Day 1: Delhi
India Gate: Built as a memorial to commemorate the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I,India Gate was designed by Sir EdwinLutyens and completed in 1931.Built of sandstone, the arch also houses the Eternal Flame, a gesture in memory of the Indian soldiers who laid their lives in the 1971 war with Pakistan.
Rashtrapati Bhawan(President House): Formerly the Viceregal Lodge, the building is the highlight of Lutyen's New Delhi and was completed in 1929 at a cost of 12,53,000 pound sterling and inaugurated in 1931. The name was changed in 1959 after India became a republic. Now it is the Presidential Palace of India. Located in area of130 hectares, the palace has 340 rooms.
Red Fort: In 1647 the Red Fort - Delhi's 7th fort-was built by Shahjahan. The Red Fort is the site from which the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation on Independence Day.
Jama Masjid: The Jama Masjid, the largest mosque of India, built between 1644 and 1658.It is one of the last architectural works of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The cabinet in the north gate of the Jama Masjid contains a collection of Muhammad's relics - the Koran written on deerskin, a red beard-hair of the prophet, his sandals and his footprints, implanted in a marble block.
Chandni Chowk: One of the most prominent wholesale and retail markets of India, Chandni Chowk is more than 300 years old. It was established in 1650, when Mughal Emperor Shahjahan shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi, as an accompaniment to the fort. Jahanara, the Emperor's favorite daughter, is credited with designing this market.
Sansad Bhavan (Parliament): The Parliament of India (Sansad Bhavan) is a circular building designed by the British architect HerbertBaker in 1912–13. The roof of the outer circle of the structure is supported by 257 granite pillars. The House of Parliament is located on Janpath, a stone's throw away from the presidential palace Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Lotus Temple: The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá'í House of Worship completed in 1986. Notable for its flowerlike shape, it serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city.
Qutub Minar: At 72.5 meters, the 13th century Qutub Minar is the world's tallest brick minaret. Only the first story was completed by Qutub-ud-din. The other stories were built by his successor Iltutmish. The two circular stories in white marble were built by Ferozshah Tughlaq in 1368, replacing the original fourth story.
Humayun's Tomb: The first mature example of Mughal architecture in India, Humayun's Tomb was built by the emperor's grieving widow, Haji Begum, in 1565 AD .The tomb established a standard for all later Mughal monuments, which followed its design, most notably the Taj Mahal.