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New Delhi tourism related information including its pilgrimage centers, historic places, other tourist destinations in the capital city of India.

Air Force Museum, Aviation Museum, Air Force Airplanes

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Air Force Museum is the museum of the Indian Air Force, situated at Palam Air Force Station in New Delhi. Its one among the two Military Aviation Museums in India.

Entrance to Air Force Museum, Palam, New Delhi
Entrance to Air Force Museum at Palam, New Delhi.

There is an indoor public gallery inside the aviation museum which houses a rich collection memorabilia, historic photographs, uniforms, weapons, ceremonial swords, etc, from Indian Air Force’s inception days in 1932. There is also an outdoor gallery which has war trophies, captured enemy vehicles, radar, etc. There is a souvenir corner.

This air and space museum has got a hangar with small aircraft, vehicles, ordnance, anti-aircraft guns, etc. Larger air crafts are also there; displayed outside the hanger.

Annex section of the Military Aviation Museum contains portraits of Indian air force heroes. There is a statue of Flying officer Nirmal Jit Singh Sekhon, the only one to have been awarded the ‘Param Vir Chakra‘ (India’s highest military decoration), for his exemplary courage shown during the Indo Pak War 1971. He shoot down two US built Pakistani Air Force Sabre aircraft fighter planes. There is the photograph of Wing Commander K.K. Majumdar, the only one who was awarded ‘Flying Cross‘ twice.

There is another section in this air and space museum for Second World War heroes of Indian Air force. Marut (HF-24), made by HAL Bangalore, the First Indian made fighter plane, is another attraction of the museum.

There is a separate section inside the Air Force Museum which is not open to public generally. Its open only on Air Force Day; i.e. 8th October. This section contains Vintage Aircraft section with some of the rare air force airplanes in airworthy condition.

How Do I Go To the Air Force Museum?

Indian Air Force museum is situated at Palam, New Delhi. Palam is well connected to all parts of New Delhi and the rest of the country / world.

What are the Timings of Air Force Museum at Delhi?

Air Force Museum or aviation museum at Delhi is open Wednesdays to Sundays, from 10 am to 5 pm. This Air Force Museum of aviation is closed on Government holidays.

There are no charges for entering the Air Force Aerospace Museum at New Delhi.

National Railway Museum, Patiala State Monorail System

George Thiruvilakalayil George

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National Railway Museum is focused on heritage of Indian railways and is situated at New Delhi, India. National Rail Museum was established in 1977 on more than 10 acres of land in the heart of the capital city of India.

National Railway Museum, New Delhi
National Railway Museum, New Delhi

National Railway Museum has indoor and outdoor exhibits. You can travel on the toy train inside the Museum. Simulators of Diesel engine, Steam engine and Coach are there in the Railway Museum at New Delhi.

Patiala State Monorail System, built in 1907, is the major attraction among tourists, with its unique single rail track and another big iron-wheel at other side for balancing.

Saloon of Maharaja of Indore, Saloon of Maharaja of Mysore, Saloon of Prince of Wales, Kalka Shimla Rail Bus, Heritage Steam and Diesel locomotives, etc, are also on display at the National Railway Museum in Delhi.

How Do I Go to National Railway Museum?

National Railway Museum is situated at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi. Race Course and Jor Bagh metro stations on the Delhi Metro railway line are the nearest suburban stations to the National Railway Museum. New Delhi is well connected by rail, road and flight to other parts of the country.

What are the timings of National Rail Museum?

This train museum at New Delhi is open on Tuesday to Sunday. The heritage museum is closed on Mondays and National Holidays. Timings of the Rail Museum is 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, with last entry being at at 4.30 pm.

Birla Mandir, Birla Family Tree

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Birla Mandirs are a group of temples constructed by the Birla family (Birlas) across India. Birla Mandirs exists at New Delhi, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Kolkata, Kurushetra , Shahad, Bhopal, BITS Pilani,Jaipur, Patna, Akola, Varanasi (2 Birla Mandirs at Varanasi), Renukoot, Nagda, Brajrajnagar, Gaalior and Alibaug,

Birla Mandir construction is still going on at some places and the family believes in continuing the work.

Birla Mandirs at Delhi and Bhopal

Laxminarayan Temple alias Birla Mandir at New Delhi
Laxminarayan Temple alias Birla Mandir at New Delhi, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939

Birla Mandir at Bhopal
Birla Mandir at Bhopal

Birla Mandirs at Delhi and Bhopal were constructed to fill a void. i.e These cities had no big temples. Delhi temple confirms to Nagara style of architecture, even though it was built using modern technology.

