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Fatehpuri Masjid, Delhi

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Located opposite to Red fort, Fatehpuri Masjid was built in 1650 by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Emperor Shah Jahan's wives. Built in red sandstone, the mosque is a superb specimen of Mughal architecture. Flanked by towering minarets, the mosque has a traditional design with the prayer hall having seven arched openings.

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Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi

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Located in Birla House (Birla Bhavan), Gandhi Smriti is the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. It is the place where Gandhiji used to stay during his visit to Delhi and was assassinated on 30 January 1948. The museum houses photographs, sculptures, paintings, frescos, inscriptions on rocks and relics relating to Mahatma Gandhi. The main aim and objective of the Samiti is to propagate the life, mission and thought of Mahatma Gandhi through various socio-educational and cultural programmes.

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Humayun's Tomb, Delhi

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Humayun's Tomb was built by Bega Begum (Haji Begum), wife of Mughal Emperor, Humayun during 1569-70 at a cost of 1.5 million rupees of that time. The splendid garden tomb is classical example of Mughal and Persian style of architecture. Surrounded by a square garden, Charbagh, the square double storeyed structure of the mausoleum is built of red sandstone and marble. There are several graves of Mughal rulers located inside the tomb complex. Bahadur Shah Zafar had taken refuge in this tomb with three princes during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 before Lieutenant Hudson had captured the last Mughal emperor

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Indian War Memorial Museum, Delhi

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Indian War Memorial Museum is established to give tribute to the Indian soldiers who had participated in the world war on behalf of the British. The first gallery showcases scenes showing the battle of Panipat with the army of Babur and Ibrahim Lodi standing opposite each other. The other war objects are arrows, swords, small weapons, armours, revolvers, machine guns, Bomb fuses, shells, communication devices, solider uniforms, models of army transport etc. Another attraction of the gallery is the complete dress of Maharaja Jodhpur.

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Indira Gandhi Memorial, New Delhi

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Indira Gandhi Memorial was the residence of India's first Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi and the place where she was assassinated by her bodyguards. The place is now converted into museum which has collection of rare photographs of the Nationalist movement, the personal belongings of the Nehru-Gandhi family and her childhood.

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Jama Masjid, Delhi

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Jama masjid of Delhi is the largest mosque of India by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The courtyard of the mosque can occupy up to 25000 prayers. The construction of the mosque began in year 1650 and was completed in year 1656 with 6000 workers. The mosque is built in red sandstone and white marble with three gateways, four towers and two lofty minarets.

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Lodhi Garden, Delhi

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Spread over 90 acres of land, Lodhi Garden is famous for picnic spot and historical monuments. The garden complex holds Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Sikander Lodi's Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad and other architecture structures of 15th century.

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National Gandhi Museum and Library, Delhi

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The National Gandhi Museum and Library has a very rich collection of original relics, books, documents, photographs, audio-visual materials, and other objects connected with Mahatma Gandhi, Kastur Ba and Indian Freedom Struggle. The museum has seven different galleries such as Entrance Gallery, Spinning Wheel Gallery, Photographic Gallery, Commemorative Gallery, Martyrdom Gallery, Art gallery and Ashram Gallery.

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National Museum, New Delhi

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National Museum of New Delhi is one of the largest and oldest museum established in 1947. The museum has several sections Archaeology, Anthropology, Arms & Armour Central Asian Antiquities, Decorative Arts, Manuscripts, Numismatic & Epigraphy, Paintings, Pre-Columbian & Western Art and Pre-History & Archaeology. The museum has life size model of dinosaur with large collection of stuffed animals. The museum hold many programs, exhibitions and film shows natural history, ecology and environment.

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National Rail Museum, New Delhi

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National Rail Museum has fantastic collection of over 100 rail engine models, signalling equipment's, antique furniture, photographs and documents. The major attractions of the museum is the Fairy Queen- world's oldest working steam locomotive, Saloon of Prince of Wales, Saloon of Maharaja of Indore, Saloon of Maharaja of Indore, Patiala State Monorail Trainways, Electric Locomotive Sir Leslie Wilson and Electric Locomotive Sir Roger Lumley. The toy train offers within museum complex of 10 acres.

