One of the most fascinating aspects of Delhi is the "visibility" of its historic past. Were it not for the demands of urbanization, large portions of the city could well be earmarked as archaeological parks. 10 most visited sites of Delhi are:
Qutab Minar: The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslims rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer. No one can, however, dispute that the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but also in the world.
Red Fort: So called because of the red stone with which it is built, the Red Fort is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world. India's history, is also closely linked with this fort. It was from its ramparts that the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, announced to the nation that India was free from colonial rule.
Purana Qila: is said to be constructed on the historic site of Indraprastha (900 BC) by Emperor Humayun and Sher Shah. Covering a circuit of about a mile, the walls of the fort have three gates and are surrounded by a moat fed by the river Yamuna.
Jantar Mantar: At first sight, the Jantar Mantar appears like a gallery of modern art. It is, however, an observatory. Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur (1699-1743), a keen astronomer and a noble in the Mughal Court, was dissatisfied by the errors of brass and metal astronomical instruments.
Humayun's Tomb: The Mughals brought with them a love for gardens, fountains and water. The emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, built Humayun's Tomb the first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, in 1565 AD.
Jama Masjid: Work in the Jama Masjid mosque was begun in 1650 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to complement his palace at the Red Fort. More than 5,000 workers toiled for six years to complete the largest mosque in India.
Safdarjung's Tomb: Representing the last phase of the Mughal style of architecture, Safdarjang's Tomb stands in the center of an extensive garden.
India Gate: Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers killed in World War 1, India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in 1931.
Rashtrapati Bhawan: The official residence of President of India, Rashtrapati Bhawan is the highlight of Lutyen's New Delhi. Located in an area of 130 hectares, the palace has 340 rooms.
Rajghat: The mortal remains of Father of the Nation-Mahatma Gandhi were cremated on this spot on the west bank of the river Yamuna on the evening of January 31, 1948.