Top 10 Cultural Places in Delhi

Culture manifests the ideas, customs, and social behavior of a particular society. For Delhiites, Culture is the Art of Living. Delhi isn’t the National Capital for no reason.

Delhi has a rich cultural heritage in terms of history, religion, art, food, etc. The city is home to major cultural hubs of the country like Dilli Haat, Surajkund, etc. So, we bring to you a list of 10 best cultural places to visit in Delhi, this weekend.

1. Dilli Haat

Craftsmen and artists from all corners of the country come here to showcase their art and crafts. The Dilli Haat offers a variety of crafts and handloom objects, different variety of cuisines and performing arts from different parts of India.The idea behind the “Haat”  is to bring a  combo of urban along with the contemporary, as well as rural cultural. A personal favorite to be bought from here are handlooms, prints, tribal jewelry and much more. Moreover, during festivals and fairs, the food here, from various states, is a must have.

2. Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s tomb (Maqbara e Humayun) was commissioned by the Empress Bega Begum for her husband, the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The garden -tomb is located near the Old Fort in Delhi and has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Tomb is one of the famous landmarks of Delhi because it marks the cultural and historical richness.

3. Chandni chowk 

The true essence of Delhi’s food and culture can only be experienced in the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. This place has the best food, which is every Delhiites’ favorite. Moreover, the market has all varieties of textiles, food, jewelry, books, stationery, etc. The place is readily connected to the Delhi Metro and has a station of its own. While exploring the market, you’ll come across shops which have been run by the same family for over four to five generations, adding to culture in their own way.

4. National Gallery of Modern Art

 

This is a premier art gallery of cultural and artistic richness, that functions under the Ministry of Culture. The Museum was established in 1954 by the Indian government. It has branches at Mumbai and Bangalore also. The Gallery has a collection of about 14,000 works, which includes great artworks by Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, etc. A visit to the gallery is an unusual experience, which soothes the florets of artistry in you. 

5. India Habitat Centre

The India Habitat Centre at Lodhi Road is a must visit for all those wanting to engage in modern art forms like films and visual arts. The place is a culture and convention centre, that hosts many seminars and programs to promote art culture between individuals and organizations.You should definitely attend at least one program at IHC to know the spell it has on people. It also has an amazing ambiance and food. The garden is absolutely stunning because, after all, it is well-maintained.

6. Qutub Minar 

This red sandstone and marble marvel are Delhi’s quintessential, Qutub Minar. It is a 73-metre tall, sky-high tower with five stories. It has a 14.3-metre base diameter and a 2.7 meters peak. Moreover, it contains a spiral staircase with 379 steps. The building is a living witness of the cultural and historical journey of the city as well as the country. It also displays the grandeur of Mughal architecture that matches none other. The complex is full of specimens of great architecture, standing strong from decades. You’ll surely be blown away by this majestic and gigantic monument and the amazing art engraved on it.

7. Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

 

KNMA  located in South Delhi is a non-commercial, not-for-profit organization, that works to portray the dynamic relationship between art and culture through exhibitions, publications, educational, and public programs. Saying from personal experience, the museum is an all- new- experience put together. It completely encapsulates your mind into the small as well as larger-than-life artworks. A trip to the museum will give you a new vision for art and culture.

8. Surajkund

One of the largest crafts Mela, Surajkund is a tourist hotspot in Faridabad. It has more than a million visitors. Craftsmen from various cities like Jharkhand, Bihar, Rajasthan, etc bring their hand-made artefacts for display and sale. There are also cultural performances of various folk dances and plays.The place also has amazing food items and lies near to Claridges Hotel. All of these make Surajkund a must visit for a culturally wholesome experience.

9. Central Park

Connaught Place or Rajiv Chowk’s Central Park is the modern-day cultural hub of Delhi. All cultural programs like Raahgiri, etc. The park spreads across 41,500 square Km and has an amphitheater too. Many cultural and folk events are held there.

10. Tomb of Mirza Ghalib

When talking about the culture and evolution of art, specifically poetry, we do not fail to mention, the great poet Mirza Ghalib. His poetry of the Imperial Mughal Court is still holding a special place in the literary canon. The Tomb also has a Museum, which contains objects that belonged to the mighty poet. His life history and work life shall be of great interest to know about.

This detailed list will help you engage more with culture over the coming weekend. Such visit not only enlightens you but also lead to a change of perspective, highly needed for these changing times. So, you rather Get Going!

Contriutor: Priysha Sharma

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