Temples, Tombs, and Mosques: Religious Harmony in Delhi
Collected by Allison Sodha, AFAR Local Expert
Delhi is a tapestry of religious cultures, woven together by a devoted and congenial community. Sacred spaces of various traditions coexist peacefully, representing the diverse and welcoming tone of India’s capital. Exploring Delhi's temples, tombs, mosques, churches, and shrines is a meaningful (and inexpensive!) way to experience the true religious harmony in Delhi.
Mandir Marg, Near Gole market, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
The Laxminarayan Temple (also called the Birla Mandir) is an elaborate Hindu temple of red and white columns, artificial mountains, and waterfalls. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi with the condition that the site would be open to all...
Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092, India
Explore 10,000 years of India's history, culture, architecture, and spirituality on over sixty acres of manicured grounds. Akshardham is an elaborate Swaminarayan temple complex that features an IMAX theater, musical fountains, sunken gardens, and...
Chandni Chowk, Opposite Red Fort, Netaji Subhash Marg, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
I was caught among this crowd of Jain worshipers at this wonderful temple in Delhi's Chandni Chowk area. The sights, sounds, smells, and colors were, just as they are everywhere in India, overwhelming.
Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
India, a land of religions and traditions, is one of the most populated places I have visited. With so many people, the belief in karma, and overwhelming poverty, it was an amazing experience to attend a service at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Sikh...
Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
Delhi is brimming with temples, but the unique architecture of the Baha'i House of Worship blossoms above the rest. The temple resembles a lotus flower with 27 marble petals that shelter a central hall that can accommodate 2,500 worshipers. Many...
Raj Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi 110002, India
Few sites evoke as much emotion as Raj Ghat. Perhaps it is owed to the influence and inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi and his worldwide movement of nonviolence. Raj Ghat is a memorial to Gandhi, commonly considered the Father of the Nation. A black...
Mathura Road Opposite Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Want a sneak peek of the Taj Mahal? Completed in 1572, Humayun's tomb was the first garden-tomb in India and inspired many architectural wonders, including the iconic Taj Mahal. The best view is from directly outside the main entrance, where the...
Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Although the India Gate is grand in any light, the site transforms at dusk when locals gather for picnics and social gatherings. Often you will be asked to join an impromptu cricket match or to enjoy a slice of birthday cake, all with the iconic...
Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
New Delhi is a bit of a concrete jungle, and the chance to start each morning in the green space that is Lodhi Garden was a welcome way to find balance amid the hustle and bustle. The gardens were built around the tombs of Sayid and Lodhi rulers,...
Baba Kharak Singh Rd, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Hanuman is a Hindu deity and a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. He is a Vanara (half-monkey, half-human) who has supernatural powers and can morph into alternate shapes. The Hanuman Mandir near Connaught Place is not only a sacred...
Khasra No. 1806, Mehrauli, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Of all the temples in Delhi, the Yogmaya is not often frequented by tourists. This makes it a special space to reflect with the local Hindu Delhiites. The temple, also known as Jogmaya, is dedicated to Krishna's sister Yogmaya. It is widely...
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