Architecture of Birla Mandirs Other Than Delhi and Bhopal

Most of the other Birla temples are built using marble or sandstone, in either Chandela Style of Architecture or Solanki Style of Architecture, both of which existed in the 10th-12th centuries.

Birla Mandir at BITS Pilani

Birla Mandir at BITS Pilani campus is made of white marble and is a replica of the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple at Khajuraho. Gwalior Birla Mandir is a replica of the Konark Sun Temple.

Birla Group of Companies

Birla Mandirs across India are from Birla Family, who owns the Birla Group of companies. Birla family group is one of the leading business groups in India. Birla family members are the descendants of Seth Shobharam. Birlas belong to Pilani, a town in Rajasthan and are Marwari community, a community known for its business skills across India.

Birla Family Tree

Kumar Mangalam Birla, a fourth generation member of the Birla business family, currently heads the business after the demise of his father Aditya Vikram Birla in 1995. Aditya Vikram Birla is the son of Basant Kumar Birla ( Basant Kumar Birla is the grandfather of the current group head, Kumar Mangalam Birla and is currently the chairman of BITS Pilani) and grandson of Ghanshyam Das Birla. Ghanshyam Das Birla is the son of Baldeo Das Birla and grandson of Shiv Narayana Birla. Shiv Narayan Birla is the son of Seth Shobharam and grandson of Seth Bhudharmal.

Red Fort, Delhi, Residence of the Mughal Emperors

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Red Fort at Delhi was the official Residence of the Mughal Emperors for nearly Two Centuries from mid 16th century to mid 18th century. 1857 Rebellion against the British saw the British winning the rebellion. The British had destroyed two-thirds of the inner structures of the Red fort. Later on, under Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, repairers to the fort walls, gardens and water channels were made. Heritage buildings, Gardens, Palaces, etc, in the red fort museum complex are now a UNESCO World Heritage site. On the ramparts of Red Fort, the Prime Mister of India hoists national flag each year on Indian Independence day, i.e. on August 15th.

Red Fort, Delhi
Red Fort, Delhi.

Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan constructed the Red fort as the Mughal capital in 1648 and shifted the capital from Red Fort Agra to Red Fort Delhi. It is made of Red sandstone and hence got its name. The Fort is adjacent to Salimgarh Fort, an older fort built by Islam Shah Suri in 1546. The Palace and other buildings inside the Red fort complex on 254.67 acres of land, are connected by a water channels (called Stream of Paradise), which used to be fed by waters from the the Yamuna river, which was flowing next to the Fort during those days. River Yumuna has changed its course slightly afterwards.

Red Fort was designed by the same designer who designed the Taj Mahal at Agra. The Red fort architecture is considered ultimate Mughal creativity under Shah Jahan. His son and successor, Emperor Aurangzeb, added the Pearl Mosque to the private quarters of the emperor. Persian emperor Nadir Shah has defeated the Mughals in 1739 and looted most of the valuables including the Peacock Throne (which cost twice as much as the cost of construction of Taj Mahal) and world’s most expensive diamond Kohinoor or Koh-i-Noor. Kohinoor is currently part of Queen Elizabeth II’s Royal Crown.

There is a sound & light show at the fort on evenings, which describes the Mughal history to the tourists. Most the original structure are damaged now. The extensive water channels with its fragrant waters are dry. Most of its Marble inlaid flowers were looted by invaders. The tea house now houses a restaurant, even though not in original form. Pearl mosque and hamam ( Turkish Bath) are now closed for the public.

Structures Inside the Red Fort Museum or Complex

Major structures inside the UNESCO World Heritage site of Red Fort Museum Complex today are Chawari Bazar, Lahori Gate, Chhatta Chowk, Naubat Khana, Delhi Gate, Water Gate, Diwan-i-Aam,Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Nahr-i-Behisht, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Khas, Hammam, Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Hira Mahal, Hayat Bakhsh Bagh & Princes’ Quarters.

How Do I Go to Red Fort, Delhi?

Red Fort at Delhi is situated in the heart of the city and is accessible by road. Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station , a major terminal station in New Delhi, is close to red Fort. New Delhi Railway station is another Major railway station which connects the city with the rest of the country. There is an International airport at New Delhi.

What are The Entry Timings at Red Fort Delhi

The Red Fort is open from 9:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. on all days, except Mondays.

How much is the Entry Fees at Red Fort Delhi

There is a small entry fee of INR 10 for Indian citizens, which is the charge levied at most of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. Light and Sound show fee is INR 50.

Foreigners are charged a higher entry fee of INR 150.

Golden Triangle Tour Packages in India 

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Golden triangle India tour package is the most popular tour package in India covering Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. These 3 historical places are situated in the shape of a triangle and hence the package got that name.

