Places of Interest
Kingdom of Dreams
Kingdom of Dreams is India's first live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination. It is located in Sector 29, Gurgaon in NCR Delhi, near the Leisure Valley Park. The destination consists of two theatres, Nautanki Mahal and the Showshaa Theatre, and a cultural and cuisine area known as Culture Gully.
Heritage Transportation Trust
The museum showcases the evolution of transportation in India and sets a benchmark in interpretation, exhibition and in communication. As the first private museum of its scale in India, it is conceived as a deductive space that engages visitor participation in learning while remaining a family experience. The Heritage Transport Museum is situated on a three acre plot, off National Highway 8 at Tauru-Gurgaon. A built up area of over 90,000 square feet of air conditioned space spread over four floors houses the exhibition galleries, library and reference centre, conference rooms, mini auditorium, the museum shop, and a restaurant facility.
The 42 m high monument, India Gate was constructed in the year 1931, as a memorial in the memory of more than 80, 000 soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I. The names of the soldiers are inscribed along the arches of the monument. Located at Rajpath, the gardens surrounding India Gate are a popular relaxation area during the summer evenings and a popular picnic spot during winter. Also, known as the All India War Memorial, India Gate was designed and constructed by Edwin Lutyens, who is considered the chief proclaimer in designing the New Delhi plans.
It possesses the largest number of artifacts of the Indus Valley Civilization. Here we can find information about ancient India, viz.:
- Rare coins
The Museum has in its possession approximately 2, 00,000 works of exquisite art of diverse nature, both Indian and foreign and its holdings cover a time span of more than five thousand years of our cultural heritage.
National Rail Museum
A must visit for those who love locomotives. Sprawling over 11 acres, it comprises an indoor gallery devoted to the display of various exhibits, models, records, photographs, coat of arms, documents etc. over 100 real size exhibits display the glory of the bygone era.
Lal Qila or The Red Fort
The red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls were built in 1638 and were designed to keep out invaders. Now, they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city. The fort also houses Naubat- or Naqqar-Khana (Drum House), Diwan-i-' Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-i-' Khass (Hall of Private Audience), Rang Mahal (Painted Palace), Nahr-i-Bihisht (Stream of Paradise), Mumtaz Mahal, Tashibh-Khana (Chamber for counting beads for private prayers), Khwabgah (Sleeping Chamber), Khas Mahal (Private House), Muthamman-Burj, Hayat-Baksh-Bagh (Life-giving garden), Zafar Mahal, Hammam (the Bathing Area) and Moti Masjid (the Pearl Mosque).
The Qutab Minar is a soaring, 72.5 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 14.32 m diameter at the base to just 2.75 m at the top. The first three storeys are made up of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing '27 Hindu and Jaina temples'. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.
It has been built on a small hill standing on the banks of river Yamuna with its massive rubble wall and imposing gateway houses. The structure houses a mosque, which has a double storied octagonal tower. According to Hindu literature the fort marks the site of Indraprastha, the magnificent capital of the Pandavas, though the construction was carried out by an Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri from 1538 to 1545 in the 3rd century, who wrested the throne of Delhi from the Mughal emperor Humayun.
The Humayun's Tomb was a landmark in establishing some of the essential norms for later Mughal mausoleums in India. The structure is built mainly with red sandstone along with the use of white and black marble to relieve the monotony. The marble is used largely in the borders. The dome is made of white marble. The Humayun's tomb is the first Indian building to use the Persian concept of a double dome. The splendour of this monument becomes evident on entering the grandiose double-storeyed gateway. High rubble walls enclose a square garden divided into four large squares separated by causeways and water channels. Each square is divided again into smaller squares by pathways, forming a typical Mughal garden called Charbagh. The fountains were working with simple yet highly developed engineering skills quite common in India during this period. UNESCO has declared this magnificent masterpiece a world heritage.
Lotus temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and set among the lush landscaped gardens, the latest of seven Major Bahá'í temples built around the world was completed in1986. Its soothingly quiet Prayer Hall and tranquil surroundings have touched the hearts of the Temple's numerous visitors, awakening in them a desire to trace its inspirational source and capture a bit of its peace for themselves. The aura of silence surrounding the Hall instills reverence. Some are moved by its 'eloquent silence' and 'divine atmosphere'. People are affected in varied degrees by the peace and beauty of the sanctum sanctorum. Not only does it embody the spiritual aspirations and basic beliefs of the world-wide Bahá'í community, but significantly in a land of myriad religions, it has begun to be seen as providing a unifying link, bringing divergent thoughts into harmony by virtue of its principle of oneness - of God, religion, and mankind. The temple looks spectacular after being lit up at dusk. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate.
The Yantra Mandir (literally the 'temple of instruments', and often called the Jantar Mantar) consists of a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur for his own use, from 1724 onwards. The primary purpose of the observatory was to compile astronomical tables and to predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Some of these purposes nowadays would be classified as astrology. Sawai Jai Singh II later had another similar observatory, now known by the same name, built for him in Jaipur. Today the observatory is mainly a tourist attraction, and is significant in the history of astronomy.