Delhi, the capital of modern India, is a seamless blend of mythology, history & contemporary. Delhi finds its earliest mention in the Mahabharata as Indraprastha, the capital city of the Pandavas. Since then; conquered, plundered & rebuilt by numerous invaders, this timeless city is a fusion of seven older cities & cultures.
The Mughal architecture, the spirituality of temples and mosques, the teeming bazzars, and the opulent legacy of the British era, has forever beckoned travelers from faraway lands. A part of the world famed Golden Triangle, along with Agra & Jaipur, Delhi holds a prominent position on the global tourist map.
Major Attractions in Delhi
This citadel of courage & culture was built by
Mughal emperor Shahjahan
, over 200 years ago
, as a part of his magnificent city of Shahjahanabad. Built with red sandstone
, this octagonal structure
is an artistic galore of Persian & Indian architecture
. Standing in the Deewan-e-Khas
complex in the fort, the time stops and you can breathe in the aura of the splendid Mughal court.
A major landmark of the modern India, this architectural wonder was built to honor the memory of
both British & Indian soldiers martyred during the First World War
. The glorious edifice, with its walls engraved with names of the dead and its eternally blazing Flame for the Immortal soldier
, has often been compared to the Arc De Triomphe in France
Built in the 16th century as a mausoleum for emperor Humayun
, this artistic splendor has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site
. The colossal structure is surrounded by sprawling gardens in the Persian style of architecture
. Thousands of travelers swarm it every day to revel in its majestic ambience.
Built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak
and his successors in the 12th century
, this 73 meters tall, five storey minaret, is the world’s tallest brick tower
. A UNESCO World Heritage Site
, the sights & sounds of Qutab Minar & its surrounding complex are sure to transport you back in history.
Other Tourist Attractions in Delhi
- President's House
- Lotus Temple
- Hauz Khas Village
- Akshardham Temple
- Jama Masjid
- Jantar Mantar
- National Zoological Park
- Museums & Art Galleries
Shopping in Delhi
If you like to shop till you drop, then Delhi is certainly the place to be. Rickshaw ride in the colorful Chandni Chowk, bargain for vibrant clothes and trinkets in Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar or Karol Bagh or feel free to roam Janpath Market for some classic Tibetan stuff- the choice is only limited by your imagination. Dilli Haat and State Emporiums, located near Connaught Place, come highly recommended to shop for Indian handicrafts.
Food in Delhi
Delhi is also the food capital of India. The plethora of options including the famous Paranthe wali gali in Old delhi, the street foods like chats, Kulche & momos , jalebis & gulab jamuns to gratify your sweet tooth and a host of multi-cuisine restaurants, make Delhi a foodie’s paradise.
Best Time to Visit
The perfect time for you to visit Delhi would be post monsoon season, in the month of October, when the city emerges awash with lush green foliage dotting the landscape. This is followed by the onset of cozy winters which continue through the end of March when Delhi weather is ideal for walking the monuments & savoring hot spicy food.
How to Reach Delhi
By Air- Indira Gandhi International Airport connects Delhi to all major cities across the globe.
By Rail- New Delhi, Nizammudin & Old Delhi are the three main railway stations connecting Delhi to all major cities in the country.
By Road- Delhi is connected to major Indian cities by a network of well built highways & roads.
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