Modern Delhi, popularly known as Lutyens' Delhi, bears a striking contrast to Old Delhi with respect to architecture, building materials and layout. However, Modern Delhi itself dates back to over a century when the British shift their capital from Calcutta to Delhi. New Delhi, as it is known now, thus, as designed by Lutyens, has wide-open lanes, avenues and buildings that are worth traveling across the globe for.
Besides the usual tourist attractions of Modern Delhi - India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House, North and South Block - that are stunning examples of British architecture, you can also visit the various museums, temples and memorials that provide a comprehensive and entertaining insight into the lives of Delhites.
National Museum, at par with any international museum, is an important place to visit in modern Delhi. Here, you can catch glimpses of the rich historic past of India, from the ancient period to the medieval ages. There are relics from the modern period of India that can be seen at the Museum. A must visit at the National Museum is the section devoted to artifacts recovered from the Harappan and Mohenjodaro that belong to the Indus Valley Civilization - one of the four great civilizations of the world.
Home to more than 6,500 dolls from over 85 countries, Shankar's International Dolls Museum is a major landmark of Modern Delhi and a must visit on your tour to Delhi under Golden Triangle tours arranged by Adventure Tours of India. Another museum that you can visit in Modern Delhi is the Rail Transport Museum that houses royal coaches and historic rains. This Museum documents the 150-year-old history of Indian railways, including the first steam engine that ran from Thane, Mumbai in 1853 that marked the beginning of Indian Railways.
Modern Delhi has some popular temples of Modern India that are known not only for their religious significance but also for their experimental designs that challenge conventional architectural standards. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Temple), built by the Birlas, is dedicated to the worship of Lord Lakshmi Narayan (Vishnu). Another temple worth a visit on your tour of Modern Delhi is the Lotus Temple built by followers of the Bahai faith. Built in the shape of a blooming lotus, the temple draws thousands of tourists each day.
Another temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Iskon (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple boasts of a vegetarian restaurant, library, animatronics center and an upcoming museum besides the prayers and mediation facilities.
Modern Delhi is today the capital of an independent India. You can visit the many memorials at Modern Delhi, dedicated to the freedom fighters and the national leaders. Raj Ghat, Shanti Van, Shakti Sthal are the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi respectively. You can also visit the Teen Murti Bhavan (Nehru Memnorial Musuem), Gandhi Smriti and Indira Gandhi Memorial on your tour to Delhi under the Golden Triangle package offered by Adventure Tours of India.
Appu Ghar, the popular amusement park; the National Zoological Park also known as the Delhi Zoo; and the Garden of Five Senses are some other popular tourist attractions in Modern Delhi that you can visit on your tour to Delhi.