Golden triangle tour packages in India covers many heritage sites in these historic places. These include UNESCO world heritage sites of Qutab Minar (Delhi), Red Fort (Delhi), Taj Mahal (agra), Red Fort (Agra), Fatehpur Sikri (Fatehpur near Agra), Amer Fort & Palace (Jaipur). Jantar Mandir (Jaipur).

Golden Triangle India Tour Package in India
Golden Triangle Tour Package in India – Taj Mahal- The Main Attraction in the package

Golden Triangle India Tour Package  – Delhi Tourist Places

You can travel to India and land in Delhi, the capital city of India. Your Golden Triangle travel can be started from Delhi. Delhi has many historic places like Qutab Minar (The Tallest Brick Minaret in the World), Oldest Indian Mosque, Jama Masjid, Red Fort at Delhi (residence of the Mughal emperors for around 200 years from 1648 till 1857), Ashoka Pillar, etc, to name a few. There are a lot of other tourist attractions in Delhi. They include Lotus temple, Akshardham Temple & Swaminarayan Akshardham, India Gate, Teen Murthi Bhavan, etc.

Golden Triangle India Tour Package – Agra Tourist Places

Tow hours drive from Delhi takes you to Agra, where world famous Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, is situated. Red Fort (Agra) which is also known as Agra Fort , is another nearby historic place. Emperor Shah Jahan, who built Taj Mahal, was dethroned by his own son Emperor Aurangazeb and was confined to the nearby Agra Fort on the banks of the holy river Yamuna. Yamuna river is holy for Hindus.

Fatehpur Sikri is another historic place at around 37 kilometers from Agra on your way to Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri was constructed by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1569 and was the Mughal Capital from 1571 to 1585 .

Golden Triangle India Tour Package – Jaipur India

3 hours drive from Fatehpur Sikri takes you to the pink city, Jaipur India. Some of the main Heritage sites are Amer Fort and Palace, Jaipur water palace, Jaipur City Palace & attached Museum, Jaipur Jantar Mantar (Astronomical Observation site with the World’s Largest Stone Sundial ), Hawa Mahal Palace, etc.

How Much is the Golden Triangle Tour Package Price in India?

Golden triangle tour package price in India varies from tour operator to operator. Please check the prices with your travel agent.

Akshardham Temple,Swaminarayan Akshardham

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Akshardham Temple a temple built with pink stones and pure white marbles (without use of steel) on the banks of Yamuna river in Eastern New Delhi near to Noida in India. Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham showcases 10,000 years of India’s glorious culture, heritage and its spirituality. Akshardham Temple is a must see place for a Delhi tourist.

Akshardham Temple, New DelhiAkshardham Temple, New Delhi. Photo Source : Creative commons Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

‘Akshardham’ means eternal and divine abode of God. Akshardham Temple was built by the followers of ‘Swaminarayan’ (3 April 1781 – 1 June 1830). He was named ‘Sahajanand Swami’, by his guru, Ramanand Swami.

Sahajanand Swami taught ‘Swaminarayan mantra’, a single mantra composed of six syllables, Swa-mi-na-ra-ya-n, which is chanted by Swaminarayan section of his followers. From that time on-wards, he is known as Swaminarayan and he is considered as the incarnation of God. He built six temples during his lifetime. He has also appointed 500 paramhansas (spiritual teachers who attained enlightenment) to spread his philosophy.

The fifth spiritual successor to Swaminarayan and the current guru Pramukh Swami Maharaj, constructed the Akshardham Temple and was inaugurated on 6 November 2005.

Apart from the huge statue of Swaminarayana, visitors can visit the ‘Hall of Values’ , which is an Audio Animatronics Show depicting the Indian culture, through the life of Swaminarayan. There is also a Giant Screen (six storey building height) which shows the epic period film featuring Swaminarayana, shot over the length and breadth of India, featuring almost all of India’s the holy places, its festivals and its spiritual traditions. One of its kind in the world and a ‘must watch’ for all visitors to Akshardham Temple, New Delhi. There is another exciting 12 minute boat ride , which showcases the 10,000 year old Indian heritage! Colorful musical fountain and the vast garden are some of the other attractions inside the temple.

Akshardham Temple is one of its kind in India and occupies its position as a leading Indian tourism center.

How do I go to Akshardham Temple, New Delhi?

“Akshardham” metro railway station on the blue line is at the entrance to the Akshardham Temple, New Delhi. Those travelling by car can go to the Akshardham Temple by taking National Highway No. 24 (which takes you to Noida). New Delhi I.G. International airport is the nearest airport to Akshardham Temple.

One of the seven wonders of world, Taj Mahal, is at around 204 kilometers or 127 miles from Akshardham Temple at New Delhi.