Delhi is well known for its architectural and monumental structures which also make up for major tourist attractions. It is home to several famous places like the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, the Iron Pillar and more. Apart from these, the capital is also home to various religious places which have impressive architectural designs and a colorful history.
We have compiled a list of the top 5 religious places one must visit in New Delhi.
1. Lotus Temple
Also known as the Bahai temple, this is the place of worship for the followers of the newest religion called Bahai. The temple has been constructed in the shape of a lotus giving it a distinct design. The shrine’s design has made it a popular tourist attraction of Delhi. This well maintained place of Bahai worship has a number of entrances that lead to a prayer hall. The absence of any artifacts or religious items will surely catch your attention. The prayer hall is a peaceful place where you can spend as much time as you want in meditation in the tranquil surrounding.
2. ISKCON Temple
Built on the serene Hare Krishna Hill, the ISKCON temple is a shrine dedicated to Lord Krishna. Accommodation in Dwarka is easy to find as the area has a number of hotels that lie in proximity to the shrine.
The compound has a number of temples and the complex is one of the largest temple complexes of India. Apart from the soothing ambience set in the backdrop of sweet music from the Mridangam and chants of Hare Rama Hare Krishna, the two main attraction of this temple is the Mangala Arti and the robot show. You can get the timings for them either online or from the hotels in Dwarka (Delhi) where you are staying.
3. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is a majestic mosque that was built in 1658. The mosque is known for its Mughal architecture and has a seating capacity of 20,000. The Jama Masjid is flocked by tourists all year around. The mosques minarets are really high and offer a bird’s eye view of Delhi.
4. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
This Sikh shrine is one of the most popular places of Sikh worship in Delhi. It is located at a central location in Connaught Place, Delhi and is dedicated to the eighth Guru, Harkrishan. The shrine was initially the bungalow of Mirza Raja Jai Singh, military leader from the Mughal army and was formerly known as Jaisinghpura Palace.
Akshardham is a temple dedicated to Swaminarayan Akshardham and is a place one must not miss on their next trip to New Delhi. The shrine’s fine architecture is a treat for the eyes especially at night when it is illuminated. The temple is located amongst well-trimmed gardens and is well maintained. The display of the collection of artifacts about Indian culture and the light and sound show in the evenings is a popular attraction the temple offers.
One tip to keep in mind while visiting Akshardham is to travel light as the temple does not allow you to take any bags, phones or cameras inside.
Take out some time to rejuvenate yourself spiritually by visiting these religious places in Delhi. Finding accommodation in Delhi is never a problem as it is peppered with hotels throughout. The hotels near Delhi airport are a convenient option for those flying in and out of Delhi for the vacation.