Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi has been highlighted as one of the world's Wondrous Houses of Worship'.
Like the thousands of temples across India, the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple has intricately carved sculptures and statues of deities. Unlike traditional Hindu temples, however, this one (on the banks of the Yamuna River and spread over 100 acres) also features a 12 minute indoor boat-ride, a light and sound show, an Imax screen, a musical Fountain, and animatronics, -characters that recount the life and philosophy of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.
A house of worship that borrows in equal measure from the spiritual as well as from Las Vegas and Walt Disney, the temple is carved from pink sandstone and white marble - and was reportedly designed without steel supports. Seven thousand sculptors and thousands of volunteers worked round the clock to build the temple in a mere five years.
Allow at least three hours to visit the temple, be in time for the evening light and sound show! Security is tight so you wont be able to take your camera inside, best to leave your valuables with your Real-India driver to save a lengthy queuing process.
Akshardham Temple is closed every Monday and open from 9.30am