The Ashtan Sarovar Portico, New-Delhi
Qutab Minar (8 km) is a soaring, 73 m high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone, the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing 27 Hindu temples. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it, your wish will be fulfilled.
The India Gate (9 km), originally called the All India War Memorial, is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the 'ceremonial axis' of New Delhi, formerly called Kingsway. The names of some 70,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I, in "France and Flanders, Mesopotamia, and Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the near and the far-east, between 1914-19, are inscribed on the memorial arch. In addition, the war memorial bears the names of some 12,516 Indian soldiers who died while serving in "India or the North-west Frontier and during the Third Afghan War". The India Gate war memorial, the architectural style of which has been compared with the Gateway of India in Bombay, and the Napoleonic Arc de Triomphe in Paris, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Swaminarayan Akshardham epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India's glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.
Delhi is well connected with every part of the world as well as India through air. The most important airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport near Palam. The international terminal links Delhi to all other international cities. The other airbase in Delhi is in Safdarjung, which is used mainly by various flying clubs and helicopters.
Delhi is very well connected by rail with all parts of India. Though Delhi has five railway stations, the New Delhi Station and the Old Delhi Station are the major ones. Some major trains like the Mumbai-Rajdhani operate from Nizamuddin Railway Station. The other two stations in Delhi are Sarai Rohilla. New Delhi Railway Station is 10 km away from the hotel.
Delhi is also well connected with bus services of Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) and state roadways of neighbouring states like Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, to all important cities and destinations in North India. National Highways passing through Delhi play a major role in communication and trade, thus making Delhi an important commercial hub.
Important landmarks and their distance
New Delhi railway station: 10 kms
Airport: 17 kms / 10.5 miles
Qutub Minar: 8 kms / 4.9 miles
India Gate: 8 kms / 4.9 miles
Lotus Temple: 8 kms / 4.9 miles
AIIMS: 1.5 kms / 0.9 miles
Connaught place: 10 kms / 6.2 miles
Jawaharlal Nehru stadium: 5 kms / 3.1 miles