First thing that comes to mind when you hear of Delhi is the history of the country. Second thing that comes to mind is the food of the city. And third thing is definitely its religious places. Delhi has something for people of all religions. Here are the top religious places to visit in Delhi.
Hazrat Nizammudin Dargah-
Hazrat Nizammudin is the mausoleum or Dargah dedicated to Sufi mystic Nizammudin Auliya, the charismatic religious head who lived in 14th century. Located in the busy area of Nizammudin West, this forms a major pilgrimage location not just for Muslims but for other faiths also. The dargah hosts the tombs of Sufi poet Amir Khusro from the 13th century, 17th century Mughal empress Jahanara Begum, and 20th century musician Inayat Khan, founder of the Sufi order in the East. The place is enveloped by a serene atmosphere. If you want to enter the shrine, only men are allowed inside.
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib-
The gurdwaras, places of worship for the Sikh community in India, are one of the most fascinating things about Delhi. In the Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, pilgrims can spend one whole morning easily listening to tunes of the raagis who sing, interpret and recite the Guru Granth Sahib, holy book of Sikhs. Situated in the middle of Connaught Place, the Gurdwara is bordered by the waters of a pool. After visiting gurudwaras in Delhi, you can also take one day trips from delhi to visit some famous ones near the city.
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandi
Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir is oldest and most popular Jain temple in the capital. Located conveniently across the Red Fort in Chandi Chowk area, the impressive building, with its ‘mountain peaks,’ is stands tall as a classic symbol of North-India’s architecture style. Visitors often are allowed to visit temples containing images of the most well-known saints of Jain faith. The temple is unique for having a veterinary hospital as well as an exclusive a bird hospital, which is the one and only hospital of its kind in the world.
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib-
Sis ganj sahib gurudwara, located in the Chandni Chowk area,is, by far, one of the most historical and beautiful places of worship in the national capital. First established in the year 1783 to commemorate the martyrdom place of the 9th Sikh Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, the place has now become immensely popular.
Very near to Lotus Temple is the large temple complex Kalkaji Mandir, which is a religious site of goddess Kali. It displays an interesting architecture and is made with red brick. The visitors, carrying offerings to the temple, peacefully queue in line and wait for the ‘darshan’ or glimpse of the goddess. This particularly is a place of interest for those who look for authentic experience of worship at the beaten path.
And, of course, there is the India’s largest temple – the Jama Masjid. This mosque is particularly famous during Eid celebrations.
From temples to mosques to gurudwaras, the places of worship are many, including tombs of Mughal emperors. So, don’t miss these places when in Delhi and to visit places around Delhi, you can opt for one day trips from delhi organized by various tourist agencies.