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Top 5 Places to Visit in New Delhi

Like many, I am constantly dreaming of that picture perfect, must needed vacation away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  You know the one; far from home where your office phone doesn’t quite get service and you have excitedly turned into a crazed selfie-taking tourist because you are surrounded by nothing but beautiful architecture, gorgeous landscapes and of course, incredible food? Your social media accounts will explode from all the breathtaking views in this spiritual destination of India.

 

Now the question is where does one go to endure such an experience and to take those impeccable pictures that will most likely shut down the internet?

 

The answer is easy; Delhi India. Being the second most populated city in the Country, the Capital of India is home to well over a thousand heritage buildings and monuments including India’s largest mosque.  Its extensive cultural history is every traveler’s dream, providing them an experience like none other.  It allows its visitors to traverse throughout many of the city’s finest architectural landscapes all the while taking them on a journey through the Country’s extensive history.

Top 5 Places to Visit in New Delhi

As planning such an excursive trip can be challenging and at times overwhelming, I have put together a list of the top 5 places to visit in Delhi, as a guide to help you kick start planning your dream vacation:

 

  1. Lodi Gardens   lodi-gardens

Photo by Thangaraj Kumaravel, CC BY 2.0

 

As your jet lag sets in and your internal clock adjusts to the time change, why not start your trip off on a quiet note with a visit to the Lodi Gardens.  This relaxing garden provides its visitors a peaceful experience as they make their way throughout the vast acreage populated with a variety of local flowers, wild life and monuments.

 

  1. Jama Masjidjama-masjid

Photo by Travis Wise, CC BY 2.0

 

Now that you’ve had time to catch up on your sleep, it’s time to kick it up a notch.  If you are up for a tough work out first thing in the morning then this 365 year old mosque is where you will want to find yourself.  The immense history within the walls of the oldest mosque in the country embraces you as you make your way to the top for a spectacular view of the city! Which would be the perfect place for a morning meditation.

 

  1. Chandni Chowkchandni-chowk

Photo by Varun Shiv Kapur, CC BY 2.0

 

Surely you are eager to get in a little shopping and indulge in some of the finest cuisine in the world.  I suggest you make your way down to Delhi’s main drag, Chandi Chowk. Packed full of local merchants selling everything from fresh produce to hand made souvenirs; this rowdy market located in the heart of the city is the place to be if you are looking to fill your belly and your carry on with delicious food and precious memorabilia.

 

  1. Red Fortred-fort

Photo by Dennis Jarvis, CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Why not stop by the most famous monument in the city? With its lavish marble and red sandstone finishes, the Red Fort provides an experience all in its own. Not to mention the incredible sound and lightshow offered every evening and a shopping bazaar on its roof.  A definite must see!

 

  1. National Museumnational-museum

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As much as we would love to spend every waking moment exploring the nooks and crannies of this beautiful city, a lot of us are forced to return to the likes of everyday life sooner than we would like leaving many stones unturned and many sites unexplored.  The National Museum offers visitors the opportunity to catch up on the Country’s incredible history as it takes you through an in depth walk amongst the some of the Country’s most treasured artifacts and antiques.

 

There are so many amazing must see places in Delhi. There remains so much more to see and do but I have chosen to talk about the 5 I feel would best serve as an accurate and enjoyable experience for those with limited travelling time. Hopefully this encourages you to get out and explore!  Safe travels!

 

Himanshu Agarwal

He is a frequent traveler and infrequent blogger. Though he loves to write for Pearls India Tour, most of the time he is occupied with his gadgets & Indian foods (samosas & kachoris). He is a yoga-doer & meditation-practitioner and loves to visit new places and make new friends. Himanshu, thanks for this guest post, Top 5 Places to Visit in New Delhi.  

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Top 5 Spiritual Places in India

Here is a guest post from someone living and traveling in India. This is not a tour group, but the information he describes can be useful if you are adventurous and want to see these paces on your own. I like the fact that he has chosen holy places from all religions.

Sacred and religious places are doorways for spiritual attainment. While spirituality is awakening of the soul, religions and religious dwellings make the process easy. If you too were looking for an awakening, India would be the best place to start with. India is a cornucopia of cultural richness. Not only does the nation boast of varied cultures and religions co-existing but also of the magnificent structures that these religions have fashioned.

Spiritual places in India cannot be confined to a number; every monument, every place has a significance of its own. Here are five spiritual places in India that should be a part of your itinerary.

1. Haridwar

 

Photo by Paul, shared thru Creative Commons

Photo by Paul, shared thru Creative Commons

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While the name literally means “Gateway of God”, Haridwar translates as the mecca of Hindus. With holy river Ganga adorning the city, it is considered to be one of the holiest and oldest city in India. The temple is nestled amidst the foothills of enormous Himalayas in Uttarkhand. The pious Ganga enters North India from this very place. Go here to join the evening ritual of lighting lamps and floating them in Ganges. Kumbha Mela is the most happening festival in Haridwar that attracts over millions to the city. It happens only once in twelve years and is a rare sight of divinity and worship.

2. Bodh Gaya

Bodha Gaya

Photo by Andrew Moore, CC BY-SA 2.0

Bodh Gaya is the place where the revered Buddha attained enlightenment could also be the one where you achieved yours. Buddhists across the world flock this place to witness Mahabodhi temple and the Bodhi tree. It is also celebrated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The two flight of stairs, considered as stairs to heaven will take you to the platform and from there to the inner sanctum of the temple. The best sight is to rest by the Bodhi tree and to gaze at the wondrous vajrasana – diamond throne or navel of the earth.

3. Amritsar

Amritsar

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Amritsar or ‘pool of nectar‘ is the spiritual capital of Sikhs. The city itself was founded by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhs. The city’s name was given by the waterbody that surrounds the exquisite Golden Temple. The golden dome sparkling in dim light at night is a sight to witness. Harmandir Sahib (the true name of golden temple) has four doors that invites people from all walks of life and over one lakh people visit the temple daily.

4. Goa

Goa

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Goa being the capital of churches in India is definitely a hot spot for spiritual awakening. The most famous church here is Basilica of Bom Jesus i.e. Infant Jesus. It carries the mortal remains of blessed St. Francis Xavier. The body of the saint who died in 1552 is still preserved here in a well decorated casket and is open to public only once in ten years. While the preserved body itself is a miracle, the architecture completes the beauty and spirituality of this place.

5. Ajmer

Ajmer

Photo by Shahnoor Habib Munmun, CC BY 3.0

The city of Ajmer is a very important place to both Muslims and the Hindus. It is a prominent pilgrimage centre after Mecca for Muslims all over the world. Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s Dargah receives people from all over the world answering to their wishes and prayers. The shrine is visited by Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs as a sign of communal peace. It holds some magic that people across all faiths come here seeking Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s blessings. The entire place lights up during the festival of Urs. During this festival there are qawwali programmes, where singers sing praises of the saint. The music is so mesmerizing and enthralling that it leaves its audience spell bound.

These cities hold magic, they carry peace and enlightenment that washes over you while you visit them and will leave you coming back for more. These places are also examples of how religion is not the only factor for spiritual awakening. They call out to people from all walks of life, from all around the world to come and experience energy, peace and love. They are like a reflection of “God is present everywhere and in everyone”

Author Bio:

Rohit is an avid traveler and blogger at http://transindiatravels.com. His passion for exploring has taken him to places all around the world. Accounts of his travel experiences often act as a guide to other travel enthusiasts.

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