.

It’s free to entry from 9.30 to 6.30 everyday except Mondays. However, tickets are sold for visitors to view the exhibitions.

Humayun’s Tomb

Many people might think Humayun’s Tomb looks similar to the Taj Mahal in Agra, that’s because it was the source of inspiration for the Taj Mahal’s creation. The tomb was created in 1570, and home to the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of Mughal architecture to be made in India, and the Mughal rulers applied it to an extensive period of construction all over the nation. The tomb is an essential part of a greater complex that is built among beautiful gardens.