An Insight :Indias capital and major gateway to the country, contemporary Delhi is bustling metropolis, which successfully combines in its fold the ancient and the modern. Its Strategic location was one of the prime reasons why successive dynasties chose it as their seat of power. It is not surprising then that what constitutes Delhi today is a conglomerate of seven cities. Down the ages the region in and around modern Delhi saw Lalkot built in the mid-11th century, Siri established by Allauddin Khilji, Tughlakabad, and Ferozabad built by the Tughlaks followed by the city of the Lodis and then came Shahjahanabad, capital of the Mughals under Shah Jahan.
|Rashtrapati Bhawan -The President's mansion is
situated on Raisina Hill in the center of Delhi, overlooking the green
lawns around India Gate. This elegant building, is truly worth seeing,
for its architectural beauty and historic significance. The beautiful
Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which are open to the public in
spring, are an added attraction.
Parliament House - Located in Central Delhi, this elegant building with its wide pillared walkways and large halls, is worth a visit, to see the corridors of power where India's lawmakers and statesmen decide the future of India.
|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.
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
Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple) - The Baha'i Temple, situated in South Delhi, is shaped like a lotus. It is an eye-catching edifice worth exploring. Built by the Baha'i community, it offers the visitor a serenity that pervades the temple and its artistic design.
Humayun's Tomb - Haji Begum, the senior wife of Emperor Humayun built this mausoleum in the mid 16th century. The tomb is situated amidst avenues of trees, watercourses and flowerbeds. A magnificent example of refined early Mughal architecture, the structure harmoniously blends with nature.
Jantar Mantar - Jantar Mantar is an observatory. About 300 years old, it can measure the movement of the earth and the stars. It is also a very peaceful park in the centre of town.
India Gate -This massive 42m tall structure was built as a memorial to the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. The structure has the names of the soldiers engraved on it. An eternal flame burns here in commemoration of the brave soldiers.
|Where is Delhi ?
By Air Delhi is new Indira Gandhi International Airport is located about 20kms from the city centre. Delhi is connected all parts of India by several airlines. Almost all major International Airlines operate regular direct services to Delhi, connecting it the world with Delhi and the rest of India.
By Rail - Delhi is well connected to all major Indian cities. Delhi has three major Railway stations, as well as several smaller ones, that connect it with the rest of the country.