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time to visit
October - March
November - March: 21 - 30 degrees
May - June: Intolerable hot
July - September: Monsoon
is usually the most used entry point into India since it is well
connected with all major airlines. It is also well linke to all
parts af the country and is an ideal pace to explore the north.
However if Delhi is you first experience of India be prepared to
be shocked. Coming from the west especially you will most likely
experience it as complete mayhem, billion of people, pollution,
noise, hassle, dirt, smell, beggars, cows and a complete anarchy
on the roads.
However if you allow yourself more time in Delhi you will soon
notice its charm and the rich history that it contains. Delhi is
both one of the oldest and newest cities in the world. The contrasts
are enourmous and may represent the contrasts that are descriptive
of the whole country.
Modern Delhi spreads over the remains of several older city centers
that once ruled the country. Among them are Shahjahanabad, the 7th
city (Old Delhi), which was build by Shah Jahan in the 17th century.
This part of Delhi consists of narrow alleyways, packed markets
and houses are build very close together. Here you also find The
Red Fort and Jama Masji.
South of Old Delhi, lies New Delhi, a with spacious boulevards
shaded by leafy trees, beutifully designed rundabouts with flowerarrangements
and parks. New Delhi was planned and designed by the British architect
Edwars Lutyen and was initiated in 1931.
The other cities include Qutb Minar, Indraprastha, Jahanpanah Firozbad,
Lal Kot, Purana Quila, Siri and Tughluqabad.
Delhi, is today, one of the fastest growing cities of India. Here,
remnants of the past survive side by side with skyscrapers, residential
colonies and bustling commercial complexes. The city houses some
of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping
arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary
crafts, from all over the country. It has specialty restaurants
to please the gourmet, open parks and gardens ablaze with flowers,
and in winter months, particularly, an amazing plethora of cultural
events. Its multi - layered existence is tantalizing, and can entice
the curious traveller into a fascinating journey of discovery.
How to get here
All the major airlines in the world fly through Delhi. Domestic
air links over Delhi from all the major cities in the country. The
Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport just outside Delhi.
Trains run from all the parts of the country to Delhi. For nearby
places like Chandigarh, Dehradun, Gwalior, Bhopal, Lucknow and Kanpur,
the Shatabdi Express is recommended.
Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana,
Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available for
getting to Delhi.
Places to visit
Red Fort - India Gate - Jama Masjid - Chandni
Chowk - Humayun's Tomb Hauz Kauz - Qutab Minar - Raj Ghat - Lodi
Gardens - Bahai Temple
.: Red Fort
It got its name becasue of the red stone with which it is built.
The Red Fort is one of the most outstanding palaces in the world.
It was from this fort the British banished the last Mughal ruler,
Bhadur Shah Zafar, marking the end of the three century long Mughal
rule. It was also from here the first prime minister of India, pandit
Jawharlal Nehru, announced to the nation that India was free form
The mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, (who also build the Taj Mahal)
after ruling from Agra for 11 years, decided to move to Delhi and
laid the foundation stone of the Red Fort in 1618. With a boundary
of almost 1.5 miles, the fort is an irregular octagon and has two
entrances, the Lahore Gate and Delhi Gate.
East and west, old and new, tradition and modernity,
powerty and extravagance. The contrasts are overwhelming - mind
.: India Gate
Straight down the road from Rashtrapati Bhavan is India Gate, which
is a memorial dedicated to the Unknown Soldier. Designed by Lutyens,
the 42 metre high structure is a war memorial in honor of the soldiers
who died during the Second World War.
.: Jama Masjid
Work on the Jama Masjid mosque was begun in 1650 by the Mughal Emperor
Shah Jahan. It is loacted opposite the Red Fort and based on the
plan and design of Ostad Khalil, a that time great sculpturor. More
than 5,000 people worked for 6 years to complete the largest mosque
.: Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk ( Moonlight Square) is opposite the Red Fort and is
a market that hubs with activity all through the year. The area
was laid out by Shahjahan's daughter, Jahanara. The water in a pool
reflected the moonlight and then flowed into a channel that flowed
through the avenue. It is a crowded place and normally there is
a maze of traffic that one has to negotiate almost every second.
.: Humayun's Tomb
This tomb, which was built by emperor Humayun's wife, took eight
years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal
architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the
tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the centre
of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red
sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It
is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra.
.: Hauz Kauz
The Royal Tank (Hauz Khas) was excavated in 1300 AD by Alauddin
Khalji to supply water to his new capital Siri. Today the ruins
of a madarsa are to be seen here. This theological college was built
at a later date by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and his tomb also stands close
by. The complex is surrounded by parkland and the little village
of Hauz Khas is now an attractive shopping area. There is also a
deer park in the area.
.: Qutab Minar
A Unesco world heritage site. Qutab Minar lies 15 km to the south
of Connaught Circus at Lal kot. The 72.5 meter high Pillar stands
as a victory symbol of a Muslim King Kutub-ud-din-Aibak in India.
The Tower was erected to cast the shadow of God over both East and
West. Aayaat from Quran is also inscribed. The 5 storeyed Qutub
Minar is a remarkable instance of sculpture in India.
.: Raj Ghat
Is located on the banks of the river Yamuna. 4 km away from Janpath
to the northeast of Feroz Shah near Delhi Gate. Here the mortal
remains of Mahatma (The Great soul) Gandhi (Mohandas Karamchand
Gandhi) were cremated on the evening of January 31, 1948. A simple
open platform inscribed with the Mahatma's last words, 'Hey Ram'
(Oh God) is set in a garden with fountains and a variety of exotic
.: Lodi Gardens
A Splendid landscaped garden surrounds the 15th century tombs of
the Lodi Kinds. Ibrahim Lodi the last Lodi ruler was defeated in
1526 by Babur who established the Mugual Empire in India.
.: Bahai Temple
A recent architectural wonder of the Bahai faith. Beautifully designed,
the Baha’i House of worship (also known as the Lotus Temple)
is built in the shape of a lotus. It is made of marble, cement,
dolomite and sand. It is open to all faiths and is an ideal place
for meditation and obtaining peace and tranquility. Nine pools of
water around the structure ad to the illusion of a lotus floating