Take A Virtual Tour Of These 8 Iconic Delhi Places

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Wanting to go on a Dilli Darshan but can't really make it due to the stay-at-home advisory? Don't fret, because technological advancements mean you can check out these 8 iconic Delhi places virtually while you ride out the Covid-19 pandemic at home. Read now and go on a virtual tour and bookmark to see them in person later. 

India Gate

The OG spot for patriotic feels, India Gate stands tall in Delhi's Central Vista and is a sight to behold. The 42-metre high archway was designed by Edward Lutyens to commemorate the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British during World War 1 and has imperial suns and India inscribed on its arches. India Gate's surrounding lawns are a popular picnic spot and it is floodlit every night with coloured lights that make it look all the more gorgeous. Take a virtual tour of Delhi's Central Vista and India Gate here.

Lodhi Garden

Spread over 90 acres, Lodhi Garden is paradise for fitness lovers, bird watchers, picnickers and history enthusiasts. You'll find tombs and gumbads dating back to the 15th century here, a rose garden, a herbal garden, a number of ducks and ponds, and of course impeccable jogging tracks to keep you fit. You can see more of its monuments and sights here.

Red Fort

Built in the 17th century by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, this red sandstone marvel is a World Heritage Site and if we have to choose one word that describes it best, we would say: MASSIVE. An exemplary model of Indo-Islamic architecture, the Red Fort has white marble interiors with intricate ornamentation and pietra dura work and a market (Meena Bazaar) and museum as well within its complex. It is also lit up in the night time now and is great for photo ops. You can take a virtual tour of the Red Fort here.

Qutub Minar

Standing tall since the 13th century, Qutub Minar (A UNESCO World Heritage Site) has witnessed a ton of Delhi's tumultuous history and various rulers from Firoz Shah Tughlaq to Sikander Lodi have repaired the minaret and left their mark on the same. Qutub Minar's architectural style combines Indian and West Asian traditions and the complex also houses the Alai Darwaza, Iron Pillar, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin. This is another monument that is now lit up during the night and you can take a virtual tour of the Qutub Minar here.

Jama Masjid

With three gates, four towers, and two 40-metre-high minarets of red sandstone and marble, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India that can accommodate about 25,000 devotees at a time. Historical significance aside, Jama Masjid offers a feeling of peace and tranquility in Delhi that not many can match up to. Its surrounding bazaars and eateries just add to the charm. Take a virtual tour of Jama Masjid here.

National Crafts Museum

The diverse traditions of Indian handicrafts and handlooms are on display at the magnificent National Crafts Museum in Pragati Maidan. From Kalamkaris, Jamawars to Ikat fabrics of Orissa and Naga shawls, the museum provides a sneak-peek into our cultural heritage in a gorgeous rural setup and a day out at the museum is always fulfilling. Take a virtual tour of the Crafts Museum here.

Humayun's Tomb

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi, Humayun's Tomb was the first garden-tomb in India and the inspiration behind Agra's Taj Mahal. The place screams serenity (ironic, we know), is super well-maintained, and probably one of the most popular photography spots in the city. Its white marble dome is lit up at night and honestly, there aren't more beautiful sights in Delhi's skyline than this. Take a virtual tour of Humayun's Tomb here.

National Museum

From pre-historic artifacts to modern art, Delhi's National Museum offers an exciting cultural journey that transcends India and the World. Maurya Collection, Gupta Collection, Buddhist Collection, Central Asian antiquities, pre-Columbian arts, miniature paintings, 7th Century manuscripts...phew, there's a lot to see and take in at the National Museum. A virtual tour is available here.