A walk is the best option for getting a close up view of the rich heritage of Delhi. Make a list of the top spots and get moving. This is for the energetic young people who like to run around and do things.
Groups of interesting places to see in Delhi
The best way to explore the historic spots in Delhi is to group the tourist attractions into easy to reach groups. You can participate in the Delhi heritage walks conducted by the tour organisers but that option is for the older crowd who like to have things done for them.
So, here is the list of places bunched together next to each other. This will help you make the move in the right direction.
For the first group of spots to visit, you have the Parliament house, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and JantarMantar. For the second, you have the Lodi gardens with its tombs. Next, you have the Humayun’s Tomb and Dargah HazratNizamuddin right next to each other.
A little away from all these is the group of three – the Jama Masjid, Salimgarh Fort, And Red Fort. The Tuglaqabad Fort, Lotus Temple, and the QutubMinar are separated by some distance. You can take a bicycle rickshaw ride to these places.
Delhi tourist sites next to each other
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: The largest of the gurudwaras in Delhi, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib offers free food to visitors all day long. The eight Sikh Guru, Guru Harkrishan breathed his last here. He was renowned for serving the people stricken by cholera and smallpox.
JantarMantar: This site at Delhi is one of the five observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The others are located at Jaipur, Varanasi, Mathura, and Ujjain. It has three instruments – the Samratyantra, Misrayantra, and the Jayaprakashyantra.
The Samratyantra is a high precision sundial. You have a triangle with a hypotenuse that points towards the North Pole and is parallel to the axis of the earth. The Misrayantra helps one calculate the shortest and the longest days of the year. The Jayaprakashyantra helps one to fix the position of the stars.
The Parliament House: The Sansad Bhawan or the Parliament House is the administrative place of the Government of India. It is a circular building with an open courtyard and 144 columns. The central hall has dome on its top.
Places distant from each other
Lotus Temple: This is last of the seven Bahai Temples built around the world. At this place, people of every faith are welcome to come and worship. It is shaped like a lotus flower and hence the name. There are nine pools of water surrounding the temple that are floodlit at night.
QutubMinar: The victory tower is 73 metres tall and has five storeys with balconies. The first mosque to be built in India, the Quwwat-ul-Islam is situated at the base of the tower. It was built by a succession of rulers from 1200 AD to 1368 AD.
The Garden of Five Senses: This is a twenty-acre space with gardens and public interaction spaces located near the Mehrauli heritage site. Water cascades and statues in stone and steel along with ceramic chimes make the whole place enchanting.
For your heritage walk Delhi plan the trip so you use the time seeing things and not for travelling. Take in the wonders of the city, taste the diverse cuisine, and partake in the heritage. But, Delhi is modern and so you have efficient transport, good hotels with Wi-Fi at most places, and all modern amenities.