capital city, Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into
the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well
linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country. The
remains of seven distinctive capital cities among them
Shahjahanabad and Qutab Minar can be seen. Here, museums, art
galleries and cultural centers attract the finest exhibitions and
performances from India and abroad. Shopping encompasses virtually
everything that can be bought in the country; hotels range from the
deluxe to the more modest.
Most fascinating of all is
the character of Delhi which varies from the 13th century mausoleum
of the Lodi kings set in a sprawling park to ultra modern chrome and
glass skyscrapers; and from imperial Indias Parliament House
and the Presidents Palace to the never ending bustle of the
walled city surrounding Jama Masjid. Delhi also makes the ideal base
for a series of short excursions to neighbouring places, all
connected by road. The capital of India, Delhi blends an historic
past and a vibrant present.
The Imperial city planned
for the British by Lutyens is set in parks and shaded avenues.
Legend has it that Delhi, then called Indraprastha, was originally
founded around 1200 B.C. by the Pandavas, the august heroesof the
epic Mahabharata. Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of
seven ancient cities.History
is one of the most ancient legacies of Delhi surrounded by panoramic
views and ringing with legendary past. Recently, archeological
evidences of a much ancient civilization have been found around this
fort that are dated to the times of Indus Valley Civilization. Shah
Jahan built Red Fort later. It has some of the most gorgeous palaces
that are delicate in looks and splendid in architecture. This strong
citadel has been the symbol of strength and freedom in independent
India. The tri-colored flag hoisted here is the pride of every
Indian. Though, the Army now occupies the fort, a part of it still
opened for the public. Delhi has faced the invaders that have
massacred it severeal times including Nadir Shah, who is said to
have looted so much wealth here that he could not carry all of it to
his homeland, Abdali and Taimur Lane. Cultural
The Indian city of New Delhi boasts of a rich cultural
heritage. This varied cultural heritage of New Delhi is reflected in
its art, craft, music, and dance. Delhi-- the capital of India,
reflects the cultural diversity and religious unity of India. It is
difficult to define the culture and religion of India. As there is a
continuous inflow of people from all parts of India, the cultural
diversity is very prominent.
Being an ancient city
Delhi has the shadows of its past. It is said that the Delhi is
losing its charm but still the glory of the past looms large its
life-style. Delhi might be changing with time it has always done so
but it has never shelved the past. There are discos for youngsters
to swing their body through out the night, but still the Quwallies
at the Nizamuddin Shrine floats in the air, the silence of the night
is broken by the Prabhat ferries and the singing of Gurbani (the
verses from the Granth Sahaib), the bells in the temples still tells
about God being every where, the Sunday masses in Churches still
attract the otherwise busy residents of India. People take a break
from the hurried life during the ancient fairs and festivals like
'Phoolwalo-Ki-Sair which are still oraganised in traditional way.Places
How to reach
- India Gate
It is a high-arched memorial in
tribute to the soldiers martyred in the Afghan War. it has the
names of all these heroic men inscribed on it. India Gate also
hosts the parade of the Indian Republic Day on 26th January each
year. It is a nice tourist spot too teeming with children,
vendors and both Indian and Foreigner tourists.
- Red Fort
This fascinating red sandstone fort is
an example of the rich Mughal architecture. The magnificent Red
Fort, which is also the venue for India's Independence Day
celebrations, takes you to a journey back in time to the era of
mighty Mughal ruler, Shahjahan. Red Fort is a venue to the
Independence Day parade of India.
- Qutub Minar
This 240 ft tall tower is the tallest
monument in India ushered in the new Indo-Islamic style of
architecture. A 7m (23ft) high iron pillar stands in the
courtyard of the mosque.
- Connaught Place
Connaught Place is the most
happening place and shopping paradise in New Delhi. It is the
central business district of New Delhi. It houses some of the
best restaurants, discos and hotels of the city.
- Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple, a beautiful white
marble building is a place of worship for Bahai people. It is
worth visiting for those in search of spiritual rejuvenation.
- Humayun's Tomb
Its the sandstone mausoleum of
Humayun, built by his widow to house the mortal remains of her
- Jama Masjid
Described as the most beautiful
mosque in India, Jama Masjid is located in the centre of the old
city, some quarter of a mile from the Red Fort. It is also known
as 'Masjid-i-Jahan Numa', where 'Jahan' means 'World' and Numa
means 'Visible'. It was built by Shajahan between 1644 and 1658.
For the construction of the mosque, five thousand artisans were
deployed. Having three gateways, four angle
and two minarets standing 40m high, it is constructed of
alternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble.
- Birla Mandir
Built by family of famous
industrialist R.D.Birla, Laxmi Narayan Temple is the most
popular Hindu temple in Delhi. It was inaugurated in 1938 by
Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all strata of
society be allowed to offer prayers. The temple is dedicated to
Laxmi and Narayana. The festival of Janmashtami is celebrated
with great fervor in the temple, when lakhs of devotees visit
- By Air
Delhi is well connected with domestic and
international flights to all the major cities within and outside
India. Almost all the major Air Lines have their flights
operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport at Delhi.
- By Train
The railway network connects Delhi to
all the major and nearly all the minor destinations in India.
The three important Railway Stations of Delhi are New Delhi
Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazarat
Nizamuddin Railway Station.
- By Road
Delhi is well connected by a network of
roads and national highways to all the major cities in India.
The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter State Bus Terminus
(ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan and Anand Vihar. Both
the government and private transport providers provide frequent