Delhi has a vast range of historical sights. A particularly beautiful one is the Lotus Temple, one of the most famous buildings in the whole of India. The temple was built in the form of a lotus flower, an omnipresent symbol of peace in the Hindu religion. It consists of a total of 27 gigantic petals made from white marble, fittingly surrounded by several pools. A visit to the surrounding gardens and ponds can also be combined with a trip to the temple.
Another possible excursion destination is the Red Fort. The imposing fortress dates back to the 17th century and owes its name to its red sandstone walls. A visit to the fort is especially worthwhile on India’s Independence Day on 15 August. Every year the Indian Prime Minister gives a speech there and raises the national flag to celebrate independence. Only 400 metres away from the Red Fort stands the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and one of the biggest in the Islamic world.
Indian culture becomes even more tangible in the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a place of prayer and training for the Sikh religion open to all visitors. You are usually greeted warmly and invited for a communal meal at lunchtime. Upon entering the temple, it is mandatory to remove your shoes for the visit, and to wash your hands with soap and put on a headscarf. The idyllic atmosphere at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib makes a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city outside.
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