Touring and Sightseeing in Delhi, India.

Taking various short trips out to see Humayun Tomb, Delhi Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Lodi Gardens, India Gate and Purana Qila (Old Fort) in Delhi, India.

Lahore Gate - Entrance to Delhi Red Fort

About visiting and looking round Delhi Red Fort (Lal Qila) in India - with photos of the Fort.

Delhi's Red Fort is one of the must see tourist places to visit whilst on holiday or touring in this part of India. Red Fort's correct name is Lal Qila - it's the largest of Old Delhi's monuments and so-named because of the red sandstone from which it is built.
Delhi Red Fort is closed on Mondays - the admission fee for non-Indians is 250 Rupees - children up to 15 years old get in free. To actually get into Delhi's Red Fort can involve some time firstly because of queuing for tickets but also the authorities have quite tight security at the entrance. You can really only take in personal items such as money, mobile phones, cameras and bottles of water - trying to take anything much else with you is likely to result in them refusing entry.
Remember also to keep your entrance ticket stub with you since you may well be asked for it at various parts of the Fort such as when going into individual museum rooms.
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Looking around the huge and impressive Jama Masjid (Mosque)in Delhi, India.

The mosque is situated near to Delhi's Red Fort - entrance is free in as much that you can get in ok but if you want to take a camera with you then you have to pay 200 Rupees. Also as this is a mosque you have to either go barefoot or you can buy some slippers - these might be a good idea as the mosque courtyard is pretty dirty and certainly well covered in bird droppings.
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Additionally if you are visiting the mosque during hot weather the surfaces get pretty hot for our delicate European feet. Women will also have to ensure they are pretty much covered - i.e. no bear arms or legs etc. before being allowed in - you can get suitable covering at the entrance gates if necessary - tips for any covers and footwear are of course required as this is India. The mosque is closed from time to time for non-Moslems - for instance at lunchtimes and during prayer times - but usually this is only for a short while.

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Visiting Lodi Gardens in Delhi - located approximately 3kms west of Humayun Tomb.

These quite extensive gardens are free to enter and are located in South Delhi just off Lodi Road - any taxi or auto rickshaw driver knows how to get to there. The tree-lined roads in the area around the gardens are beautifully kept and in the gardens themselves the paths are also tree-lined. Their are lots of open areas and also a stream which runs through the top part of the gardens - where you will also find a really nice 18th Century stone bridge called Athpula Bridge (photo on the left and another below). Extremely popular with families, people jogging, taking yoga lessons or just strolling around enjoying a really peaceful part of Delhi the grounds also contain several tombs.
As a matter of interest just a few minutes away from Lodi Gardens there is an excellent display of steam and other locomotives which once ran on the Indian Railways network, these are at The National Rail Museum Delhi - which is well worth visiting for a couple of hours.
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India Gate at Delhi in India. Area around India Gate in Delhi

Delhi sightseeing - taking a look at India Gate and the outsides of some beautiful old buildings.

The red sandstone built India Gate is actually a war memorial which commemorates Indian and British soldiers who died in World War 1 and also those who perished in the North West Frontier Province and 3rd Afghan Wars. The area is quite open and very popular with people strolling around especially on weekends. There is a small boating lake - quite congested as there seems to be more boats than water... You can also wander on the extensive grassy areas and continue on up Raj Path road to see some of the Indian Government's really beautiful looking buildings - one way to do this if time is short is to take a rickshaw up to the end of the entrance road and then wander back down the shallow hill to India Gate again.
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Looking around Humayun Tomb which is located at Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India.

Any taxi and/or auto-rickshaw driver should know where Humayuns Tomb is located - set in very pleasant grounds this is certainly somewhere not to be missed whilst staying in Delhi. Humayuns Tomb is open daily with a quite expensive entrance fee for non-Indians of 250 Rupees.
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Touring round Purana Qila Fort in Delhi (Old Fort), India.

This Indian Fort is open daily and located quite close to Humayuns Tomb - it's just south of Delhi Zoo and in fact it shares the same car-park as the Zoo. The entrance fee to go into Purana Qila Fort is 100 Rupees for non-Indians and the fort - which is pretty good condition for it's age - is well worth a visit for an hour or so. The Qila i Kohna Mosque should not be missed - it really is a beautiful old building.
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Looking around the Lotus Temple and Gardens in Delhi, India:

The correct name for this quite impressive Temple is Baha'i House of Worship - it's located in South Delhi and is open every day except Mondays - entrance is free. Under Bahá'í laws the concept of such Temples is that they are somewhere for people of any religion to gather i.e. irrespective of their denominations.
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The Lotus Temple gardens have several water features and also some really beautiful flower gardens for an enjoyable wander around. The Temple holds services throughout the day and everybody is welcome to participate if they wish too.
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