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Delhi Sightseeing Guide - Visit notable attractions and landmarks

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The majority of Delhi's notable sights are located within the Old Delhi quarters; however, New Delhi also has an abundance of prominent structures which attract hordes of visitors each year.

There is a distinct contrast between the congested, meandering lanes of Old Delhi and the wide tree-lined boulevards of the new city, and this juxtaposition adds to the city's intrigue.

Some of the world's most impressive architectural sites are located in Old Delhi, including India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid. Other national treasures include the Red Fort, Qutb Minar and Humayun's Tomb, all of which are World Heritage sites.

Delhi is home to a multitude of significant monuments which have been recognized by the Archaeological Survey of India as national heritage sites. Structures such as India Gate, Jantar Mantar and the Lotus Temple represent the city's modern architectural offerings.

Red Fort

The city's most popular tourist attraction is an elegant red sandstone fort which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. The structure served as the emperor's ruling palace. Although time has stripped the compound of many of its attractive features, it is still a formidable sight. The best way to access the Red Fort is to travel by Metro to Chawri Bazaar and take a rickshaw to the fort.

Humayun's Tomb

One of the city's three UNESCO sites, this monumental grave is located in an impressive complex surrounded by immaculately manicured gardens. Humayun's Tomb of the second Mughal emperor was the first major Mughal piece in the city and is thought to have inspired Agra's Taj Mahal. Humayun's tomb is situated close to the Nizamuddin Train Station.

Qutub complex

Dating back to the Slave Dynasty (1206-1290), this UNESCO World Heritage site features Delhi's first mosque and the world's first ‘skyscraper'. From New Delhi Station take bus 505, or take a rickshaw from Janpath to Qutb Minar. 

Bahai'i Lotus Temple

Shaped like a 27 petal lotus bud, this temple is a truly magnificent sight, although the interior has little to offer visitors. The marvelous concrete construction attracts more than four million visitors each year. 

Jama Masjid

The nation's largest mosque offers stunning views across the city. Building was completed in 1658 and features three gateways, four towers and two minarets. Situated in the heart of Old Delhi, the mosque is easily reached on foot. 

National Museum

Although the layout is a little jumbled, the museum's collection provides detailed insight into Indian culture and history. The Buddhist Heritage and Indus Valley Culture sections are the most informative. The National Museum is located in Janpath and is easily reached on foot or by rickshaw.