New Delhi is a very large city where you will need at least 2-3 days just to see some of its main, popular sights. It has a lot to offer, and it can be very pretty on a clear, blue sky-kinda day. However, when the pollution levels are out of control, it can be surrounded by a thick, brown smog and it will be hard to see beyond the nearest 100 feet.
Among some of the most beautiful sights in Delhi are its Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh temples, as this list confirms. Please note: no shoes are allowed inside, therefore it is advisable to wear or to bring a pair of socks with you, unless you’re okay to walk bare feet.
1. Akshardham Temple
This is the most grandiose temple in Delhi, as well as one of the largest. It was only opened in 2005, and holds a number of interesting attractions, such as its famous water-laser show. Unfortunately no photography is allowed inside this complex, and therefore you will need some very long lenses (200mm and up) if you want to take a close-up snap from the outside.
2. Lakshmi Narayan Temple, aka Birla Mandir
This gorgeous Hindu complex was built in the 1930s, and is dedicated to Laxmi, the goddess of prosperity. It is a home to a number of beautiful shrines, and a nice garden.
3. Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple)
This award-winning temple is one of the major attractions in Delhi. Built in 1986, it quickly became one of the most frequently visited places in the World. Try to come here in the early morning to avoid the crowds.
4. ISKCON Temple
This beautiful temple is dedicated to the Lord Krishna and Radharani, and it was opened only recently in 1998. Inside the temple you will also find some gorgeous artwork, and a learning center that provides various religious seminars.
5. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
This golden Sikh temple was originally built in 1783. The picture on the right shows it during the reconstruction stage in January 2016, however once completed – in that place it holds a beautiful, holy pool.
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So which of these temples is your favorite?