Exploring Delhi is the first thought of any traveler once he/she land’s up in the Indian capital.For the Traveler’s heading over to Himachal Pradesh or Rajasthan , Delhi becomes a natural connecting point.Trains and Buses to these locations are readily available from this place.Delhi is itself an interesting place to explore and most of the tourist break their journey to explore Delhi’s historical places , enjoy the popular food and do the shopping.
While Delhi is not as big as some of the states in India but it is crowded , much of it , owes to the business activities , travel and employment opportunities.Exploring the historical locations and attractions in Delhi by taxi may prove to be an expensive affair as there are many locations to cover.You can also opt for buses operated by Delhi transport corporation for sight seeing tours.These buses start from DTC Office at Scindia House near Connaught place.There is also an interesting and very comfortable ac bus service (with large glass windows) called HOHO (Hop On And Hop Off) to explore more than 14 sight seeing places in Delhi.So , the bus journey , has its own limitations and benefits.
With the opening of Delhi Metro it has become a very comfortable job to explore Delhi.The rapid transit system by Indian railway now covers most of the attractions and historical places in Delhi.At the important stations there are fast food joints and coffee restaurants helping the explorer’s quench their thirst and hunger.So let us check out some locations we can cover by Delhi metro trains !
Rajiv Chowk Metro Station
Rajiv Chowk metro station is located in the middle of Connaught place.So basically it is Connaught place metro station which is also commonly referred to as CP by the localities.It also happens to be the busiest stations in metro network.If you get down at this metro station you can go on to explore the Jantar Mantar – an ancient observatory built by a Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh in 1724.
You can further go on to see in Hailey Road another master piece of architecture a historical stepwell called Agrasen ki Baoli believed to be built by Maharaja Agrasen during the era of Mahabharata.The place was shot in a popular Indian movie “PK”.After visiting this place you can head over to Palika bazaar – a popular underground air conditioned market located just below the inner circle of Connaught Place.Palika market aka bazaar is a nice place for shopping for those people who like to bargain a lot.
Chandni Chowk Metro Station
Chandni chowk is an important metro station in terms of Delhi travel.When you come out of this station you have a whole lot of places and stuffs to explore.The historical Red Fort is just 10 min. walking distance from the station.Inside the fort premises do not forget to check the archaeological museum.The Diwan-e-aam and Diwan-e-Khas are particularly famous structures in historical context.There is also peculiar small market at the fort entrance gate called Chatta Chowk built by Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century.These shops sell souvenir , objects of collection and decorations.You can buy them as a memory but most are expensive.
The other tourist destination to cover at Chandni Chowk is Jama masjid.It is the biggest mosque in India and around 25,000 people can pray in a single session here. Built during the Mughal era ,this mosque , displays a great piece of Islamic architecture.The popular Karim hotel is located just opposite to Jama Masjid where you can enjoy mughalai n kebab food typical of Delhi.To particularly visit this mosque , Chawri Bazaar metro , is a more exact place to get down although it is accessible from Chandni Chowk as well .
At the chandni chowk you can enjoy all sorts of Delhi street food.You can go to Parathewaali Gali for instance to enjoy the delicious parathas – a kind of fried Indian bread.Also you can checkout the famous Jalebi Wala shop.Then , there is Ghantewala aka ‘the bell ringer’, which sells the famous sweets – Pista Loje , karachi halwa and sohan halwa since 1790.
There is a busy and crowded wholesale market providing an excellent place to shop traditional ethnic Indian clothes like colorful suits, lehengas and sarees.You can find clothes with beads and crystals, sitara ,zardozi , zari and kundan works.Katra Neel and Kinari Bazar are the popular cloth markets in Chandni chowk.
Qutab Minar Metro Station
Qutab metro station as the name is itself explanatory is really close to Qutab Minar and some other important monuments.Qutab Minar is 73 metre high tower structure built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak.The tower is made of red sandstone and marble.There is also a 7 m-high iron pillar inside the qutab premises.It is well known for its rust-resistant composition of the metals used in its construction.There is a belief that if a person encircles the iron pillar with his hands while standing with his back to it his wishes will be fulfilled.
JorBagh Metro Station
Jorbagh metro station falls in the vicinity of three attractions in Delhi – the Mughal era mausoleum called Safdarjung’s Tomb , Humayu’s Tomb and Lodhi Garden.The awesome architecture of sandstone and marble Safdarjung’s Tomb is a walking distance from this station.It is considered the last monumental tomb garden of the Mughals before they declined.It was built in built in 1754.The tomb was constructed by Nawaj Shujauddaula ,the governor of Awadh , during the Mughal rule of Muhammed Shah.
Talking about the Lodhi Garden , It is a park used by morning walkers in Delhi.Spread in 90 acres the 15th century garden belonged to Lodhis of Afgan dynasty.There are large tombs and several mosques enclosed within a beautiful, peaceful garden.It is also worth to visit Humayu’s Tomb which is just 4 kms away.It is a monument of 1565 A.D and tagged as first garden-tomb of India.The magnificent tomb structure made up of red sandstone is a popular tourist attraction in Delhi.
Mathura Road Metro Station
Near the Mathura road metro station falls the Purana Qila.The boat club and Delhi zoo are also near by.Purana Qila is the oldest compared to the other forts in Delhi.The place is not so well maintained by Archaeological survey of India but may be visited to see the ancient ruins.Right beside the fort lies the Zoological Park which you can visit as well.A boat club , very close to Purana Qila , is a great attraction to spend to enjoy Boating with your family.