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Nehru Memorial Museum & Planetarium, New Delhi

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Located in Teen Murti Bhavan, once it was official residence of the first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, now it is converted into Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. The museum exhibits various photographs, newspapers and documents about Independence Movement, life of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Nehru Planetarium was established in 1984 to encourage the promotion of astronomy education among children. The Sky Theatre is popular among children for Cartoons, Paintings, Computer animations, video clippings and special effects. Other major attraction include the Soyuz T-10 which carried India’s first cosmonaut Rakesh Sharma to space, along with his space suit and mission journal.

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Purana Qila, Old Delhi

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Purana Qila was built by Humayun and later extended by Sher Shah Suri on the site of Indraprastha which believed to be the capital of the Pandavas. It is the oldest fort of Delhi and even after ruin conditions, remains fine example of Mughal architecture. The important structures of the fort complex includes Qila-I-Kuhna Masjid, Sher Mandal the museum, Humayun Darwaza, Bara Darwaza and Talaqi Darwaza.

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Qutub Minar, Delhi

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Qutub Minar is the first Muslim architecture built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler and later completed by his successor, Iltutmush in 1193. One of the tallest minaret of India is built of red sandstone covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Quran. Other major structures of the complex includes Iron Pillar, Alai Darwaza, Tomb of Imam Zamin and Tomb of Altamish.

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Red Fort (Lal Qila), Delhi

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Located in the centre of Delhi city on the banks of river Yamuna, Red Fort is one of the most important historical monument of India. Lal Quila was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1948 and it took eight years to complete the construction. Fortified by magnificent red walls, the fort has two gates- Delhi Gate and Lahore gate which is the main entrance. The fort complex hold many important structures like Chhatta Chowk bazar, Naqqar Khana (Drum-house), Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Rang Mahal (Painted Palace), Diwan-i-Khass (Hall of Private Audience), Tasbih-Khana (chamber for counting beads for private prayers), Hammam (Bath) , Moti-Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Zafar Mahal and Jami Masjid. The Mumtaz-Mahal, originally an important apartment in the complex, now houses the Delhi Red Fort Museum.

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Red Fort Archaeological Museum, Delhi

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Red Fort Archaeological Museum is housed in Mumtaz Mahal of Red Fort and controlled by Archaeological Survey of India. The museum displays the paintings, artifacts, sculptures, costumes and other objects dating back to Mughal period. The articles are displayed thematically in six galleries belonging to the Mughal period. One section displays the relics of the 1857 war like maps and weapons.

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Safdarjung's Tomb, New Delhi

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Safdarjung's Tomb, New Delhi is the last monumental garden tomb in the Mughals empire. It was built in 1754 by Nawab Shujaud Daula, son of Safadarjung who was Chief Minister of Mughal empire. The main structures of the tomb includes the Charbagh garden with the mausoleum , a nine fold floor, five part façade and a large podium with a hidden stairway. The complex also houses other structures like Jangli Mahal, Moti Mahal, Badshah Pasand, Madarasa and library of Archaeological Survey of India.

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Shankar's International Doll Museum, New Delhi

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Shankar's International Dolls Museum was established in 1965 by K. Shankar Pillai, a political cartoonist. The museum has more than 6500 dolls on display from 85 countries from the world. Tourist can also buy the doll from here. The museum is located in the Children's Book Trust building on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi.

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Sulabh International Museum Of Toilets

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The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is a unique museum of its kind and founded by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak who set up Sulabh International Social Service Organisation. The museum showcases various evolution of toilets with its designs from 2,500 BC onwards to latest developments.

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Sunehri Masjid, Red Fort, Delhi

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Also called as Golden Mosque, Sunheri masjid is located outside the south-western corner of Delhi Gate of the Red Fort, opposite the Netaji Subhash Park. It was constructed between 1747 and 1751 by the order of Qudsia Begum during the reign of the Emperor Ahmad Shah Bahadur.

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Sunheri Masjid, Chandni Chowk

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Sunheri Masjid is located near the Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib in Chandni Chowk. The mosque was built by Roshan-ud-Daula Zafar Khan in 1721.

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Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi

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Tughlaqabad Fort was built by Ghiyas Ud Din Tughlaq, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty during 14th century. The fort area is divided into two parts, main structure comprises of the citadel and palaces with the southern walls and other is the city to the north side. The ruined fort has solid fortifications with 13 gates, rainwater tanks and palace structures. The preserved tomb of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq is at the main entrance enclosed with high walls.

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