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Delhi Tourism

Delhi Tourism

About Delhi

Delhi, the capital city of India is one of the most fascinating mixes of the cotemporary and the ancient, the global and he local. Having the rare claim of being a center of power almost continuously since the 13th century, the city offers something special for each taste and every preference.

To begin with Delhi is the city of monuments. From the time of the Mughuls, monuments of the most incredible beauty and craftsmanship have been raised here. Amongst the older examples are the Purana Quila (Old Fort) built by Sher Shah Suri between 1538 and 1545 AD, the Red Fort built by Shah Jahan and the venue for the Indian independence day address by the Prime Minister, Humanyun's tomb, Safdarjung's tomb, and of course, the Quub Minar, the highest stone tower in India. The British left behind their mark in the form of Lutyen's Connaught Place, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Parliament Hose, each one a spectacular example of vision and elegance. The Hindu Kings also made their contribution by building monuments like the Jantar Mantar by the Rajput King, Sawai Jai Singh in 1724. In more recent architecture is the Akshardham temple built on the banks of the river Yamuna and representing different aspects of Indian mythology.

One of the most endearing things about Delhi is the fact that it is truly secular in essence. From the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India to the bells of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, from the domes of its gurdwaras to the contemplative silence of the Bahai Temple, from the beautified images in the Birla temple to the sounds of devotion in the ISKON temple, the city houses spaces for all people to worship and carry on their own chosen interactions with the divine.

Delhi is also a shoppers paradise. From the best international brands available to the most exotic indigenous handicrafts, you can buy anything you wish for, be it global or ethnic, be it art, craft, fabric, jewellary, carpets, leatherwear, brassware or embroidery. If you are the adventurous type and want to savour the unadulterated flavour of the Indian experience walk down the streets of Chandni Chowk and allow yourself to be astounded by the fragrances, tastes and colours of India. If you prefer less crowded areas go to a south Delhi mall or have your pick in Connaught Place, alternating between craftsmen selling their wares and international labels flaunting their stuff.

For those who have a cultural bent of mind, Delhi offers museums, libraries, art galleries, dace, music and theatre performances, poetry readings and historical walks as just some of the options to choose from. And to make things even easier the city also has the best possible facilities in terms of accommodation, cuisine and travel arrangements to offer its visitors.

However, that being said, he Delhi experience goes beyond all these things. It is in fact, a combination of sensations, sights, flavours, sounds and humanity that cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world. Come and see for yourself the magic of this monument city as it throbs and thrives with the beat of a million heartbeats in unison.


Tourist Places In Delhi

Red Fort
This grand fort built during the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's reign, this majestic building made of red sandstone is the location from where the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation every Independence Day. The Diwan-e-khas, and Diwan-e-am, the weaponry museum and the sound and light show are all worth seeing at the Red Fort.

Jama Masjid
Built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid's large courtyard, onion domes and central tank are built of red sandstone and white marble in the Indo-Islamic style.

The place where the remains of Mahatma Gandhi have been placed, set amidst exotic trees and fountains.

Akshardham Temple
in New Delhi is an enlightening journey through India's glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. For the first time ever in the world witness the heritage of India in all its facets, insights and beauty at the Akshardham temple, the most beautiful garden & other attractions.

Purana Quila
The old fort that was built by Humayun and Sher Shah on the historic site of Indraprastha (900BC).

Rashtrapati Bhawan
Formerly the Vice-regal Lodge, the building is the presidential palace. It was completed in 1929 at a cost of 12,53,000 pound sterling and has 340 rooms.

India Gate
Situated on Rajpath, in the center of Delhi, this 42-meter high arch, was designed by Edwin Lutyens, in memory of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the first World War. Their names can be seen inscribed on the arch. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, burns in memory of the unknown soldier, beneath the shelter of the arch, which is surrounded by green lawns, fountains and water bodies - an evergreen picnic zone in the heart of central Delhi.

Humayun's Tomb
Built by Humayun's wife, Hamida Begum, in 1556, after Humayun's death, this elegantly proportioned tomb, set on a platform amidst a garden, is believed to have influenced the design of the Taj Mahal.

Bahai Temple known as Lotus Temple
This aesthetically designed monument, commonly known as the Lotus Temple, because the white marble structure is built to in the shape of a lotus, set amidst, lakes and green lawns. It is a serene house of meditation, within which there are no idols and total silence prevails, so all can meditate in complete peace.

Qutab Minar
Built during the reign of Sultan Qutub-ud-din Aibak in 1199 A.D., this 72.5 m high pillar is a symbol of the Delhi Sultanate. Near it can be seen the ruins of Kila Ri Pithora, the fort of Prithviraj Chauhan, and an amazing iron pillar from Gupta times which has not yet rusted.

Safdarjang's Tomb
Built by Nawab Shauja-ud-Daula in 1753 to preserve the remains of his father, this tomb has been described as "the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture'.

Jantar Mantar
The first of five observatories built by Sawai Jia Singh II of Jaipur (1699-1743), the structure has huge masonry instruments.

Laxmi Narayan Temple known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble, popularly known as Birla Temple.

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