Some of India’s most historic places and monuments can be found in Delhi, the country’s capital. It is brimming with museums that display antique paintings, archaeological artefacts, books, weaponry and armour, and so much more. Delhi has developed as a capital, as have its inhabitants, from the Mughal period to the present day. A Delhiite will always be a Delhiite at heart, no matter where they go in the world – while they are known for their love of travel, their hearts will always be in Delhi, where the sights and sounds are magical to the eyes and music to the ears. Delhiites are still up for some Dilli Darshan if they don’t have somewhere else to go.
The past year, on the other hand, have been difficult for all of us. It’s easy to go stir crazy when there are restrictions in place due to the pandemic. Iconic Delhi locations that see large crowds on a regular basis are now deserted, with a gloomy atmosphere surrounding them. However, don’t let this stop you from going to your favourite destinations! It’s never too late to visit some of your city’s most famous landmarks. If you are unable to visit in person, technology will help you – virtual travel tours are your saviour.
We’ve put together a list of the 5 most iconic locations in Delhi that you can visit at any time, on any day – and from the comfort of your own home. Take a look…
1. National Museum
From prehistoric artefacts to contemporary art, Delhi’s National Museum provides a fascinating cultural journey through India’s history. The Maurya collection, Gupta collection, and Buddhist collection, among others, are housed at the Museum, as are Central Asian antiquities, pre-Columbian arts, miniature paintings, and 7th-century manuscripts, to name a few. The National Museum has a lot to see and learn about, and a virtual tour is easily accessible!
2. National Science Centre
It’s difficult to keep children confined at home because they have too much pent-up energy. They would have a great time taking a virtual travel tour of the National Science Centre. It would not only be a unique sight, but it would also be informative and educational. It keeps everyone engaged by providing realistic, real-life explanations for a variety of scientific concepts. The online tour of the National Science Centre will take you on a journey of the entire facility, from the atrium and ticket counters to all of the fascinating halls and exhibits inside.
3. Qutub Minar
The Qutub Minar, which was designed by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in the 13th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands 72.5 metres tall, making it the tallest brick-built minaret in the world. The site has witnessed much of Delhi’s turbulent past, with rulers ranging from Firoz Shah Tughlaq to Sikander Lodi repairing the minaret and leaving their imprint. The Alai Darwaza, the Iron Pillar, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin are all part of the Qutub Minar’s architecture. The Qutub Minar is even more beautiful when illuminated at night.
4. Mughal Gardens
The beautiful Mughal Gardens are located inside the famous Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s official residence. The Presidential Palace was designed in the 1900s by Sir Edward Lutyens and these gardens are the heart and soul of the building. Mughal Gardens, which cover 13 acres, are home to a diverse collection of flowers that have been styled in unique ways. There are three gardens: Musical, Spiritual, and Bonsai, which are open to the public from February to March, but you can travel virtually to see them all. Enjoy a virtual walk while taking in the breathtaking scenery!
5. India Gate
How can you go on a tour of Delhi and not visit India Gate? Remember all the family picnics you’ve had at this wonderful location? Though you won’t be able to have a picnic here, you will be able to walk around a 42-meter-high archway while feasting on a delicious spread at home. Explore the vast lawns surrounding India Gate, which are floodlit with coloured lights every night, making it even more beautiful.
So, there you have it: the upcoming weekend is ideal for spending time with family and going on a virtual Dilli Darshan. These are some of the best places in Delhi to go virtual travelling, where you can literally be everywhere and get a closer look at some of the city’s most famous tourist attractions, at least until the pandemic situation improves. Enjoy!