Located at the northern end of New Delhi, Connaught Place is one of the
most popular shopping center in Delhi. This wonderful, sprawling circular
market, is named after the Duke of Connaught, a member of the royal family
of British. It's a vast traffic circle with an architecturally uniform
series of buildings around the edge-mainly devoted to shops, banks,
restaurants and the like. Also known as Rajiv Chowk, inner circle is now
becoming hub as a main Metro Station connecting Delhi to North, Southwest
known as Delhi Observatory, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory
which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. This is a wonderful
structure that have astonished the visitors from all across the world
because of its capability to make almost accurate calculations of many
astronomical movements. Jantar Mantar is situated near Delhi's commercial
center, Connaught Place.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Situated due west of Connaught Place, this garish modern temple was erected
by the industrialist B D Birla in 1938. It's dedicated to Lakshmi, the
goddess of prosperity and good fortune and Lord Vishnu. This extremely
beautiful temple is commonly known as Birla Mandir.
Flanked by ornamental ponds and lawns, Rajpath is another focus of Lutyens'
New Delhi. Republic day parade passes every year from Rajpath and millions
of people gather to enjoy the spectacle. Along Rajpath, the two secretarial
buildings - North Block and South Block can be seen as the main
administrative wings of India.
At the eastern end of Rajpath lies the India Gate, while at the western end
lies Rashtrapati Bhavan, now the president's residence, but built originally
for the viceroy. It is flanked by the two large Secretariat buildings, and
these three buildings sit upon a small rise, known as Raisina Hill.
by the architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, India Gate is a 42 metre high stone arch
of triumph stands at the eastern end of the Rajpath. The foundation stone of
India Gate was laid by the Duke of Connaught. This amazing structure
commemorates the name of 85000 Indian Army soldiers who died in the
campaigns of WW I, the NorthWest Frontier operations of the same time and
the 1919 Afghan fiasco.
The north and south Secretariat buildings lie either side of Rajpath on
Raisina Hill. These imposing buildings, topped with chhatris (small domes),
now house the ministries of Finance and External Affairs respectively.
Completed in 1929, Rashtrapati Bhavan is designed by illustrious Sir Edward
Lutyens which is situated in the Raisina Hills. Stands at the opposite end
of the Rajpath from India Gate, Rastrapati Bhawan serves as the home of the
reigning president of India. Aesthetically constructed Rashtrapati Bhawan or
the president's house is a blend of Mughal and Western architectural styles.
To the west of the building is a Mughal garden which occupies 130 hectares,
and this is open to the public in February. Prior to Independence this was
the viceroy's residence. At the time of Mountbatten, India's last viceroy,
the number of servants needed to maintain the 340 rooms and its extensive
gardens was enormous.
another large and imposing building, Sansad Bhavan, the Indian Parliament
building, stands almost hidden and virtually unnoticed at the end of Sansad
Marg, or Parliament Street, just north of Rajpath. The building is a
circular colonnaded structure 171 metres in diameter.
of wonders of modern world , the beautiful and magnificent Akshardham Temple
is built without steel by the Bochasanvasi Aksharpurushottam Swaminarayan
Sanstha (BAPS). The holy architectural wonder is located on the banks of the
river Yamuna and the temple was inaugurated on the 7th of November, 2005.
The huge temple is one of the finest structures build in the modern India.
It has an interesting collection of around 20,000 statues, exquisite floral
designs, beautiful arches and wonderfully carved pillars.
The temple complex occupies an area of 100 acres of lush lawns. Apart from
the stunning architecture, the temple offers an IMAX theater, a Swaminarayan
Temple and a musical fountain. The halls inside the temple complex have been
constructed on various themes including non-violence and vegetarianism. For
any traveler visiting Delhi, the beautiful Akshardham Temple comes as a
must-see and holds a lot of significance in terms of religion and